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Six Amaechi Commissioners’ll Defect To PDP In Dec –Wike



Nyesom-WikeMinister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Wednesday that six commissioners currently serving in Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s administration, would resign their positions and join the Peoples Democratic Party by December 2014.

According to him, they are still staying put in the state executive council so as to amass enough wealth to take care of themselves and their families.

Wike also boasted that the PDP would win the governorship election in the state next year.

The minister spoke in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area during the launch of the Millennium Development Goals’ Economic Empowerment and Conditional Cash Transfer Programme to the 23 council areas of the state by the First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan.

Wike added that the commissioners, whose names he did not mention, entered into an agreement with the leadership of the state PDP to resign and defect to the party before the end of the year.

Wike assured Mrs. Jonathan that nothing would stop the PDP from occupying the Rivers Government House come 2015.

He said, “Your Excellency, I (Wike) want to say that today, August 6, you will call me that I said so. You can tell your security to remind you that I said it here in Akpor Grammar School, Ozuoaba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area that PDP will win the governorship election and retain Rivers State.

“Let me also tell you (First Lady) that by December, six commissioners will resign and join us in PDP. The arrangement we had was that they should remain there (state executive council) and make enough money to take care of themselves and their families.

“If they resign now, they will be sacked. So, we want them to remain there and make enough money and join us then. I will not mention names, but when the time comes, you will know them”.

He, however, described the empowerment programmes of the Amaechi administration as an afterthought.

“They are giving buses to local government areas. What they are doing is buying you over and they are giving you tokunbo (used) buses. Look at what the First Lady is giving. These are brand new buses”, Wike said.

The minister enjoined the people of the state to continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife in the forthcoming election.

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  1. muyi

    August 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

    “if they resign now, they will be sacked” (nyesom wike, minister of state for EDUCATION). This GEJ cabinet is filled with too many intellectually SOUND intellectuals.

  2. Dan Jigawa

    August 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Dis man should allow us peace in dis state oo….abeg

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola



You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

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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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu



Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood 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.

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“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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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo



Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha 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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