New Police CP Assures Rivers State Of Improved Security

The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Ahmed Zaki, has said that although he is not unaware of the political intrigues in the state, his mission is to be professional in the fight against crime and criminality.

The CP was speaking when he visited the state governor Nyesom Wike, who expressed doubt that the police under any command in the state can be professional.

Governor Wike, however, expressed the government’s readiness to provide logistic support for the force.

The former CP, Francis Odesanya, died on January 13, at the age of 56 after a brief illness.

He was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks.


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INEC Planning To Rig 2019 Elections – Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to rig the 2019 elections in the state.

Governor Wike alleged that the redeployment of the 23 electoral officers from the state by the commission was to make way for those in favour of the opposition party.


He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is prepared for the election, adding that the redeployment is a welcome process.

The governor, who spoke in pidgin, made the remarks during a visit to Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

He announced the construction of Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye road, as a reward to the people for supporting the PDP during the Etche/ Omuma federal constituency supplementary elections in the state.

“We will protect Wike”, Ann-Kio Briggs boasts.

The alleged withdrawal of the security details of the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, by the police featured prominently during the town hall meeting Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had with the people of the state on Monday.

Mr. Osinbajo is touring the Niger Delta region of the country to promote a “new engagement” that is expected to usher in lasting peace in the troubled region.

Some women in the state in their presentation to Mr. Osinbajo said they were ready to offer themselves as security to protect Mr. Wike against any harm.

Ann-Kio Briggs, a popular Niger Delta activist, spoke on behalf of the women.

“As women, we must express our serious concern on the removal of the security details of our governor,” Ms. Briggs said.

“If our governor is exposed to the risk of having inadequate security, this poses not only a threat to our state but to our economy and to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“(And) if this extreme danger continues, as mothers we may have no other alternative but to consider protecting our governor.”

Ms. Briggs remarks elicited cheers from the crowd inside the hall, especially from the women.

She said the women would no longer be left out of whatever plans Nigeria has towards the Niger Delta.

“Women are the bedrock of our society,” she added.

The traditional rulers in the state also added their voice to the call for the “restoration” of the governor’s security details.

The Chairman, Rivers State Council of Chiefs, Douglas Jaja, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, said Mr. Wike was the only governor in Nigeria without security men.

“Governor Wike is our son. As fathers, when any of our sons is in danger we get worried. We are worried (that) he may be set up for attack or assassination,” said Mr. Jaja who is also the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom.

Mr. Jaja told the acting president, “We have no doubt that as a man of God you do uphold the sanctity of life.

“It is on this basis that we request that you assist us by bringing pressure to bear on the inspector general of police to restore the governor’s security aides to their former position.

“Under his watch, this state has protected the federal government infrastructure. No case of pipeline vandalisation has been reported in recent years.

“We believe that having done so well as a governor, he should not be subjected to such torture. Rather, he should be encouraged to do more.”

When it was the turn of Mr. Wike to address the meeting, the governor said he was in support of “all their presentations”.

The governor said that the Rivers government was not in contention against the federal government.

He enumerated what he said were his administration’s contributions to the federal government, including providing support for the security agencies in the state, the prevention of militant attacks on oil pipelines and the repairs of a section of the East-West Road.

He, however, added that the federal government in return wasn’t giving the state a fair treatment.

Mr. Wike said the Port Harcourt International Airport, owned by the federal government, for instance, was a disgrace to the state and the nation, and that most of the federal roads in the states were in dilapidated condition.

The governor accused the federal government of not allowing the seventh train of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, project in the state to kick off, as well as doing “political stunts” with the Ogoni clean-up campaign which the federal government flagged off last year.

The acting president, Mr. Osinbajo in his response, said Rivers State was important to the country’s economy, and that the federal government was beginning a “new partnership” with the state and the entire Niger Delta region.

“I am assuring you that this will be the beginning of the narrative that will change the Niger Delta,” Mr. Osinbajo said.

The acting president didn’t, however, respond to the issue of Governor Wike’s security details, apart from jokingly asking that the women extend their security protection to him (Mr. Osinbajo) as well.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, he denied that the police had withdrawn Mr. Wike’s security details.

Mr. Moshood said the police officers that were withdrawn from the governor’s security were those “found wanting” during the last legislative re-run election, and that they were dismissed from the police after an administrative trial.

The dismissed police officers were awaiting prosecution, he said.


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Magnus Abe: Wike bought cars for PDP lawmakers but those in APC use taxis.

Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east senatorial district, has alleged that lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Rivers state house of assembly take taxis to work.

Abe said while the state government bought vehicles for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators, no provision was made for the six lawmakers of the APC.

He accused the administration of Nyesom Wike, the governor, of divisiveness, saying the action of the governor could lead to disunity in parliament.

Abe was speaking in Port Harcourt during a stakeholders’ meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

“Mr. President Sir, the Rivers state house of assembly has 32 members. Out of the 32 members, six are of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Only these six people take taxis to the assembly,” he said.

“All other members drive cars that were bought by the Rivers state government, and the governor tells us it is his personal contribution to the house and these other six people are not entitled.

“In an atmosphere of that nature, it is clear that there can be no unity because it is not the words that we say in the front of television cameras that will bring unity. It is the actions that we take when nobody is watching.”

Efforts made to reach Simeon Nwakaudu, spokesman of the governor, did not yield the desired result. He neither answered his call nor responded to a text message sent.

However, Abe also alleged that there was a “deliberate scheme” by the state authorities to prevent APC stakeholders from attending the meeting.

Abe, who is the chairman, senate committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), said the publicity materials which the APC mounted in strategic places to welcome Osinbajo, were destroyed by PDP members.

“At the forum, people talked so much about unity. How we all are united and how what was happening in government house is the united position of all Rivers people,’ he said.

“But, Mr President Sir, let me say that unity is not what we say or do when the acting president of Nigeria is seated and all the television stations are tuned in to what we are doing, unity is what we do when the acting president is not there; when the cameras are not there.

“As a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, I did not receive an invitation to the meeting. It was at the airport your own staff tried to give us invitation. That is not an act that will promote unity.

“We put up our banners to welcome you to this state, a leading member of PDP had the boldness to go and pull them down. We have reported the matter to the Police. We believe that action must be taken so that the impunity that existed before can no longer exist under this administration.

“I want to thank you for coming here today because if you did not come here, you will not have known that these numbers of Rivers people were shamelessly excluded from the forum.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the federal government to take a very clear and decisive step to try to bring peace in Rivers State.”

Controversy trails customs’ seizure of military helicopters at Lagos Airport.

Documents related to the controversial Bell Helicopters reportedly seized by the Nigeria Customs officials at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos show that there was communication regarding the transaction on September 2015.

This was contrary to claims by the customs that the helicopters were impounded in November 2016 from unknown smugglers. Rivers State Government that has claimed ownership of the helicopters, however, denied buying the estimated N10 billion military-type helicopters.

The Guardian learnt that Rivers State Government had in a letter dated September 28, 2015 written to the Comptroller-General of the Customs seeking the release of the helicopters.

When The Guardian contacted the Customs Public Relations Officer, Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Thelma Williams yesterday, she refused to comment on the controversy.

Williams said: “I am sorry. I don’t make comments on official matters at weekends. As I am talking to you I am at home preparing food for my children.”

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of Nigerian Customs Service at the weekend claimed to have seized two civil model Bell helicopters imported into the country by unknown persons and handed them over to the Nigerian Air Force for failure by the unknown importers to produce end-user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in contravention of Section 36 (2) of the Customs and Excise Management Act.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had in his reaction said the armoured helicopters were ordered by the Rotimi Amaechi administration. He explained that he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over the helicopters to the Nigeria Air Force, but he did not get any response from the Presidency.

Meanwhile, the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has accused Wike of abandoning two helicopters purchased by the state at the airport and playing politics with it.

Amaechi explained that the helicopters were procured by his administration to curb the wanton menace of criminals in the state but Wike decided to abandon and dump the helicopters, because he does not care about the safety and security of lives and property in the State.

The former governor recalled that when took over office in 2007, criminal elements were on the prowl. But with a strong political will to tackle these menaces and make the state a safe place, he initiated a lot of measures to deal with the menace.

According to him, purchasing these helicopters was one of the measures the Amaechi administration took to curb the clandestine and criminal activities in the state

Wike said he went to the Federal Government to “give us a waiver for us to clear the helicopters, but the Federal Government refused. I wrote a letter to the President and to assure him that the helicopters are meant for security purposes, it should be handed over to the Nigerian Air Force.”

He added: “I am surprised that they have started propaganda and political falsehood on the said armoured helicopters. What kind of country are they turning Nigeria into? We stated that we couldn’t pay the custom duties because the helicopters are not for commercial use. They are to be used to monitor the creeks and track criminals.”

“I wrote to the President to give the helicopters to the Air force. It is shocking that the custom would turn around to claim that they impounded the helicopters,” Wike explained.


Source: Guardian

Rivers State confirms Lassa fever case

The Rivers ministry of health has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a private health facility in the state.


The commissioner for health, Theophilus Odagme, disclosed to journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the patient had fully recovered and had been discharged.


He said the ministry was collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the private hospital and family of patient to ensure that the process of decontamination of contacts is effectively carried out.


“Right now, we pray it does not pose further threat to the state.


“Indeed, we had a patient in a private hospital in the state. The patient was diagnosed and expertly managed and has been discharged.


“The primary and secondary contacts are being followed and the other processes of decontamination are all on,” he said.


“We are following up with all the contacts. We are also ready if there are eventualities with the contacts, we will move them to the special centre in Emohua local government,” he said.


The commissioner advised residents of the state not to panic because the government was on top of the situation.


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BREAKING: Nigeria Police raise panel to probe Wike’s ‘threat to kill electoral officials’

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has constituted a panel of detectives to investigate crisis associated with the recent Rivers rerun elections.

A key aspect of the investigation would be a forensic examination of an audio clip containing threats allegedly made by Governor Nyesom Wike to kill electoral officials who failed to do his bidding after receiving bribes.

In the audio, first published by news website Sahara Reporters, Mr. Wike could be heard threatening to kill the officials if they did not do his bidding or return his money.

“They should return what they gave them or I will kill them,” the governor was heard telling a supposed aide whom he asked to warn the unnamed INEC officials from deployed from Plateau.

PREMIUM TIMES could not verify the authenticity of the clip or when the discussions held.

The governor’s office said the audio was manipulated.

A statement Saturday by police spokesperson, Don Awunah, said the police IG was responding to a statement credited to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Yakubu Mahmud, to the effect that there were 70 incidents that tended to derail the election.

He said the IG “has set up a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by the INEC chairman with a view to unravelling those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice”.

“The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Wike (CON) pertaining to the concluded elections.

The statement enjoined the government of Rivers State and INEC to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.

“The election observers, civil society groups, Human Rights watchers and other stakeholders are equally called upon to assist the team with valuable information they may have,” the statement said.

The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has “vast experience in investigation”, and the team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit report that would be made public, Mr. Awunah said.

Nyesom Wike leads street protest in Rivers State, says ‘Enough Is Enough’.

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, on Thursday led thousands of supporters to stage a protest over alleged police high handedness during Saturday’s legislative re-run election.

The protesters also accused security personnel of killing members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and demanded the transfer of two policemen alleged to be masterminds of the attacks.

The protest started from Government House to Azikiwe Street and Bank Road before terminating at the Police command headquarters on Moscow road in the city centre.

At the police headquarters, Wike told Cyril Okoro, the state deputy commissioner of police, that people of Rivers were fed up with organised killings.

“On behalf of the Rivers government and good people of the state, we have to let the police know that enough is enough,” he said.

“We demand that Steven Hasso, the assistant commissioner of police in-charge of operations, and Akin Fakorede, commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), be posted out of the state.

“We have come here peacefully to communicate this demand and urge that this request is communicated to Police headquarters in Abuja because I (Wike) have written repeatedly (to IGP).

“Please, I don’t want people to die anymore and definitely do not want corrupt senior police officers posted to Rivers state.”

He said the police had refused to sanction the two policemen in spite alleged video footage, which purported the duo and other security operatives, attempting to allegedly snatch results of the Rivers east senatorial district.

He described as unfortunate and worrisome a situation where policemen “paraded themselves as politicians in uniform”.

Insisting that the “biased” security operatives must be posted out of the state, Wike said: “If they don’t leave the state, then we will do all we can to ensure that they leave this state because they have killed innocent people.”

In his response, Okoro assured Wike that the command will deliver the message to the IGP for possible action.

Meanwhile, the governor has denied the audio linking him to an attempt to rig the election.

He described it as an “outright lie”, saying a “voice changer technology” was used to blackmail him.

“We categorically deny these latest allegations as a sick fabrication, and an outright lie,” read a statement issued on his behalf by Tam George, commissioner for information.

“Governor Wike never made any contact with INEC officials, in person or by telephone. No one would have thought that the APC would resort to an audio impersonation of Governor Nyesom Wike, using a voice changer technology.

“The voice changer technology is often used by teenagers especially in South Korea and Japan to launch innocent technological pranks at each other, mainly for laughs. The use of such a technology to blackmail a governor is a new criminal low for the APC, a party already widely discredited for its addiction to falsehood.”

Rotimi Amaechi: the Knife that Tore the Umbrella, By Majeed Dahiru

In an atmosphere of extreme sectionalism that pervades the Nigerian political culture, it is better to keep the home front united behind you, irrespective of political differences. The same friends cheering Amaechi on today will exploit the faultline in his home base to undermine him while using his public display of impunity to discredit him, in the case of a power struggle that may most certainly arise within the APC.

Frontline Niger Delta region’s oil producing Rivers State, host to leading multi-national oil companies, as well as the largest oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria, is truly the treasure base of Africa’s second largest oil producer. Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on oil and gas export earnings (90 percent). It is not always gloomy in the Niger Delta. Oil producing states benefit significantly from the natural resource endowments of their land. A constitutionally guaranteed 13 percent derivation payable to oil producing states have put them ahead of other states in terms of financial resources. Rivers State is the most important of all the oil producing states.


Although the third largest oil producing state, it derives enormous resources from taxes as the host of the highest number of oil multinationals and oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria. The state also has the largest population of all the Niger Delta coastal states due to the numerous economic opportunities that abound within its borders. Nigeria’s political culture thrives on a corrupt patronage system of crass cronyism; therefore, Rivers State is very important in the power equation at the highest level of government. Whoever governs this very important state is very influential and powerful in the politics of Nigeria. This explains why democratic elections in Rivers State are usually intense and sometimes violent.


Rotimi Amaechi, former governor and current minister of transport, proved the importance of Rivers State in national politics in the 2015 presidential elections. Amaechi was the man who led the revolt of five PDP governors, resulting in the break-up of the then ruling party. His boldness and political astuteness endeared him to millions of Nigerians across the country but alienated him from his people on the home front because the man he worked against, former president Goodluck Jonathan, is a son of the soil. The needless disagreements between Amaechi and the first family, were as a result of the former president’s little understanding of the Nigerian political space; an area in which Amaechi had a clearer understanding.


The minister of transport lived yesterday in order to exist today. He looked beyond Goodluck Jonathan, the first Niger Delta president of Nigeria, as the ultimate destination of the Niger Delta people. Unlike so many Niger Delta politicians who became regional ethnic champions because one of their own was president, Amaechi remained faithful to the broad alliance that was the PDP, by maintaining a nationalistic posture and outlook without falling for the immediate but temporary gains of sectionalism. He refused to compromise his position as the Governors Forum chairman on sectional considerations, by being fiercely loyal and faithful to his colleagues and pressing hard for the implementation of the resolutions of the body, which were sometimes in conflict with then Goodluck administration. When resisted, he was defiant in a manner which his kinsman perceived as disloyalty, if not outright despise. Amaechi was also not ready to tolerate the meddlesomeness of the then ebullient and provincial first lady, Patient Jonathan; a Dame no man could tame, not even her husband.

However, Amaechi’s main adversary and nemesis will emerge from behind his own shadow – Ezenwo Nyesome Wike, his closest political ally, confidant and nominee into the Federal Executive Council (as minister of state for education). Wike is a man of proven ability in the grassroots politics of Rivers State. He was like the field marshal of the Amaechi political family. Like most Nigerian politicians, Wike was driven by personal ambition for power. The only problem was that his ambition to become governor did not fit into the equation of his leader’s permutation of power rotation in Rivers State. Amaechi, as then political leader of Rivers State, openly expressed the desirability of the governorship seat to rotate to the riverine area of the state after his tenure terminated. Wike, who like Amaechi, is from the upland area of the state, was nursing the ambition to be governor.

Amaechi refused to cave in but instead led the revolt of five PDP governors to join forces with other political associations to form the APC. Amaechi was the knife that ripped the umbrella. He became Jonathan’s ultimate nemesis. He knew so much about Jonathan and systemically exposed the former president’s weak points to millions of Nigerians who craved change.

Amaechi’s position on moving the seat of power in the state to the riverine areas was not to spite or shortchange Wike, but was only fair and consistent with PDP’S inherent zoning and power rotation pact. Driven by the burning fire of his political ambition, Wike who came to terms with the reality that he may stand no chance under the leadership of Amaechi, suddenly, in a deft move, pitched his tent with the first family. Goodluck Jonathan who was also nursing the ambition to become president a second time – an ambition which he suspected Amaechi may not support on account of the understanding that power should rotate back to the north – found a natural ally in Wike. Both men were united in their personal ambition over the common interest of the collective interest. This alliance further aggravated their dispute with Amaechi. Wike knew too much about his former boss and ally. He knew his weaknesses and strength and was able to deconstruct and demystify him at the highest echelon of power.


Goodluck Jonathan found in Nyesome Wike a trusted and reliable ally, and tied his presidential ambition to the governorship quest of Wike. In order to neutralise Amaechi and reduce his influence and power within the ruling PDP, the Godspower Ake-led Rivers State executive committee of the party was dissolved on the order of a federal high court sitting in Abuja. This was speedily obeyed and Wike installed the Felix Obuah-led caretaker executive committee. This move effectively made Wike the leader of the PDP in the state. The full weight of “federal might” was deployed to support Wike’s ambition. In the ensuing power tussle, Amaechi’s exercise of his authority and power as a governor were undermined by federal agencies on “orders from above”.


Amaechi refused to cave in but instead led the revolt of five PDP governors to join forces with other political associations to form the APC. Amaechi was the knife that ripped the umbrella. He became Jonathan’s ultimate nemesis. He knew so much about Jonathan and systemically exposed the former president’s weak points to millions of Nigerians who craved change. Amaechi’s rhetoric against Jonathan was perceived as an “insider’s account” and were largely held to be true. The deep purse of Rivers State was used to oil the electioneering wheel of APC’s Muhammadu Buhari effectively. Coming from Jonathan’s region, Amaechi’s revolt was very instrumental to uniting opposition forces against the former president, which led to his defeat at the polls. Amaechi achieved his ultimate goal, while Wike achieved his ultimate ambition of becoming governor. Jonathan lost out. The former president was fighting Wike’s war thinking it was his.

President Buhari calls for peaceful elections in Rivers State.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peaceful and orderly conduct in the federal and state legislative rerun elections in Rivers State tomorrow.


The president urges all political parties, their candidates, other stakeholders and the people of the state to ensure that the polls are conducted without rigging, violence and intimidation of opponents and electoral officials.


President Buhari reminds politicians and their supporters in Rivers State to put the higher interest of the people of the state in mind, as they go to the polls on Saturday.


“The rerun elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair to the extent that people will be killed, maimed and property destroyed in a mindless display of crude primitive instincts. Innocent blood should never be sacrificed on the altar of political contest for temporary power,” the president warned.


While calling on security and law enforcement agencies to exhibit professionalism and non-partisanship in the discharge of their constitutional duties even in the face of extreme provocations, President Buhari directed them to deal decisively with trouble-makers and those bent on violating the sanctity of the electoral process.


He also enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do all within its powers to give transparency and fairness to the electoral exercise in Rivers State.


The president restates the commitment of his administration to deepening democracy in the country by enthroning a legacy of respect for the wishes of the people through free, fair and credible elections devoid of intimidation and violence throughout the federation.

Rivers Rerun: “Don’t kill anybody but don’t be killed”- Rotimi Amaechi to APC Members

Ahead of Saturday December 10th legislative rerun election, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, today called on members of the party to be vigilante during the election and that they should not kill and also not get killed. Speaking at the final campaign of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Amaechi said;

“This is what we call the election of our lives. Before I used to tell you, ‘Please don’t fight’. Is that not what I used to tell you? But I think we will bend it a bit.

I don’t want my church to stop me from taking holy communion. So, what I will tell you is don’t kill anybody, but do not be killed. Now let me explain why I said that. My friend in the army said if you hear the sound of a gun, it’s not meant for you.

The implication therefore is that if you allow them shoot you, you will die. So, don’t allow them. It is not they alone who that have the right to life; you also have a right to life.

I don’t want to hear ‘They shot me and took the result sheet’. If anybody takes the result sheet, take it back from him. You know I have never spoken like this before”.

In the same vein, Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, called on the party members to slap whoever slaps them during the election.

“I am glad with what I am hearing here today, very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back. We cannot allow them.


The APC came on a rescue mission. Unfortunately they are fighting back, the same way they have always done. Are you going to allow them?


It is within your powers to return the members of the house of assembly. Return the members of house of representatives and senators because we need them. When you do that, it will be the beginning of the end”,  he said.

I was more popular than any PDP governor, says Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says he was “more popular than any PDP stakeholder, including governors” during his eight years at the helm of Rivers state.

Amaechi, who presided over the state between 2007 and 2015, said his goodwill remained intact throughout his tenure because he never abused office.

Amaechi spoke in Port Harcourt after arriving in the state for Saturday’s legislative rerun election.

“During my tenure as governor, l never abused the office. The office of the governor is sacred and should be respected in all ramifications,” he said.

“When I was governor, I had over 75 per cent support from Rivers people and other Nigerians resident in the state. l am very sure l had more popularity than any PDP stakeholder including governors across the country.

“This is so because, as governor then, l overhauled the health and education sectors by promoting free healthcare system and free education, over 10,000 teachers were employed, including the building of critical infrastructures, roads and youth empowerment, making Rivers people and other Nigerians to experience change.”

He appealed to supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to turn out en masse for the rerun election, assuring them of their safety.

He accused opponents of his party of employing desperate means to secure victory, but asked the people to resist them.

“This is another opportunity for us to exercise our right to vote for candidates of our choices. You would recall that the last time the elections were held, members of the APC were brazenly, crudely and violently prevented from exercising their inalienable rights to elect those they wanted,” he said.

“Those same characters and forces that stole our votes by violently denying us the right to vote the last time are at it again.

“In the months and weeks leading to this Saturday’s election, they have employed the use of violence and intimidation and harassment all aimed at preventing us from coming out to vote.

“They have turned our hitherto peaceful state into a haven of brazen criminality, culminating in killings and maiming of innocent citizens.

“However, it is gratifying to know that the Commander-in- Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured the security of lives and property in the state before, during and after the election. Mr. President has graciously provided adequate security through the length and breadth of the state.

“I therefore enjoin you all to come out en masse and exercise your civic right on Saturday. I  implore you all to come out and exercise your rights to vote now that you have a chance to vote and your vote will count. Choose wisely, vote APC.”

NYSC members refuse participation in Rivers rerun election.

Corp members are avoiding to participate in the legislative rerun election scheduled for Saturday in Rivers State.

Investigation revealed that corps members who are being contacted to serve as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission are refusing to participate in the election because of fear of possible violence during the election.


A source who confided in our correspondent said that the corps members were not showing the usual enthusiasm to participate in the election because of the accusations and counter-accusation between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike , and INEC.


The source said, “Corps members being contacted by INEC to participate in the Rivers rerun election are showing reluctance to serve in the election.


“A good number of them are afraid that there could be violence during the election, and these are young men and women who don’t want to get killed because of some election.”


When our correspondent contacted the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, he said that it was only the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers that could comment on that.


Reacting, the state REC, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, said the job of corps members was voluntary, adding that those who did not want to work with INEC on election day were free to opt out.


Ikoiwak argued that some of the corps members’ parents might have told them not to take part in the rerun election, adding that such a situation would not affect the exercise on Saturday.


The state REC, however, pointed out that INEC would get more ad hoc workers from other government’s agencies if there was shortage in the number of corps members needed for the job on Saturday.


“From the beginning, the NYSC work is on a voluntary basis. We know that some of them might have been told by their parents not to be part of it (election).


“But if we have problem of shortage of manpower, we will complete them with workers from other government’s agencies and institutions,” he stressed.


Oyekanmi also agreed that most parents would be inclined to discourage their children from participating in the election because of what he described as the inflammatory comments by the Rivers State Government that plans had been perfected to rig the election.

Wike Alleges Plot By Security Agencies To Assassinate Him

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on Thursday dropped a bombshell that shocked the crowd who had gathered to witness the ceremony to mark the beginning of the rehabilitation of a hospital in Gokana Local Government.

The governor told the crowd at the General Hospital , Terabor and General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area that security agencies  are planning to assassinate him.

Police Public Relations Officer,  DSP Nnamdi Omoni, however said the police were not aware of any plot to kill the governor.

Wike also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of publishing a list of adhoc staff filled with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the December election in some selected areas in the state.

Wike said: “For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies.  But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers  State , no matter  the threat.

“Nobody should intimidate you with security agents.  Beginning today, resist any arrest.  You must move around in groups to promote resistance of the robbers of mandate.”

He said it was unfortunate  that  INEC and security  agencies  were disregarding  the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that they should be impartial and deliver  free and fair elections.

The governor  said: “INEC  has released a fake list of adhoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion  of their  mandatory  training .  Majority  of  those on the list are known  APC ward chairmen and ward secretaries who are mainly unemployed , but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt .

“They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness, but I want to declare that  enough is enough. We are supposed to be under an era of change , but the love for fraud by INEC and police   is unprecedented.”

The governor added: “Anyone whose son or daughter  is on that fraudulent  INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election day.

“All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favour  of  a particular candidate , but that candidate will  not win. The people  of Rivers South-East Senatorial District must be allowed  to vote persons of their  choice.”

On the rehabilitation of the Hospital , Terabor  and General Hospital , Bodo, Wike  said it will be completed and equipped  in a record time.

He added that  the Kpopie-Bodo road is nearing completion and the dualization of Sakpenwa-Bori road is progressing  according  to  schedule .

Wike urged Ogoni people  to vote for the PDP,  pointing out  that  for  eight years , APC  failed to execute  well meaning projects in Ogoni land.

Responding yesterday, APC State Publicity Secretary Chris Finebone said his party could not comprehend what the governor is talking about.

Finebone said: “Definitely, APC candidates are busy campaigning for the rerun election while governor Wike is busy with his circus show. We wish him luck.

“Rivers people are tired of Wike’s allegations. Soon we will not join issue with him because he is no longer making sense.”

Confusion As N2 Billion Is Declared Missing From Rivers State Government House

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of squandering a whopping sum of N2 billion ?of State funds, in supporting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in last Saturday’s Governorship poll, in Ondo State.
The APC, in a statement on Sunday, November 27, and made available to Post-Nigeria, asked Wike to immediately retrieve and return the N2 billion he donated to the Ondo State branch of the PDP.
APC, made the demand on Sunday, through ?the Rivers State Publicity Secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone, in Port Harcourt, ?shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, as winner of the election.“It is unfortunate that Gov. Nyesom Wike is still playing Father Christmas with the commonwealth of Rivers people, for his personal egoistic political voyage, despite that the Governor has cancelled hundreds of overseas scholarships, and the students repatriated home, among other important programmes.
“Agriculture is in its worst state, since Rivers State was created.“Songhai Farm is gone; the Banana Farm at Tai is gone; RSSDA is now a ghost of its former self, with the staff owed 17 months salaries.“The various fish farms at Buguma, Andoni, and other places that provided jobs for thousands of Rivers people, are now history.
“It saddens the heart that our Governor prefers to neglect important matters calling for attention at home, but rather lavish our commonwealth on his personal political pursuits.“Can you imagine that Governor Nyesom Wike, willingly donated a whopping N2 billion to the Ondo State chapter of the PDP?
“It is horrible, mind-boggling, and indefensible. ”Just like in the case of Edo, the PDP has lost, and the Governor should not wait to be reminded to return the N2bn back to the treasury of Rivers State immediately,” the APC demanded.
The party Spokesman speaking further, ?decried the rate at which the Governor, since his assumption of office, has been wasting the resources of the people on matters concerning the PDP, rather than concentrate on frugally applying the State’s resources to the needs of the people of Rivers State.
??”Whereas the PDP has States like Akwa Ibom, and Delta, that collect high monthly federal allocations, it is only Governor Wike that plays the party’s godfather.
“So far, he has wasted billions of Naira, hosting two failed National Conventions of the PDP, in Port Harcourt.“He has profligately donated billions of Naira, belonging to Rivers people to faraway Bayelsa, Edo, and Ondo PDP chapters, for purposes of elections, while medical workers, pensioners, and teachers, are owed back home.
?”Is it that Rivers State has been conquered by a small band of buccaneers, led by Governor Wike, and genuine elders are keeping quiet?” the Party queried.
?Finebone concluding, ?warned that if the Governor did not return the N2 billion he gave out to Ondo PDP, he will be forced to do so at the appropriate time.

APC Youth League President Condemns The Killing Of Members In Rivers State.

The National President of APC Youth League, Comrade Atir Solomon Faeren has condemned  the wanton and unwarranted killing of APC members in Rivers State. Responding to news men in Abuja, the National President condemned the assassination of Hon.Boris Neenwi and three others, all APC members on the 3rd of October, 2016, in Ogoni,Rivers State.

In a Press Statement by the Chief Press Secretary/Information Officer, Hon.Marshall Israel, the National President described the killing as barbaric, gruesome and demonic. Comrade Atir Solomon called on the Inspector General Of Police(IGP), Director General Of The State Security Services(DSS) and other security agencies to investigate the incidents and bring the culprits to book.

The heinous and crude killing of APC members in Rivers State is politically motivated and driven by the insidious objectives of instilling fear in the rank of the opposition, silence every voice of reason and stifle opposition in Rivers State. The murder of Hon.Boris Neenwi and three others is perhaps the height of impunity which is now an everyday way of life in Rivers State. The current government in Rivers State has a primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties no matter the political persuasion of who is involved.

Also, the National President urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National leadership of The All Progressives Congress not to abandon Rivers APC members. Our members are being killed, beheaded and roasted alive in Rivers State. Some have been jailed and incarcerated by Governor Nyesom Wike-led government. We must not keep quiet and watch them die for nothing but their belief in Change. We have lost enough members; enough of this nonsense, we felt hundred of our members who lost their lives during 2015 election was enough for the needed sacrifice but can’t understand why our members are been chase around like rats under the very APC controlled government. The National President warned that henceforth APC Youth League will not condone any assassination of any of our members again.


Hon. Marshall Israel,                    

Chief Press Secretary/Information Officer To The National President.

APC Youth League.

Hoodlums set Chidi Lloyd’s house ablaze in Rivers State

Hoodlums on Wednesday night burnt down the house of a former lawmaker, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, in Akpabu community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was learned that the development had caused panic in the community, as the incident was said to have happened less than 24 hours before an Appeal Court upheld the election of Sam Ogeh, the former lawmaker’s opponent in the March 19, 2016 State House of Assembly rerun election.

While Lloyd, who was the former Leader of the State House of Assembly contested on the platform of the All Progressives Alliance, Ogeh vied for the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, who wore military camouflage, invaded Lloyd’s home at 8pm and set ablaze some aspects of his building.

A community source, Mr. Chijioke (surname withheld), disclosed that the arsonists invaded the community and caused anxiety with heavy gunfire.

Chijioke noted that the security quarters and the visitors’ lodge were burnt by the hoodlums, whose identity are yet unknown.

He said that property worth millions of naira at the guest house and in the security building were burnt.

The source further said it was the swift intervention of security operatives in the area that prevented the arsonists from attacking the main building.

The source said, “The building of former leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, has been burnt by unknown persons. The security room and the boys’ quarters were burnt. They did not touch the main building.”

Meanwhile, Lloyd has confirmed the attack on his house. He said that a group of men in military camouflage invaded his house and set it ablaze.

He explained that he had earlier received a threat message by a person suspected to be a cult member before the arson.

Speaking on the matter, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, said the incident was caused by fire, adding that the main building was not burnt.

Politics: In Rivers, It’s A Game Of Death.

I’m not used to too much prayer, but I must begin today’s piece with a word of prayer. I pray that God Almighty visits the killers of Barr. Ken Atsuwete (and their sponsors) with slow and painful death. Amen!


I pray that the divine punishment for the dastardly act of Monday constitutes the largest chunk of the inheritance, which the killers (and their sponsors) would pass on to their children and their children’s children in the fullness of time. Amen and Amen and Amen!


But, one question kept coming to my mind on Monday, as I tried to make sense of the senseless abduction and murder of the activist lawyer in Port Harcourt: Aren’t we back to a not-too-unfamiliar narrative? For, it would appear, Rivers State relapses into a feast of blood as soon as a new date for the now-jinxed re-run election is within the horizon.


Everything – including kidnapping, armed robbery and, as is in this case, heinous assassination – suddenly begins to take a political coloration. It is either that ‘blood-thirsty’ Governor Nyesom Wike is trying to intimidate opponents with violence (the APC narrative), or Rotimi Amaechi and his APC gang are unleashing mayhem in order to underscore their claim that Rivers State is not safe for any election to hold there.


And now, the murder of Atsuwete perfectly fits the bill: He is not only the lawyer of a former council chairman, who is facing trial in a murder case, but is also representing the 22 council chairmen elected on the platform of the APC and who were sacked by the Wike administration.


Expectedly, the APC says the lawyer’s assassination is the worst politically motivated killing in recent times, while PDP says the APC is politicising criminality and trivialising a serious matter. But while they’re vomiting all the high-sounding nonsense, somebody’s husband, a father, a breadwinner, a community leader, a voice of the voiceless lies stone cold. Dead!


Incidentally, while members of the NBA were holding their conference in Port Harcourt last week, I had fantasised about some hooded goons kidnapping a few prominent (and some not-so-prominent) lawyers – just to underscore the narrative that Rivers State was still not safe. Luckily, it never happened.


But before Wike and his camp could pop champagne, the goons mowed down Atsuwete, casting ominous pall over the proposed end-of-October date for the legislative re-run elections.


Of course, it’s understandable: The ‘insecurity’ narrative is the thin thread on which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hung its stubborn refusal to conduct outstanding National and State Assembly elections in Rivers State.


In fact, INEC has so foot-dragged on the matter that it is now very clear that there is more to the Rivers situation than meets the eye – something beyond the control of our ‘independent’ INEC.


At one point, the postponement of the elections was blamed on a mysterious fire that razed an INEC office in the state. Even when Wike said he offered to quickly rebuild the burnt office, INEC reportedly claimed it lost some ‘sensitive materials’ in the inferno and would have to call off the election. But as the governor would cynically observe, “where did we ever hear that INEC released ‘sensitive materials’ more than three weeks to an election?”


This seeming hide-and-seek game has since forced Wike to conclude that a phony game is afoot – so much so that today, he seems to have just one message for whoever cares to listen: “Tell INEC to come and conduct our elections…Tell INEC that Rivers State is safe.”


It was the same message he gave to the Nigerian Guild of Editors conference a couple of weeks ago. He repeated it to visiting Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. And this Monday, he threw the same challenge at his colleagues in the NBA, whom he said had kept quiet in the face of the anomaly.


Similarly, in February, when the old students association of my secondary school, Federal Government College, Ilorin, held a reunion in the Garden City, an aide of the governor’s kept reassuring me of my safety in Port Harcourt. I ended up not making the trip, but everyone who did came back with pleasant memories. So, is this the same Port Harcourt that INEC is mortally afraid of? I just wonder!

Isn’t it unfair that nearly one and a half years into the four-year tenure of the present legislature, Rivers State has been forced to live without its full compliment of representation at the National Assembly? Or isn’t Rivers supposed to be bound by the laws passed by the eighth National Assembly?


Clearly, the excuse of insecurity is no longer tenable, especially, now that the state is relatively safe.


While one would wish the wrath of God on whoever wastes the life of a fellow human being just to score a political point, it is pertinent to note that Rivers state remains safer than several states in the North East (and even North Central), where INEC has since conducted both the main elections and the re-run elections – in spite of Boko Haram and rampaging herdsmen.


Even the PDP settled for Rivers State as venue for its convention a few weeks ago. The only insecurity issue that arose from there came from the seemingly partisan police, which sealed the original venue, under the guise of securing it.


Of course, the happenings in PDP, with relations to the seen and unseen hands, will be topic for another day. Until then, however, one must keep wondering if the APC does not deserve a medal for the confusion tearing PDP apart.


For now, my concern is with Wike’s Rivers State. Clearly, the touted insecurity exists only in the imagination (and machination) of INEC, the police and their paymasters. But, for as long as they keep trying to hide in the open, so long too will Rivers State remain an open sore on the conscience of President Buhari’s government – a living testimony to its curious democracy credentials.


But, of course, rather than wake us up to the need to do the needful, this assassination in Rivers will offers us opportunity to play politics some more. For politics appears to be the only thing going on in the country at the moment – even as the price of a bag of rice hits N18,500, five hundred naira higher than the minimum wage, which (even in the height of our recent past affluence) most of our governors said was too much for them to pay.


Today, our earning power has drastically reduced, people have been kicked out of their jobs. Those still in employment are owed several months’ arrears of salary.


The governors are still playing politics with workers – auditing staff, verifying staff, forever searching for ghost workers, and still refusing to pay those who have been cleared. With their eyes already fixed on 2019, the governors don’t want to sack, even when they know they cannot (or do not want to) pay.


Yes, as we’re all starving to death, the leaders are busy politicking. From APC states to PDP states, the preoccupation is with partisan politics. There is no talk about putting food on the table of the masses, beyond lip service, that is.


It is the same story from Bauchi (where Speaker Yakubu Dogara recently mobilised his supporters to go protest against Gov. Mohammed Abubakar) to Imo (where they are going to the land of the dead and back). Kano (where they’re playing politics with mass wedding), Edo (where they’re campaigning and dancing, as if they’re high on some cheap substances), Ondo (where they have introduced juju into the mix), Kogi (where they’re already stoning themselves), Enugu (where rampaging herdsmen have found a soft target) and Ekiti (where the herdsmen politics has played into a cul-de-sac).


And when all these do not provide the needed distraction, they mouth security, corruption, IPOB, Avengers. Just anything, apart from putting food on the table, returning people to employment and reining down the Dollar that is forever looking skyward. We have been preparing to go into agriculture to diversify the economy for nearly two years now. Two planting seasons have passed us by. Surely, this is a game of death.

Wike Condemns Oil Installation Vandalism In Niger Delta

The Rivers Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt on Thursday condemned the resurgence of oil installation vandalism in the Niger Delta region.

A Government House statement, signed by Simeon Nwakodo, the Governor’s Special Assistant on Social Media, quoted Wike as making the condemnation during an interview with a German Television station.

He said that blowing up oil pipes and destroying other installations was an economic crime and capable of sending the nation economically backward.

“Such acts are criminal and clearly not in the interest of the nation and the region; the effects are negative.

“Destroying oil installations will reduce the revenue coming to the country and the Niger Delta states, the implication is purely negative,’’ the governor said.

Wike pledged to work with other governors in the Niger Delta to ensure proactive collaboration with the security agencies to check the crime.

“We will work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that this ugly trend is tackled; it is not a good omen to our economy.

“Blowing up pipelines will not solve our development challenges, I know that insecurity is a threat to development, I will never support it,’’ he said.



Rivers To Provide Free Bus Service For Students

The Rivers Government announced on Monday that plans were underway to provide a free bus service for students in the state.


The Commissioner for transport, Mr Dagogo Fubara, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.


He said the service would begin before July, noting that the gesture was to alleviate the suffering of students in their bid to go to school.
Fubara explained that buses would take off from Borikiri to Mile 3 and take back students after school.


He said the service was strictly for students, stressing that students must be in their school uniforms to enjoy the service.

The commissioner stressed the need for students to be orderly and disciplined while benefiting from the service.



Wike Recalls Suspended Commissioner, Accountant-General

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has recalled the commissioner for Finance and Accountant- General of the state suspended last week.


This is contained in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media.


It said the Commissioner, Dr Fred Kpakol and the Accountant-General, Sir Abere Dagogo’s suspension was lifted following interventions by different political leaders.

The statement quoted Wike as urging political appointees to differentiate between friendship and governance in the discharge of their functions.


“Governance is a serious business. It is not friendship. When it comes to governance I won’t know friendship.

“I will lift the suspension on the Finance Commissioner and the Accountant-General, but they must henceforth take their functions seriously.

“Next time, I will not take into consideration the pleas of political stakeholders,” Wike said.


The statement said the governor advised all political appointees to take their responsibilities seriously to enable government succeed in the delivery of projects contained in his administration’s development blueprint.




Doctor Dies Of Lassa Fever In Rivers

A medical doctor with Rivers State-owned Braithwait Memorial Specialist Hospital, BMH, Dr. Livy Ijamala, has died from Lassa Fever, bringing to three the number of people killed by the disease in the state.

Chairman of the state branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Furo Green, disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt, saying the late doctor, Ijamala, who died in the early hours of yesterday from the ailment, had contact with patients infected with Lassa Fever.



Dr. Furo added that the late medical doctor had been buried in line with recommendations of World Health Organization, WHO, for deaths from contagious diseases.

He also said a team from WHO had already visited the hospital for assessment, adding that the hospital had been decontaminated and that those who had contacts with the late Dr. Ijamala had been placed on observation.

He said: “Last night, one of our hard-working doctors in the department of obstetrics gynaecology, Dr. Livy Ijamala, lost his life following infection with Lassa Fever.

This is the price medical doctors and health personnel pay for offering health services to the public.

“The hospital is being decontaminated as we speak. All medical doctors and healthcare personnel that had primary contact with the late medical doctor have been placed under observation.”

… as doctors begin strike
He also said medical doctors in the state were on three days strike to protest the frequent abduction of medical doctors in the state.

He said within the week two of his colleagues, Dr. Isaac Opurum and Dr. Ib Aprioku were taken hostage at separate times. He said in 2015, 21 doctors were abducted in the state.
According to him, the warning strike was to draw attention to the plight of medical doctors.

He said: “While we are not happy to go on strike, the strike now appears to be a blessing in disguise because fewer doctors and patients came to the hospital today, thereby, reducing the rate of contacts among medical doctors and patients.”


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Two Confirmed Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Rivers State

At least two persons have been confirmed dead in an outbreak of Lassa fever in Rivers State.


The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilous Odageme, who confirmed the outbreak Tuesday in a statement, advised members of the public not to panic because the state government had taken a proactive measure to contain an outbreak.


The statement further called on residents to report any of such symptoms as persistent high fever, stooling, vomiting, bleeding from the nose, mouth and anus to nearest health centre without delay.

He also advised members of the public to maintain good hygiene and quickly report any case of Lassa Fever to the nearest health centre or hospital for urgent attention.



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After 42 Days In Kidnappers’ Den: Corps Member, Teachers, Guard Freed

Exactly 42 days after being in the kidnappers den, a National Youth Corps member, three teachers and a security guard at the State Secondary School in Agban-Ndele in Ndele community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, have regained their freedom.


It was not clear at press time if ransom was paid and how much.


The Paramount ruler of Ndele community, Eze Godwin Iraowusi, confirmed the report Wednesday morning but gave no further details.


The corps member, three teachers and the guard were abducted on Monday, 12 October.

The kidnappers demanded a N50 million ransom which was slashed to N25 million and later reduced to N2.5 million for each each of the victims.

The suspected gang of kidnappers

The suspected gang of kidnappers

About a week ago, Iraowusi had revealed that the kidnappers had opened communication with the community through one of the chiefs and had reduced their demand to N12.5 million.


The Paramount ruler had insisted that Ndele is a poor community and cannot afford such a huge amount.


He pleaded for unconditional release of the victims who had suffered enough for a month for the sake of God and humanity.


Those kidnapped were Joseph Dimkpa, Martina Ofuru, and Charity Mbajike, all teachers; a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Obinna Duru, and a security guard, Jonathan Woforu.


Duru missed participating in the passing out parade held across the country about three weeks ago.


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Why We Must Honour Election Violence Victims – Dakuku

Dakuku Peterside, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Rivers State governorship election has lamented the loss of lives during the last election, saying there was a need to honour them.
Dakuku, who spoke Tuesday, lamented that many people died during the exercise due to “wide spread violence”, and that a church service will be held, just as other things will be done to honour them.
“We will do our best to honour all those who died in the process of exercising their civic rights. Those people were killed by enemies of the country and the best way through which we can honour them is to ensure that we reclaim the state. We must not be daunted by the activities of the enemies of democracy but should remain firm to our cause. I therefore urge all supporters of good governance to reject violence and toe the path of peace”, he said.
Dakuku also called on law enforcement agencies to work hard and ensure that perpetrators and sponsors of the violence are brought to book.
As part of events to honour the election violence victims, the Rivers State chapter of the APC will hold a special interdenominational worship session in Port Harcourt on Monday, 30th November, 2015. Chairman of the organising committee, Barrister Fred Igwe said the event is meant to sustain “the spotlight on the gory killings that bedevilled the sham elections in the state”.
Also speaking, Umana Umana, the APC governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom State, said through their efforts to reclaim “the stolen mandate”, the hopes of those who died due to the violence, will be kept alive. He urged all people of the South- South region to be part of the event. Otega Emerhor, the APC candidate for Delta State, said the programme is well thought-out, adding that violence will not deter him and others who believe in true democracy. He maintained that lies will never triumph over truth, adding that all those who were cheated in the last exercise will emerge victorious in the long run.


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Election Tribunal Sacks Speaker, 20 House Of Assembly Lawmakers In Rivers State

The elections petition tribunal sitting in Abuja have nullified the election of the Speaker, Owaji Ibani from Andoni constituency and 20 lawmakers in Rivers State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers were elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on April 11 2015 in an election marred by vote rigging and violence.

It would be recalled that governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, was sacked on Saturday by a tribunal under the same circumstances.

Despite the sack of the lawmakers, PDP still has a majority in the house.

There are 32 state lawmakers in Rivers state with the election of 21 members nullified the state assembly will no longer form a quorum.

More details to follow…




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DSS Probe Of Rivers REC In Order – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has thrown its weight behind the current probe of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, by the Department of State Security (DSS).

The party in a statement by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for seeking to stop the DSS from carrying out its constitutional duties because of its well-known dalliance with Mrs. Khan.

“By petitioning the DSS over the probe of Mrs. Gesila Khan, the PDP Reps have publicly exposed the unholy alliance between their party and REC Khan, of which we have been crying even before the March 28 and April 11 elections, in which she brazenly took sides with PDP and worked overzealously to return the party’s candidates for all the positions so as to justify the huge sums of money she collected from the then ruling party and please her relation, the then president Goodluck Jonathan,” Rivers APC said.

The party in the statement issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt pointed out that if for nothing REC Khan should explain the source of the humongous sum of N700m reportedly found in her account which suspect must be funds the Jonathan Presidency and Candidate Nyesom Wike paid out to the woman to buy the mandate of Rivers people in the last general elections. Sadly, they did not tutor her well enough on how to deal with such huge amount of money.

The party further stated that Under the new dispensation, the law is not a respecter of individuals, stressing that Mrs. Khan and some of her key staff invited for questioning by the DSS are not above the law. “If they are sure of the results of the elections in Rivers State, all they need to do is to report to the DSS and prove their innocence,” Rivers APC said. It lambasted the Rivers Federal Lawmakers, saying: “The petitioners here are beneficiaries of the alleged crime perpetrated by REC Khan and her INEC collaborators, so they have no moral justification to protest. Since when did the Reps become defenders of INEC officials?”

According to Rivers APC, “If Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), former National Security Adviser, former ADC to one-time Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), a scion of the royal caliphate in Sokoto, can be investigated by the DSS, then why the cry over the move to investigate Mrs. Khan and her collaborators? Are they bigger than Gordon Obuah, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief Security Officer, who is also being investigated by the DSS despite being a senior DSS official and still in service?”

The party advised PDP to come to terms with the fact that it is a new dawn in Nigeria and that everyone should be prepared at all times to defend his or her stewardship. “Power has CHANGED hands for good and no one is a sacred cow. Even President Buhari has made it clear that NO ONE SHALL ESCAPE JUSTICE,” Rivers APC stated.


Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA on Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State

News Alert !! Court Reinstates Elected LG Chairmen In Rivers state

Reports coming out of Rivers state has it that there has been a new twist to the power tussle in the state, as a National Industrial Court in Yenagoa has ordered the immediate reinstatement of elected Chairmen of 22 Local government areas in Rivers state.

The Court also ordered the Inspector General of Police to enforce the directive with immediate effect.

The 22 Local government Chairmen under the auspices of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON had approached the National Industrial court to obtain an order restraining the Rivers state government “and its agents from dissolving” them.

Recall that a Federal High court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi had set aside the Local government election that ushered in the 22 Chairmen.

Details soon…

Governor Wike Renames Rivers State Poly After Ken Saro-Wiwa

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has renamed the State Polytechnic, Bori, after the late author and environmental rights activist from Ogoniland, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Wike explained that renaming of the institution, located in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic was in honour of the late activist’s achievements and legacies.

The governor, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said Saro-Wiwa fought selflessly for the good of the society and humanity.

He explained that the former Ogoni leader and his achievement should not be consigned to oblivion, saying Saro-Wiwa was known and revered beyond the shores of Nigeria.

“In honour of his monumental achievements and legacies, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has renamed the Rivers State Polytechnic in Bori as Ken Ule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.

“The memories of avatars like the late Saro-Wiwa, who fought selflessly for the betterment of society and humanity should not be consigned to oblivion, more so, when such personalities are revered beyond the shores of the country,” Wike said in the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Sir, Opunabo Inko-Tariah.

How I Delivered Good Governance To Rivers State- Amaechi

The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has said that his administration left the state in a better condition, contrary to the claims of his successor, Nyesom Wike.

In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Amaechi said that his eight years at the helm of the state’s affairs were that of commitment to good governance and transparent and accountable stewardship to Rivers people.

On the N150 billion purportedly owed the state’s Ministry of Works contractors, Mr. Amaechi accused the incumbent governor of blocking an attempt by former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to repay the state funds it spent on federal roads.

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Rivers Assembly Declares Local Govt Poll, Conducted By Former Governor Amaechi, Illegal

The Rivers state House of Assembly has paved the way for the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to dissolve the local government councils reconstituted by the former Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, six days to the end of his tenure.

The assembly, in its sitting on Monday, declared the May 23 council elections in the state illegal and passed a resolution directing the state governor to dissolve the state Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC).

The assembly also directed the governor to sack the state Judicial Service Commission (RSJSC) for its role in the protracted crisis in the state judiciary.

The resolutions came after principal officers of the RSIEC and RSJSC appeared before the
lawmakers following their summons.

Twenty-nine out of the 32 members of the 8th Assembly took the resolution after grilling the officers for hours, about their activities in the commissions.

Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi Ibani, who stated that the assembly would remain “thorough, fair and clear in its proceedings”, divided the House after the submissions of the Leader, Martins Amaewhule, and his deputy, Lolo Denabari, that the officers violated their oaths of office.

Ibani cautioned: “There are certain things you don’t have to let to occur while you hold a position of trust. It is my belief that any decision we take on the floor of this chamber is true and in the best interest of the state. It is not witch-hunting. The documents we have showed a different thing. We must deepen democratic values as lawmakers.

“Going by the resolution of this House, we do resolve that the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, is hereby given the power to remove the members of the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission (RSJSC) from office.”

Ex-lawmaker’s Driver Arranges Own Kidnap, Demands N10m Ransom

The Rivers State Police Command has said it is on the trail of one Sylvanus Okon, a driver to a former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly (names withheld), who stage-managed his own abduction and demanded for the sum of N10 million from his boss as ransom.

This is as an aide to the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Henry Halliday on Wednesday afternoon escaped death when gunmen stormed his residence at the Abuloma area of Port Harcourt, the state capital.

LEADERSHIP reports that that the suspected assassins, numbering two were trying to gain access into Halliday’s residence when they were arrested by men of the Nigeria Police, following distress
calls from residents of the area.

Okon, according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmad Muhammad, arranged with a gang of kidnappers to stage-manage his own abduction in order to get money from the former legislator.

Muhammad stated that a team of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), acting on information stormed the hide-out of the kidnappers in a forest near Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state, at about 6.45pm on June 3, 2015, where they arrested two members of the gang while Okon, and other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.

He said the two arrested suspects, ThankGod Ake and Uchechukwu Nwabueze confessed that the driver of the former lawmaker brought the idea to them so as to make money from his principal.

Muhammad said, “On June 3, 2015, at about 6:45 pm in a forest around Omoku, another team of the Special anti-Robbery Squad daringly stormed the camp of suspected kidnappers and arrested two of them while others fled with bullet wounds.

“Preliminary questioning indicated the Uche chukwu Nwabueze and Thankgod Ake are members of the gang that kidnapped Sylvanus Okon, driver of a recent past legislator in the Rivers State House Assembly. The driver in concert with the gang stage managed the kidnapping to get money from the ex-legislator.

“In the initial contact, the suspects demanded N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) ransom from him. Efforts are ongoing to arrest Sylvanus Okon, who at the time of the raid fled together with their other cohorts in crime when the Police stormed their hideout. “

In another development, the PPRO said SARS killed two suspected armed robbers on June 3, 2015, during a raid at a suspected hide-out of an armed robbery gang along Farm Road, Aluu in Ikwerre local government area of the state.

He said, “On 03/05/2015 at about 6:00 pm at Aluu Farm Road, a team of Special anti-Robbery Squad raided the enclave of a suspected gang of criminals that specialized in car snatching and engaged them.

“The operation yielded in recovery of five assorted stolen vehicles, two pump action guns, and multiple plate numbers while two suspected armed robbers got fatally wounded.”

Wike Reopens House Of Assembly Complex In Port Harcourt

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike, on Tuesday reopened the House of Assembly complex that had been shut down for almost two years following crisis that engulfed the House.

The reopening of the complex in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital, brought together a crowd of men and women who staged a red carpet reception for the governor of the state.

Although cameramen could not gain access into the complex due to the crowd, the reopening came as a big relief for many people who gathered at the complex to witness the occasion.

The governor told the gathering that the event was in keeping with one of his campaign promises to ensure that lawmakers in the state would no longer have their sitting anywhere else apart from the hallowed chamber.

According to him, the lawmakers will not just be an appendage of government but a functional arm of government.

‘Wike Has A Short Time In Office’ – Rivers APC

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has vowed to unseat the newly inaugurated governor of the state, Nyesom Wike at the tribunal despite his assumption of office.

Wike was declared winner of the April 11governorship election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but the All Progressives Congress, APC, is challenging his victory.


However, APC chairman in the state, Davies Ikanya, in a statement on Saturday, argued that Wike was unjustly declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Davies counselled Wike not to embark on any long term project, adding that he (Wike) has a short time to stay in office. He also asked the governor not to change the curtains and furnitures in the Government House, because he has limited time to spend.

“Mr. Wike was unjustly declared winner by the state INEC, which never hides its connivance with Rivers PDP.

Rivers: 15 Political Parties Pull Out Of Council Polls

No fewer than 15 political parties on Friday pulled out the chairmanship and councillorship elections being organized by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) in 22, out of the 23 local government areas in the state, today, Saturday, May 23, 2015.

This is as the Rivers State Police Command today ordered restriction of movement of vehicles across the state, ahead of the local government elections, saying movements would be restricted from 10.00pm today, Friday, May 22, to 6.00am tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, and from 9.00am to 6.00pm of Saturday.

The position of the 15 political parties was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a joint meeting in Port Harcourt, which was read by the chairman of Labour Party (LP) in the state, Prince Favour Reuben.

Emphasizing that RSIEC was not prepared to conduct the election, Reuben stated that there is so much insincerity in the process for the conduct of the local government election, and urged the electoral umpire to obey a Court order which mandated all parties to maintain status quo.

He said, “We have lost confidence in the ability to conduct a free and fair election. In particular, while RSIEC had claimed that INEC has released the Voters’ Register to it, INEC informed the public that no such register has been released to RSIEC. This is outright deceit and embarrassing. It has come to our knowledge that the RSIEC has breached relevant laws, rules and deviated from observing due process.

“RSIEC should comply with the ruling of the Federal High Court, maintaining status quo in the case seeking to restrain INEC from releasing the current Voters’ Register to RSIEC. RSIEC should immediately postpone the election.”

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Rivers State Police Command, Ahmad Muhammad, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said the restriction of movement of vehicles is aim to ensure peace and serenity across the state before, during and after Local Government election.

The statement reads in part, “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that ahead of the Rivers State local government election that is scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 23, 2015, it has ordered a restriction of movement of vehicles across the state between 10pm on Friday May 22, 2015 till 6am on Saturday May 23, 2015 in the first lap, and finally between 9am and 6pm on same Saturday May 23, 2015.

“The restriction is aim to ensure peace and serenity across the state before, during and after local government election. This restriction excludes vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, Ambulances accredited election observers and vehicles used by Rivers State Independent National Electoral Commission and law enforcement/security agencies.

“The Command assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been tactically emplaced to realize a most peaceful electioneering atmosphere. In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. They however are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.”

Don’t Allow Non-journalists Destroy Your Profession, Amaechi Tells NUJ

Rivers State Governor and Chairman, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has appealed to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), not to allow non-journalists to destroy the journalism profession.

Amaechi made the call yesterday in Port Harcourt while declaring open the sixth state triennial delegates conference of the Rivers State Council of the NUJ, with the theme: ‘A Vibrant Press, National Stability And Economic Process’.

The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information, Mr. Sam Woka said, “I am appealing to journalists to go ahead and follow up with what is happening globally. Please, don’t allow non-journalists to destroy your profession. Let the union regulate activities of journalists; let the union legalize the code of conduct; let the union publish and legalize qualifications of journalists.”

In his opening remarks, chairman of the occasion and vice chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Prof Barineme Bekee Fakae described the NUJ as a major stakeholder in the development of the country.

Fakae therefore advised NUJ to continue to connect journalists nationwide with the information and opportunities they need to advance professionally and improve the media in Nigeria.

He said, “The Nigeria Union of Journalists as a professional media organization should continue to connect journalists nationwide with the information and opportunities they need to advance professionally and improve the media in Nigeria.

How Will History Treat Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Of Rivers State? By Nnaemeka Oruh

In a statement sent out after President Jonathan conceded defeat to General Muhammadu Buhari,Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar made an assertion which will continue to reverberate through history.He said of Jonathan “History will be kind to you”.It was a ringing endorsement of the selflessness of the outgoing president.
Passing a judgement on Govenor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the other hand presents a conundrum.Lauded in some parts of Nigeria(especially outside Rivers State) as democracy’s stand up guy owing to his battles against President Jonathan,and his monumental support of the incoming ‘saintly’ president,Amaechi comes across as the proverbial father who does more for outsiders than his own family members.
It is important that in writing about Rotimi Amaechi,one adopts a very objective stance and start from the very beginning of his governorship tenures.This was a man whom judicial ‘magic’ ensured that he became the governor of Rivers State during his first tenure without actually standing for the election.Yet most people in the state were overjoyed at that decision and many of us danced ecstatically at his emergence to the governorship seat.In fulfillment of all our wishes, Amaechi’s first tenure was a joy to behold.From infrastructural development,to security,and the running of an open and participatory government,he was everything any reasonable person would want as a leader.In those days,he was to a lot of us,the answer to the problem of leadership in the country.I have always argued that anybody resident in Rivers who did not like Amaechi during the first tenure was a sycophant who hated the man because he could not have access to the state’s cake.For,in all honesty,Governor Amaechi had an outstanding first tenure.
Governor Amaechi’s second tenure on the other hand was the flip-side to his first.Granted that he began well too,but in a rather slower pace.All that was to completely change for the worse when his battle with the Jonathans and their ‘family’ began.Even then,most people in the state stood by him.However,by the time he switched to the All Progressives Congress(APC),the governance of Rivers State became an abandoned project.The man’s entire focus then switched to a battle to win the presidency and  the state for APC(not through better governance, but through unnecessary campaigns of calumny and expenditure).Civil servants,public servants,state projects,lawmakers,in fact,everybody in the state felt the scourge.But he was no longer interested in the people.His focus had changed to personal battles and he committed everything to fighing them no matter how badly the state was hurt.
It is well documented that desperate attempts were made by the Amaechi-led APC to ensure that governorship elections did not hold in the state.Fear gripped parts of the state as they went on rampage.When the results were declared,to further throw the state into confusion,he thought up something else; conduct local government elections. Indeed,his actions have shown that he is not in any way interested in putting the welfare of the state ahead of his own personal battles.He would rather see the state burn than let go of the shame he feels for not delivering the state to APC. It is indeed laughable to hear him say “we will restore our stolen mandate”.What stolen mandate?The truth is that majority of Rivers people will never vote for APC– Amaechi made sure of that and I believe he knows that too. He had taken them to the point where the only thing the people crave is real change from his excesses. That was why APC lost the state during the state elections.That is why they will also continue to lose until the man, Amaechi, changes his ways.
As Governor Amaechi’s tenure winds to a close,every action carried out by him so far is geared towards disrupting the peace of the state and stifling development.Almost everybody in the state knows this and is fed up. When I talked to some common people on the streets, almost all their views were the same; “He should please go to Abuja and let us be in peace”.Secure in his belief that he ‘owns’ the centre,Governor Amaechi no longer cares about the welfare of Rivers State.So to him,the state rather burns down than for him to lose his petty battles,or fail to keep his ego intact.
The question he should however be asking himself right now is; ‘How will history treat me?’.As for the average Rivers man/woman,we just want one thing; leave us alone to live in peace.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

“We Are Ready For Handover, Don’t Panic” – Amaechi Tells Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed the readiness of his Administration to handover on May 29. Amaechi who dismissed rumours he would not be handing over the reign of governance on the date, wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29. The Rivers state Governor averred that the entire cabinet has made ready their notes preparatory to the terminal date of his regime.

“We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people. They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and All Progressives Congress, APC, is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC
at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for government”.

Painting an ugly scenario in Rivers State, Gov. Amaechi stated that rather than support democracy, PDP has been busy doctoring election results and Voter Register.

“Unfortunately in Rivers State, the PDP is busy doctoring election results, doctoring Voter Register as to cover their stolen mandate, and crying wolf to cover their mischief”.

Amaechi who spoke through the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, added that whoever would take over from him has no reason to panic.

In a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday, Semenitari dismissed insinuations the outgoing regime had shown no co-operation with the man the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared winner of the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State. While dismissing reports the outgoing Administration has been un-co-operative with the PDP, Semenitari allayed such fears saying that PDP already has everything going for it.

“They stole the outcome of the April 11 election and gave no hoot; they declared their candidates winners with the criminal connivance of INEC and cared less about local, national and international opinion that what took place in Rivers state on April 11 was everything but an election. The more APC had pushed for electoral materials which are statutory demands of an electoral litigation, the farther PDP and INEC had kept it, and seemingly, they have had their way. So, they have all going for them. They have nothing to worry about. If and when Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, will be sworn in, the issue of handover notes and other statutory briefings should not be any worry to him. Already Wike has as part of his transition team the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru, who is ViceChairman of the Rivers Stare Executive Council, and who is abreast of all projects and Programmes of the current administration, having chaired many sensitive state government committees as well as state cabinet meetings.” Semenitari said.

“After all, PDP has constituted Inauguration and Transition Committees, respectively”.

The Information and Communications Commissioner who insisted PDP stole the mandate it is parading, reasoned that with the pair of Ikuru and Wike, PDP should have no difficulty with any briefings that they might need from the current administration. She advised PDP to learn from APC which has not raised any hairs despite what are deliberate steps at the centre to provokethe party. “Governor Amaechi has not made any new appointment as he knows he is leaving office, unlike what PDP is doing at the centre. They are busy sacking and making appointments, functions that should be entirely left for the in-coming Administration. Provocative as it is, APC has rather, concerned itself with continued preparations to give Nigerians good governance. APC has refused to dance to PDP’s evil drumbeats, choosing to show maturity.

“Let PDP in Rivers state leave Governor Amaechi alone. He is a busy man and did not contest any elections. Governor Amaechi is known for committing his all into any worthy assignment or duty he is called to do. Having governed Rivers State for close to eight years, Amaechi cannot be happier that history and posterity will judge him fairly. A fact a million PDPs cannot obliterate”.

How Patience Jonathan Rigged Over 1m Votes For Nyesom Wike In Rivers State

Fresh facts emerged yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,on how  President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Dame Patience, influenced the April 11 governorship election for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)standard bearer, Nyesom Wike.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the poll’s results at about 4am yesterday. Wike polled 1,029,102 to beat the Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 124,896 votes.

A source revealed that Mrs. Jonathan, an indigene of Okrika, the headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, took undue advantage of her husband’s position to undermine the electoral process in Rivers State.

President Jonathan voted in his Otuoke country home in Bayelsa State without the First Lady. He arrived at his polling unit where he voted at the State Assembly election in the company of his mother, Eunice.

Mrs. Jonathan has relocated to Okrika in the evening of April 10 to ensure victory for her political godson and former education minister.

According to the source, President Jonathan was opposed to proposals to manipulate the process to pave the way for Wike’s victory, a position the source alleged, never went well with the First Lady.

An unconfirmed source said the First Lady was unhappy that the President conceded defeat after losing the March 28 election to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC without putting up a fight.

It was learnt that the First Lady decided to sacrifice her vote in Otuoke for the trip to Okrika to see Wike to victory.

Dame Jonathan allegedly summoned the leadership of the Rivers State Police obtained commitment from the police to support her in the manipulation of the electoral process in favour of the PDP.

The officers and men of the Command assured the First Lady of their support, a source claimed.

When the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin, an ex-Rivers Commissioner of Police, who supervises Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ebonyi States, arrested a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) with electoral materials in Rivers, the First Lady immediately intervened by calling his husband.

The source disclosed that President Jonathan quickly got across to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, and directed him to order Ogunsakin out of Rivers State. The AIG returned to his Calabar base at about 5am on April 11.

Efforts to get the First Lady’s reaction proved abortive as calls made to her Glo line were unanswered as at press time.

The Rivers PDP governorship candidate and his allies are also panicking over the likely cancellation of the polls in the state.

One of Wike’s close associates sent a text message to a frontline journalist in Port Harcourt to know if there was a move by the INEC headquarters in Abuja to cancel the flawed elections and fix a new date for a rerun.

The Rivers Chairman of the APC, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, also decried the senseless killing of 19 members of his party on Saturday. He pushed the polls cancellation.

Ikanya, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, through his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, described the governorship and House of Assembly elections and the announcement of fake results as tragedy.

The Rivers APC chairman said: “What took place was a macabre dance of intimidation and violence, perpetrated against the peace-loving APC members, after which results were written in favour of Chief Nyesom Wike of the PDP. It is evident that the announcement of winners for the polls is a travesty of justice and a rape of democracy.

“We insist that the purported governorship and House of Assembly elections be cancelled in their totality and a new date set for proper polls, as prescribed by law. We hope that INEC will enforce the rights of Rivers people to free, fair and credible elections, by heeding the clarion call.”

Ikanya also stated that many eligible voters were disenfranchised, as all hell was let loose throughout the state.

He accused the state chapter of the PDP of mobilising militants, who went on rampage, shooting, bombing and killing, killing no fewer than 19 APC members.

He noted that the victims were attempting to prevent the rigging plot of the PDP, in conjunction with INEC and some policemen, led by a deputy commissioner of police.

Ikanya said: “Rivers APC declares unequivocally that the elections were fraught with violence, unbridled manipulation and intimidation, while no voting took place in most parts of Rivers State.

“At Tai Local Government Area, Lekia Nkirine was shot dead, while Gbaraka Nna was shot on the neck. A PDP chieftain in the area, bought the guns, while another PDP chieftain fired the shot.

(Nkenya listed the suspected killers.)

“In Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area, seven APC members were killed, with three killed and thrown into the rivers and one beheaded. Two buses and INEC office were burnt, while the house of the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Joeba West, was bombed. These exclude tens of buildings and cars that were destroyed.

“Three persons were killed at Etche Local Government Area. One was killed in Ikwerre Local Government Area. Two APC members were murdered at Egbeda Ward I of Emouha Local Government Area, while Hon. Chidi Lloyd, the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, was beaten to a pulp, while attempting to prevent the rigging of the elections in his constituency.

“In Obga/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, there were at least five reported deaths, namely: Obinna Ndubuoke, Jeophat Kingdom, Ndidi Ebere, Sydney Wokocha and Hon. Clever Orukwowu (APC Youth Leader).”

Ikanya stated that among the persons injured by the blood-thirsty PDP thugs was; Evangelist Faith, who was beaten to a pulp at Dere in Andoni Local Government Area, with her whereabouts remaining unknown and Alifor Onyeso, who was shot by armed thugs, led by a lawmaker from Omuma constituency in the Rivers House of Assembly.

The APC chairman insisted that on April 11, in most parts of the state, voters were disenfranchised, intimidated and harassed, with outright manipulation of the already-announced results at the various units.

He said: “There was no election in Rivers State on April 11 and anyone who says otherwise is an enemy of this state. We had vigorously campaigned for the redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in the state, Mrs. Gesila Khan, because of her well-known support for the PDP, but our cries were ignored.

“Now, what we feared has happened – even worse than we feared. We cannot in all honesty accept the results announced, either for the governorship or state’s House of Assembly elections.”

Ikanya pleaded with INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to save Rivers State from doom, by cancelling the purported elections and rescheduling them.


Bunch Of Criminals Conspiring To Thwart The Will Of The People – Soyinka Slams Rivers Polls

Nobel Laureate ,professor Wole Soyinka has slammed the presidential and governorship elections in Rivers state ..Speaking to Channels on Sunday afternoon, he said

 “If you talk about democracy, I am afraid, we are still below 40 per cent.There is no question in my mind that what happened in Rivers State during the presidential and assembly elections are, well, complete atrocious and the finger points definitely at the kind of middle character that I am talking about.”

“Elections are supposed to enable us to avoid response in violence to mis-governance; you know, you wait when you are dissatisfied or your rights have been abused; citizens wait for that moment when they can exercise their voice and then some bunch of criminals calling themselves governors, calling themselves generals, calling themselves ministers, conspire to thwart the will of the people,”

”Patience Jonathan Pressurising INEC to Rig Rivers Poll” – Governor Amaechi

Ahead of the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, of pressurising the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to rig the governorship election in the state.

Amaechi, who observed that President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife was in Okrika, her home town, for the governorship election, hoped that there would not be a repeat of election malpractices in the state.

The governor, who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday in Port Harcourt, said the
Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mrs. Gesila Khan, already had a mindset of delivering the state to the Peoples Democratic Party.

He warned that the governorship candidate of the PDP, Chief Nyesom Wike, must answer for the killings in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.

Amaechi insisted that INEC must make available original result sheets at all polling units and called on the people of the state not to allow election to hold without result sheets.

He said:

 “The reason for this meeting is to let you know that what happened on the March 28, 2015 may or may not repeat itself. Few days ago, I had said it would not repeat itself. But as of this morning, there are enormous pressure on the security by the wife of the President.

There is also enormous pressure on INEC by the wife of the President. I hope that they will not repeat the hijacking of results. In most of the local government areas, if not all, there were no result sheets. This time around, I hope they will bring the result sheets to the different units. I hope they will not forget the result sheets at the collation centre.

For me as the Governor of Rivers State, what is material to me is that we want to see the result sheets. We want to ensure that as we vote, our votes will count. Most of you have been asking this question: who will take over from me? I told you that we don’t want anybody to force a candidate on us.

We don’t want people to be made governor because they want to share our resources. That is not what we want. We want to be allowed to vote and let our votes be counted. Let the wife of the President stay in her house. She should not force a candidate on us.

They should tell her that security agencies have assured us that they will allow votes to count. I assure you that the security agencies will not be biased and I hope that the security agencies will keep to that. I hope that the woman posted here as the Resident Electoral Commission will know that her responsibility is not to disallow anybody from seeing the result sheets.”

Calling on the electorate not to allow anybody to intimidate them, Amaechi explained that communities should use the Ubima (his community) formula by locking down their villages to ensure that nobody would steal their votes.

He warned that INEC should not endanger the lives of its staff by deliberately withholding the results sheets or failing to do what was expected of them according to the law.

Don’t Vote Until You See Result Sheets, Amaechi Tells APC Members

GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi has warned that members of his All Progressive Congress,  APC will not vote in th e Saturday’s election  if they do not see result sheets at polling centres.

The governor spoke Thursday in Port Harcourt at a stakeholders meeting

“We will not vote if we don’t see the result sheets. Ask the INEC officials for the result sheets. If they fail to produce it,  then form a human ring round the INEC officials and together with the security men escort the ad-hoc staff to the local government headquarters and lodge your complains. But make sure nobody votes in any unit that cannot produce the original result sheets. We will not accept photocopies”.

“We will do what we do in our village: we call it the Obima formula. Our youths usually lock down the village. No one comes in and no one goes out. I am pleading that INEC should not endanger the lives of its staff by holding on to the original result sheets.”.

“Don’t allow any INEC official to leave your unit or your village if he or she fails to do the right thing. This time nobody will write fake results and go scot free.  Don’t allow voting to commence until you see the result sheet. And also ensure that the results of your units are announced and pasted by the INEC officials before they leave”, he said.

The governor also said he had assurances from security agencies that adequate security arrangment had been put in place to secure lives and properties during and after the elections.

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Police Fire Tear Gas At APC Women Protesters In Rivers

About two thousand female members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Monday protested on the ever busy Aba road in Port Harcourt calling for cancellation of Saturday’selection.

Rivers Women Protest over Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Rivers

The protesters were dispersed at Waterlines portion of the road by stern looking policemen with mild teargas fired into the air, thus preventing the protesters from getting to the office of the Independent National Electoral Comission, INEC about five hundred meters away.

Meantime, the APC in a statement issued Monday by it’s Chairman in the state, Dr Davies Ikanya called for suspension of the Resident Electoral Comissioner in the state, Dame Gesilia Khan, accusing her of electoral bias.

The statement signed by media aide to the Chairman, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka said the state INEC boss should not be allowed to conduct the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

“The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded the immediate suspension of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, for colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig last weekend’s presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.

A Female APC Supporter allegedly beaten up at the Polls on Saturday in Rivers State when A Mamoth Delegation of Women led by the Rivers State Commissioner for Women Affairs Joe-eba West  tried to access the INEC Headquaters in Rivers State to Lodge their Complaints Over the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

For Mrs. Khan to have removed the INEC result sheets in all the polling units in the State with the intention of rigging the polls is a very serious criminal offence. Mrs. Khan should not only be suspended but should not be allowed to conduct the April 11 Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, as well as the Presidential and National Assembly elections when rescheduled.

We are very convinced that if our case is thoroughly investigated it will be confirmed that the State REC, Mrs. Khan, compromised her office and tarnished the good image of INEC.”, the party said.

According to the party, governor Chibuike Amaechi had to demand to see the result sheet on Saturday before submitting himself for accreditation to be sure that the electoral body had not sold the sheets to the PDP.

“The Governor took that step as we were aware that the State REC had traded off the result sheets to PDP to write the results as they deemed fit. Amaechi wanted to prevent a situation whereby people would queue to vote while PDP and INEC would write a different result not reflecting the true voting pattern in the State.” , the party said.

The party further alleged that soldiers were deployed on Saturday to secure victory for the PDP, adding that the PDP also allegedly armed youths on the election day for violence.

INEC Electoral Commissioner In Rivers Should Be Suspended – APC

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded the immediate suspension of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, for colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig last weekend’s presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.“For Mrs. Khan to have removed the INEC result sheets in all the polling units in the State with the intention of rigging the polls is a very serious criminal offence. Mrs. Khan should not only be suspended but should not be allowed to conduct the April 11 Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, as well as the Presidential and National Assembly elections when rescheduled,”
the party said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

Rivers APC commended INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, for acknowledging the party’s petition on the evil practices associated with the polls in Rivers State. “We are very convinced that if our case is thoroughly investigated it will be confirmed that the State REC, Mrs. Khan, compromised her office and tarnished the good image of INEC,” the party stated.

PDP Demands Arrest of APC Leaders For Rivers State Violence

The Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the arrest of the All Progressives Congress’ gubernatorial and senate election candidates following the alleged assault of the ruling party’s governorship contender and senior members.

PDP Rivers State Chairman, Felix Obuah, blamed the attack on the governorship rally in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of the State on members of the APC and called for the arrest and interrogation of Dakuku Peterside, and Otelema Dan Amachree, respectively.

“They must tell the police what they know about the ugly and shameful attack on the PDP governorship candidate Nyesom Wike, his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo and members of the PDP Campaign Council,” said Obuah.

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Rivers 2015: Between Dakuku Peterside And Nyesom Wike By Uche Igwe

It is now more than six weeks since political parties in Rivers State chose their gubernatorial candidates. I did not bother to comment because I took it for granted that a majority of Rivers people know the direction to go if they expect more progress in the state.  No one who has followed events in the state in the past seven years will think about anything less than what will sustain, consolidate and improve what has been achieved so far. Both those who admire the personality of Governor Rotimi Amaechi and those who do not,  agree to the huge improvements recorded under him in many key sectors like education, health, agriculture, infrastructure etc.  Even in implementing vital policy reforms in public procurement, revenue generation and public-private partnership.
Let us momentarily focus on phenomenal achievements on roads within the state. Many remember the rapid transformation, from the previous sore state, of the Olu-Obasanjo Road, Old Aba Road, Trans Amadi-Oginiba-Mini-Okoro Road, G.U. Ake (Airforce-Eliozu) Road and Flyover, Amadi-Ama/ Abuloma Road, Peter Odili Road/Slaughter Road, Education/Ikwerre Road, Omagwa/Elele/Owerri Federal Road and the AGIP Junction Flyover, the Rufus Ada George Road/Mgbuoba/Choba Road and Obiri-Ikwerre ultra modern interchange project, the internal roads and infrastructure projects of major residential areas like D/Line, Elekahia Housing estate, AGIP Estate, just to mention but a few.If you drive around the state you cannot but notice all of these excellent transformation. Yet, the State Government has broken tradition with that negativity of all projects coming to a halt about a year or so to any general election, clear evidence of the diversion of resources meant for State development to electoral campaigns. If you drive around the State you would still mistake it for amassive construction site even with the elections barely a month away. The Trans Amadi/Garrison Junction  Road,The Rumuloumeni/Iwofe Road, the Trans Kalabari Road, the Trans Amadi Woji Road, just to mention another feware all still actively under construction. Let us talk about the schools and the health centres that have become signature projects of the current administration. Regardless of the speed, energy, resources and enthusiasm that the Ubima born politician has deployed in trying to complete his many projects, there are few things that may still remain undone. The natural thing for anyone who loves Rivers state to think is for a leader who will consolidate the gains of the Amaechi administration and improve on it.  With the prospect of electing such a candidate,  one can only begin to imagine what Rivers State will look like in the next eight years.
When one looks at the array of candidates for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, it is clear who fits into that description.  A majority will settle for Dr.Dakuku Peterside, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Apart from being Governor Amaechi’s preferred candidate and someone who passed through his tutelage, Dr.Peterside’s quiet and calculated mien suggests that he is someone who is rigorously prepared for public service. If you try to engage him on any issue concerning the state, you will be blown away.  The job of a governor in a state as diverse as Rivers state requires someone who is broadminded with a record of performance. It is not for rascals. Since Dr.Peterside started his state-wide campaign, he has concentrated on the issues that will make life better for everyone who lives in Rivers State and resisted being dragged to provocative utterances unlike his pugnacious opponent in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who has been hauling abuses and insults at anyone in sight.
Although it is clear that Dakuku is the frontline candidate who is miles away from all his opponents including Nyesom Wike, I do not envy the Opobo born politician. He has a lot of work ahead of him. The shoes that will be left behind for him will be quite big and I am sure he knows it. That may be why he has prepared a comprehensive manifesto titled Our Roadmap to Prosperity.  I was handed a copy at the Port Harcourt International Airport and I was pleased by the comprehensive nature of document. Everyone who reads the 126 page document will have no doubt that Dr.Peterside is prepared for the business of governance.  The four pillars of the roadmap which include rapid improvement in infrastructure, peace and security, sustained investment and economic growth and human capital and social development reflect the realities and diversity of the state.
His emphasis on stable policies like job creation, inclusiveness, efficiency, public accountability and institutional reforms indicates that his administration will be innovative and people oriented. The most creative aspect of the manifesto is the promise to expand the economy of the state despite oil through public-private partnerships that will boost revenue earnings without necessarily increasing taxes. Dakuku’s pledge to lean on private sector efficiency in procurement methods and better service delivery, even if borne out of the necessity of the current economic realities of our time, must be commended as it portrays him as a pragmatic leader with a connect to reality and the people.
On the side of Wike, till date he is yet to tell Rivers people what he plans to do as governor. He has allegedly been threatening non-indigenes in the state which signposts that he is going to make the state environment hostile to them, and inevitably to private sector and foreign investors. Residents and businesses in the State are already bracing themselves for an era reminiscent of Wike’s years as Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, during which the Obio-Akpor revenue thugs reigned as supreme extortionists of the people under the guise of revenue collection.
This was the era of multiple revenue stickers and taxation in the State which the current government has managed to reduce and the Dakuku Government has pledged to permanently eradicate with consolidation of the tax harmonisation process.  His relationship with notorious ex-militants also shows that if he is ever elected, he will unleash terror at his opponents at the slightest provocation. This adds a frightening dimension to the entire revenue collection scenario as it is believed that, as pay back, these ex-militants will be procured as revenue agents for a Wike-led government following the same federal model under which Tompolo’s service was procured by the Jonathan-led government to extort revenue from the NLNG.And as if in reinforcement of this perception, a few days ago, Chief Nyesom Wike led a squad of thugs to forcefully break into the just concluded Adokiye Amiesemaka stadium built after the state government declined to release it for President Jonathan’s political rally. Such level of lawlessness and impunity have been widely condemned by observers who insist that such behaviour akin to political terrorism is unbecoming of someone who is seeking the exalted seat of a governor.
Furthermore, while I will not pre-empt the investigation report of violent events like the targeted killing of APC members in Omoku, the bombing of their rallies and properties in Okrika and other parts of the State, one could decipher possible directions from where the attacks might have been unleashed.
As the elections approach, it is clear that they are faced with a choice between a man who has an articulate road map for the prosperity of the people and another who has a history of accumulating state resources for himself and his cronies; Between a man who is law abiding and another man who takes laws into his hands;Between a man who wants to institute policies that will allow small businesses to grow and another one who is preparing to impose illegal taxes on strangers and harass young entrepreneurs with militant revenue collectors;Between someone committed to policy consolidation and another one spoiling to show vendetta through indiscriminate policy reversal; And, finally,between a man who is humble and disposed to inclusiveness and another man who has venom in his tongues and who simply wants power for the sake of having power! Surely, this should not be a choice too difficult to make for the people and residents of the State.

Rivers: Why We Refused PDP Use of Stadium for Presidential Rally

The Rivers State Government has said it refused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, for its presidential campaign rally because the facility was unsafe as work was ongoing at the site.

In a statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, the government said it was not impressed by the threat of the PDP that it would force its way into the stadium if the government did not grant its request to use the facility.

“At a different time and under different circumstances the Rivers State Government would have ignored the PDP’s ranting but with the party’s penchant for violence and its recent bombings of people and property all over the state, it is pertinent that the Rivers State Government raises this alert and sounds a note of warning to the PDP that the Rivers State Government will not trifle with its responsibility to guarantee the safety of lives and property irrespective of whom is affected.”

According to Semenitari, “The matter of the Adokiye Amiesimaka sports complex is a simple one. The complex is still under construction. As a work site, it is an unsafe environment for use at this time.

“The PDP makes reference to the fact that the APC had held its rally at the same venue. What they failed to mention is that the contractor was moved out of site during the time the APC rally held and remobilised to site right after that rally.

“With less than five months to go to the end of its tenure, the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration is working on ensuring the completion of all its projects before the handover date of May 29th. With that being the case, the River State Government cannot move its contractors out of site at this time.”

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Rivers APC Accused of Using Witch Doctors to Intimidate Voters

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the invasion of its Abua/Odual communities by native doctors hired by the All Progressives Congress, APC, through one of its key members, Hon Raphael Ekpelu, to intimidate prospective voters ahead of next month’s general elections.

Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State chairman, condemned the act saying the use of native doctors force the commitment from the people is apolitical and foreign to the Rivers state culture, warning those involved in the sinister act to stop immediately.

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Buhari Will Take Nigeria 10 Years Back —Omehia

Sir Celestine Omehia is the former Governor of Rivers State. In this interview with journalists in Abuja, he gave reasons why Buhari should not be voted in as President. In his view, if General Muhammadu Buhari is elected president in 2015, his election would be tantamount to retrogressing the country.

Responding to whether he thinks President Goodluck Jonathan is a match for Buhari in the coming 2015 election, he said, “I don’t have any fear about Buhari being the APC presidential candidate. People are rating Buhari from his military achievements, but we are now talking about the democratic government of Nigeria.

If Buhari achieved anything, it was by the force of arms – the use of the army, the use of gun and so on. If you put Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan in the same environment, you will see that their behaviour would be different. One was democratically brought up. The democratic ideologies in him are different from the military ideologies in Buhari.”

He further stated that, “Buhari has not learnt anything about democracy and more so, Buhari’s so called achievements in administration were not piloted by him. They were practically piloted by his second-in-command and the second-in-command unfortunately, is not his second-in-command now. He has a professor as his running mate. And we are not talking of academic work; we are talking of practical politics.

We are not talking of who will be tested in the laboratory, we are not talking about who will be tested in the farmyard; we are talking of democracy in politics. So, if the two second-in-commands are not the same, it then means that Buhari cannot do better than Jonathan.

But one thing is basic: Jonathan has had democratic experience from being deputy governor to governor, from being governor to vice president, being vice president to president. You cannot compare their experience in life in terms of democratic experience. You cannot compare their achievements. Put on the same scale, Jonathan will score 80 percent, while Buhari will score 20 percent in democratic achievements.

If you put them on the same scale, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP who was once a governor and vice president for some number of years will score much more than the intimidated vice presidential candidate of the APC. So, put the two together, Nigerians are matured enough and reasonable enough to think and know that Jonathan stands a better chance to give Nigerians what they need. Again, don’t forget that being the president for four years running; Jonathan has set several things in motion: several projects, several principles, and several ideologies that could keep Nigeria moving.

On the other hand, if Buhari is given the opportunity, he will set Nigeria ten years backward because we will start a new idea not from where Jonathan has started. He will go back and draw a plan that is different from what Jonathan has started. And in that case, Nigeria will be taken ten years behind the schedule. So, the issue of continuity comes to play.

I have always said the issue of continuity is important in Nigerian politics and in the Nigerian administrative system. Mind you, APC is only coming up with vendetta. APC has never said anything good about any other party. So, when they talk about what they can do for Nigeria, APC would always think of how to destroy what the PDP has set up to do and in that case, there would be a lot of abandoned projects, there would be a lot of wastage of our resources, there would be a lot of acrimony between the two parties. So, there would be no need creating such things.”

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Don’t Present Wike, Rivers Elders, Leaders Warn Jonathan, Mu’azu

Rivers State people, under the aegis of Rivers State Elders and Leaders, have warned President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against imminent explosion and collapse of the state, if the party presents the immediate Minister of State for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike as its governorship candidate in the 2015 general elections.

Rising from a meeting with Chief Edwin Clark at his Asokoro residence, Abuja, the leaders and elders called on President Jonathan, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the entire leadership of the party, that anarchy looms in the state following what they termed, the inordinate political ambition of an individual, who wants to impose himself on the people, even against the wishes of the people.

Meanwhile, Chief Clark, who noted that the situation in Rivers State PDP has become explosive as no one could predict what will happen later, if what he described as injustice, were not addressed, said that an individual has been masquerading himself as the owner of PDP, adding that there can never be peace in Rivers State, if there was no justice and if the PDP fails to respect its constitution.

In a letter addressed to the president at the end of its meeting, the elders, who condemned the rising violence and killings in various parts of the state, stressed that if nothing was done urgently, the ambition of an individual would throw the state into anarchy and war, which they said will not augur well for the state and the country, adding that the violence and activities of some politicians in the state have become so worrisome that they are calling on President Jonathan to intervene to restore sanity

Rivers APC Clears The Air Why Amaechi Dumped PDP ,Warns Blackmailers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has cleared the air on why the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi dumped the ‘tattered umbrella’ of the doomed Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and embraced the ‘revolutionary broom’ of APC despite having spoken negatively about the APC symbol in the past.


The party warned blackmailers who are so frightened by the high rise of the national political profile of Governor Amaechi and are desperate to bring him down by attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill to look for something better to do as Rivers people and, indeed, Nigerians are too politically advanced to be easily deceived by unserious minds that clutch at straws in their quest for political relevance.  


Rivers APC said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya: “There is a time and season for everything under the sun, as the Holy Book rightly says. It is disgraceful that empty minds that cannot stand the rigours of intellectual political debate are making so much fuss about a 2011 statement credited to Governor Amaechi to the effect that ‘those who carry brooms are night soil men and juju priests’.   


“Like the true African that he is, Amaechi was speaking in parables but suffice it to say that he did not in any way contradict himself by later dumping the torn umbrella of the doomed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the clean-sweeping broom of the APC.”


Rivers APC insisted that Amaechi was 100% right in his 2011 statement and had to take his leave from the PDP when the mess by the PDP-controlled Federal Government under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan became an unmistakable threat to the very survival of the country, thus leaving all patriots with no other option than to join the league of proverbial night soil men. 


“The mess by the PDP-led Government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as manifested in monumental corruption, suffocating insecurity and strangulating economic hardship is such that every Nigerian patriot needs to carry brooms to flush out this evil party and clean up the country for the sake of present and future generations. There is no gainsaying that going by the present sorry state of Nigeria, the country desperately needs good night soil men to clean up PDP’s faeces. Indeed, it is time for all those who truly love Nigeria to bring the brooms out and get down to work with APC’s broom revolution as we seek to bring about change after forming the next government in 2015,” Rivers APC said.


The party berated the faceless Association of Concerned Indigenes of Rivers State and other faceless groups being promoted by the Presidency and Rivers State PDP Leader, Nyesom Wike, “for wasting billions of taxpayers’ money on a worthless advertorial in some National and Port Harcourt based papers in its doomed propaganda campaign that can only make Governor Amaechi and APC stronger as they work to salvage Nigeria from the evil grip of PDP.”


The party advised Wike and his cohorts to find something better to do as nobody is interested in their childish propaganda campaign which was doomed to fail from the very beginning.

Rivers 2015: Tonye Princewill Joins Governorship Race

The race for the governorship seat in Rivers State is heating up as Prince Tonye Princewill has equally declared his intention to run.

The former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in 2007 made his intention known in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt.

In the statement obtained , Princewilll said his ambition this time was not individualistic or self centred but because there was a need to rescue Rivers State from further disintegration.

Princewill said: “In 2007, we had a state that only a few of us were proud of. Almost eight years later, we run the risk of returning to that state. Violence, kidnappings, politics of bitterness and ethnic divisions have re-emerged and the peace we all enjoyed is flickering like a candle in the wind. What went wrong? We have to save this state.

“In the days and weeks ahead, I will be collecting my nomination form, unveiling my roadmap for the renewal of Rivers State and introducing my campaign team to the world at our new state of the art offices here in Port Harcourt