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APC Plotting To Rig Re-Run Polls, Impeach Me – Wike

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Ahead of the March 19 Legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state was planning to impeach him using the State House of Assembly.

The Court of Appeal had nullified the elections of all members of the Rivers State House and National Assembly with the exception of a House of Representatives member.
Wike alleged that the opposition party was planning to win the forthcoming polls by all means in order to get the majority in the state House of Assembly and subsequently remove him as governor.

He also alleged that part of the APC’s plot was to use security agents to intimidate and arrest top members of the Peoples Democratic Party and government functionaries to pave way for rigging during the election.
Wike, who spoke during a phone-in programme at a Port Harcourt-based radio station on Saturday, however, vowed to stand up against the arrest and harassment of PDP members by security agents.
The governor had earlier directed all PDP leaders, council chairmen and government functionaries to resist arrest by security agents based on trumped-up charges.

He said, “They (APC) want to win all the House of Assembly seats that are declared for rerun so that they can impeach me. They want me to fold my hands because I am a governor? Nobody does that. I am not a governor that will not just sit in his office.

“Do they (APC) want me as the chief security officer and one of the leaders of the PDP in this state to fold my hands when I know the strategies they have adopted? They want to arrest all PDP members, to intimidate them and put them off before the election so that they will have their way in the rerun and I said no, we cannot continue to allow that to happen.

“I am going to be involved. Nobody will rig this election and you must be popular to win this election. Rivers people must decide whom they want to vote for”.

While maintaining that PDP leaders in the state will only report to security agencies after the March 19 elections, the governor insisted that the harassment of his party men and government functionaries was politically motivated.

Reacting, the Rivers APC spokesman, Chris Finebone, assured the governor that his party was neither planning to impeach him nor to rig the state and National Assembly elections.

Finebone, who said he listened to Wike’s interview on radio, said, “If the governor has suddenly realised that rigging of election is not good, he should tell us that he is now a changed man because we know he rigged the last election.

“We want to assure him that we have no such plans to act in the way the governor acted in the past. However, it is uncharitable and unconscionable for the governor to make such allegations against the APC.

“We have no plan to rig the election and we have no plan to impeach him. Doing otherwise will mean playing God, which we do not do in the APC”.

On the invasion of Ogoni communities by the military about two weeks ago, Wike pointed out that it was not necessary for the entire military to storm the area in its bid to arrest an ex-militant, Solomon Ndigbara.

He said, “If they (military) are looking for one criminal as they alleged, do you need to be in Ogoni? Ask the security agencies; I have given them all the support to make sure that we fight the issue of criminality in this state.

“If you are saying that you are looking for one Solomon and that the Solomon is a criminal; why not? But for the entire military to be in Ogoni, does that not tell you that something is fishy somewhere?”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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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.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“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

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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.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“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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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

Also Read: Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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