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Okorocha Vs Ihedioha: Rep Urges Focus On Good Governance

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A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Chike Okafor (APC-Imo), has urged Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State to concentrate on governance and leave former Governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha alone.
Okafor made the call while addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja after he was sworn-in as member of the green chambers at the plenary.
“I want to settle down in the 9th Assembly, I do not want to dabble into local politics back home.
“But I will say without any fear of contradiction, that it is my wish that the governor in my state settles down and face issues of governance and leave out the man who had handed over to him.
“This is my position, I wish Ihedioha settled down to face the challenging issues in the state and leave Okorocha alone,” he said.
Reacting to the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld his election, Okafor said that the ‘strong voice’ of his constituency was back.
The Rep. who represents Ehime Mbano/Ihite Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo, said that he would continue to speak for the constituency in the 9th Assembly as he did in the 8th Assembly.
“My people will confirm that I represented that constituency very well even as a first time member and that is the major reason they voted for me overwhelmingly to return to the 9th Assembly.
“To my constituents I will say the strong voice is back and will continue to speak to represents Ehime Mbano/Ihite Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency in the 9th Assembly by the grace of God,” he said.
On his victory at the Court of Appeal, the lawmaker said that he could only thank God for the victory.
He thanked the leadership of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leadership of the House of Representatives for standing by him while his election was being challenged in court.

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Ex-Commissioner Faults Rivers APC Peace Meeting

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Emma Chinda, has faulted a peace meeting held recently to reconcile the two major factions of the party in the State.
The Tide recalls that a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emma Deeyah, who convened the peace meeting in Port Harcourt was quoted as saying that the party’s problems were self-inflicted, but said the peace talk was still ongoing.
But Chinda while speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting said the parley attended by some members loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe was not in the interest of the party.
He said the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) was supposed to be the one championing the peace process.
According to him, “Well, all the noise and arguments you had in the meeting today was because I do not believe in some of the positions being canvassed in the meeting.
“The positions being canvassed there would not serve the interest of those who they say are the leaders of the party. That is Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi which I am one. It does not serve the interest of those who they say are with Senator Magnus Abe who a lot of the members where there.
“Only those who convened the meeting would tell us the interest for which this meeting is to serve,” the former Commissioner stated.
Chinda further said the National Working Committee of the party ought to be the one championing any peace talks, which, according to him, is why he disagreed with some of the positions canvassed in the meeting.
“If we want to make peace in the party, the National Secretariat of the party must be a major critical stakeholder because they are generally overseeing everything in our party nationwide,” he insisted.

 

Dennis Naku

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Politics Now Over, No Excuse For Failure – Ortom

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Following his victory at the Supreme Court over the 2019 governorship election, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he no longer has excuses to fail the people of the state.
Ortom, who said this yesterday in Makurdi following the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed his victory at the polls and dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel Jime, for lack of merit, said he ‘remains grateful to the Benue people for giving him another term.’
Ortom said, “I remain grateful and I owe them (the people of Benue) good governance, dividends of democracy and cooperation in ensuring that we add value to the development of Benue State.
“Politics is now over, elections and litigations are all over, we can now work together.
“No more litigation, no more distractions, now, I will be focused to deliver dividends of democracy to our people. We will ensure that we add value to education, health services, rural transformation infrastructural development, water supply and all.
“Because there is no more excuse again, no time, we will be in a hurry to do the work.
“Benue belongs to all of us and the responsibility of adding value to the development is the responsibility of all of us. So, I invite all Benue sons and daughters, irrespective of party affiliations to join us so that we can work together.”
Ortom reaffirmed his confidence in the Nigerian Judiciary, which, he said had once more proven that it was a `true pillar of democracy.’

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PDP Govs React To Ortom, Tambuwal, Fintiri’s Victories

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday congratulated four of their members over their victory at the Supreme Court.
The apex court affirmed the elections of governors Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).
In a statement issued by the Director-General of the Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the governors said the apex court judgement did not come as a surprise.
They said the Supreme Court judgement affirmed the wishes of the people who not only voted but defended their votes and the mandates they granted the governors during the March 2019 governorship election.
The statement read in part: “The Supreme Court verdict did not come as a surprise because of the massive support the four governors got in their respective states before, during and after the elections.
“These are leaders who put the interests of their people above personal advantage and they deserve to be so acknowledged in all spheres of their endeavours.
“These are leaders who perfectly fit into the category of selfless politicians and deserve the people’s support to excel.”

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