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You’re Sore Losers, APC Rivers Tell Atiku’s Men, PDP  

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Chief Tony Okocha, Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, has described Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration as clueless and rudderless, claiming that Rivers State’s political crisis is self-inflicted.

Otherwise, he wondered why an entirely Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled House of Assembly would want to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress, to the point where 27 of the 32-man House have signed on with the APC.

Reacting to a recent news report in which PDP stakeholders in the state led by Abiye Sekibo blamed the crisis in the state on the door post of former governor of the state and Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, the APC under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Okocha said the failure of the PDP predated the 2023 presidential election.

Describing the PDP and its presidential candidate as sore losers, Okocha claimed that Atiku’s men are attempting to pull the wool over Nigerians’ eyes in a lame attempt to absolve themselves of blame for the crisis rocking the PDP in Rivers.

“Our initial thought was to ignore the cul de sac machinated by the defeated and conquered politicians, who led the failed onslaught to lie barefacedly to Nigerians about Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s self-inflicted political fisticuffs in Rivers State.
“But we feared that allowing their lies to fester would distort the true records. As a result, we decided to issue an immediate response as counterexamples to the blatant lies they peddled and canvassed.
“The second reason why we would have chosen to discard the entire puerile text is that the presenters clearly introduced themselves as unrepentant leaders of Atiku’s 2023 Presidential Campaign in Rivers State and thus forayed into their intra-party squabbles.

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“The undeniable fact is that all of those who lined up at that table and signed the text in question are still staunch supporters of HE Atiku Abubakar.
(Please look at the flex banner behind the table where they sat to see the picture/name of HE, Atiku Abubakar. It was deliberate.

Okocha stated that the PDP and its candidate’s complete failure in the presidential election is why the party will “never forgive President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, HE E.N.Wike, and APC Rivers for the sin of their woeful electoral defeat.”

“Of course, it follows that anyone whose action or inaction contributes to their dangerous fall is unintentionally their sworn adversary—no wonder they secretly aim to cut out a pound of flesh from the Honourable Minister.
His Excellency, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, says, “What a cul-de-sac.”

Okocha further blamed the PDP for the
“the obscene and absurd denigration of Asiwaju in the media,” accusing them of masterminding “the devilish narratives that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was frail and unhealthy.”Mentally and senile, he defecates on himself and therefore wears diapers.”Very old and incapable of presiding over Nigeria.”

Rather than wasting time chasing shadows, Okocha challenged the governor to put on his thinking cap and put to good use the 28 billion that the state receives monthly from federal allocation, in addition to over 20 billion in IGR.

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He also challenged him to carry out the remaining terms of the agreement reached with President Tinubu in Abuja and move quickly to hold the Rivers local government election to test his popularity.

Okocha warned that failing to present the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State Assembly does not board well with governance in the state, noting that the state is stagnant and inactive.

I reiterate that the political crisis in Rivers State is self-inflicted. The Governor of Rivers State and the 32 Assembly members were from the same party and family, with Wike as their father.
Why did 27 Assembly members in Rivers State vote for the opposition party, APC?..

“The crisis is about the Governor’s blatant inactivity, cluelessness, and rudderlessness, as well as the legislators’ penchant for whipping him into line using the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.

“Rivers State is more than just a pariah state; it is deteriorating into abysmal oblivion.
How does it affect the Honourable Minister of the FCT serving under our beloved APC-led Federal Government, who has long vacated the rostrum of power in Rivers State Government House? he asked.

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Address Violent Crises In Ogwuaniocha Community, Federal Lawmaker Appeals To Soludo  

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Member of the House of Representatives for the Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, has urged Governor Chukwuma Soludo to make deliberate efforts to resolve the communal conflict in the oil-rich Ogwuaniocha community that resulted in the abduction of the traditional ruler, who has yet to be released since 2021.

Ogene urged the Governor to use his authority to convene a panel of inquiry to address the violent conflict and put an end to the community’s years of lawlessness, fear, reprisal killings, and criminal activity.

According to him, the community’s social and economic activities have stagnated since 2021 as a result of the intractable clashes.

In a trending video, Ogene lamented that the Anambra State government, since the Chief Willie Obiano administration, has treated the crisis in the oil-rich community with veiled disdain, even though the community generates the majority of the oil revenue that the state currently enjoys as an oil-producing state.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Renewable Energy, also revealed that he had written to the state governor earlier in February, drawing his attention to the lingering crisis that has resulted in the eviction of over 5,000 residents of the community from both their homes and farmlands by criminal gangs who have now taken over Ogwuaniocha and its environs, causing untold hardship and increased criminality in the locality.

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Ogene, who is also the Secretary of the Southern Caucus in the 10th House of Representatives, also requested that the state government convene an urgent panel of inquiry to address both the security and sociological aspects of the crisis.

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Ondo Guber: Female Aspirant Challenges APC Members To Elect Capable Candidate

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to elect a competent candidate for the party as they vote in the party’s governorship primary on Saturday.

Dr. Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo made the call on Friday while speaking to journalists in Akure, the state capital, ahead of the party’s primary.

She stated that the people and party members have everything they need to select a competent candidate capable of running the state’s affairs without regard for sentiments.

Waheed-Adekojo, as a result, presented herself as the most qualified candidate to lead the party and the state in transforming the country’s socioeconomic landscape.

She stated: “I am running to raise the standard of living of the people of the state and to keep the party from losing Ondo state to the other party in the upcoming elections because I am a grassroots woman, and I can tell you all that the music has changed.

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“Our people want a woman, they want change, and the good people of Ondo state are ready to come out in force to ensure that I win the governorship in the upcoming election in Ondo state.”

“I have always believed that the governorship ticket should not be given as compensation or based on arbitrary zoning arrangements, but rather as an assurance of the candidate’s ability to provide visionary and inclusive governance that will contribute to wealth creation, agricultural, rural, and human capital development.

“My appointment as state governor will also create opportunities for both women and youths, in line with our dear President’s agenda of institutionalising 30% women and youth participation in governance.

“I can see women saving this country; being the wives of elected or appointed political office holders is insufficient. I believe it is beneficial to have spouses who are very supportive of their husbands in many ways.

“Our women must believe that their gender is free, and we must not limit that freedom. Under my administration, I will ensure that the deep seaport serves as a catalyst for the state’s socioeconomic development and propels it towards the desired prosperity.

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You Betrayed My Trust, NNPP Founder, Aniebonam Tells Kwankwaso

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Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) founder, has described Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s attempt to hijack the party structure as a betrayal of trust.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Aniebonam stated that he provided Kwankwaso with the party’s platform to achieve his political goal of becoming Nigeria’s president on a plate.

 

Aniebonam stated that he single-handedly registered and nurtured the NNPP from 2002 to 2022 when Kwankwaso and his team approached him to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 general election.

 

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He stated: “Buba Galadima led a delegation to Anambra, including Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and Prof Sam Angai, to plead with us to accept Kwankwaso into the NNPP.

 

“After the talks, I called Kwankwaso and, after questioning him about his intentions for Nigeria, I offered him the NNPP platform as the party’s sole candidate.”

 

“I believed Kwankwaso was unaware of the party’s internal crisis until he appeared openly on live television, displacing the NNPP’s new logo and flag and mutilating its constitution.

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“It is upsetting, and if I remain silent any longer, it will not be in the best interests of the party’s soul as its founder and, eventually, board chairman.

 

“The party’s constitution states that the founder is a life member of the board, and even though I am alive, my brother and good friend Kwankwaso, for whatever reason, is destroying the party I built from 2002 to 2022 when he joined us to run for president in 2023.”

 

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According to him, I founded the party 22 years ago, and Kwankwaso wants to hijack it even though he is not a member of the board of trustees or the party’s leader.

 

He stated that he founded the NNPP after establishing the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), and that NAGAFF served as the NNPP’s parent body.

 

Aniebonam recalled Kwankwaso and others being expelled from the party for anti-party activities. Still, as a life member of the board with inherent powers, he would forgive him if he repented his actions.

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“The kangaroo convention, despite a court order, is null and void because a Federal High Court in Abuja ruled yesterday that the NNPP issue is an internal crisis that is not justiciable.

 

 

 

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