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PDP May Lose Rivers If Wike Clinches Guber Ticket – Annkio Briggs Warns

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Annkio BriggsA Niger Delta activist and spokesperson for the Ijaw Republican Assembly, Ms. Annkio Briggs, has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State risks losing the 2015 governorship election if it fails to resolve the crisis currently brewing in the party.

Briggs also warned that the PDP would not win the state if it decided to choose the immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as its governorship candidate.

She warned that the election could be bloody, pointing out that the national leadership of the party has been one-sided in dealing with the crisis rocking the state chapter of the PDP instead of carrying every stakeholder along.

Warning that no amount of rigging would make an Ikwerre man – in reference to Wike – to succeed the incumbent governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who is also from the Ikwerre ethnic group, in the next political dispensation, Briggs declared that only the Ijaws and Ogonis were qualified to lay claim to the governorship position of the state next year.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the activist stated that a situation where a particular aspirant would be foisted on the people of Rivers was unacceptable.

She also dismissed the claims in some quarters that the former minister would take advantage of the large population of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area to win the governorship poll in February 2015.

She said, “This is false. Obio/Akpor is cosmopolitan in nature, where you have Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa doing businesses. On the day of election, these people will travel home to vote.

“The situation in Rivers State is going to be bloody because it seems as if the PDP national appears to be listening to one person alone in a state of multi-ethnic nationalities. The PDP must dialogue with all the stakeholders if they want to win the state.

“If Rivers State boils in the course of the election, the economy of Nigeria will crumble and the world will come to its knees. This country as it is now does not need any political instability. For peace to reign therefore, the right thing must be done by the party.

“Wike has not finished the fight against Amaechi; why does he want to share the spoils of the war? There are ministers in other states. I have never heard them say they are fighting for President Goodluck Jonathan in order to become governors in their states. But Wike has been deceiving Nigerians”.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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