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2023 Presidency: I’ve Capacity To Salvage Nigeria -Wike …Seeks IBB, Abdulsalami’s Support In Niger …As Bode George, Lagos PDP Back Rivers Gov

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that he has the capacity and energy required to serve and salvage Nigeria as its president come 2023.
Wike made the declaration at Gombe State, yesterday, when he visited leaders and faithful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as part of ongoing consultation ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
Also, the Rivers State governor, last Monday, held a closed door consultative meeting on his 2023 presidential bid with two former military heads of state, Gen Ibrahim Babangida; and Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar; in Minna, Niger State capital.
This is as support for the presidential aspiration of Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, continues to grow following his endorsement by former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, and the Lagos State Chapter of the party.
Addressing stakeholders at the PDP secretariat in Gombe, the state capital, the governor urged them not to waste their votes as delegates at the party’s presidential convention on candidates who cannot win the 2023 general election.
“If you want PDP to win election in 2023 I have made myself available. Give me the ticket, let me go and take the power for you. We are talking about who can take this power from All Progressives Congress (APC). That person is me.”
Wike pointed out that people were free to visit Rivers State to see what his administration has done out of love and passion for the upliftment of the socioeconomic status of the people.
The governor stated the need to rescue Nigeria from dying and it required men of courage who love this country to do the work.
“We need to salvage this country. Let us not pretend about it. Insecurity does not know religion. Insecurity does not know ethnicity. Poverty does not know ethnicity. Poverty does not know religion.
“The people who come to kill us, do they look at who is a Christian? Do they look at who is a Moslem? Do they know who is Hausa-Fulani? Do they know who is Igbo? We are dying.
“So, it is not for sentiment. It is not for people to come and tell you, look, it must come from here, no, no. It is for those who have the capacity. If given the opportunity, I will replicate what I’ve done in Rivers State as President of Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Wike berated the APC-led Federal Government for the many lies they kept telling Nigeria concerning improving the agricultural fortune of the country.
Wike said the incoming PDP government will not tell Nigerians lies, make excuses for failure but will work to genuinely improve the life of Nigerians across the country.
“They said they have given over N300billion for agriculture. I have no problem with that. Even if they have spent N1trillion, where is the food?
“I don’t want people going to buy rice and doing pyramid. I want to see to it that agriculture is working.”
Wike noted that APC leaders have accepted that their government has failed and it sets the coast for PDP to reclaim the power and country back to Nigerians.
The governor said the insistence of some public office holders to hire mercenaries to fight bandits and terrorists overrunning the country was worrisome.
“And you have a president staying there, the security chiefs are there, and somebody is saying you must bring in mercenaries. You have seen it that the government has collapsed.
“I’m not the one who said so. Malam Nasir el-Rufai said the government has collapsed. Not me, not you, but APC has admitted that their government has collapsed. The Minster of Transportation said the government did not give him money that was why the bombing of the train happened.”
In his remark, the former Gombe State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, commended Wike for visiting the state to formally acquaint PDP stakeholders of his presidential ambition.
Dankwambo, who acknowledged Wike’s excellent performance in office, assured him of Gombe State’s support if he clinches the presidential ticket.
“Power comes from God. God gives power to whom He wants. He takes power from whom He wants. We will contribute to PDP to takeover power. But at the appropriate time, whoever emerges the candidate will sit down with Gombe people and discuss. We will negotiate. We will not be taken for granted this time around. We will work for you, we will work for whoever emerges as candidate of the party under our mutually agreed pact”.
On his part, Gombe State Chairman of PDP, General Abnor Kwaskwabe (rtd) said Wike was a man of integrity, an impeccable leader, a bridge builder, a unifier of men, and whose interest in politics is for public good.
“This is a man that has touched the lives of Nigerians across the six geo-political zones. This is the man when one of the Northern States had fire in their market; nobody came to their rescue except, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.”
Similarly, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last Monday, held a closed door consultative meeting on his 2023 presidential bid with two former military heads of state, Gen Ibrahim Babangida; and Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar; in Minna, Niger State capital.
Wike was accompanied on the strategic visit by some of his colleague governors including those of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde; Enugu State, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu; former Benue State Governor, Senator Gabriel Suswam; Senator Suleiman Nazif; and Senator Olaka Nwogu.
Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, and Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu spoke to journalists after the meeting.
In his remarks, Ikpeazu said the delegation was in Minna to consult with the former heads of state in the build up to the 2023 general election.
“I have come with my colleagues, the governors of Rivers, Enugu, and Oyo; some members of the National Assembly and other stakeholders.
“First, to consult with the former heads of state, and discuss national issues: economic development, security, and unity of our country.
“And also, to commend them for their support for the unity of this country. And the discussions went very well; and we will advance it from there.”
On what response they got from Babangida, Ikpeazu said the former military president expressed strong concerns about the need for younger Nigerians to be courageous in taking up the challenge of providing leadership to the country.
“He expressed concerns and said that he expects the younger generation to take up the gauntlet and rescue Nigeria.”
Wike and his entourage also paid a courtesy call on the Niger State Governor, Hon Abubakar Bello at the Government House, Minna.
However, as support for the presidential aspiration of Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, continues to grow following his endorsement by former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, and the Lagos State Chapter of the party.
Wike received the nod of the influential party stakeholders following a closed-door meeting he had with the Lagos leaders of the party and other South-West bigwigs at the Ikoyi office of Chief Bode George, last Sunday.
Present at the meeting were the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde; former governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam; leaders of the party from the South-West, including the Deputy National Vice-Chairman, South-West, Soji Adagunodo, among others.
Expressing support for Wike’s emergence as PDP presidential flagbearer for the 2023 election, Chief Bode George, said the current Rivers governor possessed integrity and youthful energy to lead the country out of its present mess.
George, who was the host, thanked the members of the party in the state for coming to receive the delegation, stressing that Wike had told them in clear terms that he had the capacity to turn the country around for the better.
The former deputy national chairman of the PDP said the governor had the strength, capacity and integrity to rule the country.
He noted that Nigerians needed a bright person who “will take us out of the doldrums and lead us to where we should be.”
George said: “When it comes to integrity, when it comes to politics, when it comes to being absolutely resourceful, Wike is there.
“I must thank you for honouring our brother. We have heard him; he has told us a clear intention. When it comes to integrity, when it comes to politics, when it comes to being absolutely resourceful, he is there.
“He also has on his side that youthful depth that he can run from here to that gate in two seconds, I can’t do that anymore. It’s like army generals we don’t retire, we only fade away. But we need a bright young person who will take us from where we are all in now and bring a fresh breath to this country,” he said.
The Atona Odua of Yorubaland, who eventually secured a yes voice vote, pledged the backing of the Lagos State chapter of PDP.
“We welcome you; we are ready to support you in Lagos. Am I saying the right thing? Those in favour, say aye! Those against say nah!,” he said.
While stating his mission, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said Nigeria should not be allowed to continue to slide as something must be done to rescue her, assuring that he is focussed and possesses the capacity and integrity to rule the country.
This was just as he vowed to take power back from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the main opposition party in 2023.
Wike restated his plans to reclaim presidential powers for the PDP and arrest the rapid decline of the country.
He said: “We cannot continue to let the country continue its disturbing slide into poverty and negative social-economic outcomes. Something has to be done.
“The challenges facing Nigeria today require a leader that is focused, competent, and courageous. And I can tell you that I have both the capacity and courage to confront and manage these challenges to make things better for this country.”
Wike said he should be given the opportunity to fly the party’s flag for the presidency, come 2023.
“I have spoken to the elders and leaders, and I hope they will get across to you what I said to them.
“Most importantly, we cannot continue to let the country go the way it is sliding, something has to be done.
“Today’s requirement of a leader must focus on capacity, courageous. I can tell you that I have the courage. I am not afraid of nobody. I have the capacity to make things better for this country.
“All I have said to you as elders is: give me the opportunity to represent PDP in the fight for 2023,” he said.
“What I am going to do is we are going to take back the power; we are not begging. They will be ready, and we are ready. The power belongs to us, and we must go and take it back,” he added.

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See Fubara’s Victory As God’s Design, Wike Tells Rivers PDP

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has described the victory of Hon Siminialayi Fubara at the gubernatorial primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as God’s design.
The PDP gubernatorial primary held, last Wednesday, at the Dr. Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt.
Wike, who spoke after Fubara was declared the winner of the primary, said so many people strove to clinch the slot but only one person can emerge.
The governor also declared that with the victory of Fubara, Rivers PDP now has a candidate that will fly its flag in the 2023 governorship election.
“I never knew I’ll be governor when I became governor. You have also heard what the candidate said that he never knew he will become PDP candidate.
“But to the glory of God, he is the candidate of PDP. This is because power comes from God. Whoever God says will be, will be.”
Wike pointed out that when it comes to producing the governor of the state, all tribes need to work together on it because no one particular tribe can do it alone.
He said because his administration has performed credibly well in the state, any candidate that the party presents will easily win in the 2023 general election.
“With the performance of our administration, and with what we have achieved in this state, there is no candidate that PDP will present that will not win election.
“Our campaign focus will be like this, that we made promises to the state to do roads and other projects, ask us, have we done them? Yes, we have.
“We will ask them (other parties), what have you done for Rivers State? Certainly nothing. So, who tells you that any other party can come and win this state? Let no one deceive you about that.”
Wike explained that after the presidential primary, PDP leaders in Rivers State will set up a team that will work to ensure that the party wins the 2023 gubernatorial election.
He expressed optimism that those who believe in the party will be dutiful in working for the candidate to win.
In his acceptance speech, Hon Siminialayi Fubara, the immediate past Accountant General of Rivers State, described his victory as evidence of grace.
He called on all party faithful to support his victory and the new drive to consolidate on the achievements of Wike’s administration.
“It is victory for Fubara. It is victory for the party. It is not just victory for the party, but victory for moving the state forward.
“The purpose of this special event this night is also to consolidate on the achievements, on every side, of this present administration.
“We are going to work together to sustain the work that this administration has already done for us.”
In his opening address, the Chairman of PDP in Rivers State, Amb Desmond Akawor said the party was poised to conduct a peaceful and successful gubernatorial primary.
Akawor explained that the party was delighted to have conducted peaceful congresses in the 319 wards and 23 local government areas of the state, including primaries for state and National Assembly.
Declaring the result of the gubernatorial primary, Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Prof. Walter Mboto, said Hon Siminialayi Fubara, polled a total of 721 votes to emerge PDP candidate for the 2023 governorship election.
He explained that Isaac Kamalu polled 86 votes to emerge second position, while Dax Alabo George Kelly polled 37 votes and Tammy Danagogo polled 36 votes.
Also, he said, Chief West Morgan polled 4 votes, David Briggs 4 votes and Brother Felix Obuah polled 2 votes, while eight votes were voided.
“The delegate list that we have has a total number of delegates expected to vote as 980. Total number of accredited out of this 980, 898 delegates were accredited. The total number of votes cast in this election is 898. The total number of valid votes cast is 890. 8 votes were voided.”

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FAAC: FG, States, LGCs Share N656.602bn Revenue

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total sum of N656.602billion as April 2022 Federation Account Revenue to the Federal Government, states and local government councils.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a virtual meeting of the FAAC for May 2022.
The N656.602billion total revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N461.189billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N166.522billion, the sum of N8.891billion being excess bank charges recovered and augmentation of N20billion.
In April 2022, the total deductions for the cost of collection were N29.609billion and the total deductions for transfers and refunds were N147.651billion.
Director (Information, Press and Public Relations), Office of the Accountant General of Federation, HenshawOgubike, said in a statement, yesterday, that the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $35.377million.
The communiqué confirmed that from the total distributable revenue of N656.602billion; the Federal Government received N257.611billion, State Governments got N201.256billion and the Local Government Councils received N149.251billion.
The sum of N48.485billion was shared to the relevant states as 13percent derivation revenue.
Gross statutory revenue of N635.037billion was received for the month of April 2022.
This was lower than the N933.304billion received in the previous month by N298.267billion.
From the N461.189billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N217.412billion, the State Governments got N110.275billion and the Local Government Councils received N85.017billion.
The sum of N48.485billion was shared with the relevant States as 13percent derivation revenue.
In the month of April 2022, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N178.825billion.
This was lower than the N219.504billion available in the month of March 2022 by N40.679billion.
From the N166.522billion distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, the Federal Government received N24.978billion, the State Governments got N83.261billion and the Local Government Councils pocketed N58.283billion.
The Federal Government got N4.684billion; the State Governments received N2.376billion and the Local Government Councils pocketed N1.831billion from the N8.891billion Excess Bank Charges recovered.
The N20.00billion augmentation was shared as follows: the Federal Government received N10.536billion, the State Governments got N5.344billion and the Local Government Councils received N4.120billion.
According to the communiqué, in the month of April 2022, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Excise Duties increased marginally, while Oil and Gas Royalties, Import Duty, Companies Income Tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) all recorded significant decreases.

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Children’s Day: FG Establishes Family Court In 16 States 

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Ahead of this year’s International Children’s Day celebration, the Federal Government has established family courts in 16 states to ensure child-friendly justice for children, either as victims or as offenders of violence.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen who disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday noted that the establishment of family courts resulted from the effective advocacy and sensitisation for effective implementation of the Child Rights Law across the country.
According to her, the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Strengthening Supportive Systems for the Protection of the Nigerian Child; A Wake-Up Call.’
The minister noted that despite efforts by the government and other stakeholders, children were still vulnerable and victims of abduction, ritual killings, rape, child marriage, domestic abuse, and others.
She said, “As a ministry, we are sometimes overwhelmed with these issues and it will seem as if we are not doing enough.
“More worrisome is the recent increase of violence in schools, where children are physically and sexually abused online and offline.
“In the meantime, the ministry, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, has developed policies and carried out a series of programmes to ensure the safety of children.
“The establishment of family courts in 16 states of the federation is a direct result of the effective and sustained advocacy”.
Tallen also said that to ensure the safety and protection of children, she also reconstituted the technical working group on ending violence against children in the country.

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