2023: ‘PDP Has Credible Leadership To Win Presidency’ …As Ayu Flags Off 19.4km Oyigbo-Okoloma Road
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has explained that concerned stakeholders fought for the change of the immediate past national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because they wanted to reposition the party to win the presidency in 2023.
He said that such change of leadership at the national level was also to avert a situation of doom for the party.
Speaking at the flag-off of the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road in Oyigbo Local Government Area, last Wednesday, by the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the governor said that the party now has credible leadership in place to rescue Nigeria from the All Progressives Congress (APC) bad governance.
He, therefore, urged Ayu to brace up to the task ahead of him and capitalise on the opportunity he has to effect positive change in the party and return PDP back to the presidency.
The governor said that Rivers people have no other party than the PDP, which was why they would not allow it to die.
According to him, Rivers was among few states in the country that denied the All Progressives Congress (APC) 25percent of vote spread during the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
On the issue of his successor, the governor told party faithful currently doing consultations over who becomes the next governor of Rivers State, not to extend the consultation to the PDP national chairman or the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP.
“There is calm in my state about those who want to be governor. What I have told them is to go and do your consultation, but nobody should go and consult the national chairman, nobody should consult NWC. Do your consultation here because it is the people here that will vote.”
Speaking about the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road project, Wike said it was a federal road that connects neighbouring states like Abia, Akwa Ibom and Cross River, but was allowed to fail completely.
He disclosed that a company that won the bid for Afam Power Station came by to indicate interest to partner with the Rivers State Government for the reconstruction of the road.
According to him, after it was agreed that the company would bear a percentage of the cost, they disappeared.
Wike said Rivers people have taken their destiny in their hands, adding that with 40percent paid already to the contractor, Lubrik Construction Company, the road would be done to end the sufferings of the Oyigbo people and those who use the road.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu commended Wike and PDP governors for spreading development to every nook and cranny of their states.
He said while the APC-controlled government was busy borrowing money from foreign creditors and increasing the debt burden on Nigeria, PDP governors were visible and delivering dividends of democracy.
Ayu berated APC governors, particularly one of them, who he said has abandoned his governorship responsibilities in his state to reside in Abuja, to do party chairmanship job.
Worst still, he said, another one hid N19billion in the bank instead of providing development to his people.
“I’m not only proud of the governor of Rivers, I’m proud of PDP governors. Every PDP governor with the resource base of the state has been trying very hard to make sure that the people get the dividends of democracy.
“The other party, the governors take power as a joke. How on earth can a governor leave his state and become a party chairman and live in Abuja without making any effort to develop his state. I believe such action does not take into recognition the people who laboured to elect such a governor.
“How can a governor of a state take N19billion, and go and hide in a bank account, in a state where he has not paid salaries. He has not been able to do any positive development projects like hospital, road construction or anything. No PDP governor has hidden N19billion in his account, the little they get, they are busy making efforts to develop their areas”, he said.
Ayu also said that his leadership would ensure that they increase the number of states controlled by the PDP, produce majority membership of the National Assembly, and clinch the presidency in 2023.
“The Peoples Democratic Party is prepared to expand its base not only in control of states, but in control of the National Assembly, and ultimately also, the return to the Villa in Abuja where we shall put a president of PDP extraction.”
The national chairman assured party faithful that the PDP under his watch would allow internal democracy to flourish.
He said that only names of candidates who emerge through a democratic process would be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We believe that the will of the people must prevail. Any state that democratically elects anybody and the list is forwarded to us; it is that list that will go to INEC. Nobody’s list is going to be altered. Anybody in the party’s headquarters who attempts that and it comes to our knowledge as National Working Committee, will leave party headquarters”, he said.
Giving details of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi said the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road is 19.4km long, 10.3m wide; has 24km of drains, and will be completed in 12 months.
According to him, it would undoubtedly save the people a lot of money spent in repairs of their vehicles as a result of hastened wear and tear, and promote socio-economic opportunities in the area.
Tinubu Signs Bill Unifying Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday signed his first piece of legislation as President, when he assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, yesterday.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment Bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers’.
The statement read in part: “In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, President Bola Tinubu yesterday at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly”.
It added that “With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters”.
While signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on behalf of the Federal Government.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion, Akinlade stated that the country’s democratic journey has encountered stormy and smooth sails, just like in many other climes.
She said, “But the ship of State, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.”
“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.
“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration, “ the statement added.
RSHA Screens Five For Commissioners, Today
Five commissioner nominees are to appear before the Rivers State House of Assembly, today for screening.
The nominees include Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Barr.(Mrs) Inime Aguma, Hon Nwafor Uchechukwu, Dr. Kenneth Chisom Gbah and Hon. Henry Ogiri.
In a statement signed by the Acting Clerk of the House, Dr. Emeka Amadi, the five commissioner nominees are expected to appear before the lawmakers by 10am.
The nominees are also requested to submit 40 copies of their original credentials to the office of the Acting Clerk on or before 9am, today.
Four commissioners had earlier been screened by the Assembly and sworn in by the State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last week.
These nominees, if screened and confirmed, will therefore, bring the number of commissioners in the State to nine in the last one week.
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