Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt recorded low number of activities last week, compared to other past weeks. This has remained the situation of things since the end of the 2019 governorship election in the state.
However, the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has pledged to operate an all-inclusive government aimed at promoting rapid development of the state during the second term of his administration.
He called on leaders in the state, irrespective of differences in political party, ethnicity and religion, to join hands with his administration to develop the state.
The Governor particularly beckoned on the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, to join hands with him to develop the state.
Wike, who made the call in a State broadcast marking the landmark Supreme Court Judgment that struck out the appeals by APC on Thursday said Rivers State stands to benefit more if all leaders are united.
He said: “ Today, I recommit myself to be the Governor for all the people of Rivers State for the next four years.
“Accordingly, we shall form an all-inclusive government to advance the collective interest of all our people, irrespective of party, ethnic or religious affiliations.
“We have come a long way in the last four years and accomplished a lot to be proud of. But there’s still a lot more to do to advance and realise the ultimate vision of our founding fathers for a truly united, secured and prosperous state and we need the support of all our people to realise this bold vision”.
Wike, who expressed gratitude to God for the Supreme Court judgment assured people of the state that with the judgment all legal tussles have come to a close with the people having nothing to fear.
“With this decision, all legal issues regarding of candidates by the APC for the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship, and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State have finally and permanently been put to rest”.
He expressed gratitude to the people of the state for giving him the mandate to serve as Governor for another four years.
Wike did not only extend his hand of fellowship to the opposition, but directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to review all pending cases linked to politics before the 2019 elections and make necessary recommendations aimed at promoting reconciliation.
The last Saturday’s State Assembly supplementary elections which took place in four local government areas of the state where elections were inconclusive, saw commissioners, Special Advisers from the affected areas move to the hinterlands to cast their votes.
The affected LGAs included Abua/Odual, Ahoada West, Gokana, and Opobo/Nkoro.
Commissioner for Finance, Fred Kpako described the election in Gokana as peaceful, free and fair.
The situation was said to be same in the other three local government areas. Many attributed the peaceful conduct to the absence of the military in the exercise.
Meanwhile, congratulatory and goodwill messages across the state have continued to flood Government House following the landslide reelection victory of Governor Wike.
Groups, institutions, individuals including Royal fathers in the state expressed joy at the reelection of Governor Wike, describing it as meritorious.
The weekly state Executive Council meeting did not hold last week.
‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’
The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier released different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.
Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs
Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”
Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession
The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.
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