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Outcome of Bayelsa Guber Election Confirms Our Findings- NGIJ

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The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has said that the outcome of November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa state confirmed the findings of her Governance Assessment (GA) tour in the state.

NGIJ in a statement issued on Monday and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Guild,  Adeyemi Obadimu in Lagos, said highest numbers of respondents to their questionnaire on assessment of Seriake Dickson administration in Bayelsa state hinted that they will vote All Progressives Congress (APC) during the governorship election.

The guild revealed that 4140 out 9322 respondents representing 44.4% hints on their readiness to vote APC during Bayelsa Governance Assessment tour in September 2019.

”We administered 10,000 questionnaires during our governance assessment to Bayelsa state in fulfilling the guild mandate of rooting for the truth and 9322 respondents return the questionnaire. One of the questions in questionnaire is: Which party do you think will win the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State?

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”4140 respondents representing 44.4% of total respondents to NGIJ survey tipped All Progressives Congress who currently main opposition party in Bayelsa state to win November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election while 3972 respondents (42.6%) feel the ruling Peoples Democratic party will win the poll and 1210 are rooting for other political parties participating in the poll.”

The result of Bayelsa Governorship election declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on November 17, 2019 therefore confirms NGIJ findings in Bayelsa.

Recall that INEC declared APC Governorship Candidate,  David Lyon who polls 352,552 votes representing 68.3% of 516,371 total valid votes winner while PDP candidate garnered 143, 172 votes representing 27.2%.

The guild noted the poll result tagged with view expresses by thousands of Bayelsans during the assessment tour to the oil rich state.

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The overall findings of Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists assessment of Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration through inferences from the questionnaires and interactions with different stakeholders revealed that PDP government in the state has improved on education, health and security.

However, Power Supply and Rural development still suffering from lack of attention from the state government.

The Guild however advise all Political office holders to focus more on people’s oriented programmes and projects and be  transparent discharging their responsibilities, noting that Transparency and Trustworthiness are key component of leadership, and nothing builds trust faster than keeping the commitments they make.

The statement added that, “Leaders who fail to keep their commitments quickly lose loyalty and support that their follower was willing to offer, more importantly that power belongs to the people.”

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Sylva, Oshiomole, others are not Amaechi’s Enemies – Eze

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Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, chieftain of the APC and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), has described reports flying on social media and purportedly credited to a former CTC chairman of Emohua Local Government Area and an ardent supporter of the Transportation Minister, Mr. Godstime Orlukwu, as fictitious and a cocktail of lie, emanating from men of the underworld.

In a statement  circulated to media houses, Eze condemned the propagators of the false report, stressing that it has nothing to do with Godstime Orlukwu.

Haven perused through the damaging report, Eze confirmed establishing contact with Dr. Orlukwu and reliably gathered that he neither authored the piece nor contracted  anybody to do same on his behalf and that the  said report never emenated from him.

“I just spoke with my brother and political leader, Dr Godstime Orlukwu on a false statement credited to him alleging that some of the colleagues and political associates of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are his enemies. The mischievous, malicious and wicked statement aimed at sowing seeds of discord between the Honourable Minister mentioned Sylva, Oshiomole, Akpabio, Omo-Agege as culprits.

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From what I gathered from the APC Chieftain Dr Godstime Orlukwu, he never granted any interview to any Journalist or authorised such ungodly statement to be issued by anybody on his behalf insinuating that such good friends of his boss are his enemies or that the Minister is against any appointment made to anybody”.

Eze reinterred that the public should discountenance such a fallacious report describing it as the handiwork of mischief makers targeted at smearing the umblemished image of the Transportation Minister.

“As we investigate the source of this wicked report and those behind it, let me reiterate that those who wants to create enemies for the Honourable Minister of Transportation for their wicked political gains will not succeed in any form”.  Eze said.

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The statement further reads – “Let me caution finally that I am fully aware of all the evil steps put in place to discredit and pull down the Minister but God of justice will always guide and protect us from their hands”.

Eze issued a 48 hours ultimatum to the publishers of the damaging report to retract same or earn severe consequences.

“Finally, the Publisher of this false report is by this press statement given 48hours to pull down the report and retrace from its further publication or earn the wrath and weight of the law in this regard”.

On the appointment of Senator Magnus Abe into the Board of NNPC, Eze said it does not in any way affect the plans of the APC to deliver Rivers State from its present sad situation, all things being equal come 2023.

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Group Reviews President Buhari’s Five Years In Office***All You Need To Know

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The leadership of New Nigeria Collective (NNC), a non- government, non-profit making organisation, yesterday, at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, reviewed the state of the nation, coming at a time the federal government marked its fifth year in office and the first of the second term of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The NNC noted without biases, the weight of the challenges that are currently besetting governments at all levels in the country and concluded that while the room for improvements and inexcusable delivery of promises palpably points to itself, it has not been a poor journey after all, especially, if the situations in other climes are factored into account side-by-side with the current global health challenge, the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was against this backdrop and the growing malcontents amongst a majority of Nigerians, that the NNC objectively dissected the Buhari administration and clearly pointed out THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY markers that have become the talking points in the last five years.

The NNC also noted without reservation that its resolve to look at the last five years of the administration in totality as against the last one year was borne out of the reality that countries have been challenged significantly by Covid-19 in the last few months, some dating back to late last year.

To that extent, no genuine assessment could be based on the last one year of the administration, when evidently something else had taken attention away from the familiar good governance and
the development of the nation. It’s therefore safe for both the government and the people to look at the administration holistically.

Thus, the NNC, at its NEC observed the following:

1. That the response of the Government to the Covid-19 pandemic has been commendable, particularly its successful handling of the same contrary to some of the predictions of doom and gloom by both the local and international observers/experts. The NNC alo noted with a sense of appreciation and motivation, the dedication, commitment and honesty of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, has led the nation thus far and successfully so. Mr. Mustapha is a positive example of a public servant.

2. That the recent reductions in the pump prices of petroleum products by the administration three times in a row following the slump in the global price of crude oil was a good move, which spoke to the sensitivity of the government to the plight of the people. The NNC equally commended the recent removal of subsidy from petroleum products as a result of the changing global indices, despite its dwindling fortunes.

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4. That the NNC recalled that upon resumption of office of the administration, the economy was plunged into recession but that through conscious, critical and tough choices, as well as positive thinking, the administration survived and crawled out of recession and consequently, stabilised the economy.

5. That the NNC collectively stated that whilst the administration might not have achieved much in terms of economic gains, it sure has put the nation on a better pedestal as far as infrastructure development is concerned in spite of earning less compared to the previous administrations. The
NNC alluded to the nationwide railway construction, the 2nd Niger Bridge, repairs and conspicuous rehabilitation of major expressways in the six geopolitical zones as well as the evident developments in the aviation sector.

6. That the NNC commended the recent financial autonomy granted state Houses of Assemblies and the Judiciary. This, the NNC, contended would go a long way in charting a completely different path, not only for the present crop of office holders, but for democracy to thrive better.

7. That the NNC applauded the synergy amongst the three arms of government. Unlike what obtained in the past, the three arms of government not only work together now, they are consistently looking in the same directions in nation’s interest, notwithstanding some of the misgivings that have attended this rare camaraderie.

8. That the NNC further noted the recent financial autonomy granted local government administrations in the country, thus liberating them from the claws and undue interference from state governments

9. That the NNC took judicial notice of the repeated bailouts of states in financial distress. That the Ministry of Budget and Planning, with the cooperation of the National Assembly, has successfully returned the budget to the January to December cycle is worthy of note, as it now allows for prompt response and planning by those whose activities are directly and indirectly affected by the budget.

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10. That the NNC described the developments in the Agriculture sector as mind-blowing, noting also that the school feeding programme of the government is a plus that cannot be shoved aside. That for the first time in the history of the nation, people now consume locally produced goods, while local farmers now have gains through government initiatives in agriculture.
However, while pondering some of the downsides of the administration in the last five years, the NNC noted as follow:

1. That the government must address the allegation of lack of transparency in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. That it would be irresponsible to let it slide.

2. That the government should be wary of its constant borrowings for projects that do not have commercial values or that can adequately guarantee a smooth repayment plan, including the cost of servicing the loans.

3. That the NNC noted with disappointment, the constant rivalry amongst some of the inter-governmental agencies, citing the recent drama that attended a disagreement between the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. The development, it said, was reprehensible.

4. That the NNC noted the unceasing insecurity, particularly, the unabated killings in the northern part of the country. While noting the efforts of the security agencies to stem the tide, NNC noted that the situation requires more deliberate actions to stamp the scourge out of the system.

5. That the NNC observed as a low point in the life of the administration, the seeming redundancy of Vice President Yemi Osibajo. The NNC is of the view that the vice-president has a lot to offer and should be deployed to better use. The group also alluded to the alleged nepotism of the administration and advised an appointment spread that typifies Nigeria’s differences as a social entity.

6. That the NNC recognised some of the frustrations and disappointments of the people on some of the actions and inactions of the administration. It, however, solicited support for
the government since its failure or success is a brunt that all would bear at the end of the day.

Adeola Adewunmi Olutunbosun Osifowora, Chairman Secretary/Legal Officer

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Pastor Adeboye Reacts To Death Of UNIBEN Undergraduate Inside RCCG

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has reacted to the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa.

Omozuwa, a UNIBEN undergraduate was raped and killed in one of the branches of the RCCG.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye reacted to the murder of the girl on Instagram.

 

He wrote: “All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation. #justiceforuwa”

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The RCCG also released a statement. In it, they explained why Omozuwa was in church during the lockdown, how she was found, and the actions taken after she was found lying in the pool of her blood.

 

Read the full statement below.

 

Pastor EA Adeboye reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Uwa Omozuwa, in one of the branches of his church

Pastor EA Adeboye reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Uwa Omozuwa, in one of the branches of his church

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