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2019: Ex-Lawmakers Endorse Wike

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Former lawmakers from Rivers State last Friday joined the foray in the call for the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to go for a second term in office.
The forum of Ex-Legislators led by Senator Adawari Pepple who also passed a confidence vote on Wike said the decision was premised on the governor’s massive roll out of people-oriented projects executed across the state.
Pepple said at a solidarity visit in the Government House, Port Harcourt that the forum of former lawmakers in the state is convinced by Wike’s excellent performance and is urging him to lead Rivers State beyond 2019.
“As a forum, we call on the governor to present himself to contest the 2019 Governorship election. We believe that the Rivers State Governor deserves a second term”, he said, noting that Wike has promoted the image of the state across the globe, hence his several prestigious awards.
Wike also played host to the leadership of Eckankar Nigeria at Government House, Port Harcourt last Thursday and pledged to sustain religious to tolerance in the state for peaceful co-existence.
He said every Nigerian is constitutionally empowered to practice the religion of his/her choice and promised that at his watch nobody will discriminate against any religion as people have different was to reach God.
Earlier, leader of Eckankar Nigeria and the Regional ECK Spiritual Aide (RESA) Ifeatu John Areh declared that Wike would govern Rivers State till 2023 because of his achievements.
Areh stated that the state has experienced good governance under Wike’s leadership and urged him to sustain the tempo.
He said the visit was part of activities marking their seminar last weekend in Port Harcourt.
The governor also celebrated his 50th birthday last Wednesday. At a birthday service and dinner organized at his country home in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Wike reiterated that he would never do anything that would bring the PDPdown.
He assured that he will rather continue to work for the party to meet expectations of Nigerians and stressed that Nigerians earnestly expect the PDP to rise and salvage them.
Some prominent leaders of PDP as National Chairman Uche Secondus, former Chairman Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Taraba State PDP, Dairus Ishaku and Ekiti State Governor and PDP Governors Forum Chairman, Ayo Fayose joined other friends, associates and well-wishes to celebrate Wike’s birthday and eulogized him for his huge achievements in the state and prominent role in the sustenance of the party.
Wike had earlier joined his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to inspect ongoing construction of the Asaba Flood Control Project in Delta State.
Last Friday he flagged off the construction of new projects in Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Ogba/Egbeme/Ndoni, Abua Odual, Ahoada West, Asari-Toru and Ahoada East LGAs in the state.
One of the projects was the construction of an Ultra-Modern Cinema and Restaurants at Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
The Governor said he would also build a Five-Star Hotel at the park to attract international guests. He gave the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc June 2018 to complete the cinema and chain of restructure ranks at the park.

By: Chris Oluoh.

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NGO Tasks NASS On Fiscal Responsibility Law Amendment

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The Growth Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Nigeria says there is an urgent need for the national assembly to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) amendment bill into law.
The executive director, Order Paper, Oke Epia,said this on Saturday at a media briefing in Abuja.
The Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 is primarily designed to checkmate wastage and corruption.
Epia said the financial crisis faced by the country is as a result of corruption in the oil sector, which could be resolved through the passage of the amendment of the Act.
“Nigeria is in a fiscal crisis because certain things are not being done right, especially in the petroleum sector which accounts for over 60 percent of revenue earnings and over 90 percent of foreign exchange due to the country,” he said.
“It is the mainstay of the economy and that is where you have the poster child of corruption in this country.”
He said the slow amendment of the fiscal responsibility act gives room for the non-remittance of revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“On the side of public finance management, that is what we want to alert your consciousness to, so that we can mount pressure on the national assembly to pass this fiscal responsibility amendment bill, so it will help get monies that are due to government paid to the government without much ado,” he added.

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Alleged 2019 Guber Poll Rigging: Ogun APC To Probe Amosun

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The state leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State may likely quiz the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over his claim that the 2019 governorship election in the state was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
There were indications that the party’s leadership may take a hard step on the Senator’s claim when the party’s leaders from the 20 local government areas of the state had a closed-door meeting in Abeokuta on Saturday and expressed their displeasure over the allegation.
The state Chairman of the party, Yemi Sanusi, who berated Amosun over his claim, described such outburst as  un-senatorial and unbecoming of a supposed statesman.
It was learnt that after the meeting, the party’s leaders called for disciplinary measures against such anti-party acts, which they likened to the ex-governor’s support for All Progressives Movement’s governorship candidate in 2019, resulting in his suspension.
Sanusi declared that, being the acting chairman of the party in 2019, he observed that the election that produced the incumbent governor was the most credible in the history of the state.
He said the electorate trooped out and overwhelmingly voted for Governor Abiodun and protected their votes from being overturned by riggers.
Sanusi, therefore, called on the party’s leaders and members to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor  Abiodun by working hard to ensure  his re-election in 2023.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the general election, Governor Abiodun donated a bus to the party’s state executive council with a view to enhancing their operations ahead of the 2023 poll and in appreciation of their contributions towards the growth of democracy in the state.
He described the party’s state executive as a partner in progress, commending them for their sterling leadership which made it possible for them to keep the party united.
The governor, therefore, promised support for the party to sustain its membership drive, emphasising that all hands mist be on deck as the party gets prepared for the forthcoming general elections.

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APC’s Case Challenging My Victory, Waste Of Time – Adeleke

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The Governor- elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Saturday disclosed that the case filed by the All Progressives Congress APC, challenging his victory in the July 16 election is dead on arrival and a mere waste of time.
According to Adeleke, the people of Osun state have spoken and no amount of court cases can overturn his election as governor.
Adeleke, speaking at Ijebu-Jesa, headquarters of Oriade local government, where a former commissioner for finance under the administration of Aregbesola, Dr Wale Bolorunduro officially decamped to the PDP, said his major focus is how to move Osun forward, promising a massive impact in his first 100 days in office.
“The whole world knew that the election was free and fair. APC are just wasting there time. They have the right to go to court but I can tell you, it is dead on arrival.
“Osun people who have voted massively for us should keep calm and not worry. This time around, the people of Osun have spoken and it is the will of God.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is how to make Osun great and I’m promising that in my first 100 days in office , Osun State will witness a massive change,” he said.
Speaking on why he defected, Bolorunduro said he left APC because the party is full of deceit and lack ethos of Obafemi Awolowo.
His words: “I and my followers are decamping today to PDP because it is the party for the progressive. It is a party that is transparent and not deceitful as the former party I was.
“I left APC because my glory was being covered and my contributions trampled upon. APC is full of deceit. There is nothing called progressivesm in that party.
“The party lack fairness, justice, transparency and the ethos of our avatar, Obafemi Awolowo. I had no choice than to leave APC and come to the party of light”.

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