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Emergence of Secondus’ll ensure stronger, greater PDP — Obuah

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The Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah has said the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of PDP would make PDP stronger and better positioned for victory in 2019.

Obuah in a congratulatory statement signed by his spokesman, Jerry Needam, described Prince Secondus as eminently qualified for the enormous responsibility having served the party in various capacities which imbued him with the requisite experience and skills for the task. Obuah stated that as a former state chairman, national organizing secretary and acting national chairman of the party, Secondus knows the areas of strength and challenges of the party, adding that he would fashion out new policy direction for the PDP. He said: “I make no doubt about the ability and capabilities of our new national chairman and his executive members not only because of their intimidating experiential credentials but also, they are some of the strongest and most dependable democrats of Nigeria’s contemporary politics and will surely bring their wealth of experience to bear in our new PDP national leadership.’’

 

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RIVERS APC TELLS EFCC to PROBE HOW WIKE ALLEGEDLY WASTED N15.5 BILLIOn TO SPONSOR SECONDUS AND PDP CONVENTION

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Governor Wike

The report that the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, spent a whopping N15.5 billion of Rivers State resources to sponsor Saturday’s Elective National Convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and install his lackey, Prince Uche Secondus, as the new National Chairman of the party came to us as a political party as shocking, unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable. Other States and interest groups may find this as historical but those of us from Rivers State, this is a wicked ploy to siphon and waste our hard earned funds for a venture that will not benefit our State in any way.

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the condemnation in a statement issued on Monday in the state capital, Port Harcourt. Let us reiterate that, “We are truly miffed and embarrassed about the damning report reaching us indicating that Governor Wike wasted a whopping sum of N15.5 billion of Rivers State funds to finance the candidature of his stooge, Prince Uche Secondus, for the office of the National Chairman of PDP,” the party said in the statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya. Continue reading

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Two separate groups of protesters walk the street of Port Harcourt in support for and against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARs).

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Mammoth crowd protest in support of SARs in Port Harcourt.

Correspondent UCHENDU EJIOWHOR reports that while the protesters who are of the opinion that SARS must be allowed to do their work were heading to state police command, the other group against SARs later diverted to People’s Democratic Party office in Aba road.

Youths protest in support of SARs

The protesters while on their way to Rivers police command were chanting solidarity song asking that Governor NYESOM WIKE must go from government house and SARS must stay.

 

Some youths warn that disbanding SARs would bring more of this scene

Former commissioner for Youth in Rivers State and running mate of the governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 general elections, ASITA O ASITA who led the protest commended the command in their fight against criminality in the state and urged them to do more. Continue reading

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Wakirike Unity Concert set to electrify Port Harcourt city with songs

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Our reporter met with one of the members of the concert publicity team organising the Wakirike Unity concert, Mr. Lamuel Biambo. A lot of insight about the preparation for the event on December 16th 2017 was disclosed.

What is the purpose of the Wakirike concert and what gave rise to it?

Wakirike Unity Concert is to bring together the Wakirike people of the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, primarily resident in Okrika, Ogu/Bolo and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas of River State, along with other residents of the garden city, Port Harcourt and beyond.

More so, Wakirike Development Coalition was established in Baltimore, Maryland on 29 May 2010 with a mission, “to lift our people out of poverty on the road to prosperity one family at a time.” Our first public activity in Port Harcourt was in December, 2013 when we organised a two-day Wakirike Development Summit. Since then, we have been carrying out activities quietly and we felt it was time to engage the Wakirike public again.

Our people have in the recent past been talked about for all the wrong reasons such as militancy and lawlessness. Thankfully, life has returned to normalcy. As a development organization, we felt it was important to project the positive things about the Wakirike clan. Coming together did not take much discussion before we decided to organize a music concert. We are gifted with exceptionally talented gospel, classical and folklore singers. More importantly, music connects people in ways no other medium can.  Popular musician Bono said music can change the world and Martin Luther described it as the greatest treasure after the word of God. The good book is also full of quotes on music, for example, “Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth.” Psalm 47:6&7.

What does the concert seek to achieve and what are the listed benefits?

The main goal of the concert as the name implies is to foster unity among the choristers, choirmasters, churches and all Wakirike communities, as every Wakirike church and community is represented in the Unity Choir. Our prayer is that this powerful show of unity will speak where words fail and unite various factions in religion, politics and communities. We also hope to extend this unity to our immediate neighbours – the Ikwerres, Elemes, Ogonis, Ibanis, Kalabaris and by extension the entire Rivers State, the Ijaw Nation and our beloved country. If the people are united, we can command the Lord’s blessings and we can expect peace and development in our land.

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World Anti-Corruption Day, Corruption is killing us, says Ken Henshaw

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In commemoration of the 2017 World Anti Corruption Day, a non-governmental organization called Social Action has called on the Nigerian government to be transparent in it’s budget preparation.

The executive director of the Social Action, Ken Henshaw has called on the state and federal government to open their budget to public scrutiny.

“This campaign is part of a larger design, more global action underway. It is our own initiative to start a battle against corruption in this country. We are commemorating the 2017 Anti Corruption Day here in Mile 3 park, Port Harcourt. We are doing this because we feel that with time the young people, the women and men of this country will actually stand up and fight corruption It is time we start fighting corruption.

This turn out show that every single disease we suffer in our social, economic and political system is a product of corruption. We know and we do not need to deceive ourselves. Law enforcement has failed us, the government of this country has failed us. At the local government, at the state level, at the federal level they have also failed us even this current government in this state has failed us. Continue reading

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UCHE SECONDUS ELECTED PEOPLE’s DEMOCRATIC PARTY NATIONAL CHAIRMAN (PDP)

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Prince Uche Secondus, elected Chairman of the PDP

The apprehension on who the cap fits to be the next national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has now ended with the election of Prince Uche Secondus from Rivers State as the Party’s National Chairman at the Eagle’s square, Abuja on the wee hours of Sunday 10th December 2017. The National Elective Convention of the PDP commenced yesterday. Uche Secondus will be in charge of the party’s affairs in the next four years.

It was a keenly contested election according to observers and the various national chairmanship candidates pulled the various votes after some candidates like Bode George and Gbenga Daniel pulled out of the race alleging monetary influence by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

However, political permutations reduced the candidates to three. At the end of the elections, Uche Secondus pulled two thousand votes, while Prof. Tunde Adeniran of EKiti and Raymond Dokpesi, media guru got two hundred and thirty and sixty-six votes respectively.

Elections into other national positions were conducted.

 

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Show us your budget : Civil Society group tells Governor Wike

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A Non-Governmental Organization, the Social Action has threatened to embark on aggressive campaign starting from Monday against Rivers State government over alleged unavailability of it’s annual budgets.

The group is particularly concerned about the invisibility of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Rivers state budgets which they said was affecting the efficient and effective participation of members of the public in the drafting of the budget towards developing the state.

Speaking at a round table on an Open Budget and Citizen’s Participation for Effective Budget Performance in Port Harcourt, the Senior Programme Manager, Ken Henshaw alleged that no member of the public have sighted the state budgets since the assumption of office in 2015 by the Governor.

Henshaw want the state government to allow members of the public to participate in governance through budget making. Again, government should imbibe the culture of open budget says Henshaw.

He claimed that only the government officials know the cost of projects in Rivers state due to the hidden nature of the budget. He said an open budget would have helped to give the public insight of it’s physical and current expenditure.

“We are going to embark on aggressive budget campaign against Rivers state government for not making public the budget, we have written severally demanding for the budget all to no avail,

“the unavaliability of these budgets from 2015 till date have made it impossible for members of the public to participate in the governance of the state.  This time, we will not rest until Rivers state budget is made public. Continue reading

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President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He said though the decision would bring discontent, he believes that at the end it, there will be peace. “It is obvious that the present strategy of withholding the recognition has not brought peace to the region.”

The New York times further reveals Trump’s position on the status of Jerusalem, “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Mr. Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.” He said “his decision broke away from failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. That policy, he said, brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Arab scholars have said that the US cannot be an honest peace broker if US accepts Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This is because it would rubbish the idea of a two-state solution. Moslems in the region believes that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

Many world leaders have also criticized President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because it might lead to the resumption of hostilities (Intafida) in the region.

The Trumps Foreign policy advisors said that the President signed the security waiver to delay the movement of it’s embassy to Jerusalem because of the time it would take.

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Ikwerre Ethnic nationality endorses Governor Wike for second term

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Ikwerre leaders meet with Governor Wike

Leaders, Traditional Rulers, Women Groups and Chiefs of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality have endorsed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.

The groups in an address read on their behalf by the President-General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, Professor Simeon Achinewhu stated that the endorsement of Governor Wike is premised on his outstanding achievements.

Professor Achinewhu spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday during a Solidarity/Congratulatory Visit by the groups.

The groups include: Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, Supreme Council of Government Recognised Ikwerre Traditional Rulers, Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders, Ikwerre Gospel Ministers Forum, Iwhuroha Women Association, Ikwerre Daughters National Congress, Ikwerre in Academia, Ikwerre in the Media and Okpo Club (Ikwerre Lawyers). Continue reading

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Legislative and Executive synergy is responsible for the state-wide development in Rivers State, says Simeon Nwakaudu

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Governor Wike signing a bill into law

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike inherited a damaged government structure from the immediate past APC administration in the state. Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi deliberately weakened the Rivers State House of Assembly, polarised it and ensured that a faction sat in the dinning hall of the Government House.

It was so bad that the Rivers State House of Assembly had two speakers and two different sets of House leaders. The principle of separation of powers was relegated and the dictatorship of the former governor was upheld.

One of the priorities of Governor Wike as he took over the leadership of the state was to enthrone the principle of separation of powers to guarantee open, inclusive and accountable governance.

Governor Wike

Therefore, Governor Wike in his New Rivers Development Blueprint planned to: “Respect the sanctity and independence of the legislature and the judiciary. We shall not interfere but work harmoniously with the State House of Assembly and the Judiciary to move the State Forward”.

Since assuming the reins of leadership in Rivers State, Governor Wike has developed a functional productive partnership with the State Assembly with the aim of setting the legal framework for the growth of the State.

His first step was to proclaim the House of Assembly and re-open the Assembly Complex closed by the immediate past administration. This step sent the right signal that the House is Independent and ahould function within the ambit of laid down rules.

The governor also implemented the financial independence of the State Assembly, creating the right environment for the House to carry out her legislative oversight functions.

In the last two and half years, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed 17bills into law for the good governance of the state. These laws cut across different spheres of endeavour. They have strengthened the machinery of governance and placed Rivers State above her peers.

The cordial relationship between the Rivers State Governor and the State House of Assembly built on mutual respect has translated into stable leadership at the State Legislature. This means that State Assembly has remained focused on lawmaking, rather than be pre-occupied the politics of survival.

Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikunyi-Owaji Ibani maintains that the Assembly will always put up its best in the interest of the state.

Accordingly, the members of the State House of Assembly will continue to work with the Rivers State Governor to enhance the growth of the State.

He commended the governor for his outstanding achievements, which has been complemented by the State Assembly.

Since May 29, 2015, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed two Appropriation Laws, 2016 and 2017.

Other prominent laws passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly include: Rivers State Education (Return of Schools) Amendment Number 1 Law, Number 1 of 2017,Rivers State Honours Law Number 2 of 2017, Rivers State Reserve Fund (Repeal) Law Number 3 of 2017, Rivers State University Law Number 4 of 2017 and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital Law Number 5 of 2017. Continue reading

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