Most of the activities of Governor Chibuike Amaechi were done outside the state, as he was represented by other state officials within the week in various state functions.
He was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr George Feyii, during the inauguration of the new State Education Quality Assurance Agency.
Commissioner for Commerce, Chienye Chuma also stood in for the governor during the setting up of a Business Roundtable Committee in the state penultimate week.
Last weekend, the Secretary to the State Government, represented Governor Chibuike Amaechi as he bade farewell to visiting students of Institute of Security Studies (ISS), Abuja, who were in the state for a three-day study tour.
Last week Tueday however, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Rivers State Chapter, led by its chairman and Mayor of Port Harcourt, Chimbiko Akarolo, briefed newsmen on the brewing wranglings within the fold of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The body was responding to the controversial judgment by an Abuja High Court dissolving the Chief Godspower Ake-led PDP Executive on Monday. ALGON vowed not to recognise the court instituted exco led by Chief Felix Obuah, whom they said did not contest elections.
Mr. Akarolo declared that, “We shall not support or do business with new exco. The decision is a bad luck to democracy in Rivers State.” It, therefore, pledged support to the Chief Ake-led executive.
ALGON insisted that the country must be ruled on the platform of truth and therefore urged party faithfuls to be peaceful and law-abiding, as justice is sure to reign again with an appeal already instituted in the matter.
On Tuesday evening last week, the state governor played host to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which was in the state for the 5th Quadrennial Confereence and elections of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUCPTRE).
The NLC led by its president, Abdulwaheed Omar, was welcomed with a dinner party during which the Secretary to the State Government expressed happiness for AUCPTRE holding its conference in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State Government scribe said, “it may interest you that Port Harcourt is 100 years and you will be duely informed about the centenary festivities.”
Mr Feyii urged the labour union to enjoy their stay in Port Harcourt as the state was peaceful, while reminding them that the government was labour-friendly.
The NLC and other AUCPTRE executives finally paid courtesy visit to Governor Amaechi on Friday. Comrade Omar thanked the Rivers State governor for the hospitality and love shown to them.
Omar described Governor Amaechi as “pillar of democracy in Nigeria,” noting that labour and Nigerians are watching with interest the political developments in Rivers State.
The NLC president assured that labour will continue to associate with “good things,” while lauding Amaechi for his educational programmes. “I have not seen anywhere children are learning under that kind of atmosphere,” he said.
On his part, Governor Amaechi thanked the group for choosing Rivers State as venue of their election and urged them to ensure they choose the right leaders, adding “I think it’s criminal not to allow workers elect those who will lead them.”
He further stressed, “the day we begin to elect our leaders ourselves then corruption will die.”
On Saturday, a massive solidarity rally besieged the gates of Government House, Port Harcourt. Youths, women, lawmakers in both the national and state assemblies spoke against the sack of Chief Godspower Ake-led PDP executive in Rivers State by an Abuja High Court on Monday.
A PDP youth leader, Bethel Oko-Jaja, described the judgment as a “collasal judgment” and vowed that the PDP will pursue the matter to a conclusion. He further said, “our support is total and we call for total endorsement and support for Chibuike Amaechi.
Senator Magnus Abe and Hon Chidi Llyod, including chairman of Etche Local Government Area, Reginald Ukwuoma all took turns to speak. Deputy Governor, Engr Tele Ikuru represented the governor at the rally.
Engr Ikuru warned that when once Nigerians lose their right to get justice then they have loost their fate. He added, “If we do not rise up now, we have lost our charter.”
Later, Saturday, Governor Amaechi took part in the coronation of Amanyanabo of Ogoloma in Okrika Local Government Area.
He assured the new king that his administration will work with him to bring peace and development to the area. “I tell my Okrika friends that you are peace-loving man, with you Okrika will know peace.”
Ex-Women Affairs Minister, Tallen Felicitates Tinubu’s Wife @ 63
Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, has felicitated First Lady, Sen. Remi Tinubu on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.
Tallen, who congratulated the President’s wife in a statement on Friday in Abuja, eulogised the First Lady, who she described as “a rare gem and rare gift to the nation.”
She prayed for more years of God’s exceeding grace on Mrs Tinubu, describing her as extremely humane, an epitome of humility and an indispensable strong pillar of support to her husband.
Tallen said, “Your Excellency, on this milestone and auspicious occasion of your 63rd birthday, I join millions of your well-wishers across the globe, especially the womenfolk, to celebrate with you, while thanking God for His exceeding grace upon you, while wishing you the best that life can offer in the many decades ahead.
“As a wife, mother, fervent preacher of the gospel, as well as an iconic political leader, who exemplifies the struggle for women in politics, you will remain a veritable source of inspiration and pride for women for generations yet unborn.
“Indeed, we could not have asked God for a better First Lady at this time, considering your rare track record of achievements, as your life has been a gift, not just to Nigerian women after your breaking of many barriers for women and setting a perfect example for young girls over the years.”
The former Deputy Governor of Plateau and one-time Minister of State, Science and Technology, said that the people of Plateau would remain eternally grateful to Mrs Tinubu, particularly for her recent visit to the state and donation of a whooping sum of N500 million to families of crisis victims in the state.
She said that through her Renewed Hope Initiative, as Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Tinubu has demonstrated her empathy, humanity and philanthropic gesture by pursuing the well-being of others with unquantifiable compassion and zeal to help the less privileged, the challenged and those in need.
Tallen, therefore, prayed for long life, good health, increased grace and wisdom for the First Lady and her entire family.
Tani Olorun Not Against Out-Of-Court Settlement, Says Lawyer
The legal team of embattled Isese advocate in Ilorin, Kwara State, Abdulazeez Adegbola, alias Tani Olorun, has said they are open to an out-of-court settlement of the case of criminal defamation brought against him by the police.
Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Ademola Bank, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide source.
Tani Olorun is standing trial on five counts of alleged criminal conspiracy, inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, criminal defamation of character, and intentional insult before a Kwara Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin.
In a separate case, he is also standing trial before the Kwara Upper Area Court sitting in Ilorin, alongside the Oluwo Nla of Tede, Chief Ademola Olawoore.
The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to sections 97, 210, 392, and 114 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.
Speaking in an interview with our source in Ilorin on Saturday, Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Bank, said, “If an agreement for an out-of-court settlement comes up, why are we not to agree? The court allows it, the law allows it, and wisdom allows it. The law does not frown on it, the court does not frown on it, and wisdom does not frown on it. Parties can agree to an out-of-court settlement at any time. If it comes, so be it, if the situation allows it.”
He was, however, silent on whether the agreement for an out-of-court settlement would come from the defendant, saying, “It is the situation that dictates it. If it comes from the parties, we will not stand against it. The lawyer will not stand against it. No lawyer will oppose any bid for settlement by parties; it is for peace to reign.”
I’m Not Afraid Of Appeal – Gawuna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has said he is unafraid of the appeal challenging his victory at the tribunal.
The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, last Wednesday, declared the APC candidate winner of the election and sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The three-man panel ordered a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna and the withdrawal of a certificate of return presented to Yusuf.
The court noted that ballot papers of 165,663 votes were not stamped or signed and, therefore, were invalid and deducted the 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total.
Speaking with BBC Hausa in an interview while commenting on the tribunal judgment, Gawuna said, “I am grateful to Allah for our victory in the Kano State election, which was affirmed by the court today (Wednesday). I thank Him for His will, which chose us to lead. I also thank our lawyers and the general public for their prayers and support.”
He noted that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was initially declared the winner of the election but believed that Allah had already decided the outcome, saying they had the right to challenge the results in court, and they did so.
Gawuna said that anyone who believes that nothing happens without Allah’s will will never worry or take governance as a do-or-die affair, stressing that whatever happens to them, they believe it is the will of Allah.
According to him, “We are not intimidated or afraid, because we know that whatever happens is for the best. Allah never makes mistakes.”
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