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




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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Fresh Trouble For Alex Otti



Alex Otti

Political troubles eventually sink all politicians. This is something which Alex Otti has found out.

Once favoured to become the governor of Abia State, that dream is yet to become a reality.

Though still hoping, the man’s chances have continued to dwindle.

Otti, recently suffered a major setback in his political ambition when he got suspended indefinitely by his party, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for anti-party activities.

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Though there have been questions concerning the legitimacy of the suspension, the possibility of his actualising the dream of becoming Abia state’s first citizen via APGA continues to look vague, especially with talks that he is more concerned about his interest than that of the party having being raised.


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Happy Times For Peter Obi



Peter Obi


A loss such as the office of the Vice President would make any man sober.

Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last election is not an exception to this rule.

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election, Obi has not had a reason to celebrate.

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However, he had no choice but to clear his head of issues such as lawyers and tribunal when he added a year to his age yesterday.

Devoid of a carnival-like celebration, the shindig to celebrate the former Anambra State governor at 58 still brought smiles to his face.


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Presidential Poll: PDP Closes Case With 62 Witnesses



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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, July 19 closed his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The duo of Abubakar and the PDP closed their case after calling 62 witnesses out of the 400 earlier speculated would testify in the case.

Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the February 23, presidential election on the grounds that the result of the election was manipulated to favour President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Closing the case, Chris Uche SAN, informed the tribunal that they would not be calling any other witness after former Osita Chidoka, the 62nd witness had finished testifying for the petitioner.

Chidoka, a former Corp Marshal FRSC informed the tribunal that he was the National Collation Agent and Head of PDP Situation Room for the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

He admitted that he was not there when results were transmitted as well as not seening the INEC server. However, the witness told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu had consistently told them at various times during meetings that a server would be used for the purpose of electronic transmission of results.

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Chidoka said he was there when the results were collated by INEC, and that it was done manually.

Though he could not disclose the serial number of the server in which results were transmitted to by party agents, however he reminded the INEC counsel that card reader was not mentioned in their meeting with Mahmood Yakubu but it was used in the election.

Responding to questions from Yakubu Maikyau, counsel to the APC, Chidoka revealed that the INEC Chairman had told him and other stakeholders during meetings prior to the 2019 general elections that they should assume the election was being conducted under the new electoral act, (which was later not signed into law).

He wondered why the commission spent a whooping N27billion on Information Technology, only to come out and tell Nigerians that it did not deploy server for the purpose of electronic transmission of election results.

Chidoka also told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman had told him that it would be immoral for the electoral body not to use electronic transmission of results after N27bn had been spent on IT facilities and equipment.

Earlier, David Nyoga from Kenya, had testified at against the election of President Muhammad Buhari.
Nyoga, an expert in information technology, told the tribunal that from his expert analysis, four websites were discovered to belong to INEC.
Upon cross-examination by counsel to Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the witness said his analysis was based on data supplied by a whistle blower.
The witness further told the tribunal that the information contained in the report of his analysis were extracts made from three of the four websites.

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He confirmed that “Fact.Com was created on March 12, against the February 23 presidential election.

Under cross examination by counsel to All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness maintained that INEC chairman can authorise access to the server.

On whether he was engaged and paid for the job, the witness answered that only the logistics for the job were paid for.
“I was not paid but logistics were paid for.”
However, he admitted that he was not granted access to the site by INEC chairman.

He also admitted that the same scientific method, without authorisation, can be used to alter the information contained on the website.

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