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‘Wike’s Re-Election Ordained By God’

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The Amanyanabo of Abonnema Kingdom, His Gracious Majesty King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel has described the re-election of Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike as a reaffirmation of the trust and confidence reposed in him by people of Rivers State.
King Bob-Manuel who said this in an interview with newsmen atAbonnema also said that the victory was not only well deserved but ordained by God.
He said that the good people of Nyemoni were happy that the governor emerged winner of the keenly contested elections, while noting that the victory of the governor was a reaffirmation of the trust and confidence reposed in him by the people of Rivers State.
While calling for an end to all politically motivated violence, hostilities and intolerance among political gladiators in the state, the monarch congratulated the governor for being magnanimous in victory by bringing everyone on board irrespective of their political inclination in order to leave behind a more united, prosperous and progressive Rivers State.
He urged political actors in the state to be statesmen, who should be more concerned about the next generation rather than the next election, adding that such tendencies to be or remain in power at all cost, were responsible for the rising surge of violence in the state.
The Amanyanabo stated that Rivers people were tired of the unending circle of political violence and bloodletting and it is gradually becoming embarrassing to us all to be talked about in negative terms.
He encouraged all politicians, who believe that the interest of Rivers State and not their personal interest comes first, to accept the Governor’s invitation to join hands with him to continue to develop Rivers State.
The royal father noted that with the elections officially concluded, what should be paramount to all Rivers men and women is in moving the state forward to compete favourably with its peers by attracting development through the creation of a conducive environment for existing and intending businesses to thrive.
He urged all politicians to remember that they were first of all Rivers people and therefore their priority should be the peace and development of Rivers State.
The monarch charged Rivers politicians to take a cue from politicians from other states who ensured that inspite of their political differences, they did not encourage mayhem and bloodletting in their states and homes.
He congratulated the Governor for preaching peace and forgiving all those who might have offended him and also urged all others in the opposing camps to forgive the Governor as he himself has requested. “We must forgive each other”, the Amanyanabo insisted.
The Amanyanabo also thanked the Governor of Rivers State for visiting Abonnema and sharing in their grief when they were in mourning, occasioned by the wanton killings at Abonnema by political thugs and men in uniform during the elections.

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Political Space Is Only For Parties Ready To Take Power – Okoye

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s), Festus Okoye, national Commissioner on Information and Voter Education has reminded Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) that political space is meant for political parties that are ready to take power, maintaining that political associations can exist, mobilise, build structures before seeking registration, as soon as they get registered they must be ready to take power.
Okoye said this while speaking on a local media station after the High Court adjourned hearing in the case filed by 33 political parties under the auspices of IPAC, challenging their deregistration by INEC.
The national commissioner reminded IPAC that as registered political parties, they should be ready to take power, because the space was not for learning, as the electoral body would be prepared to de-register any political partyand relegate it to an association if it found out that the party failed to meet the threshold of its registration, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution.
“The political parties contesting did not meet the terms of their registration, neither did they win elections in their various states, nor met the projections. Two of the parties that went to court, Labour Party and African Democratic Party, were not deregistered. They claimed they had court injunctions and I don’t know what they are doing in court.”
“The spirit and intent of the constitution, is that political associations can exist, mobilize people, build up structures. The moment they come for registration means they are ready to take power. If you are not due for political power, you should not apply for registration, because the political space is not for learning or testing the ground”, he said.
Okoye said that 74 political parties had been deregistered and the deregistion had already taken place.
He maintained that because the 33 political parties that went to court were aware that deregistration had taken place, that was why on 14 February they filed an application in court, asking the court to reverse it.
The INEC official stated that the act had already been completed, that was why the court adjourned till 27 February for accelerated hearing.

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IPAC Hails Court Order Restraining INEC From De-Registering 31 Parties

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The Inter-Party Adversary Council (IPAC) has described the judgment stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering political parties as victory for democracy and future generations.
National chairman of the council, Peter Ameh, who made the comment while addressing newsmen shortly after the ruling, said the late Gani Fawehinmi gave the 33 political parties that went to court the courage.
Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in her ruling, said, having failed to counter the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right, which must be protected.
In an interlocutory motion with suit number FHC/ABJ/ CS/444/19 between Advanced Congress of Democratis (ACD) and two others vs. Attorney-General of the Federation and another (INEC), the applicants had on October 30, 2019, approached the court.
The IPAC chairman insisted that there was no way the commission would have succeeded in the illegality it perpetrated against the parties and the fundamental rights of Nigerians.
“We have every reason to thank everybody who stood against this illegality, especially Okey Raph Nwosu, who, despite his party scaling the deregistration hurdle, still joined in the suit because he believed in democracy.
“We believe in the spirit of the Constitution as stated in Section 40, which gave Nigerians the right to freely belong to any political association, and the Constitution stipulated that no agency of government can restrict that right.
“We started this case since last year when we saw that there was plan to put Nigeria upside down. It is our right to defend the constitution through section 225 to challenge the commission to stop it from taking this illegal action.
“INEC should know that if the interest of a political party is to talk about free education, the party should be allowed. If the interest is to talk about tree planting in the North-East, it should be allowed to continue with it.

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Group Advises Women On Increased Participation In Politics

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Enugu State chapter of the Nigeria League of Women Voters, has urged women to be very active in politics to avoid marginalisation.
The state chairperson of the league, Mrs Nnenna Anozie made the call in an interview with our source in Enugu yesterday.
was a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that aims at empowering women both politically and economically.
She said that the league encouraged women to participate in election; adding that they discovered that in the last elections, many women did not participate either as voters or contestants in the elections.
Anozie said that the organisation aimed creating more awareness on the girl child and for every woman to be aware of her civil rights in the state and the country at large.
The chairperson said the group recently visited one of the girls schools in Enugu where they shared sanitary pads, carried out sensitisation awareness on dangers of drug abuse, rape and others.
”This is one way of giving back to the society as well as empowering our women because knowledge is power. Most of them are not knowledgeable about their rights and how to keep hygiene.
”Many of them are rape victims and they are not opening up because of stigmatisation.
”We want to embark on the sensitisation drive in all the states in the country; hoping that come 2023 most of our women will be equipped to run for political offices both at the local, state and national levels,” she said.

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