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Odili: We’re solidly behind Fubara; nobody can intimidate him



Peter Odili, ex-Rivers State Governor, has said it was God that destined Sir Siminalayi Fubara to become the governor of the state.

Peter Odili, ex-Rivers State Governor, has said it was God that destined Sir Siminalayi Fubara to become the governor of the state.

Addressing the governor while inaugurating the dualised Omoku-Egbema Road constructed by the Fubara administration, Odili said: “Your Excellency, the man God destined to govern Rivers State; a humble man of God and a man whose life reflects the fear of God; a man who doesn’t talk too much but does a lot.”

Odili said Fubara had taken full control of governance in Rivers State and was focused on the people in line with his chosen mantra, People First.

Odili thanked Fubara for the project delivered in the area and urged him to remain focused on the people by giving succour to the less-privileged and hope to the hopeless.

He said: “I can tell our people that the next election is very far, but what the Governor has done so far is enough to secure the support of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area going forward.

“Thank you, Your Excellency, because the greatest assets of the state remain the people, not oil and gas. The people remain the greatest assets.

“So, once your focus remains with the people, especially the less-privileged, the poor, those who are struggling to feed every day, once they remain your focus, I want to agree with you that the sky would become the take-off point of your administration.”

Odili assured that the entire people of Rivers were behind Fubara, “rallying support for him because they trust him, believing in what he says and convinced that he means whatever he says.”

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Speaking at the occasion, Fubara said that the delivery of developmental projects and social services by his administration would not be politicised because they were geared towards solving the needs faced by the people of the state.

The governor explained that while all human and societal challenges could not be solved at once, every promise made by his administration would be fulfilled within available resources and delivered on schedule.

The governor said: “When the project was added to the list of projects to mark our one year in office, there was a challenge but the contractor assured of delivering it, which is a reality today.

“What are we doing today? We are here to tell our people that they are the most important thing to us. We are here to assure you that every part of this state will have positive impact of our administration.

“We can make bold to say that today, a project that was impossible in the past was made possible by this administration.

“If within this short period we could deliver this to our people who were yearning for this road, crying and complaining, it is a sign that this government has the interest of the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area at heart.

“So, I want to assure you: don’t let anybody deceive you anywhere. This is the right boat to join. The captain of this boat, his own mantra is ‘The People First’. So, I assure you, with your support, the sky is our beginning.”

Fubara said it would be improper for him not to appreciate the people of ONELGA because the campaigns that led to his election started in the area.

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Granting some of their requests, Fubara said: “Here and now, we are mandating the Ministry of Works to ensure that the remaining part of this road project leading to the boundary with Imo State should be completed (Okwuizi boundary to Abacheke).

“We are also assuring you that the health centre matter, more especially the zonal hospital, we are going to complete it. The contractor will move to site in the next one week.

“So, let me use this opportunity, on behalf of the government and the good people of our dear state, to say thank you for supporting us before, during and also after the election.

“Let me assure you that whatever we say, we will live up to it. We will not make promises that we will not keep.

“We will make promises after checking our resources. We will make promises that are within our capacity to deliver, and delivering it in good time.”

The governor explained that he invited Odili to inaugurate the project because the former governor understood the needs of the people.

He said: “This is not politics. This is giving back to our people. So, I want somebody who understands the need of our people, and what we are doing is to come and speak to our people.

“I want somebody who has the direct interest of this LGA at heart to come and speak to his people, so that we will understand that when we are in position, what is important is not self, what is important is the people.”

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Providing the description of the road, Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Works, Atemea Briggs, said the road project indicated how Fubara had consistently prioritised the needs of the people and solve critical problems.

In his welcome address, High Chief Shedrack Akalokwu, noted that Fubara was soft spoken, his leadership was action-packed, with successes that far outweighed public expectations of his administration.

He said: “We are grateful that in the short period of less than one year in office, Your Excellency is here today to superintend over the commissioning of the Omoku-Egbema Dual Carriageway in our local government area.

“The Erema junction-Akabuka- Ogbogu-Obite-Ede-Okposi dual carriageway speedily being executed by the construction giant, Julius Berger, is very refreshing. The news of the award of 33.5km Elele-Omudioga-Egbeda-Ubimini-Ikiri-Omoku dual carriageway has been received with gladsome mind.

“That project is magic infrastructural access that would gladden the hearts of our people as there would be drastic reduction of time and distance from our local government to the state capital.

“All our people are in one accord in conveying our support, solidarity, gratitude and total loyalty to this government of which we are an integral part.”



APC Determined To Win Edo Gov Poll, Says Oshiomhole



He stated this on Friday during the unveiling of the APC 2024 Edo Governorship Election Campaign Council committees.

Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, the lawmaker representing Edo North, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is poised to win the poll.

He stated this on Friday during the unveiling of the APC 2024 Edo Governorship Election Campaign Council committees.

Briefing party faithful in Benin following the reeling out of the headship of the 36 committees within the council, Oshiomhole who is also a former Edo governor, maintained that the party is determined to win the election democratically.

“We want to win this election democratically. No mago mago, no wuruwuru, no violence [cheating]. We campaign for peaceful change of government, that is what democracy is about,” he said.

On his part, the Director General of the campaign council, Senator Matthew Uroghide emphasised that all members of the party are important and must see themselves as aiming for a common goal even if their names are not listed in the campaign council committees.

He also offered listening ears to any party member with questions or problems related to the party or the campaign.

“Please, all of us must work together. we must work together. if there is any problem, please, come to me. Any party problem, come to me. anything that has to do with this campaign, come to me everybody is important,” he said.

“Senator Oshiomhole has already said it, all of us are in the campaign council, whether your name is there or not, you are a member of the campaign council. So please, we must all work together to win this election,” he said.

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Appeal Court orders status quo in Rivers Assembly



Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered the parties involved in the ongoing House of Assembly crisis in the state to maintain status quo.

The court gave the order in a suit marked CA/PH/198/2024 instituted by Martin Chike Amaewhule & 24 others, appellants, against Victor Oko-Jumbo and five others, defendants.

Amaewhule and others approached court seeking to vacate the Interlocutory Injunction of a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, which recognised Oko-Jumbo as the speaker.

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Justice Charles Wali of the State High court also ordered Amaewhule and 24 others to stop parading as speaker and lawmakers in the legislative arm of the state.

The three-member Appeal panel comprised Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada, Justice Hamma Akawu and Justice Balkisu Bello Aliyu.

The panel, whose proceeding was held through the Zoom, urged the parties involved in the matter to maintain status quo and adjourned the matter till 20th of July.

The appeal panel tasked the parties not to take any step that would affect the merit of the matter before it saying that notice of appeal be served on the defendants before the adjourned date.


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‘It’s time for me to leave’ – Obaseki dumps PDP



A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oredo Local Government of Edo State, Benjamin Obaseki, has resigned his

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oredo Local Government of Edo State, Benjamin Obaseki, has resigned his membership in the party.

It was reported that Obaseki announced his resignation in a letter dated June 12, 2024, to the local government chairman of the party.

Obasaki expressed his regret for resigning from the party but was convinced it was time to leave PDP for his political growth.

According to him, the PDP leadership has touch with its members and hence become insensitive to his plight.

Until his resignation, Obaseki was an ex-official of the Oredo Local Government chapter of the party and a member of Ward 10.

He said, “I am writing to formally inform you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party. It has been incredible and a pleasure to be part of the one-time big political family we built together that fostered a lot of victories.

“I sincerely regret this decision to resign from the party that I joined in building from scratch, but I am convinced it is time for me to leave for my growth as the leadership of the party has lost touch with its members and hence become insensitive to my plight.

“I believe the Peoples Democratic Party is great but with the likes of the governor as leaders of the party, there is no hope for the future. It is a pity that the infighting that has engulfed the party at the state level will consume the party and I do not intend to be consumed alongside it.”

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NANS opposes six-year term for president, govs



The National Association of Nigerian Students, on Thursday, rejected the bill seeking a single term of six years for the President and state governors, describing it as “anti-democracy and an attempt to stifle people’s choice”.

It will be recalled that 35 members of the House of Representatives, under the auspices of Reformed-minded Legislators, last week proposed a bill seeking a single term of six years for the President and state governors.

The lawmakers are equally seeking for rotation of the presidency among the six geopolitical zones of the country, arguing that the proposition if implemented would lead to a reduction in the cost of governance.

However, NANS while reacting to the bill, called on Nigerians, pro-democracy groups, the organised labour and trade unions to mobilise against the bill.

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Speaking at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Thursday, the National Clerk of the Senate of NANS, Yekini Adewale, described the bill as “a smokescreen” to divert the attention of Nigerians from the current economic pains and agonies that Nigerians are facing.

The apex student body threatened to mobilise students across the country in a protest against the bill.

Adewale said that if the bill is passed into law, it would erode accountability, probity, transparency and responsibility on the part of political leaders.

“Yes, democracy thrives on the pedestal of a synergy between the three arms of government, but when a key arm, such as the legislature, proposes bills and peradventure passes laws that stifle people’s choices or throw spanners in the wheel of the tenets of democracy, then, it is disheartening and must not be allowed.

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“NANS, as a non-governmental organisation and the only pressure group that has been agitating for the continued survival and sustainability of our hard-earned democracy from being truncated, does not only condemn the proposed bills, but call on Nigerians to move against such step aimed at achieving a selfish agenda by some unscrupulous politicians.

“If the proposed bills are allowed to see the light of the day, then, our democracy is in total jeopardy.

“Any president or governor who realises that he cannot seek a second term in office, may rather busy himself feathering his own neat instead of delivering good governance to the electorate.

“Expunging the second term from our constitution is synonymous to extinguishing the only power the electorate has to vote out any non-performing president or governor.

“As a student body in the country, we shall mobilise our members massively against these bills seeking to efface accountability, probity, transparency and responsibility from the elected executives and lawmakers.

“To further demonstrate our rejection of these anti-democratic, anti-people and anti-progress bills, a day will be set aside for Nigerian students to embark on a mass march against the National Assembly,” Adewale said.

Source: The Punch


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‘I can’t continue again’ — Salihu Lukman resigns from APC



Salihu Lukman, a former vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north-west, has resigned as a member of the ruling party.

Salihu Lukman, a former vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north-west, has resigned as a member of the ruling party.

Last year, Lukman resigned from his position as a member of the national working committee (NWC) of the APC.

He said, “the party is completely at variance with the founding vision of forming a progressive party”.

Before this, he had also resigned as the director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) in 2022.

In a statement on Wednesday, Lukman said his membership in the APC has been rendered useless.

He noted that his decision was based on the lack of internal democracy and the inability of the leadership of the APC to allow reforms within the party.

“Given all this, it is possible to remain in APC if, at all, President Tinubu will allow internal reform in the party to return it to its founding vision, which, as it is, is very remote. But my reality now in the party is that my membership has been rendered useless, and there is no need for me to continue to impose myself,” the statement reads.

“I have therefore gone back to the trenches and will try to work with all committed Nigerians who agree and subscribe to the goal of actively campaigning for the survival and development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We must grow our democracy to the point whereby elected representatives at all levels are accountable to the party, and it is possible for Nigerians represented by various interests to develop strong relationships with political parties and elected governments based on which policies of governments can be made to reflect the wider interests of Nigerians.

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“I am confident that a strong democracy with functional political parties is possible in Nigeria. I am also confident that, in our lifetime, we can produce governments that are truly capable of making the lives of Nigerians better. I don’t expect party leaders will agree with my decision. I believe that eventually, we will be united will all party leaders and other Nigerians who are committed to developing Nigerian democracy.”


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Fayose denies dumping PDP, cautions against politics of bitterness



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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, dismissed insinuations that he had dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the governing All Progressives Congress.

Fayose, who said he would never join APC, appealed to PDP members to stop maligning his character and person and cautioned them against politics of bitterness.

The former governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, while addressing his supporters, urged party members to close ranks, embrace peace and discourage divisions and factions among them in a bid to defeat APC in the next governorship election in the state.

Fayose said, “I am beginning campaigns ahead of the congresses in two local government areas. I will go to all local government areas and I will support them with logistics for the election of our party. I am not looking for opposition, If you say Fayose does not matter, wait, during election you will see.”

While calling on party members to come together, he said, “Let there be no Biodun Olujimi, Ayodele Fayose, Bisi Kolawole or Duro Faseyi factions in PDP, let us work for peace to be able to win election in the state.

Fayose debunked rumour that he took appointment from Oyebanji, saying that was far from the truth as Ekiti, a PDP state, must be rescued from the hands of APC.

The former governor said, “I have come to tell you that the PDP must not die in Ekiti State. I want you to have peace, please don’t destroy my personality.

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“When we come to election period, we will fight BAO (Governor Biodun Oyebanji). The PDP is not in order in Ekiti, let us come together”.

While harping on the need for party members to eschew politics of bitterness, Fayose said, “I feel satisfied with the works that Governor Oyebanji have done so far in the state.

“BAO is a humble governor. Thirteen times, he has visited me in Lagos to greet me. We discussed the progress and development of the state. I have to respect him, that has nothing to do with politics. He is the only governor that has brought all governors in the state together.

“When it is time for election, we will confront him. I am a landmark governor in Ekiti State. We supported Asiwaju in the last presidential election because he is a Yoruba man, and it’s time for our Presidency,” Fayose said.

Recall that the leadership crisis which has plaqued PDP in Ekiti State for some years saw it divided along the lines of Fayose and Olujimi.

Consequently, there have been insinuations recently that Fayose, in view of his closeness to Oyebanji of the APC, has dumped the PDP and has been given an appointment by the governor.

Source: The Punch

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