In apparent fulfilment of his promise to commission projects in Rivers State untill the final hours of his administration, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, in the last week of his eight years in office, inaugurated more developmental projects across the state as parting gifts to Rivers people.
Wike’s last minute commitment to the delivery of critical infrastructure swelled the litany of projects executed by the Governor.
Governor Wike’s knack for the execution of impactful projects in Rivers State had earlier earned him the sobriquet “ Mr Quality Projects” and a special recognition by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some of the new projects inaugurated by Governor Wike during the past one week include, flagging off of seven units of five bedroom building residential quarters for Judges; Elele internal roads project in Ikwerre LGA; Police Tactical Operation Centre, Rumueprikom, Obio /Akpor Local Government Area; Opobo sand filling and land reclamation;
Others include the flagging off of Opobo internal ring road; flagging off of the new Federal High Court complex; and the flagging off of the Palace of the Eze Epara Rebisi (Paramount Ruler of Port Harcourt).
At the flagging off of the construction of a new Federal High Court complex at Old GRA in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said the project was part of numerous others already put in place by the Rivers State Government to ease the operations of the Judiciary, adding that residential quarters would be built by the Rivers State Government for Judges in the state.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Police Tactical Operation Centre on Friday, Governor Wike said his administration had always supported the Police and other security agencies to fight crime by providing the needed logistics.
He pointed out that fighting insecurity should not be the sole responsibility of Federal Government but requires the efforts of all tiers of government and the citizenry to combat crime to the barest minimum.
Addressing the people of Opobo/ Nkoro at Opobo Town, Gov Wike exhibited statesmanship and noble gesture as he gave a vivid reflection on how his administration had contented with the task of governance in the state for the past eight years. He expressed deep gratitude to God, and applauded the dogged commitment of his team, not forgetting the unflinching support and good will of Rivers people for the success stories of his administration.
Governor Wike who declared that he was leaving office a fulfilled man pointed out that the uncommon achievements recorded by his administration in projects delivery in virtually all parts of Rivers State had proven his critics wrong, noting that Rivers people were happy with his leadership which had consistently catered for the interests of the people.
Governor Wike also, during the week under review, laid the Foundation of Wigwe University, a private university in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre LGA and also inaugurated the newly constructed University Teaching Hospital at PAMO University of Medical Sciences in Port Harcourt.
He commended the vision behind the establishment of the two private Universities , noting that it would promote educational development in Rivers State, and as such deserved the support of the state government.
Governor Wike also, within the week, attended two book launches and a public lecture in Port Harcourt as the State Executive Council held a special Valedictory Session before its formal dissolution by the Governor on Thursday.
Governor Wike thanked members of his Executive Council for their services and untiring contributions towards the development of Rivers State and wished them well in the their future endeavors.
The climax of activities held within the week was a State Awards and Pre Inauguration Dinner held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday night during which prominent citizens of Rivers State were conferred with State Awards.
By: Taneh Beemene
Sokoto Guber: PDP Loses At Tribunal
The Sokoto Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has affirmed the election of Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto as the duly elected governor of the state.
The three-man panel led by Justice Haruna Msheila in its ruling dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its candidate, Saidu Umar challenging the victory of the APC and its candidate, Ahmad Aliyu in the March governorship election.
In a unanimous judgment, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Haruna Mshelia, said the Petitioners were unable to prove the six grounds formulated in the petition.
He said the grounds bordered on alleged ineligibility for Aliyu and Gobir to contest, falsification of certificates, variation of names, election frauds and non-compliance with electoral guidelines.
Msheila said the petitioners were unable to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt as required by law, saying 70 per cent of exhibits were out of context because they relate to State Assembly elections conducted on the same dates.
According to him, to prove forgery two different documents of persons needed to be presented while the variation of names issues was a settled Supreme Court provision.
He said three subpoena witnesses were not tenable as they were not makers of the documents from the alleged primary school while the other 28 polling units agents testified could not identify themselves along with their roles.
The Tribunal Chairman said the alleged 138 polling units frauds were not adduced to indicate substantial non-compliance of the elections marred the election outcome.
Mshelia added that the tribunal dismissed all the preliminary objections on competency to institute the case by the respondents as the petitioners duly linked the grounds in the petition.
He dismissed the petition for lack of merit and failure to prove the allegations by the petitioner.
Tribunal Upholds Kefas’ Election As Taraba Governor
The Taraba State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Jalingo, yesterday, upheld the election of Agbu Kefas of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) as the governor of the state.
The three-man panel headed by Justice G.A Sunmonu dismissed the petition jointly filed by the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, and its governorship candidate in the March 18, 2023 election, Professor Yahaya Sani, on the grounds of lack of sufficient evidence.
NNPP, and its gubernatorial candidate, had earlier filed a petition before the tribunal seeking the cancellation of the election which they alleged was characterised by irregularities.
Another relief sought by the NNPP and its guber candidate was for the tribunal to order a fresh election in the state.
The party also alleged non-compliance with the electoral Act 2022, as a major reason for its demand for the cancellation of the election.
The party, which also alleged that the incumbent governor of the state was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast, earlier urged the tribunal to nullify the certificate of return issued to the governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Delivering judgment, the panel unanimously ruled that the petition filed by both NNPP and its gubernatorial candidate lacked merit.
The three-man panel, collectively dismissed the petition, stating that the petitioners failed to justify the relief they sought.
Elated by the judgment, the Deputy Governor, Aminu Alkali, called on the NNPP and other opposition political parties in the state to join hands with the incumbent governor to move the state forward.
Also overwhelmed by the judgment, the counsels to the PDP, applauded the panel for the judgment.
Though the counsel of the NNPP could not be reached at the time of filing this report, a chieftain of the party who spoke with The Tide source, said he was hopeful that the party will appeal the judgment.
Nigeria@63: Lawmaker Urges Patience, Says Tinubu Won’t Disappoint Nigerians
The lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimi Odimayo has called on Nigerians to exercise patience with the administration of President Bola Tinubu, assuring that salvation was near.
Odimayo who gave this assurance in a statement issued through his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Kayode Fasua, noted the apparent hardship in the land, and drew a comparison in the allegory of labour-room pains and the subsequent joy in strapping a newborn baby.
Odimayo said “We all must reflect on how we got to this sorry pass as a nation, counting from the year of our independence in 1960 till date: how democracy was aborted for many years through military interventions and how we are again back on track trying to improve on our democratic skills.
“However, in spite of various hiccups ranging from maladministration to corruption and other unpatriotic practices, we should renew hope, especially now that a good leader with verifiable antecedent in the person of President Bola Tinubu is in the driver’s seat.
“Ours can be assessed in the allegory of labour room pains that must be experienced during childbearing, before the mother beams with smiles at successful delivery; and that is what obtains now in the attempt by President Tinubu to right many wrongs and put Nigeria on the path to political and socio-economic greatness,”
While urging Nigerians to exercise patience and team up with all arms of government to achieve desired results, the lawmaker also called on political officeholders to tighten their belts and bend to work as justification to the electorate’s mandate.
According to him, the ballot box is the nemesis for all political leaders who failed in their vow to deliver the dividends of democracy.
“The last general elections held up many lessons for the political class, that unlike in the past, the level of voters’ awareness has risen stunningly in geometric proportions, as the people are mostly no longer for vote-buying and rigging, but are determined to scrutinise the qualities of candidates seeking their votes,” he stressed.
Odimayo similarly assured the people of his Okitipupa/Irele constituency and the entire Ondo State citizenry that he had designed various empowerment programmes and had stepped up various social infrastructural development lobbies, all of which will start manifesting soon.
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