The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 elections in Rivers Stare, Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara, has harped on the importance of the Permanent Voters’ Card registration exercise, calling on those who were yet to register and collect theirs, to do so without delay.
The governorship candidate said this at the PVC sensitisation programme, organised by the Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI), in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, last Sunday.
The event, which took place at St. Anthony’s Primary School, Igwuruta, attracted hundreds of members of the organisation from across the state, and featured ward-by-ward gyration and solidarity speeches by stakeholders of Ikwerre Local Government Area and the Senatorial candidate of Rivers East Senatorial District, Chief Allwell Onyesoh.
Fubara, who clarified that the event was not for campaign purposes, noted that it was to sensitise the people of Ikwerre on the need to register and obtain their PVC.
“We are not here for campaigns. The reason why we are here is to encourage our people, members of GDI to preach to more people, encourage them to go and get their PVC. That is why we are here. We are not here to talk about election. We are not here to talk about party. GDI is a pressure group it is not a political party so the purpose of our gathering this afternoon is to tell us the reason why we should encourage our wards, people to increase their drive for PVC “.
Fubara encouraged everyone to be patient and wait for the time of campaign when he will speak as someone who has come for campaigns.
The PDP standard bearer advised those who have any issue with their PVC to go and rectify them.
“What you have to do now is to make sure that those your PVCs that are not working, make them functional. In fact, turn yourself into Jehovah’sWitness of PVC by going from house-to-house preaching about PVC. It is not about who you want to vote for: Take note; that is not why we are here”.
Fubara, who described GDI as a member of the family and the soul of the state, hinted that every other group sprang up from GDI, explaining that this was the reason why they decided to start the PVC sensitisation programme with the GDI.
He urged the people of Ikwerre to continue to support Governor Nyesom Wike, pray for him for strength, direction and success.
The PDP Gubernatorial candidate also thanked the people of Ikwerre for turning out in their numbers for the sensitisation programme and God for the success of the programme.
This position was also canvassed by other speakers at the event.
In his speech, the Rivers State PDP Chairman, Amb. Desmond Akawor called on the people of Ikwerre to mobilise to participate actively in the forthcoming elections, urging them to see the 2023 elections as a duty they owe the state and generations of Rivers people yet unborn.
He charged all those who have clocked 18 years and above to register to vote and see the exercise as a responsibility they owe to posterity to help shape the course of democracy and good governance in the state.
Speaking, the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike, emphasised that a leader must live by example.
While speaking directly to Fubara, Nwanosike, who is the general secretary of Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI) said, “Sir, we want to tell you here a leader must live by example. I have my PVC card with me here. I will not just talk of my own, I will vote, so my wife will vote, my brothers and sisters will vote, my chiefs will vote, my followers will vote, non-indigenes will vote, all the 13 political wards of Ikwerre will vote. Ikwerre is PDP”.
While saying that the process of voting Sir Siminialayi Fubara as governor of Rivers State has just kick-started, Nwanosike assured that those who were yet to collect their PVCs from INEC office would do so because of the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate’s appearance in Ikwerre LGA.
He said, “Today, you have just told us that the job has started. Seeing you in Ikwerre Local Government Area, today, the remaining PVCs in INEC that have not been collected will be collected”.
Nwanosike stated that GDI would ensure that eligible voters across the 319 wards of Rivers State register for voter’s card, collect it and cast their votes for PDP in all the elections come 2023.
Others who spoke to galvanise public awareness and desire to participate in elections were President General of GDI, Chief Bright Amaewhule; GDI Coordinator in Ikwerre LGA, Hon. Charles Wobodo; PDP Chairman in Ikwerre LGA, Hon. Dennis Amadi; Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom; Chairman of Obio/Akpor LGA, Barrister George Ariolu; Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinye-Owaji Ibani; Rivers East Senatorial District PDP Candidate, Chief Allwell Onyeso; Ikwerre/Emuoha Federal Constituency PDP Candidate, Barrister Boniface Emerengwa; and Ikwerre State Constituency PDP Candidate, Hon. Prince Lemchi Nyeche.
The Deputy Governorship Candidate, Prof Ngozi Ordu; the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ihie; Deputy PDP Chairman, Hon Chukwuemeka Aaron; PDP State Secretary, Dr Benibo George; the chairmen of Ahoada East, Ben Eke; Akuku-Toru, Hon. Roland Sekibo; Andoni, Barrister Erastus Awortu; and Etche, Hon. Obinna Anyanwu; also reminded the people of the area, and particularly GDI members, to sustain the momentum, and encourage grassroots dwellers to register, and vote candidates of their choice during the elections.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
NDLEA Seizes 442 Meth In Smoked Fish At Lagos Airport …Another Suspect Excretes 77 Pellets Of Cocaine
The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted no fewer than 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates through the SAHCO shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The 11.90kg consignment was brought to the SAHCO export shed of the airport on Friday, August 5 by a 32-year-old freight agent, Adekunle Oluwapelumi Paul, from Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State.
This was disclosed via a statement issued and made available to The Tide source yesterday by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.
Babafemi stated that the suspect was arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.
The NDLEA spokesman added that another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai, UAE was also intercepted by the operatives of the anti-drug agency on Saturday, August 6.
He noted that the NDLEA officers arrested the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef, who presented the consignment for export at the SAHCO shed.
Babafemi said the 39-year-old agent hails from Abeokuta West Local Government Area of Ogun State.
He further stated that the anti-narcotic officers arrested a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Victor Eberechukwu for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The NDLEA spokesperson said Eberechukwu was arrested on Saturday, August 6 following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.
According to Babafemi, the suspect who hails from Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.
“The suspect, who hails from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days,” he said.
Babafemi added that in Kaduna, three suspects: Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday, on 11 August with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg.
He said in Kano, a female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Wurno council area of the state was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.
“In Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of the state in separate raid operations between 9th and 10th August.
“At the Tin Can seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.
“The illegal consignment seized on Friday 12th Aug came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container,” Babafemi stated.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), commended the anti-narcotic officers for the arrests and seizures.
Marwa also charged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
NLNG Train 7: TUC Affiliates Mull Strike Over Imposition Of Union On Workers
A setback appears to be unfolding in the on-going Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7 gas plant construction in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the threat by one of the affiliates of Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Association of Plant Operators (NAPO), to proceed on industrial action to press home their displeasure over the imposition of union on workers in the facility.
This is because members of NAPO, the major construction workers in NLNG Train 7 have threatened to organise and mobilise for a total industrial action that would jeopardise and shut down the project over the decision by the management of Deawoo Engineering and Construction Nigeria Limited, a key contracting firm handling the project, to force workers to join a particular union against their own preferred choice.
The National President of NAPO, Comrade Harold Bestowe, gave this indication while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
Bestowe, an indigene of Bonny, averred that the action of Deawoo management was an aberration to Section 40 of 1999 Constitution, and Article 1, 2, 3, nos 83, 1948 of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Charter, which according to him, allow workers to freely belong to any industrial union of their choice without any form of interference by anybody.
The NAPO boss, therefore, urged the management of Deawoo E and C to respect the views and rights of their workers, and allow them to freely choose the labour unions of their choice, which they feel can represent them very well.
“What we are saying in this regard is that the management cannot determine to workers the union they should be belonging. By so doing, the management has violated Section 40 of 1999 Constitution as well as Article 1, 2, 3, nos 83 of ILO Charter, and that we will resist it”, he stated.
Harold opined that the workers have written to the management that they want to be unionised by NAPO through several letters, and appealed to the management of the lead constructing company in the project to respect the views and rights of the workers.
The Bonny-born unionist used the opportunity to call on various stakeholders in the ongoing NLNG Train 7 project to call to order the management of the giant construction company to respect the laws of the country in other to avoid industrial unrest in the oceanic city.
By: Akujobi Amadi
We Can’t Feed Everybody, Nwanosike Tells Empowerment Projects’ Beneficiaries
The Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area in Rivers State, Engr Samuel Nwanosike, has urged the people of the area to use what the council has given them to provide food, pay their children’s school fees, change their clothes, and live happily as all their needs cannot be provided for by the government.
Nwanosike made this appeal when he defiled heavy down pour to continue his Back-to-Farm, Back-to-School, and Business Support Empowerment Programme of 80 people at Ward 2, Isiokpo.
According to him, “Today, we are in Ward 2, Isiokpo, in continuation of our Back-to-Farm Programme, Business Support Empowerment, and Back-to-School Programme.
“What we have come to say here today is that this is the farming season, we are peasant farmers, the council has made provision for you to go and support your farming system.
“We can’t feed everybody in Ikwerre Local Government, but if you use what the council has given to you to do the actual farming, few weeks from now, the result will show. We will have enough food in our market, we will have opportunity to pay our children’s school fees, we will have opportunity to change our clothes and live happily”.
Nwanosike pleaded with those who were not empowered to wait for another turn, saying that Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, was the leader of South-South people and believed in a South-South presidential pursuit.
He said, “Government cannot do everything for everybody at the same time. There are those who did not get yesterday, but got today. There are those who did not get yesterday, and today but will get tomorrow. What is important is that you should remain consistent with your party, and know that Chief Nyesom Wike is the leader of the South-South people.
“He is not a betrayer. He agreed with the other governors of the South-South states to say power should go to the South, and he has remained consistent in that pursuit.
“And what we are saying clearly is: if you take Chief Nyesom Wike for granted, Rivers people will take you for granted at the polling units”.
While speaking, the Supervisor for Education, Ikwerre LGA, Hon. Victor Wagor, assured Nwanosike that the people of Ward 2 were 100perrcent loyal to him for always carrying them along.
In their separate speeches, the Councillor representing Ward 2 and Leader of Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon Nwobuisi Chikwe-Tasie; Ward 2 Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Darosha Kinika; Personal Assistant to the Chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Mrs Ethel Kinika; amongst others, thanked Nwanosike for building a 1,000-capacity hall, appointment of over 18 Ward 2 people into his government, and yearly empowerment of the people, while assuring that Ward 2 would always vote for PDP.
On their parts, the member representing Ikwerre/Emuoha Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Barrister Boniface Emerengwa; and the PDP candidate for Ikwerre Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Prince Lemchi Nyeche; commended Nwanosike for always making the people feel the impact of his administration through his human capital development programmes.
Highlight of the event was the defection of an All Progressive Congress (APC) social media influencer in Ward 2, Mr Kelvin Amadi Chinwe, who dumped his party for the PDP.
Speaking at the event, Chinwe begged the leadership of PDP, especially Nwanosike, to forgive and accept him into PDP because he has found light in PDP.
Chinwe was received by the Acting Chairman of PDP in Ikwerre LGA, Hon. Charles Wobodo, and was handed over to the Ward 2 PDP chairman for proper documentation.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
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