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Rivers people have rejected Amaechi says Governor Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stands rejected by Rivers people because of his failure during his 8-year  ill-fated administration.
He said despite  the evil machinations  of the Former Rivers State Governor, Rivers people will continue  to reject his bid to foist his house boy, the defeated 2015 APC Rivers State Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside on them as his way to siphon their resources through an illegal third term.
He spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday when he hosted social media influencers  to a state dinner.
He said: “Governance  is not for house boys. Governance is for serious people. Rivers people will never allow Amaechi to do a third term through  the backdoor by foisting his house boy on the state.”
He berated the Minister of Transportation for politicizing security, saying that his comments on the Omoku killings is an indictment of security  heads posted to the state by the APC Federal Government.
He said while his administration  has never influenced the posting of any security head to the state, it has always funded and provided logistics for security agencies more than any other state government in the country.
“I challenge  any state government  in the country to come forward to say it has provided more support for security agencies than Rivers State.
“When you portray  the state as insecure , you are driving away investors.  No good man does that. By Amaechi’s  logic, the killings all over Nigeria is being sponsored by the President “, he said.
He said that while Amaechi was governor of Rivers State, all the leading construction companies  like Julius Berger Plc fled the state because their personnel  were kidnapped  regularly. He said Amaechi resorted to the use of unqualified contractors, which led to poorly executed projects.
He said as a result of improved security in the state, first class construction firms like Julius Berger Plc, CCECC and RCC are working in the state.
“International conferences and seminars  are back to Rivers State. This is because  the people now have confidence  in the security  architecture of Rivers State.  During Amaechi, all the seminar and conferences moved to Akwa Ibom State “, he said.
He assured that his administration  will continue  to invest in the security  of lives and property of Rivers people.
Governor Wike commended social media practitioners  for their support and their commitment to the promotion  of Rivers State.
While thanking them for working for the development of Rivers State without gratification, Governor Wike urged them to keep up the good work.
He said that his administration  will involve them during the third anniversary celebrations.  The governor added that he will support the post graduate education of social media influencers in Nigerian Universities.  He also offered medical assistance to social media influencers  with health challenges.
Also speaking, Senator George Sekibo and the Member Representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, Hon Jerome Eke lauded the social media influencers for their contributions to the development of the state.
Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Emma Okah described the meeting as historic. He said it will be a regular exercise.
Spokesman of the Social Media Influencers, Comrade Victor Oko Jumbo said social media  is an important  tool that has been effectively  deployed by the influencers to promote Rivers State and support the administration  of Governor Wike.
He assured Governor Wike of their continued  support, saying that social media influencers appreciate his outstanding developmental strides.
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2019: Makarfi to contest with Atiku, others for PDP presidential ticket

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Ahmed Makarfi, former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee, says he will contest the presidential ticket of the party in 2019.
Makarfi’s announcement comes after Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, and Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, had indicated their interest in seeking the PDP presidential ticket.
He made his intention known on Sunday while speaking with journalists in his residence in Kaduna.
The ex-governor said he has consulted with stakeholders in the party and has informed them of his ambition.
He said: “It’s is just consultations and not endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.
 
“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election. At this stage, it is to seek for the party’s nomination.
 
“The successful nominees will become the candidate that will stand for the election. But first thing first. If one’s party does not put him forward, you can’t say you are contesting for presidency yet. “At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had. Those who have shown interest are equally capable. We do not know how many more will show interest but whatever it is, power comes from God. The party men and women will decide who will be the candidate. I will subject myself to the will of God and the decision of the party men and women whenever it is made.”
 
He said his experience in the public and private sectors make him well suited to lead the country.

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Senate 2019: I have not dropped my ambition – Uduaghan

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The immediate former Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has debunked the rumour making the rounds that he has chickened out of the senatorial race ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Uduaghan stated this in his Warri residence when he played host to the Coalition of Bomadi LGA Elders led by its leader, Revd. Gbenekuru England and dozens of youths drawn from different youth groups in Bomadi Local Government Area.

The group which is an amalgam of all the community elders in Bomadi had inquired if the dynamic former Governor had stepped down again for their Sen. James Manager at his recent public declaration at the PDP mega rally for Governor Okowa which held in Oleh. Allaying their fears, Dr. Uduaghan said, “I have not stepped down for anybody and I am not going to even contemplate stepping down for anyone. In fact, I have put my hands on the plough and there is no going back. By the grace of God, we will be in Abuja in 2019.

“It was in the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan’s votes from Delta that made me withdraw from the race, last minute. The stability of the state was very important to me. I needed to concentrate on the state and prepare it for a peaceful transition; otherwise, I had all the machinery to win the seat if I had so wanted it like I do now.”

On whether he was scared of opposition, Uduaghan said, “I have paid my dues in stemming ethnic violence and militia uprising in the creeks to deserve the senatorial seat. How many people can make such sacrifice? How can somebody who has fought plenty political battles as a serving governor be scared of anybody? That is very laughable to me.”

The visibly relieved group, buoyed by the news, broke into dancing and singing in Ijaw.

 

You are the best candidate for senate – Bomadi Elders

All the leaders of the group who spoke agreed to throw their weight behind Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial bid, because according to them, Delta South is ready for a new beginning and Dr. Uduaghan is the new beginning. They believe when he gets to the senate, the district will get qualitative representation and he will empower not just his Itsekiri people but also the Ijaw and Isoko people as he did when he was a two-term governor of the state.

“We had tested your capacity when you were governor we know that the Ijaw nation benefited from your administration. Our son, the current occupant of the seat, who has been there for four tenures has tried his best but it is now time for a new beginning. It is the turn of the Itsekiris based on fairness and equity. Your Excellency, you are the new beginning for Delta South,” Revd. England asserted.

The senatorial hopeful revealed that he and his family had heard from God clearly in January 2018, that victory was sure for him at the polls. He used the opportunity to assure all his supporters, friends and well-wishers that plans for his campaign would soon roll out in a massive dimension and everyone would be carried along.

 

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Femi Odulaja joins Ogun Reps race, welcomes Adebutu to Ijebu Ode

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Hon. Ladi Adebutu, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, now running for Ogun State governor’s seat moves his campaign train to Ijebu Ode, with the enthusiastic people of Ijebu Ode and party members already aligning to make the rally one to remember. And among them is a National Assembly hopeful, Hon. Femi Odulaja, representing Ijebu Central Constituency which comprises of Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu.

According to the Igbobi College Yaba alumni as Adebutu, Odulaja said, “Hon. Ladi Adebutu is a Noble Nigerian, a respected politician and leader of principle, who I believe is sufficiently equipped for the task of leading Ogun State and projecting the gateway state to occupy its rightful place in the comity of states in Nigeria.”

Adebutu, a frontline politician in Ogun State, contesting for highest office in Oke Mosan in the 2019 elections, would be visiting Ijebu Ode in a mega rally organised by the People’s Democratic Party members in a countdown to salvage the state from anarchy and retrogression.

When asked about the rally coming up on Monday, Odulaja, whose campaign mantra is hinged on Hope ’19, stated, “With the assurance of the good people of Ijebu Ode, I’m more than confident that the rally is going to be a successful one.”

Odulaja, who is a mechanical engineer, philanthropist and well grounded personality in hospitality industry, stated that such a visit brings hope and signifies the beginning of new dawn in the state come 2019.

On why Femi Odulaja Campaign Organisation’s decision to adopt Hope ’19, “My principle is to work and restore the confidence and sense of value in the good people of my constituency.

“By attracting the right policies,” he continued, “I am certain that our constituency has all what it takes to be at the forefront of economic advancement in the whole of Ogun State.”

The largest political and foremost opposition party in Nigeria, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which is undergoing healing continue to attract eggheads into its fold as Hon. Femi Odulaja insisted that the party remains the best option considering the calibre of personalities it displays in Ogun State.

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