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Probe: Borrow a Leaf From Oyo Governor, Makinde, Okorocha Tells Ihedioha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has told his successor in office, Emeka Ihedioha to borrow a leaf from his Oyo state counterpart, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Okorocha in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo said Makinde has said he will not scrap the good policies of his predecessor. Okorocha described Ihedioha as pursuing a vendetta mission against him with the several committees he has set up to investigate him since assuming office.

The statement read, “On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Governor Emeka Ihedioha announced the Constitution of a 7-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry on lands’ allocations from June 2006 to May 2019

“Looking at the members of the panel, who are all card-carrying members of the PDP and their terms of reference, one would have no other option than to conclude that the governor as usual, has his target or mission, which is to continue his vendetta against the past APC government in the State and the man who headed it, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

“Governor Ihedioha has set up more than fourteen Committees and Panels since he became governor and each of the Committees or Panels has one or two specific assignments to carry out and all against the APC government which Senator Okorocha had led.

“For instance, the Prof. Jude Njoku’s education committee took no other action than to take over the PPP-oriented Eastern Palm University and also scrapped the six new Universities, four new Polytechnics and three new Colleges of Education built by Okorocha.

“We would only ask Governor Ihedioha to borrow a leaf from his fellow PDP governor, who also succeeded an APC governor in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who said that he wouldn’t “Cancel APC Administration’s good policies”.

“That is how a governor who means well should reason or act, because at the end of the day, the overall interest of the State and her people should remain the ultimate goal

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Bayelsa Guber Poll: Dickson, Alaibe Clash Over PDP Primary

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election in Bayelsa state, the state’s governor, Seriake Dickson has accused the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe of employing blackmail to secure the party’s ticket.

Dickson in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei decried Alaibe’s antics.

Soriwei said: “It has come to the attention of the government that the former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, has been spreading manipulated audio recordings of Governor Dickson’s public utterance during meetings.

“It is curious that Alaibe would rather dissipate energy to the propagation of mischief rather than focusing attention on his gubernatorial campaigns.

“We wish to reiterate for the umpteenth time that the governor, as a major stakeholder in the issue of the governorship primaries, is entitled to his own political views and decisions. And that does not preclude any politician with genuine interest from testing his popularity with the delegates.

The governor’s accusations elicited a response from the Alaibe’s camp. Responding, the Administrative Secretary of Alibe’s Campaign Organisation, Prof. Seiyefa Brisibe, said that the organisation “took serious exception to the wrong use of tar-brush and gutter language to describe the person of our principal (Alibe) with the intent to incite the public against him; particularly over an issue he knows absolutely nothing about.

“Neither Alaibe nor any member of his Campaign Organisation was at the meetings referred to in the public statement issued on Wednesday. If any of us has access to the recorded discussion mentioned in the public statement, such access can only be traced to the originators of the statement.

“Our focus is to conduct our campaign on issues that will lead to the development of Bayelsa State through a shared economic prosperity and not waste energy and time on commonplace matters.”

Brisibe said that the campaign organisation would not continue to bear in silence all the provocative and insulting statements by certain individuals and groups against the person of Alibe and therefore, chose to say for the first time that enough is enough.

“Our silence should not be misconstrued to mean timidity, fear or any such thing. It was basically and still a measure of the respect we and our principal have for the person and office of the Governor. Unfortunately, that respect has not been reciprocated,” Brisibe said.

He added that: “At the point of expressing interest in this race, we were enjoined by the party leadership to run a clean campaign. We have been faithful to that directive and will continue to be.

“This is an internal contest in which the eventual choice of the party would need the support of other contestants to win the governorship election. It would therefore be unhelpful to take up issues with anyone as though winning the party ticket is a matter of life and death; certainly not with the governor who is neither a contestant in the race nor expected to sponsor any of the aspirants.

“Let it be known that we are not desperate but determined to win this race, by the grace of God. We will not allow ourselves to be distracted neither shall we engage in any indecent act or sinister strategies for the sake of this race. We are too focused to be distracted.

South West PDP Commends Makinde, Demands Probe of Ajimobi’s Administration

The South West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commended the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde for giving the state a new lease of life since he assumed office.

The party in a statement issued on Tuesday by its spokesman, Mr. Ayo Fadaka demanded the probe of the administration of former governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The statement read: “We note with sadness a statement credited to the immediate past Governor of the State to the effect that the issues of missing Government vehicles is a “minor issue” and that such was not “worthy” of the attention of government.

 “We equally note that his attempt to whimsically dismiss fraudulent and sharp practices of this magnitude clearly underscore the levity with which the State’s resources were carelessly frittered under his watch.

 “The Oyo State Government continues to maintain that many of the cars procured in February 2019 by the Ajimobi administration remain missing and such vehicles, in view of their age, cannot be classified and described as unserviceable.

“We, therefore, demand of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the former Oyo State Governor, to take due cognisance of what posterity will say concerning him and his tenure and immediately impress it on his appointees to return those vehicles to the new government.

“We also recall that the Ajimobi administration awarded a N7billion contract for a upstart contractor who is nowhere to be found after the sum of N2billion was paid to him.

“This is grand larceny and it is sad that this happened in Oyo State.

“In view of the foregoing, Governor Seyi Makinde must do a proper audit of what transpired in the Ajimobi years, as it will help the people of the State to realise how criminal actions were perpetrated under the guise of governance.

“We, however, congratulate Gov Makinde for bringing laughter back to the lips of Oyo State workers and especially pensioners through his administration’s payment of 100 per cent of their emoluments as against the inhuman 20 per cent paid under the APC administration of Senator Ajimobi.

“This action demonstrates Makinde’s respect for the people he governs and also an attestation of PDP’s genuine care for the people. The people of the State are certainly in for a dose of compassionate administration. We also ask the people of the South West region to take due cognisance of developments in Oyo and now resolve to ensure that they vote the PDP in the next round of elections across the Zone.

Osun Governor, Oyetola yet to Name Cabinet Nearly 9 Months After Inauguration

Nearly nine months after his inauguration as the governor of Osun state, Adeboyega Oyetola is yet to name his cabinet.

Oyetola,however, said he will soon send the names of Commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening. The governor disclosed this on Monday during a chat with journalists at his Iragbiji country home. He said only members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) will be considered for appointment into his cabinet.

He said,“I will run the all-inclusive government because my party will have a say. Bringing members of other parties may create a problem. I will listen to ideas from them. We have given the party the opportunity to pick the commissioners.”

“I will welcome ideas from other parties. The process has commenced. We will look at the list. I will also screen before I send it to the House of Assembly. The process had commenced. It will be completed”.

On the plans to address the security situation in the state and region, he said, “In the area of security, South West to launch new security outfit soon. Not less than 200 vehicles would be donated to the security agencies. We are also bringing into the security local people especially to monitor our forests”.

Oyetola was sworn in as the governor of the state on November 27, 2018 following his victory in the controversial gubernatorial election in September, an election that was condemned by local and international observers for irregularities and violence. His closest rival,Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the outcome up till the Supreme Court. The apex court dismissed Adeleke’s appeal on grounds of technicalities.

Former INEC Chairman, Jega Deregistered PRP, Disobeyed Court Judgement – Balarabe Musa

A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa has said the the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega refused to obey court judgement ordering the reinstatement of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) after it was deregistered by INEC under his watch.

Musa, the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PRP disclosed this in Kaduna on Monday when he fielded questions from journalists in his residence. He said the party then had to sue Jega for contempt of court. The BOT chairman said he learnt about Jega’s entry into the party in the media.

He said the former INEC chairman is welcomed to the party but called called for caution from party members.

“We have to exercise care and caution because who is Prof. Attahiru Jega? Prof.Jega was the INEC chairman, and under his chairmanship, PRP was deregistered. It became a big struggle for us.

“We approached the court, and the court restated the party. But we have to sue the INEC chairman for contempt of court because when the court gave the judgement that our party should be restated, he refused to give us the recognition.

“The same person is coming to the party he once deregistered. He is welcome because we cannot reject him and since our party is a public property and open to everyone, he is welcome” he said.

Jega had two weeks ago announced his membership of the PRP.

Edo APC Crisis: Obaseki to Reconcile With Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured that the rift between him and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole would soon be resolved.

Obaseki who spoke at the thanksgiving for the 80th birthday celebration of a former national chairman on APC, John Odigie-Oyegun in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday said he has no fundamental differences with his immediate past predecessor except what he described as handiwork of third parties.

“I thank you very much for the remarkable homily by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, Catholic Archbishop of Benin Metropolitan See. I listened very attentively and I have taken every word in your remark to heart and very seriously. I want to assure you that we are in pursuit of peace and we will have peace in Edo State.

“We have met – me and my predecessor in office – and fortunately, we do not have any fundamental issues. And because we do not have any fundamental issues, I believe that whatever third parties are trying to propagate, I am sure we can talk over it. I assure you that very soon things will return to normalcy in Edo State” he said.

The governor announced that the soon-to-be completed Civil Service Training Centre will be named after Oyegun in recognition of his contributions to the state and country.

 

He said, “For your contributions and what you have done for our dear state, I have decided to name the public service academy, which is under construction, after you. We know your passion for public service; we know and acknowledge the contributions you made to the public service in Nigeria. Therefore, we have decided to name this edifice, which will be completed within the next 60 days, by the grace of God, after you. President Muhammadu Buhari will come and commission the academy, with you standing beside him. It will be known as the John Odigie-Oyegun Institute for Public Administration.”

The institute, according to the governor, is on “three floors and is made up of large training rooms that will host 220 people. Two halls hold 118 people each. There are seven training halls that will host 58 people each.  There is a library, a sick bay, a cafeteria and 12 offices. This facility at any point in time can hold and train a minimum of 900 people. It will be the largest facility for training public servants in Nigeria.”

#RevolutionNow: Leave Atiku Alone and Face Yourself-Inflicted Resentment From Nigerians, PDP tells Buhari, APC

The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the president Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to leave its presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar alone and face the resentment of Nigerians to the administration’s misrule.

The party was responding to claims made by the APC on Thursday that Atiku instigated the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore to stage protests. In a statement issued by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, the party said Atiku has always displayed patriotism and maintained decorum on national issues.

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“The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to yet another pitiable and disgraceful press statement by the discomfited All Progressives Congress (APC) wherein it once again resorted to fabrications, insults and attempts to invent allegations against the peoples’ candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

“Our party, for the umpteenth time, urges the Buhari Presidency and the APC to leave Atiku Abubakar alone and face their self-inflicted resentment from Nigerians by answering for their misrule for which compatriots have now become agitated on all fronts.

“The PDP says it is despicable that the Buhari Presidency and the APC have not yet realized that Nigerians are aware that since their defence fell apart at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, they have become nervous and desperate to invent any means to frame and drag down Atiku Abubakar; a plot that has already failed.

“It is indeed not surprising that the APC, in its desperation, is now playing opposition, which is a role fitting of it, being that it does not have the mandate of the people; the very reason it cannot command the respect, loyalty and support of the citizens in the midst of its misrule.

“The PDP maintains that Atiku Abubakar, as a leader of choice, has never faltered in displaying the highest sense of patriotism, restrain and decorum in his positions on national issues and, standing with overwhelming majority of Nigerians, cannot be intimidated or distracted from pursing the retrieval of his stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal.

“Instead of fixating on Atiku, the APC should help the Commander-in-Chief to provide answers for escalated insecurity in our country under his watch; with insurgents, marauders, bandits and kidnappers holding our nation hostage and turning her into a killing field and large funeral palour in the last four years.

“Furthermore, the APC should rather be helping President Buhari to answer Nigerians on how his administration wrecked our once robust economy, entrenched corruption, frittered trillions of naira, turned our nation into world poverty capital and foisted joblessness, acute hunger and starvation; human right abuses and downright impunity, which have spurred resentment to the extent that Nigerians are now desperate to take their destinies in the hands with many resorting to suicide and slavery missions abroad.

“Moreover, the APC should look inwards, do some soul searching and face the miseries it sired instead of seeking for a scapegoat where there is none.

“Let it therefore be known to the APC and the Buhari Presidency that the PDP and Nigerians stand with Atiku Abubakar in the collective national determination to retrieve our stolen presidential mandate at the court and we are confident that justice for the people will prevail at the end of the day.”

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary