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Rivers Face-Off: ‘I’m Not Heating Up The Polity… But If They Don’t Want Me To Sleep, They Won’t Sleep Too’, Says Wike

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Nyesom-WikeThe Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike has given his condition for peace to return to Rivers State – that the suspended chairman and councillors of Obio/Akpor Local Government must be recalled.

The Minister, speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt after appearing before the Chief Felix Obuah-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Performance Assessment Committee, also denied the widely reported statement attributed to him that he would make the state ungovernable for Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

Wike, was former Chief of Staff to Amaechi and Chairman of Obio/Akpor local government area.

Denying the allegation that he was making inflammatory statements, the Minister retorted, “What utterances have I made that are heating up the polity? I said those who want to destroy Obio/Akpor LGA, they will not sleep. If you want to destroy my house, will I allow you to sleep?

“Those who are accusing me of not doing my work, are they those who appointed me? Has Mr. President said I am not doing my work? I do my work. From Monday to Friday, I am in Abuja. Then Friday, I come back home to see my people. What is wrong with that?

“For me is that PDP must go from strength to strength. We do not want PDP to lose any election. Nobody will take us by surprise. I am doing my work. Mr. President knows that. There is nothing you will do that people will not criticise. If you are quiet, they will say why is he quiet? If you are not quiet, they will say why is he talking too much?”

Wike also debunked reports that he boasted he would be the one to lead the state’s delegation to this weekend’s special national convention of the party in Abuja in the absence of Governor Amaechi, who is currently on suspension.

“In my local government (Obio/Akpor), I know who the delegates are. I do not know the delegates from other LGAs. It is only the party chairman who can ascertain who are the delegates.

“Except those who are automatic delegates, like the governor, who is a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT), senators, House of Representatives members, party chairmen, assembly members. 27 (of 32 loyal to Amaechi) Rivers House of Assembly members have been suspended and will not be able to participate.

“Since they have been suspended from the party, they cannot take part in the activities of the party, until their suspension is lifted. It has nothing to do with me. Me leading the delegation is neither here nor there.”

On the ongoing ASUU strike, Wike said: “Am I not part of the negotiating team? My comment is what the Federal Government has done. We are pleading with ASUU members to go back to the classroom, with the N130 billion the Federal Government has released. Let us start from there and let them go back to the classroom.

“I do not know what you mean by force. Nothing can be enough. We are appealing to them (ASUU members). The Federal Government has done something. In the interest of our children and in the interest of our nation, they should go back to the classroom. Nothing like force. We cannot force anybody.”

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4 Comments

  1. john

    August 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    My political leader have spoken the simple truth,we are behind you sir,bravo our great ruler!

  2. Steve Benson

    August 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Nyerisi meka o! God of heaven will give you the Grace to fight for the less privilege Rivers people whose voice can and have never been heard. We Rivers people know the truth abt our problem which boils down to our Selfish,Dictatorial,Autocratic and stubborn Governor who feels his the messiah of the state because we voted him into power. God will judge every man soon hitting down our state. So many political office holders today in the state can never speak to their boss and he listens because he is a mini god. Hmmmmmmmnnnnn! We have seen grate men fall how much more arrogant people like so of them in the state.

  3. kpoback

    August 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    These leaders are fighting for their interest not of the masses, pls dnt support any one.

  4. parajumpers long bear Doudoune

    September 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thanks be given to you in search compelling the temporarily to divulge this advice darned valuable!

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

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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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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