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Council Boss Extols Wike Over Infrastructure, Human Capacity Dev

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The Chairman of Degema Local Government Council of Rivers State, Hon. Michael John Williams, has lauded the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for the construction and commissioning of the ultra-modern Community Secondary School, Obuama, in the local government area.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the edifice with state-of-the-art facilities, last Friday, the council chairman noted that the people of Degema and indeed Kalabari were very grateful to the governor for all that his administration had done for them, both in infrastructure and human capacity development.
He stated that since the inception of the Wike administration, the governor had taken deliberate steps to better the living condition of the Kalabari people, adding that the people had never had it this good from previous administrations.
The council boss who went on to list some projects executed by the governor, including the ongoing Trans-Kalabari Road, assured the governor of the continued support of the Kalabari people.
In his speech, Governor Wike, who thanked his deputy, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, for bringing the deplorable state of the secondary school to his attention, directed the Ministry of Special Projects to immediately design two hostel accommodations for the male and female students within two weeks.
He stated that his administration had been busy through the week, showcasing its landmark efforts in the education sector in answer to criticisms that he was only constructing roads.
The Governor who disclosed his readiness to shift attention to the health sector, expressed satisfaction that his administration had touched all sectors in the state, explaining that his huge investment in road construction was due to the fact that roads attract development.
On his part, the Special Guest of Honour and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, commended Governor Wike for his good work in the State, adding that posterity would be kind to him.
He eulogized Governor Wike as a man with a good heart and will to accomplish, love and support others.
Mr. Fayose, while advising the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to be wary of the people around, stated that most of them do not mean well for the party, describing them as “enemies of the throne.”
“A lot of people surrounding the throne are enemies of the throne.
“A lot of people surrounding the throne have one axe to grind with somebody and they take it to where they are not supposed to take it.
“There is no living being in this party and outside this party that would not acknowledge your (Gov. Wike) contribution to this party. You are the soul of this party,” Fayose stated.
While warning that no one rises up by pulling down their leaders, Mr. Fayose noted with regret that the very people that Governor Wike helped to build were the same people that were doing everything to pull him down, assuring, however, that his good work would not go unrewarded.
He expressed shock that the people who stood firm by the PDP when even sitting governors were decamping, were today being made enemies by people who do not like the truth, arguing that there was still time for the party to unite, in order to boost its chances of clinching victory.
The former governor, who expressed confidence that the party would unite because it needs unity to be able to win the elections, however, called on Atiku Abubakar to do the needful by honouring his words.
He appealed to the people around the PDP presidential candidate to allow the party to win the election because no one celebrates victory until it is won, praying God to give Atiku Abubakar the grace to lead the party.

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Ekiti 2022: Oni’s Campaign Slams Fayemi

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The Segun Oni Campaign Organisation(SOCO) has described the alleged boast by the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, that he has the judiciary in his pocket to legitimise the election of governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji, as a product of hallucination.
The organisation said that it is very disgusting and debasing for a failed governor who during his tenure destroyed the legacies that used to make the state one of the enviable entities to now weave the nest to cage the judiciary in order to sustain his hold on Ekiti State resources.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Monday by the Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the action of the governor was described as primitive, barbaric and callous.
The statement further read that the impunity with which the All Progressives Congress (APC) rules Nigeria and carries out the activities of their party is too glaring to be ignored by Nigerians hence, the national calamity bedevilling the country today.
Adebayo stressed that Governor Fayemi should explain to the whole world why his party presented candidates with forged results for election and how his party’s governorship primary was manipulated to bring out Biodun Oyebanji who was nominated by an illegal authority elected through front loading of election results.
The group maintained that Fayemi and his party deliberately perpetrated all these political heresies, basking on their culture of manipulating the judiciary as the boasting and antecedents suggest.
According to SOCO, the emergence of Governor Fayemi both in 2010 and 2018 also took the same route, hence, his belief in shortcut to the Ekiti Government House, forgetting that some people in the judiciary can still protect their integrity.
“Fayemi who said that those challenging the election of Oyebanji in court and tribunal are mere entertainers, that they don’t know that he has the judiciary in his pocket, should avail Nigerians how many Judges he has bought for the intended coded outcome of the court and the tribunal.
“We want to remind the governor that the ground which is before the tribunal goes beyond an ordinary technicality and legal masquerading. There are constitutional issues which had been decided at all levels of court in Nigeria, so any clandestine movement becomes suspicion”, the statement read.
The organisation added that leaders, sons and daughters of Ekiti and the leadership of the Nigerian judiciary should beam their searchlight on Ekiti State matters so as to save the last hope of the masses who voted but were cornered by the APC government.’’

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PDP Forum Gives Ayu, Anyanwu, Others 48Hrs To Resign

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The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over recent corruption-related accusations has escalated as National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, National Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu and Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagum have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to resign at the risk of legal action.
The threat followed a resolution by the Forum of PDP Candidates and Aspirants, which passed a vote of no confidence on the three officers.
They have also petitioned the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on the unanimous demand of candidates for the resignation of the above-mentioned officers.
The candidates who gathered and held their brainstorming session in Abuja, also alleged that the leadership of the party extorted several aspirants during the congresses, primaries and national convention of the party and swapped the names of candidates with the names of persons who did not win.
They pointed out that these “underhand actions of the leadership of the party are largely responsible for the nullification by the courts of the governorship primary in Zamfara State and all primaries held in Ogun State”, while noting that many more are still pending in court.
Chris Ogbu, who presided over the session as the Forum Coordinator and House of Assembly Candidate, also read the communiqué. He was flanked by Dauda Yusuf, the Forum’s Secretary and former governorship aspirant as well as several other members.
They demanded that Ayu, Anyanwu and Damagum step down immediately or be sacked by the party within 48 hours, at the expiration of which a legal action would be instituted to force them out of office, beginning from today.
The candidates/aspirants said that the alleged sharing of money paid for nomination forms by Ayu instead of utilising it for the prosecution of the historic 2023 election was very provocative and impacting negatively on the image of the party.
“Voters now see them as a come and chop or share the money party and that removing Ayu and his gang of party treasury looters will go a long way in showing that PDP is now a party that is intolerant of corruption,” the resolution reads.

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FG Disowns National Honours List

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The Federal Government has disowned the list of National Honours nominees that has been in circulation in the last four days.
The list contained the names of many public servants, retirees and even some who have died.
A statement signed by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and InterGovernmental Affairs, Julie Jacobs, the Federal Government said that the list did not emanate from its officials and that it would publish the authentic list at the appropriate time.
It said, “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs has been drawn to a purported list of nominees for National Honours being circulated by some online media organisations.
“While it is true that President Muhammadu Buhari, will be conferring National Honours on deserving Nigerians and friends of Nigeria on 11th October, 2022, the authentic list of nominees is yet to be released to the public. The Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs will publish the list at the appropriate time and medium.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to discountenance the list in circulation as it is an attempt by overzealous reporters whose aim is to break news even when such news is fake.”

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