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Ikpeazu, Ugwanyi Laud Wike’s Indomitable Stance On Promoting Democracy

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, have expressed deep admiration for the idomitable posture of the Rivers State Governor, Chief, Nyesom Wike, in promoting democratic ideals and good governance in Nigeria.
The two governors, who hosted Governor Wike at their country homes while the Rivers State Governor and his entourage paid them  special new year visits, said Governor Wike had  provided exemplary and quality leadership in Rivers State through the delivery of projects and also made bold his position on national issues of critical concern.
Addressing Governor Wike and his entourage at his home town of Umuobiakwa, Abia State, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said Rivers State was lucky to have Wike as their governor as he has demonstrated deep commitment towards good governance and the defence of the interest of Rivers people at all times.
He said the government and people of Abia State shared Governor Wike’s concern for a better Nigeria, and reiterated the need to join forces to salvage the country from further drift into the abyss.
Ikpeazu described Governor Wike as a determined and selfless leader who is not only focused on project delivery in his state,but providing true leadership for his colleagues to emulate. He said Nigeria needed leaders like Governor Wike to bring to the country and secure the future of the country for posterity.
In a similar vein,  Enugu State was agog for Governor Wike as the government and people of the state, led by the Governor, His Excellency, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, rolled out the drums to welcome Governor Wike on the visit that was carved as essential to deepen the relationship between Rivers and Enugu states.
Speaking at the reception which was held at the Governor’s home town of Orba in Udenu LGA of Enugu State, Ugwuanyi commended Governor Wike over his sterling leadership qualities, describing him as a bold, audacious leader who has given voice to the voiceless and remained firm in defending the principles of justice in Nigeria.
The Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, led by its Chairman, HRM, Amb Lawrence Ajubuzo, also confered on Governor Wike the Chieftaincy Title of ‘Agunechi Ibe’ of Enugu State, for his contributions to good governance and democracy.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike within the week attended the 30th Edition of the Ogoni Day celebration held in Bori, the Administrative Headquarters of the Ogoni people as a special guest of honour.
Addressing the mammoth crowd at the event, Governor Wike decried the fact that real tenets of the Ogoni struggle as propagated by late environmental and minority rights activist, Ken Saro Wiwa has been politicised by the emerging leadership class in Ogoni.
The Governor cautioned against the tendency among political leaders in Ogoni to use the Ogoni Struggle to achieve personal gains at the expense of the people,and pointed out that Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni matyres paid a huge price for the emancipation of Ogoni and the Niger Delta from the shackles of marginalisation in Nigeria.
Governor Wike also stated that the federal government was taking the Niger Delta for granted because of disunity among the people, and referred to the development crisis in the oil rich region as a product of self marginalisation, as the leaders of the region were not working in one accord.

By: Beemene Tanee

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Yakassai Wants North To Cede Presidency In 2023

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An elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has said it will be unjust for Northern Nigeria to still demand the presidency in 2023.
The Tide source reports that there have been heated debates among stakeholders in the nation’s polity over power rotation between the North and the South ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At the moment, prominent northerners like the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; and a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki appear to be interested in the 2023 presidency.
But Yakassai in reaction to the declaration of interest by some Northerners said while he is not a card-carrying member of any political party, it would be an injustice to the South for northerners to aspire for the presidency after the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said, “How can it be that it is always us the Northerners that will rule? There is no justice in this matter, we rule, they (South) rule, that is justice.”
“I am wondering what the northerners will say to the people? What will they show to the citizens of Nigeria that they benefited or will benefit in order for them to give their votes?
“In the six to seven years, what have the northerners done? What achievement has the leadership accomplished that helped in the development of the country, its economy or any other development that helps the people?
“What major achievement do the northerners have that they can use to call upon all other Nigerians to give them votes again?”
The elder statesman said his interest in politics from the beginning had always been about justice, explaining that his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was to make sure Nigeria went with the method of letting any president run his second tenure after his first; just like he said earlier.
He said that if the first four years of the tenure were not enough for the president to accomplish his goals, then eight years would be enough for him as long as he had the plan on how to accomplish them.

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Pastor Rejects Ortom’s Car Gift

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has recounted how Rev Samuel Alaha, who anointed him in 1992 with a prophecy that he would become governor of the state, rejected a car gift from him after the prophecy came to pass in 2015.
The governor, who made the disclosure, Sunday, during a sermon as the guest preacher at Faithway Gospel Ministries, Gboko, explained that he visited the cleric and presented the new car in appreciation but the vehicle was returned after a few days.
According to Ortom, even though Rev Alaha received the gift on the spot, he called after a few days to inform the governor that he appreciated the offer but begged to return it, saying he did not find it necessary.
Governor Ortom described the clergyman as a committed and true man of God whom he had known since 1980, lauding his zeal and commitment in service to the Almighty God.
Ortom pointed out that as Governor, he was determined to execute God’s counsel to people of the state at all times.
He admonished the congregation to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and assured that “all other things will be added on to you.”
Governor Ortom also called on Christians to go back to the time when there was love towards one another “as it used to be in the past when we became Christians. True brotherly love is lacking today, that is why there seems to be conflict all the time.”
Touching on the unity in the family, the governor told couples to begin to show love towards one another to celebrate accommodation, tolerance and faith in God.

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Ogun: PDP’ll Produce Next Gov – Ayu

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, has declared that the PDP would produce the next governor of Ogun State in 2023.
Ayu said considering the record, which according to him, shows that the PDP had produced the first PDP president in 1999, who hails from Ogun State, the state remains a PDP state.
Ayu said, this last Saturday while addressing a large crowd of PDP members at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
Ayu, who was flanked by members of the national working committee, former governors, the leader of Ogun PDP, Oladipupo Adebutu, the State Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, among others told the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress to prepare to leave the government for the PDP in 2023.
The chairman said the APC governments both at the federal and the states had made lives difficult for Nigerians, adding that it was time to vote the party out of power.
Ayu, who earlier held a private meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said he would be returning to Ogun to mobilise PDP members across all levels, as part of efforts to unseat the APC in 2023.
He said, “I only came to greet my boss and our father, President Obasanjo. I didn’t know that all my people are here. I will come back to mobilise the people of Ogun State in every ward, in every local government because in 2023 we shall produce a PDP governor in Ogun State after which we shall produce a PDP president who will make things better for you.”
In his remarks, Adebutu, who is a PDP governorship aspirant, reiterated his commitment to the development of Ogun State.
He said, “I am sacrificing my comfort for you, not because I need something to eat but I want to create a better tomorrow for you. I will continue to sacrifice for you and I bring to you this sacrifice and this solution. Let us be together. Do you agree with me?”

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