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Refocus On PVC Collection, Akawor Charges GDI, Eleme People …As Fubara Warns Against Falling Prey To Scammers

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Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Rivers State, Amb Desmond Akawor, has urged the Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI) to continue with the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) sensitisation programme, but this time around, focus on collection of PVCs.
Speaking while ushering the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, to the podium to address the people of Eleme during the GDI PVC sensitisation programme held at Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogale, last Sunday, Akawor said that going forward, everybody would be required to show their PVCs.
Akawor thanked GDI for carrying out the programme but appealed to members of the group to continue to enlighten the people on the need to keep their PVC safe.
He expressed delight that Eleme was not only activated but totally connected to the Sim network.
Akawor, who is also the Rivers State PDP chairman, lauded the people of Eleme for turning out massively for the occasion, describing Eleme as the most lucrative LGA in Nigeria with the best seaport, fertiliser plant and a petrochemical industry.
Commenting on the massive crowd, Akawor said, “Are these human beings from Eleme, or are they imported from Port Harcourt or Akwa Ibom? I couldn’t believe that a local government with 10 wards can mobilise this large crowd”.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, reminded them that as the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ends today, according to the calendar set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), those who have not collected their PVCs should endeavour to collect them.
“The PVC is important. It is going to be your instrument to decide what happens come, March, 2023. You have registered, but ensure you retrieve every single PVC, and ensure they are kept safe”.
While sounding a note of warning to the people not to play into the hands of anyone who would demand for their PVCs for purposes of empowerment, Fubara said the PVC is not only for election but also serves as a form of identification.
Fubara charged the people of Eleme not to play into the hands of scammers who may disguise themselves as people who have come to support them.
He stated that they may come with the spurious notion of asking the people to bring their PVCs so they can be given empowerment: “Don’t listen to them”, he advised.
“Some of you don’t have driver’s license, some of you don’t have international passport. The PVC is your own identity”.
He commended the people of Eleme for the awareness and the massive registration to get their PVCs which has made the sensitisation rally simple and colourful.
In the same breadth, he applauded the people of Ward 10 for their impressive performance during the ward-by-ward rally at the mini-stadium.
In his remarks, President General of GDI, Hon. Bright Amaewhule, revealed that from the recent available records, the GDI family has the highest number of eligible voters in Eleme, adding that what happens in the LGA in the 2023 elections would be determined by that fact.
Amaewhule quickly admonished the people to be vigilant because wicked and crooked people can connive with INEC and agents of darkness to continue the exercise secretly in their houses.
To this end, he charged the people to monitor the activities of INEC and their collaborators, and report promptly to appropriate authorities, when found wanting.
He added that GDI members cannot be intimidated because they are ready and willing to resist all forms of manipulations no matter who is involved.
Earlier, the Eleme Local Government Council Chairman, Hon Obarilormate Ollor, in his welcome address, had said the message of the exercise was simply about preparing in time for the 2023 elections.
He lauded GDI members for their passionate service drive as a pressure group and consistency with the electoral process as it pertains to the PVC sensitisation rally.
Among those present at the event which featured colourful displays by GDI members from the 10 wards in the area, members of the National Assembly, PDP stalwarts and stakeholders.
Others in Fubara’s entourage at the event were the PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate in Rivers State, Prof. Ngozi Ordu; Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Amb. Desmond Akawor; the Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Edison Ehie; the Majority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Martin Amaewhule; the Deputy Chief Whip, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Major Jack; Hon Marcus Inengi; and Hon Felix Nwike.
The rest were chairmen of local government councils: Ikwerre, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike; Obio/Akpor, Barrister George Ariolu; Asari-Toru, Hon. Onengiyeofori George; Port Harcourt City, Sir Allwell Ihunda; Akuku-Toru, Hon. Rowland Sekibo; Abua/Odual, Hon. Daniel O. Daniel; Andoni, Barrister Erastus Awortu; Emohua, Dr Chidi Lloyd; Degema, and Hon. Michael John Williams; amongst other prominent government officials and chieftains of the party.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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Inflation: Govs Meet Buhari Over Economic Woes, Insecurity, Today

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Worried by the economic woes in the country, the 36 governors would, today, meet at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, to discuss the way forward.
In a statement, yesterday, the Director, Media and Public Affairs of Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, declared that the state of the nation’s economy would dominate conversations during the meeting.
According to the statement, “several governors reasoned that it is high time to tell each other the bare truth by confronting each other on the situation and brainstorming on it.”
The statement noted that: “This formed the basis for resorting to an in-person meeting which since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has been relegated by the states’ executives.
“Two things will feature prominently in the conversation: the economy and security. This will be the first time in the year, contrary to media reports that governors had collectively advised the president on the weeding of fifty-year-olds from the federal civil service and other spurious suggestions meant to impose further hardship on the people, that governors will collectively meet to consider a total overhaul of the nation’s economy.
“The meeting which, according to the invitation issued by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will commence at 2pm. It begins with the launch of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund, followed by the launch of the World Bank SFTAS charter before the real conversation on the state of the economy begins.
“There will also be such regular updates as the CARES programme and the chairman’s remarks. All governors are warmly welcome.”

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2023: Momodu Urges Atiku To Sign Peace Pact With Rivers Gov …Says Fear Of Wike, Beginning Of Wisdom In PDP

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A former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu, has suggested a solution to the rift between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Momodu suggested that a close-door dialogue between Atiku and Wike would resolve the rift between the two politicians.
There has been a rift between the pair after the PDP presidential primaries in Abuja.
Weighing in on the face-off, the veteran journalist said both politicians should possibly sign a pact and agree on deliverables.
Momodu said the fallout of the PDP post-national convention crisis has shown that Wike was a force to reckon with in the party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to Momodu: “What I would advise Atiku Abubakar to do today is to sit down one-on-one without no other person present with Governor Wike and agree on deliverables, if possible, sign an agreement.
“The situation in PDP shows what Wike is in the equation of things in Nigeria. If you have a man who is your best governor across the board, across party lines, Wike stands out as a fantastic performer.
“Today, the fear of Wike is the beginning of wisdom in PDP, there is no question about that. Wike is smart, he knows the game he’s playing, and what he wants to do is to force a deal with the party. That’s my own reading of the situation.”

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Wike Labels Disgruntled Elders As Traitors …Says He’s A Fulfilled Leader …He Was Best Performing LG Chairman In Rivers -Odili

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has accused some elders of ganging up against him because they did not scale through the primary to be the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The governor explained that some of them, on his 2021 birthday, who indicated interest to fly the ticket, but failed at their bid to clenching it are now in Abuja plotting against him.
Wike spoke, last Monday, during the 74th birthday reception organised to honour the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, at the private residence built and donated to him by the state government in Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.
The governor said those elders came to him in their own accord and showed a commitment that they would stay to see through what they came to convince him about.
“On my last birthday, 12midnight, some of our elders called me that they want to see me. They came to me and said they came to wish me happy birthday.
“Then, they presented me a letter that I should run for president. All of them including Dr. Abiye (Sekibo) signed the document.
“I say okay, you people too should go and give me someone who will be governor after me. They all sat there, looking left and right.
“I asked them, those of you who are interested to be governor should raise your hands. Everybody raised his hand. One person didn’t raise his hand, Senator Bari Mpigi. I asked why he was not interested, he replied, sir, let me hold what God has given me. I don’t want to lose the two.”
Wike noted that the elders also signed to a document that they would abide by whatever becomes the outcome of the governorship primary.
But governor expressed the regrets that since they were not successful, they have turned around now to allege that he was pursuing a third term bid.
“Some persons don’t know the history. They go and tell all kinds of story. But the truth is this; all of them (elders) signed the document prepared by O.C.J. Okocha that whoever I will bring, they will abide by it.
“But now, they went to Abuja that I must not be vice president. I also read, yesterday, when I was in Paris, one of them saying that I told him that if they do to me what they did to Dr. Peter Odili; that I will collapse the system.
“I am not an ungrateful person; and I will never be ungrateful in my life. What’s important is that I have done well as a governor. I am happy and I am leaving office a happy man.”
The Rivers State governor recalled that when Dr. Peter Odili was to run for the office of the president, he had a large crowd following, happily.
He noted that when the issue of governorship of Rivers State was to be decided and he did not give those who wanted it, they all left him, ran to Abuja to thwart his presidential ambition.
Wike, however, said he has been holding on to the advise of the former governor, hence he was not surprised at the turn of events and the outcome of the PDP presidential primary.
He described Dr. Peter Odili a true leader of men, who groomed many, and supported a lot of persons to political lamplight, particularly in Rivers State and across the country.
“There was a time every political class abandoned Odili. This is a man who gave us everything. Some people called him ‘Mr. Donatus’. There was no abuse he did not get. Everybody he tried to help their families, at the end of the day, all betrayed him.
“For us, we have used him as a school, and we thank him for making himself available for us to use him to learn so that we won’t be shocked of whatever that is going to happen.”
Wike expressed delight at the opportunity to have known Odili and being able to celebrate him.
He pointed to the several support and the gains from the political tutelage under Odili that had made him accomplish his political successes.
He reiterated that Odili’s benevolence made it possible for Ikwerre sons to emerge governors of Rivers State.
In his response, the former Governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili said, himself and his wife, Hon. Justice Mary Odili (rtd) were overwhelmed by the birthday gift, courtesy of the state government.
Odili explained that during his tenure as governor, Wike was the best performing council chairman in the state.
He lauded Wike for investing in human capacity development, infrastructure and building the best law school campus in Port Harcourt.
In his goodwill message, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, harped on the need for all Nigerians to work together to enthrone fairness, justice and equity in all facet of society, which Odili has always stood for.
Also speaking, Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, noted that Odili was a great leader who had impacted on many lives across the country.
Similarly, former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, commended Odili for being a role model and comporting himself very well after leaving office.
In his homely at the thanksgiving mass, Monsignor Pius Kii, said Nigeria missed the opportunity of having Dr. Peter Odili as their president because he would have used his farsighted ability, courage and adaptive capacities to solve Nigeria’s many problems.
Similarly, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, felicitated with Dr. Peter Odili, as he celebrated his 74th Birthday, last Monday.
In her goodwill message in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo said as the father of the modern Rivers State, Odili has continued to be a great leadership icon, whose leadership style impacted positively on the lives of Rivers people and beyond during his tenure as the governor of Rivers State.
Banigo, who expressed gratitude to Odili for his support to the Wike-led administration, described him as a philanthropist per excellence, a great patriot and astute statesman.
The deputy governor while wising him many happy returns, prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep Odili in good health.

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