Election Postponement: A ‘Rude Shock’ Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the general election as a rude shock to the country.

The governor, at a church service on Sunday in Port Harcourt, called on the international community to continue to put pressure on the authorities to do what is right in the interest of the nation.

Describing himself as a member of the “Nigeria Must Be Better” group, Governor Wike called on Nigerians to come out with renewed determination to participate in the polls on February 23 and March 9.

“This week you are coming in, come with all amount of energy and say, ‘truly Nigeria must be better,” the governor admonished his audience.

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Neighbourhood Watch To Commence Operation In Rivers, Says Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the Neighbourhood Safety Agency will soon become operational for the detection and prevention of crimes across the state.

He said: “The Neighbourhood Watch arrangement will soon be fully operational throughout the state, to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the detection and prevention of crime and improve the security of life and property in our neighbourhoods.

“Let me remind you that the corps members were recruited based on your attestations with regard to their character and suitability. Consequently, we will hold you accountable to the performance of the corps and the success of the scheme in your local government areas, communities and neighborhoods,” he said.

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Wike Denies Nominating Peter Obi As PDP Vice Presidential Candidate

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has denied nominating Mr Peter Obi as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice-presidential candidate.

Wike said the visit of four Southsouth governors to President Muhammadu Buhari had no political connotation, noting that the governors were in the Presidential Villa to discuss the development of Niger Delta.

He spoke in an interview with Channels Television Roadmap 2019.

Wike said: “I never nominated Peter Obi.  But the mere fact that the Vice Presidential Candidate is coming from the South-East does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person , since the entire country will benefit.

“When the South-East said they were not consulted before Peter Obi was nominated, where did we meet as a party to agree that the Vice Presidential Candidate must come from the South-East. But we said if the Presidential Candidate believes he has somebody to work with, we said so be it “.

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Prove Your Faith By Supporting Buhari, Cole for 2019, Eze Charges Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has been charged to back his praises for President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the Niger Delta by supporting his 2019 ambition.

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who charged the Governor in a statement made available to the media in Port Harcourt on Friday, also described President Buhari’s completion and commissioning of the International Wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, as monumental, historical, an example of the President’s faith-keeping and love for the people of the State and the entire Niger Delta region.

Eze, who commended Governor Wike for being truthful about President Buhari’s positive intents for both Rivers state and the entire region, noted that the Governor’s positive comments on the President is an acknowledgement of the fact that the people of the state and Niger Delta have grown to trust their President and will always prefer him to lead them into a more developed and morally upright Nigeria.

While speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the ultramodern international wing of the Airport on Thursday, an elated Governor Wike had said “the people of Rivers State and the South South region are happy with you for what you are doing in the region. I would have made a demand but my friend, the Honourable Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika has told me that the Local Wing will be commissioned by December.”

Commenting on Wike’s ‘vote of confidence’ on the President, Eze said “this is the first time Gov. Wike is commending the developmental efforts of President Buhari in Rivers State and the entire South South region”, urging the Governor to validate his good faith towards President Buhari by supporting his 2019 presidential bid as well as that of the President’s preferred candidate for Rivers state Governorship, Pastor Tonye Cole, for the state to breath a new life.

Eze, while describing President Buhari as the best option for Nigeria’s economic and social growth, highlighted some of the steps the administration had taken to make life easier for Rivers people, saying “if we are to consider the following feats and projects so far executed by the present administration at the centre in Rivers State and South-South zone as a whole then he will win massively in the region come 2019. Some of these projects are listed as follows:

“Not minding that Wike denied the Federal Government land to enable her construct an Industrial Park, which benefits from start to completion and inauguration, would be enormous to Rivers State and her people,  the Federal Government still went ahead to buy 10,000 acres of land on which the complex, an envisaged city on its own, would stand.

“The Federal Executive Council (FEC) just few months ago approved contracts of N47 billion for road projects in the country, including redesigning and reconstruction of the Aba/Port-Harcourt section of the Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway.

“Apart from this intervention, the Federal Executive Council on the same date also approved dredging of Port Harcourt Seaport and provision of navigational aids for Escravos, at the sum of N13 billion.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration released a whopping sum of N900 billion owed the Niger Delta Development Corporation (NDDC) by previous Federal Administrations, including the Administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to assist the body complete most of its projects in Rivers state and other States in the Niger Delta region.

“Rivers State will benefit from the unprecedented allocation of over one hundred and twenty five billion Naira (N125 billion), out of the N8.612 trillion appropriation bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to the National Assembly to fund capital projects in 2018 in the Niger Delta region.

“Rivers State will surely benefit from the N53.89 billion earmarked for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and N71.2 billion for Niger Delta Development Commission for capital projects, also to benefit from the budgetary allocation for the Niger Delta amnesty programme retained at N65 billion, with the budgetary allocation of N17.32 billion earmarked for the completion of the East-West Road.

“Rivers State will benefit from the Maritime University located at Okerenkoko in Delta State, with N5 billion budgeted in the 2018 budget for its formal take off. This is a University aimed to assist in the development and emancipation of the Niger Delta region.

“To demonstrate the seriousness over the full implementation of the Ogoni clean-up exercise and the execution of the multi-billion naira Bodo/Ogoni-Bonny road project, budgetary provisions were all made in the 2018 budget, which when completed, would open up the economic potential of the Niger Delta region beyond the shores of Nigeria, all in Rivers state.

“The APC-led Federal Government, apart from the above-named projects, embarked upon the following projects: the Calabar-Lagos Rail Line that cuts across Rivers state, the renovation/reconstruction of both Enugu-Port Harcourt Road and the West-East Road, the renovation of the Afam Power plant in Rivers state, resumption and reconstruction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Rail Line, among other projects. All these projects were abandoned by the PDP governments. Appointment of sons and daughters of the region into key and crucial ministries and agencies”, he said.

Eze recalled that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a son of the Niger Delta region, in his six years as the President of Nigeria, acknowledged that he failed Rivers State and the Niger Delta region by not embarking on any meaningful project in the region, apart from imposing Chief Nyesom Wike as the Governor of Rivers state, to promote insecurity in the state and the Niger Delta region.

Eze concluded by stating that now Buhari has proved that he is a patriotic son of the Niger Delta region, urged people of the Niger Delta to reciprocate by voting massively the APC candidates during the 2019 general elections.

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APC’s Poor Performance Leading Nigeria To Destruction – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said the poor governance style of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government has led to the destruction of the nation’s economy and impoverishment of Nigerians.

Wike said this while addressing Rivers people during the 58th Independence Day anniversary, at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.

His words: “After over three years in power, the federal government has done nothing to advance the promise of independence, except failures, excuses, intimidation, insecurity, stealing of elections and weakening of democratic institutions, including the National Assembly, the judiciary, and the security agencies.

“These are difficult times and our nation is on the edge. Democracy is at the crossroads and good governance in abeyance.”

“The economy has remained comatose, and is reportedly receding again with associated economic consequences and hardship on ordinary Nigerians.

“Never in our history have Nigerians been subjected to untold sufferings as a result of the direct, erratic and ill-conceived economic policies and decisions of the Federal Government.

“Under their watch, our beloved country is now certified as the world’s headquarters of abject poverty, with over 87 million people living below two dollars per day,” he said.

 

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Wike Threatens PDP, Presidential Aspirants, Insists Party Convention Must Hold In Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that there will be consequences if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) succumbs to pressures from planted PDP presidential aspirants to move the party’s National Convention away from Port Harcourt.

He further declared that the state will not support any desperate PDP presidential aspirant who is sabotaging the economy of the state by fighting the hosting of the party’s presidential primary in Port Harcourt.

Mr Wike warned that Rivers People will teach the party a bitter lesson if it allows planted desperate presidential aspirants to scuttle the hosting of the presidential primary in Port Harcourt as agreed by all leaders of the party.

Speaking during a consultative visit by the Gombe State Governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Ibrahim Dankwambo, at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Mr Wike said at the PDP’s national meeting, no presidential aspirant opposed Port Harcourt as a venue.

He said any presidential aspirant fighting Rivers State should forget about the support of the state, during and after the National Convention.

He said: “Let me warn the party, if you dare, Rivers State will teach the party a lesson. Those days have passed when they took Rivers State for granted. Nobody can use and dump Rivers State.

“No presidential aspirant can use and dump Rivers State. We never lobbied for it, we never asked for it, but it will boost the economy of the state. People will make money.

“Those who are against Rivers people from making money to improve their businesses, will not get our support.”

The governor said that whether the National Convention holds in Jigawa or Adamawa, the winner preferred by the delegates will emerge.

“I don’t know why anyone who wants to be president, will be afraid of a venue. Then you are not prepared for the election.

“Nobody should dare Rivers State any longer. Enough is enough. PDP should know that we are not a punching bag. We are not a people you can use and push. We are not harlots. Whenever you want, you come. When you finish, you push us aside.

“We will retaliate at the appropriate time. When you go, tell your colleagues, the presidential aspirants. We were not interested, but having given it to us, you cannot insult us,” Governor Wike said.

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2019: Saraki, Wike, Tambuwal In fresh Attacks On Buhari, APC

Stalwarts in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has raised their voices against the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senate President and presidential aspirant, Bukola Saraki, had on Monday night, called for the removal of President Buhari from office.

Saraki told supporters in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital that Buhari lacks clues on good governance and has sharply divided the country.

“It is time not to vote for sentiments but for someone that can perform. I believe I have the capacity, ability and track record,” he said.

Similarly, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike accused President Buhari of sponsoring some PDP presidential aspirants, stressing that the people of the state would not be deceived into backing any candidate with compromised credentials.

This came as Sokoto State governor and alsoa PDP presidential aspirant, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, accused President Buhari of failing to curb the insurgency in the northeast and of aggravating poverty.

Tambuwal told supporters in Birnin Kebbi that the Federal Government’s anti-graft agencies were allegedly resorting to blackmail and intimidation to frustrate his ambition.

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Rivers Govt Absolves Wike From APC Crisis…Accuses Amaechi Of Plotting To Impose Candidate

The Rivers State government has absolved Governor Nyesom Wike from the crisis rocking the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Commissioner for Information and Communications in the state, Emma Okah, stressed that the Minister of Transportation, Chubuike Rotimi Amaechi, should rather be blamed for the unending imbroglio facing the Rivers APC.

Recall that Amaechi had accused Governor Wike of sponsoring APC member to cause confusion within the party.

But in a swift reaction, the Information Commissioner said the party’s current predicament emanated from the minister’s insistence that a “serving senator has no right to aspire to be governor of Rivers State and the unilateral appointment of his Lagos business partner as the preferred governorship candidate without regard to the right of other APC members to contest party primaries.”

Okah further advised Amaechi to drop his “dictatorship tendencies” and stop accusing Governor Wike of the disarray in the party.

 

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Alleged N117 Billion Fraud: Wike Talks Tough, Says EFCC Must Follow The Law

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said officials of the state government will appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) only if the anti-graft agency follows the rule of law.

Recall that the EFCC had invited and quizzed the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, over alleged N117 billion transaction by the state government in the past three years.

The anti-graft agency is also seeking to quiz four officials of the state who were central to the withdrawals.

However, Wike, in a chat with pressmen at the state government house in Port Harcourt, Wike, said the EFCC is “full of impunity.”

He said: “I am not interested whether EFCC backs off or not. I am not against the EFCC fighting corruption, if at all they are fighting corruption. My concern is we must do it according to the law.”

“The law says that we have a federation comprising the federal government, the states and the local government areas. We go to the monthly federal allocation when money comes to the federation and all tiers take their share. The federal government is now saying that the money that comes to states will be monitored.

“I was not here in 2007. Rivers State Government went to court against the EFCC to say the commission has no constitutional power to interrogate the finances, the expenses of the state government. And the matter was adequately addressed and judgment was given against EFCC.

“Since 2007, EFCC has been struggling to appeal the judgment. EFCC has not succeeded up till now. What they are doing now is when they feel a government is not pro-Buhari, ‘let’s do this’.”

“Nobody will appear before the EFCC until they follow the rule of law. This country must not allow personal interest of individuals. That is a coup against the interest of Nigeria,” he added.

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Rivers Gov Nyesom Wike Bans Officials From Appearing Before EFCC

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says no official of State Government will appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over what he describes as “politically motivated investigations.”

This according to him will remain until the Commission approaches the Court of Appeal to set aside the 2007 Judgment secured by the Administration of Former Governor Peter Odili barring it from investigating the State.

Wike says the EFCC as a Federal Agency has no business with state funds adding that the responsibility belongs to the State House of Assembly

The Governor in a statement described the action of the EFCC as a “Political witch-hunt” saying that the Media trial by the EFCC will amount to nothing, pointing out that the Rivers State Government was aware of the move before it even started.

The Governor pointed out that Rivers State had all along been the ultimate target of the EFCC when it decided to freeze the Accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue State Governments adding that the Commission has already been detailed to carry out very unconstitutional activities against Rivers State.

Governor Wike further stated that the greatest impunity there could ever be is for the EFCC to shut down a tier of Government by freezing its accounts, saying this is nothing short of a coup against the Constitution and the law-abiding people of those state.

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EFCC Investigates Rivers Govt Over Alleged N117bn Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have begun investigation into the N117 billion described as “suspicious transactions’’ carried out by the Rivers state government.

According to sources, the monies represent over the counter withdrawals in the last three years.

It quoted EFCC sources alleging that there were indications that the withdrawals from the state accounts were laundered by some state officials.

But the state government has described the investigation as “political witch-hunt” and that it would not be intimidated as the state was covered by 2007 court ruling which forbids probe of the state.

The EFCC had so far listed four suspects for interrogation in connection with the massive withdrawals, including an official in-charge of Finance and Accounts at the Government House and also a cashier.

A bank’s Managing Director (MD) had already been detained after he admitted that N5.2 billion was realised as charges for the “controversial” transactions.

According to the sources, the withdrawals were made in tranches of N10 million with as many as 50 cheques cashed in a day.

The sources said it was a case of “gross violation” of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011.

One of the sources said: “Based on intelligence report, the EFCC swung into action.

“Our findings indicated that the withdrawals were made in cash from the state accounts mostly by one person. There are no records of what the cash was used for. We are working on clues that it was diverted.

“The EFCC team has obtained all the records of the withdrawals, including date and time. For instance, on June 8, 2015 barely few days in government, about 45 cheques amounting to N450million were cashed over the counter for no justifiable purpose.

“Also, on June 9, 2015 about 50 cheques amounting to N500million were withdrawn. We will soon release the details of findings by our team.”

The government has warned that no government would appear before EFCC on the matter until the Court of Appeal sets aside the 2007 judgment barring the commission from investigating the state.

The governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu quoted Wike as describing the EFCC’s action as a “political witch-hunt”.

“We are not afraid of their probe and they have no power to probe us.

“No government official will appear before the EFCC until they set aside the court judgment of Rivers State Government against them in 2007. We cannot be intimidated.

“They filed for leave to appeal the judgment at the Court of Appeal. Until they set aside the judgment, we will not come.

NAN

 

 

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Wike, Ortom Storm Kwara To Meet Saraki

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has arrived Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, for official and yet to be announced engagements.

Wike is accompanied by Senator George Sekibo, Senator Adawari Pepple and the member Representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency, Dr Barry Mpigi.

He is attending a meeting in Kwara state with his Benue counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom who recently announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a yet-to-be-determined political party.

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