A group of Ijaw speaking indigenes under the aegis of Pan Rivers Alliance, yesterday in Port Harcourt kicked against what they said was a purported endorsement of the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, to run for governor of Rivers State come 2015.
The group, in a press statement signed by its coordinator, Sam Otonye, said the endorsements were not genuine and could have been influenced.
It would be recalled that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, had thrown her weight, in what appeared to be a major endorsement of Wike’s perceived governorship ambition even as she affirmed his position as leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State.
But the statement by Mr. Otonye said: “The Pan Rivers Alliance (Rivers West Senatorial District) notes that never in the political history of Nigeria, since the failed bid by General Sani Abacha to transmute from a military into a civilian Head of State, has the political ambition of any Nigerian been inundated with so much orchestrated endorsements like that of Barr. Nyesom Wike.
“There appears to be no end to these stage-managed endorsements of Nyesom Wike which is tearing apart the Rivers State PDP as the party is inundated daily with claims and counterclaims to these phantom endorsements”.
The statement described the behavior of those in support of the endorsement as self-serving.
It added: “What are the ‘persuasive and binding legal reasons’ that compelled Dr. Tammy Danagogo to endorse Nyesom Wike in contravention to the provision of the PDP Constitution in its Aims and Objectives in Chapter 1 item 3[C] that guarantees ‘Adhering to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness?
“When did Barrister Nyesom Wike become the yardstick for competence and experience in Rivers State, having been elected a local government chairman straight from NYSC, then appointed a Chief of Staff and then a minister within twelve years?” it asked.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
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.
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