Collation Of Results Ongoing In Rivers Legislative Rerun

Rivers RerunCollation of results is ongoing at various federal and state collation centers for the national and state assembly elections in Rivers State.

Elections are also expected to be concluded in Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-south Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released an interim statement rescheduling the conclusion of the rerun election in 14 units spread across wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Akuku Toru LGA for Sunday from 12 noon.

INEC said it was taking stock of the situation in other local government areas where collation was underway.

Meanwhile, the fall out of the election has triggered reactions from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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While the PDP claimed that the APC in connivance with the military and the police were obstructing the process in their favour, the APC maintained that the presence of the military brought the excesses of many politicians under control.

The PDP spokesman in Rivers State, Samuel Nwanosike, had also alleged that the military and INEC were obstructing the process in Ikwere, Emohua and Andoni LGAs of the state.

In his reaction, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against the military during the re-run elections.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

General Abdulkarim said the claims were not only false, but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army and wipe public sentiment.

He noted that although the soldiers provided perimeter defence to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the military remained apolitical.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral MisconductThe Nigerian Army has denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against it during the Rivers state re-run elections which took place on Saturday.

The General Officer Commanding 6 division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the alleged killing and mass arrest by soldiers in Tai and Gokana local government areas of the state were not only false but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the army as well as wipe public sentiment.

The GOC who spoke in the early hours of Sunday, noted that although his soldiers provided perimeter defense to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the Nigerian Army remained apolitical.

The Major General said there were three explosions in Bedlam in Abonema, five NYSC members were abducted and rescued while two police officers were killed, among which was a senior officer who was beheaded.

According to him, “Nigerian army troops were in no way involved in the escort of politicians as alleged.

“They acted swiftly in response to security breaches in order to enforce the law, provide aid to the Nigerian police and other security agencies especially in areas like Abonema, Etche, Gokana, Ikwere, Eleme, Tai, Khana and Omoku amongst others.

“Susceptibility of mentioned areas warranted providing security for the electoral officials, voters, international and local observers, in conjunction with other security agencies by soldiers for a peaceful election to thrive in the environment.

“These areas were rift with armed men who engaged security personnel. In gokana, armed hoodlums engaged the soldiers providing outer perimeter defense for the electorates”

The GOC went further to explain that “at Emohua, Mr Oblewaremu abducted five NYSC members with election materials in a Siena bus. The corps members were later rescued and the suspect handed over to the police.

“Nigerian army as a respected institution with constitutional responsibilities to safeguard lives and property,” he stated.

Electorates Vote In Rivers Re-run Legislative Election

rivers-re-run-electionPolls have opened in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, in the re-run legislative elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting legislative election across three senatorial districts, eight federal constituencies and 10 state constituencies.

There are reports of a large turnout of voters in areas like Eleme and Gokana although some PDP agents claimed they could not gain access to their designated polling centres.

There is a massive build-up of security operatives made-up of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Babangida Says His Oil And Gas Vision Will Continue To Flourish

Ibrahim-Babangida-Niger-Oil-and-GasThe former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd), says that his vision in the oil and gas industry will continue to flourish.

General Babangida says this is because his administration considered petroleum very important during his tenure.

He made the statement on Tuesday when he received the Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger State, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara, at his residence in Minna.

“I appreciate the evolution of history of petroleum in the country because I consider it very important during our tenure.

“We discussed a lot with my Minister of Petroleum, Professor Jibrin Aminu and our vision is still working and will continue to flourish,” he said.

The former military President appreciated the visit of the DPR boss and commended the efforts put in place in oil and gas sector.

He assured the DPR of maximum support and assistance from the people of Niger State who he said are known for peace and for Nigeria’s development.

The Babangida-led administration established the only petrochemical industry in Nigeria situated in Eleme, Port Harcourt which Nigeria relies on till date.

Mr Jankara, in his remarks, applauded the machinery put in place by the former military President’s administration.

He described the former Head of State as a visionary leader, adding that it was his vision for the establishment of the two deports in the state that led to the citing of DPR in Niger State.

The DPR official also visited the palace of the Emir of Minna, HRM Umar Faruk Bahago, to seek his royal blessings.

He said that those involved in the distribution of petroleum have begun to appreciate the work of DPR in the state unlike when they were unaware of the benefits of licensing their business.

HRH Bahago also appreciated the foresight of General Babangida and that of the present administration for their vision at every level to succeed. He assured the DPR of his support.

APC Will Protect Interest of Rivers State Citizens- Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the people of Eleme in the Eleme Local Government Area to support the All Progressives Congress (APC), assuring that the party will protect the interest of the state.

Amaechi disclosed this at the weekend during the APC rally and handing over of party flag to party leaders in the local government area of the state.

Governor Amaechi, who spoke through his Deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru assured the people that he will continue to uphold the mandate accorded him through the ballot to the benefit of all Rivers people if the APC is voted into power in 2015.

Amaechi also expressed optimism of effecting constant change until posterity finds a place in Rivers State.

Also speaking, the state interim Chairman of the APC, Davies Elekanyan urged the people of Eleme to muster courage to defend their interest against any form of intimidation and injustice.

Davies also said the APC is capable of returning the oil wells wrongly given to the Bayelsa State Government by the federal government.

In the same vein, the Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Council, Hon. Oji Ngofa has assured his people that if they throw their weight behind Governor Amaechi and vote the All Progressives Congress, APC, the positive change in Amaechi’s administration will impact on the people to ensure dividends of democracy.

On his part, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe has described the activities of the police in Rivers state against Amaechi-led government as contrary to section 215 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should be respected and honoured in the interest of Rivers people and law-abiding Nigerians.

Senator Abe called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar to find lasting solution to peace in Rivers State House of Assembly and the state in general.

He urged party faithful to champion the cause for a change in the current political dispensation by educating the people on the fortunes of voting APC in the upcoming elections.

Highlights of the rally was the handing over of the APC flags to the Eleme Local Government Party Leader, Marcus Nlenjii, the Council Chairman, Oji Ngofa and others, including identification of wards and inauguration of the Eleme chapter of Save Rivers Movement by Honourable Asita, Chairman, APC rally Committee.

Amaechi halts deductions from workers’ salaries for christmas

Rivers state Governor Chibuike Amaechi has ordered the state Ministry of Finance to suspend all deductions from civil servants’ salary until after Christmas celebration.

The governor declared this while addressing issues of the state during a media chat with journalist in Port Harcourt saying it will help the civil servants plan for the fast approaching festival.

Amaechi  explained that the deductions were meant for the essence of the Social Service Levy is to fund the free health care and education programmes of the State Government aimed at assisting the poor in society, the State Chief Executive explained.

Mr. Amaechi said government will resume deduction back by February of 2013 after which the accrued charges will be worked into subsequent deductions.

The governor declared that the state is still committed to its earlier promise of stable power supply by December this year.

He also announced that the new secondary school in Eleme would commence academic activities next session with 700 children while 13,000 teachers would be recruited for the new model schools, adding that those to be recruited would be retrained for six months to adequately prepare them for the task ahead.

Earlier, the Head of Service, Barister Samuel Long John said, the Civil Service, which is the engine room of government, would strive to perform optimally to ensure that the objectives of government were achieved.

 

 

Senate committee refuses to recognize Onagoruwa as DG BPE

The Senate committee on ethics, public petitions and privileges has refused to recognize Bolanle Onagoruwa as the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE).

The substantive Director General, Bolanale Onagoruwa explaining a point during the Senate probe on the sale of Federal Government

Ms Onagoruwa appeared before the committee to respond to some petitions written by staff of the organization over wrongful termination of appointment.

Rather than acknowledge and allow Ms Onagoruwa react to the petitions, the Chairman of the committee, Ayo Akinyelure said the senate can no longer recognize her as the substantive Director General based on a resolution by the senate which recommended her removal from office.

The senate committee who investigated the privatization of the nation’s assets recommended the sack of Ms Onagoruwa for gross incompetence in the management of the bureau.

The panel also indicted her over her role in the sale of the Federal Government’s five percent residual shares in Eleme Petrochemical Company.