Amaechi’s NGF, Babalola, Akinjide Congratulate Fayose

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The faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) led by the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, yesterday joined others to congratulate the governor-elect of Ekiti State Mr. Ayodele Fayose on  his election at the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state.

In a statement by the Director General of the NGF faction, Asishana Okauru, Amaechi said,  “While we congratulate the Governor-elect for his victory, we congratulate the people of Ekiti State for their conduct during the election.

“We also congratulate the incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi for demonstrating a rare spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election and promising to work with Mr. Fayose to take Ekiti State forward.

“The people of the state have made all Nigeria proud by demonstrating, again, that Nigerians, on their own can choose their own leaders on their own terms, in an ordered manner. The peaceful conduct of the election assures us all that the future of democracy is bright,” he said.

“We trust that Mr. Fayose will demonstrate the requisite large-heartedness to warm up to all Ekiti people irrespective of their political affiliations”, the statement said.

Also, renowned lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) has felicitated with the PDP candidate on his victory at the poll.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti and personally signed by him, Babalola said as a stakeholder in the Ekiti project, he was much concerned with the development and growth of the state.

“I observed that your electoral victory could be attributed largely to large number of youths most of whom were unemployed and unemployable who are hoping for a better tomorrow, as well as students who are angling for affordable education, particularly at the tertiary level of education.

“In a land-locked state like Ekiti, which is afflicted with a high dosage of unemployment, it is for you to justify the trust and confidence the electorate had willingly reposed in you by delivering on the promises you have made. How can this be achieved?

“Because of the peculiar nature of Ekiti as a landlocked state with very poor means of transportation and without any other means of revenue apart from the monthly allocation from the centre, which is about the least among the 36 states of the federation, Ekiti cannot afford to be in opposition to the government at the centre.

In a similar message, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Akinjide congratulated both President Goodluck Jonathan and the victorious Mr. Fayose.

Akinjide in a statement signed by her Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Ayodeji Adeyemi, said the victory has brought Ekiti State back to the “transformative train”.

“I wish to congratulate Mr. Ayodele Fayose and Jonathan for bringing Ekiti State back into the transformative train of progress that has been sweeping across our nation under the banner of the PDP. I am positive that Mr. Fayose’s administration would indeed bring swift development back to Ekiti State,” she said.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in its message said the post-election conducts of the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi following his loss in the gubernatorial election was worthy of emulation by political players in Nigeria.

NLC said yesterday in a statement that was signed by its President, Abdulwaheed Omar, in Abuja that such reported conduct of Fayemi signalled a possible new era in the politics of Nigeria.

It stated that Fayemi had by such gesture indicated that every one cannot be a winner in every election conducted in the country, hence, the need for politicians to adopt the spirit of statesmanship in accepting defeats at polls.

“We at the NLC would like to congratulate the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose on his victory at the polls.

“He owes the Ekiti people the duty of keeping his campaign promises to them and of building on what his predecessor has done. It is heart-warming to hear him say he would work with Fayemi to move the state forward,” NLC said.

“Now that the electorate is not the cause of electoral violence, the militarisation of election zones should be de-emphasised in order for electoral process to be carried out as a civil/civic exercise,” the body said.

However, the Nigerian Bar Association and Nigerian Union of Journalists, while congratulating the Ekiti State governor-elect, on his victory at the poll, urged him to form an all-inclusive government for the stability and peace in the State.

Also, the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), said the outcome of the election had shown a marked improvement in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) management of the electoral process and outcome of the poll.

In a statement jointly signed by the Co-chairman of NBA /NUJ Peace initiative for the state governorship poll, Mr. Joseph Adewumi and Laolu Omosilade respectively, commended the INEC and the security forces for conducting a free, fair and credible election in the State.

While lauding Fayemi for showing spirits of sportsmanship by conceding defeat to the candidate of the PDP the NNPI also commended Fayose for spreading the olive branch to the Governor in a manner that has been widely applauded across the country.

It said, “We call on our people irrespective of their political ideologies to seize the unique opportunity offered by the peaceful and credible nature of this election to sink their political differences for the benefit of a continuous and further rapid economic and infrastructural development of our dear state.”

Commenting on the outcome of the election, the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), said the outcome of the election has shown a marked improvement in the INEC management of the electoral process and outcome of the poll.

“What we witnessed in Ekiti should be reflected in the August 9 Osun State governorship election and the 2015 general election.”

Nwankwo, however appealed to Nigerian politicians to conduct themselves in manner that the country’s elections would conform to international standards whereby massive deployment of security agencies would not be necessary.

The Situation Room said, “Timely arrival and early start of voters was observed in more than 90 per cent of polling units across the state. Despite irregularities in a few places, voting and counting processes were in the main, transparent and fair.

While congratulating Fayose on his victory, the Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah,  also commend the good people of Ekiti State for voting out of power the APC government, by resisting to be influenced by the billions of naira earmarked for electoral fraud by the leadership of the party.

The PDP chairman in Rivers State, in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Jerry Needam, lambasted Governor Rotimi Amaechi for allegedly spending N5billion state’s tax-payers’ money in executing the APC governorship election in Ekiti State, all aimed at getting at President Goodluck Jonathan and in a desperate effort to destabilise the PDP-led government in Nigeria.

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Fayose: APC Has Depleted Ekiti Treasury

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The Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of depleting the state’s treasury.

Fayose said the state government had incurred a lot of debt for his incoming administration.

Fayose said this yesterday in Abuja during his appreciation visit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat.

The former governor noted  that  he served as the state governor between 2003 and 2006 without incurring any debt, adding that he left N10.4 billion in the states treasury in 2006.

“I left N10.4 billion in the confers of the state today all the wealth has gone,” he said.

Fayose said he would  do everything possible to ensure victory for the PDP in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State and President Goodluck Jonathan’s reelection in the 2015 general election.

He said the PDP was more popular than the APC in the South-west, adding that the APC had no manpower to achieve electoral victory, as the opposition party thrives on propaganda.

The governor-elect promised to bring back the aggrieved party leaders who had left to work for the victory of the president.

“I will stand up for Jonathan, PDP should embrace people who can win elections, charlatans are taking over the reigns of leadership because the  righteous are discouraged. We must turn a new leaf, people with values should not be discouraged, I encourage anyone who has something good to offer to continue with their mindset, irrespective of propaganda against them,” he added.

Fayose who was in the company of the ministerial nominee from the state, Mr. Dayo. Adeyeye, said the PDP’s consensus arrangements would have defeated him in the primaries if not for President Jonathan’s intervention.

He noted that the PDP would win all the states elections in the South-west if it stands united, saying he lost the 2011 senatorial bid to disaffection within the party.

“We should stop destroying ourselves, if PDP will stand together, we will win all elections in the South-west. We will make Jonathan proud in the South-west, it is rear to get a second chance, but I thank God I have gotten it, the common man is our denominator. If you take Jonathan for granted, we will take you for granted, we will bruise their ego,” Fayose promised.

The governor-elect said the incoming administration would ensure that all motorable roads in the state capital are tarred in the first two years in office.
 
 

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Transparency International Deplores FG’s New Stance on Mohammed Abacha

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The global anti-corruption movement,  Transparency International (TI), has expressed discomfort with the recent action taken by the federal government to drop the corruption charges filed against Mohammed Abacha, son of the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
TI, in this regard, called for an immediate reinstatement of all corruption charges previously held against Abacha.

It stated that allowing Abacha to go free from corruption charges levelled against him without trial amounts to encouraging impunity in the polity.

The government had accused Mohammed Abacha of receiving stolen property worth millions of dollars.

It had explained that the money was believed to have been stolen by his father when he was the Head of State of the country and had thus filed a nine-count charge against Mohammed.

But TI in a statement obtained by THISDAY yesterday in Abuja stated that: “Allowing the theft of public funds to go unpunished sends the wrong message that those with powerful connections can act with impunity.

The case should have been fully prosecuted, and the government has not given adequate reasons for dropping the charges.”
The statement was signed by the Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa at TI Chantal Uwimana.

TI noted that the late Abacha was in his lifetime investigated for corruption and human rights violations and that the United States Government had recently frozen $458 million in assets it claimed he and his co-conspirators stole from Nigeria.

Also, in separate legal proceedings, Liechtenstein agreed on June 18 to return $224 million held by companies linked to the late Army General.

TI further noted that corruption was widespread in Nigeria and despite claims by the government to  tackle the menace a priority, too few people had been held to account for a series of high profile scandals, adding that at the same time, about half of Nigerians live in poverty.

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NIGERIA: Efik Ethnic Group Serves Notice to Become a Sovereign State

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Efik ethnic group, the largest ethnic nationality in Cross River South senatorial district with a sprinkle of kinsmen in Akwa Ibom, Abia States and South America, has served the Federal Government of Nigeria a notice to pursue and become a sovereign state.

A statement issued yesterday in Calabar by the Efik Eburutu Royal Fraternity Forum and signed by its Chairman, Chief Eyo Bassey Eyo-Cobham and secretary, Ekpe Ekpenyong Essien (Jr), said the decision to secede had the overwhelming support of the  Efiks at home and in Diaspora after due consultations.

“We, the Efik ethnic nationality have resolved to pull out of the geographical expression called Nigeria which has, for over 100 years now, turned us to punching bags socially, economically and politically,’’ the statement distributed at a press conference addressed by the group said.

The Efik people explained that the resolve to pursue an independent state was caused by a series of unpleasant developments against them by the federal government and listed what prompted the secession option to include secret ceding of Bakassi Peninsula; undue government interference in Efik kingship and throne; and an attempt to cede more Efik territories to the Republic of Cameroun.

On Bakassi, the group said the peninsula “which was an integral part of Efik Eburutu Kingdom as shown in all available records, was secretly and heartlessly expunged from Nigerian map in October 1960, filed in United Nations and African Union (AU) secretariats and ceded in 1975 to Cameroun without the consent and knowledge of its owners-the kings and chiefs of Efiks of Calabar and Bakassi.’’

“This action has demonstrated that our people are not wanted in Nigeria, and as a people, we do not want to belong to Cameroun.
“The effect of this ceding has brought untold pain and sufferings to Efik Eburutu people. With this, the spirit of our ancestors who were, as it were, buried in the now ceded territory are roaming, refusing to be appeased.”

The aggrieved ethnic nationality also claimed that government, over the years, had interfered in the selection and enthronement of a new Obong of Calabar, a development which had bastardised the stool rendering the Obong of Calabar less influential in the Nigerian state as he was now seen as a king without a kingdom.

They alleged that the appointment of five paramount rulers in Efik kingdom without reference to the tradition of the people was unacceptable as “those installed have refused to be accountable to the Obong of Calabar and grand patriarch of the Efiks who is the embodiment of our ancestral institution.
“Today, the Efik monarch, the Obong of Calabar, has no traditional authority and domain due to the bastardisation of the throne and the entire Efik kingdom by Nigerian governments.”

Despite the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun, the forum said more Efik territories were being lined up for hand over to Cameroun as evident in the creation of New Bakassi Local Government Area out of the three wards of Akpabuyo Local Government Area and backed by Law N0. 7 of  April 12, 2007.

“It was said that the amalgamation of the southern and northern Nigeria protectorates in 1914 was meant to last for only 100 years unlike the French and German colonialists but ‘’the colonial Britain authorised the many ethnic groups therein to administer by their respective customary laws on the British indirect rule system’’.

“With such developments and other oppressive acts and tendencies of the Nigerian state, we the Efik Eburutu people say enough is enough and have decided to take in our destiny in our hands peaceably by pulling out of Nigeria. Our Bill of Rights in our Memorandum dated 16th June, 2014 is ready.

“Our peaceful aims and objectives of self determination for full autonomy are in tandem with Articles 1, 3-21 of the UN charter of which the Federal Government of Nigeria is a signatory,’’ the statement said.

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Tambuwal’s Car Search: House to Condemn, Caution Soldiers Today

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Following the search of the official car of the Speaker of House of Representatives,  Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, by soldiers at a function in Kaduna on Monday, the House will today move a motion to condemn the alleged harassment.

According to a source in the House who craved anonymity, the motion would be moved by the Minority Leader of the House; Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The motion, which whould be brought under matters of urgent national importance and ‘breach of privileges’ of the Speaker, Gbajabiamila would condemn the shabby treatment meted out to Tambuwal and caution against further occurrence of such.

Recall that Tambuwal’s car was subjected to a search by soldiers who claimed they were acting on orders from above at the entrance to the venue of a security summit in Kaduna

The incident occurred at the international conference on security and development: challenges of pastoralism in West and Central Africa organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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NIGERIA: Yobe Employs 52 Nurses, Midwives

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Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State yesterday approved the immediate employment of 52 fresh graduate nurses and midwives to meet the shortfall of medical staff in the state hospitals.

The governor also placed 104 medical students from the state currently studying in various tertiary institutions across the country and overseas on a monthly salary Grade Level (GL) 06 Step 1 with a promise of employment after the completion of their studies.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, read: “Governor Gaidam has given approval for the immediate recruitment of 52 nurses who have successfully graduated as nurses after passing their Nursing and Midwifery course  Council Examinations.

“All the 52 nurses will be placed on the appropriate salary scale applicable to nurses in the state.”

The statement equally stated that: “Similarly, the governor has approved the placement of 104 medical students currently studying medicine in various institutions of higher learning on a monthly salary on GL 06 Step 1. The salary commensurated with this grade level will be paid the medical students on a monthly basis until they graduate as doctors.

“The state government will also automatically employ them after their graduation as doctors.”

The statement revealed that the approvals were part of ongoing effort to re-position the state’s healthcare sector and improve patient care and service delivery.

“The Yobe State Government under the leadership of Governor Gaidam will continue to take proactive steps to improve the living conditions of the people of the state,” the statement stated.

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NIGERIA: Frank Mba Made Assistant Commissioner of Police

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was yesterday decorated with a new rank as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) by the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar.
Mba was formerly a Chief Superintendent of Police.

Mba studied law at the University of Lagos, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002. The police spokesman, who hails from Ezimo in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was the best graduating cadet inspector in academics at the Police Academy, Kano, in 1993.

He rose up the police ladder and was promoted to assistant superintendent of police in 1999, deputy superintendent of police in 2003, superintendent of police in 2006 and chief superintendent of police in 2012. He was the substantive police public relations officer, Lagos State police command, from 2007 to 2011.

Other senior officers decorated with new ranks were Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Grace Chita Okudo, Commissioner of Police (CP) Elias Okafor Wayemeru, CP Henry Adebayo Fadairo and ACP Yusuf Chiromawa Usman.

While congratulating the newly-promoted officers, the IG, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)emphasised the need for greater commitment to the current fight against terrorism and all forms of crimes and criminality.

He charged the officers to justify their elevation by rededicating themselves to their core mandate and the advancement of the positive image of the force.
 

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Court Restrains PENGASSAN from Holding Delegates’ Conference

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The National Industrial Court in Lagos yesterday restrained the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) from holding its delegate’s conference, pending the determination of a substantive suit before it.

The court made the order following a suit against PENGASSAN, by two plaintiffs, Messrs John Nwanosike and Jonathan Omare, over an alleged breach of their rights.

The plaintiffs, who are members of the Chevron branch of the association, are seeking an order, restraining the defendants from holding any delegates’ conference, pending determination of the suit.
Joined as defendants in the suit are:

PENGASSAN, its Chevron Branch, Mr. Esanubi Frank and Mr. Ayanate Kio.

The plaintiffs had initially filed the suit before a Federal High Court in Lagos, but had filed a notice of discontinuance, following an objection raised by the defendants.

The defendants had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear the suit, which they claim was labour related.

Consequently, the plaintiffs instituted a fresh suit before the NIC by way of ex-parte application, seeking similar reliefs.

Ruling on the ex-parte motion yesterday, Justice Kenneth Amadi granted an order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants from holding any delegates conference until the substantive suit is determined.

He adjourned the case to June 30 for hearing of the motion on notice.
Meanwhile, efforts to serve the interim order at the National Secretariat of PENGASSAN at the 288 Ikorodu Road was frustrated as the workers locked their gate and refused to accept service on the grounds that they would not open till today, June 25 when the conference will be ending.

In their affidavit, the plaintiffs averred that they were duly elected as delegates to the PENGASSAN conference, adding that their tenure was valid for a term of three years.

They averred that the defendants canceled their names as delegates, before the expiration of their tenure, thereby denying them the right to vote and be voted for at the conference.

The plaintiffs argued that in a bid to also prevent them from exercising their franchise, the second and third defendants set up a disciplinary committee to try them after they expressed the fear that their rights were been trampled.

According to them, the panel declared them guilty even when there was no evidence against them, as to the commission of any offence.
The plaintiffs therefore, seeks a declaration that the removal of their names as delegates to the Zonal Conference and National Conference, was unconstitutional.

They also seek an order, mandating the defendants to include their names, as delegates, and an order of perpetual injunction, restraining them from holding the conference, until the illegality occasioned by their removal was redressed.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, had earlier in May also granted an order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants from holding the conference, until the determination of the suit.

The plaintiff had however, informed the court that the defendant flouted the order of court, and had gone ahead to hold the conference, despite been served with the interim order.

The new delegates conference was billed to hold at the International Women Centre, Abuja on June yesterday and today.

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National Assembly Suspends Plenary for Kuta

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The Senate yesterday resumed from its two weeks end of the third legislative session break and immediately suspended plenary in honour of Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta who passed on June 12 after a protracted illness.

Until his death, the late senator represented Niger East senatorial district in the Red Chamber.

While moving the motion for adjournment, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, lamented how tragedy befell senators as a result of Kuta’s death while they were on break adding that in line with Senate’s tradition to cancel plenary in honour of a departed member, yesterday’s sitting would be adjourned till today.

“While we were on break, tragedy befell this chamber with the sudden death of our dear colleague, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character, who died on June 12 in Lagos on his way for medical treatment abroad.

“Distinguished colleagues, may I  in line with our tradition, move that this Senate do adjourn plenary till tomorrow, June 25, in honour of our departed colleague?” he asked.

Accordingly, the motion was adopted by the parliament as Senate President, David Mark, added that today’s sitting would be fully dedicated to the valedictory session in honour of the late senator.
Mark added that the session would be graced by Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu as well as members of Kuta’s family.

While signing the condolence register placed at the entrance of the chamber, Mark told journalists that the nation had lost another patriotic Nigerian whom he described him as a vibrant senator who ensured that agencies under his committee’s watch played by the rules.

“In Kuta, Nigeria and indeed the Senate has lost a very patriotic citizen who at all times, joined hands with other patriots to move the country forward through whatever national assignment given to him.

“Specifically, the late Senator Kuta made the Senate committee on Federal Character to be very vibrant and responsive to its legislative responsibilities in terms of making relevant agencies under it to reflect equity in federal appointments and distribution of resources,” he said.
Similarly, the House of Representatives yesterday adjourned plenary to honour of Kuta.

Addressing the lawmakers in the Green Chamber, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, explained that members of the House would adjourn sitting in solidarity with members of the Senate, who are mourning one of their colleagues.

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NIGERIA: Uchendu Raises the Alarm over Threat on Amaechi’s Life

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A member of the House of Representatives representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency of Rivers State, Hon. Andrew Uchendu, has expressed concern over what he said are attempts by agents of the federal government to eliminate the governor of his state, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Uchendu, who is also one of the lawmakers that decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and also a representative of the Amaechi’s constituency, conveyed his concern over the threats to the governor’s life via a statement he titled: “Before Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Dies.”

Explaining to reporters that he intends to explore other avenues to tell Nigerians about the plight of Amaechi, the lawmaker also flayed the frisking of the official car of the Speaker of the House, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, by soldiers in Kaduna on Monday.

Citing Chapter four, sub-sections 40 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the freedom of association of any Nigerian, the lawmaker wondered what might befall Amaechi if the attention of Nigerians was not drawn to “the events of the most recent weeks, around Amaechi which have come in rather quick succession.”

Recalling three events during which the governor had encounters with agents of the government at the Akure Airport, Ado Ekiti and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in Kano, he noted that “in all these three incidences, those carrying out the orders are said to be acting on “orders from above.”

“He has been the only governor that had his state’s House of Assembly invaded and desecrated by hired thugs and militants. He is the only governor that has had canisters thrown by the police into his seat of power, the Government House. And he has been the only one who the police prevented from driving on the road he constructed to go to the Government House,” Uchendu observed.

He queried: “Can all these be said to be politics?” stressing that he wasworried and concerned.

“I want to believe that there are more to all these than meet the eyes.”
He pleaded with all Nigerians and the federal government, as well as its agents “to allow Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to live,” arguing that “he is a full-blooded Nigerian citizen and elected by the people of Rivers State of Nigeria.”

On the travail of the Tambuwal in the hand of soldiers in Kaduna, he simply said: “What is going on now is an aberration in any democratic setting.”

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