Connect with us

Politics

‘Wike’s Olive Branch Shows Focused, True Leadership’

Published

on

A member of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Christopher Wonodi, has lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for offering an olive branch to opposition political parties in the state, saying such move can only come from a focused and true leader.
This is as the monarch expressed the optimism that the Governor will complete the remaining development projects he started, focus on youth development and general empowerment as he prepares for his inauguration for a second term in office on May 29.
Chief Christopher Nnanna Wonodi, who is the Eze Mbam Abali X11, Eze Risioha in Rebisi, Port Harcourt, made the call during an exclusive chat with The Tide in the Rivers State capital at the weekend.
According to him, “You will agree with me that the Governor is very focused going by his people-oriented projects and his large heart to accommodate people. Although there are few of the projects he is yet to complete. I am sure that he will complete them and even deliver more in his second tenure.
“We all know that he (the Governor) was faced with a lot of distractions from the opposition. But thank God all that is over after he was declared winner of the last Governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), an election he won by a landslide victory.
“As a matter of fact, this is why people love Governor Nyesom Wike because while some people are making the place uncomfortable for him, he keeps waxing stronger. So let me say that the acceptance of the olive branch by the opposition parties is good. It is a welcome development.
“They (the opposition) should know that there is time for everything as recorded in Ecclesiastes. They have fought a war, so to speak and now the war is over. Everybody should come together, like they have agreed, they should be sincere in supporting the Governor and make the state move forward,” he noted.
The monarch observed that the people need to be engaged, while expressing worry over the recent spate of cult related activities in some parts of the State; pointing out that it was in the light of these and general insecurity that the Governor met with traditional rulers and other stakeholders recently to chart a new regime of peace aimed at attracting investment and bring more development to the state.
“So we are calling on these boys to stop all these mindless killings and related vices because these are ill wind that blow nobody any good. There must be respect for human life. We need the government to concentrate and work for the state to be safe so that companies can also spring up and provide employment opportunities.
“I believe that his second tenure will focus well on human capital development and empowerment of our people. But our people should learn to be patient. Again it is not just empowerment by doling out monies. People, especially the youths must be ready to work and do something meaningful to be useful to themselves and society.”

 

Dennis Naku

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Politics

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

Published

on

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.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Politics

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

Published

on

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.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Politics

Group Advises Women On Increased Participation In Politics

Published

on

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.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending