Former President Goodluck Jonathan said he would have relocated his mother to Abuja if Governor Douye Diri, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP had lost.
Jonathan stated this when he visited Diri in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Friday.
“I was saying before this election that if Diri loses this election, I would have relocated my mother to Abuja.
“We don’t want to go into unnecessary crisis in the state. Results have been declared and we believe the election was conducted. We believe the governor won the election and we plead that people should accept it and work with the governor. Let all of us support him so that the state will move ahead.
“There should be nothing that will push the state backward. We should think about the development of the state starting from the issue of peace and security in the state which within this last period, three years plus, there are significant improvements in terms of cultism and kidnapping and so on and so forth,” he said.
The former president hailed Diri’s efforts at tackling insecurity, saying the governor’s re-election means the state would be a lot safer.
He said if Douye had lost, the gains made in curbing insecurity would have been lost.
Speaking on how his cousin was kidnapped and killed, Jonathan expressed optimism that with Diri returning as the governor of the state, the situation would soon be a thing of the past.
He said, “My cousin was kidnapped two times on one of those occasions, one of my cousins, Solo, was killed because they threw him into the river and he didn’t know how to swim,” he added.
“So, we’ve passed through hell in this state and we’ve seen a little light at the end of the tunnel. So, people should calm down, and allow Diri to focus on governance so that he will be able to propel this state forward so that we will benefit as citizens of the state.”
Diri had earlier in the day received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term in office. He will be sworn in for another four-year tenure next year.
Edo 2024: Osunbor Joins Guber Race, Vows To Lift Edo To Enviable Heights
A former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor on Thursday said he has the capacity to lead Edo State to enviable position if given the opportunity to govern the state again.
He also pledged to address failed road infrastructure in the state among other developmental projects lacking that have taken the state backward.
Osunbor, spoke in Benin City during a visit to the Leadership of the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he declared his intention to contest for the 2024 governorship election.
The former governor said he was aware of the sufferings of Edo people and would change the narrative if he gets the party’s ticket and subsequently emerged governor of the state in the forthcoming governorship election.
He added that he has the experience and intergrity having been in the office as governor for a short time and promised to deliver good governance.
Osunbor solicited the support of the party leaders, promising he will take the state to greater heights following his rich history as a astute politician, whose tenure as governor recorded laudable feat.
PDP, NNPP, Five Others Form Coalition
A group of seven opposition political parties on Wednesday formed a new coalition in a bid to strengthen democracy in the country.
The movement tagged the Coalition of Concerned Political Parties was formed in Abuja at a meeting attended by leaders of the political parties at the National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party.
The coalition comprised the Peoples Democratic Party, African Democratic Congress, Social Democratic Party, Peoples Allied Movement, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Young Progressives Party, and Zenith Labour Party.
The PUNCH reports that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, while hosting a delegation of the Inter-party Advisory Council in November, expressed fears of the country falling into a one-state party, urging the opposition to see the need for unity.
The coalition while expressing worry about the level of instability the country is going through, urged the judicial system to save Nigeria’s democracy and rid itself of political and executive interference..
Speaking on the essence of the coalition, the National Chairman of the SDP, Shehu Gabam said, “We looked into the issue of the judiciary. The judiciary is the last hope of the common man if it still stands.
“We are worried about the level of instability the country is going through. If you look at recent developments in Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kano, and Plateau states, it is very clear that the judiciary must exercise extreme caution with some of its decisions.
“The judiciary should strengthen their conviction towards delivering judgments that can stand the test of time. They should not allow we politicians to infiltrate their rank, sanity, and capacity to deliver judgments that are internationally sound and can be recognised.”.
The SDP Chairman, however, said that the coalition is not for a merger or against the Inter-Party Advisory Council.
Also speaking at the meeting, the acting National Secretary of the PDP, Setonji Koshoedo, who represented the acting party’s national chairman, Umar Damagum, stated that the coalition will offer a strong opposition.
On his part, the national chairman of the ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, said the idea behind the coalition “is to strengthen our democracy. We have seen that people in government are trying to stiffen viable opposition.”
Rivers Crisis: I Won’t Surrender To Blackmail, Intimidation – Fubara
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has said that no level of sabotage deliberately staged in some quarters will make him abandon the mandate given to him to serve, protect, and advance the fortunes of the state.
Fubara made the assertion on Thursday while declaring open the 115 and 116 combined Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt.
He reaffirmed his commitment to serve with humility, sincerity of purpose, and accountability.
The governor stated, “Although these are trying times, let us not forget that Rivers State is our collective inheritance, presently under my watch, to protect, defend, and advance it as the governor.
“I assure you that I will not fail in this responsibility, nor will I surrender our mandate and progress to intimidation, blackmail, and deliberate sabotage.
“I reaffirm my earlier statement and recommit myself to the path of peace, as there is nothing to gain in a state of needless crisis.”
The governor added that drastic measures will be taken to strengthen education, healthcare, and social services across the state so that no part, including the rural areas, will be left behind.
In advancing these human capital development efforts, the governor emphasised that the 2024 budget of the state will prioritise and provide sufficient funding to create universal access to affordable and quality education and healthcare services in Rivers State.
He added, “We will also take deliberate steps to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit among our teeming unemployed youths through viable initiatives on skills development, entrepreneurship training, and targeted investments in commercial agriculture.”
Meanwhile, Fubara also urged traditional rulers to be upright and royal fathers of integrity who do not compromise their neutrality.
He also enjoined them to be courageous and speak the truth to power so that they do not lose their moral authority and legitimacy before their people.
“We must all be worried about the plight of our youths, especially those in rural communities, most of whom are poor, neglected, and almost forgotten in the government’s development plans, policies, and actions.
“As we all know, no human society can progress without peace and security.
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“I will therefore urge you to continue to work tirelessly for the preservation of peace and security to attract sustainable development to your communities,” he advised.
The governor also harped on the need for everybody to have faith in the renewed hope agenda of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration at the federal level.
He asserted that President Tinubu has shown determination in pulling the nation out of the prevailing economic nightmare and ushering in a new era of sustainable economic progress, which is very reassuring.
In his address, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, declared the firm support of the council to the administration of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, who was elected as the best and trusted to lead the state.
Awuse urged troublemakers who are fanning the ember of discord to cease the acts and allow the governor to concentrate on the work he was elected to do.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, said his ministry has continued to maintain a harmonious relationship with the council and will continue to collaborate with them to ease the discharge of their roles as royal fathers in peacebuilding efforts in their domains.
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