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Wike’s Loyalist Resigns As Fubara’s Chief Of Staff

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Chidi Amadi, the Chief of Staff to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, has resigned.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, confirmed Amadi’s resignation to The PUNCH on Wednesday.

Johnson said Fubara would announce a replacement for Amadi, a loyalist of ex-governor Nyesom Wike, at the appropriate time.

“The former Chief of Staff, Hon Chidi Amadi, has resigned. The governor will announce another Chief of Staff at the appropriate time.

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“It is the prerogative of the governor to appoint when he wants it. He will tell us and we will announce it and you will also get the release to that effect,” he said.

Efforts to reach Amadi were unsuccessful as he neither answered several calls put across to his mobile line by our correspondent nor replied to WhatsApp and text messages sent to him on Wednesday night.

Amadi is Wike’s kinsman from Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. His resignation brings to 10, the number of Wike’s loyalists who have left Fubara’s administration since the beginning of the political crisis between Fubara and his estanged political godfather, Wike. Amadi’s resignation comes on the heels of calls on Fubara to appoint a former factional Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, as Chief of Staff.

On January 3, the Ijaw Youth Council, Worldwide, called on Fubara to appoint Ehie as the Chief of Staff in compensation for standing by the government at the height of a plot by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara.

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The PUNCH reports that the plot to impeach Fubara led to the factionalisation of the Rivers State House of Assembly, with Ehie leading four members, while Martin Amaewhule, led 26 pro-Wike lawmakers.

In December, Fubara shunned the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers and presented the 2024 budget to the five-member Ehie faction, which passed the budget on December 13.

However, following the intervention of President Bola Tinubu, Fubara, as part of an eight-point resolution reached at Aso Rock in Abuja, was asked to recognise the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers and take the budget back to them for passage.

Weeks after the Abuja meeting, Ehie resigned his membership of the House of Assembly, writing the Independent National Electoral Commission that he ceased to be a Rivers lawmaker.

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Though Ehie did not give any specific reason for resigning, Fubara, speaking days later, said Ehie’s exit was part of calculated moves to give peace a chance and resolve the political crisis engulfing the state.

On Tuesday, the Amaewhue-led Assembly, during its plenary at the Assembly quarters along Aba Road, Port Harcourt, called on Fubara to bring the 2024 budget for fresh passage, saying the state was being run without a budget.

But as of Wednesday, Fubara had yet to comment on the request of the lawmakers, even as no state government official had reacted to the statement which may signal another round of crisis in the state.

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Edo Youths, Women Will Play Prominent Role In My Government, Says Ighodalo

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PDP National Youth Leader, Mr. Muhammed Kadede, congratulates Dr. Asue Ighodalo, after receiving his certificate of return as PDP flagbearer in the Sept.21 governorship election, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Dr. Asue Ighodalo, the Peoples Democratic Party’s flagbearer in the Edo September 21 governorship election, recently held his first stakeholder consultation after he was officially given his certificate of return as the Candidate of the Party. This meeting, co-chaired with the Party’s National Youth leader, Mr. Muhammed Kadede, and his deputy, Timothy Osadolor who is from Edo State, emphasized the pivotal role of youth in Ighodalo’s government and highlighted his commitment to their empowerment.

Kadede assured Ighodalo of maximum mobilization of Edo youths to ensure his emergence as the next governor. He commended Ighodalo’s dedication to working with youths, describing him as someone who is genuinely committed to the welfare of the people and youths of Edo State.

Just before the event, Party National Chairman, Amb. Umar Damagum, who presented Ighodalo with the Certificate of Return, expressed confidence in Dr. Ighodalo’s ability, character, and charisma to win Edo for PDP. According to Damagum, the PDP is one and we organized and recognized only one primary in Edo State which produced Dr. Asue Ighodalo.

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Ighodalo, in his address to the youths, said, “To the youths, it’s our time. By the grace of God and the will of the people of Edo State, we will run a government upheld by youths and with youths. Together, we will turn Edo into a state that everyone will be proud of. I will show leadership and direction. Our youths have promised that they won’t fail. We will show the rest of the world what we can achieve together as a people. We can become a first-world sovereign in Africa. I have seen the path and together, with your support and collaboration, we will achieve this.”

Furthermore, Ighodalo emphasized the importance of women in his government, stating that they too will be a focal point of his administration. He acknowledged the pivotal role women play in society and expressed his commitment to ensuring their active participation and representation.

The stakeholder consultation with the young people of the PDP party marks a significant step in Ighodalo’s campaign, showcasing his dedication to inclusive governance and youth empowerment in Edo State.

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PDP Warns Rivers APC Caretaker Chairman Against ‘Baseless Claims’

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Journalist Joins Ondo Guber Race, Promises Socio-economic Development

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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