Connect with us

Politics

Move To Recall Anti-Fubara Assembly Lawmakers From Ogoni Thickens

Published

on

Four members of the Rivers State House of Assembly may be the first casualties in the ongoing political war between the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara and the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.

A group known as Ogoni Development Drive (ODD) said that it has begun the process to recall the four lawmakers over their alleged roles in the botched impeachment of Governor Fubara.

The affected lawmakers are Dumle Maol (PDP, Gokana constituency); Barile Nwakoh (PDP, Khana), Aforji Igwe (PDP, Eleme) and Bernard Ngba (PDP, Tai).

Convener of the group, Comrade Solomon Lenu who made this known at a news conference in Port Harcourt said the move was necessary to “save our democracy”, adding that other regions of the country would take a cue from them.

READ ALSO: Rivers Crisis: I Won’t Surrender To Blackmail, Intimidation – Fubara

ODD had on Nov. 10 issued a seven-day ultimatum to the four Ogoni lawmakers, who partook in the plot that attempted to serve an impeachment notice to Gov. Fubara.

“The four lawmakers, now suspended, were asked to apologise to the Ogoni people whom they represent and to Gov. Fubara for denigrating his exalted office or risk being recalled.

“Instead of heeding this advice and embracing the olive branch extended to them, they rather embarked on an egocentric escapade,” he said.

Lenu further said the lawmakers rather than heed the advice by ODD engaged in various meetings that purportedly plotted to unseat the governor.

“Gov. Fubara was collectively voted for by the entire Rivers people, and as such, the action by the lawmakers has not gone well with all men and women of conscience.

READ ALSO: Rivers Youths Storm Government House In Solidarity With Fubara

“It is illogical for the erring assembly members to think it is right to impeach an innocent governor for no just cause but wrong to recall them for erring against their constituents.

“The suspended lawmakers called the bluff of ODD ultimatum, and so, we have decided to carry out this recall process in earnest, to put our democracy aright,” he said.

Lenu said the group had already reached an advanced level in sensitising and mobilising the lawmakers’ constituents to recall them. He said that ODD had also obtained the comprehensive voters’ register of all voters in the four local government areas and constituencies.

According to him, an electronic capture form has also been created to make the petition process easier for students at various tertiary school campuses and those on holiday to sign the petition.

“So far, the response from the aggrieved constituents has been very impressive, and we shall in a few weeks’ time complete the compilation of the required signatures.

READ ALSO: Fubara: Rivers Crisis Spikes As Two Factional Assembly Lawmakers Hold Separate Sittings

“The signatures are required for INEC to call for a referendum, which shall be carried out in branches with strict security guidance, to abort any sinister counterplot against democracy.

“We know this process is not going to be easy, but we are ready to go all the way, to create a sense of responsibility in our elected leaders,” he said.

Lenu said instilling a sense of responsibility in politicians and elected leaders would further entrench democratic tenets in the country. The ODD convener called on the people of Ogoni to come forward and sign the petition, to end political “jamboree and illicit godfatherism” in the state.

It will be recalled that 26 lawmakers on Oct. 30 proceeded to impeach Fubara but were stopped by four pro-Fubara lawmakers led by Ehie Edison (PDP-Ahoada East II).

Martins Amaewhule (Obio Akpor constituency) and a close ally of a former governor, was later ousted as Speaker and Ehie sworn in as the new Speaker. He insists that he is still the Speaker of the House of Assembly, resulting in some form of confusion over the office of the Speaker.
VANGUARD

Advertisement
Comments

Politics

PDP Warns Rivers APC Caretaker Chairman Against ‘Baseless Claims’

Published

on

By

The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has issued a stern warning to Tony Okocha, Chairman of the seven-man Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

The PDP emphasized that Okocha should focus on his responsibilities at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and refrain from spreading unsubstantiated falsehoods about the Rivers State government led by Governor Siminialayi Fubara.

Okocha had claimed that the battle against what he characterized as a “clueless, rudderless, directionless, and visionless” government in Rivers State led by Governor Fubara will be the easiest to win.

In response, the PDP, through its Publicity Secretary Sydney Tambari-Gbara, highlighted the satisfaction of Rivers people with Governor Fubara’s administration.

READ ALSO: Fubara, Rivers APC Clash Over N144bn Allocation Spending

In a statement on Tuesday, Gbara said, “Fubara is a household name in the state due to the commitment he has shown in bringing development, good governance, and happiness to the people.

“In less than six months in office, Governor Siminialayi Fubara has embarked on several people-oriented projects cutting across the length and breadth of the State.

“Among the projects ongoing in the state are the multimillion naira Port Harcourt Ring Road, a major project that will cut through six local government areas, thereby easing movement of commerce and improving economic activities in the State.

“The Elelenwo and Bori Internal roads, the Ogoni- Andoni-Opobo/ Nkoro Unity road, among several others.”

The PDP spokesperson expressed amazement at Okocha’s discontent over Rivers women supporting Governor Fubara through a solidarity walk.

READ ALSO: [JUST IN] Abuja Court Denies Fubara’s Loyalists Bail

Tambari-Gbara clarified that such demonstrations are a global occurrence in politics, citing past instances in 2019 when women protested to protect electoral integrity.

The statement from the PDP urged Okocha to recognize the recurrent nature of such protests and reiterated the party’s confidence in the people of Rivers State to stand firmly with Governor Fubara, acknowledging his demonstrated capacity and competence in providing purposeful leadership.

“To boost food production in the State, Sir Fubara had paid an inspection visit to the abandoned Songai farm in Tai LGA, the Buguma fish farm in Asalga LGA, the Garri processing factory in Oyigbo LGA, with the view to revamp and put them to use to ensure food sufficiency.

“Governor Fubara also revived the Rivers State Micro Finance Agency, releasing the sum of N4Bn to the agency as loans to Rivers people interested in pursuing micro, small and medium scale businesses in the state.

“What about the payment of one hundred thousand naira to each civil servant, the promotion of civil servants who were not promoted for the last 8 years by the previous administration and other largesse to Rivers people during the Christmas celebration, the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage to Local Government staffs plus the ongoing employment into the Rivers State Civil Service.”

He said Rivers State representative on the NDDC Board should concentrate on his job and always cross-check facts before coming out to the media.

 

Continue Reading

Politics

Journalist Joins Ondo Guber Race, Promises Socio-economic Development

Published

on

By

A veteran journalist and publisher, Adeleke Collins Olagundoye has declared his intention to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.

Olagundoye, said he would be contesting under the platform of the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He’s state coordinator of both the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Ondo State.

The aspirant, whos from Okitipupa council area of the state, said he is passionate about the development of the state.

Olagundoye assured the people of the state that he has the blueprint to harness the potential of the state for socio-economic development.

READ ALSO: Five-goal Haaland Crushes Luton As Man City Reach FA Cup Quarter-finals

According to him  “my desire to throw my hat into the ring to contest the April primary election of the APC was borne out my commitment to build on the legacies of the APC government in both the state and the federal level in the interest of the masses.”

Olagundoye said he has conceptualised a policy framework tagged Ondo SMART project, which includes Socio-Economic Mobility, Modernization, Autonomy, Agriculture, Resources, and Technology

“This is not merely a political agenda but a comprehensive plan—a promise to deliver good governance and prosperity to our state.

“The Ondo SMART project of my administration is a testament to our commitment to building a Smart Sunshine State that stands as a model of progress and inclusivity.

” That is why in my pursuit of a vibrant and resourceful governance, I pledge to steer the ship of Ondo State towards socio-economic growth, reducing unemployment and poverty to nearly zero point.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Tinubu Orders Full Implementation Of Oronsanye Report⁣ ⁣

“Imagine an Ondo State where insecurity, healthcare concerns, poverty, and food shortages are mere relics of the past—where our elderly revel in the security of a well organised social security system.

” I draw inspiration from the resilience of the All Progressives Congress, echoing the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that count.

” We stand on the shoulders of incredible achievements at both the Federal and State levels, and I commit to building upon this legacy and support.

” So let us embrace the change we seek, for it is through change that we forge a brighter tomorrow. I cannot achieve this change alone.

” I humbly ask you to join me in this noble and historic mission and together, let us script a new chapter in the history of Ondo State—a chapter defined by progress, inclusivity, and the unwavering spirit of the Sunshine people.”

Olagundoye said that “Together, we can make Ondo State the envy of all. Together, we can make Ondo State the home we all want it to be.”

Continue Reading

Politics

PDP Shuns Shaibu, Presents Certificate Of Return To Ighodalo Tuesday

Published

on

By

The Peoples Democratic Party will on Tuesday present Certificate of Return to its Edo State governorship candidate, Dr Asuerinme Ighodalo, on Tuesday.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this on Monday in a statement titled “PDP presents Certificate of Return to its Edo State Governorship Election Candidate, Dr. Asuerinme Ighodalo.”

The statement is, however, silent about the fate of the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who also reportedly emerged candidate in a parallel primary held on the same day.

READ ALSO: Edo Guber: Ighodalo Wins Edo PDP Primary

The statement read, “Following the successful completion of the Edo State governorship primary election and the ratification of the exercise by the appeal panel, the National Working Committee of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, hereby announces the presentation of the Certificate of Return to Dr Asuerinme Ighodalo, the elected candidate of our party for the September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

“The Certificate Presentation ceremony is scheduled as follows: Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024; Venue: National Executive Committee (NEC) Hall, Wadata Plaza, PDP National Secretariat, Abuja; Time: 12 noon.

“The national leadership of the PDP commends all leaders, critical stakeholders, and members of our party in Edo State for the peaceful and successful conduct of our governorship primary election in the state.

READ ALSO: [UPDATED] Edo Guber: Ighodalo Emerges PDP Candidate, Promises To Lead Edo On Path Of Prosperity

“The NWC charges all members to be guided by the above-stated date and time and continue to work together to ensure victory for our party and candidate in the forthcoming election.”

Ighodalo, a former chairman of Sterling Bank, emerged as the winner of the PDP primary election in the state.

Ighodalo was elected at the delegate election of the party held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

But Shaibu held a parallel primary elsewhere and was declared the parallel winner.

Continue Reading

Trending