Wike Promises To Empower Residents, Flags Off Etche Road Construction

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has flagged off the construction of Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road to link the rural communities of Etche Local Government Area to the economic zone of the state.

Flagging off the road construction on Wednesday, Governor Wike said that the road will expand economic opportunities in the area and empower the people.

He said that the 23.3kilometre road is the fifth major road to be constructed by the administration since May 29, 2015.

“Etche people this is the fifth major road this administration is constructing in this local government area.

“This is to show that politics must not be deceitful. If you make a promise, you are under obligation to fulfil the promise.

“Some politicians plead for votes, but after elections, they run away. It is unfortunate that since the creation of this state, this important road has not been constructed “.

The governor noted that in line with his campaign promises to the people of the area the road will be constructed on schedule.

“We are not here to give excuses because excuses are not necessary. This tells the Etche people who are their brother? Under this administration, an Etche man became a High Court judge and an Etche man was appointed a Vice-Chancellor of a university.

“Etche is key and very important to Rivers State and it must be at par with others. Etche was relegated in the past, but we are working to lift Eitche. We will continue to support and develop Etche “, Governor Wike said.

Rivers State Works Commissioner, Mr Dum Dekor said that the 23.3kilometre road has 20 culverts and will provide 550 direct employment opportunities for the people.

He said Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road is a virgin road being constructed from start to finish by the Wike administration.

A representative of the communities, Mr Amadi Sunny, said Governor Wike has rescued them from the grip of under-development through the construction of the road.

He said since the colonial era the road has been in a deplorable state because successive administrations have neglected it.

Mr Amadi said that the people of Etche will support Governor Wike and the PDP in 2019 because of the kind gesture.

APC Demands Immediate Removal Of Resident Electoral Commissioner

APC Protests Results In Rivers East Senatorial District, OthersThe All Progressives Congress (APC), has demanded the immediate redeployment of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, for colluding with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the December 10 rerun legislative elections in Rivers state in favour of PDP.

The demand was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt and signed by Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

The statement reads: “With the revelation of the unholy partnership between Wike and Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to deny a large chunk of the Rivers State electorate a voice during the rerun election, we hereby demand for the immediate redeployment of this enemy of democracy.

“Mr Ikoiwak had the audacity to announce PDP’s George Sekibo as a Senator without adding votes from three LGAs of Etche, Emohua and Ikwerre LGAs which would have made APC’s Andrew Uchendu the winner.”

Based on this, the APC, Rivers State Chapter, “wish to ask Sekibo, Osinakachukwu Ideozu and their likes in PDP not to celebrate their fake victories as we will not allow killers of our people to lead us but will use every constitutional means at our disposal to retrieve the mandate given to our candidates by the voters”.

Rivers APC berated Wike who, according to the party, was caught on audio tape shouting: “Tell the Electoral Officers in Etche and Khana to return my money or I’ll kill them – I’ll make sure that they will not leave Rivers State. I understand that both of them are from Plateau State… I’ll kill them if they don’t return my money.

“With this latest revelation we have been vindicated that Wike is the most bloodthirsty Governor in Nigeria who if not checked, will surely derail our democracy. Who knows how many Rivers State people that Wike and his PDP hoodlums would have killed for the sake of electoral victory if not for the Police and other security agencies?

“Having watched the outbursts of Chief Wike before, during and after the December 10 rerun election, we have come to the conclusion that Wike is nothing but a comical tyrant and blackmailer who needs to be restrained before he derails our hard-won emerging democracy.

“Governor Wike has not ceased to accuse the Army, DSS, Police, INEC and APC leadership of collaborating to cause havoc during the rerun election while in actual fact, he is the brain perpetuating all the killings, ballot snatching of INEC sensitive materials and fake announcements of induced INEC results, the party stated.

Police Probe Panel

Furthermore, the party questioned that: “How come a police officer, DSP Mohammed Alkali was brutally beheaded with his aide, at the usual spot where PDP hoodlums kill other security agents at Omoku? How come PDP candidates are declared as winners in most of the results so far declared by INEC?

It added that: “Under the watch of Wike, Rivers State has degenerated into a miasma, where lives have become solitary, nasty, brutish, short and the sanctity of the human lives is not paid the attention it ought to get under the purposeless PDP-led government.

“Not minding the tyranny of Wike, the Ogonis have proved that they are truly soldiers of democracy by ensuring that their son Magnus Abe was duly elected Senator, thereby shaming Wike and his army of undemocratic elements and appreciating the Ogoni clean-up initiative of President Muhammdu Buhari,” the statement said.

Concerning the 70 incidents reported, the party then insisted that Wike must submit himself to the Police Probe Panel to join the police in bringing an end to the killings in Rivers State since he assumed office.

Wike on the other hand, says the government and people of the state would not be party to the police ‘phoney’ probe panel.

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.

INEC

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.

Police Unravels Truth About ABSU Gang Rape

The Nigerian Police has been commended for unraveling those behind the alleged gang rape at the Abia state University, Uturu which circulated the social media networks in 2011.

Briefing journalists at the government house, Umuahia, the Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Ugochukwu Emezue, said the state government and the Abia State University has been vindicated by the findings of the police which show that the incident never happened at the university or anywhere in the state but at a village in Etche LGA, Rivers state.

According to him, the police has confirmed that the case is before Magistrate court 9, Port Harcourt , Rivers state and three of  the perpetrators Uchenna Ukulor,Chizoba Nwosu Imezie and Nwazuo are facing trial for act of conspiracy and rape while the fourth person is on the run.

Emezue said that detractors of the government who do not want to see anything good in the state,who insisted then that the rape took place at Abia State University should “hide their face in shame.”

He called on people to thoroughly investigate a matter before conclusion.