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2023: Zoning Rivers APC Guber Slot to the Riverine is Fair, Equitable – Eze



2023: Zoning Rivers APC Guber Slot to the Riverine is Fair, Equitable - Eze

…Says Vilifying Amaechi is Arrant Ignorance as Amaechi didn’t say anything new


Chieftain of the APC, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has said the restatement of the Minister of Transportation and South-South Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, of his position to support the emergence of a Rivers Governor from the riverine communities in the 2023 elections, and Minister’s resolve is on the standpoint of equity, reflects the principle of fundamental fairness and justice which are the basic axioms upon which the foundation of the All Progressives Congress is anchored.


In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Chief Eze expressed disappointment over comments credited to those fanning the embers of sectionalism in a multiethnic and sophisticated society as Rivers State, describing their contention as grossly offensive to the senses and a sinister ravings of an imagination gone berserk.


“I have read series of interpretations and reactions especially, from former Rivers South/East Senator, Magnus Abe, and a few other politicians and commentators, on the comment credited to the South South Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC and Nigeria’s performing Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on the zoning of the 2023 Governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress, to the riverine area of Rivers State and have been finding it difficult to understand the rationale behind those careless arguments, as I wonder if some of these commentators have been following the policies and actions of the APC, since its inception in 2014 or they are just trying to be funny or mischievous” Eze said.


Recall that the Honourable Minister of Transportation and South/South Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, while addressing a gathering of APC members in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, tasked supporters to unite towards achieving the fair and equitable result of a riverine Governor in the 2023 general elections in recognition and honor of the upland/riverine dichotomy.


Sen. Abe in his reaction to Rotimi Amechi statement had said: “when the Minister was speaking in Ogu/Bolo a few days ago that the 2023 Governorship position in APC has been zoned to the riverine, he was not speaking for all of us. He was only speaking for himself; attempting to set the riverine LGAs against the rest of the state….the party has not even concluded with the membership registration. We have no Ward Chairmen, yet they are already zoning governorship.


“It is an action that will lead to another doom of failure if they toe that path again …Amaechi does not have right to zone-out any ethnic group and zone-in another”.


Irked to Sen. Abe’s statement, the party Chief said it pricks the conscience to hear the former Lawmaker and trained Lawyer adulterate and misrepresent facts to suit his argument without regard to the ultimate goal of ensuring that justice is served and manifestly too, in every matter, noting that it is untoward and a sheer display of arrant ignorance for Abe to corrupt his conscience against the known tenets on which the APC is built.


In a concise account of the power sharing formula between the upland/riverine areas since 1999, the party stalwart said critical stakeholders in the likes of Alabo Graham-Douglas, who stands as the only Rivers man to be appointed thrice a Minster, late Chief Marshall Harry, Mr. Henry Mac-Pepple and other great Riverine political leaders, who were the real power brokers in the politics of Rivers State then, resolved, considered and funded the campaign of Dr. Peter Odili (upland), from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, who was elected and re-elected Governor in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He led the State till 2007 and thereafter, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (upland), from Ikwerre Local Government Area took over the reigns of power and governed the state for two terms of eight years from 2007 to 2016.


The end of Dr. Odili’s (upland) tenure would have ordinarily marked the beginning of the administration of a Governor from the riverine, however, divine providence shone on Amaechi and by God’s direction, he was enthroned to lead and to the service and pride of the people, he led.


Nonetheless, and in line with popular demand, one would have loved to see a riverine succeed Amaechi, to balance the vacuum created in the sharing formula, but strife and animosity on the side of the then President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Dame Patience Jonathan who are both from the Riverine communities of Bayelsa and Rivers states, led to the very unfortunate emergence of Nyesom Wike from Obio/Akpor another upland LGA of the State who by 2023 would have governed the State for another eight years, thereby making the Upland to govern Rivers State for a Whooping 24 years to the determinant of the Riverine Section of the State, what an injustice and wickedness.


The party Chief said it is simply annoying, listening to the arguments preferred by Abe and his circle on the APC zoning her 2023 gubernatorial slot to Riverine Area which Amaechi only reemphasized and didn’t make statement that is new.


Eze expressed sadness that political leaders from the Riverine Leaders are not doing much to bring this strategy to be actualized, but counsels them that now that it has become imperative that the Riverine Area will be producing the next Governor of Rivers State it is expected that the interested Political Leaders of this area should unite and come out with a strong and acceptable Leader that will fly the flag of the party during the 2023 general elections. As much as the leaders of this area should be thankful to the party for this spirit they should work very hard and liaise with other sections of the State to actualize this dream.


Chief Eze called for a more aggressive sensitization and mobilization of citizens across the 319 wards of Rivers State for the exercise, stressing that the project of a riverine Governor come 2023 is the business of Rivers people and not just APC’s.



PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion



PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.


The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.


The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.


Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.


“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.


“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.


“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.


The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”


He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva



Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva

Niger Delta leaders on Saturday praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for liberating the country’s petroleum sector from its quagmire.


They also praised the minister for playing a crucial role in the development of Nigeria.


“Chief Timipre Sylva is committed to the development of Nigeria. He will always support the Niger Delta region through thick and thin”.


In a statement in Yenagoa, the leaders praised Sylva for the zero-fuel queues situation in the country and the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) at Emeyal, Ogbia LGA in Bayelsa State.


They commended the minister for defending the interests of the Niger Delta people, changing the image of Nigeria for the better and attracting International Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMS) and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to the petroleum sector.


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The leaders also hailed Sylva for creating jobs for the people, placing greater emphasis on the distribution chain, indigenous capacities for the oil and gas industry as well as choosing courses which tend at least to a better and more desirable development of the country’s petroleum sector.


Signed by the chairperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, the leaders applauded the former Bayelsa State governor for his honest leadership, dogged commitment to principles in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness and justice.


“Chief Timipre Sylva should be applauded in his quest to bring about economic and social development in the country.”


The leaders who met in Yenagoa for three hours commended the astute politician for opening up local manufacturing in the country, improving the environmental condition of the oil producing areas and making the South-South geo-political zone, particularly Bayelsa State proud by his achievements in politics.


“Chief Timipre Sylva and other ministers have done South-South proud. The zone has never had it so good in terms of provision of amenities and infrastructure,” they said.


The statement emphasized sound business policy, creative power of the petroleum economy and operations of the petroleum industry.


“Chief Timipre Sylva is travelling on the road that leads to success.”


The leaders called on critics to emulate the virtues of Sylva by pursuing peace, progress and development.


“In spite of the current financial crunch, the Federal Government is up to date in its obligations to the Niger Delta region”.


The leaders also advised critics of Buhari’s appointees from the South-South geo-political zone to join Nigerians, home and abroad, in celebrating the achievements of the petroleum resources minister.


“Chief Timipre Sylva will continue to seek what is best for the good people of the Niger Delta region” the statement said.


Chief Timipre Sylva is one of the most ardent promoters of the unity and development of the Niger Delta region

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People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before – Garba Shehu



People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before - Garba Shehu

……Forging Certificate is More Critical Than Terrorism


Senior Special Assitant to President, Garba Shehu, has said that the way killings are being reported under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is like it had never happened before.


Garba Shehu explained that killings had been in existence since forever and President Buhari seems to be a target in the way it is being reported now.


Garba Shehu said this on Channels’ Politics Today, on Friday night while answering questions on the ongoing controversy surrounding the embattled Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, said that those who “stand in criticism of the minister are not willing to forgive him.”


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Garba Shehu, reacting to comparison of Pantami’s case to alleged forgery that consumed former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said the cases are different and opined that the latter was more critical than the terrorism accusation against Pantami.


He also stated that if Pantami forged a certificate before coming to office, the attitude from the Presidency would have been different. The Presidency has been hit with heavy criticisms following the backing of Pantami in the midst of terrorism comments, which the minister said were utterances made in ignorantly, stating that he is now more mature and knows better.


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