Governor Nyesom Wike had severally expressed fear that the APC is a desperate party and would use security agencies to intimidate it’s political opponents in it’s effort to manipulate the Saturday election as was done in Rivers State during the 2019 general elections.
“They will come with federal might. But do not fear because we have the electorate on our side.
“They did same in Rivers State. The people resisted them by protecting their votes”, he said and advised Edo people to stand firm against any move to manipulate the election against the will of the people.
Giving the charge at a meeting for leaders and elected representatives of PDP in benin City last week, Governor Wike stressed the need for the people to work together to liberate the state from godfathers who were frustrating development in the state.
Not convinced by the promise made by the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Wike, during the PDP mega rally last week said: “ use Edo election to end godfathers . Make sure you vote and be vigilant too.
“ I agree with the Independent National Electoral Commission that the election will be free and fair. Even the Inspector General of Police has promised that nobody will rig the election. But do not leave the polling unit after casting your votes.
“Repeat the Rivers State Model. Let everywoman wear jeans on election day, cast and defend your votes”.
The PDP National Campaign Council Chairman for Edo 2020 Governorship Election, Chief Wike had during a radio interview programme monitored from Port Harcourt, last Thursday, said no politician will cause violence if INEC and police do not compromise.
“Complete manipulation of the electoral process causes violence. No politician will cause violence if the police and INEC do not compromise”, he said.
Another major issue last week in Government House, Port Harcourt was the redeeming of Rivers State Government promise of N30 million bounty to anybody with useful information that could lead to the arrest of one Bobosky, a notorious criminal in Ogoni.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, the Governor presented a cheque of N30 million to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan.
“ I want to thank the police officers under your command for the gallantry displayed in arresting that deadly criminal. Let me also thank the informant who had confidence in you and also trusted Government”, he said.
Issues bordering on the last week gubernatorial election in Edo State dorminated affairs in Government House, Port Harcourt last week.
This is as the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who played the strategic role of the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council, Edo State 2020 Governorship Election, was involved in finishing touches to the election.
In discharging his role as the PDP National Campaign Council Chairman for the election, Governor Wike’s life was threatened during the Saturday election as information filtered into the state that the hotel he was staying was under siege by over 300 armed policemen.
The release signed by the Honorable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, raised the alarm, and said the policemen led by DIG Leye Onyebanji had been very audible with threats that Governor Wike should leave Edo State.
The release said: “ We want to be place on record that the Rivers State Governor was appointed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Campaign Council Chairman for the September 19th 2020 Edo State Governorship Election.
“ This is a legitimate constitutionally recorgnised appointment in the electoral rules, guidelines and processes of our country”.
By: Chris Oluoh
RSHA Backs Panel On Disbanded SARS
Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, says the House backs the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in setting Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses carried out by the disbanded SARS in the state.
The Speaker said the action had been vindicated by the directive of the President to state governments to set up panel of enquiry over the excesses of SARS.
Owaji-Ibani who said this in an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt explained that the world would now understand why the governor had called on the Presidency to address the issues of SARS brutality in the state.
He recalled the role of SARS during the last elections, and the alarm the governor, including other stakeholders raised over the operations of the police unit.
He said the actions the governor took in imposing curfew in some parts of the state as a result of violence that erupted during the End SARS protest was in order.
“The security of lives and property is the main responsibility of government and so the order is to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the state,” he said.
The Speaker who is also the lawmaker representing Andoni State Constituency advised the youths that after the protests, they should be able to provide a roadmap on youth development to enhance their objectives.
Rt. Hon. Owaji-Ibani, however, on behalf of the members of the State Assembly commiserated with families of those who lost their loved ones in the course of the End SARS protest.
#EndSARS: Edo Assembly Declares Support For Peaceful Protest
The leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly yesterday declared its support for the peaceful protest against police brutality, the #EndSARS agitation, describing it as the right of the citizens but decried the violent dimension the demonstrations have taken.
The Assembly leadership in a statement issued by the Speaker, Marcus Onobun, was reacting to a recorded voice that has gone viral where there were threats to attack government buildings in the state except hospitals.
“The destruction of public and private property anywhere in Edo State only serves the interest of enemies of the State and brings untold hardship to our people”.
It added that while such comment would have been considered a mere threat, “it however aligns with the worrisome pattern of destructive activities perpetrated by hoodlums who have since hijacked the well – intentioned peaceful #ENDSARS protests by youths across Nigeria”.
“The House wishes to reiterate its support for the rights of citizens to freedom of speech, expression and peaceful assembly. But, as an arm of government, we have a constitutional responsibility to ensure the full protection of lives and livelihoods of Edo people”, the statement reiterated.
The Assembly, therefore, “calls on security agencies to commit all of its resources to ensure safety of lives and property of law – abiding residents of our state. Our people desire peace and tranquility which will enable Governor Godwin Obaseki to deliver on the unequivocal mandate entrusted to him on 19th September,2020”.
Obiano Declares 24-Hour Curfew In Anambra
The Anambra State Government yesterday declared a 24-hour curfew in the state beginning from 8 pm.
Governor Willie Obiano made the announcement during a statewide broadcast in Awka, the state capital. According to the Governor, “the curfew has become necessary due to unpleasant incidents recorded so far, as well as rising tension in the land.
While describing the anger of the #EndSARS protesters as justifiable, Governor Obiano declared that all schools and markets in the state have been closed down, stressing that all large gatherings in any form are banned.
He said that the security agencies are on notice to do the needful, asking them to resist all efforts to provoke them to the use of extreme force.
The Governor called on stakeholders including the clergy, traditional rulers, youth leaders, among others, to lend their voices and help address the escalating situation, adding that the sum of two hundred million naira has been approved to compensate families of those affected by SARS brutality in the state.
According to Governor Obiano, “This is not the time for destructive rumours, but a time to unite and keep Anambra state safe.”
Meanwhile, the 2021 budget presentation scheduled by Gov. Willie Obiano has been postponed indefinitely.
According to Mr Uche Okafor, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, who conveyed the governor’s message at plenary yesterday, said a new date will be communicated to the House.
“Due to the #EndSARS protests and unrest in the country, Gov. Willie Obiano will not be presenting the 2021 budget proposal as scheduled.
“He said he owes it to residents of the state to ensure the security of lives and property, which is more important.
“He said that the government is looking into the security situation in the state to ensure calm and when this is achieved, a new date will be fixed for the budget presentation.
“The Governor urges residents to support the efforts of the government to ensure security for all,’’ he said.
The Speaker commended Gov. Obiano for sacking James Nwafor as his Senior Special Assistant on Security following accusation by multiple sources of his alleged connection with various extrajudicial killings of suspects by SARS.
He said that the accusations were directed at him during his time as the Officer Commanding (OC) of Anambra State SÁRS.
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