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Monarch Decries Military’s Role In Rivers Polls

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A monarch in Rivers State, HRH Christopher Wonodi has criticised the role of the military during last Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state.
Wonodi, who is the Eze Mbam Abali X11, Eze Risiohia, Rebisi, Port Harcourt stated this during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt
The Traditional Ruler, who said he voted in Port Harcourt Ward 1, unit 13, however expressed unhappiness at the low turnout of voters during the exercise, attributing to the huge presence of soldiers across the state.
He stated, “I voted in Port Harcourt Ward 1, Unit 13 and there was peace. But my worry was that there were not much people that came out to vote compared to the Presidential and National Assembly election.
“Maybe the military presence scared people from coming out. I want to use this opportunity to say that military involvement in politics is killing the electoral process.
“The Military is not supposed to be used during elections. The Police that we use and even civil defense merely observe the process without necessary brandishing arms. But when you see the military with guns seating around the place put fear in the electorates.
“Using the military in an electoral process is wrong. It is not done anywhere in the world. We watch elections conducted in the United States, do you see police at polling units? All they do is that they just stay around and watch what is going on. They do not even come close to the voting centers,” he said.
On his expectations for the next Governor, the Traditional Ruler expressed delight that Governor Nyesom Wike has done well in the last four years in office.
“We are happy with who God gave to us in the last four years because we have really benefitted from good governance. I can drive from here to Eleme without any pothole. In fact I went to Opobo town recently and I drove straight into the community.
“So, for me I would prefer that the Governor continues the good works he is doing and complete his second term.
“Like I always say it is important to perform when you are given the opportunity to serve the people. Look at our roads, hospitals and public schools they are wearing a new look with quality and people are happy because of the kind of Governor we have.
 “These things should be made available so that the children of the poor can also access them and compete with the rich. That captures the essence of good governance,” HRH, Eze Wonodi explained.

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Dickson Dismisses APC Candidates As Militants, Terrorists

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The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, has described the the All Progressives Congress (APC), joint ticket of Lyon/Degi for the November 16 Governorship election in the state, as a representation of militancy, terrorism, cultism and criminality.
He emphasized that the APC government after five years at the centre has done nothing in the state but to promote violence in different communities, adding that the consequences of losing election to the APC in the state will be dare to imagine.
Dickson made the revelation during the official inauguration of the gubernatorial campaign teams and secretariat on Tuesday, in Yenagoa.
He said, “Consider what would happen if things were to happen otherwise, none of you will spend a week in Bayelsa State. APC is presenting a ticket of militancy, terrorism, cultism and criminality, it’s going to be a government of criminals and cultist.”
Democracy in Bayelsa State can never turn to a government of militancy and criminals.
As we are formally inaugurating the campaigns, we will also launch “Operation wind APC in Bayelsa.”
“The consequence are too dare to imagine, people will be scared to visit the state , even indigenes will be scared to visit their communities.
“If we don’t take this elections seriously, by 17th the day after the election we should be ready to leave the state. This election is not about the candidate or even me but about the future of our state and our children.
“In 2015, when I was contesting, I saw more than the defection we are seeing today but let me assure us of victory. And don’t be perturbed but that doesn’t mean that we are happy as party leaders are decamping but victory will be ours at the end.”

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Okowa Inaugurates 42-Member State Advisory Council

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State yesterday inaugurated a 42-member State Advisory and Peace Building Council with a charge on the members to sustain and deepen the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The council has  Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, former Minister of Information, as Chairman.
Okowa named former state Deputy Governors – Chief Benjamin Elue and Prof. Amos Utuama – and Prince Sam Obi, Chief Chris Agbobu, Alawei Brodrick Bozimo, Brig.-Gen. B. Demeyeibo (rtd), Chief Mike Adiotomre and Chief Ignatius Agidi as members.
Other members included Chief Patrick Egone, Mr John Nwagimeje, Sen. Stella Omu, Mr Paul Enebeli, Sen. Patrick Osakwe, Dr.(Mrs) F. Nwaeze, Prof. E.C. Nwanze, Dr Pius Sinebe, Chief Joseph Ejigba, Chief Eddie Sorhue and Chief (Mrs) Esther Uduehi.
Also, Chief E.D. Oborfukoro, Chief Robert Ejifoma, Pa. John Edah, Chief Roland Oritsejafor, Chief E. E. Ebimani, Chief Judith Enamuotor, Rev. Gideon Oyibo, Mr Joseph Ikhena, Chief Denis Etaluku, Prof. Sam. Ukala, Chief Jonathan Uyeri and Chief Samuel Okoro are members.
Other members are Mrs Felicia Ajagu, Mrs Theodora Giwa-Amu, Mrs Felicia Sani, Rev. Oke Akokotu, Elder Ayo Odonmeta, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, Rear Adm. Mike Onah (rtd), Chief Magaret Unukegwo, Mrs. Grace Boyo and Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu.
According to the governor, the inauguration is part of the State Government’s effort to further strengthen the wheel of governance in the state.
“As a way of tapping from the wealth of experience of our people, it is necessary to reconstitute the Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council through the appointment of these men and women of tested integrity and exemplary character.
“Let me reiterate that the appointment of the members of the council is not based on any political consideration whatsoever,” he said.
He charged the council to bring their experiences to bear on their function and create environment to deepen the peace between the state executive and other arms of government.
Okowa charged the council ensure harmony between Delta government and the Federal Government and other international bodies.
He called on the citizens to give the council the needed support and corporation to succeed while thanking the members for accepting to serve.
“I urge all of you to bring your wealth of experience to bear on this appointment,” Okowa said.
Responding on behalf of the council, Oyovbaire thanked the governor for the appointment and pledged their resolve to deliver on the assignment.
Also in an interview, Rev. Mogekwu said the appointment was a call to service, adding that the council would not betray the confidence reposed on it to sustain and deepen the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

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Bayelsa, Kogi Polls: PDP S’Africa Lauds Party’s National Leadership

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Ahead of the November governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, Mr Ekos Akpokabayen, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa chapter, has urged the party’s leadership to work hard to ensure that it wins.
Akpokabayen, who lauded the national leadership of the party for not imposing candidates on the people, in a telephone interview from Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday said that the decision of the leadership to allow the people to choose their candidates had united the party the more.
“ I wish to commend Prince Uche Secondus, national chairman of our party for being a humble servant of the party and for insisting that nobody imposes a candidate on the people.
“We saw that in the 2019 general elections. Secondus also ensured that after the election, the party did not break and has remained one.
“We want him (Secondus) to retain that leadership style where the voice and will of the people should prevail,” he said.
Akpokabayen also urged the party’s leadership to give more sense of belonging to its Diaspora chapters to encourage them and uplift their spirit.
“We urge the leadership of our party to encourage Diaspora chapters by sending them  goodwill  messages. This will give us a sense of belonging and prepare us for future general elections,” he said.
Akpokabayen said that the South Africa chapter of the party would continue to uphold the party’s constitution for success in elections.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the affirmation of the election of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa by the State Governorship Election Tribunal, as victory for democracy.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Monday said it was a triumph of the will and aspiration of the people over “manipulative forces.”
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP was not surprised that the tribunal, in affirming the mandate of the people, dismissed the entire petition against Fintiri’s election as lacking in merit.
“Our party rejoices with the people of Adamawa state, who have been jubilant over the verdict, as it marks the consolidation of their aspiration for a purposeful, transparent and result-oriented government for greater cohesion, stability and productivity in the state.
“Unarguably, Fintiri was elected because of his manifest patriotism and dedication to duty as already evinced in his zeal towards the development of the state, empowerment of the people as well as peaceful coexistence in the state.

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