The Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeka Woke and one-time Rivers State Commissioner for Transport, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, were among the deluge of influential political leaders who expressed deep satisfaction with last Saturday’s local government polls in the state.
The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) had, prior to the elections, distributed sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the elections on Friday to allow for early commencement of the exercise, Saturday.
Woke, after casting his vote at his Isiodu Ward 3, Unit 14, in Emohua Local Government Area (EMOLGA), expressed confidence in the process and commended RSIEC for conducting free, fair and credible election in the area.
He expressed the hope that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) candidates across the state would sweep the polls, based on the party’s performance in the state.
Said Woke: “ It has to do with the performance of Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike who has kept his promises and ensured that every community in the state enjoys democracy dividends”.
He hinted that the Wike-Led administration has initiated and completed many projects in the area, including roads, adding that Wike’s achievements have already placed the party’s candidates in a better stead to win the elections without much ado.
Similarly, Emeh hailed the peaceful and orderly conduct of the exercise and showered communions on the RSIEC for the credibility of the polls.
Expressing confidence on PDP candidates victory at the poll, Emeh, erstwhile Chief of Staff to former Governor Celestine Omehia, said all PDP candidates are saleable as, according to him, good products sell themselves.
He described the PDP candidate for EMOLGA, Hon Chidi Lloyd as a politician that has already sold himself by his antecedents.
Emeh reeled out Lloyd’s achievements as a lawmaker who represented EMOLGA, saying that the massive turnout of voters in the area testifies to his popularity and acceptance by the electorate.
In a similar vein, the lawmaker representing EMOLGA Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon Sam Oge, and a former special Adviser in the state, Surveyor Sam Agwor expressed happiness with the generally peaceful and orderly conduct of the process.
Praising RSIEC for arrangements put in place and early arrival of materials, Oge and Agwor, after casting their votes at the Rumuoro Ward 1 Unit 008, predicted victory for the PDP which they said campaigned vigorously.
By: Victor Tew
Ex-APC National Chairman Tasks Party On Responsive Leadership
Chief John Odigie-oyegun, former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC), has charged the party’s leaders to be more progressive and responsive to the people.
He said this at the public presentation of a book”APC’S Litmus Test, Nigerian Democracy and Politics of Change”, written by Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF) in Abuja, yesterday.
“We are in charge today, a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show to the nation that when the people want some degree of change, “we should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that the APC document on true federalism was still being worked upon before its release.
Odigie-Oyegun said the ideas of people from different parts of the country would be different up to the extent that they would want to go with the proposals in the document.
He said it was however, necessary, vital and mandatory in the interest of the survival of the country that issues regarding federalism were addressed.
“We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today,”Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that for those at the formation of the APC, the uniqueness of its Constitution and its manifesto promised change was meant by all members with their hearts and beings.
He said unfortunately, the forces of economics had made things not quite the way it was planned.
The APC former national chairman said there was need for the party members to do everything possible to keep it not just alive but very virile.
He added that in spite of general belief, the APC was one party that had put together things that meant hope for the country.
He said the fact that things were bad and people were angry and hungry was not questionable, saying that these were worldwide phenomenon.
Odigie-Oyegun decried the current security challenge in the country.
“It is my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation,” he said.
PDP Rep Harps On Justice, Dialogue To Secure Nigeria
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives member has enjoined Nigerian leaders to tow the path of justice, equity, dialogue, and rule of law in the country.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja to commemorate the Democracy Day
He added that such path would help to arrest worsening insecurity and arrest separatist agitations across the country.
Okechukwu said that opportunities still abound in preserving the nation’s democracy and reconstruct the union to a more workable piece.
He said that June 12 was designated Democracy Day in honour of a symbol of the nation’s democratic struggles, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
He added that Abiola was unjustly denied the opportunity to exercise an overwhelmingly popular mandate handed him by the Nigerian people on June 12 1993, but only to be celebrated at death.
“The greatest debt the governments and leaders of Nigeria owe every part of this country and every Nigerian is a sense of justice and equity according to the letters and spirit of our constitution.
“The golden rule of justice is to do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to take conscious steps to do things that would promote national unity and earn it loyalty.
He also called on leaders to be proactive in creating a clement environment for peace to reign to arrest the present security challenges in the country.
Okechukwu commended the leaders of the South East and the Federal Government for the June 11, dialogue in Enugu to deescalate tension in the region.
He stated that it was a right step that should be sustained and replicated nationwide, while wishing Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.
Democracy Day: PDP Lawmakers Wants Observance Of Rule Of Law
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called for strict observance of the rule of law to improve democratic practice in the country.
The caucus made the call in a statement by its Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) last Saturday in Abuja.
Chinda called for an environment that would guarantee freedom of speech and standard operations for the fourth estate of the realm.
The lawmaker stressed the need to place greater value on Nigerian lives and for decisive and pragmatic steps to end the avoidable deaths in the country.
He called on the government to restrain the Police and other security agencies from further unleashing violence on unarmed youths and other peaceful protesters.
“They choose to go out and exercise their rights in commemoration of Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a symbol of democratic freedom and supremacy of the people’s power and should be respected by ensuring that all the tenets of democracy are adhered to in all ramifications.
“June 12 is not only about introspection, it is about renewing the commitments of all to the growth of democracy in our dear county.
“It is about ensuring that our country is never again enveloped by darkness, hemmed to the abyss by the sinister forces that threaten our collective rights and freedoms,” he said.
Chinda urged all Nigerians to hold on to democratic principles in spite of the challenges facing the country saying that “good will triumph over evil.”
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