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INC withdraws support for Wike, demands apology to Ijaw nation

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Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

The highest Ijaw socio-cultural organisation, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), yesterday announced its decision to withdraw the support for Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike in his presidential ambition.

The INC, in a statement yesterday by a member of the National Representative Council (INC), Elder Christopher Abarowei, called on politicians who had declared support for Wike’s presidential ambition to withdrew it until he tenders an unreserved apology to the leadership of INC, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) and the entire Ijaw nation.

According to Abarowei, the office of the Governor of a state and President is supposed to be occupied by persons who are considered by those who voted them into office in the first place as being among the best in terms of their ability to manage success.

He said: “There is a popular saying that you know a person better when you give him power.

“Governor Nyesom Wike has not disappointed those who helped him to be governor as he has turned himself into a complete public nuisance with the way and manner he quickly insults people at the least provocation.

“This drift into uncivilised and uncouth adventure by a state governor is in our opinion unacceptable, undeserving and outrightly condemnable.

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“The recent outburst in a church of all places by Governor Wike against the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) is a clear case of a man whose mental state has to be interrogated.

“It is highly unacceptable for a man occupying the most exalted position of Governor of Rivers State to use derogatory words like ‘Thunder Fire You’ in a church that is supposed to be congregated by decent people and respected workers in the Lord’s vineyard.

“This is a clear indication that the governor lacks the moral compass to manage a state not to talk of his delusional attempt to occupy the most exalted position in Nigeria.

“How will he feel to ask for the votes of delegates of Ijaw extraction from Delta, Edo, Rivers and Delta states whom he wants thunder to fire?

“Governor Wike should better still allow his aides to do what he is shamelessly doing now as the job of an attack dog does not in anyway fit into the job description of a state governor.

“We wonder how comfortable this governor is with him having issues with almost everything around him except for his bloated ego.

“There is a popular rule in boxing that requires a boxer with the longer reach and height to come down to the level of a shorter opponent to hit his target.

“In the process, the shorter man has an advantage to hit the face of the taller opponent with ease. Wike should be knowledgeable enough to know that using gutter languages will force weaker opponents to dive into the gutters with him.”

He said no governor of Ijaw extraction had ever insulted the Ikwerres the way Wike throws caution to the wind to insult Ijaws at random.

He asked him to come down from his high horse and build some moral decency and desist forthwith from insulting Ijaw people as his becoming a governor was a function of some Ijaw persons lifting his head, legs and hands.

Abarowei said his fellow Ikwerre brother, Chibuike Amaechi, the current Minister of Transportation, would have crushed him without the support of the Ijaws.

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

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I will reveal my presidential candidate soon, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, said he would soon reveal to the people of the state his choice of presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Speaking during the inauguration of Rukpokwu-Rumuapu-Izo-Ogbodo Igwuruta Link Road at Rumuapu, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, he said, “I will tell you where we will vote. These ones (governorship, senatorial, reps and state assembly candidates) I mentioned, make sure you come and vote for them.

“Very soon, we’ll meet in our houses and take decision where we are going to.

“You will work for a party that has come to your aid; a party that has brought dividends of democracy.

“If the people of Rukpokwu are not happy, will they be here? Governance is all about the happiness of the people.

“When the people are happy, we are happy. So, if I come here to address you everybody will listen to me.”

The governor also spoke on security in Rivers, saying, “Yesterday (Monday), the Inspector General of Police came and we commissioned the Intelligence and Surveillance Centre. I tell all who may be thinking of kidnapping, the time is over.

“As it is now, in that intelligence centre, we will be watching you on screen. Anywhere you are on the road we are seeing you. That period is over when you think you will commit a crime and run away.”

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