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Edo APC Crisis: Fight At Detriment Of The People, Irresponsible, Retrogressive – Speaker

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…Says Seats Declared Vacant Was For Interest Of The State

Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Frank Okiye, Wednesday, January 29, said it is irresponsible and unpardonable sin politicians abandon their statutory responsibilities and engage in polical fight and quarrels.

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Okiye who disclosed this shortly after the House preliminary, asserted that if politicians must engage in politic fight it must not be to the disadvantage of the good people who elected them.

Accroding to the Speaker, all elected public officials are subject to the people who elected them hence the responsibility they(electorates) gave to such officials must not be jettison on the “altar of cheap and bitter politics.

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He said, “As elected public officials, we are not bigger than those who elected us. We are in fact subject to the people who elected us; they are our masters; they are our leaders; they are our paymasters and we cannot under any guise abdicate the responsibilities they freely gave to us on the altar of cheap and bitter politics.

“This cannot be and this must not be again. The people are supreme, they are the ultimate, and my leadership of the House will continue to hold the people of Edo State in a very high esteem as our employer.”

The Speaker continues, “If we as politicians and elected officials must fight, if we must disagree and if we must act in any way, we must never do so to the disadvantage of the good people of our dear state. It is irresponsible, unthoughtful and indeed unpardonable sin to abdicate responsibilities under any guise while also indulging in retrogressive politics at the expense of the people.

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“We are paid to serve the people; they must get adequate rewards for their money. Tomorrow shall indeed judge our today”, he added.

While clearing the air that Godwin Obeseki was never the one inducing or aggravating the crisis, Okiye lamented that some persons are using the controversy to distract the governor from doing his good work, stressing that the interest of the people of the state must be allowed to prevail.

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On the 14 seats of the state Assembly he declared vacant, Okiye said it was done in the best interest of the respective constituencies and the overall interest of the people of the state.

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The Speaker added that the act was not to hurt anyone in particular but to bring sanity and responsibilities to politics and governance in the state and to assert the importance of the legislative arm.

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Wike Gifts Odili Mansion On 74th Birthday

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has gifted a mansion to former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, on the latter’s 74th birthday.

Media aide to the Governor, Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, in a statement, said the residence was built and donated to Odili by the Rivers state Government.

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According to Ebiri, Wike spoke on Monday during the 74th birthday reception organised to honour the former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, at the private residence built and donated to him by the State government in Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.

Wike is a political godson to Dr. Odili, who was the state Governor from 1999 to 2007 and is commonly referred to as the golden governor of Nigeria.

Governor Wike was the executive chairman of Obio/Akpor local government Area of the state when Odili held sway as Governor.

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Wike had in several fore eulogized Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili (retd) for their role in his political career and success in life.

While further eulogizing the sterling qualities of the ex-governor, Wike said he had been well schooled by Odili in politics, saying his present political ordeals were not surprising.

Although the cost of the multi-million naira was not disclosed, Wike said Odili gave him and others everything and prepared them for the future.

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He recalled that when Dr. Peter Odili was to run for the office of the president, he had a large crowd following, happily.

But noted that when the issue of governorship of Rivers State was to be decided, and he did not give those who wanted it, they all left him, ran to Abuja to thwart his presidential ambition.

Governor Wike, however, said he has been holding on to the advice of Dr. Odili. Hence, he was not surprised at the turn of events and the outcome of the PDP presidential primary.

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He described Dr. Peter Odili as a true leader of men who groomed many, and supported a lot of persons to political lamplight, particularly in Rivers State and across the country.

The statement by the governor’s spokesman partly read, “There was a time every political class abandoned Dr. Odili. This is a man who gave us everything. Some people called him Mr. Donatus.

“There was no abuse he did not get. Everybody he tried to help their families, at the end of the day, all betrayed him.

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“For us, we have used him as a school and we thank him for making himself available for us to use him to learn so that we won’t be shocked of whatever that is going to happened.”

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The Governor expressed delight for the opportunity to have known Dr. Odili and be able to celebrate him, pointing to the several support and gains from the political tutelage under Dr. Odili that had made him accomplish his political successes.

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He reiterated that the benevolence of the Odili’s made it possible for Ikwerre sons to emerge governors of Rivers State.

In his response, former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili said he and his wife, Hon. Justice Mary Odili (retired) were overwhelmed by the birthday gift courtesy of the State government.

Odili explained that during his tenure as governor, governor Wike was the best performing council chairman in the State.

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He lauded Wike for investing in human capacity development, infrastructure, and building the best Law School campus in Port Harcourt.

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Reps Member Diverts Amenities Meant For NDDC Mandate Areas In Ondo, Niger Delta Leader Fumes

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Chief Bibopere Ajube, a prominent Niger Delta figure, has expressed his displeasure over what he called the murky treatment the riverine areas in Ondo State had received from the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Ajube specifically fumed that the leadership of the NDDC and Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, had diverted amenities intended for the Ondo state mandate areas to other areas that had no connection to the Niger Delta.

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He called as unsettling the fact that benefits that ought to go to residents of Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas are instead enjoyed by those in the northern senatorial district of the state in a statement issued on Monday in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.

Ajube, who served as the Movement for the Emacipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Western Fringe Commander, emphasized the importance of collaboration among all stakeholders in order to call Hon. Ojo and the NDDC management to order.

Ajube raised the alarm 24 hours after Hon. Ojo had given N50 million in scholarships to 1,000 Akoko students, even as the NDDC announced that it had approved the restart of bursary payments to students in the oil-rich region.

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“The most recent ugly development is the noise about the scholarship reportedly approved by Hon. Ojo to Akoko students.

“There is more to this because as the report came without any of our students from Ilaje and Ese-Odo, the NDDC came out to announce that it had approved the resumption of bursary payment. So who is fooling who, we ask?”

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In an effort to reduce poverty in the Niger Delta region, the NDDC had announced on Friday that it had restarted the scholarship programme that had been put on hold.

The announcement of the development was made by Mr. Udengs Eradiri, Special Adviser on Youths to NDDC Interim Administrator Dr. Effiong Akwa.

He explained that it was a part of NDDC’s celebration of the International Youth Day.

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Group Blasts Dissidents Of NDDC Personnel Audit

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A group under the aegis of Niger Delta Network, NDN, has blasted those opposing the directive for a personnel audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC as well as annexing the commission to MNDA

Ever since the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs headed by Mr Umana Umana based on the directive of the presidency announced a move for the annexation and audit process of NDDC, there have been a series of calls to scuttle the process.

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But the group in a statement signed by Dr. John Douglas, Director of Public Relations wondered why people should be apprehensive over the proposed personnel audit and annexation saying that one whose recruitment is legal, lawful and legitimate, should not oppose or fret over the proposal.

The statement said it’s only those who perpetrated or benefited from the faulty and fraudulent staff recruitment exercise that would oppose the audit.

The statement in parts, “no one whose recruitment is legal, lawful and legitimate, will oppose or fret over a Ministerial directive for a personnel audit of the NDDC.”

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It, therefore, urged the ministry not to succumb to the opposition but should go ahead in the review of “Disproportionate recruitment of staff during the COVID-19 lockdown, irregular promotions and deployment of staff in the NDDC.”

Other work plans for the ministry according to the statement include the “implementation of recommendations of the Forensic Audit Report, the constitution of the compilation/publication of a list of all completed projects in the NDDC awaiting payments for public scrutiny; the suspension of all further award of contracts on water hyacinths in the Niger Delta and the constitution of the NDDC board in line with extant law.”

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