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Restoration Caucus’II Choose PDP Guber Candidate-Dickson

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Governor. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says his preferred candidate for the September. 3 primary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge among his loyalists in the Restoration Camp of the party.
Dickson, in a statement issued in Yenagoa yesterday, said that the leadership of the restoration caucus would decide on an aspirant to support in the primary before Sept. 3.
More than nine of the 21 aspirants jostling for the PDP ticket ahead the November. 16 governorship election pledged allegiance to the restoration camp led by Dickson.
The Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral John Jonah,Secretary to State Government, Kemela Okara, Chief of Staff to Gov. Dickson,Talford Ongolo, Special Adviser to Dickson on Establishment, Benson Agadaga and Board of Internal Revenue Chairman, Ayawei Nimbofa are contesting.
The governor said that supporting any aspirant of the PDP outside the restoration camp was one “heavy moral burden’’ he was not prepared to carry.
He also hinged his decision to support a Restoration aspirant on the imperative of continuity, effective service delivery and commitment of restoration caucus to the socio-economic growth of the state.
Dickson dismissed those accusing him of refusal to support some aspirants, insisting that it was his right to decide who to back in the primary.
He also urged the members of the party to ignore the rumour masterminded by some political interests that the newly elected local government party chairmen and councillors were not qualified to be delegates in the election.
He said that there was no law in the PDP that prevented elected local government officials from becoming delegates in the primaries.
“We have agreed to elect a candidate for our party from the restoration team. I will fail in my responsibilities and values if I abandon those who have supported me, who have been through thick and thin with me.

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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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