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If I’m Removed Tomorrow, History’ll Remember Me, Says Amaechi

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AmaechiRivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has dared those plotting his removal from office saying he is satisfied with his stewardship first of all as Speaker of the State Assembly and later Governor for which he would be remembered.

Addressing an inter-party summit with the theme “Cohesive inter-party relations as a panacea for peace and sustainable development in Rivers State”, in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday, Governor Amaechi stated that any government which could not attribute its victory to the people’s votes would not be responsible to the people.

According to Amaechi, “Indeed, it is only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has the guts to suspend a governor without a reason. I leave them to God and to you (the people)…. We must come together to defend Rivers State.  It’s not about me, I have served eight years as Speaker, nearly six years as Governor.  Even if I am removed tomorrow, I am satisfied that this state, this country and history will recognize and remember me.

“If there is no history that I have made, the one God has helped me to make is the one that I stood out and fought for my right and became a governor. You voted on my behalf and the Supreme Court confirmed that when you people were voting, you were voting for me. But you also need to make your own history and that history is that let Abuja know that you can stand for your right, whether you belong to PDP or APC or any other party.

“If you listen to me yesterday (Monday) when I was addressing Rivers youths, I told them ‘all those from 18 and above should please get up’ and they got up.  I asked them to sit down, they did and I asked again, ‘all those that have voters’ card should please get up’ and a lot of them did and I said we shall punish irresponsible politicians with our cards.  So what I expect from all of you whether you belong to APC, CPC, where ever you belong to, start now to mobilize the state for one man, one vote.  We will not allow them intimidate us with police or anything. Instead, we shall intimidate them with our votes”, Amaechi said.

Keynote Speaker and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Senator Magnus Abe, urged politicians in the state to preserve and not destroy the state by their actions.

He lamented the lack of participatory democracy among political parties and the sole desire by parties to acquire and hold on to power for selfish interests.

Abe said, “In Nigeria, the evolution of our party politics has been less than satisfactory. I say this because our country today is deeply divided along ethnic, religious and cultural lines. The main challenge facing our country has been the development of national political parties that will promote issue and idea-based contest for power. In other words, the contest for power will be a contest of ideas. The parties in Nigeria have evolved into vehicles strictly for the acquisition and retention of political power. In this evolution, our political parties have lost one of the key attributes of participatory democracy, that leadership should be a contest not of persons but of ideas.”

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  1. Odike Ezemonye Kingsley

    May 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Because Amaechi would vehemently refuse to be a sleeper Governor to be bandied around, tossed about and shaken like an okra plant. Because he would refuse to be shied away by anybody, group or institution in our polity- hence these! The Man Amaechi would forever be recognised by posterity for his good works, programmes and leadership style, even generations yet unborn.

  2. donjeff

    May 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    You will not make aby history,we know your electoral record that you have never won any election in your life,you will only be remembered as a saboteur & an anti party man,please kinly take your acclaimed 2 million votes to APC if you will get up to 2,000 votes,loser.

  3. angel

    May 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Ezemonye kingsley, I’m sure u r one of Amaechi’s ally. No offence meant but culd u please shut ur stocked mouth. Amaechi has no shame, bcos pple stood 4 him last tym, he feels he can get same dis tym. Now let ask u, how many of our youths was employed afta he came in2 power? how did he care 4 us?. He ignored us n threw us like a tissue paper afta he got in2 power. I heard him say last tym he’s not responsible 2 create employment, who then? I asked. Same pple he abandoned n neglected he is calling on now, d same pple he treats wit disrespect he calls on…if any youths respond 2 such call den ur parents shld be ashamed 2 hv u as a child…d dying state of RSUST was pioneered by dis selfish n greedy Amaechi, neglect of R/S youths is fuelled by self centred Amaechi who cares natin but his political ambition. RSUST students do u remember d number of tyms u called on him n he neglected n instead sent troops 2 send u guys packing n shoot @ sight…those memories r still fresh, I bet u all can’t 4get. Dis is his tym of nemesis, allow him suffer alone…afta all he neva cared abt u all. Neva heed 2 his call let him fight his battle n leave us out of dis…we as youths hv neva benefited 4rm him so y shld we fight wit or 4 him? He who has ear let him hear!!!

  4. angel

    May 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    God bless u Donjeff…wen intelligent pple speak I perceive it witout any formal introduction. U r a gud son of d soil…speaking wit utmost regard 2 watz @ stake. U ‘ll remain blessed.

  5. angel

    May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    U can’t be remembered 4 anytin gud. Shame!!! Dis is jst d beginning of ur tears

  6. bbkaura

    May 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    We are strongly bhind U HERO.

  7. donjeff

    May 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Angel thanks for your correction

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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