Nigerians Will Resist Every Attempt To Truncate Democracy – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Nigerians will resist any attempt to deliberately truncate the nation’s democracy, especially with the general elections a few days away. 

Speaking during the inter-denominational service to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Governor Wike alleged that there are illegal actions pointing to an undemocratic end to the polls in February.

Governor Wike said that charges “concocted” by the Federal Government against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) are aimed at “frightening the Judiciary, ahead of the planned manipulation of the polls”.

The governor noted that the “concocted charges” against the Chief Justice Of Nigeria are targeted at the Niger Delta.

He said: “Since 1960 when Nigeria gained independence, for the first time in 2011, a Niger Delta person became the President. The entire country ganged up against him . They gave excuses and denied us a second term. We did not fight. We did not shed blood. He said his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian and they called him a weak man.

“Since 1960, no Niger Delta person has been the Chief Justice of Nigeria. When it came to his own time to be appointed the Chief Justice of Nigeria politics came in. They were not willing to appoint him. It was God that created the circumstances. The President was sick and was flown out. That was how Onoghen became the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Now, because they believe that the Niger Delta is not part of this country, they have come again with all kinds of stories. They think they are talking to small children. Fabricated stories and said he did not declare his assets in 2011. Step aside for who take over. We must know whether or not we belong to this country. Enough is enough. I have never seen people who are so desperate to cling to power”.

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The governor added: “When they came before to attack the judiciary, I raised alarm. I told them what they were doing is part of their future plan. Unfortunately, NBA did not realise it. They chickened out and gave out their judges. Not knowing that the lion is still waiting somewhere to complete the assignment.

“They have INEC and the security agencies. They have plotted how to rig the elections. But they have not been able to gag the judiciary.

“In order for them to consolidate in their rigging machinery, they want to gag the judiciary. The only that they want to do is to intimidate the judiciary”.

“They know and the law is clear. You cannot try any judge except the National Judicial Council approves. They know they cannot try the CJN. But all they are doing is to cause embarrassment. Put fear in all the judges.

“How can an Attorney General who calls himself an Attorney General sit and file such charges against the Chief Justice of Nigeria one month to the general election. What kind of crisis are they setting up. They want to cause crisis in the judiciary and they think everyone should keep quiet?”, he said

Governor Wike said the “extreme manipulation of the system and the enthronement of a culture of impunity will not augur well for the country”.

He said: “Nigeria will resist any attempt to truncate this democracy”.

“If they lose, they will prefer something funny to happen. Anybody that does that will face the consequences. Now they are pushing people to the wall. Be careful how you deny people their mandate. Allow people’s votes to count.

“We are no longer in a democracy. This system is worse than the military. Even under the military, opinions of the people count”.

On Rivers State, Governor Wike said any security personnel plotting evil against the state will face God’s judgment and punishment.

Davido Institutes Talent Hunt Show For Upcoming Rivers Artistes

 

Super-Star Musician, David Adeleke popularly called Davido has instituted a talent hunt show for upcoming artists based in Rivers State.

Davido said this during his visits to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, at the Government House Port Harcourt.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, said the musician also pledged to work towards the re-election of Governor Wike whom he described as his godfather.

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Addressing the Governor, Davido noted that the show was in line with his discussions with the State Government to support upcoming artists.

He said that he was in Port Harcourt for a musical show tagged ” Plugged” where he will perform with indigenous artists.

“I am planning a talent hunt show in Port Harcourt. One of the lucky artists will perform at my show in Lagos on 27th December 2018 he said.

“I am also here to wish the Governor a happy birthday. In the New Year, there are several things that we are planning for the good of the music industry “.

Davido was accompanied by the organizer of Plugged, Mr. Chima Aguma and Music Promoter, Soso Soberekon.

Governor Wike, a youth-friendly administrator, had earlier pledged to promote the entertainment industry for the creation of jobs for the youths.

 

 

2019 Elections Won’t Stop Delivery Of Projects, Says Wike

Governor Wike inspecting projects

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the upcoming 2019 General Elections will not stall the delivery of projects in the state.

He stated that he will remain focused on the completion of ongoing projects, while new projects will be initiated.

The governor said this on Friday, after inspecting ongoing projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

He also noted that the administration will effectively use the dry season to achieve desired milestones at different project sites.

Some of the project sites visited include the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinemas and restaurants, Judges Quarters, Doctors Quarters, Dualization of Hotel Presidential Road, Produce House, National Industrial Court, Mile One Market and Rumuolumeni Internal Roads.

“We are focused on the mandate given to us by the people. No project will be abandoned,” he said.

Speaking further, the governor noted that contractors have been further mobilised with funds all across the state to ensure that no project suffers delay.

“We are impressing it on contractors that they must deliver because we are regular in payment. Over the last three weeks, we have further mobilised contractors for them to increase the pace of work,” he said.

The governor was accompanied on the inspection by a member of the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board, Chief Hanny Woko.

Sen. Akpabio Endorses Governor Wike For Second Term

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has endorsed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term, saying, that the state needs his developmental prowess to be completely repositioned.

He described Governor Wike as the best performing governor in the country.

Commissioning the completed Kpopie-Bodo Road in Gokana Local Government Area on Monday, Senator Akpabio expressed gratitude to God for allowing him to witness another governor in the Niger Delta who believes in profound development.

Picture: L-R: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Sekibo during the Commissioning of the reconstructed Kpopie-Bodo Road in Gokana Local Government Area on Monday by the Senate Minority Leader.

He commended Governor Wike for diligently constructing the Kpopie-Bodo road, which has given the people of the area a sense of belonging.

He said: “From the Pictures, I have seen here; I wonder how you people lived before Nyesom Wike became governor. Oh, my people, you must have suffered. This road will help revive the economy of the area”.

He added that by creating access to communities of Gokana, Governor Wike has empowered them and given them the leverage to grow.

In his remarks, Governor Wike said that his administration has fulfilled the promise it made to Gokana people, without giving excuses.

He criticised that the former Works Commissioner who hails from Gokana Local Government Area for allowing a project under his supervision to be abandoned.

He noted that Senate Minority Leader was invited to commission the project because he was one of the pillars of support during the electioneering period.

He stated that he will continue to deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

The Commissioner of Works, Iheanyichuwu Bathuel said that Kpopie-Bodo Road which is about 10 kilometres has been fitted with street lights.

While Secretary to Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani lauded Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of Ogoni land.

He assured the governor of the support of Ogoni people in his future political endeavours.

The highpoint of the occasion was conferment of a chieftaincy title on Governor Wike by the Gokana Traditional Rulers Council.

Rivers Govt. Invests On Security Infrastructure

We Are Building A Culture Of Commitment In Rivers - WikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that his administration has made more investments in the upgrade of security infrastructure, than any other state government in the country.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital on Wednesday when he received doctors on security awareness trek following the killing of their colleague by criminals, Governor Wike said that he remains committed to the security of lives and properties in Rivers State.

Represented by the Chief of Staff, Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor said that crime and criminality have drastically reduced in the state because of the administration’s investments.

Picture: Representative of the Rivers State Governor and Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke exchanging views with the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Datonye Alasia at the Government House, Port Harcourt after a security awareness trek by the doctors on Wednesday

He, however, said that every society has security issues, pointing out that despite the reduction in insecurity, crime has not been totally eliminated.

“The Wike administration is committed to the security of every person living and doing business in the state. That is why we have made massive investments in security.

“I challenge any state with alternative facts to come forward and declare. We will continue to support security agencies to make the state more secured.”

He commiserated with the doctors on the killing of their colleague, pointing that his administration will work with security agencies to bring the criminals to justice.

Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State, Dr. Datonye Alasia said that they were on a peaceful march to draw the attention of security agencies and the state government on the death of a doctor, who lost her life to kidnappers.

He said that the state health sector will be troubled if health professionals are under threat from criminals.

Black Soot: Wike Orders Arrest Of 15 Mechanics

Rivers, Nyesom Wike, Militants, CultistsIn furtherance of the fight against environmental pollution in Rivers state by black soot, the state Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Friday, ordered the arrest of 15 mechanics, said to have been engaged in illegal burning of used tyres and condemned engine oil.

The governor ran into the mass illegal burning of tyres on Aba road, around the Oyigbo axis, while returning from Oyigbo where he attended the funeral service of Late Sir Precious Oforji.

He was said to have gone into the large mechanic workshop where the mechanics had used an open field to burn the tyres.

Thereafter, he directed the State Fire Service to put out the fire, while stating that the government would liaise with relevant security agencies to ensure they are prosecuted.

The governor was in the company of the Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah and Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia.

Wike noted that his administration  is working  with  all stakeholders  to ensure that the black soot polluting  the  atmosphere is brought under control.

He said nobody would be allowed to endanger the lives of the people of the state through harmful environmental practices.

Furthermore, the governor assured residents that the Task Force set up to tackle the black soot issue, had been duly empowered to ensure that the state’s environment  is safe for all residents.

Governor Wike Charges Rivers IRS On Revenue Generation

 Governor Wike Charges Rivers IRS On Revenue GenerationRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has inaugurated the reconstituted Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue Service (IRS), charging the board to create a tax friendly environment in the state, while improving internally generated revenue for development purposes.

The governor urged the chairman and members of the state Board of IRS to ensure that they weather the storm of political blackmail and other forms of pressure in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Inaugurating the Board at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the governor stated that the renewed revenue drive in the state is because of the dwindling revenue from the Federation Account.

According to him, the new board was selected because of their professional competence. He therefore warned members against getting themselves involved in unproductive politics.

The governor said: “It took us time to appoint members of this all-important Board because of our search for persons who are professionally competent to achieve improved revenue.

“Members of the board were chosen strictly on their professional track record.

Wike Charges Rivers IRS On Revenue Generation
members of reconstituted board

“We have made commitment to the Rivers people and we are determined to continue to deliver on quality projects. We can only do this with sustained revenue flow. Therefore, you must work towards blocking revenue leakages, increasing our revenue and providing more funds for development”.

Wike went on to say that if the state is able to generate up to 50 per cent of her potentials, it would easily fasten the development process.

He told the reconstituted Board that this is their opportunity to serve the state and make a positive impact on the lives of the people.

In response, Chairman of the Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mr Thank God Adoage Norteh, said members of the Board are committed to delivering on the assignment of improving the revenue of the state.

He then gave an assurance that they would create a tax friendly environment and professionalise the revenue service of the state.

Furthermore, he solicited the cooperation of the leaders and people of the state as the board discharges its responsibility of generating the needed funds for development.

Wike Receives Methodist Church Of Cameroon Bishop, Lauds Leadership

 wike-with-bishop2Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has lauded the leadership of the Methodist Church for always supporting his administration.

He expressed this during a special visit by the Primate of the Methodist Church of Cameroon, Alfred Ayuk Ewube, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Wike was also full of praises for leaders of the Church of different denominations, for always praying for his administration.

This followed, as the archbishop, stated that God made Governor Wike a golden Jubilee Governor, because he believes he had been programmed to transform the state.

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L-R: Primate of the Methodist Church of Cameroon, The Most Rev Dr Alfred Ayuk Ewube, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Methodist Archbishop of Port Harcourt, Most Rev. Sunday Agwu, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Precious Sekibo and Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Religious Affairs, Bishop Winston Iwo during the visit of the Primate of the Methodist Church of Cameroon to Governor Wike on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Earlier, the clergyman, commended Wike for his construction of the Rivers state Ecumenical centre.

Among other things, he also said: “I am impressed with the several development strides of your government.

“The projects your government has embarked upon have brought direct benefits to your people,” he added.

He also expressed his appreciation for the harmonious relationship between Rivers people and the Cameroonian community in the state.

The governor then went ahead to approve the request of the archbishop, that the ecumenical centre be named: “Chapel of Everlasting Grace”.

He reiterated that his administration would always partner with the Church because according to him, Rivers state is purely a Christian state.

“It is God that has made Rivers State a Christian State. Therefore, we shall always partner with Christian leaders”, Wike said.

 

Federal Agencies Can’t Cow Me, Says Governor Wike

Wike Condemns Police' Role In Rivers Rerun ElectionRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says ‘no level of intimidation or blackmail from Federal Agencies will scare him into selling out the state to external predators’.

The governor urged Rivers people not to panic, insisting that nobody can take the state by force despite what he called sustained blackmail by the Police and the Department of State Services ( DSS).

At a meeting with the Rivers State Elders Council of Ministers (RISECOM), Governor Wike said: “This is a turbulent period. However, we will overcome. They can cow other governors, but not me.

“None of them gave me the mandate. The people of Rivers State gave me this mandate and I will never sell the interest of this state for whatever reason. I will not bring out the money of Rivers State to sponsor other people outside the state,” he stated.

Governor Wike told the Christian leaders that security agencies were frustrating the security architecture of the state to further their devilish plot to declare a state of emergency and thereafter bring a lackey to loot the state.

He denied sponsoring anyone to protest in Abuja against the Federal Government, pointing out that those who planned to protest in his favour must have taken a cue from those who protested against him in Abuja.

“If they like, let them bring all manner of accusations daily, it will not cow me. Three days ago, they sponsored protests against me in Abuja with the Police leading the protesters.

“It is so unfortunate how they can descend so low . The DSS are unhappy because I stopped them from kidnapping a judge. Till today, they are yet to invite that particular judge”.

“I never sponsored anyone to protest. Assuming, people want to protest, are we not in a democracy?

“If I am the one who is the sponsor of the planned protest in my favour, who sponsored the protests against me. It means they are the people who sponsored the protests,” he claimed.

He assured the Christian leaders that he remained committed to the development of the state and the welfare of its people.

In his remarks , leader of RISECOM, Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, commended the governor for his developmental strides in the state.

On his part, the Methodist Archbishop of Port Harcourt, Most Reverend Agwu, urged the governor to stand firm despite the persecution.

Rivers Rerun: Wike Constitutes Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10 rerun and supplementary elections in the state.

The constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was contained in a special government announcement signed by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani.

According to the announcement, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry has Justice Chinwendu Nwogu as Chairman, while other members include: Mrs Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Prof O.V.C. Okene, Sir Anthony Uzoma Ozurumba, Rev Canon Hossanna Nnaewi, Alphonso Sibi Esq (Chief State Counsel, Secretary) and C. B. Ekeh Esq (Principal State Counsel, Legal Counsel).

The announcement read: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 2 (1 ) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law of Rivers State (CAP 30) of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, the Governor of Rivers State; His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, hereby constitutes and appoints a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections to elect members of the National Assembly and House of Assembly in Rivers State.

“The Judicial Commission of Inquiry which would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt, has the following terms of reference.

▪Investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violence during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections in Rivers State.

▪Identify the perpetrators of the various acts of violence and killings in the aforesaid election.

▪Identify the victims of the violence including those killed

▪Identify if property was damaged and the value of any such property

▪Determine if the violence was localised to specific areas within the state or was state-wide

▪Make appropriate recommendations concerning their findings or any other recommendations as the commission may consider appropriate in the circumstance and

▪Submit its report to the Governor of Rivers State within one month from the date of its sitting, ” the statement reads.

Police Probe Panel

This follows the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) demand for the immediate redeployment of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak.

According to the party, the REC had colluded with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections in favour of PDP.

In an election which was violence-ridden, the APC made the comments after an audio recording which was attributed to Wike, surfaced few days ago.

According to the party, the audio in which the governor allegedly threatened INEC officials, confirmed their fears of him engaging in unwholesome conducts that contributed to compromising the integrity of the electoral process.

They also said concerning the 70 incidents reported, 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.

The governor on the other hand, rejected the order, stating that himself, as well as people of the state would not be party to the police ‘phoney’ probe panel.