Commission Proposes Amendment to Public Order Act

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 The Nigerian Law Reform Commission Thursday in Abuja said that some provisions of the Public Order Act which require Nigerians to obtain permit from the police before holding public rallies are unconstitutional.

Speaking at a workshop on the reform of the Public Order Act, the Chairman of the NLRC, Professor Oserheimen? Osunbor said the law was enacted in 1999 under a military regime.

He noted that since the country returned to civilian rule in 1999, the Act had come under serious criticism because its requirement for ?a licence was considered inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution.

The Act requires, ‘an application for licence’ from the governor or police before a lawful public assembly can hold.
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Female Suicide Bomber Hits Teachers’ College in Kontagora

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A female suicide bomber on Wednesday detonated a bomb at the Federal College of Education (FCE), Kontagora, Niger State, when the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) was organising examinations for the 2014 academic session in the school’s auditorium.

According to an eyewitness, who was lucky to have finished her papers, the bomb went off before the suicide bomber was able to gain entry into the auditorium where students were writing their exams.

“I saw the bomber wearing a hijab and running towards the auditorium then the bomb exploded and killed her.”
Another eyewitness, who spoke with THISDAY on the phone, said a student also died in the attack while several others sustained various degrees of injuries.

She also stated that most of those injured were those who scampered to safety.
When contacted, the Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Mallam Ibrahim Abiodun Gambari, confirmed the bombing, stating that the suicide bomber died on the spot and the four students who were injured had been taken to the Kontagora General Hospital for treatment.

He stated that from preliminary investigations, the suicide bomber had targeted the school library but could not gain entry and decided to detonate it before reaching the library.

Condemning the attack on the school, the Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, called it dastardly.
Aliyu urged people of Kontagora and indeed Niger State to remain calm, as a full-scale investigation had been launched although the blast could not be linked to any terror organisation yet.

He said the state government had doubled security in all schools in the state, adding that it had also set up a team to ensure continuous screening of people in school environments to prevent evil perpetrators from infiltrating them.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but it looked like the handiwork of Boko Haram which has targeted several educational institutions.

Death Toll in Potiskum Rises to 58

In a related incident, the death toll in the suspected Boko Haram suicide bombing of a secondary school in Potiskum, Yobe State, has risen to 58, a school official told AFP wednesday.

“From records at our disposal, the death toll now stands at 58 while the number of those injured has soared to 117,” said the official at the school.

A bomber disguised in school uniform blew himself up as students gathered for the morning assembly at the Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School before classes began last Monday.

The police previously gave the death toll as 47 with 79 injured and said Boko Haram, which is opposed to so-called Western or secular education, was believed to be responsible.

The attack was one of the worst against a state-run school in Boko Haram’s bloody five-year insurgency, which has seen boarding school students killed in their beds.

The group was also responsible for the mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State in April.  More than six months on, 219 are still being held.

Local Hunters Kill 80 Sect Members

Meanwhile, at least 80 members of the Boko Haram sect were reportedly killed yesterday in a gun battle with local hunters in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

One of the hunters, who spoke to THISDAY in Yola, said the capture of Mahia town on Monday by insurgents motivated the local hunters in the town to mobilise other hunters in neighbouring communities to team up against the insurgents in order to recapture the town.

He said the hunters fought gallantly, killed 80 members of the insurgents and recovered Mahia Local Government headquarters from the control of the insurgents.

The hunter said it was the military that prevented them from dislodging the insurgents because they are not constituted security forces and could not be trusted with such a mission.

He appealed to the military authorities to screen them and give them the go ahead to take on the Boko Haram insurgents, expressing the confidence that they have the capacity to dislodge the insurgents from several communities.

“If the military can authorise us and provide back up, we will wipe out the insurgents because we know their hideouts and if it is juju (voodoo), we also have it and can use that to identify them.

“Boko Haram insurgents fear us because they know what we can do, let the military leave us with Boko Haram and see what is going to happen. We took advantage of the fact that the soldiers had fled the area and we used the opportunity to kill them and chased others out of Mahia,” he said.

Providing further insight into how the hunters drove away the insurgents, he said he and his colleagues ambushed the insurgents who were on their way to Mahia from Mubi and killed about 80 of them and chased out the few left.

However, the fear of a reprisal by the insurgents has forced residents of Mahia and its environs to flee from their homes to Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, to take refuge.

The mass exodus increased the influx of displaced persons into the state capital. Some of those, who spoke to journalists in Yola, said they were fleeing from the troubled areas, including Mubi, because of counter-attacks by the military which has been trying to recapture towns in the state, adding that they did not want to be victims of the military’s air bombardment.

THISDAY gathered that over 20,000 local hunters in Adamawa State had agreed to team up to help Nigerian troops liberate the outstanding five local government areas still under the control of the insurgents.

A fleeing resident from Mubi, Mallam Habibu, said the use of local hunters to fight the insurgents in the trouble areas may be effective because most of the hunters are ex-soldiers and policemen and are still strong, effective and know the terrain.

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Tambuwal Joins Presidential Race, APC Intrigues Deepen

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 There appears to be no end in sight to the intrigues heralding the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for December, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who recently joined the party, has jettisoned his governorship bid and picked up presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.

By this development, however, Tambuwal may have complicated the race for the likes of former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

Tambuwal, who on Monday picked up his forms, was believed to have been motivated by the growing clamour within the power blocs in the APC for a game changer who could be presented to the Nigerian people, signalling a departure from the veterans and early starters in the presidential race.

Before this development, the duo of Buhari and Atiku had remained the frontrunners in the presidential race, while Kwankwaso and Nda-Isaiah were deemed the dark horses.
But with Tambuwal throwing his hat into the ring, the niggling issue of who would end up with the presidential ticket of the APC may have changed significantly.

Tambuwal, party sources informed THISDAY, should not be dismissed as a lightweight as the likes of former Lagos State Governor and a National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, may be favourably disposed to his emergence.
Although Buhari is still the frontrunner in the race despite Tambuwal’s entry, his major undoing however remains his alleged religious extremism, even though this is a misconception that has gained currency over time.

Owing to the perception of his alleged religious disposition, the Buhari candidacy could pose a serious challenge that might affect the chances of the main opposition party at the general election, hence the new thinking in the party that a presidential candidate other than Buhari be fielded.

This notwithstanding, Buhari is believed to still boast of unalloyed support within the APC hierarchy, especially amongst the governors. Some of those believed to be pushing for his candidacy include Governors Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State as well as former Kwara State Governor, Senator Bukola Saraki, among others believed to be funding his campaign.

Atiku, unlike Buhari, does not seem to have as much support among the governors but might be banking on his personal resources should a primary where delegates are allowed to vote take place as opposed to a consensus arrangement which is Buhari’s preference.
Whilst he does not carry the kind of religious baggage that seems the lot of Buhari, his candidacy does not also seem to catch the fancy of the top players in the APC hierarchy.

Kwankwaso, on the other hand, is unmistakably the candidate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is believed to share in the sentiments of the opposition party, even though he remains a nominal member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kwankwaso’s support base in the APC is generally considered weak as far as the presidential primary is concerned, even though he is believed to command a cult-like following in his Kano State and possibly one or two governors on his side.

Coming down to Nda-Isaiah, he is no doubt a lone-ranger, itching to cash in on the religious tag that the party has battled lately.
According to observers, Nda-Isaiah is of the view that for the APC to upturn the religious tag that has been levelled against it, it would need a Christian candidate like him to face President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general election.

It is against this backdrop that the Tambuwal option is being mooted by a few of the leaders in the APC. But for the Tambuwal candidacy to fly, it would have to be sold and accepted by a few of the camps within the APC, some of which are insisting that a governor must be on the ticket, either as the presidential candidate or as running mate.
But already, there are strong indications that if Tambuwal secures the push, it could get the backing of Tinubu and even Buhari, both of whom may not mind the change in the larger interest of the party.

In fact, Tambuwal, sources said, met with Buhari last Friday to compare notes before picking the form on Monday.
Tambuwal, who is billed to submit his form today or before the end of the week, is also said to have met with other presidential candidates, meetings which afforded him the opportunity to intimate them on his intention and the need to work together as one family in the nation’s interest.

Sources believe it was as a result of this emerging scenario that the party could not fix a specific date for its congresses where delegates will emerge.

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New N100 Note Unveiled, Circulation to Start Next Month, Says CBN

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 President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday unveiled the new N100 centenary commemorative banknote at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele and ministers were present during the unveiling.

Briefing the president and his cabinet on the new note, the CBN governor said it was designed to commemorate 100 years of nationhood, adding that several countries like Morocco, Russia and Costa Rica had done the same to mark special events in their history.

He further recalled that a commemorative N50 banknote was also introduced to mark the nation’s 50th independence anniversary.
The new centenary note, Emefiele said, has the most advanced security features in the world.
He listed the design platform on which the note was made to include security, durability, attractiveness, cultural heritage and transformation.

Jonathan thanked the CBN for initiating the commemorative note.
The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also commended CBN for introducing the new banknote.

According to her, the Quick Recognition Code (QRC) feature on the back of the note was laudable, explaining that if the code is scanned with smart phones or other mobile devices, it will link users to a website where the nation’s history could be accessed.
The QRC is a machine-readable matrix bar code that contains information about the item to which it is attached.

The minister also raised questions on the amount the CBN would use to print the new banknote and whether it would be done locally.
Jonathan said the questions would be answered in a memorandum on the issue to be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Providing more information on the commemorative N100 banknote, Emefiele informed THISDAY that the note would be in circulation from next month and would circulate side-by-side the old N100 banknote.

He added that there would be no deadline within which the CBN would take the old N100 note out of circulation, stating that it would be phased out gradually like all other banknotes that are recalled and destroyed by the CBN due to wear and tear.
“This means that market women and retailers should not reject the old N100 note because it will remain legal tender until it is phased out like other banknotes when they become old or are defaced,” the CBN governor explained.

He said it would be impossible to give a figure on how much CBN is spending on the new N100 banknote because its production was not done exclusively of other banknotes already in circulation, but assured THISDAY that a substantial part of its production was done locally by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Plc.

“You know the CBN is constantly ordering banknotes to replace the old ones in circulation, so the orders for the new N100 note was done in conjunction with other denominations of our banknotes,” he said.
He added that the CBN was still on course to phase out the N5, N10, N20 and N50 polymer banknotes, which he said would be done sometime next year.

A statement issued by the CBN added that the commemorative banknote has been designed and produced with the most advanced and security technology features with strong resistance to counterfeiting. It is meant to be durable, attractive and reflects our collective heritage and memory as a united nation.

The front side of the new banknote retains the portrait of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and raised embossed line to assist the visually impaired persons in recognising the face value.

The back side incorporates the QRC window which encrypts significant information that highlight Nigeria’s 100 year journey thereby making it one of the best as smart-connected paper banknotes using smartphones as identity and security tool for de-encryption of information.

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The Journey Begins: PDP Needs to Sit Up

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First of all I am pleased to confirm to you all that in the early hours of Friday the 24th of October, 2014; Prince Tonye Princewill received his PDP Nomination and Expression of Interest forms, to contest the Governorship primaries in Rivers State. To clear all doubt; his PDP forms were delivered to him at his Abuja residence, not by old men, or a paid crowd; but by responsible youths.  Hungry for the type of change and leadership we really need in Rivers State. With the commitment and help of those who truly love Rivers state, this change will come.

 

This is a new beginning. The opportunity to retrace the path of our dear state is here. The journey ahead will be tough, but I assure you, it will be worth it. Tonye urges his supporters to focus on the uncertainties ahead and not the certainties behind. Others can enjoy being Goliaths, but we should just remain like Davids. We can’t overemphasize the fact that politics is too important to be left to politicians. This is gradually sinking into the minds of many, making our Nigerian politics more a one man, one vote scenario. People matter; we in Team Princewill have always known that and now the politicians all over will know it too.

 

The just concluded APC rally was attended by many thousands of people. Speculations have it that the well attended rally, would intimidate Prince Tonye and his fellow PDP members. Prince Tonye Princewill is clearly stating that, “We are not. Instead we are actually encouraged and happy to see how the people’s interest in politics is increasing”. “Some of us know how to fill up a stadium; but the question on the ground is how we impact the lives of the citizens. How can we fill up their empty stomachs? How many real jobs could the Millions of Naira spent to hold that rally have created? No wonder some jobless politicians prefer war. This is their political equivalent of a security vote.” 

 

“Paying thousands to gather, flying in political leaders from all over, throwing around political insults and attacks will not change the fortune of your Rivers people. Commitment to the people is primary and cannot be clouded with fanfare and bad language. We are here to improve the future of Rivers State politics! We are here to give the people a voice! Politics here has to start to work for the people and we are here to make sure that happens. For me though, the rally is a message to PDP that politics is no longer business as usual.” 

 

On the state of the party in the state, the Prince wants to make it clear that the attempt to disregard our cultural diversity in Rivers state will not end well and will only spell doom for PDP’s prospects. All attempts to drive this point home have yielded no result, so as a Kalabari Prince and a major stakeholder in the state, the Prince wishes to sound this final call. “Respect our people’s wishes and level the playing field or else, the stakeholders of the state will be forced to do it for you.”

 

“We have faced a similar situation in the past. The record books are there to show how it was reversed. The history of Rivers state is clear. Goliath never wins David. A word is enough for the wise. Let the number of aspirants and their cultural distribution, be a marker. Real leaders make tough decisions. It is time to see who the real leaders are.”

Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu

Personal Assistant – Media and Pu

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PDP’s Congress: A sham, PDP will lose us and Rivers State – Princewill

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Prince Tonye Princewill has decided to make public his personal perception of what he called ‘the weak attempt’ at a Ward Congress held by the Wike led Rivers State PDP exco.

In a statement today, signed by Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity to Prince Tonye Princewill, resounded Princewill’s commitment to the success and re-election of President Jonathan’s administration, called on the National PDP executives to avoid anything that will distract Mr. President and resolve the Rivers State issue, before it gets out of hand. 

“The congress had already been done. The panel had already been settled and the electoral umpire had already been compromised. All their planning was in vain. For them the congress was just an opportunity for the masses to fight and destroy things. They do not care if Rivers people die as long as they win. We do. We care; and that’s why we stayed clear.” 

“The Rivers State Wike led PDP Exco, don’t realize we are several steps ahead of them; none of the key aspirants were involved in the congresses. That should be a signal for the party. Our silence will speak louder than our words. In the end, PDP will both sit up and address this sham or they will lose us and loose Rivers state. Nothing is impossible”. 

“Our people say the difference between a small snake and a big worm is teeth. Neither Amaechi nor Wike will deliver Rivers state because even the grass will reject them. It's time to start afresh. It's time for renewal. And all of their money and more will never change that.” Princewill advised.

Kindly find attached a communiqué released by all the PDP guber aspirants rejecting the Rivers State ward congress.

 

Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu

Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity

ToPrince Tonye Princewill

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Rivers State: Maybe We Need a Malala in Rivers State – Princewill

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“As the 2015 elections draw closer, statements, actions and decisions become more influential in moulding the future of our dear State, the incident at the Legacy House in Abuja yesterday is not just condemnable but an embarrassment to Nigeria’s democracy, the PDP and the good people of Rivers State”, Prince Tonye Princewill said in a statement today.

Prince Tonye Princewill, a PDP Chieftain on behalf of his team, said he would like to call for a full and detailed investigation into the embarrassing incident to prevent a similar occurrence from happening ever again.

 

He reminded all parties involved that the peace enjoyed in Rivers State was not easy to come by. “Portraying the party in a bad light will not help its growth and existence and will do those of us who wish the President well, no good whatsoever”, Princewill stated.

 

He stressed that no individual’s ambition was more important than the Peace and Development of our state.

 

“Following the perceived security challenge, and advice from some PDP national stakeholders, Prince Tonye was not present at the integration committee sitting, but had earlier submitted his memorandum.

 

“We believe that the award of the Nobel peace prize to Malala Yousafzai can inspire all of us to work together for peace. Your state will surely recognize your efforts. A Rivers state in crisis is a region in crisis. And our region in crisis will not bode well for our beloved nation. To be forewarned is to be forearmed’ the statement further stated.

 

Prince Tonye Princewill apologized sincerely on behalf of the good people of Rivers state to the President, the PDP National Chairman, the PDP National Leadership and well-meaning Nigerians for this incident.

 

“Our state is in dire need of attention. You don't have to come from Rivers state to help us” Princewill concluded.

Please find  attached copy of Princewill's memorandum.

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I Believe Wike and Amaechi Are Working Together – Princewill

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Before I go into the reasons why, let me start by congratulating the President for the best declaration I have ever seen in Nigeria. The organisation could have done with some improvements but the delivery and the content were amazing. For those who know me, they know I am usually very conservative in my marking. Even when my "friend from before" Amaechi was still close to me, the best score he got was a 6/10. On Tuesday the President got an 8. Nobody has ever extracted an 8 from me, even for a singular event. The President did that. In spite of the cowardly actions of the Boko Harm the day before, he didn't loose focus. He kept his eyes on the ball. A feat both them and the APC did not expect. Since the conclusion of that momentous event, many others have been singing his praises. So I will not attempt to occupy that space today, I will rather focus on my state.

I have always been suspicious of Wike and Amaechi, they always represented the old guard. The analog politicians. Bullys who know no other way. Men who by their DNA believe in their way or the highway, that women should be seen not heard and Ijaw expression must be contained. That is why ever since the fight between them started, I have neither been comfortable or matter of fact about it. If any of you think that their fight it is too elaborate to be staged, think again. I know it isn't. Amaechi is not a fool, neither is Wike. They have learnt from their masters and understand more than most the benefit of foresight. I can go into some of the schemes they have plot before now or similar examples of politricks, but we don't have the time. Take it from me, village sense is still sense.

Take a closer look at how we got here. In 2007, Amaechi entered 5 months after every other Governor but in 2011 he stood for primaries at the same time as every other Governor. Why? A judgement was given in an Abuja court that made this possible. Was it coincidence? No. Amaechi knows his way around the courts and with the money at their disposal, both Wike and him are not the kind you take unawares. If Amaechi had contested his election 5 months after the other PDP Governors, he would have lost the primaries. If you don't believe me, ask Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa. So how come the judgement that brought in the Obuah led PDP exco came to him as a surprise? You honestly believe Amaechi did not see it coming? How come reasonable attempts at making peace were met with unreasonable responses? How has Wike been financing himself and the party on his Minister's salary or his Ministry's budget? Think about it. Nigerians are smart people. Politicians are not fools. Even when they are, they can hire smart people. Something does not add up.

Moving on. Have you not noticed that the blows they are throwing at each other are simply not commensurate with the perceived hate? It is more like two boxers sparring in preparation for another fight than two men truly fighting each other with the intent to bring the other man down. They have enough information on each other to bury each other's political careers, yet they haven't done it. Why? I can go on and on as to why I believe we are all characters in a play that has been scripted to make us look like fools. Hard evidence can be found if people bother to look well. The problem is nobody is looking. I expect that, this will soon change. Let those who tell you that Wike is the best person to fight Amaechi, look well. Are you sure? 2015 is a battle of ideas. Analog vs Digital. Not carry go. Unlike some conspiracy theorists, I do not believe it is an Ikwerre agenda, because many Ikwerres are not subscribers to it. It is an anti-Jonathan, anti PDP, anti-Rivers agenda and we are all meant to be the fools. I for one refuse to be one. 

I know I am not alone in this. Others may be thinking it too. The difference is I know the players, their capacity for scheming and I am several steps ahead of them too. I speak now because the capacity of our people to be fooled amazes me. Gossip and side talks have taken over sound reasoning and better judgement. I will personally lead the fight against this agenda to ensure it does not succeed. If you cannot see what the intention is for 2015 and the Rivers state election, I will give you a hint. Wike is not designed to win. They know that carry go will not work. For an Amaechi/APC agenda to fly, a strong anti-PDP sentiment is required. Enter Wike. That is where we are already. In my last statement, I said the grass would reject both Wike and Amaechi. Now you know why I said that. 

I also said PDP needs to open their eyes. To the leadership I say; Let this not happen under your watch. If you do not know, the emergence of Wike will produce a backlash that will alienate at least 16 aspirants if not more. The party will lose not only them; they will also lose their supporters, not only because of the product of Wike, but the process of his emergence. You have less than a week to act. After then, it will be too late. I think this would be a good opportunity to make it absolutely clear that I will never be contemplating joining the APC. Suggestions as to me defecting there are not only frivolous and ridiculous, they are ludicrous. Anti Wike is not pro APC. Quote me. For the records my PDP Nomination/Intent forms have been filled and submitted at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja, once again, without fanfare.       

Let me end this statement on a positive note. Not up to a week ago, we launched an online appeal for contributions from ordinary citizens. I highlighted that the more the politicians fund themselves, the more they steal and the more they are compromised. I asked them to donate a minimum of N1000.00 to my campaign, either via my website www.tonyeprincewill.com or direct into my campaign account Zenith – 1004681237. I asked them to take a stake in what we represent. Donations are still coming in from youth corpers, market women, APC members, APGA members, university lecturers and even those who don't like politics. We raised 2.9 million in the first 24 hours and at this rate, we are expected to break previous records for crowd funding by any state politician who is not occupying office. I want to thank all of you who have sacrificed your comfort for me and I assure you that your money will not only not go to waste, it will produce results. My faith is in God. My constituency is you.        

 

God bless Rivers state,

God bless the Niger Delta,

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria                  

PRINCE TONYE PRINCEWILL

 

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2015: Rivers APC Strategies on how to save the state from evil plot of PDP

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2015: RIVERS APC STRATEGISES WITH NON INDIGENES ON HOW TO SAVE THE STATE FROM THE EVIL PLOT OF PDP

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has moved swiftly to foil the plan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to impose an unpopular candidate on the State – a development which APC says must not be allowed to happen as it would spell doom for the State. In this regard, on November 4, the Rivers APC Contact Committee led by Hon. Dakuku Peterside met with the leadership of the Non Indigenes Political Forum (NIPF) to strategise on how to vanquish PDP during the 2015 polls. The meeting, which took place in Port Harcourt, the State capital, was the highlight of a sensitisation tour involving three other Committees earlier set up by Rivers APC in her strategic move to ensure that the party wins the 2015 polls convincingly. The other committees are Mobilisation, with Hon. Chidiebere Okwu Worlu as Chairman; Voters Education, with Hon. Mrs. Victoria Wobo Nyeche as Chairman; and Monitoring, with Hon. Dr. Dawari George as Chairman.

The event started with the formal admission of the 622 non indigenes that decamped to APC from PDP. Alh Ali kwande led the 250 Northerner decampees, Chief Nwadiegwu Sunday led 222 igbo decampees, Chief Adebayo Olayiwola brought 100 Yorubas with Chief Apkan Saviour concluding the list with 50 South-South decampees. According to Alhaji Ali Kwande who spoke on behalf of the decampees, “We are leaving PDP after observing that the party does not mean well for Rivers State with its attraction to violence that will not augur well for us to carry out our business activities peacefully besides we are all Rivers State indigenes having lived in Rivers State all our lives considering that no other Governor that have governed Rivers State have accepted us the way Governor Amaechi has done we have no other home than where ever he stays. This is why we are joining APC in mass.”

The decampees were warmly welcomed by the Chairman Contact Committee, Hon. Dr. Peterside, who represents Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and serves as the Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream). He commended them for taking the bold step, assuring them that they did not join the party late as they are now joint owners/founders of APC in Rivers State. “I encourage each one of you to move a step further by obtaining your APC membership card and the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) as that is the only means through which we can collectively save our State from the evil plots of PDP to take the State back to its dark years of insecurity,” Hon. Dr. Peterside said.

He explained that the mission of APC in Rivers State is not only to ensure good governance and erase corruption but also to ensure that the populist programmes of Governor Chibuike Amaechi are sustained. Hon. Dr. Peterside told the NIPF members: “To show his seriousness towards the non indigenes in Rivers State, Governor Amaechi appointed one of you into the State Executive Council, Barr. Chuma Chinye, as the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Chief Ade Adeogun as Sole Administrator of the Waste Management Authority, with other sensitive offices offered to non indigenes. Apart from all these, the Governor created the Non Indigenes Unit as the 24th Local Government Area of the State unprecedented in the annals of our nation to ensure that the benefits accruable to Rivers State indigenes are also accruable to non indigenes in Rivers State. With such a government that caters for each of you in this form, it is your duty to ensure that such a government is encouraged and motivated to do more by obtaining membership card and, most importantly, the Permanent Voters Card that INEC will start to issue in the State from 7th November, 2014.”

Responding, Chief Uchenna Okokoba, the indefatigable Cordinator of NIPF, assured of their readiness to fully mobilise their members and the entire Rivers State to support the mission of APC in the State. He declared that NIPF members have no other party to support except APC, saying: “Governor Amaechi has proven that he is a true brother to non indigenes in Rivers State that apart from appointing most of us into key offices, he has ensured that our children benefit from the free education and the free medical services in the State.” He assured Dakuku Peterside-led team of the unflinching support of members towards ensuring that APC Government forms the next government in Rivers State come 2015.

Hon. Chidiebere Okwu Worlu, Chairman of Mobilisation Committee, in his remarks pointed out that APC is a party set up by God to ensure justice, equity and fair-play in Rivers State polity. He said it is based on this that the party has decided to zone its gubernatorial position outside the Ikweree nationality as it will be criminal and injustice to other sections of the State for Governor Amaechi, who is from Ikwerre, to rule the State for eight years and for another Ikwerre son to rule for another eight years as being posited and canvassed by the PDP leadership in Rivers State and supported by the enemies of Rivers State operating from Abuja. “With this, any vote for PDP is a vote for injustice and support of evil against the State,” Hon. Okwawoh said. He concluded by admonishing all and sundry to join hands in order to demolish the evil machinations of PDP.

Other speakers all agreed that Rivers State does not have any future in PDP seeing what the State has suffered under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Hon. Barr. Chuma Chinye, the Leader of the Non Indigenes in Rivers State, and Chief Ade Adeogun in their speeches assured the conveners of the meeting that NIPF members will do everything humanly possible to achieve the aim of APC in Rivers State.

The event was graced by prominent APC Leaders in Rivers that include Hon. Dr Dakuku Peterside, Hon. Chidiebere Okwu Worlu, Rt. Hon. Stephen Ezekwem former Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Chief Alex Weli the leader of RIVLEAF, Mrs. Victoria Wobo Nyechi, Hon. Dawari George, Chief Dr Mike Nwieligahi, Enamellist Carol Nagbo the APC Women Leader,   Barr Nnamdi Wuche the Mayor of Port Harcourt led the CTC Chairmen of Ikwerre (Barr Nwabueze), Etche (Hon. Reginald Okwuoma) among other party leaders.

The non indigenes leaders that attended the event were, Chief Uchenna Okokoba the NIPF Coordinator, Chief Williams Ubeka leading the South-East, Chief Barr. Obinna JK Chukwu the Legal Adviser, Alh Ali Kwande leading the North Central, Alh. Halhiwe Imam leading the Core North, Sir Daniel Ogungbo leading the South West, Chief Joseph Ijede and Chief Joseph Udoh leading the South-South. Others were Chief Simeon Nwanye, Chief S.M. Obi, Chief Alh. Sulimen Husaimi.

Long Live APC!

Long Live Rivers State!!

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

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Nigeria 2015: We’ll Beat PDP Mercilessly, Rivers APC Declares

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The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it will beat the main opposition party in the State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ruthlessly during next year’s governorship and other elections.

“We have nothing to worry about because there is no visible opposition in the State. The PDP, which has been making noise all over the place, is only blowing hot air and will be trounced at the polls next year,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.

Dr. Ikanya, in a statement issued Thursday November 13, 2014 in Port Harcourt, said there was no way PDP could dislodge APC in the State during next year’s polls. “This assurance has become necessary due to enquiries by some political observers, who are expressing surprise that APC seems not to be doing much with regard to campaigns for the 2015 gubernatorial elections at a time when PDP aspirants have pasted their posters in many parts of the State, especially the capital city of Port Harcourt. Our party members and supporters should rest assured that all is well and that Rivers APC is ever ready for the 2015 elections,” Ikanya said.

He insisted that APC as a party is divinely positioned to win both the Rivers State governorship elections and the Presidency.

On why Rivers APC governorship aspirants have not engaged in a poster war with their PDP counterparts, Dr. Ikanya said: “Not all APC guber aspirants have been quiet. For instance, the posters of Hon. Engr. Victoria W Nyeche and the billboards of Elder Chidi Wihioka are all over the town. We do not, however, consider this necessary in view of the fact that in APC we are one cohesive, vibrant and united family, with Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as our leader. We encourage those interested to run for public office to consult and campaign among members of the family first to receive their blessings and once they succeed in this regard, they can then go out to educate the public about their aspirations, including through posters and billboards. At the moment, most of the aspirants are involved in what I call in-house campaigns. By next week most of them will be encouraged by the family to go out for campaigns and people will start seeing massive posters and billboards all over the place to educate all about their aspirations.”

On why the party adopted this strategy, Dr. Ikanya said it was in view of the lack of any strong opposition in the State. His words: “PDP, which was supposed to be a vibrant opposition, is now in a sorrowful state with the help of former junior minster for education, Chief Nyesom Wike, whose imposition as governorship candidate has rendered the party in the State comatose, even as the 16 other guber aspirants from the party continue to kick, thereby making the party a laughing stock

“The following statement by a political analyst underscores how Wike, former governor Peter Odili and the family of President Jonathan are helping us so much in our campaigns: ‘If Wike is allowed by the leadership of the PDP to emerge as governor of Rivers State, it will mean that for 24 years, the people of Rivers mainland would have ruled the state at the expense and great marginalisation of the other major ethnic nationalities’.”

Dr. Ikanya assured Rivers people that APC will present the best candidates for all the elective posts. “We are fully aware that Rivers people expect us to form the next government in the State and we don’t want to abuse this privilege,” he said.

The Rivers APC Chairman said: “APC has been divinely set up to address the evil, injustice and lack of equity in PDP. Based on this fact we as a party have zoned our guber slot to the South East Senatorial District. In this regard, as the government-in-waiting, we have been busy studying the report of the Research Team we commissioned to produce a blueprint on where we want to take Rivers State from 2015 to 2019”.

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