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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: Avoid divisive utterances – Gov Ahmed

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Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged politicians to desist from unguarded and misleading comments capable of creating discord and heating up the polity.

Responding to recent social media posts regarding a message by People’s Democratic Party(PDP) elders in Ifelodun Local Government area inviting members to a political meeting, Governor Ahmed described the issue as a party affair which should not be given any negative connotation. While condemning the post and commentaries that followed, he said such unguarded utterances are not only misleading but also have the capacity to cause divisions that will be difficult to heal in the Kwara South Senatorial district if allowed to fester.

Alhaji Ahmed said while the party as presently constituted in Ifelodun Local Government and indeed Kwara South is known for its inclusiveness and consensus building, the meeting is an internal party affair and should not be given any negative undertone that can undermine the harmony, peace and cohesion of Kwara South Senatorial District and indeed the state at large.

Governor Ahmed urged all PDP aspirants in the state to abide by the party structure’s tradition of unity, peaceful conduct, inclusiveness and respect for the leadership in exercising their right to aspire to elective posts.

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Why Toke Benson is fighting James Faleke

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Mrs. Toke Benson Awoyinka, a House of Reps aspirant, Ikeja Consistency, Lagos State is using every possible means to ensure that she takes over the constituency from Hon. James Faleke amidst several of her allegations against him.

Sources told us that her major grouse was that Faleke contested election in Kogi State and shouldn’t have returned to Lagos to recontest for the seat as House of Reps member representing Ikeja Constituency, Lagos. But she did not tell Lagosians if Faleke resigned his position at the national Assembly while contesting the election in Kogi State.

They added that Toke Bensonalso failed to realize that Hon. James Faleke would have been the governor of Kogi State today if not for political game played against the national leader, Ahmed Tinubu? How do you imagine INEC declaring an election inconclusive when Audu/Faleke were leading the PDP seating government in Kogi – State with about 41,000 votes, while the areas declared inconclusive had just 19,000 votes, but for politics against Tinubu by APC national body, a party Tinubu worked hard for, why would the party substitute the late Abubakar Audufor Yahaya Bello, who was just a runners up in the governorship election primaries?

Those in the know said that Mrs Toke Benson ignorant of the fact that Faleke changed the tide of that election in Kogi. That in the two previous elections that Abubakar had contested in Kogi State he was unable to win Kogi West District. Falekemade it possible within 3months of joining the race, they won 6 of 7 LGAs in Kogi West District. Barr. Toke Benson has benefitted a lot from Faleke even though she never acknowledged it.

We gathered that Hon. James Faleke has brought a lot of developmental stride to Ikeja since he occupied that position at the National Assembly and has touched many lives through empowerment and jobs creation.

It is interesting to know that Toke Bensonhas not won any election, not even Party Primaries, compared to Faleke whose political structures cut across Lagos State.

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2019: Kogi PDP denies Sen. Attai Aidoko automatic ticket

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All is not going well concerning the bid by the lawmaker representing Kogi East Senatorial District of Kogi State, Senator Attai Aidoko, to return to the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as his ambition suffered another set-back.

This is consequent upon the Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party leaders’ refusal to grant him automatic ticket to vie for the position this time at the 2019 general elections.

This newspaper learnt last week that Aidoko was told by leaders of the Party that unlike Senator Dino Melaye, his desire for an automatic ticket was an impossible task for a number of reasons including the fact that the understanding for the automatic ticket was made with the rAPC members for which he’s not one. Secondly, having been in the National Assembly for 16 years, it was assumed that his popularity would make it easy for him to win the primaries election if he has done well for his constituency.

This latest development has forced the senator to adopt unusual means in a last-ditch effort to return to the National Assembly, apparently against the wishes of Kogi East people.

Senator Aidoko who was full of confidence that he would clinch the party ticket, was naturally deflated by this development. He has therefore taken to regular visits to Senator Dino with the hope that the latter’s goodwill and Saraki connection may fetch him the ticket at the primaries billed to take place on October 1, 2018.

Aidoko is also allegedly making a lot of underground maneuvers to tinker with the list of the recently concluded ad hoc delegates’ lists.

It would be recalled that the youths in Kogi East Senatorial District recently called on Senator Aidoko to halt his re-election bid as the zone was not ready for his return to represent them.

The youths under the aegis (Kogi Youths Arise Network) led by its coordinator, Mr. Mohammed Misah had condemned those they referred to as social media propagandists, who they said spin lies and launder the image of Aidoko for political makeover for 2019.

The youths said: “We don’t know what we want, where we are coming from and where we are headed.

“The Igala youths of today have failed to differentiate between their political enemies and political saviours.”

The youths had said that it was under Aidoko’s watch that Ibaji oil wells were ceded to Anambra State.

“Senator Aidoko has provided poor representation, starting from his days in the House of Representatives, where he represented Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency from 2003 to 2011, and served as Chairman, House Committee on Federal Capital Territory and later as Chairman, Senate Committee on SEGS.

“As a senator, he can’t point at one single thing as achievement that we can call his constituency project.

“He is only after his personal interest and that of his godfather, which is not good for our people in need of development.

“In fact, Aidoko is a liability on the good people of Kogi East and he has no political relevance in both the region and at the national level.”

The youths noted that Aidoko hails from Ugbamaka-Igah in Olamaboro Local Government Area and that as the chairman, Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, there is “no project that has come to our land.”
Aidoko, they explained, is not in any way familiar with the saying that “charity begins at home,” while stressing that his people have no water, electricity, telephone network, schools, bank and Automated Teller Machine in the entire Olamaboro and “of course, no proper health care system yet, we have someone at the Senate representing us.

“Aidoko that we know always visits Igalaland at night and sneaks out before the crack of dawn.

“We can’t continue to wallow in this politics of stagnation where some wicked few individuals will gather together to oppose everything that is good for our land.

“Our region has suffered so much neglect despite the facts that we have several opportunities to develop, but we have been suffering so much neglect because of the attitude of some of our leaders.

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