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Endorsement of Tonye Cole by Kalabari Monarchs, Stakeholders, Sign of the Collapse of Wike’s Reign – Eze

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The recent endorsement of the governorship flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Pastor Tonye Cole, by all Kalabari monarchs and stakeholders has been described as the final nail in the coffin of Chief Nyesom Wike’s reign in the State.

A chieftain of the APC in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who affirmed this in a statement circulated in Port Harcourt on Sunday, also commended the efforts of former two-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, for leading the Kalabari movement to support the governorship candidate of Pastor Tonye Cole in the next election.

It would be recalled that the chiefs and stakeholders of the Kalahari ethnic nationality recently at an extended meeting in Port Harcourt, resolved, despite their differences in party affiliations, to support their own candidate, calling on others to follow suit.

Leader of the movement, Alabo Graham-Douglas, had rationalised the need for the decision of Kalabari leadership, saying “Kalabari is in a state of confusion and scattered in their political affiliations. The chiefs thought that we should come together and end this confusion by bringing our people together. The chiefs know that there are two political parties and if one of the main political parties has given us opportunity, we cannot just fold our hands but tell the entire Kalabari nation that we have one of our sons in the major political party.

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“I must confess that since inception of democracy in this Republic I have not seen a more serious and concerted effort by the Kalabari people to take their rightful position in the politics of Rivers State.  They should go ahead to enlist the support of other ethnic groups in the state to make the Tonye Cole project a reality”, the former Minister had said.

However, expressing his delight over the new development, Chief Eze observed that with Chief Victor Giadom as the Deputy governorship candidate of the party holding the Ogoni axis with Ambassador Oji Ngofa and others, Dr Dakuku Peterside, the DG NIMASA and Dr Jaja holding forte at the Opopbo axis with the support of the Ikwerres through the South South leader of APC,  Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,  Governor Nyesom Wike can be described as the former Governor of Rivers State come May 2019.

“With the collapse of the fantasy of Senator Magnus Abe  and the success recorded so far on the ward-to-ward consultation/voter sensitisation tour by Tonye Cole coupled with the likelihood of disqualification of Governor Wike based on age discrepancy, Rivers State will soon regain her status as one of the leading state in Nigeria”, he said.

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Eze finally pleaded with all tribes and sections of the state to unite under the sole candidature of Tonye Cole, “so that we can jointly erase poverty from our State and rescue our dear State from the hands of misguided elements who are at a loss on what governance is all about. Pastor Tonye Cole is a divine tool to emancipate and develop the State to a new height as envisaged by the founding fathers”.

He also recalled Cole’s concerns about the State, when he said “I’m worried about the poverty level in Rivers communities. I know poverty is a huge challenge, especially among third world nations, but I think most of these adjudged high poverty indices we should have been able at least to achieve electricity.”

Eze however, expressed his pleasure over the success of Tonye Cole’s unique ward to ward sensitization visits across the 319 wards and pleaded with all and sundry to ensure that no efforts should be spared to ensure Tonye Cole’s victory in the March 2019 polls

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I Am The Leader Of APC In Kogi, My Second Term Is Guaranteed-Yahaya Bello

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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has revealed that his second term in office is guaranteed.

Governor Bello made this know on Friday while reacting to speculations that he has been denied the ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest the gubernatorial election.

Hinging his guaranteed success on the fact that he built the state APC after the demise of late Prince Abubakar Audu, Gov Bello said people were just making noise and no one can stop them.

“I am the Governor today and Insha Allah, l will return back as the Governor for another four years, after the November 16 election.

“As for the ticket, the analogy is that the tenant cannot send the landlord out of his house. So, APC in Kogi State was rebuilt by me, after the good job done by our late leader, His Excellency, Prince Abubakar Audu.

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“After his demise, l came, rebuilt it from the scratch to what it is today. That is evident in the last outing of the party where we had 25/25, in the State House of Assembly. We also won seven out of the nine contested positions in the House of Representatives and two out of the three Senators representing Kogi State in the Senate.

“So, anybody that is making such noise, does not disturb me, because, in the market place, noise is allowed. You know, in Kogi politics is the loudest, so people must make noise and you can’t stop that. But surely, l am very good with my party from the local government to the national level. They know that l am the leader of the party in my state. I have built it and it is very strong. Anytime, any day, we will win elections in landslide. That l am going to win in the primaries is given by the grace of God, by which ever means, direct or indirect.”

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Furthermore, he said, “In the November governorship election, we are not just talking of wining, we are looking at the margins. The margin is going to be such that whoever comes far second, will be discouraged to go to court.”

Senator Dino Melaye, Victor Adoji and several others have also declared interest to contest the gubernatorial polls in the state.

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Stop Fighting the Wind, Amaechi Will Be Renominated, Eze Tells Wike, Abe

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The running campaigns of calumny allegedly deployed to de-market the immediate former Minister of Transportation, the Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been described as a waste of time and an effort in futility.

 

Giving the thought in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South region, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also described Amaechi as the star in the immediate past executive council of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, whose performance, both as a minister and election campaign lead, were starling and unbeaten.

 

It would be recalled that there has been anxiety over some negative media campaigns, targeted against the former Minister and believed were being sponsored by the duo of the Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the immediate past senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, in a ploy believed to force President Buhari’s hand against re-appointing Dr. Amaechi.

 

However, Eze in his statement, said all opinions of Nigerians, as well as key figures within and outside government, have placed the former Governor of Rivers state several miles ahead of his traducers, whom he said had been wasting Rivers’ taxpayers money to hire hatchet men to malign and insult Amaechi through various media outlets.

 

Eze alleged that Governor Wike and Senator Abe had engaged the services of some media influencers to be issuing out press statements and appearing as guests on some national television stations and be buying advertorial pages in some national dailies, all requesting President Buhari not to renominate Hon. Amaechi into his cabinet.

 

He, however, described all these efforts as acts of witchcraft, diabolical, wicked, unjust and unacceptable, noting that Amaechi, by his patriotic zeal and commitment for a new Nigeria, merits to be reappointed into the yet-to-be constituted cabinet of President Muhammad Buhari.

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“Besides the fact that Amaechi served as the Director General of the Buhari Presidential Campaigns, a role he had previously played in 2015 and happily delivered on both mandates as the President won his re-election in February, coupled with the revolution that he brought into the rail system in Nigeria, he has beaten his enemies to their game.

 

“He has performed creditably well in the transportation ministry; the former minister completed some ongoing railway projects like the Kaduna-Abuja road, the Abuja rail, and Warri-Itakpe rail. The Lagos-Ibadan railway will be completed early next year and for continuity, which has been one of the hallmarks of President Buhari’s administration, Amaechi’s nomination is a foregone conclusion.

 

“Assuming all that Amaechi achieved on behalf of Nigeria and President Buhari do not guarantee his renomination, then the acceptance by majority of Nigerians that Amaechi was not only the best minister in the immediate past federal executive cabinet but the most outstanding among his colleagues, which they indicated in the various media surveys, will ensure his nomination.

 

“If merit and position of majority of Nigerians will not earn Amaechi a renomination, then the spiritual angle to his political career will come to play. This is a man who always has a second chance in all his political career”, Eze said.

 

He supported his positions by stating that Amaechi is the only Nigerian who have become a two-time Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, two-time Governor of Rivers state, two-time Chairman of the Speakers Forum and Governors Forum of Nigeria, adding, “apart from all these spiritually induced appointments, he is the only African that has piloted a presidential campaign organisation two consecutive times and won on the two occasions.

 

“With all these, it is not in the character of Amaechi not to be renominated again to serve out his second term as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he said.

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Eze quoted Prince Zeeyan S. Kudu, a well known new breed politician as saying, “Despite our differences in politics, honestly, Amaechi is doing a wonderful job, let him keep the lamp burning he is surely going to the Next level, he is the only Minister I respected in this administration”.

 

In the same vein, the Railway Contractors describes the Minister as a man full of strength and a workaholic.

 

Speaking at a steering committee meeting of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project in Papalanto, Ogun State,  Mr. Xia Lijan, who is the  Project Manager,  Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) said , Amaechi has without doubts, demonstrated leadership skills in championing the construction of the Rail projects in Nigeria.He said, from the track laying  works to the production of beams in the Lagos-Ibadan project, the Minister conformed with the contract agreement and demonstrated honesty in totality.

 

On his part, Mr. Akinwoye Abdulraouf, Public Relations (PR) consultant, to CCECC, “Amaechi has performed wonderfully well. He is a great man , the history of Standard Gauge in Nigeria will not be complete without the mention of his name. He is a quintessential leader, visionary and wonderful Minister. He never gets tired of working and he puts his job first”.

 

In the same vein, Eze pleaded with President Buhari to consider giving a second ministerial slot to Rivers and Lagos states considering, considering the special roles both states had played in giving a sure footing to the APC in the last close to seven years, adding that the case of Rivers is especially deserving because of the number of members of the party who had lost their lives in the course of fighting to sustain the legacies of the party in the South-South region.

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JUNE 12 IS PART OF OUR HISTORY- SANWO-OLU

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…Educate Young Nigerians On Significance Of June 12  

…Politicians Must Have Renewed Sense To Service – Utomi

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu has advised that young Nigerians should be educated on the significance of the June 12 anniversary.

The Governor stressed that it is through the formal education on the importance of the day that the people will appreciate and immortalize the acclaimed winner of the adjudged freest and fairest election in Nigeria, which the late philanthropist Moshood Olawale Abiola won.

Speaking at the maiden 2019 National Democracy Day Celebration in remembrance of late MKO Abiola, the hero of the annulled June 12, 1993 general elections held at De Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Ikeja, the Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said “on June 12, 1993, Nigeria had an election adjudged by the entire world to be the most free and fair and remained so till this moment”.

He said the importance of June 12 should not be lost on Nigerians, adding that parents should drum up its importance to the young ones and its relevance to the democracy Nigerians now enjoy.

“We are here today to continue what Lagos State government started in 1999. We must thank President Muhammadu Buhari because June 12 is part of our history. We must let our children know about June 12. If over two hundred million Nigerians do the right thing and maintain their lanes, this country will be great,” he said.

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“Democracy as the June 12 1993 elections and its annulment have shown, is a process and not an event in itself. It is a process which acknowledges that the burning desire and the power of the people, in choosing their leaders, is clearly deep-rooted and non-negotiable”, Sanwo-Olu said.

Also earlier in the day at the residence of late MKO Abiola, the governor had advised Nigerians to educate their children on the significance of June 12 for posterity sake so that the importance of the day should not be lost on Nigerians, adding that parents should drum up its importance in the democracy Nigerians now enjoy.

“We are here today to continue what Lagos State Government started in 1999. We must thank President Muhammadu Buhari because June 12 is part of our history.  We must let our children know about June 12 if everybody in the country do the right thing and maintain their lanes, this country will be great”, he said.

“The relentless pursuit of progressive governance and the peoples’ belief in it are the reasons why I now stand before you on this historic day as your governor”, Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor commended patriotic and excellent Nigerians that sacrificed their time, resources and their very lives to make the essence of June 12 acknowledged.

“Our great leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu along with many others were at the vanguard for the actualisation of the democracy and democratic state which the June 12 mandate birthed in the country”, he said.

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Earlier, in his lecture, “Hope 93, Democratic prosperity  and political stability,” the guest speaker, Professor Pat Utomi said for Abiola’s memory to be maintained, the political class must have a renewed sense of service and make the country works again.

“Abiola reflected an economic Justice. In the last two years, N1.8trillion has left Nigeria Stock Exchange because people no longer want to do business in Nigeria. Why do we allow our country to be seen as a money-losing machine?”

“Nigerian elites should see to how the country can work again to prevent anarchy that is coming. Do we need a new NADECO to liberate us? Politics is about service and the generality of the good of the people. We must build a country of people working together for the good of all if we are going to do pride to Abiola’s memory,” Utomi said.

In his contribution, the Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Yisa Aremu said the declaration of June 12 as democracy day is ‘ a triumph of democracy over military dictatorship’ urging the political class to channel their energy against poverty.

“For today, it is a total commitment. What seems impossible has become a reality. This is a triumph of democracy over dictatorship. It is to renew our commitment to democratic process.

 In his reaction, Abdul Amin Abiola, who spoke on behalf of the family expressed appreciation to all Nigerians, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, for their support and steadfastness in making the day a reality.

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