Hundreds of youths have protested an alleged move by some political god fathers to impose candidates in the pending local government election in Cross River State.
The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has tentatively fixed February 22, 2020 for council elections.
This has led to beehive of activities at the 18 local governments and 196 wards of the state.
But suspecting foul play in the build up to the election, youths from Boki council took to the streets of Calabar yesterday, shouting, ‘we-no-go-gree ooo’.
The youths, who carried placard with various inscriptions, said they were opposed to recycling of politicians from Boki who had been in power since 1999 to date.
Speaking with journalists, one of the youth leaders and chairmanship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, Kidze Leo, said: “In our hearts we have a lot of worries. We are saying no to imposition of one person against the opinion of many people. There have been a lot of killings in Boki which leaders have not come out to react to. They are only interested in their political ambition.
“Someone who has been nominated and confirmed as commissioner at that level will go as low as causing confusion. It is a big disappointment. I am a businessman and politician, an aspirant (chairmanship) for that matter. If I don’t come out to speak, who will talk for millions of these people? We have come to join forces to produce a vibrant chairman during the election.
“The leaders causing dy to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by young people coming up in politics. When they see a rising star they gang up and bring you down. confusion have been in power for a very long time. They don’t want anybody to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by young people coming up in politics. When they see a rising star they gang up and bring you down.
“They brainwash the other youths who are hungry, who cannot fend for themselves and use them against the other fellow youths. But this time, the majority of the people who want to see this transformation are on this side. So, we will definitely conquer.”
Another chairmanship aspirant, also on PDP platform, Jonathan Osang, said: “They should allow us to go freely into the election. The problem of Boki is not the youths. The problem of Boki is the leaders. They have been in power since 1999 to date.
Fire Ravages Filling Station In PH …As Youths Stone Fire Service Men
Fire has ravaged Heritage Oil Filling Station (formerly AP) located at Iwofe axis in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Tide gathered that the fire started at about 6:45am, yesterday, when one of the tankers was discharging fuel at the filling station.
No lives were lost, and there were no reported cases of injuries.
The fire continued with explosions, but for the intervention of the youths who risked their lives to put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to a nearby gas plant in the filling station.
An eyewitness said that the youths struggled with the fire, and eventually succeeded in minimising the negative impact of the incident before the state fire service men came by 8.15am.
The angry youths, the eyewitness said, pelted pebbles at the fire service men and chased them away for responding two hours after the commencement of the blaze.
Another witness, who gave his name as Samuel Alaja, said, “though the boys did not do well in stoning the fire service men but quickly added that the problem of late response in times of emergency has to be dealt with in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“A situation where fire will start by 6.45am, and the youths will battle with fire and explosion till 8.15am before the fire service men will come is unacceptable.
“If not for the boys, the fire would have entered the gas plant, which would have definitely affected Onava Oil close to Heritage Oil and the many houses surrounding the filling station”, he said.
He reiterated the need for government to set up active fire services at close proximity, stressing that the existing state fire service has never responded on time to any fire incident in the capital city.
Alaja added that the stoning of the fire service vehicle was a product of anger from previous late response whenever duty calls.
Another eyewitness, who pleaded anonimity, commended the quick and selfless response of the boys in putting out the fire, saying that “when people work together, challenges can be put under control quickly’’.
All efforts to reach the owner of the filling station proved abortive.
By: Lilian Peters
Banigo Extols Wike Over Obaseki’s Victory …Hails Rivers HoS On Birthday
The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has described the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike as a Master Strategist and an Astute Political Icon.
Banigo stated this in reaction to the resounding victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Edo State.
In a statement from the Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday, Banigo said it was gratifying to note that under the watch of Wike as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for the September 19, 2020, Edo State Governorship Election, Obaseki recorded a landslide victory over his rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
While congratulating Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election, Banigo said Wike has continued to demonstrate great capacity and leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party as a committed party man, and expressed the hope that the Peoples Democratic Party would take over the reins of governance at the federal level in 2023.
In another development, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, as he celebrates his Birthday, yesterday.
In a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo described Danagogo as a seasoned administrator who always brings to bear his administrative acumen in the discharge of his duties, as a former chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, former commissioner for urban development, former minister of sports, and presently, Secretary to the Rivers State Government.
Banigo said Danagogo’s peaceful disposition and his flair for mentoring young politicians stands him out as a complete gentleman.
The deputy governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep him in good health.
Rivers LG Boss Donates 500KVA Transformers To Communities
The Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, Barrister Philip Okparaji, has handed over brand new 500KVA transformers bought by the council to Korokoro and Ollube communities of Aleto and Onne.
In a brief handover ceremony at the Local Government Secretariat in Agbonchia, Okparaji, stated that the transformers were part of the rural electrification project of his administration, adding that with the new transformers, artisans and business owners in the area would grow their businesses, boost youth employment and contribute to the peace and development of the area.
The LG chairman, who also holds doctorate degree, stated that more communities, including Eteo would get new transformers soon to promote social and economic activities in the communities.
He disclosed that a bigger step-down transformer would be purchased to connect the local government council secretariat to the national grid, adding that he would continue to work for the development of Eleme LGA in line with the mandate given to him by the electorate in the area.
Presenting the transformers on behalf of the LG Council to Korokoro and Ollube communities, former member representing Eleme in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Olu, thanked Okparaji describing him as a man with listening ears, and applauded him for heeding to the cries and yearnings of the people.
Calling on the communities to ensure the safety of the transformers, the former lawmaker stated that the major work of government had been carried out.
He pointed out that the council had been assured that the transformers have a lifespan of, at least, 30 years, charging members of the communities to ensure the protection of the transformers from vandals.
Receiving the transformer on behalf of Ollube community of Onne, Chief Ollor Oluka, explained that the community did a formal letter presenting their plight and requesting the donation of a transformer from the council, and conveyed the gratitude of the community to Okparaji for identifying with their plights.
Oluka pointed out that their long nights and days of darkness had come to an end with the provision of the new transformer by the council and added that they would continue to support his administration to succeed.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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