Connect with us


Rivers 2019: West says his style of governance will be different from Wike’s



Engr. Biokpomabo

…Insist after 20 years, power should rotate from upland to the riverine

…23 LGA’s will benefit from government projects

Soalabo West, a governorship aspirant under the aegis of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has declared on a Nigeria Info 92.3fm radio program that his approach to governance will be different from the style of the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

“My style of governance will surely be different from that of Governor Wike. I am a social democrat, therefore, I will be guided by the principles of equity, justice and fairness. All 23 local government areas will benefit from government projects.”

He lamented: “It is not proper to concentrate government projects in Port Harcourt, Obio-Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas. There are 23 local government areas in the state. Each local government is as important as any other local government.”

West, a lawyer, stressed: “To Inspire rapid industrialisation and create employment, each local government or old district headquarters will have an industrial park that will better harness it’s domestic potential. Locating industries in rural communities will checkmate urban migration and reduce crime and criminality.”

Also Read:  Fake NYSC Certificate: Prove Fake NYSC Claim Is False, Critics Tell Kemi Adeosun

He stated that he was challenging Governor Wike for the governorship ticket of the PDP because for 20 years all successive governors in Rivers State have come from the upland area of the state.

“Former Governor Peter Odili from Andoni served for eight years. Former Governors Celestine Omehia and Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi from Ikwerre jointly served for another eight years. Incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike, also from Ikwerre, has served for four years. In all, governors from the upland have collectively served for 20 unbroken years.”

West bemoaned: “Some people have asked me why don’t I wait until 2023 to pursue my governorship ambition. In 2023, the upland would have produced governors of the state for 24 successive years. I doubt if anyone born in 1999 will understand what the upland/riverine dichotomy means.”

He explained: “Yes, I am Soalabo West from Buguma in Asari-Toru local government area. It is because I am from Buguma in Asari-Toru local government area that I am an indigene of Rivers State. Therefore, I know how far governance is from the riverine communities in Rivers State.”

Also Read:  Top Financial Institutions Linked With Enterprise Bank Acquisition

“Land mass is a pervasive problem in the riverine communities. The state government needs to engage in a massive dredging and land reclamation project in the riverine communities. The state government in partnership with the federal government needs to clean up our polluted waterways; Rivers; creeks; swamps; lakes and ponds.”

West emphasised: “After the clean up: government needs to put millions of fishes into the waterways; Rivers; creeks; swamps; lakes and ponds to develop a new colony of fishes so that fishing can become a profitable venture as it was about 30 years ago. We need a government that can turn around the economic fortunes of the people of the riverine communities.”

In another event where he launched his campaign website-, Soalabo West further stated that: “I have been a member of the PDP for over 10 years. I am a loyal member of the party. The PDP supports the principle of rotation. I strongly believe that we should give someone from the riverine after 20 years of power residing in the upland to govern the state with a different style; ideals; model and methodology.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


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.

Also Read:  Now Sijibomi Ogundele Deserves To Celebrate

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.


Continue Reading


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.

Also Read:  Pictures from Deola Sagoe's daughter's birthday party

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.


Continue Reading


Presidential Poll: PDP Closes Case With 62 Witnesses



Political Parties

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.

Also Read:  Photo Story: DiamondXtra North Directorate Prize Giving Ceremony Holds

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.

Also Read:  "We're committed to qualitative service delivery" -Gov Ahmed

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.

Continue Reading



Copyright © 2019, February13 Media