FG Plotting Chaos, Forceful Takeover Of Rivers In 2019– Wike Cries Out

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government is planning to cause chaos in the state ahead of the 2019 governorship election so as to pave the way for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take over the state.

Wike made the allegation as a guest on Channels Television Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday.

He said, “They (APC) don’t want election, they want security to help them to rig. In Rivers State, what they have planned in 2019 is to make sure that for governorship election that there will be no election.

“They want to chaos, commotion and then the election will be postponed and after the elections in other states have been concluded, they will now draft security from other state to make sure Rivers State is taking by all means.”

Also speaking on the number of presidential aspirants in the PDP, the governor said it was good for the party because “the more the merrier in politics so you have alternatives”.

He rejected the notion that the number will tear the party apart, saying, “If you believe in the party you don’t leave because you lost an election.”

Wike insisted that there are moles as presidential aspirants in the PDP planted by the APC to destabilise the party.

“There are those (PDP presidential aspirants) who are serious, those who want to advertise themselves. and those who are planted. I know those who are serious, those who just want to participate and those planted by the Federal Government to destabilise the PDP.

Asked how to identify those planted in the party, the governor said, “By their conduct you know them. When people make statement, I’m a member of PDP, when I make a statement you should be able to know if I’m working for the interest of the party or not.”

He added, “Presidential election is not an all comers’ affair, so we know those who are serious. For the fact that they come to Rivers State to say I want to speak with some delegates does not mean they are serious. We know those who are serious.

“As I’m speaking to you, as at yesterday, there was as meeting of some aspirants and the ruling party to make sure our convention fails.”

Buhari negotiates another $6bn with China for road construction

The Buhari-led Federal Government has revealed that it is currently negotiating a loan of about $6 billion with China Exim Bank for the construction of the Ibadan-Kano railway line. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, revealed this at an interactive session with newsmen, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

According to the minister, “We are currently in negotiations with the China Exim Bank to get about $6bn to do (rail lines) from Ibadan to Kano. It is a difficult decision. Why is it difficult? “The money required is about $8bn to do a double track but the Chinese are insisting that they can’t fund the double track.

“They are asking us to do a single track and they want it at Minna so that instead of going from Minna to Kaduna, we should go from Minna to Abuja and then join it from Abuja to Kaduna.

“But there are those who argue that we should not accept that, rather we should tell them (Chinese) to fund it in segments. This, however, does not make economic sense,” he said.

The former governor of Rivers State equally spoke on the approval for waterways security, noting that $195 million had been approved, expressing confidence that it would help reduce crime in the maritime sector.

Amaechi continued, “The Federal Government has approved the sum of $195m to hire an Israeli company to help train our security personnel to help man our water ways.

“Currently there are criminal activities in our waterways which has made it that in some parts of the country, people charge what they call war insurance. “War insurance means that you go to an area where there is (seems to be) war, but you know that there is no war there.

“But in such areas criminal activities are taking place in the water ways. So, with the approval, after we have put the processes in place, we will ensure that there is security on our waters,” he noted.

Former Rivers State Governor praise Buhari, says Nigerians will enjoy steady power supply after 2019

Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Nigerians will enjoy 24 hours electricity if President Buhari is re-elected. He insists that the Buhari administration has achieved a lot in security, road, war against corruption and so on.

The minister, who spoke yesterday during an interactive session with the media, said the government was tackling killings associated with herdsmen,

Commenting on why Buhari and the APC government deserved a second term, Amaechi said: “Nigerians have taught me a lesson I learnt in politics and that is why nothing bothers me again. The people praising you today, if you see them when you are out of power, you will be shocked. Those singing hallelujah and hosanna will still be the same people to shout crucify him tomorrow.

“We have done much more than transport. 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.

“This is why you see politicians today very rich and one year after government, they are poor. They are like that because they don’t know how to manage the money.

“When Buhari came, he said no and that we cannot continue to spend anyhow. Buhari has not said people should not steal; he has rather kept quiet to see who can steal because there is a consequence for stealing.

“I don’t want to say it has stopped completely, but it has reduced. Before, there were many empty houses in Abuja. People were building and speculating that new politicians would come in and buy.

“But we came in, we could not buy because of the economy. So if you say Buhari has not done anything on corruption, you are being most unfair.

“Also, the 2016 budget was six per cent capital, but we are doing 20 per cent capital now. We are doing 80 per cent recurrent and 20 per cent capital. We believe that in the next two to three years, we will get to 30 per cent capital and we will get there if we reduce the current expenditure and deal with wastages.”

He continued: “It is also unfair if Nigerians think the Ministry of Works is not working. The road to Bonny was abandoned after Obasanjo left the government.

“The contract sum for the road was below N39billion, but it is now N120billion. When I was governor, I wrote to the Federal Government under Jonathan that I wanted to do the road for N39billion, but they didn’t reply me.

“My final year as governor, Energy wrote that they would take care of 50 per cent of the bill and I wrote again to the Federal Government, but they didn’t reply because I was in APC. Now that the Federal Government wants to do it, the cost is now N120billion.

“So, Buhari government is dealing with corruption, building roads. The worst road 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 road already. The work may be slow, but they are working. When we came, oil was $28 per barrel and our budget was $35 and suddenly it dropped, but the minister of Budget managed it for us to survive.

“Now oil is $74, but we still have not reached $110. If we get to that, things will change rapidly. Also, the Ilorin-Jebba road. Contracts for the construction of many roads have been awarded.

“There is also an improvement in power. We have moved from 3000megawatt to 7000, but we are distributing 5000 because some of the infrastructures are not in good state. But we are 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.”

On insecurity, he said: “There is improvement in security. When the President promised security; he was looking at Boko Haram.  Boko Haram no longer have the power that they had then.

Before we came, the situation was worse, churches were not safe, but now you can go to church freely and nearly all the security agencies that had special protection have reduced their protection gates because fears have reduced.

“The threats, which used to envelope the North, have reduced and we are addressing the ones in Borno, unlike before where they would overrun villages and hoist their flags and say they owned the villages.

“If you ask of our achievement, I think many people can attest to what we have done. People no longer go through rigorous searches before entering public places.”

Buhari’s refusal to sign Electoral Act plot to rig 2019 elections – Wike

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act is part of the plot to rig the 2019 elections.

In an interview at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike stated that the plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government was basically to write results against the wishes of Nigerians.

He said: “Why has the president not signed the Electoral Act? What is the fear? What do you mean by mistakes? Oh my God what is a mistake? Errors you didn’t see by one month’s time? Errors for the first time, the second time, the third time. Does it not tell Nigerians these people are not prepared for election?

“All they are prepared is to write the results and let heaven fall. Most of them who have left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC told me that. ‘My Brother, look I can confidently tell you that these people are not prepared for the election. All they want to do is write the results, let heaven fall’.”

Wike however stated that the APC-led federal government and the security agencies would not succeed in rigging the elections in Rivers State.

“In my state, it won’t happen. I know they will kill a lot of people. I can tell you, they will kill a lot of us. No problem, if that is the sacrifice we will make,” he said.

The governor explained that the intelligence at the disposal of the Rivers State Government indicates that the indicted SARS Commander Akin Fakorede and Deputy Commissioner of Police Stephen Hasso feature prominently in the rigging plot of the APC-led federal government in the state.

According to him, “They are planning for Rivers State as I speak. Let me tell you. They are promoting my Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector General of Police, they are promoting the Deputy Commissioner of Police who was just made a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation) to be Acting Commissioner of Police and the SARS man who took Rivers State Government to court, who has perpetrated rigging of election even by INEC report. They are going to make him the man in charge of Operations just for the purpose of 2019 elections.

“Akin Fakorede, to be made the Head of Operations of the State Police Command, then Stephen Hasso who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police will be made the Acting Commissioner of Police and the current Commissioner of Police will be appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police for the purpose of 2019 elections and they think that we don’t know.”

The governor said the international community is under obligation to take proactive action against officials of the APC-federal government who have destroyed the foundation of democracy and the rule of law and called for the revocation of their visas.

“If it were where things are done rightly, they should revoke all the visas of those in government who are opposed to democratic rule, principles, rule of law. Let me tell you whether you like it or not, this government is bent on eliminating the key opposition,” he said.

He stated that the electoral criminality plotted by the APC-led federal government was exhibited during the cancelled Port Harcourt state constituency three election where security agencies and APC thugs were unleashed on the constituents.

The governor said: “Look at the bye election in Port Harcourt constituency three comprising eight wards, 142 polling units within the same area. It is a ring road like this; it will not take you 30 minutes to cover them. The Commissioner of Police as I speak to you since after the election has not seen me to explain to me why all the atrocities were perpetrated, snatching electoral materials, and beating INEC officials.

“I am not happy with INEC for one reason. Yes I am happy with them for one way that they stood up but then, this is the same police, the same SARS that you indicted in the 2016/2017 re-run election and what has happened?”

Wike noted that the APC-led federal government plots to use security agencies to promote mass violence across Rivers State on the day of the governorship election in 2019, so that it would be postponed for them to have time to invade the state with hundreds of thousands of security personnel for rigging purposes.

“First of all, as far as 2019 election is concerned, there will be no election. The security agencies will help them to show that there is so much crisis in the entire local governments, shooting everywhere and then they will postpone the election. When they postpone the election, then they will now bring down all their security agencies to the Rivers election,” he stated.

He further explained the modalities for the planned rigging by the APC-led federal government.

He said: “We know, we have people inside the system who are also working with them who also let us know these are their plans they are setting and it has been happening. Port Harcourt showed it, I told my people don’t do anything.

“Allow them to show their hands and they did by coming with criminals and SARS wearing their uniforms. SARS protected them to cart away materials. INEC REC from Akwa Ibom, not Rivers State INEC, from Akwa Ibom. One of the three RECs that were sent here said, he saw, he witnessed, he couldn’t believe it. That at this our time, security agencies will lead people to cart away materials. So for 2019, it is to make sure no election take place in the first instance.

“As I speak to you, they will shoot everywhere and INEC would say, No, there will be no election. We cannot handle it, that is the strategy for 2019. Tell the people, tell the public, tell Mr President that they will make sure that there is so much violence in Rivers State so that elections will be postponed and then when elections are postponed, other elections in other sides will take place then they will now move down all the security men to Rivers State.”

He berated the APC for selecting a murder suspect as one of their factional chairmen in Rivers State and ordering security agencies to protect him.

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.”

Magnus Abe kicks against indirect primaries in APC

Senator Magnus Abe has kicked against the adoption of indirect primaries by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the selection of candidates for the 2019 general elections.

Abe, representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, insisted that indirect primaries breed corruption through financial inducement of delegates.

The Senator states this in a statement on Saturday in Port Harcourt on the heels of the adoption of indirect primaries by the state’s expanded executive committee as announced by its chairman, Ojukaye Flag-Amarere in Port Harcourt.

Abe, in the statement issued by his media aide, Parry Benson, insisted that the party cannot adopt the said process.

The statement reads in part: “Rivers State is one of those states where we cannot have indirect primaries. The entire structure of the party in the state is embroiled in legal controversy with about four or five Court cases.

“So, if you want to do indirect primaries, which particular list of delegates are you going to use and which particular congress?”

“They say where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit. What you call indirect primaries is a situation where known party members meet in a place to elect candidates.

“These known party members are invariably part of a structure that is already organized. So when people have control of such structure, the entire exercise is predetermined because they already know who they are going to elect.

“You have to understand that life is dynamic and part of what we promised Nigerians is that we were going to bring change into the country and make it better. Part of the challenge people have with indirect primaries is like I said the outcome is predetermined.

“Secondly, it is very vulnerable to financial inducement because the delegates are known and you can’t target a particular number of people as those that you need to service in order to get your nomination.

“So, this has led over the years to a vast increase in corruption in terms of financial inducement for delegates. In bringing our message for change in Nigeria, there is, therefore, every need for us to look at these things and improve the processes as the country grows older and our democracy matures.

“No matter the argument one may have or may not have, I believe that as far as Nigerian democracy is concerned, the days of indirect primaries are fast drawing to a close.”

Wike gives condition for Rivers officials to appear before EFCC

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said officials of the state government will appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) only if the anti-graft agency follows the rule of law.

The EFCC had invited and quizzed the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, over alleged N117 billion transaction by the state government in the past three years.

The anti-graft agency is also seeking to quiz four officials of the state who were central to the withdrawals.

Speaking at the state government house in Port Harcourt, Wike, said the EFCC is “full of impunity.”

He said: “I am not interested whether EFCC backs off or not. I am not against the EFCC fighting corruption, if at all they are fighting corruption. My concern is we must do it according to the law.”

“The law says that we have a federation comprising the federal government, the states and the local government areas. We go to the monthly federal allocation when money comes to the federation and all tiers take their share. The federal government is now saying that the money that comes to states will be monitored.

“I was not here in 2007. Rivers State Government went to court against the EFCC to say the commission has no constitutional power to interrogate the finances, the expenses of the state government. And the matter was adequately addressed and judgment was given against EFCC.

“Since 2007, EFCC has been struggling to appeal the judgment. EFCC has not succeeded up till now. What they are doing now is when they feel a government is not pro-Buhari, ‘let’s do this’.”

He wondered why the EFCC was allowed to freeze the accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom State Governments, insisting that the agency is being used as a tool by the federal government to fight opposition.

“Nobody will appear before the EFCC until they follow the rule of law. This country must not allow personal interest of individuals. That is a coup against the interest of Nigeria,” he said.

2019: The battle for Rivers State guber seat hots up, as incumbent governor Wike declares intention to re-contest

The battle for Rivers State 2019 Governorship race gets messier as the incumbent Governor of the State and Peoples Democratic Party-PDP strongman, has declared his intention to re-contest for the 2019 Governorship election.

An online media  has uncovered plots by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to be picked as a Vice Presidential running-mate to any of the successful aspirant for the Presidential PDP primary nomination.

In the situation where Rivers State Governor Wike emerges as a Vice Presidential candidate he would be leaving a vacuum at his home front which will present “doctrine of necessity” by relinquishing his position to former Minister Of Sports and a Kalabari seasoned Politician Dr. Tammy Danagogo as a Governorship candidate while the Ogoni ethnic nationality will be given the Deputy Governorship ticket for the first time in the 51-years history of the State.

If the above scenario plays out, the last epic electoral battle will be between two Kalabari sons all from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. With this master-stroke, Governor Wike would have used one stone to kill two birds, first, he would have brought life back into PDP by picking a fellow ‘riverine’ candidate that has strong political pedigree to march All Progressive Congress-APC Governorship aspirant such as Tonye Cole who also holds the same academic qualification, geographical local consideration as both have Doctorate degrees in their various field of endeavour.

Tonye Cole holds Doctorate Ph.D in Architecture from a Brazilian University while Tammy Danagogo also holds Doctorate Ph.D degree in Law from the Prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka Enugu Campus, Enugu State.

However, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has political experience having been elected Council Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. He was also appointed as Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs during ex-Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi before he was appointed as Sports Minister under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Real reasons Governor Wike will accept the Vice President ticket nomination as a running-mate in PDP is based on the fact that he would like to outsmart his kinsman and political foe, the Minister For Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who single-handedly chased away a sitting President through the ballot box in 2015 with the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as a Presidential Candidate.

If as a sitting Governor, Nyesom Wike was able to stabilize PDP and contributed immensely in the Supreme Court battle against Borno State former Governor and Multi-Billionaire Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif against Kaduna State former Governor and Senator, Senator Ahmed Markafi, since the Governor Wike’s tenacity of holding his own political war-chest to himself leading to the election of his kinsman Prince Uche Secondus National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party-PDP is a testament to his strong-will power of exercising control and political power influence throughout the 36 States of the  Federation plus Federal Capital Territory-FCT Abuja.

Therefore, it then means, with his nomination as a Vice Presidential running-mate, he would be able to hold the country together while giving adequate support to his Principal, a situation he played very well as a junior Minister of Education and later substantive Minister of Education during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration from 2012 to 2015.

Amaechi, Akpabio, Oshiomhole and Okorocha: Who’s The Lion Of Niger Delta

With the entry of former Senate Minority Leader and ex Governor of Akwa Ibom State Obong Godswill Akpabio into All Progressive Congress-APC and the election of former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress-APC, there is confusion now among followers and party loyalists about who among the serving Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Obong Godswill Akpabio, Adams Oshiomhole and the only APC Governor in South-East Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha should be properly addressed as the “Lion of Niger Delta” a political name tag that has been ascribed to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in 2013 prior to the 2015 general election.

The serving Minister of Transportation as Director General Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization solidified this political name tag “The Lion of Niger Delta” as he fought a Niger Delta son, President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party-PDP until he lost election on the 28th of March, 2015 and conceded defeat in a telephone conversation to President Muhammadu Buhari exactly at 5pm on the Presidential Election Result Collation center FCT Abuja.

 

Since that time with Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s political office as Minister for Transportation, he assumed the position of leader of All Progressive Congress-APC in South-South, irrespective of the fact that Edo State is the only State out of the Six States in the South-South geo-political zone that won governorship election with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as executive Governor.

 

The Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, comes from South-East geo-political zone but his state shares some kind of political developmental affiliations including Niger Delta Development Commission-NDDC. Again, Imo State is the only state in the South East geo-political zone that won the Governorship election under the platform of All Progressive Congress-APC. Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s political sagacity and bravado and his oratorical speech elocution coupled with his position as a sitting Governor of Ndi-Igbo coming into the APC family and as the Chairman of APC Governor’s Forum, make him more visible political to claim the political name tag of “The Lion of Niger Delta Politics”  currently being enjoyed by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Wednesday, 8th of August, 2018 marked a new beginning in the life of the former Senator Minority Leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State Obong Godswill Akpabio as he formally declared for All Progressive Congress-APC in his home town Uyo through defection from PDP to APC.

He resigned from being the Senate Deputy Minority Leader on the 4th August, 2018 while getting his papers properly documented at his Essien Udim home town in Akwa Ibom State. His political influence and political control in the South-South is like earth quake with every high magnitude. As a sitting governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2015, Obong Godswill Akpabio had one of the highest monetary allocations from the Federation Account sharing unit in the country. And he controlled 31-Local Government Areas with oil and gas accruement of 13 percent in both being a littoral oil producing state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

With the on-going debate of who is the “Lion of Niger Delta Politics”  raging on, the foursome of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, ex-Governor of Edo State and current National Chairman of APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha and Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and former Senate Minority Leader, Obong Godswill Akpabio are all jostling for Political Leadership of APC in South-South and South-East geo-political zones of the Federation.

After the excitement of Obong Godswill Akpabio’s defection to APC must have died down, the next battle will be who among them should control APC in the South-South geo-political zone no-minding the political hierarchy in All Progressive Congress-APC as the zone has a National Party Chairman, a Director  General of Presidential Campaign Organization and Governor Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha’s per chant of dominating political space when it comes to national politics remains one of the highlights of the expectations to come in the days ahead of February 2019 Presidential elections.

 

Why riverine person will succeed Wike in 2019

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Soalabo West, has stated that a riverine person will succeed Governor Nyesom Wike on May 29 next year, in order to make the Niger Delta state great again.

West, an energy and maritime lawyer from the Kalabari (riverine) part of Rivers state, stressed that he was not bothered about last week’s declaration by Wike of PDP, who is from the upland part of the state, to seek reelection in 2019.

The governorship aspirant, on Monday in an interactive session with reporters in Port Harcourt, expressed optimism of emerging victorious at the primary election of the PDP.

He said: “The argument in 2015 was that Rivers was a PDP state and the people of the state needed to wrest the leadership of the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party which the then incumbent governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, defected to in 2013.

“Governorship aspirants from the riverine ethnic nationalities were asked in 2015 to work with Wike, not because the upland/riverine dichotomy was not there, but essentially because of imperatives of the time, especially that Rivers State should go to the PDP and that the state should be properly mobilised to deliver majority votes to the then President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.”

West also stated that his governorship aspiration was propelled by the desire to bring to the fore vision, youthful vigour, a pragmatic and dynamic approach to the development of Rivers State, devoid of political bickering and sectarian exclusiveness that were currently being institutionalised.

The PDP governorship aspirant pleaded with the youths and other stakeholders to do away with violence and thuggery, in order to have peaceful, free, fair and credible primaries and general elections.