Gov. Wike Alleges Plan To Arrest PDP Members

Gov. Wike Alleges Plan To Arrest PDP MembersRiver state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged plan by the Police to arrest over 100 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the run-up to the re-run elections.

This comes just days after he accused the Commissioner Of Police in Rivers state of a plot to rig the forthcoming re-run polls in the state.

The Governor was speaking during the commencement of the reconstruction of Chokocho-Etche road.

He called on the public to pay attention to the December 10 polls and also asked them to resist any such arrests.

Governor Wike Swears In Acting Chief Judge In Rivers

WikeRiver State Governor, Nyesome Wike, has sworn in as acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Daisy Okocha and an acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Christiana Nwankwo.

The swearing-in of the judicial officers, Governor Wike’s first task, held in the Council Chamber of the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, South-south Nigeria.

This appointments are coming nearly a year after courts in the state shut down following the controversy that engulfed the judiciary in the state, caused by the legal tussle that ensued between the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the former State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as to who should be appointed as the Chief Justice.

According to Governor Wike, the newly sworn in acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal is a replacement the suspended President, Justice Peter Agumagu.

Governor Wike while giving his charge took a swipe at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), for allowing the judiciary to be grounded without any fight.

Imoke Denies Plan To Be PDP National Chairman

Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke

Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has debunked rumours that he was working to succeed Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu

The Governor described as false, publications in some national dailies and some online reports that he was working closely with some chieftains of the party to become the next National Chairman of PDP.

The Governor, while briefing newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on his arrival from Abuja, maintained that having been in the public limelight for 16 years, it is necessary that he takes a bow out of any political office.

He further stated that while out of office, he intends to remain a loyal party member and supporter in rebuilding the party following the defeat PDP faced at the last elections.

There were reports during the week that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, might have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be akin to resign.

There has been a lot of concern by the PDP leadership over the party’s loss in the 2015 general elections, leading the party to the inauguration of a post-election committee, headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

The Senate President, David Mark, warned that unless the in-fighting in the PDP is brought to an end, the party may be “heading for final destruction” adding that the emerging factions in the party were absolutely unnecessary.


Imoke Charges Nigerians To Reflect On The Life Of Christ

The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, on Friday called on Nigerians to reflect deeply on the life of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed all to redeem mankind.

The governor in an Easter Message asserted that it is only through selfless service and sacrifice to the fatherland can Nigeria attain the desired socio-political and economic progress.

“As the Lenten season ends to usher in Easter, let me remind you that we share a holy hunger for clarity about what is good and life-giving, and we yearn to re-focus on what is most central and important to move this country forward”, Imoke said.

While urging Christians to use the Easter celebration which he noted is victory of light and life over darkness and death to cultivate the spirit of compassion and forgiveness, said only these virtues can help in the building of a strong, virile, indivisible and cohesive Nigeria.

He further urged Nigerians to embrace God’s ever-new life with “every cell of our being, every yearning of our soul, and every muscle of our will.”

Imoke added that for there to be a testimony, there must be trials and tribulations, while reaffirming the resolve of his administration to the development of infrastructure and human capacity in the state.

Ajimobi assures displaced traders of allocation as Gov. Amaechi commends Oyo development

The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has disclosed that the first set of new markets to be constructed by his administration across the Ibadan metropolis would be ready within the next three months.

The governor, who made the disclosure while receiving the Chairman of Wemabod Estates Limited, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi and other board members who were on a courtesy visit to his office said that the second phase would commence immediately after the completion of the first phase.

The move by the Ajimobi administration is to fullfill the governor’s promise to relocate displaced traders occupying illegal structures across the Ibadan metropolis, as he took a tour of the town to identify with the displaced traders and assure them that more befitting and safer shops would be given to them soon.

Within the Oyo state capital all illegal shops, kiosks and shanties are being demolished to give way for a planned and aesthetically befitting outlook, against the cries of discomfort and frustrations by the traders but Gov. Ajimobi led accompanied by all members of the executive during the tour empathise with the traders and give them hope of continued livelihood.
He promised that every displaced trader would be given new shops at the neighbourhood market nearby within the next few months.

Gov. Ajimobi disclosed that the neighbourhood  markets will be located at both sides of the old toll gate at the Ibadan end of Lagos-Ibadan Express Road; Temidire Market, New Ife Road; Scout Camp, Challenge; Samonda, adjacent to Oyo State Trade Fair Complex and Oke-Bola Area. He added that additional stalls would be fixed at Ibadan South West Local Government Area as well as rehabilitation of the popular Adamasingba Shopping Complex.

In a related development, the board of Wemabod Estates led by its chairman Dr. Ismael Adewusi promised to provide at least 500 low cost housing units to the people of Oyo state. Gov.Ajimobi lauded the initiative and charged Wemabod Estates to join in the construction of the markets on public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement across the entire state.

Ajimobi said the Oyo state government is willing and ready to partner with Wemabod Estates owned by the O’dua conglomerate in the planned construction of new motor parks and development of New GRA at Idi-Ishin area of Ibadan and the restructuring of the existing GRAs to accommodate more houses of different categories.

Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor and chairman Governor’s forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, commended the Oyo state governor for bringing further development to the state and changing the face of the state capital, Ibadan to a clean and comfortable place for the people.

Governor Amaechi stated this during a courtesy visit to Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Governor’s office, shortly after commiserating with the families of late Justice Kayode Esho at his Ikolaba, Ibadan residence.

The rivers state governor said that contrary to widespread belief that Ibadan was extremely dirty without exception, he was actually impressed with what was on ground in the ancient city in terms of aesthetics and development.

He said further that he is hoping that the economy of the state would be repositioned through the transformation agenda of Governor Ajimobi.

Speaking on the position of the Governors’ Forum on the on-going constitution review, governor Amaechi said the forum believes that the practice of true federalism is germain to the development and political stability in Nigeria.

While reacting to the issue of the creation of state police, governor Amaechi said discussion is on-going with other members on the necessity of state police in reducing the rate of crimes in Nigeria, stating that the impression given by a section of the media that there was disagreement among the governors was not a true representation of the meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Reacting, Governor Ajimobi  described Amaechi as a man with special ability to manage human beings, as attested to in his handling of the governors in Nigeria, stating that  Amaechi had encouraged public office holders to be honest and courageous, even as politicians.

While commending Amaechi for the development he had brought to Rivers State, Ajimobi expressed the willingness to take a cue from the developmental programmes of Rivers, stating that he was willing to benchmark on the best practises that had made Rivers state a model state in infrastructural development.