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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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Edo APC removes Lawrence Okah; Secretary; Passes Vote of Confidence on Ojezua

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The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has removed the State Secretary of the party, Mr. Lawrence Okah.

The party also passed on a vote of confidence on the leadership of the state chairman, Mr. Anselm Ojezua.

In a statement signed by the Assistant State Secretary, Mr. Ikuenobe Anthony Esq., the party said the decision was taken after a meeting of the State Executive Committee, on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, where a vote of no confidence was passed on Okah.

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According to him, “The State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has this morning, 12th of November, 2019, passed a vote of no confidence on the State Secretary, Mr. Lawrence Okah, in accordance with Article 17 (v) of the constitution of the party.

He noted: “The effect of this is that Mr. Lawrence Okah ceases to be the State Secretary of the party henceforth.

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“An appropriate replacement will be effected in due course in accordance with Article 17 (vi) of the said constitution.”

On Ojezua, Anthony said, “The State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) this morning passed a vote of confidence on the State Chairman, Mr. Anselm Ojezua.”

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“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies”

Many would have alienated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State from the above saying prior to his dumping of the “Your Excellency” title.

However, since his pronouncement, a lot of people have associated him with the quote by French Alexis de Tocqueville.

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Not known to have scored any major first since commencing his government, the first citizen of Lagos State opted to play to the gallery, hoping to paint the image of a humble man.

Forgetting that nothing embarrasses a man like playing to the gallery, the governor celebrated his dumping of the “Your Excellency” title peculiar with governors for “Mr. Governor”, adding that only people who had finished their job were deserving of the first title. A wrong move, the governor has not only come under serious criticism but has been mocked in some quarters.

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Eze Blasts Atiku’s Lawyers, Media Aides for luring Atiku into the unnecessary battle

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Erstwhile media aide to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate and former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has hailed the affirmation of the electoral victory of President Mohammadu Buhari by the Supreme Court.

In a unanimous judgment delivered on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the apex court had struck out the appeal brought before it by Atiku/PDP challenging the victory of President Mohammadu Buhari/APC for lacking in merit, thereby affirming the earlier decision of the Presidential Election Tribunal which confirmed the authenticity of the victory of Mohammadu Buhari and APC in the last presidential election.

In a statement circulated to media houses, Eze said the judgment has laid to rest all speculations and uncertainties expressed by the PDP and media jobbers on the fate of Buhari and the APC at the Supreme Court. He described the victory as monumental, stressing that Nigerians were never perturbed about the security of their confidence on the Presidential Appeal Panel led by the CJN, Ibrahim Tanko.

Chief Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress commended the steadfastness and commitment of the judiciary to manifestly serve justice on the matter amidst the massive and intimidating threats from those he said do not mean well for the country. Recall that the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in connivance with the PDP and the PDP caucus at the HOR had mounted a stiff opposition against the Supreme Court on the constitution of members of the panel to hear the Atiku/PDP appeal for excluding a justice of the apex who has been hired to do their bidding.

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“Gone are the days when judicial officers are stocked like pieces of furniture and receive orders and prohibitions from politicians to serve their whims and caprices. President Buhari has given the judiciary free hand to operate and Nigerians have since moved on with him,” Eze said.

Eze berated Atiku’s lawyers and  media aides for luring him into the needless legal battle even when they knew he had no good case. He said Alh. Atiku Abubakar would have saved himself some resources and embarrassments if he had listened to his wise counsel contained in an earlier statement wherein he made it categorically clear that he had very little or no evidences to prove his claims before the court.

He said “the Supreme Court judgement has vindicated my position that Alh. Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party have no case”. Eze further said the PDP would have long accepted defeat at the polls and responsibly move on with their roles as opposition, constructively criticising and offering advice to government where necessary.

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He commended Nigerians for their continued support for the APC led federal government and urged them to be committed to national ideals, stressing that President Buhari mean well for Nigeria. He tasked the youth to tap into the very many opportunistic possibilities embedded in the schemes and programs of government to turn their fortunes for greater good.

Eze informed Atiku and the PDP that a lot of progress have been made in the fight against corruption and terrorism; strive for food sufficiency, Transportation and other sectors under the APC led government. He said the president’s commitment in strengthening bilateral ties with key economies is thoughtful and strategic to national development.   He added that Buhari’s recent visit to Sochi and his trip to Saudi Arabia will be of immense benefit to the country.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze urged Atiku to  work in synergy with Mohammadu Buhari in his quest to reposition the country and set her on the path of progress through friendly policies and programs.

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