Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah, has called on the people of Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area and the entire people of Orashi region to support Prof. Ngozi Ordu, who he said was an elder sister and qualified person for the position of deputy governor of Rivers State under the PDP for the 2023 elections.
Obuah said this when he led a delegation, in company of major stakeholders in the area to visit the palace of His Eminence, Barrister Nwachukwu Nnam Obi, 111, Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogbaland in Omoku, last Friday.
Those in the delegation included, the Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council, Hon. Vincent Job; Dr. Stella Agada; Dr. Shedrack Akolokwu; Hon. Chukwu Shedrack Ogbogu; Hon. Ken Nwabochi; Hon. Victor Ahiakwo; Hon. Franklin Nwabochi; Hon. Emmanuel Nwabrije; among other top dignitaries.
In a brief remark, Obuah used the opportunity to intimate the Oba of Ogbaland and his cabinet chiefs on the need to galvanise support and mobilise all Ogba indigenes to actively participate in the forthcoming elections in 2023.
Obuah, who is popular known as Go Round, had aspired to be the candidate of the party but had to withdraw in the last minute owing to what most political watchers believed to be his desire to respect the wish of the party, which later nominated Sir Siminialyi Fubara, as the candidate of the party.
The former PDP chairman said that said he trusts Ordu to be a good deputy to the governorship candidate.
He used the opportunity to appeal to the people of the area and the Orashi region to support her.
Obuah said since it wasn’t possible for him to make it to the Brick House, they should all support Ordu to make it there alongside Fubara, whom the former chairman of the Rivers Waste Management Agency RIWAMA, described as a sellable candidate who would build on the enviable legacy of the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
“If I did not make it to the Government House, Port Harcourt, today, our sister, who is very qualified, is on the verge of going there. I will support her. My interest is the peace and prosperity of our area”, Obuah said.
Speaking, the Rivers State PDP Deputy Governorship candidate, Prof Ngozi Ordu, noted that the major aim of the visit was to obtain the royal blessing and authority from the Eze Ogba of Ogbaland.
Ordu said, “When people have so much confidence in you, it makes you have more challenge.
“It’s about giving back to my people, and I will not let them down”, she said.
Ordu expressed great pleasure with the opportunity, and optimism to place more focus on leaving behind a shining legacy, if elected as deputy governor of the state in 2023.
She emphasised that the need to seek for royal blessing in a journey she was about to embark to bring development to her people, saying that it was necessary to get the support of the grassroots people who see the Oba as the custodian of the cultural heritage and tradition.
In his short speech, the Oba of Ogbaland, Eze Nwachukwu Nnam Obi, 111, applauded Ordu’s humble gesture, and encouraged her not to get weary or distracted.
“When there’s a home coming, there’s always joy”, he said.
Elaborating further, the Oba of Ogbaland stated, “There are so many silent men, without them, nothing will work. I don’t want you to look at your party as your domain; your domain is your people”.
He gave his royal blessing to Ordu, and prayed for God’s guidance on the team.
In appreciation, the Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council, Hon. Vincent Job, on behalf of the team, thanked the Oba for the honour done them, and assured him of their continued respect for the traditional institution.
Ordu was former commissioner of education in Rivers State during the era of Sir Celestine Omehia.
She was a Senior Lecturer of Food Microbiology and Public Health in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, College of Natural and Applied Sciences.
She obtained her first degree in Microbiology from Paisley College of Technology, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
While in Scotland, she received the Best Academic Prize for two consecutive years (1977 and 1978 respectively).
Until her nomination, she was the Director of Academic Planning, PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Rivers State.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
Akeredolu will be remembered for truth, justice – Aiyedatiwa
Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State on Wednesday said the late former Governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, would be remembered for his good deeds, especially standing for truth and justice.
Aiyedatiwa stated this during a special court session held in honour of the late former governor at the Ondo State High Court in Akure.
He explained that the former governor used his knowledge, ebullience and capacities to defend the human peaceful existence.
Aiyedatiwa added that the deceased deeds during his life time were greatly impactful.
According to him, the deceased was after justice and rule of law.
Aiyedatiwa said that late Akeredolu was always not pleased when justice was not served.
He described the honour bestowed on the late governor as a well deserved because his life evolved around the legal profession.
“He was an achiever with success stories. He stood firm and was committed to truth and justice,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, said that late Akeredolu remained celebrated in death more than being alive considering a reference to his achievements and attainment in life.
Odusola said that the late governor was a courageous fighter, who faced the serious security challenges in the state with ingenious courage that had become a national model.
He stated that it was more-worthy that the late governor did not interfere with judicial activities, even when it did not favour his desires.
According to him, late Akeredolu was a man that lived with his words.
“In my last encounter with him at a time when his health was obviously failing, Arakunrin still reiterated his desire to construct a judiciary complex that will be the envy of other states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“He also spoke about judges’ welfare and I wondered how a man in such a condition could still love the judiciary so much as to remember the little promises he made,” he said.
The CJ said that late Akeredolu was an outstanding legal icon and a political colossus, a man who was an exemplar of indefatigable courage, principled resistance with honesty and self-respect.
He stated that late Akeredolu would continue to be a good reference point in humanity.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau, described the late governor as a man with keen passion to help humanity and secure peace.
Maikyau added that the deceased was a person of humility known for truth and justice, and asked the deceased family to take solace in the good deeds of the late governor.
Dignitaries present include Gov. Abdulrasak Abdulrahman of Kwara; Ondo State Deputy Gov, Olayide Adelami; Chief Olusola Oke, SAN; and APC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin.
Others are human rights lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo; Ambassador Sola Iji, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly; and former Inspector of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero.
Gunmen Kill Police Inspector In Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command said an Inspector was killed by gunmen who ambushed and attacked its men on a stop and search duty at the Eliozu Flyover in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.
The spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday.
Iringe-Koko said the gunmen who were spotted in a carton-colored Sienna bus with fully tinted glasses drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, near Port Harcourt where they launched the offensive which claimed the officer’s life.
She, however, said the team rose to the occasion and returned fire and neutralised one of the miscreants who wore masks, but that other gang members escaped by the whisker.
The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.
“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.
“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.
“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.
“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.
“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.
“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.”
While noting that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of our entire society, she stressed that the command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.
“We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society”, she said.
Recall that last year, a former Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, was ambushed and killed by a cult gang.
Since the death of the cop, the command has been on his trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were gunned down previously.
However, on Monday, Grace Iringe-Koko, said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cult kingpin was killed in a recent joint security raid in the Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.
Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.46% In Q4 2023 -NBS
Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.46 per cent year-on-year in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023, the National Bureau of Statistics has disclosed.
In its ‘Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4, 2023),’ released yesterday, the NBS said the growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent
It added that the service industry was responsible for the growth in the quarter.
Both the IMF and World Bank expected Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2023.
The report read, “Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023.
“This growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent.
“The performance of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the Services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.98 per cent and contributed 56.55 per cent to the aggregate GDP.”
In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.
“The agriculture sector grew by 2.10 per cent, from the growth of 2.05 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 3.86 per cent, an improvement from -0.94 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.74 per cent in 2023 relative to 3.10 per cent in 2022,” the report added.
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