The Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that his number one priority was to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and not the succession scramble in Rivers State.
Wike, who spoke on Saturday when he visited an ex-militant leader, Chief Soboma Jackrich (aka Egberipapa) in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, lampooned Governor Rotimi Amaechi, describing his former boss as a drowning politician.
The minister also urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to work come together as one and ensure President Jonathan’s reelection.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. My priority is to ensure the re-election of the president in 2015 and not who succeeds Governor Rotimi Amaechi. The governor (Amaechi is an insensitive, irresponsible and drowning politician”, Wike stated.
Wike explained that his visit to the ex-militant was in continuation of his consultations aimed at boosting the chances of President Jonathan ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking at the Jackrich’s residence, the minister commended his host’s commitment and doggedness in promoting the Jonathan administration and the PDP.
He assured Jackrich that the state PDP under his leadership would make fairness, equity and justice its watchword, pledging his commitment to politicians that have worked hard for the party.
Wike also called on members of the state PDP to come together in order to ensure that the president wins the 2015 presidential election and justify his (Jonathan) efforts towards transforming the country.
“As the leader of the party and a loyal party man, I will always abide by the rules and wishes of the party. When the time comes, all stakeholders will sit together as a family to choose who will represent the party in the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state”, the minister said.
In his response, Jackrich, who is the founder of Kengema Unity Forum, expressed gratitude to the minister even as he lauded Wike’s loyalty to President Jonathan.
The former militant leader also thanked the minister for repositioning the PDP in the state, promising that KUF will continue to sensitize and mobilize the people towards ensuring that President Jonathan was re-elected in 2015.
Jackrich, however, noted that activities of the Grassroots Development Initiative (a political group founded to promote Wike’s governorship ambition) in the area were creating division among party members.
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo
Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.
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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.
“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”
The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.
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