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Wike faults NASS confirmation of ex service chiefs as ambassadors.

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Wike said the commission had abandoned its core mandate and left those who canvassed for its establishment disillusioned.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, faulted the National Assembly for confirming former service chiefs as ambassadors, insisting that it is unjustifiable to confirm officers who were sacked for poor performance.

He said Nigerians were disappointed with the National Assembly for confirming the sacked service chiefs as envoys.

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Wike, who stated this when members of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, wondered why senators, who agreed with Nigerians on the poor performance of the service chiefs, cleared them for another sensitive appointment.

“Most Nigerians are disappointed at the the Senate for that decision. Convey this to the National Assembly. We must be courageous in whatever we do. Everything must not be done on party affairs. Senators discussed and agreed that service chiefs should be dismissed because they were not performing.

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“Now, the same people who couldn’t perform have been confirmed as ambassadors. What kind of country are we in? In anything we do, we must remember that there is tomorrow and our conscience must be key,” he said.

On the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Wike said the commission had abandoned its core mandate and left those who canvassed for its establishment disillusioned.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (right) with members of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), during their visit to the governor in Port Harcourt…yesterday PHOTO: NAN

“I don’t like talking about the NDDC. It is unfortunate to the extent that if those who fought for it knew that this is what will become of the NDDC, I don’t think they would have asked for it,” he said.

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He noted that over the years, various committees on NDDC at the National Assembly have not provided sufficient direction that would make the commission to focus on its core mandate of developing the region.

Governor Wike said some politicians have transformed the NDDC into a cash cow for prosecuting sinister political agenda, and accused the commission of spending N10b to unseat him from office, but that the scheme failed.

He noted that the presidency, National Assembly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some Niger Delta persons were part of the problem of NDDC, because they do not allow it to perform, saying: “We are enemies to ourselves.”

Speaking, Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, said they visited to assure Governor Wike, as host of NDDC, that the commission would be supervised to perform its core mandate.

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“We are aware that you have some reservations with the NDDC based on your state’s previous relationship with the commission. We assure you that we will ensure that the aspirations and aims of creating the NDDC will be achieved.

“We will do everything possible within the limits of the constitution through our oversight functions to achieve its objectives,” he said.

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2023: ‘I respect him alot’ – Wike denies maligning Tinubu

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Ebiri said there was no time during the interview session that lasted about five minutes did Wike mention the names of Chief Tinubu and the APC’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, or even alluded to them.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has refuted report of maligning a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, saying, he respects the former governor of Lagos State a lot.

Wike’s special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri, said, “The attention of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has been drawn to false assertions attributed to him in an article written in NoRM‘s known Media by Emmanuel Ande on February 5, 2021, titled: ” Tinubu cannot see presidency gate in 2023, says Wike.”

“We wish to affirm that it is true that Governor Wike was in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State on February 4, to inspect some projects being executed by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

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“And while inspecting the Greater Interchange and Underpass in Yola , some journalists requested for an interview which he graciously obliged them.

“The questions asked ranged from the purpose of his visit; the prospects of the Peoples Democratic Party winning the 2023 general election and Nigeria’s rating in the global corruption index recently published by Transparency International.”

Ebiri said there was no time during the interview session that lasted about five minutes did Wike mention the names of Chief Tinubu and the APC’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, or even alluded to them.

“We, therefore consider the report by Mr Emmanuel Ande as preposterous, fabricated, malicious and intended to inflame relationship between Governor Wike and Chief Tinubu, whom the Rivers Chief Executive holds in high esteem”.

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“We wish to state without equivocation, that irrespective of political affiliation, Governor Wike has enormous respect for Chief Tinubu and will never say or do anything to malign the hard earned reputation of the elder statesman. The report by Mr Ande is mischievous and aimed to discredit The Guardian.

“It is our belief that the reporter is probably acting as hireling of some treacherous political actors, who often capitalise on the susceptibility of some journalists to manipulate them to publish misleading or factually incorrect information for political purposes. We dare the reporter to provide any evidence to prove the veracity of his fabricated report.”

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2023: Tinubu is getting nowhere in presidential run – Wike.

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Wike, who accused media of constitutional betrayal, alleged that under the peaceful government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, media made the world to believe that Nigeria would collapse in the next 24 hours.

‘Nigeria under Buhari is a moving corpse’
Rivers State Governor Neysom Wike has urged National leader of ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to channel his energy to other profitable ventures, stating that presidency would be out of reach of his party and himself come 2023 general elections.

Wike, who gave Tinubu the advice, yesterday, in Yola, Adamawa State, while on an inspection tour of projects being executed by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, said with the high performance of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and alleged failure APC government under President Muhammadu Buhari is recording on daily basis, it is clear that Nigerians would not repeat the mistake of voting a party without direction.

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“With what I saw today in Adamawa, I wonder how a normal person will not vote PDP again in this state. What is happening in Adamawa State is a replica of what is happening in other PDP states.

“With the massive development going on in PDP states and the massive corruption going on under APC regime, it is no longer news that PDP is on its way back to chase out invaders and lawfully take over its house and pilot Nigerians to the promised land,” he stated.

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The Rivers governor, who applauded Transparency International (TI) rating of Nigeria on corruption, said the present APC leadership accept and protect corrupt persons.

File Photo: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

“Today, Wike can be the most corrupt governor, but immediately I decamp from PDP to APC, I am no longer corrupt. This means APC is a den for highly corrupt people. These are not my words, I am only quoting APC former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Nigerians are intellectuals, they cannot enter again the boat that capsized with them,” he said.

Wike noted that Nigeria has never been divided like it is being experienced now under APC regime and that insecurity has become a huge industry under the administration of President Buhari.

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The governor, who accused media of constitutional betrayal, alleged that under the peaceful government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, media made the world to believe that Nigeria would collapse in the next 24 hours.

According to him, the unholy silence of media at a time that the country is under threat of insecurity, economic collapse midwife by unfocused leadership, poses more danger to the country.

He advised APC leadership to move to Adamawa State and study how to develop people through projects, saying President Buhari could attest to development strides of Governor Fintiri.

Wike urged Fintiri not to be distracted by people he called envious political vultures, but to maintain his tempo of infrastructural development in Adamawa.

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“Even I, as governor of an oil-producing state, I cannot construct underground flyover. I wonder where Fintiri is getting his money, but this is what we call, in PDP, determination to achieve. It is a strange word to the APC government. If you ask any of them to define development, that is the end of the discussion,” Wike said.

Fintiri, who commended Wike for the visit, assured the Rivers State governor that he would continue to offer PDP and Adamawa electorate services that would improve their livelihoods.

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2023: Nigerians would only vote PDP, if APC fails – Wike.

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Wike said the APC-led federal government has failed in the fight against corruption, even as the country has become less secure, and more divided along ethnic and religious lines.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says Nigerians have now realised that voting the All Progressives Congress (APC) into power is a mistake that must be corrected in 2023.

The governor stated this in Yola, the Adamawa State capital where he inspected an overhead bridge and an underground subway being constructed by the governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.

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Wike said the APC-led federal government has failed in the fight against corruption, even as the country has become less secure, and more divided along ethnic and religious lines.

According to him, the achievements of PDP governors amid an economy that is buffeted by the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate their commitments to the development of the country and the wellbeing of the citizens.

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Wike tackles Buhari again, ‘over electoral act.’

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Governor Wike accused former Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of political bias.

Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari for not assenting to the amended electoral act before the 2019 general elections. – NoRM

Wike, who spoke during an interview on NoRM‘s known Media in Port Harcourt, said for the nation to move forward, elections needs to be transparent and all votes are counted.

“Why didn’t the President sign the last amendment Electoral Act, why? Because APC as a party had informed the president that if you sign this electoral amendment, you are likely to lose the election,” Wike said. “Therefore, don’t sign it. And of course, the president did not sign the electoral amendment act.

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“I am not carried away by the antics of the National Assembly. They all know what will make the country to move forward. One, make the election to be transparent by ensuring that all votes are counted. You can achieve that by allowing the card reader to function. So that the figures recorded on the card reader should tally with the transmitted figures.”

Wike said the National Assembly members are often preoccupied about the next election, so they tend to skew the electoral amendment act to benefit their interest and that of their political party.

The governor said an amendment of the electoral act by the National Assembly will be mere charade if card reader is not to be used to determine the validity of every vote cast.

The governor observed that several attempts to achieve a credible electoral reform had been mired by overriding personal ambition of persons with vested political interest within and outside the National Assembly.

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On security, the governor advised the new service chiefs to shun politics and concentrate on strategy that will enable them to end insurgency in the country .

Wike noted that lots of Nigerians had lost confidence in the former service chiefs, thus, the clamour for Buhari to sack them. He applauded Buhari for listening to citizens.

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“They must understand that challenges are enormous and so they have a lot of work to do. They should not concern themselves with politics,” Wike said.

He cited the arrest and detention of recruits of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps who were undergoing training at the National Youth Service Corp orientation camp at Norwan in Rivers State by the Nigerian Army on the directive of the then Chief of Army Staff.

The governor described Buhari’s claim that the security situation in the country has improved far beyond what the situation was when he assumed office in 2015 as erroneous.

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“Things have gone very bad,” Wike said. “Everybody knows that insecurity has reached the level where everybody was saying change the service chiefs. If it was good, nobody will call for their sack. Even in his party, the APC said the insecurity has gotten to a level we cannot bear again.”

Wike pointed out that despite the withdrawal of $1 Billion, estimated to be above N450 Billion from the excess crude account to procure armament to fight the insurgents, security has continued to deteriorate.

Speaking on the issue of community policing, the governor noted that both the federal government and the police high command are playing politics with the scheme.

“If you want this country to move forward, it is important that the States must take control of security apparatus of their state,” Wike said.

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“I know the local governments, I know the communities, I know the families. So I should be able to say this is what we should do in policing these areas. Therefore, the need for community policing is necessary, but what is the problem is that the federal government comes up to say, they will support community policing, but where have they supported it.”

“The police itself will say, oh we are interested in community policing. Let me tell you what happened in my State. They said they want to do community policing and they called traditional rulers to seek their cooperation.”

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Buratai couldn’t ‘keep his mouth shut’ off politics – Wike

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The governor warned that if the new service chiefs are to toe the path of those before them, then the nation will not experience any turnaround in security issues.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says the security challenges faced under the former security chiefs came as a result of their delving into politics.

According to Governor Wike, “instead of concentrating on the security of the nation, the service chiefs were very much involved in politics.”

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Speaking as a guest on NoRM‘s known Media, Wike urged the new leaders of the armed forces not to toe the path of their predecessors.

“This was the problem we had with the previous chiefs, they were involved in politics rather than face the security of the nation.

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“Nobody can deny that fact; the moment you politicize security, then you are bound to have problems,” Wike stated via a zoom call.

Rivers States Governor, Nyesom Wike speak on why Buratai got sacked, others.

The PDP chieftain said the nation appreciates the change of service chiefs, but warned that the issues do not end at the exchange of baton.

“The new people that are appointed must ask themselves, what is our agenda? Is our agenda to continue with where the last service chiefs stopped, or to make sure we improve?”

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The governor’s statement comes few hours after New Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor led other service chiefs on an operational visit to the Headquarters, Command and Control Centre of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

This trip by the new service chiefs serves as the first operational visit aimed at better prosecuting the war against the insurgents and other miscreants across the country, a task which Governor Wike says is too enormous to be mixed with politics.

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Wike in APC’s snare over derogatory remarks on Govs – APC

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The governor said he had not disappointed Rivers people, who gave him their mandate to improve the quality of living, infrastructure and guarantee the security of life and property.

All Progressives Congress (APC) governors got a bitter pill from Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday. They were told to accept they are failures.

According to him, nobody would be proud to be called an APC member.

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Flaying the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Wike said insecurity had worsened and the economy has collapsed under the watch of ruling party.

A statement by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the governor spoke when he led his Oyo State counterpart, Oluseyi Makinde, to open the Woji and Obagi roads in GRA Phase 2, Obio Akpor Local Government Area.

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Wike said it was ironic for the APC governors to keep admitting worsening insecurity without accepting the failure of their party.

According to him, the Federal Government under APC promised to offer better governance but has failed woefully on all indices.

To him, even APC members must be ashamed of the party.

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The governor said: “I hear the Progressives Governors Forum saying that there is insecurity. Who is responsible? They should come out openly and say that the party in power has failed.

“Nigerians gave a mandate to APC at the Federal Government level and therefore, they must own up that they have failed Nigerians.

“Everything has collapsed in the country. Security has collapsed. The economy has collapsed. Nothing is working in the country. Today, all over Nigeria, there is insecurity everywhere.

“The other day, in Katsina State, they took about 400. The next day, they said they took 84. Now again they said they’ve taken a village head, the wife and 14 people in Katsina State.

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“When there was a problem in this state, about the level of kidnapping, I shouted but nobody listened to us. They said it was politics and that we were killing APC people.

“I said when you introduce politics to security the consequences will be great.

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“Now, it is everywhere. Until they come to apologise to Rivers State for what they have done to us, then God will not forgive all of them.”

He said he was not tired serving the state, adding after his tenure he would walk freely on the streets.

Makinde said with the evidence of Wike’s performance, it would be difficult to convince Rivers people to abandon PDP for another party.

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He said: “Indeed, all right-minded people like to identify with progress irrespective of their personal feeling towards the initiator.

“Development is a big part of our democracy and every project counts towards the overall progress of the nation.

“We are blessed to be leaders at this point of Nigeria’s history where there seems to be a reawakening of political consciousness, especially among the young people.

“True, we have a unique privilege of grooming a new crop of people who will see governance as service.

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“We have remained too long in where people see public coffers as an extension of their accounts.

“At the next circle of election in 2023, Nigerians will show that they have learnt something from the event of 2020 and that electoral decisions have consequences.”

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Rivers Gov, Nyesom Wike reveal cost for state’s 2021 budget

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The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Isaac Kamalu, who briefed newsmen after the meeting, said the proposed budget would help the government to accomplish all ongoing projects and make life better for the residents.

The Rivers State Executive Council on Monday proposed a budget of N448 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

The budget proposal was ratified during the executive council meeting presided over by Gov. Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Kamalu, who also oversees the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, said that the executive council also approved the state’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2021 to 2023.

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In his contribution, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, said that the council further approved a budget of N2.7 billion for the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) to conduct the local government elections next year, in line with the 1999 Constitution.

Nsirim said that the executive council also approved the construction of a new motor park within the precinct of the newly inaugurated Rebisi flyover, to curb the activities of illegal park operators in the area.

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Breaking: Hooligans ignite explosives in Wike father’s Church.

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Though no group had claimed responsibility for the dastardly act, two of the miscreants were said to have been apprehended by a vigilant group and handed over the police.

Explosion has rocked a church belonging to father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that hoodlums numbering about five sneaked into the Christian Universal Church International on 25 Azikiwe Street Mile, 3 Diobu, on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

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NoRM gathered a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

The operatives of Eagle crack, an outfit of the state police command, Mopol 19 and other security agencies were said to have cordoned off the area…

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Breaking: 24-Hours curfew hit Nigerian State

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The governor stated that the government has repeatedly warned misguided youths that engaging in cultism because of its anti-social effect on society.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the entire area around the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro, Obio/Akpor Local Government of the state, due to the rise in cult activities and related violence.

The governor has also warned that the government will spare no efforts to deal appropriately with anyone who decides to disturb peace and security in the State with cult activities and associated violence and killings.

Wike, in a state-wide broadcast relayed in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, said the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting on Sunday evening in Port Harcourt.

He explained that the Rivers State Government was disturbed by the recent upsurge of cult activities and related violence and killings around the adjoining areas of the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

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“As part of measures to tackle this menace, therefore, government has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to one-kilometer radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market with effect from Monday 23rd November 2020.

“Consequently, no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed within the afore-mentioned restricted areas until further notice. Only staff and vehicles belonging to Julius Berger Nigeria Limited are exempted from the curfew and associated restrictions on movement so that construction work on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover is not stalled.”

The governor directed security agencies are to enforce strict compliance with the curfew and arrest and summarily prosecute any person, trader or vehicle that may attempt to violate the curfew.


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Umahi reveal what PDP Govs do at Night amid Wike’s untrue Story.

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I have no other boss apart from Mr. President. And by my culture and upbringing you do not insult the elders. It’s not in my character.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has responded to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made him (Umahi) what he is today.

Governor Umahi told NoRM‘s known Media that he had contributed so much in the making of PDP, serving as a peacemaker and negotiator, insisting that he made the party what it is today and not the other way around.

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Wike had in one of his recent interviews said that “Umahi has the right to move to the APC, it’s his constitutional right, but we cannot in all cases allow Umahi blackmail PDP that made him chairman of the party, deputy governor, and governor and then you now realize there is an injustice against southeast.”

Furthermore, the Governor who dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress on Thursday, said that some Governors of the opposition party who speak against the Buhari government during the day, ‘go up and down at night’ begging.

“People say PDP made me what I am. That is absolutely rubbish. We made PDP what PDP is,” he said.

“It is the people that make the party and I’ve contributed so much in the making of PDP not the other way around. I’ve been a peacemaker.

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“I’ve been a negotiator and even the Governor of Edo State coming on board was my prophecy which my fellow Governor directed the working committee to come and probe me but that was a big minus for them because you don’t probe a sitting Governor.

“Another one is that the PDP wants me to be castigating Mr. President.

“And some of them [PDP Governors] speak rubbish in the day and in the night they’re caps in hands and they start going up and down. I don’t do like that. So Mr. President remains my boss, father and boss and I’ve no regret about that.”


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Just in: Gov’t shares N66.5BN amongst States – Rivers misses out

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The programme is wholly-financed with a $750 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA).

The federal government has disbursed N66.5 billion to 35 eligible states on the basis of the amended COVID-19 responsive 2020 budget results achievement.

According to a statement by Hassan Dodo, director of press at the ministry of finance, budget and national planning, Rivers was the only state that missed out of the grant due to its inability to meet the required criteria to publish its COVID-19 response amended budget.

The ministry explained that each state received N1.9 billion ($5 million).

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Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, said the disbursement is under the performance-based grant component of the World Bank assisted states fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability (SFTAS) programme for results.

“Rivers State is the only one that missed out on the grant due to its inability to meet the eligibility criteria which required the states to have passed and published online on a state’s website by July 31, 2020, credible, fiscally responsible COVID-19 responsive amended 2020 budgets duly approved by the state house of assembly and assented to by the state governor,” the statement read.

“It must also significantly lower the gross statutory revenue projections, consistent with the revised medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) and federal government’s budget; reduced non-essential overhead and capital expenditures.

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“The budget must be tagged and found to have allocated at least 10 percent of the total expenditure of the amended budget for COVID-19 relief, restructuring and recovery programs; and identified credible sources to fully finance the budget deficit to avoid the accumulation of arrears.”

Ahmed said the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant economic shocks have put significant pressure on states’ fiscal resources and undermined the reality and credibility of the states’ original 2020 annual budgets.

The minister expressed optimism that the fund will strengthen Nigeria’s fiscal response to COVID-19 and align efforts at the federal and state levels.

The federal government had earlier, in April 2020, disbursed N43.4 billion ($120.6 million) to 24 states, based on their performance.


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Oyigbo incident: Wike slams NBA for attempting investigation.

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The Governor challenged the NBA to file their petition to the panel of inquiry investigating the activities of SARS in the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has faulted the position of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, about the extra- judicial killing in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state during the EndS SARS.


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Governor Wike made the reaction during his address at the Special Court Session to mark the beginning of 2020-2021 legal year at the State Judiciary complex, Port Harcourt.

While expressing concern that people refused to speak about the innocent people and military personnel killed by hoodlums, Wike said there was nothing like extra-judicial killing in the area.

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“How will the NBA, that is yet to make a formal submission to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the State to probe the atrocities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), will without evidence allege extrajudicial killings in Oyigbo.”

In her remarks, the Chief Judge, Justice Adama Iyaye Lamikanra, lauded Governor Wike, for providing the State judiciary the needed funds to ensure people have unhindered access to justice.

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was accompanied by his wife, Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Senator Sam Anyanwu and several other dignitaries.


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Oyigbo killings: Don’t pass your aggression on Igbos – CAN tells Wike.

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The cleric also cautioned the youths to listen to the advice of their elders and religious leaders, noting that advice from such personalities would never be destructive.

Anambra State chapter of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to handle the alleged killings in Oyigbo with extreme care to forestall escalation.

The chairman, Rev. Dr. Ndubuisi John who gave the advice on Thursday in Onitsha in a press briefing, urged the governor to avoid generalizing his anger towards Igbo race, but rather govern with the wisdom of God as the Shepherd of the State.

He described the killings as dehumanizing and called on Church leaders to assist in dousing the situation.

He said, “Youths should lay down their arms and come down to round table conference so that we can discuss and know how to manage the issue.

“I was told that IPOB activities in Oyigbo and entire Rivers State caused the ugly development which infuriated the governor and prompted him to clamp dowm on IPOB members.

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“I wouldn’t say that it is not true that there is a group called IPOB but everybody in Igbo land is not a member of IPOB. So, shooting of every Igbo man seen is very wrong.

“The Governor can’t generalize his anger towards Igbo race, it is absolutely wrong. He should behave maturely, because as a Governor and a person, we respect and adore his office and we expect him to also act as a Governor with mercy”.

He described the #EndSARS protest as backup grievances against government and explosion occasioned by sufferings, Ndubisi commiserated with victims of the protest that included, the dead, the living and the injured.

“No doubt the protest was fallout of prolonged anger; people have been dying in silence until now. But the killings is not palatable especially as people are gradually recovering from protest,” the cleric added.


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Breaking: Wike blows hot at IPOB members. [See Why]

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The governor added that it was the highest form of sacrilege and vowed that he will never tolerate that kind of action under his watch.

The last few days have been a hellish experience for residents of a residential area in Port Harcourt, Oyigbo otherwise known as Obigbo to some other Rivers state residents.

The chaos started during the endSARS protest where some northern traders had clashed with some alleged members of the outlawed IPOB and that triggered a series of mayhem that saw to the deaths of some Nigerian army personnel and the burning down of some police stations.

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Gov Wike irked by the development had invited the military to undertake a restoration of law and order in the area but according to some residents, the army has allegedly turned out to be on a revenge mission as residents are reportedly hunted and killed in their homes.

There has been widespread condemnation of the action which many see as a direct command from the governor and many have called him to put an end to the killings.

In a video as seen on Twitter, the visibly angry governor can be seen daring any IPOB member to start trouble again, He wondered why IPOB would dream of hoisting their flag under his watch. He compared them to the Boko haram insurgents and said it was intolerable for them to hoist any flags under his watch.

He went ahead to mention that the position of governor has indeed, made him forget some things and that whatever the IPOB members think they have, he also has it.

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He added that he has been receiving text messages threatening him that he will be dealt with if he is seen outside the country. He challenged them that he is not Ekweremadu or those politicians that have been disgraced outside the country.

He challenged them to try their worst on him.

The governor who before his election was known as ‘High Tension’ because of his dogged stance on some political issues is well feared in the state as he seems not to be afraid of anything and for a while, has been the number one critic of the SARS unit of the Nigerian police force before it was eventually scrapped.

As of the time of the report, the 24-hour curfew in the oyigbo area of port Harcourt is still very much in force


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EndSARs: Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike joins protest.

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According to the governor, there was no need for further protests since the SARS unit has been scrapped by the IGP.

Nyesome Wike, the governor of Rivers state who had earlier banned #EndSAR protest in the state has made a u-turn and joined the protesters in calling for an end to police brutality.

Wike in a statement issued on Monday night by Paulinus Nsirim, commissioner for information and communications, warned Rivers residents against embarking on #EndSARS protests.

However, youths in the state ignored his directive and are currently protesting in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The governor, however, decided to address the youths telling them he had been calling for an end to special anti-robbery squad (SARS) who he accused of robbery and kidnapping in Rivers state.


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Govs of Rivers & Bayelsa, Wike & Diri fights dirty over Soku Oil Well.

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RIVERS and Bayelsa states have renewed their hostilities over the ownership of the Soku oil fields in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area and the revenue accruing from it.

Bayelsa Governor Douye Diri faulted the payment of the revenue from the Oil Well to Rivers despite the state’s appeal against a judgment ceding the resource to Rivers.

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But his Rivers counterpart Nyesom Wike, disagreed.

He described Diri’s call to halt the ongoing remittance of Soku’s revenue to Rivers as unfortunate.

The Federal High Court in December 2019 declared that the oil wells belong to Rivers.

It ordered the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to pay revenue from the oil fields to the state.

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Wike, who spoke when a delegation of RMAFC, led by Alhaji Mohammed Usman, visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt, insisted that the oil wells belonged to Rivers.

He urged RMAFC to continue paying the revenue to his state.

Wike said: “It is unfortunate that the Bayelsa State Governor told you when you visited him that you should not pay us revenue from Soku Oil Well.

“The matter was at the Supreme Court when the National Boundary Commission admitted that they made an error in their 11th edition publication by situating Soku Oil Well in Bayelsa State.

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“They were, therefore, directed to correct the error in their 12th edition publication. When they also failed to correct it, we had to go back to the Federal High Court.

“The court, in its wisdom, directed that all revenue accruing from Soku Oil Well should be paid to Rivers State. That is the position.

“For Bayelsa State governor to come up to say that you should not pay us our money is unfortunate.

“If they have filed a matter at the Supreme Court, it is not an injunction to stop the implementation of the subsisting judgement.”

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Diri, who had earlier the RMAFC delegation in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, flayed the deductions in favour of Rivers.

He said the action was tantamount to ceding Bayelsa territory indirectly to Rivers.

He urged the commission to revisit its decision until the Supreme Court decides the boundary dispute.

He lamented that the action significantly affected the state’s allocation for this month.

Diri said: “The action by the commission is tantamount to ceding a part of Bayelsa to Rivers, which can breach the peace between both sister states.”


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Nyesom Wike says APC govt has failed Nigeria.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has failed Nigeria.

Wike disclosed this on Thursday while receiving the newly inaugurated Executive Council members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

While charging the PDP members to focus on governance rather than playing politics, he said the move is necessary to demonstrate a commitment to the people.

According to him, the ruling APC has failed to deliver on its electoral promises, adding that Nigerians are hoping on the PDP.

“APC has failed Nigeria. Nigeria is hoping on PDP. There is nothing anybody can talk about again. This is no more time for politics.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike berates the ruling APC while receiving PDP Executive Council members visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital on August 13, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“You have promised and you have failed nothing to try you again. We have tried APC and it has not worked.

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“Nigerians have realised that it is better they stay with PDP that has the future, that has the interest of Nigeria than the party that gives excuse every day.

“We are tired. You know there is a problem with Nigeria and you make promises that if you vote for me, I will do this. Now they have voted for you, yet you cannot solve the problem. The party cannot solve any problem,” he said.

Speaking further, the governor charged the party exco members to respect COVID-19 safety protocols.

He also asked them to run an inclusive party for all in order to maintain victory in future polls in the country.


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Construction: Rivers State govt signs MoU with Julius Berger

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The Rivers State Government is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with construction giant, Julius Berger.

The signing is ongoing at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

In attendance are Governor Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, other officials of the state government, the Managing Director, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, Lars Richter among others.

… more to come


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EdoDecide’20: We’ll strive to ensure Obaseki wins – Nyesom Wike

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for Edo State Governorship Election has condemned the illegal invasion of Edo State House of Assembly by political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt today, the Chairman of the Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, also described the purported impeachment of the legitimately elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly as null and void.

“An invalid assemblage of absentee Lawmakers-elect with no legitimate claims to the membership of the House of Assembly cannot lawfully convene in the Ugbowu private residence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC Governorship candidate, to effect a change of leadership in the Edo State House of Assembly.

“Consequently, the purported impeachment of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker is a mere charade, completely a futile act that exists only in the imagination of the evil perpetrators and their co-travelers.

“It is now clear to all discerning minds that what is playing out in Edo State is an orchestrated script by the sinking opposition APC to intimidate the PDP and illegally impeach its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, having seen clearly that they cannot win the September 19, 2020 election without any miracle.

“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Community to prevail on the APC to stop the needless violence, play the game by the rules and allow the people of Edo State to freely elect their Governor,” he stated.

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Governor Wike said PDP had raised the alarm that the APC is not ready for a free and fair contest and would use violence with the backing of federal might to rig and claim unmerited victory.

He warned that ours is a fragile democracy and the warlike approach of the APC to the Edo election poses a very serious threat to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

According to him, Nigerians should, therefore, hold the APC and its candidate responsible if there is a breakdown of law and order in Edo State.

Governor Wike added that the PDP would resist every attempt to unlawfully remove Governor Obaseki from office or rig the September 19, 2020, Governorship Election.


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Rivers gov, Wike suspends JAAC accounts from defaulting banks

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike today directed the removal of Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) from Banks that gave unauthorized loans to some Local Government Chairmen in the State.

Governor Wike gave the directive while swearing in the substantive Chairman of the Asari-Toru Local Government Area at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He also directs the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take legal action against the defaulting Banks.

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Governor Wike who further suggested a stiffer penalty for both the Banks and the Councils that defaulted to suffer the consequences of the illegality.

He notes that the Banks cannot seek a refund of the loans because they contravened the extant Laws of the State.

Swearing in the new Chairman. Governor Wike charged Mrs. Alaso Johnbull Obi to use her new position to make a difference as the people are yet to feel the impact of the Council.

Until her swearing-in, Mrs. Alaso Johnbul Obi was the Vice Chairman of the Council but the death of the elected chairman, Chief Odiari Princewill on the 27th May 2020 created a vacuum that needed to be filled.


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As school resumes: Wike yes reopening of schools in Rivers

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Rivers State Governor Nyseom Wike on Tuesday gave the green light for schools to re-open in Rivers state.

The information was contained in a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku.

The re-opening, however, is for the limited purpose “of allowing candidates in exit classes to revise with their teachers and write their exit examinations.”

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“Accordingly, all affected teachers and candidates in both public and private schools are hereby directed to return to school with effect from Wednesday 5th August, 2020,” the statement added.

“All responsible officers should please ensure the observance of extant COVID-19 Protocols in their schools.”

The federal government had earlier approved the re-opening of schools across the country to allow exit students sit for exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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“NDDC, ‘cash cow’ for Politicians” – Wike

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The recent revelations on the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) may have come as a surprise to many Nigerians, but it is not a shocking development for Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Governor Wike believes the agency has since deviated from its original mandate and has become a source of wealth for some corrupt politicians.

“I have said before and it is very clear; my concern is everybody knows that NDDC was set up for the development of the region,” he told Channels Television on Tuesday during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He added, “Unfortunately, they have turned it to a different thing; NDDC is a cash cow for politicians. In my own election, NDDC brought N10 billion cash to fight against me.”

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The governor’s reaction is the latest among several others following the probe of the agency by lawmakers in the National Assembly in Abuja.

The lawmakers had launched a probe into the fraud running into billions of naira said to have been perpetrated by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC between February and May 2020.

This led to the discovery of more scam in the agency which sparked a series of drama and blame games between government officials and lawmakers.

During one of the investigative hearings organised by the National Assembly, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, alleged that about 60 per cent of the NDDC projects were awarded to lawmakers – a claim that sparked more reactions from some members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

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They Have Not Invited Us
Amid various responses to the minister’s claim, Governor Wike accused the agency of embarking on projects in Rivers without the consent of the state government.

He also reacted to the probe of the NDDC by the lawmakers, saying it was one-sided as the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the agency led by Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei ought to be investigated as well.

“When they are talking about probing IMC, I said what are you doing only with IMC, what about the other committees? Professor Kemebradikumo and the rest of them. They (the lawmakers) have not invited us and why I don’t want to go is that what am I doing with the IMC?” the governor asked.

He stated, “I am one governor who challenged the NDDC; we went to the Federal High Court, the Federal High Court returned the matter to the State High Court. NDDC went to appeal and we won them and at the State High Court, we have won them.

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“You cannot go to a state and begin to carry out projects without the permission of the state government, you don’t know what their plans are. You can’t come into my state to disturb my development plan, you must let me know.”

Governor Wike believes that in order to reverse the fortune of the agency, technocrats and not politicians should be placed in charge of the commission to enable it function effectively.

Explaining the role of governors in the South-South, he said, “Under the NDDC Act, there should be a governing board made up of the governors.

“Since 2015 we have been asking for that board, but it was only last year that the President was able to … constitute a governing board. But that is just theory.”


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