Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that even if the Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is allowed to choose all the panels to handle political cases involving the state, he will continue to fail.
He also stated that all the gang up against Rivers State will continue to fail because God defends the state.
He spoke yesterday at the Government House Port Harcourt Chapel of Everlasting Grace during a Thanksgiving Service for the Supreme Court judgment that declared him qualified to contest the 2019 Rivers State governorship election.
He said: “If you know what Amaechi has been doing, then, you will know that God is with us. He wants to constitute all panels. They should allow him to appoint all panels, but he will fail.
“God will continue to do it for us. We have faith in God. All the gang up against us will fail. Please continue to support and pray for Rivers State”.
He said since 2015, Amaechi has been working round the clock to disrupt the democratic process in Rivers State. He said Amaechi has continued to fail because God is with the state and Rivers people believe in his leadership.
“Amaechi has done everything possible to make sure that we don’t remain here. But nobody can play God.
“In 2015, we won elections and they did everything to destabilise the state. They said that we won in 2015 because of Jonathan. They nullified almost all the State Assembly and National Assembly elections. We had several rerun elections and Rivers people voted overwhelmingly for the PDP.
“In 2019, we witnessed when the Former Minister of Transportation sang war songs in the presence of the President. People became afraid. The Presidential and National Assembly elections came and we won all the seats. We were not in power at the Federal level. We didn’t have security agencies, but we won. Then it came to the Governorship election, they used money and security Services against us, but we won”.
Governor Wike said that he has no fear despite the evil machinations of the Former Rivers State Governor and his cohorts, because God is on the side of Rivers State.
He said: “You have lost, you have lost. All you need to do is to prepare for the next elections. If elections are conducted 2million times in Rivers State, PDP will continue to win”.
He regretted that despite extending an Olive Branch to all political opponents, they have continued unnecessary political battles that will not benefit the state.
Governor Wike said this is the time for all political divides to unite for the development of the state, noting that there is no reason why any Rivers leader should de-market the state.
Speaking further, Governor Wike said that the immediate past Rivers State Commissioner of Police was transferred out of the State because he refused to write a false security report declaring the state unsafe to host the election Tribunal.
“They told the Commissioner of Police to write a security report that here is not safe for the Tribunal. But he refused and the transferred him.
“The Former Minister of Transportation said Rivers State is not safe, but he celebrated his birthday here. The letter Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote was not because of Rivers State. But Amaechi is saying Rivers State is not safe.
“All the companies are drilling oil and Nigeria is making money from Rivers State. So Rivers State is safe. I am here and I am here. It is the way God wants it. I will stay here till 2023, then another person will come. Don’t continue to paint Rivers State black”, he said.
He said that since the commencement of his second term, his administration has faced several political and legal challenges, aimed at derailing it. He said he is thanking God for ensuring that he always wins, despite the strength of his opponents.
Governor Wike narrated how Achinike Nwobodo, an aide of the Former Rivers State Governor filed the suit at the Federal High Court and lost in 2018, only for him to return in 2019 to file the same eligibility suit, with another person as the plaintiff, while he (Nwobodo) served as counsel.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah has hailed Governor Nyesom Wike on his victory at the Supreme Court following a suit challenging his eligibility to contest the last Governorship poll.
Obuah made the commendation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital, yesterday, and made available to The Tide.
The statement, which was signed by Obuah’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, commended the eminent jurists for rising to the occasion, stressing that they have once again, dispensed justice dispassionately.
He also commended their wise decision and forthrightness, reiterating that Wike’s re-election was a divine order, which any attempt by man to upturn, would be an exercise in futility.
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Trans-Kalabari Road: Banigo, Stakeholders Condemn Abduction Of Expatriate
Kalabari traditional rulers and stakeholders have condemned the recent abduction of an expatriate staff of Lubric Construction Company working on the Trans-Kalabari Road.
Speaking at a meeting at the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo said she was deeply pained by the unfortunate incident carried out by unknown miscreants.
According to the deputy governor, who said that the State Chief Executive Officer, Nyesom Wike, was desirous to bring more development projects to Kalabari Kingdom, regretted that this act was capable of discouraging him.
“I want to reiterate that our governor is very desirous to do more developmental projects in our communities, there are many more things he has in the card to do for us, and if we allow this ugly thing to surface, that attitude will discourage him”, the deputy governor noted.
Banigo, who said that perpetrators of the heinous crime did not drop from the sky, insisted that they were community people, and must be fished out and dealt with decisively, while calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the abductee.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, expressed regrets that a project as important as the Trans-Kalabari Road would be tampered with by persons who do not mean well for the Kalabari people.
“If their intention is to run down the good works of our dear governor, over a project which the Kalabari people have been yearning for over the years, then, I am sure God Almighty will not allow them to get away with this dastardly act of kidnapping one expatriate”, Alabraba stressed.
Alabraba further said, “It is important that we talk to ourselves and ensure that everything possible is done to ensure immediate release of the victim, and ensure that measures are put in place to forestall this type of thing in the future”.
Presenting a seven-point communique, Amanyanabo of Minama, King Iboroma Talbot Pokubo, who represented the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disreal Gbobo Bobmanuel, demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of the expatriate, and reassured Governor Wike of their unwavering support for the governor.
Buhari Approves Incorporation Of NNPC, Appoints Board Members
President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited be incorporated.
He also approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited with Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, was appointed chief executive officer.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, saying that the president acted in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum Resources, has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the company.
“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.
“Also, by the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the PIA 2021, President Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.
“Chairman of the board is Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya are chief executive officer, and chief financial officer, respectively.
“Other board members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North-East); Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North-Central); Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North-West); Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South-East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South-South); and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South-West).”
Reject Buhari’s Fresh Loan Request, SERAP Tells NASS
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; to reject the fresh request by President Muhammadu Buhari, to borrow $4billion and €710million.
SERAP said if such request must be granted, the Federal Government should publish details of spending of all loans obtained since May 29, 2015.
The group also expressed fear that if the fresh request is granted, it may take Nigeria’s to over N35trillion.
Buhari recently sought the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $4,054,476,863 and €710million, on the grounds of “emerging needs.”
The request was contained in a letter dated August 24, 2021.
In an open letter dated September 18, 2021, and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation expressed “concerns about the growing debt crisis, the lack of transparency and accountability in the spending of loans that have been obtained, and the perceived unwillingness or inability of the National Assembly to vigorously exercise its constitutional duties to check the apparently indiscriminate borrowing by the government.”
SERAP said, “The National Assembly should not allow the government to accumulate unsustainable levels of debt, and use the country’s scarce resources for staggering and crippling debt service payments rather than for improved access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic public services and human rights.
“The country’s public debt has mushroomed with no end in sight. The growing national debt is clearly not sustainable. There has been no serious attempt by the government to cut the cost of governance. The leadership of the National Assembly ought to stand up for Nigerians by asserting the body’s constitutional powers to ensure limits on national debt and deficits.
“Should the National Assembly and its leadership fail to rein in government borrowing, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the spending of public loans, SERAP would consider appropriate legal action to compel the National Assembly to discharge its constitutional duties.
“SERAP notes that if approved, the country’s debts will exceed N35trillion. The government is also reportedly pushing the maturity of currently-secured loans to between 10 and 30 years. N11.679trillion is reportedly committed into debt servicing, while only N8.31trillion was expended on capital/development expenditure between 2015 and 2020.
“Ensuring transparency and accountability in the spending of loans by the government and cutting the cost of governance would address the onerous debt servicing, and improve the ability of the government to meet the country’s international obligations to use maximum available resources to ensure the enjoyment of basic economic and social rights, such as quality healthcare and education”, SERAP added.
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