Wike, PDP Celebrate As Rivers Governor Wins At Tribunal

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, with PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, at the Government House in Port Harcourt on October 5, 2019. Photo: Facebook- @GovernorNyesomEzenwoWikeCON.

 

 

The Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal has affirmed the election of Mr Nyesom Wike in the March 9 governorship poll in the state.

It dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Victor Fingesi, describing it as an adventure to “discover the non-existent”.

The Tribunal also declared that in the end, nothing was discovered by the petitioner.

Shortly after the judgement delivered on Saturday, Governor Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) celebrated their victories at the Tribunal.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service held at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike in company with other PDP leaders in the state declared that nobody ran against him in the election.

“It is so painful that someone could say that no election held in Rivers State. There was nobody who ran the election against us.

“But for connection, how can anyone say he ran election against us in Rivers State?” he questioned in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

The governor said he would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition, adding that he would continue to promote the interest of the state.

He was exited that justice was done regarding the petition challenging his victory and thanked his legal team for their commitment.

The PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, who was also present, congratulated the governor on his victory at the Tribunal, stressing that nobody should have challenged the election in the court.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has also congratulated Governor Wike and described the Tribunal’s verdict as an inevitable triumph of justice over forces that sought to undermine the will of the people in the state.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party noted that Wike’s victory in the election underscored his popularity.

According to it, the governor is committed to the good of the people as evinced in the infrastructural development and empowerment of the people since he took office in 2015.

“The PDP describes Governor Wike as a highly dedicated, innovative and patriotic leader whose commitment to the wellbeing of his people and the overall stability of our nation has remained a reference point in contemporary Nigeria,” the statement said.

It added, “While commending the Tribunal for upholding justice in the matter, the party urged all its elected and appointed public officials to continue in their dedication and selfless service to the people, in line with the manifesto of the PDP and vision of our founding fathers.”

Buhari Is Not Doing Well, But He Won In Court – Wike

Nyesom Wike                                                                                                                Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has explained why he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari following his victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

He gave the explanation on Thursday at an event in Emohua on Thursday, in reaction to the criticism that trailed the congratulatory message he sent to the President whose victory at the February 23 election was challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to the PDP governor, it is better for him to offer public congratulations than visiting the President at night.

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He noted that unlike some governors of the opposition party who allegedly visit President Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart.

“I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him than to go to his house in the night?

“So many PDP Governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. I won’t go,” Governor Wike was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

He added, “We are the only state that the Federal Government refused to pay us our money used to execute Federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go.

“He is not my friend, he is not doing well, but he won in court, should I say that the court did wrong? No.”

No Federal Benefit?

The governor, however, asked the President to carry Nigerians along in governance and ensure that the country is kept unified and not divided, irrespective of political or ethnic affiliation.

He stated that politics, for him, was a game of interest, stressing that Rivers people in the All Progressives Congress (APC) were under obligation to attract federal benefits to the state.

“Anything that is against the interest of Rivers State, I will not agree. These people sold us out, thinking that they are doing Governor Wike. It is the state that you are offending because I am just one person,” Wike said.

He alleged that despite the key links Rivers has to the President, the East-West Road, the seaports, and other federal projects have been completely neglected since 2015.

The governor said nothing indicates that the state has prominent APC members working with the President.

He also noted that Rivers is a major oil-producing state that deserves major projects from the Federal Government.

Governor Wike said, “They should not punish Rivers State because of me, I am just one individual.

“We have not benefited anything from the Federal Government. The only thing we have benefited is the abuse they heap on me.”

Use Tribunal Victory To Work For All Nigerians, Wike Congratulates Buhari

Wike Gives Mechanics, Others One Month To Vacate Port Harcourt Roads
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday.

Governor Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, asked President Buhari to use his victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings.

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He also called on President Buhari to work towards the unity of the country, noting that the country is divided.

President Buhari won at the tribunal after four months of a legal battle with the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who challenged his victory at the February 23 election.

At the ruling which lasted over eight hours, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammad Garba, dismissed all the petitions filed by the petitioner.

‘I Won’t Bow To Anybody’, Wike Vows To Defend The Interest Of Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (l) and the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye at the Government House Port Harcourt Chapel of Everlasting Grace during the Thanksgiving Service for the Governor’s Re-election.

 

Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has vowed to always defend the interest of the state without compromise.

He said this on Friday when the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“I will not go to bow to anybody. I will defend the interest of our State. As far as God lives, this state will remain a Christian State, he said.

According to him, many politicians are easily swayed by circumstances and as a result, he only relies on God rather than trusting people.

As a politician, one group you must watch very carefully are the politicians. They are easily swayed.

“Something can entice politicians and they can change. If you watch what happened at the National Assembly, you can see that this is the attitude of politicians.

“You see a party has a position, then before you know it, they are selling out themselves for one plate of porridge. This one has a case and he wants them to withdraw the case.

“These things we know and we are guided about it. I will never let my guard down to say everybody is with me. The only person I can be comfortable with at all times is God.

“I don’t trust any human being. It is difficult for me to give 100 per cent trust that a man will continue to be like this or like that. The only person that cannot change is God.

He believes that with God, all challenges can be surmounted.

Speaking further, the Archbishop advised Governor Wike to remain vigilant in all his dealings.

He said, “The devil does not have any vacuum in his attacks. We know that quite a number of people have come to greet you, but we have a feeling to plead with Your Excellency that the guard should not be let loose yet.

A Thanksgiving Service was later conducted for his victory at the governorship elections.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Expatriates In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of three expatriates in the state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the workers were on site at the reconstruction of the Andoni Unity Road, when unknown gunmen stormed the area and whisked them away.

He added that the incident is being seriously investigated.

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Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has given the chiefs and leaders of Andoni Local Government Area, a 72-Hour ultimatum to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates.

Governor Wike said failure to secure the release of the three kidnapped expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum; he will formally withdraw the recognition of all government-recognized Chiefs in the Local Government Area and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity road project.

The Governor further stated that other communities across the state must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them.

He added that the same sanctions will be meted out to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped.

Rivers Government To Implement Report On Soot

 

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered the immediate implementation of the report on Soot in the atmosphere which has caused environmental pollution in Port Harcourt and environs.

The governor gave the order on Wednesday when he met with the committee made up of environmentalists and other experts.

“We have told the chairman who was the former commissioner of the environment to make sure that everybody gets the report and quickly move into action and see how Rivers people will see some changes.

“As a government, we owe our people that responsibility for their safety in terms of a good environment and health.”

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He urged the committee which had doctors, representatives of the oil majors, security agencies and civil societies to ensure full commitment to achieve results.

“We are concerned that whatever we must do, we must do it, we don’t need to wait for the FG to assist us, let me plead with you, let us give this all sense of commitment.”

When Men Of God Are Involved In Politics, There’s A Difference Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged Christian leaders and other faithful to participate in politics in order to improve the system of governance in the country.

The governor made the call on Sunday when the Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North and his team, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital for a brief prayer session.

He explained that bad policies are products of bad leadership, and will, in turn, affect everyone.

Consequently, he believes the days of leaving governance solely in the hands of politicians are over.

“When men of God are involved, you always see that there will be a difference,” he said.

“Continue to pray for us and encourage your people to be part of politics. Let them not leave it for those who you say are politicians. If anything goes wrong, you are part of those that made things go wrong”.

Wike Gives Mechanics, Others One Month To Vacate Port Harcourt Roads

Wike Gives Mechanics, Others One Month To Vacate Port Harcourt Roads
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has issued an ultimatum of one month to roadside mechanics, car dealers, street traders, and private taxi park operators to vacate the streets of Port Harcourt.

He gave the order at a meeting with some artisans and traders on Friday at the Government House in the state capital.

The governor explained that it was important for them to comply with the stipulated period because his administration was committed to restoring Port Harcourt to the garden city status.

“I am giving all groups one month to leave the roads, he said, adding “Within this one month, you should find alternative locations to carry out your businesses.

“By the first week of July, the state government will swing into action. Port Harcourt must be clean, whether you like it or not.”

Governor Wike noted that he convened the meeting to avoid unnecessary conflict and to negotiate the time for all the traders, mechanics and car dealers to leave the roads.

He said, “Our roads are now mechanic workshops, our roads are now markets and motor parks. There is this spirit that makes the traders and mechanics believe that you can only make money on the road; we will end that spirit.

“Your activities litter the roads. There will be consequences for mechanics using the road for their trade after the one month period. The vehicles being repaired will be seized.”

The governor warned that the state government would not allow the operation of illegal motor parks and car shops along the roads.

He said that police and other security agencies have been co-opted to serve on the implementation process.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Usman Belel, gave assurance that the command would work with the State government to ensure that the artisans leave the roads.

However, representatives of artisans and traders requested different timeframes to vacate the roads.

Wike ‘Sacks’ Traditional Ruler For Allegedly Harbouring Cultists

FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike speaks while receiving Adamawa Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri at the Government House in Port Harcourt on April 3, 2019.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the withdrawal of the Certificate of  Recognition of a traditional ruler in the state.

The traditional ruler, HRM Monday Frank Noryaa, Gbenemene Baabe, was removed following his alleged indictment on cult-related activities within his kingdom.

This was disclosed on Monday, in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

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“The Traditional Ruler was also indicted for harbouring cultists, leading to insecurity in the area,” the statement added.

According to the governor, his administration remains committed to the promotion of peace and security across the state.

He said any traditional ruler or government official indicted for promoting insecurity will face the full weight of the law.

The withdrawal of the traditional ruler takes immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the ruler could not be immediately reached for comments and no official response issued yet.

But the Rivers State Police Command confirmed to Channels Television that the Monarch was invited on Monday for questioning over the violence in his community in Khana Local Government Area, that led to the killing of at least five persons on Saturday night.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in State, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, he was released after being questioned.

DSP Omoni added that some persons have been arrested and an investigation is currently ongoing with officers deployed to the community to check any further outbreak of violence.

Amaechi Is Not The Owner Of Rivers State – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is not in the position to decide who runs for governor of the state.

The governor, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday at the Government House, was in response to an earlier comment made by Amaechi.

Amaechi had said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, that there is no war between him and Wike, and the issue between both of them was due to Wike’s decision to run a second term.

Wike said that he wouldn’t have responded, but he owes the public the duty to set the record straight.

“We want everybody to come back and work together for Rivers state to move forward.

“But it is unfortunate that if the former governor of the state made the statement, he is not in my party. It is my party that gave me a ticket to go for a second term which I deserve, having done well in my first tenure.”

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The governor recalled an earlier statement allegedly attributed to Amaechi.

“If I did not do well in my first tenure, my party, PDP, will not allow me to fly the flag of the party. Remember that in 2015, the same man vowed that over his dead body will I be governor of Rivers state, it’s on tape, and everybody knows that.

“It is not in his place to say that I should not go for a second tenure; it is for the people of Rivers state, it doesn’t matter what his opinion is because he is not the owner of Rivers state, he is not the people of the state, he is one person in the state.”

The Governor noted that; “we have a population of not less than six million people and not less than 3.5 million registered voters. And therefore, it will be irreconcilable for one man to say his anger is because I want to go for a second tenure. It is the people of the state that will decide.”

Rivers Politics: There Is ‘No War’ Between Wike And I – Amaechi

 

Former Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi has declared that there is ‘no war’ going on between him and incumbent Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Amaechi, who is a serving Minister of Transportation, made the clarification during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

He explained that what is going on between both politicians are borne out of Wike’s decision to run a second term as Governor of the state.

“There is no war going on between Governor Wike and I. What is going on between us is the fact that he wants to run a second term.”

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The minister added that the Governor is responsible for the lives in the state and his inability to do so raises concerns.

“He is the governor of Rivers state, he has to protect lives. The moment you can’t protect lives, you must take those responsibilities.

“When I was governor of the state, for every death, I challenged the Director of SSS; I must know who killed the people and they must be arrested.”

Easter: Wike Advocates Love, Fayose Asks Nigerians To Keep Hope Alive

Easter: Wike Advocates Love, Fayose Asks Nigerians To Keep Hope Alive

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, have felicitated with Christians on the celebration of Easter.

In a statement by his electronic media assistant, Simeon Nwakaudu, Governor Wike urged the people to emulate Jesus Christ by making sacrifices that would advance the course of development.

He said that Easter exemplifies the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus Christ to save mankind, noting that as individuals, Christians must take into consideration the welfare of others.

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The governor called on the people of Rivers to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the state, as they reflect on the ideals of Good Friday and Easter Celebration.

He gave assurance that he would continue to make sacrifices for the state, defend its interests and ensure that the people always enjoy good governance.

Governor Wike described Easter as a period of fresh beginning, forgiveness, love and friendship.

He, therefore, urged the privileged to reach out to the less privileged, saying everyone works to deepen the culture of true Christianity.

While wishing the people of the state a happy Easter celebration, the governor assured them of their security before, during and after the celebrations.

On his part, Mr Fayose urged Nigerians not to give up but keep hope alive on the challenges facing the country.

In his Easter message, he said, “The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus have given mankind the hope that no situation is beyond the divine power of God.

“That our Lord Jesus Christ never gave up on his mission for our salvation despite the betrayals, humiliation and persecution, is the reason we must never give up on our country Nigeria.”

Fayose also asked the people to stand for the truth at all times, stressing that only the truth exalts a nation.

He noted that by raising his son, God himself has established and secured the hope of mankind for a better tomorrow.

“Therefore, in the spirit of Easter, we must let our hope in Nigeria be as alive as Jesus Christ,” said the former governor.