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Don’t Sell Your PVCs, PDP Stalwart Tasks Nigerians …Drums Support For Fubara-Ordu Guber Ticket

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Leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Opobo/Nkoro Ward 2, Hon Sotonye Toby Fulton, has charged men, women and youths and other eligible voters in Nigeria to be wise and not sell their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and votes to politicians who were out to ruin their future and conscience with peanuts in the 2023 general election.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the PVC sensitisation rally in the area, recently, Fulton urged Nigerians to avoid any temptation that would warrant them to sell their rights because of money, reminding them, especially women that, “conscience remains an open wound and only the truth, transparency and equity can heal it.”
She maintained that ahead of 2023 general poll, “I use this opportunity to announce to our people, most importantly, youths and women not to sell their PVCs before, during and after the elections, noting that the people should guard against such habit, when the greedy set of politicians would approach them with money in order to steal their rights and authority.”
The PDP stalwart stated that though it was God who made kings and leaders, people should rise up to aspire for political more offices, especially women in the country, adding that “we need somebody who can bring people together, irrespective of tribe, creed, religion, political divide or gender.”
On NEW Rivers Vision, Fulton said: “I want to tell you categorically that Governor Nyesom Wike performed well in governance in the past seven years in the state. He has brought multiple development programmes across the three senatorial districts of Rivers State. It will Interest you to note that the governor has changed many lives via empowerment and other human capacity building programmes. Governor Wike is gender-friendly governor.”
She also admonished Nigerians, especially women and girls who are 18 years and above, to go all out and obtain their PVCs in order to exercise their civil responsibility of voting for credible, transparent, honest and accountable leaders to take over governance of the state and Nigeria in 2023.
Concerning Fubara, Ordu governorship ticket, Fulton described the combination of Sir Siminialayi Joseph Fubara as governorship candidate of PDP; and Prof Ngozi Ordu as his running -mate as a good thing to happen to Rivers people.
She assured of the ward’s overwhelming support for the emergence of Fubara and Ordu next year until victory comes alive.
Meanwhile, Hon Sotonye Toby Fulton has commended Sir Siminialayi Fubara for his empowerment largesse towards the growth of the widows, aged and youths.
She noted that over 1,000 of them were encouraged financially while others were currently on skills acquisition training, describing the vision and action as “must appreciable.”

By: Bethel Toby

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Customs Suspends Rice Sale As Seven Die In Stampede

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The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the suspension of the sale of foodstuffs following a stampede that reportedly killed seven persons at the NCS Old Zonal Headquarters in the Yaba area of Lagos State, last Friday.
A Chief Superintendent of Customs and National Public Relations Officer for Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed the suspension of the exercise in a statement on Monday.
Nigeria Customs had said it was selling seized food items at N10,000 per 25kg to alleviate the people’s suffering as a result of the current high cost of living and other economic hardships.
Last Friday, a pregnant woman and six others reportedly died in a stampede after some suspected hoodlums attempted to force their way into the Yaba Customs office compound.
Some Lagos residents who thronged the NCS office in Yaba expressed disappointment on Monday following the suspension of the initiative.
However, in a statement on Monday evening, the NCS said the suspension became necessary considering “the recent unfortunate event.”
“We regrettably announce the suspension of this exercise until we establish what transpired on Friday, February 23, 2024,” the NCS spokesman said.
He explained that: “The disposal of the food items got off to a smooth start at about 0800hrs. We enjoyed the cooperation of the large crowd that obliged us, giving preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians who showed up for the exercise.
“This was the case up until about 1700hrs, as attested to by the over 5,000 beneficiaries and members of the press. However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome.
“The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded.”
The Customs extended its “heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident.”
The service said it was working with health authorities to establish contact and engage directly with the victims’ families on their next steps.

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Court Dismisses Police Objection Against Fubara’s CoS …Restrains Police From Arresting Ehie

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A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, yesterday, dismissed the preliminary objection by counsel to the Nigerian Police, Celestine Dickson, challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the fundamental rights suit by the Chief of Staff to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, Hon. Edison Ehie against the police for lack of merit.
The trial Judge, Justice Sika Aprioku, in a ruling, yesterday, assumed jurisdiction and held that the non-joinder of the Nigeria Police Force in a matter that the Commissioner of Police is a party to does not render the suit incompetent.
Justice Aprioku said the application by the Police lacks merit and thereby dismissed it with a cost of N100,000 in favour of Hon Edison Ehie.
Aprioku also granted the prayers of the counsel to Edison, Damian Okoro to restrain the Police from arresting, detaining, harassing, or inviting Ehie based on the trumped-up charges in the suit by Rt Hon. Martin Amaewhule in connection to the destruction of the Hallow chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, counsel to the Police, Celestine Dickson, said he would study the judgment and advise his clients accordingly.
Dickson stated, “That is the wisdom of the court and we cannot criticise the wisdom of the court. The outcome of court decisions must bind parties.
“If you are not satisfied I think you study the judgement and take the next step. The court made it clear that in a couple of minutes, we were going to have copies of the judgement. That will give us the opportunity to look at the judgement and advise our clients accordingly.
On his part, one of the counsel to the Chief of Staff, Ibioku Mac-Barango said the judgment reflects the position of the law.

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Fubara Expresses Confidence In Tinubu To Address Labour Concerns

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In the midst of the ongoing nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has expressed confidence in President Bola Tinubu’s ability to address the concerns raised by the organised labour and alleviate their fears.
Fubara gave the assurance during the NLC’s protest to the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday .
The State NLC, led by its chairman, Alex Agwanwor, had joined its counterparts in other parts of the country to protest against high cost of living in the country occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government in May last year.
Recall that there have been a series of protests across the country over the cost of living, inflation, insecurity and hardship among Nigerians.
The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on February 8 issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal Government over the failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, 2023 following the removal of the fuel subsidy.
Responding to a letter of demands presented to the governor by the State NLC, Fubara noted that the grievances outlined by the protesters primarily fell within the purview of the Federal Government.
The governor, who was represented by the Head of the Rivers State Civil Service, Dr. George Nwaeke, said, “To all who listened to every presentation of the labour leader as it is being read out, we can find out none is local, not originating from local source here. They are all national issues and we have hope in the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government. We have hope. And I know Governor Fubara will also deliver this message as presented by you to the President.”
Fubara further assured the protesters that his administration remained committed to alleviating the economic hardships faced by the people of Rivers State.
He highlighted initiatives such as the provision of palliative buses in response to the fuel subsidy removal and the ongoing development of 20,000 housing units for low-income earners.
The governor also emphasized his administration’s dedication to improving the welfare of civil servants, citing measures such as the employment of 10,000 youths into the state civil service, promotions, and the provision of bonuses.
He affirmed the significance of the issues raised and reiterated his commitment to prioritizing the welfare of workers in the State.
He, however, assured that the NLC’s demands would be conveyed to the President as presented.

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