The Rivers South East Chairman of the Social Democratic Party ( SDP), Chief Mike Amakiri, and his teeming supporters have dumped the party and declared their support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Speaking at an event organized by Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Chief Amakiri said his decision to support the Governor was in appreciation of his excellent performance within the few months in office.
He said it was incumbent on all ethnic nationalities in Rivers State to support Governor Siminialaye Fubara as the Ijaws had as well supported other Governors before him.
According to him, power comes from God and Rivers State cannot have two governors at the same time, adding that Governor Siminalayi Fubara deserves the support of all ethnic nationalities to enable him develop the State.
Chief Amakiri who was also the leader of SDP in Andoni Local Government Area emphasmed that the Ijaws in Rivers State had supported other Governors since 1999, stressing that it was time for other ethnic groups in the state to reciprocate by giving their full and unflinching support to the state governor.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Edison Ehie, has declared that Governor Fubara’s eight years tenure as Governor of Rivers State was already guaranteed in view of the monumental development projects going on across the state.
The Speaker who was represented by a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Evans Bipi, also said equity and justice demand that Sir Fubara completes his eight years as other governors before him had done
Rt Hon. Ehie who spoke while welcoming Chief Amakiri into the fold of the ‘Simplified’ family noted that power comes from God and there was nothing any body could do about it.
He said the time had come for Rivers people to speak up, adding that this was not the time for people to sit on the fence.
The Speaker urged the former SDP leader to show both in words and actions that he belongs to the Fubara political family by reaching out to those who are still sitting on the fence.
He commended him for being the first to declare public support for Governor Fubara and charged him to ensure that Andoni Local Government Area is ‘Simplified’.
Also speaking, the leader of Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard, Engr Kingston Silvanus said the occasion was an indication that men of value and influence were beginning to identify with Governor Fubara.
He also said with the defection of Chief Amakiri to the Sir Fubara political family, the Governor had no more opposition in Andoni Local Government Area.
Engr Silvanus who is a former Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area described Chief Amakiri as one of the greatest politicians in Andoni, adding that his defection was a big sign of relief to the Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard and the entire Sir Siminalaye Fubara political family in Rivers state.
“Men of value and great people of wisdom and influence are identifying with the Governor.
“Iam happy that Chief Amakiri has identified with the Governor and the people of Andoni are happy to see chief Amakiri and his teeming supporters identify with the Governor”, he said.
The Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard leader also said the organisation was happy over the victory of Sir Fubara and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) at the Court of Appeal.
Earlier, the Coordinator, Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard, Chief-elect Fred Uwuikor Usende, said Chief Amakiri had taken the right decision, stressing that he was entitled to all rights and privileges as far as Ida Obolo Sim Vanguard is concerned.
He urged Obolo sons and daughters to emulate Chief Amakiri by also coming out to support the Governor.
By: John Bibor
Ahead 2027: Pro-Tinubu Group Sets Up Structures In APC
The Mandate Movement (TMM), a pro-President Bola Tinubu group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), has set up 37 structures in a bid to enlarge its membership base across the country.
The structures consist of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The national leader of the movement, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, made this known in a statement, explaining that the move became necessary for the ease of administration.
Cardinal Odunmbaku, in the statement, noted that this move was a precursor to the preparations for the 2027 general election.
He stressed that the move aims at ensuring that the APC has strong dominance across communities and towns in every part of the country.
He advised those to be appointed as state coordinators to be more effective in mobilising new people into the ruling APC.
The APC chieftain also used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to be patient with the President Bola Tinubu’s administration, assuring that the government was taking steps to address the harsh economic challenges.
Benue APC Crisis: Court Sacks Acting State Chairman
The recently suspended Benue State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Austin Agada, has been reinstated by a Makurdi High Court presided over by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Maurice Ikpambese.
Recall that Mr Agada was earlier in the month suspended from office by another Benue High Court in Aliade presided over by Justice Lilian Tsumba following an ex parte motion filed by Mr Moses Agaba against him and the APC after his Ihaje Ward I Executive in Ogbadibo Local Government Area had passed a no-confidence vote on him and also suspended him for alleged anti-party activity.
The suspension was immediately followed by the inauguration of Mr. Benjamin Omakolo from Igoro Ward, Apa LGA as the acting State Chairman during a State Executive Committee meeting of the party presided over by Governor Hyacinth Alia.
However the crisis in the party took a dramatic turn Monday when Justice Ikpambese reinstated Mr. Agada while ruling on a motion by the embattled chairman seeking to set aside the interim order restraining him from parading himself as Chairman.
After listening to the arguments of counsel to Moses Agaba, Mr. Johnson Usman, and that of Innocent Daagba, who appeared alongside Richard Ayilla, George Ushongo, Daniel Sorkaa and John Ifer who appeared for Mr. Agada, Justice Maurice Ikpambese vacated the order restraining him from parading self, function and acting as the Chairman of the APC in the State.
Justice Ikpambese ruled that “under Order 39, rule 3 of the Benue State High Court Procedure Rules, 2023, the lifespan of an interim order is seven days, and since the order was issued on February 2, 2024, it has elapsed by law.”
Justice Ikpambese nullified the appointment of Benjamin Omakolo as acting Chairman and any other appointment made from February 2, 2024.
He accordingly struck out the motion seeking to set aside the interim order of February 2, 2024, as “it has been overtaken by events.”
The matter would be assigned to another Judge by the Chief Judge who would hear it on its merit.
Reacting, the APC State acting Chairman, Mr. Omakolo dismissed the reinstatement of Mr. Agada saying “whether the order restraining him (Agada) from parading himself as the Chairman is vacated or not, the fact that he has been suspended by his Ward still places a ban on him to be able to function as APC Chairman in Benue State. “And it will interest you to know that in the court ruling today, no matter concerning my person or role as the acting Chairman was mentioned.
“So, I still remain the valid acting State chairman of the APC in Benue State. I remain the one who pilots the affairs of the APC in Benue State and the APC family takes instructions and directives from my office as the acting Chairman of APC in the State.
“And even that wrong vacation that was done in the High Court has already been appealed. The person that took him to court has appealed the judgement because it is not correct in law for a High Court to restrain another High Court, a court of coordinate jurisdiction. I have long assumed office as the acting Chairman of APC in Benue State.”
There’s No Changing Bayelsa Gov’ship Result – Diri
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said that the November 11, 2023, governorship election in the State has been won and lost and cannot be changed through subterranean moves of his main rival in the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent governor winner of the election and presented certificates of return to him and the deputy governor-elect, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on November 17, 2023.
Diri, who spoke on Monday during the first year memorial service of his late father, Pa Abraham Diri, at the St Peter’s Anglican Church, Sampou, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, said the subpoena to the police to testify as witness at the election petition tribunal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, was diversionary, a waste of time and an exercise in futility.
He said the acceptable standard was the election result declared by INEC and not that of the police.
His words, “they are bringing a police report. They are bringing a police commissioner to come and testify in the election tribunal. We have crossed that bridge long ago. Just as we stopped them from rigging, we will stop them again.
“If you want to subpoena anybody, let it be INEC, which conducted the election and declared the results. The police are in charge of security.
“Let us be steadfast. Our second tenure will be better than the first.”
The governor eulogised his father for laying a solid foundation for him and his siblings.
According to him, his father was being celebrated a year after his death because he left good legacies that were speaking through him and his siblings.
He said: “His impact upon our lives, his children and relatives, is unspeakable. That is why I believe in giving the best education to children, so that whether you are alive or not, they can stand anywhere. I urge fellow Bayelsans to give their children good education.
“What we are doing today is to appreciate God and celebrate the life of our father for what he has done in our lives. Our father guided us very well. All his life was how to discipline and give what he had to society.
“Those of us in leadership as president, governors, Speakers and other positions, let us know that there is a legacy we should leave, which will speak for us when we leave this world.”
Speaking on the topic: “What will you be remembered for?” Rev. Funkuro Amgbare, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Izon of the Anglican Communion, noted that Pa Diri was being remembered a year after his death because he impacted positively on his children and the society.
He admonished all to live a life worth remembering by maintaining their integrity.
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