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Bayelsa Guber Poll: TUC Tasks Aspirants On Electoral Law

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The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has advised aspirants for the November. 16 governorship Eection in Bayelsa State to conduct themselves orderly and respect the electoral Law.
The State Chairman of the TUC, Mr Tari Dounana, gave the advice in Yenagoa yesterday during an interview with newsmen.
Dounana said that respect for the rules of the game would not only ensure peace, but ensure the much- needed free and fair election.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed September. 3 for its primaries.
Dounana called on aspirants under the PDP to respect the constitution of the country and support efforts to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
“Let us use this election to set good records for other states to learn.
“You know Bayelsa has been tagged as a `violence state’ when it comes to elections; politicians should have this in mind and conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure peaceful and credible primaries, ” he pleaded.
He advised youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used for thuggery during and after the election.
Dounana said that he expected that someone with a “heart of goodwill” for the people would emerge as governor from the November. 16 election.
“Someone that can bring government closer to the people and promote good governance in the state and country at large,’’ he said is who Bayelsans are praying to emerge as their next governor.

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I’ve No Intention To Seek Third Term Through Surrogate – Emmanuel

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has said he has no plans to seek a third term by using a surrogate.
The governor said this when members of the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, a socio- cultural organisation of the Ibibio youth, met him at the Government House at the weekend.
The group, led by Patrick Udofia, had met with the governor to congratulate him on his victory at the tribunal.
“I usually hear people say I have anointed someone who will take over from me so I can manipulate him to do my bidding after leaving the office. I want to assure you that it is not true.
“As I speak, it is only God who knows who my successor will be. When God presents him, we will support him to also succeed,” Emmanuel said.
The governor commended the group for its role in maintaining peace in the state and thanked the Akwa Ibom people for their support towards sustaining the development of the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Udofia said the association would keep supporting the governor so as to develop the state.

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As PDP Chieftain Hails Tribunal’s Verdict

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Chief Remigus Nwaokonkwo, has congratulated Governor Emeka Ihedioha on his victory at the Elections Petitions Tribunal.
Nwaokonkwo who is the leader of PDP in Orsu Local Government Area (OLGA) of the state
disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Awka, yesterday.
He said that the victory was not just that of Ihedioha but for the entire people of the state.
He said the tribunal verdict was a further affirmation of the resounding victory of the governor who got overwhelming votes from the electorate.
“With the judgment of the tribunal which dismissed all petitions against Ihedioha, the people have won again just as we already won on March 9.
“It is a happy day for us because, it is a victory for people, I want to on behalf of the PDP in Orsu LGA congratulate our governor on his victory,” he said.
Nwaokonkwo said the development would reduce distractions to the governor whom he said was on the right track to rebuilding the state.
He enjoined people especially the opposition to see the victory as an act of God and rally around Ihedioha to enable him deliver good governance to the state.
“We have to move forward, the governor needs our support to succeed, I call on everyone especially those who went to court to see the state as our common heritage and join hands with the governor for common good,” he said.

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100 Days: Wike Commissions More Key Projects

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As celebration of the first100 Days of Governor Nyesom Wike’s second term administration entered its second week, the governor commissioned more key projects.
The projects inaugurated last week  were the Rumuwoji International Market, the Real Madrid Football Academy, the Civil Servants Quarter, Sea Bed Model Primary School and the Reconstructed Government Craft Development centre ( GCDC).
Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who commissioned the Rumuwoji market last Wednesday, expressed happiness at the rate the Rivers State Governor was delivering projects in the state.
“We are proud of him. We are proud of the work he is doing in Rivers State. He is going to continue to commission projects till 27th September. This is almost ten days from now.
“Even if it is one project per day, it will be almost ten days now.Now I understand why they refer to him as Mr Project”, Fayemi said.
Governor Wike stated that the market project was in fulfilment of the promise he made to the people during his electioneering campaign in 2014.
“ When we make promises to the people , we are bound to fulfil the promises. Hold us accountable to our promises because there is no excuses. We made a promise and we have fulfilled that promise “, he said.
Last Monday, the Governor also inaugurated the Sea Bed Model School. He assured Rivers people that his administration will continue to uplift the standard of education.
Wike announced that the state government had awarded contract for the construction of 69 primary schools across the state.
Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fynface Akah said for  106 years the Sea Bed Model School has been in existence, the reconstruction by Wike administration was the first time it witnessed upgrade.
The Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt was commissioned last Tuesday. Wike remarked that  technical and vocational training remained one of the surest ways of reaching out to thousands of Rivers youths.
In the week under review, the Rivers State chief Executive, lamented deliberate marginalisation of Rivers State by the APC-led federal government.
He said:  “The federal government released N148 billion for the reconstruction of roads and it didn’t consider one road in Rivers State”. This, he said is in spite  of the fact that Rivers State produces the oil used in financing federal projects.
He made the lamentation, Thursday  before the official commissioning of the Civil Servants Quarters in Port Harcourt.
He expressed happiness with the quality of the project and urged civil servants to maintain the facility.
Commenting on the constitution of his cabinet, Gov Wike disclosed that a list of possible nominees had been sent to the security agencies for profiling.
On Saturday, Rivers State Government unveiled state- of- the-art Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who did the official commissioning, said: “ There has always been great football talents from Rivers State. Great players like Taribo West, George Finidi and Joseph Yobo, this project will create more stars”, and commended Gov Wike for his commitment to the development of Rivers State.
In his address, Governor Wike said: “ Today is one of the happiest days of my life. Today, our dream has come to fruition by the help of God”.
Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and middle East, Mr Inego Vallejo assured Rivers State Government that the club will continue to support the sustained development of the academy.

Another major event last week in Brick House was the visit of six state Governors. They are Governors of Adamawa Umaru Fintri, Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo, Seyi Makinde, Benue, Samuel Orton, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and Zamfara, Muhammed Matawale.

Addressing journalists after a close door meeting Friday with Governor Wike , Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal said they were in the state to celebrate with Rivers people the good governance of Governor Wike as he marks the first 100 days of his second term administration.

 

Chris Oluoh

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