The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) , last week, described the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, as the pride of democracy in the country.
The NUJ national executive, led by its National President, Chris Isiguzor, who led the body in inspecting some completed and ongoing projects executed by the Wike’s administration, lauded the Governor for his infrastructural revolution across the state.
NUJ , after it’s national conference held in Rivers State last week , visited the Mother and Child Hospital, Real Madrid Academy, Emmanuel Aguma Judges Quarters, and road projects among others executed by the present administration in the state and described them as second to none in the country.
Explaining that the 1999 constitution bestowed on the fourth estate of the realm, the responsibility of holding government accountable to the people, the NUJ National President said, “ having placed the projects side by side with the expectation of the populace, it is obvious that Governor Wike’s investment in critical infrastructure will remain as lifelong empowerment tools for the people”.
Also last week the Rivers State Governor pleaded with the people and residents of the state who have been bearing the impact of the socio-economic implications of the ongoing night curfew in the state to continue to bear with the government, as his administration would not allow it last a day longer than necessary.
Making the plea last Friday in a state wide broadcast , the Governor said the curfew was a security strategy put in place in the interest of the state.
Governor Wike, in the broadcast , ordered the destruction of all criminal hideouts in Ahoada, Elele, Eleme and Onne to prevent any attempt to undermine security in the state.
Disclosing that the state government has identified the hideouts, safe houses, and secret places that provide cover for the hoodlums, the governor directed owners of such shanties and illegal structures along Eleme- Onne axis of the East-West Road to vacate the area within two weeks from the date of the broadcast to avoid unpleasant consequences.
“ We will continue to take the war on criminality and insecurity to the den of criminals and we will neither yield nor lower the tempo of our assault until they are completely neutralised,“ he said.
Also last week, the Rivers State Government threatened that she would acquire the disputed land between Bomu and Lewe communities in Ogoni if the people of the area failed to end their communal war over it.
The Governor who regretted that several prominent persons in Ogoni had died over the dispute stressed that the state government would no longer watchs while such development continued.
“ I will meet with the people of Bomu and Lewe. If you don’t agree, I will acquire the land. But I will give you the opportunity first and if you don’t agree, I will come and take the land and build what I want to build”, he said.
Governor Wike who gave the warning during the flag off of the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Kpor in Gokana Local Government Area last Wednesday, commended Ogoni people for being supportive of his aspiration to govern the state since 2014 , stating that the reconstruction of the secondary school was in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people of the area.
Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Barinada Mpigi expressed the appreciation of Ogoni people for the numerous developmental projects executed by Governor Wike’s administration in Ogoniland as well as the appointment to sons and daughters of the area.
Also last week, Governor Wike commended the Rivers State branch of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for calling off her industrial action over judicial autonomy in the state.
The Gov however, directed the Accountant General of the state not to pay the judicial workers in the state for the first week of June 2021 in which the ‘ no work- no pay’ policy was in force.
The Gov explained that the order was hinged on the state government’s decision not to pay JUSUN members for the first week of June following the Union’s failure to heed the directive to resume work before 31st May, reintegrating that the state has been implementing full financial autonomy of the judiciary thereby making the strike unnecessary in the first place.
In continuation of Governor Wike’s Infrastructural revolution , the state government , last week, inauguared the Mother and Child Hospital in Port Harcourt . It also flagged off other critical infrastructures as the 15 km Internal road in Ogbakiri, Emohua Local Government Area, construction of a Renal Centre at Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, reconstruction of Government Secondary School, Kpor in Gokana Local Government Area, construction of Ogbum-nu-Abali / Eastern Bypass road, Port Harcourt, and Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Center, Rumuokwuta in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area,
By: Chris Oluoh
Court Restrains Oyo Assembly From Impeaching Makinde’s Deputy
According to the court, the status quo must be maintained, pending the hearing of the application for interlocutory injunction before it.
The House of Assembly was billed to read Olaniyan’s reply to their allegation on Wednesday morning but the court placed hold on further process regarding the impeachment. The court adjourned the matter till Tuesday, July 5, 2022 for continuation of hearing.
The adjournment was to allow the Assembly to file its reply to that of Olaniyan at the court. Director of Legal Services, Olabanji, represented the Assembly, while Chief Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), led Olaniyan’s legal team.
Olaniyan had dragged the parties to court to seek an injunction to stop what he described as “faulty process” of his impeachment.
Twenty-three lawmakers, who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had earlier accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, among other allegations.
In a petition entitled, ‘Petition and Notice of Allegations against the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Engineer Rauf Olaniyan’, he was accused of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office and official duties and insubordination.
“This is in accordance with section 188 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”, the petition read in part.
The lawmakers gave the deputy governor seven days to respond to the allegations.
The lawmakers who signed the petition included: Fadeyi Muhammed (Ona Ara), Onaolapo Sanjo (Ogbomosho South), Babalola Olasunkanmi (Egbeda), Adebisi Yussuf (Ibadan South-West I), Okedoyin Julius (Saki West), and Adebayo Babajide (Ibadan North II).
Others were: Kehinde Olatunde (Akinyele II), Olajide Akintunde (Lagelu), Mustapha Akeem (Kajola), Popoola Ademola (Ibadan South-East II), Owolabi Olusola (Ibadan North-East II), Olayanji Kazeem (Irepo/Olorunsogo) and Ojedokun Peter (Ibarapa North).
The remaining lawmakers were: Dele Adeola (Iseyin, Itesiwaju) Gbadamosi Saminu (Saki East/Atisbo), Mabaje Adekunle (Ido), Oluwafowokanmi Oluwafemi (Ibadan South-West II), Akeem Adedibu (Iwajowa), Fatokun Ayo (Akinyele I), Rasak Ademola (Ibadan South-East I), Obadara Akeem (Ibadan North-West), Oyekunle Fola (Ibadan North I) and Adetunji Francis (Oluyole).
Lawyers Ask Court To Disqualify Atiku, Tinubu, Obi Over Running Mates
The plaintiffs want the court to issue an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Tinubu, Abubakar and Obi as presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), respectively, in the 2023 elections.
According to the motion filed on Wednesday, the plaintiffs said the presidential candidates breached laws guiding the process for election by contesting their parties’ tickets without running mates.
In the suit dated June 29, the plaintiffs — identified as Ataguba Aboje, Oghenovo Otemu and Ahmed Yusuf — said the decision of the presidential candidates to contest the primaries without running mates, goes contrary to the constitution.
INEC, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), APC, PDP and LP are listed as first to fifth defendants, respectively.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1004/2022, the plaintiffs want the court to determine whether the constitutional qualification for the office of the president is equally applicable to the office of the vice-president.
PDP Govs Boycott Osun Campaign Council Inauguration As VP Slot Crisis Rages
Although all the governors were listed as members of the campaign council, only Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Ishaku Darius of Taraba State attended the event held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
National chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and the party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, were also absent, but their absence was however unavoidable, as Atiku is currently in Dubai where he had travelled to some days earlier, while Ayu is on a two-week vacation.
The absence of the PDP governors comes amid concerns about frictions within the party over the way the choice of the presidential running mate was handled.
Atiku had settled for Delta State governor, Sen-Ifeanyi Okowa, despite Governor Nyesom Wike’s emergence as the candidate of a 17-member advisory committee.
Although efforts are being made to appease Wike over the matter, the Rivers State governor, who is in Turkey for vacation with his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, had played host to leaders of opposition parties, fueling insinuations that he might dump PDP.
While Benue State governor Samuel Ortom was a guest on Arise TV from his state, other governors who were absent did not give any explanation for their absence.
Speaking at the inauguration, Okowa who admitted that there was so much work to be done ahead of the Osun election, said, “Osun state obviously is a PDP states. We have great leaders who have a very clear understanding of the politics in that states.
“I want to urge all our leaders and our followers in the state to please quickly bridge the gaps of divide that is amongst us, because victory stares us right in the face, God has gone ahead of us. It is for us to follow the wish of God and to deliver the state to the PDP.
“There is a lot of work to be done. It is not a fun fare, And I believe that the membership of the campaign counselors inaugurated today are capable enough to truly go out there to deliver the state to the PDP
“ I want to make an appeal to the campaign Council. It is not about being inaugurated in Abuja. The work to be done is in Osun state.
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