The Chairman of Ikwerre Local Governmet Area in Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike has assured people of the State that Governor Nyesom Wike will deliver more projects following his reelection in the March 9 Governorship election.
Nwanosike gave the assurance during an exclusive interview with The Tide shortly after the presentation of Certificate of Return (CoR) to the Governor, his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and 32 members-elect of the State Assembly by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt.
While describing the Governor’s reelection as victory to God and all Rivers people, he however stressed the need for people to always do what is right by respecting constituted authorities as well as the provisions of the constitution for the country to move forward.
According to him: “Let me use this opportunity to say that moving forward as a nation, we should be able to do the right things. People should be able to respect the provisions of the constitution and allow those who have been assigned responsibilities to carry them out.
“You do not muzzle people because you believe you control the security forces of because you have the barrel of the gun. We believe in democracy and democracy is government of the people by the people and for the people. So the will of the people should be allowed to stand at all times.
“The Governor has told the world that his second term is more projects and more quality projects. And Rivers people know that governor that when he says a thing he stands by it. They (the people) should expect more projects,” the LG chairman assured.
On his assessment of INEC in the 2019 general polls, he gave the commission a thumbs up in their conduct of the governorship election in the state, but scored them low in the Presidential election .
Hon. Nwanosike charged the electoral umpire to put measures in place to ensure that those who do not have business in the conduct of elections steer clear in the interest of the nation and allow the will of the people prevail.
“As far as I am concerned, for Rivers State election, we can say that for the very first time INEC stood their ground. So we will score them high.
“But in most states and even in the Presidential election we have told INEC without mincing words that you must insist that those who do have business in the conduct of elections should stay away and we score INEC low in those states. The will of the people must be allowed to prevail for our democracy to move forward,” the council boss noted with concern.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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