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Opposition Leaders Hail Wike’s All-Inclusive Governance 

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Leaders of opposition political parties in Rivers State have praised Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for involving them in the governance process of his administration,  declaring that they will take advantage of his olive branch.
They expressed happiness  that Governor Wike has lived up to his pledge by constituting a multi-party committee to commence the transition into his second term.
Former AAC Deputy Governorship Candidate, Mr. Bombar Yeeh lauded Governor  Wike for his kind gesture by extending the olive branch to the opposition.
He promised to bring his expertise as a former security officer to bear in collaboration with the government and relevant stakeholders to ensure that peace reigns supreme in the state.
“My contribution is to cooperate with the government of Rivers State to ensure that peace reigns for the progress of all the people in the state. As a former security officer, I will ensure that I work hand in hand with every member of the state to ensure peace which is one of those things the state is looking for is properly restored for the benefit of all” he observed.
Former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly for Bonny Constituency, Hon. Aye Pepple thanked God for the all inclusive government in the state spearheaded by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike . He said  critical stakeholders will contribute their quota for the overall development of the state.

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Tribunal Affirms Ihedioha’s Victory

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Imo sitting in Abuja last Saturday affirmed the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State.
Delivering judgment, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mallami Umar-Dogondagi dismissed the petition of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Mr Uche Nwosu for incompetence.
In a unanimously decision, the three-member panel also struck out  the petition of the All Progressive Congress, APC candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.
Three petitions were filed by the governorship candidates of the Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),  asking the tribunal to nullify the election of Mr Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The tribunal held that the three petitions challenging the declaration of Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) lacked merit.
The petitioners, challenged the emergence of the PDP candidate as winner of the March 9 governorship election on the grounds that the election was marred by irregularities.
The tribunal held that candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu, Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and  Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC failed to establish their petitions against governor Ihedioha.
The tribunal held that the petitioners failed to discharge the burden of proof placed on them by the law.
Umar-Dogodaji stressed that Sen. Uzodinma of the APC was unable to prove his allegation that wrongful collation of results by INEC led to Ihedioha’s emergence as winner of the governorship election.
Recall that Senator  Ararume and  Nwosu had approached the tribunal to cancel the election on the grounds that the declared winner did not meet the mandatory 25 per cent in two third of the local government areas in the state.
On his part, Senator Uzodimma approached the tribunal and asked that he be declared the rightful winner of the election, based on non-inclusion of results from 366 polling units out of the INEC approved 388 units in the state.

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100 Days In Office: Wike’s Achievements Worth Celebrating -IPAC, Others

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As part of their assessment of Chief Nyesome Wike’s 100 days in office of his second term, the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) and Inter-Party Adversary Council in the state have said that govenor’s the achievements were worth celebrating.
The state Chairman of the SPN and Publicity Secretary of IPAC, Kukang Joseph gave the assessment during a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Joseph stated that it was no use engaging on unnecessary criticism all the time, noting that it was important to speak the truth when it is obvious, pointing out that IPAC was happy with the governor’s performance.
“As an individual, as a group and as IPAC, we are very happy with the governor’s performance. My assessment is 100 per cent for the Governor. He (Wike) has done well and his achievements in this 100 days in office of his second term was worth celebrating.
“It is needless engaging in unnecessary criticism all the time. I am here in a neutral capacity. Not for the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). I will say it the way it is. During the last administration of the APC when they did well IPAC commended them.
“Now that we are under the PDP government, where the governor is doing well, we must give it to him. Who was not in this state to see the state of resident doctors in Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH). If you go back there now and see the welfare lift His Excellency has given to the doctors there, you will be amazed.
“Is it the General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area and in other places, I mean the man has done creditably and we must give it to him. I don’t buy into unnecessary criticism because of politics. The governor has done well in terms of Healthcare in Rivers State,” he stated.
On security, Joseph expressed happiness that the new security architecture ‘Operation Sting’ launched by the governor was yielding positive fruits, especially in the Ogoni area of the state.
“Like I said the governor was on point when he launched the new security architecture called ‘Operation Sting’. Let me take it from Khana, Gokana and that Ogoni axis. You recall that in the past two, three months, the security situation was so bad that if you go to churches in Bori, that is the central town of the Ogoni people, you will weep for the displaced persons as a result of what these boys have done and the suffering of the innocent people.

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Lawyer Urges Support For Wike Through Constructive Engagement

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A Port Harcourt-based legal practitioner, Barr Precious Dike, has urged Rivers people to support Gov Nyesom Wike in his effort at developing the state by constructively engaging him and proffering wise counsel as when due.
Barr Dike who made the call while exchanging views with The Tide in Port Harcourt, last week described the state executive as a listening leader who is always inclined to giving heed to useful counsel.
While acknowledging that the governor was well within his constitutional freedom to bid his time in the assembling of persons to form the state executive council, the lawyer said the governor’s for “dedicated and passionate” individual to form his full cabinet was taking too long to materialise.
“The state has many committed, competent and loyal people”, he said, arguing that the delay in the appointment of commissioners in the state was slowing down the developmental momentum that had become the hallmark sort of the government in the past four years.
Barr Dike noted that permanent secretaries were limited in the scope of their duties and therefore could not do as much as commissioners, adding that the “the state has to come up with an economic blueprint which would attract investors”.
The Ubima born legal practitioner encouraged Governor Nyesom Wike not to lose stream in his drive that earned him many accolades including the sobriquet “Mr Projects” in his first term in office while urging him to turn his attention to executing legacy projects in the riverine communities in the interest of even development of the state in his second tenure.
“It would be fair that major infrastructural development are taken to the riverine areas, especially road and educational facilities”, he said, emphasising that the governor needs the cooperation and support of all Rivers people without distraction for him to fully realise his developmental agenda for the state in record time.

 

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