Executive Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State, Hon. Solomon Eke, has charged the newly elected officials of Wednesday’s local government congress in the area to be faithful to the party and uphold its tenets.
Eke gave the charge while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of the congress held at Rumuepirikom town hall in Obio/Akpor; just as he expressed happiness that most of the elected officials were not new in politics.
He said, “Well, they are not new people in the system. We are all politicians. We have been participating in this process and some of us held different kinds of position including all of them that were elected today.
“Some of them graduated from the chapter to the ward, from the ward to the LGA today. So is not a new thing for them, what we will continue to tell them is that they should be faithful to the party and hold the tenets of the party very high, maintain decorum and orderliness in everything we are doing.
“PDP is a party that is built on trust. The party believes in grassroots, the majority of the people will always have their way while the minority will have their space. So I will advise them to work in line with the party guideline and rules governing the party. This is not a one man party show, is not for PDP.
“If you look at our slogan, it says power belong to the people. So it’s the will of the people that will always propagate, so they must work in that line but I Know that they must work in that line because they have been tutored. like I said, some of them graduated from chapter level, now to local government level.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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