2019: Buhari Has No Choice But To Accept Elections Result – Amaechi

The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says President Muhammadu Buhari will accept the outcome of the 2019 general elections.

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He says the president will not interfere in the works of the Independent National Electoral Commission
The former governor of Rivers state and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will stand by whatever the decision the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) makes in the 2019 general elections.

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The Sun reports that the minister, who is also the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, assured that President Buhari will not interfere in the work of the electoral body.
Legit.ng gathers that Amaechi stated this when he played host to a delegation from the European Union (EU) and ECOWAS in Abuja, on Thursday, November 1.

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He said: “One assurance I will give you today (yesterday) is that we’ll stand by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we will stand by whatever decision they make.
“The assurance I will give you from the President Buhari Campaign Organisation is that there will be no interference by the president. We’ll play by the rules and whatever the campaign team needs to do to ensure that the election is transparent, we will do.
“We’ll also ensure that the election is such that Nigerians will be proud of, and we hope that the rest who are contesting in other parties will also take the same position.”
In his remark, head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen, said: “We look forward to a good collaboration on this occasion of the 2019 general elections. We have had election observers in Nigeria for all general elections since 1999.

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“For the EU, we really do not have any preferred candidate, we don’t have any preferred political party, we don’t promote any particular ideology in Nigeria.
“We have spent more than €100 million in giving support for electoral process. So, currently, we support INEC, we support the National Assembly, we support intra-party democracy and we support all stakeholders.
“We had also engaged actively in the party primaries and this gives us reason about the optimism of INEC to conduct elections.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that one of the former presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sam Nda-Isaiah has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 general election.
Nda-Isaiah said the good work being initiated under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress would be enough to return President Buhari back to power.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician who served as the fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011. Amaechi was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013.

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In 1999, he contested and won a seat to become a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency. He was subsequently elected as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Amaechi was elected the Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was reelected into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and was also re-elected as the Speaker. In 2003 when the National Assembly moved to hijack the legislative functions of the State house of Assembly as enshrined in the constitution, he and his colleagues took the matter to Nigeria’s supreme court and the court gave a judgment that the control and supervision of local government is the prerogative of the State House of Assembly.

Amaechi is currently the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation

BREAKING: Tinubu, Amaechi, Receive The Biggest Offers, In APC’s 2019 Presidential Campaign Council

Exclusive report reaching Daily Advent, revealed that the All Progressive Congress, APC, which is the main ruling political party in Nigeria, and most likely to retain power in 2019, has concluded its final list of members of the party’s 2019 Presidential Campaign Council, for its Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

 

 

Although, our source could not reveal the full list of members of the Presidential Campaign Council, it however, mention that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be playing a very major role in the Presidential Campaign Council, as Chairman.

 

 

 

 

The former Lagos Governor has been briefed on this proposal, and was one of the issues that was discussed during his meeting with Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the source, is, however, proposed to continue in his position as the director-general of the campaign.

 

 

By the time-table of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ban on electioneering for presidential candidates would be lifted on November 18.

Tinubu, according to the source, is being proposed for that role because of his vast experience in electioneering, a talent he reportedly displayed during the 2015 campaign that brought Buhari to power.

 

 

“The president has so much confidence in Tinubu, and feels that he would be best suited to lead the campaign,” the source revealed.

In his first assignment, the Jagaban of Lagos, attacked the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying, the former VP is going nowhere in the 2019 elections.

 

 

 

 

 

Tinubu was reacting to the meeting of Atiku, in Dubai, over the 2019 elections.

Tinubu, who spoke with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said Atiku can meet anywhere to strategise, but Nigerians will not vote for him.

 

 

 

 

When asked if he was jittery about Atiku meeting in Dubai to unseat Buhari, he said: “We do not fear, whether it is in the jungle, or is in Dubai, or is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategise in any way they form, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP.

 

 

 

 

“It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that. They say slow and steady wins the race; we inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.

“We cannot go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change it skin”, he said.

Great Tension As The Fearless Fayose Challenges Abba Kyari, Amaechi, Fayemi, Other Top APC Chieftains

The former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he has thrown up a challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari’s men, by submitting himself for investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Fayose made this known through his Spokesman, Lere Olayinka, at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos State, where Fayose is facing trial for alleged money laundering, and charges bordering on financial misappropriation.

The former Governor, was granted bail to the tune of N50 million, and the case has been adjourned till November 19.

Listing the names of some prominent Politicians in the All progressives Congress, APC, Olayinka said that there are complaints against them that are worth investigating.

“It is a challenge to the APC-led Federal Government. Fayose has thrown a challenge to them. Those who are being accused among them should also do the same. They should also go to the EFCC and say here I am… I have come to clear my name, I am submitting myself to be investigated and to be prosecuted, if need be”, he said.

“I read yesterday, that the APC Chairman went to court to say that he should not be tried. He should rather go to the EFCC and submit himself to be investigated, like Ayo Fayose has done. That is how Nigeria should be run.

“When somebody accuses you of committing a crime, it is better for you to also come out and say, ‘here I am, I did not commit this crime, let us go through the normal judicial process, so that I will be able to clear my name.

“That is what President Buhari’s men should do. That is what APC people should do. That is what the likes of Kayode Fayemi should do.

“When we were in government, I personally submitted a petition to the EFCC against Kayode Fayemi, the House of Assembly did the same, the SSG did the same, the EFCC did not do anything on those petitions.

“We have records of petitions against the likes of Amaechi, we have records of complaints against the likes of former SGF, Babachir Lawal, we have records about complaints against the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and several people like that. They should also follow suit, and do what former Governor Fayose did, and submit themselves to be investigated.”

Governorship Candidates Wrestle Over Position

The immediate past governor of River state, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the residents of Rivers need to vote out, the state governor, Nyesom Wike over insecurity issues in the state.

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Amaechi who is the Minister of Transportation made the call during the Dedication service of the Tonye Cole campaign organisation in Port Harcourt. According to him, “It is unfortunate am saying this before the camera because it’s like demarketing Rivers State when you hear about death. We heard about how many killings up to eight persons just last week.

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“If the Governor cannot take charge and people are dying, then there is a need for replacement and for people to vote for their lives., we are no longer talking about food now, we are not talking about light, we are talking about the right to existence that you have to live. All the shops and houses are empty people are on the run because nobody can protect them here” he said.

Amaechi noted that they were in church because they believe that God drives everything and it is important to seek God first before talking to the people.

It would be recalled that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that a few months ago he explained why he agreed to a peace accord with his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, saying he would sincerely implement the resolutions of the deal brokered by the police and the State Security Services for the peaceful conduct of rerun elections in the state.

“I was at the peace meeting because we love peace and want the state to move forward, a spokesperson, Simeon Nwakaudu, quoted the governor as saying at a rally in Degema on Wednesday, I signed an undertaking on your behalf that we are prepared for INEC credible, free and fair elections. It is not in our position to have a crisis because we are the ones losing.”

The governor said he willingly participated in the peace meeting convened by the Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the State Security Service because of his commitment to peace and the need to make sacrifices for the development of the state.

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Addressing PDP faithful at the Rivers West Senatorial District Rally in Degema on Wednesday, Governor Wike said the people of the state must be allowed to elect representatives of their choice at the national and state assemblies.

He said the Rivers State Government would partner with security agencies to ensure peaceful elections held in the state. He said those who want the state to burn would be disappointed.

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Governor Wike expressed sadness that some politicians were celebrating the postponement of elections in the state, saying that insistence that Rivers State should have Representatives at the National Assembly was because the people of the state had been shut out on the deliberation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and other legislations.

He called on PDP members to remain vigilant while expecting the rerun elections, “Nigerians know, the world knows that Rivers State is PDP. So shall it be forever,” the governor said.

He pledged to ensure development gets to all Local Government Areas of the State. He said with the successes achieved in just one year, the remaining three years would witness more development. Also speaking, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Banigo said the massive turnout of the people was an indication that the people would always vote PDP candidates.

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Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu, the Rivers West Senatorial District PDP candidate, said the reason given by INEC for the postponement of the rerun elections was not tenable as the state is peaceful. Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, decried the frequency of inconclusive elections under the leadership of the APC.

Amaechi reacted to Wike’s claim to agreeing to a peace accord with him, who is the immediate past governor of Rivers State and the leader of the APC in Rivers State and the South-South, says the duo of Abe and Wike are plotting to use his former cabinet members to tell fake stories to the media in order to denigrate him. He said the fake stories are to impugn his “unblemished integrity and paint a very terrible image” of him to members of the public.

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In a statement released by his Media Office, the Minister claimed that the plot is already far-gone and that some persons are been coached on what to say and how to say it. The statement reads thus: “I am aware that two former commissioners who served in the State Executive Council when I was governor have been procured by Wike and Abe, jointly and collaboratively, to carry out this hatchet job of ‘hack Amaechi down’ campaign. The plan is to throw as much dirt at me as possible and rubbish my image.

“While one is been coached in Rivers State Government House of what to say to the Press and how to say it, to do maximum damage; the other one is busy distorting, concocting and fabricating fake screenshots, text messages, documents and all sorts in Senator Abe’s Freedom House campaign office in Port Harcourt; that they intend to release to the media to tarnish my image.”

“I want to alert the media and members of the public of the smear plot by these two political collaborators (Wike and Abe), to unjustly discredit and smear me for their selfish political reasons.” Amaechi noted that he would not be distracted by what he described as “any cheap, fake smear campaign of calumny” against him, while urging Rivers people to pay no heed to the “desperate attention-seeking duo of Wike and Abe and all of their fabricated lies, but focus on the goal of ensuring that Rivers State gets a better leader that would turn around the fortune of the State and its people for good, come 2019.”

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The transport minister also said that “no amount of sabotage and fake stories” will deter him “and all genuine APC members, supporters and Rivers people from changing and voting out the inept government in Rivers State, next year.”

 

TROUBLE!!! Governor Nyesom Wike Set To Be Disqualified From Contesting The 2019 Governorship Election In Rivers State

Achinike William-Wobodo, a Lawyer in Rivers State, has sued the Governor of the State, Nyesom Wike, for allegedly forging his Age Certificate, in documents he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

William Wobodo, instituted the law suit against Wike and INEC, at the Federal High Court (Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1020/2018), pursuant to Section 182 (1) (j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

In the suit, he asked the court to disqualify Wike from participating in the 2019 Rivers State Governorship election.

The complaint of the Applicant is that in 1999/2000, when Wike intended to contest for the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Council, LGA, Chairmanship election, he was less than 35 years, which was the minimum age qualification at the time, for contesting the LGA Chairmanship.

In order to qualify himself for that election, Wike allegedly got someone who deposed to an Affidavit that he was born on March 13, 1963, which made him eligible for that election. In the said affidavit, allegedly made in 1986, there was copious reference to Obio/Akpor LGA, which was not in existence as of 1986. The LGA was only created in 1989.

Curiously, the affidavit, titled: ‘Statutory Declaration of Age’, was also allegedly deposed to at the High/Chief Magistrate Court, yet had a stamp, purportedly of the Probate Registry.

There was no identification or stamp of the person who allegedly administered the Oath as Commissioner for Oath, as required by the Oaths Act 1963. The applicant alleged that the Governor had reasons to have known that the age declaration, which he presented to INEC as his Age Certificate, was forged, because even his date of birth earlier submitted in his documentation with INEC, was December 13, 1967.

The applicant also claimed to have known the Governor from 1991, when they were both of the same Faculty of Law, at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, Port Harcourt, and that the Governor had always presented his date of birth as 13/12/1967.

This, he said, made the Governor 50 years of age, in 2017, and this was consistent with the Governor’s 50th birthday celebrations, last year, in Port Harcourt. By Wike’s age declaration to INEC, he would have been 54 years old, rather than the 50 years he celebrated in 2017.

It was alleged that in the buildup to the 2015 Governorship election in Rivers State, some social media platforms published that the Governor had an unresolved conflict around his age, and threatened to publish same. It was in a bid to maintain consistency in his age, that Wike re-presented the alleged forged Certificate of Age to INEC, which has now put him into a stronger dilemma.

The applicant gave particulars of alleged forgery, which include: (1) that the document lied against/about itself; (2) that the content was made of manifest inconsistent, inexplicable and irreconcilable falsehood; (3) that the information regarding the age of the Governor is false, and to the knowledge of the Governor; (4) that the Governor intended that INEC should act on the document as genuine; (5) that INEC acted on the document as genuine; (6) and that the Constitution of Nigeria talks about presentation of forged certificate, it will be immaterial that the Governor claims he did not forge the document by himself.

A very close source to Wike, who asked not to be named, revealed that the Governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were doing everything to suppress and frustrate the case. The source claimed that Wike admits that the case is a very bad one, and that the timing has made the situation even worse.

Another source also revealed that the Governor had hoped that the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, would not have been able to decipher a cause of action from the certificate saga. He expressed shock that Wobodo was able to weave a very strong case out of the situation.

Wike and his team have resolved that their strategy would be to frustrate the case; right now, he has directed his personal staff not to receive service of any court processes.

Trouble for Amaechi! As court nullifies all primaries conducted by APC in Rivers

It looks like there might be hope yet for the opposition party, Peoples Democracy Party in Rivers state. This is as a result of the state’s faction of the APC hitting a dead end today when the outcome of the court case came out not favoring them. A high court sitting in Port Harcourt has nullified all primaries conducted by the APC in the state.

The gathering had chosen Tonye Cole as its governorship contender for 2019 elections however the court depicted the procedure as unlawful and illegal. A high court sitting in Port Harcourt invalidated the assignment of Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in anticipation of 2019 general elections. The high judge, Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, made the proclamation on Wednesday, October 10, on the ground that his assignment is a component of illicitness and unlawful acts.

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It was additionally accumulated that the court likewise invalidated the Rivers state APC senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries, referring to lawless acts. The court additionally invalidated every one of the elections of Rivers APC ward officials, local government administrators and state official council that emerged from the said ward congresses. In a judgment conveyed by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu in a suit documented by Ibrahim Imah and 22 others against the APC, the court proclaimed that the ward congresses of Rivers APC were unlawful, on the grounds that they were not led in accordance with the APC rules and the gathering’s constitution.

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He set aside the ward congresses of Rivers APC, local government congresses of May 19 and state congress of the party held on May 21. He stated that all actions taken by the APC during the pedancy of the suit had been set aside, because they are “illegal and unconstitutional.” Justice Nwogu declared that all those who purchased nomination forms for the ward congresses were entitled to contest the ward congresses of May 19, but were unjustly excluded by the party. He said: “The rule by might must be checked by the rule of law. We must restore the hope of the common man in the justice system.”. Justice Nwogu, who constructed his judgment in light of the Amaechi versus INEC matter of 2007, noticed that having contemplated the entries in the issue, he will undoubtedly make considerable requests to guarantee that equity was done for the situation.

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He expressed that the high court has purview to engage the issue as an interest documented by the respondents at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, to stop procedures on the suit was dismissed by the re-appraising court on September 21. He expressed that all through the conference, the APC recorded no counter-sworn statement precluding the actualities from securing the issue, as exhibited by the candidates in the starting summons, taking note of that it is trite law that realities not debated are regarded conceded. On the suit recorded in an Abuja high court by a group of the APC, Justice Nwogu announced that the court is of organize ward with the high court in Port Harcourt, and can’t sit in request over it.

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He included that the suit documented by Ibrahim Imah went before that of the Abuja high court by a group of the Rivers state APC. Prior, an insight to the APC, Prince OSM Azunda moved a movement trying to stop the conveyance of the judgment. Be that as it may, Justice Nwogu expelled his application, which he named as a ploy to capture the judgment. Following the judgment, the APC never again has possibility for the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives, and state House of Assembly decisions for the 2019 general election.

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The gathering likewise has no state working council, neighborhood government working boards and ward officials. In the mean time,  beforehand revealed that the clergyman of transportation and pioneer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state and the south-south zone, Rotimi Amaechi, repudiated the congressperson speaking to Rivers south in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, as an individual from gathering in the state.

Major Tension In Rivers State, As Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi Suffers Brutal Attack

The Rivers State Government, has blasted the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, daring him to be courageous enough to admit his penchant for dictatorship, and accept responsibility for the crisis that has engulfed the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State.

It also appealed to Amaechi to leave Governor Nyesom Wike out of the crisis bedeviling the APC in the State.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, made the appeal in reaction to some uncomplimentary remarks made by the Minister against Governor Wike.

While addressing his party supporters at Rumueme Civic Centre, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Amaechi had said: “Wike is panicking, sponsoring APC members to cause confusion, he must go in 2019.”

However, Okah in a swift reaction, described Amaechi as a confused man, who is yet to learn that dictatorship has no place in a democracy.

“Amaechi is the problem of APC in Rivers State. He is the one who dictates when members can aspire to hold any office; He is the one who has treated party members like they are his slaves, and the consequence is that the party is factionalised into three camps”, Okah said, noting that, Wike has no hand in the split that has befallen the APC in Rivers State.

Continuing, the Commissioner added: “The present crisis rocking the APC originated from the Minister’s insistence that a serving Senator has no right to aspire to be Governor of Rivers State, and the unilatetal appointment of the Minister’s Lagos Business partner, as the preferred Governorship candidate, without regard to the right of other APC members to contest party primaries.”

‘Buhari has not said people should not steal’ — Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, admitted on Wednesday that corruption was still an issue in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Speaking on the administration’s fight against corruption, Amaechi said, “Buhari has not said people should not steal.

“But when you steal, there is a consequence for stealing. I don’t want to say it has stopped completely but it has reduced”.

The transport minister said this in Abuja during an interactive session with the media on the ministry’s achievements.

He said the Buhari administration has achieved a lot on security, road, fight against corruption, agriculture and transportation, adding that Buhari was tackling herdsmen-related killings.

Amaechi said Nigerians will enjoy 24 hours of power supply if President Buhari is reelected.

“There is an improvement in power. We have moved from 3000 megawatts to 7000 but we are distributing 5000 because some of the infrastructure are not in good state but we are slowly fixing them.

“The expectation is that it should be 24 hours power supply but there will still be a gap but if you give us a second term, that gap will be closed.

“In terms of corruption; this economy was a rent economy. Public money was spent anyhow and it was an economy that was not worked hard for. That is why you see politicians today very rich and one year after leaving government, they are poor.

“They are like that because they don’t know how to manage the money. When Buhari came, he said we could not continue to spend anyhow. Buhari has not said people should not steal.

“But when you steal, there is a consequence for stealing. I don’t want to say it has stopped completely but it has reduced. So if you say Buhari has not done anything on corruption, you are being most unfair.”

He said 2015 budget had only six percent allocated to capital expenditure but the current administration is doing 20 percent.

 

Amaechi said that in the next two to three years, government will allocate up to 30 percent for capital expenditure, if the recurrent expenditure is reduced and wastage is fixed.

“It is also unfair if Nigerians think the ministry of works is not working. The road to Bonny was abandoned after Obasanjo left government, the road was below N39 billion but it is now N120 billion that the federal government wants to do it.

“So, Buhari government is dealing with corruption, building roads, the worst roads in Nigeria used to be between Uyo and Calabar but it has been awarded.

“The road to Enugu too that people are complaining about: contractors are working on the roads already. The work may be slow but they are working. Also the Ilorin-Jebba road has been awarded.

Amaechi also reacted to the Chinese scholarships scandal for the first time.

He and other officials in the government had been accused of diverting rail transport engineering scholarships offered by a Chinese construction firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The scholarship involved the sponsorship of over 40 Nigerian undergraduate students in Chinese universities to study railway engineering which the company said was part of its CSR.

Speaking on the scandal, he said, “the answer to this thing is simple, CCECC has granted us scholarship, how they got their candidates, ask them. I’ve seen the first batch in China. Instead of asking how we chose the candidates, they should ask us about the policy”.

“The policy is that when they come they build roads. Rivers state government house is still being maintained by Julius Berger, is that good? It’s something that any Nigerian should be able to maintain.

“To maintain that place, Julius Berger comes every day and they are paid every month. The month you don’t pay them, you won’t see them.

“If you allow the railway people go without them providing scholarship, when they finish and they go, when the train breaks down you will see that the workers would be sweating but we are very sure that at the end of the day before the Chinese leaves they must have trained our men to take over this thing and that is what is critical not how we chose the candidates,” he said.

“I think the CCECC complied with the law, they did not break any law.”

Rivers 2019: I will unseat Governor Wike, Tonye Cole boasts

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers, Mr Tonye Cole, said he would unseat the present government in the state in 2019.

Cole, who is aspiring to succeed Gov. Nyesom Wike, if given the ticket of his party, said that he would tackle economic and security challenges which the present administration had failed to do.

He told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, after submitting his nomination form for the party’s primaries that he would attract foreign direct investment into the state.

According to him, Rivers has the capacity to attract investors if conducive business environment is created.

Cole, therefore, said that he would use his experience and connection in business world to actualize the dream of improving on the economic status of the state, if given the opportunity.

He also said that wealth distribution at the grassroots was a major objective of his aspiration, adding that he would ensure that rural people were lifted out of poverty.

“Wealth distribution among the grass root people is extremely vital.

“I want to make sure that everybody in Rivers at the grassroots, who have been down, who has been impoverished, who does not have peace and security, are taken care of.

“From an industry perspective, I have been operating at the global level; I travel a lot, I have worked with a lot of people and people know me for doing business with passion.

“We believe that we can attract investment and secure investment in Rivers.

“Rule of law will be protected and they would be able to generate employment for the people of the state,’’ he said.

On security, Cole said that he would engage with the people for them to understand the negative impact of insecurity and crime on the lives and their communities.

According to him, the long term outcome of insecurity is that poverty continues to increase.

“Security is a relationship thing as well; it has to deal with people because people who perpetrate crime and bring insecurity are human beings like you and me.

“One of the things that we are going to do is to engage with them wholly to make them understand what the outcome is as it affects them, not just their families but as it affects their communities.’

EFCC Receives Court Order, Set To Invade Rivers State Government House, Make Massive Arrests, Over Suspicious N117 Billion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reportedly secured a court warrant to arrest four Officials of the Rivers State Government, over an alleged N117 billion suspicious transaction.

The anti-graft Agency, is investigating the transaction of the said sum, which was supposedly withdrawn over the counter, in the last three years.

The EFCC had invited and quizzed Peter Amangbo, the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, over the alleged transaction.

The anti-graft Agency, is also seeking to quiz four Officials of the State, who were central to the withdrawals.

However, Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor, had saidthat the investigation is “politically motivated”.

He stated that until the EFCC approaches the Court of Appeal, to set aside the 2007 judgment barring the Commission from investigating the State, his officials would not honour its summons.

Nonetheless, the EFCC, according to The Nation Newspaper, has obtained a court warrant to arrest the Officials, and may declare them wanted, if the move to arrest them fails.

The suspects were alleged to have gone underground, following the decision of the State Government to not hand them over to the EFCC.

“The EFCC is also now empowered by the law to watch-list these State officials, which will makes it possible to pick them up in any part of the country and abroad”, the report quoted sources as saying.

“So, we are now on the trail of the affected Officials. But, if they remain underground, we may declare them wanted.”

“None of the Officials has immunity from arrest, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The reference to a 2007 court order by the Rivers State Government, is just a desperate attempt to cling at any straw.

“We have records to show that when Governor Nyesom Wike was Chief of Staff at the same Government House, he was invited, interrogated, and detained by the EFCC, on June 10, 2008.

“As a law-abiding Agency, the EFCC will continue to do its work without fear or favour. We will get to the root of the illegal withdrawal of N117 billion in cash, and without official records.”