I have no confidence in INEC- River State Governor insist Commission not ready for polls

The Rivers State governor has insist that INEC is not ready for the 2019 elections therefore he has no confidence in the commission.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has cast doubts over the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

While speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Wike said the commission’s mandate has been compromised by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He accused the commission of being partisan towards the ruling party.

He said, “Let’s not deceive ourselves; INEC is not prepared for credible elections. If there is an agency that is not prepared for 2019, it is INEC. I have no confidence in INEC. There is no amount of INEC’s preparations that will convince me.

“INEC chooses how it interprets laws to suit those they support. They choose the court orders to obey and the ones to disregard. In one state where it favours a particular party, they obey. In another state, INEC will claim they are yet to see judgments not in favour of the party they support.”

The governor also warned that the people of Rivers will not condone any attempts to rig elections in the state in 2019.

“In 2019, whoever wants to manipulate the process to destroy the outcome, the people will come after that person and the family. We will not agree that for anybody to rig elections here in Rivers State.  Nobody will do anything contrary to the will of the people,” he said.

He further alleged that the Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has pushed back on efforts to amend the Electoral Act because of its plans to manipulate the elections in 2019.

The governor had previously alleged in September that the current government had hatched a plot to postpone elections in Rivers State by using security agencies to cause crisis. He also claimed the government was ready to kill him and several other Nigerians to cheat in the 2019 general elections.

Should a sitting governor be casting doubt on the electoral process?

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Buhari will defeat Atiku in Rivers State by a landslide- Group

A group has stated that President Buhari will earn more votes than Atiku Abubakar in Rivers State in the 2019 presidential election.

A political pressure group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), has expressed the hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will get 80 per cent of the votes in Rivers State in 2019 general elections.

BCO national coordinator, Danladi Bala Pasalli, disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while speaking at an empowerment programmme and inauguration of the Rivers and Bayelsa states’ liaison offices of the organisation.

Pasalli, who described Rivers State as the home of APC and Buhari, said the present administration has confronted Boko Haram insurgency head on, reclaiming all the territories that were before now, occupied by insurgents.

He said: “People are asking why we are supporting President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019 and my answer is this; recall that in 2014, we could not sit in a hall like this without fear of being attacked. You cannot go into a hall with a bag without being asked to open it due to fear of bombs.

“Under the former President, Boko Haram  attacked Abuja; they attacked the Force headquarters and they also attacked the Sani Abacha Barracks. They looked unstoppable until President Buhari came on board.

“Under the former President, we lost over 1 million people in the North-East and North-West to Boko Haram. The funds budgeted to fight insecurity in the North were diverted and shared by our own brothers. One of them is still in detention.”

He stated that the Buhari-led administration has created a lot of economic programmes, including N-Power programme and the Anchor-Borrower programme, aimed at uplifting the lives of Nigerians.

Earlier in his welcome address, coordinator of BCO in Rivers State, Godwin Joshua Ezebalike, said the organisation is prepared to work for the reelection of Buhari in 2019.

Ezebalike said: “We are sincerely committed to ensuring that the quality of life of an average Nigerian and indeed our future generations is secured and adequately protected.

“We are convinced beyond doubts that the only way we could guarantee better future for  our tomorrow is through good governance and sincere leadership and the only way to achieving this is for us to collectively ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari returns in 2019.”

Can President Buhari secure such a large number of votes in a strong PDP state like Rivers State?

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2019: See What Rivers State REC Told Youths

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers, Mr Obo Effenga, on Thursday warned youths in the state against violence in the 2019 general elections.

Effenga gave the warning in an interview with told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.

He said that youths must avoid being used by politicians to foment trouble during the elections, no matter how highly placed such a person may be.

“Our young men must be ready to support peaceful elections; they must shun any attempt by anybody to use them for violence at the polls,’’ Effanga said.

The REC said that the only credible way of electing political leadership was through the ballot, adding, “we must shun violence totally.

“Election credibility comes through the ballot; it does not come through the bullet. We all owe our society a duty to ensure peace during the elections.

He called on politicians to play by the rules by avoiding anything capable of triggering violence during the poll, adding that no credible electoral result could emerge through violence.

The INEC official said that political parties and their supporters owed the society a crucial duty of ensuring a smooth and violence-free election.

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KILLER STEP SON!! Man cuts his stepmom’s neck in Rivers

A man murdered his step-mother in cold blood in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, South South Nigeria.

Tragedy struck, yesterday, at Cocaine village, Rumuogba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as a middle-aged man hacked his stepmother to death at their home.

No reason has been given for his action, but it was gathered that the deceased was picking beans, in the evening, when her son suddenly heard her scream.

Upon rushing out, he saw his stepbrother beside his mom in her pool of blood, with a gash on her neck. He immediately ran to a hospital near their house, but by the time he returned, the killer had locked the gate.

He then raised an alarm which attracted neighbours, who later called in the police. However, by the time they eventually gained entrance into the compound, the lady had bled to death. The suspect has since been arrested.

The Police need to properly investigate the state of mind of this man and what would have driven him to commit such despicable crime. However, should the death penalty be properly implemented so as to dissuade people from committing murder?

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International crisis looms as Pirate attacks German ship in Port Harcourt

Nigeria government is will have to act fast if it hope to avert another embarrassing international crisis after pirate attacked a foreign ship on her territorial waters.

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The ARX Maritime said a gang of Pirates attacked a sea vessel near Bonny Island in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Tuesday.

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The incident which occurred round 30 nautical miles South West of Bonny Island in the state is still undergoing investigation.

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This is coming few days after gunmen abducted eleven crew members of a ship under a German flag, Pomerenia Sky ship, off the Nigerian coast.

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“Pirates came aboard and according to arrangements made by the radio station – they abducted part of the crew, including 8 Poles, 2 Filipinos and 1 Ukrainian,” Poland Radio station, Radio RMF FM, reported.

“Seafarers to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel near Bonny Island,” ARX said in a message posted on its website.

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The menace of pirates along the territorial waters of Nigeria is something the government need to tackle and take stronger measures against as soon as possible.

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“Superman Minister” went toe to toe with kidnappers in Rivers State, rescue victims

The menace of kidnapping in Nigeria needs a more holistic approach to help bring it to an end, this must include citizens getting much more involved.

A former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday afternoon rescued a kidnapped victim along the Omoku / Egbeda road in Rivers State, his office said in a statement.

Mr. Amaechi was on his way to Ubimini Community of Emohua LGA to address APC supporters when he sighted a Lexus SUV abandoned in a bush.

The minister, who was leading his convoy, consequently stopped by and ordered his security team to comb the forest in search of the occupants of the vehicle. It was during the search that the security personnel in the minister’s convoy rescued one of the occupants of the abandoned Lexus SUV.

The victims turned out to be APC supporters attending the PVC sensitisation rally in Ubimini where the minister was to address party supporters.

Narrating his ordeal to Mr. Amaechi, the rescued victim, Edi Chinda Edi, said he and colleagues were on their way to Ubimini for the APC programme when the kidnappers barricaded the expressway and attacked them.

He said eight of them were in the Lexus SUV when the kidnappers armed with AK47 riffles and other dangerous weapons struck.

 

“We were eight in the car and they succeeded in kidnapping seven others .While they were beating and forcing us into the bush I managed to escape into the other side of the forest,” he explained.

Worried about the safety of other victims who were yet to be found, Mr. Amaechi directed some of his security personnel to continue the search and ensure that the remaining victims were rescued and their abductors arrested and prosecuted according to law.

“It would be recalled that Amaechi, had ceaselessly complained about the high level of insecurity in the state under the watch of his successor, Nyesom Wike,” the statement by Mr. Amaechi’s office said.

Despite politicising the matter, what remained is most important matter is insecurity and the rising case of crime in the polity, how best can this issue be checked?

 

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SUPER MAN! How Amaechi Rescued Victims From Kidnappers

Though his primary duties borders on transportation, former Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi on Sunday afternoon performed a commendable and heroic feat along the Omoku/Egbeda road in Rivers State.

Reports indicate that Amaechi on Sunday rescued a kidnapped victim along the Omoku/Egbeda road

Amaechi was said to be on his way to Ubimini Community of Emohua LGA to address APC supporters when he sighted a Lexus SUV abandoned in the bush.

Amaechi, who was leading his convoy consequently stopped by and ordered his security team to comb the forest in search of the occupants of the vehicle.

It was during the search that the security personnel in the minister’s convoy rescued one of the occupants of the abandoned Lexus Jeep.

The victim turned out to be APC supporters attending the PVC sensitisation rally in Ubimini where the minister was to address party supporters.

Narrating his ordeal to Amaechi, the rescued victim, Edi Chinda Edi, said, they were on their way to Ubimini for the APC programme when the kidnappers barricaded the Express Way and attacked them.

He said, eight of them were in the Lexus jeep when the kidnappers armed with AK47 riffles and other dangerous weapons struck.

“We were eight in the car and they succeeded in kidnapping seven others . While they were beating and forcing us into the bush I managed to escape into the other side of the forest,” he explained.

Worried about the safety of other victims who were yet to be found, Amaechi directed some of his security personnel to continue the search and ensure that the remaining victims were rescued and their abductors arrested and prosecuted according to law.

It would be recalled that Amaechi , had ceaselessly complained about the high level of insecurity in the state under the watch of his successor, Nyesom Wike.

Tinubu In An Angry Mood Over Serious Accusations Made Against Him

The heat has been turned up in Rivers state between the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi and the current one, Nyesom Wike and it all has to do with the imposition of a successor by the former. Governor Wike has come out to warn him to desist from the action because the state wasn’t Lagos where the past governor, Asiwaju Tinubu, practically forced a successor on the people.

Legislative head of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has guaranteed that godfatherism was turning into a noteworthy political emergency, obstructing improvement the nation over. Talking with columnists at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike lamented that some previous Governors and active governors were resolved to force successors on their individual states. The Governor uncovered that that the battle to force a representative on Rivers individuals, was the purpose for the contention among him and the quick past Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. He had said,

I will not support anyone dictating what will happen in Rivers State. The crisis you are seeing is the struggle to bring a successor. Everybody who worked with him is bad. I held the home-front when he ran away to Ghana on exile and the other Senator he is fighting worked for him. If everyone that associates with you is bad, then something is fundamentally wrong. After spending eight years as Governor, someone wants to superintend on the activities of the state. This is not Lagos State. We are different.”

Wike included that previous Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili, isn’t engaged with any type of political clashes, since he has changed into a statesman, who isn’t frantic to force a representative. This isn’t the first run through this pair have had this contention. A couple of months prior, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State promised not to permit, “two business partners” assume control over the undertakings of the state. The senator said this at an occasion with several Rivers young people in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

His announcement was a conspicuous referral to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Wike said what occurred in Lagos won’t be imitated in Rivers State. He said the issue of zoning which does not have any significant bearing in the People’s Democratic Party will have no impact in the 2019 governorship decision in the state. The Governor, who likewise pronounced that he will look for re-appointment in 2019, said his choice was commenced on the help of young people from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

 

He said: “I want to tell you that I am prepared for that election (2019). Since the youths are the ones saying that I should come out to contest, I am ready to come out. Let the security agencies know that we are prepared. When they are thinking of shooting, they will fall asleep, until the elections are over and we are declared winners. We will not allow two business partners to take over this state. We are aware in Rivers State. Nobody can do to this state the charade that is obtainable in Lagos State. People intentionally sold key assets of Rivers State to themselves and now they want to take more through business partnership. They sold to themselves the gas turbines, sold to themselves Olympia Hotel and Abonnema Wharf. If we allow them, they will sell the whole GRA to themselves. They should know that we are prepared.”

Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the hatred with his ancestor, who is presently the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, was incited by the latter’s supposed edginess to force a representative on the state.

SHOCKER!!! Amaechi threatens APC members in Rivers State if the party fails to return to power in 2019

The Former Governor of River State who is also the current Minster for Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has has told his supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State not to expect any change in the state unless his party is returned to power in 2019.

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Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, said his supporters will not make benefits from the party unless the APC came out victorious in the 2019 general elections. He urged them to mobilise and register more voters for the APC to ensure victory for the party in the 2019 general elections.

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The Minister said the only way to benefit from government was to elect good leaders.

He Said, “You people need to work hard because, if we don’t win you, will not get any benefit. The day we win, is the day we should expect change in Rivers State.

Related image“When we win, we will focus more on bettering the lots of our people because I believe that things should change.

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“The only way to effect that change is to go to your various units and wards and commence new registration of members and I expect the new members to have their voters’ cards; that is the tool you will use to remove bad leaders,” he said.

No more PDP senator in River state

The Senator representing Rivers West, Osinakachukwu Ideozu, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, announced Osinakachukwu’s defection at plenary on Wednesday.

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Lawan, who was moving a motion for the adjournment of plenary till Nov. 6, welcomed and congratulated him for joining the majority party. With this, the three senators from Rivers, a PDP controlled state, are now members of the APC.

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The others are Sen. Andrew Uchendu (Rivers East) and Magnus Abe (Rivers South East). Meanwhile, Former governor Rivers state and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has been advised by the state government to stay away from Port Harcourt if he considers the state unsafe.

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The advice is coming after a thanksgiving service was held in honour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tonye Cole.it was gathered that the state commissioner for information and communications, Emma Okah, advised the former minister to be hosting his events outside the state since he considered it unsafe.

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He said: “Normal people no longer take Amaechi serious anymore because he lives in bitterness. Evidence abounds to show that the Rivers state government and the security agencies are doing their best to secure lives and property in the state.’’ Amaechi had earlier said: “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.

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We are no longer talking about food now, not about light. “We are talking about the right to existence. You have to live. All the shops and houses are empty, people are on the run because nobody can protect them here.”