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EFCC, INEC’s Synergy Targetted At Opposition -Wike …Says He’s Not Vying For VP In 2019

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that the so-called partnership between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor campaign finances ahead of 2019 elections is a witch-hunt targeted at the opposition.
Speaking during a special appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Daily broadcast from the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike described the partnership as a political deception.
He said: “EFCC working with INEC to investigate campaign finances is merely a smokescreen. It is targeted at the opposition party.
“When have you heard that EFCC would come up to say, as regards the ruling party, funds came from the government; I will not be carried away by the so-called EFCC investigation”.
Wike noted that the EFCC is working towards creating an atmosphere of advantage for the ruling party in the long run.
He said: “The fund they want to investigate is only when it has to do with the opposition states. Take for example: EFCC said PDP spent money in the last 2015 elections.
“Has EFCC investigated those states that were APC, like Rivers State at that time that funded part of their election? Who is deceiving who? EFCC is only working to witch-hunt the opposition.”
The governor regretted that since 2015, the APC-led Federal Government has been unable to complete the Port Harcourt International Airport.
He said despite criticising Jonathan, the APC-led Federal Government has refused to upgrade the airport.
“When you look at the whole thing, you see the hatred. How this government does not like the people of Rivers State”, the governor said.
Commenting on the 2019 elections, Wike said that the desperate rigging moves on August 18, 2018 at the Port Harcourt State Constituency Three Elections indicate that the APC is not ready for elections.
“Through the Port Harcourt State Constituency Three Election, they revealed to us what they planned for 2019. They don’t want election. They want to use security to rig”, he said.
Wike denied claims that he drafted a Presidential Aspirant from another political party to fly the party’s flag. He stated that no single governor can achieve that.
“We have 36 States and Abuja. We have about 14 governors. How can a governor of one state lure a particular aspirant to run for the Presidential Election.
“I am not a member of the convention planning committee. I am only providing the venue. I am not going to be a member of any sub-committees, so, where does the influence. In any case, if you like you do the election in Lagos, people will still have influence”, Wike said.
He reiterated his position that certain Presidential Aspirants are funded by the APC and planted in the PDP ahead of the primary.
He said: “As I speak with you, just yesterday, certain Presidential Aspirants and some people in the ruling party met to take some steps to make sure that our convention fails”.
Speaking on the environmental challenge posed by flooding, Wike said that the state government has established an emergency response team to tackle issue.
He added that the state government is working with other stakeholders to end the prevalence of soot in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that he would not be vying for the position of Vice President of the country as being speculated in certain quarters ahead of the 2019 elections.
Wike said though some of the presidential aspirants seeking his support have offered him the position of Vice President in the course of political consultations, he insisted that the interest of Rivers State was paramount.
Speaking in an interview with The Osasu Show at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike said: “There are aspirants who have promised me the position of the Vice President, but I said I will not seek the position.
“Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the National Chairman of PDP is from my State and the South-South.
“These are mere allegations. People can carry rumours, but everything I will do, will be in the interest of Rivers State. Nobody can use Rivers State as a tool. They did that in the past, but not anymore “.
Wike said that the decision to host the October 5/6 2018 National Convention in Port Harcourt was initiated without his knowledge, adding that he eventually attended a meeting where Governors and Presidential Aspirants ratified the resolution.
He expressed surprise that a few presidential aspirants who never opposed the decision to host the National Convention in Port Harcourt, have turned around to sponsor reports against the venue of the convention.
He said: “I am shocked that a few presidential aspirants who never opposed Port Harcourt as a venue would begin the sponsorship of media attacks on the venue of the convention, which was not initiated by us.
“When we say that there are moles amongst the Presidential Aspirants, this is one of the manifestations. A decision that is collectively taken is being contested through clandestine sponsorship.
“But if they want, the National Convention can be held at Maiduguri, Yola, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano or any other city. A presidential aspirant that would lose would lose.
“All the national delegates that will vote at the National Convention will emerge from the different local government areas of the country and from the statutory delegates list. None will be elected in Port Harcourt. Therefore, it is uncharitable to attempt to create the impression that hosting it in Port Harcourt will influence the outcome”.
Asked to comment on the Lagos State political rift between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his godfather, Wike advised him to resist the godfather.
He said: “If it is correct that the godfather is against Ambode, I will tell him (Ambode) to resist it. I will tell him to promote the interest of his state. Godatherism is not good. It negates development.”
He said that in Rivers State, the immediate past governor sold state assets to his business partner, only to turn around to anoint the business partner to contest for the governorship position of the state.
“No more godfather politics in Rivers State. We are not in Lagos State. Rivers State will not accept godfatherism. My concern is to do well for Rivers State.
“For the over three years that we have managed Rivers State, nobody of good conscience will say that we have not done well. We are not threatened because in Rivers State, PDP is a dominant party”, he said.
In another development, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, yesterday, admonished his Lagos State counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode to resist the practice of “godfatherism” in his state.
Wike, a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this while reacting to the alleged rift between Ambode and a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Following a reported relationship breakdown with Ambode, Tinubu was said to have anointed one Babajide Sanwon-olu as the next governor of Lagos State.
It would be recalled that the Vice Chairman of the APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, has stated that National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu instructed them to work towards the emergence of Sanwon-olu as the next governor of the state.
However, Wike while speaking during an interview with The Osasu Show at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, said Ambode should negate godfatherism and promote the interest of his state.
Wike said, “If it is correct that the godfather is against Ambode, I will tell him (Ambode) to resist it.
“I will tell him to promote the interest of his state. Godfatherism is not good. It negates development.”
Wike also declared that godfatherism has no place in Rivers State.
“No more godfather politics in Rivers State. We are not in Lagos State. Rivers State will not accept godfatherism. My concern is to do well for Rivers State.
“For the over three years that we have managed Rivers State, nobody of good conscience will say that we have not done well. We are not threatened because in Rivers State, PDP is a dominant party”, he said.

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We’re Not Taking Mandate Of Rivers People For Granted, Wike Insists

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has reiterated commitment of his administration to work tirelessly in advancing the state and improve the quality of living of Rivers people.
Speaking to journalists during an unscheduled inspection of four ongoing flyover projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state, Wike said more democratic dividends are in the offing for the people of the state.
The governor explained that his administration will continue to honour the social contract reached with Rivers’ people since 2015 to provide them good governance and quality infrastructure.
“For us, we owe them that duty to make sure that the mandate they’ve given to us will not be taken for granted. That is why all the members of our team are working, trying to make sure that we satisfy the yearnings of our people.”
The governor asserted that with commitment and passion, there is nothing any sincere government cannot accomplish in terms of providing basic infrastructure that can bring about the necessary transformation of the life of the people.
“It is very easy. The funds are there. When people ask us where do we get funds, we laugh. it is a matter of management, being prudent with the little you have. It is not as if we have a lot of money. The little we have, we have to manage it in a way that we can say, this is what we did with funds available to us.”
The governor frowned at the operations of illegal parks and other illegal trading activities around the ongoing flyover projects.
According to him, such despicable activities do not speak well of the state that is investing huge resources to enhance the status of the state capital and improve commerce.
“We have taken a decision that we are going to barricade off, and stop operations of all the unnecessary motor parks that are springing up. We want to make sure that people know that they cannot just wake up in the morning and decide to take government space and use as your private park.”
Speaking further, Wike stated that henceforth, any business place within whose precinct refuses are found, will be sealed up in the state. The decision, he said, is informed by the carefree attitude displayed by members of the public towards issues of sanitation.
According to him, if owners of business premises do not litter their premises and discourage others, the state will be cleaner.
Wike said, his administration has the political will to implement the new order because, in the long run, it will result in a change of behaviour and increase the attention members of the public pay to issues of sanitation.
“Those at Aba Road axis of the Rumuola area will be the first victims. Thereafter, others will follow, so that people will know that government is very serious.
“So, all those who litter refuse, and operate motor parks will have themselves to blame. This is not the time people will tell you that the economy is hard. If the economy is hard, does it mean that you’ll sell your goods and litter the places with the refuse.
“Why do you have to litter the area, thinking that government will come and clean them up for you. No, nobody will do that any longer.”
The flyover projects inspected by the governor included the Rumuola, GRA Junction, Orochiri/Wurukwo and Oru-Abali flyovers.

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Jonathan’s Appointment As ISCP-Africa Chair Excites PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, congratulated former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on his appointment as chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace, ISCP-Africa.
On Jonathan’s appointment as ISCP-Africa, an association of incumbent and former heads of state and their deputies, established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation UPF, an organization in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN), the party said in a congratulatory message, “is in recognition of his leadership qualities as a democrat as well as his resounding success in peacekeeping efforts across the world.”
The statement by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, read, “Our party is assured that former President Jonathan, will deploy his wealth of experience strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of providing direction for the essentials of peace, security, and development in Africa.
“The party also congratulates President Jonathan on his appointment as the Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda (CUU).
“The PDP is elated that former President Jonathan is so honoured to hold the position previously held by late President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia as well as late President Benjamin Mkapa of the Republic of Tanzania, because of his commitment to education and human capital development, in line with the ideals of the PDP.
“Our party congratulate Dr. Jonathan and urged him to use the positions to further the advancement of peace and development in Africa and the world at large.”

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PVC: 14,130 Persons Register Online In Rivers

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Over 14,130 persons have registered online ahead of the physical registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The figures were contained in a document released by INEC in Rivers State, yesterday.
The INEC in the state reiterated that the physical registration of voters will commence on July 26, 2021.
The commission said the physical exercise will involve capturing of finger prints and photographs of those who had started the process online, while those who were yet to begin the process will also be registered.
Statistics released by the commission indicated that a total of 752,011 persons have been registered online across the 36 states of the federation as last Monday, with Osun State taking the lead with 232,808 registrants.

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