The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has slammed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tonye Princewill over his recent comments against Governor Nyesom Wike.
The State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah in a statement by his media, aide, Jerry Needam said that despite Princewill’s experiences as a failed politician, he was yet to learn from history.
Obuah who was reacting to a recent media interview granted by the APC chieftain described the comments as totally uncalled for.
Obuah further said that the only thing discernible in the said media interview was that Princewill desperately tried to mend fences with his former political foe and Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi who he alleged (Princewill) never forgave for denying him the APC governorship ticket in 2015.
Dismissing Princewill’s self-contradictory innsinuations and incitements, the PDP chairrman wondered how Amaechi could be an extreme democrat as noted by Princewill and at the sametime being the cause of the APC’s loss of the 2019 election in the State because of his actions, earning him numerous enemies both at the state and federal levels of their party.
The statement reads, “Also denying the imposition of Tonye Cole on the APC as the remote cause of the woes of the party in Rivers State, Tonye Princewill overtly enmeshed in self-adulation admitted being severally, a victim of the popular will unjustly reversed, indirectly referring to the encounter with Rotimi Amaechi, his extreme democrat in 2015”.
Obuah also said, Princewill, deluded by his desperation to warm himself back to his new ‘hero’, Rotimi Amaechi, threw caution to the wind by describing the Executive Governor of the State, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike in the most derogatory terms and calling the election that brought him to office a sham and ‘INEC aided’, not minding the sub-judicial implications of his utterances.
“Rather than living on political back-stabbing and mischief-making to climb to the top, Tonye Princewill, should tap from the wisdom of Governor Wike and his other superiors and most significantly, do away with political harlotry that sacked him from the good books of his mentors like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu among others.
“It is only then he (Princewill) can be trusted by his kinsmen and by extension, the Rivers people before considering him for any elective or responsible position,” Bro Obuah stated.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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