The ‘N25 million largesse’ purportedly given to an ex-militant in Rivers State, ‘General’ Solomon Ndigbara, aka Osama Bin Ladin, is creating disquiet within the camp of ex-militants in the state.
Information Nigeria reports that the said largesse was donated by the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, when he visited Yeghe-Ogoni in Gokana Local Government Area of the state on May 8.
It was learnt that ex-militants are at ‘war’ with Ndigbara over the unfavorable sharing formula, which has made made many of the ‘boys’ to voice out their displeasure and threaten to withdraw their support for Wike’s governorship ambition.
But the minister, reacting through his spokesman, Samuel Nwanosike, said no money was given to Ndigbara when he visited Gokana stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Nwanosike, who doubles as the PDP State Publicity Secretary, said: “Wike visited Gokana stakeholders and Ndigbara was in attendance.
“He (Ndigbara) has been a member of the PDP since 1998 and has worked for governments at various levels.
“There was no private discussion between Wike and Ndigbara and no money was given to him by the minister. There is no crisis whatsoever. People are just spreading rumours”.
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), through its spokesman, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to call the minister to order.
APC said: “Wike is a confused man and an enemy of Rivers State.
“We do not want to go back to the era of militancy, before Rotimi Amaechi became governor in 2007.
“APC is known for peace and will ensure change in 2015”.
But the man in the eye of the storm, Ndigbara said: “Let me make it clear that the meeting I held with the minister on May 8 was a private visit from the minister to show his love and support on my recent victory in court, against those who persecuted me.
“I do not see how the private visit has frustrated any effort in moving Rivers State or Nigeria forward. I urge APC members to focus on issues and not my private life”.
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
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.”
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