Rivers Crisis: Lawmaker Goodhead, others dare Wike to step foot in state

The lawmaker representing Akuku/ Asari Toru Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Boma Goodhead, and other protesters have dared the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike to return to Rivers State.

Goodhead and the others also called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call the former Governor of Rivers State to order, vowing never to fold their hands and watch the FCT Minister pocket Rivers State.

In a protest led by the lawmaker, Wike was warned not to return to the state he governed for eight years.

Wike was also warned to keep his goons in check.

“I want to send a clear message to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Goodhead said.

“Tinubu believes that Wike delivered Rivers State to him but even Wike failed in his unit. He failed in his ward and even in his LGA.

“We are here to tell Ahmed Bola Tinubu to call Wike to order because the next time he comes into Rivers State to disturb the peace of the state we’ll not fold our hands and watch.

“Wike should come to Rivers State and we’ll show him what it means to hold Rivers State. We dare you, to come back to Rivers State again if you’re a man.”

(Daily Post)

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Rivers Crisis: ‘Dey your dey’ – Fubara launches own live band

Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State has launched a live band like his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.

The band came alive shortly after Gov Fubara’s speech during the flag-off of the construction of 20,000 Housing units in the Ikwere area of the state.

The live band was heard singing, “Dey your day make I dey my dey, nobody worry nobody, ” to the excitement of the crowd.

The new live band is coming on the heels of the political tension ravaging the state.

Wike, who is the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has been at loggerheads with the current Governor, Fubara over the control of the state.

27 state lawmakers loyal to Wike had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, due to the face-off with Fubara.

In its alleged response to the defections, the state government pulled down the state Assembly complex with the excuse that the structural integrity was compromised.

So far, about seven Commissioners have resigned from Fubara’s state executive council.

(Daily Post)

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I won’t suspend Wike, others over anti-party allegations – PDP Chairman, Damagum

The Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, has said the National Working Committee under his leadership will not suspend or dismiss any ‘disloyal’ member.

This is coming on the heels of the recent admonition by some stakeholders within the PDP, asking Damagum to sanction former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and many others for alleged anti-party activities during the just-concluded general elections.

Damagum, who dismissed this while addressing the PDP Mobilisers Group in Abuja, revealed that the NWC had approved to set up a committee to review and reconcile all aggrieved members.

The chairman said the party was more interested in reconciliation and bringing more people into the party than sanctioning any alleged anti-party, which, according to him, may destroy the party.

He said, “They are always telling you these people are not doing the right thing. But when you are in a position of leadership, you are bound by a set of rules, and these rules, even though they are itching you, you don’t apply them—not because of anything, but so that you don’t destroy the house.

“I have been seeing the agitations within our platforms, saying the NWC was not doing this or doing that. This is an opportunity for me to explain.

“Somebody has said that sometimes when you are not knowledgeable about certain things and you go on saying about your thinking, it will always injure the sensibility of others to understand you.”

Damagum also described the 2023 presidential election defeat as “most painful”, cautioning members of the party against a blame game.

He said, “I am very proud to say that this party was started by me as a driver. Today, I am the acting national chairman by the grace of God. I have never calculated that I will be given this title. I believe in this party, I believe that this party is the best in this country.

“The NWC has already come up and approved a 2023 election review and reconciliation committee. They will go and investigate. We’ll give them the mandate to form subcommittees. However, there is only one national committee that will review the 2023 election and also review from 2015 to 2019. This is so that at the end of the day when they bring the reports, we will meet and take decisions.”

Damagum, who admitted that many members were involved in anti-party activities at different levels, said, “If I said we should start suspension, I will end up suspending many people because they were involved in anti-party activities. So, please bear with us. We intend to keep this party together and to manage it. This is my mandate.”

(Daily Post)

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Court stops Fubara’s impeachment, orders Assembly, CJ to maintain status quo

A Rivers State High Court sitting in Isiokpo Division, Ikwerre Local Government Area, has issued an interim order restraining the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Speaker, Martins Amaewhule, from carrying out any action with respect to the impeachment of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Also restrained are the Deputy Speaker, the Clerk of the House and the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Simeon Chibuzor-Amadi.

Presiding Judge, Justice Ben Whyte, issued the order following a suit filed by the governor.

Justice Whyte directed that the parties should maintain status quo, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

The judge adjourned the suit to 14 November, 2023, for hearing of the motion on notice.

(Daily Post)

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‘Let heaven come down’ – Wike vows to fight Fubara despite Tinubu’s intervention

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Nyesom Wike has vowed not to back down in the ongoing power tussle with Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

DAILY POST recalls that Fubara who fell out with Wike, his predecessor, is being impeached by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Speaker of the Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, who is an ally of Wike, and some other members of the House, had commenced impeachment proceedings against the governor.

Wike’s allies had suspended the Majority Leader of the House, Ehie Edison, who is believed to be Fubara’s loyalist.

Speaking after the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, met over the crisis in Abuja on Tuesday, Wike insisted that the fight would continue even if heaven falls.

Wike said, “You know I will not agree. If heaven will come down, let heaven come down so that everybody will be at rest.

“Anybody who knows me knows too well: what I’ll never take is threat. You know I will not agree. If heaven will come down, let heaven come down so that everybody will be at rest.

“Let’s do things right. He said they should bring N20 billion every month; that’s politics. But nobody said this when I was fighting. If you like, accuse me.”

This is coming despite reports that President Bola Tinubu has resolved the crisis.

The planned impeachment has caused chaos in the state as party supporters have continued to stage protests in Port-Harcourt, the capital city.

(Daily Post)

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Rivers not your inheritance, Dele Momodu blasts Wike

The Director of Strategic Communications for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, on Wednesday, slammed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike for acting as if he owned Rivers State.

Momodu that Rivers State is neither his property nor inheritance.

Momodu stated this in a post on his on X handle (formerly Twitter).

He had earlier praised the former Rivers State governor for the executions of infrastructural projects under his administration.

He, however, stated that Wike had many flaws, among which are lack of anger management, and his forgetfulness that God has been kind to him.

The tweets partly read, “Rivers is neither your property nor perpetual inheritance. There were governors long before you cut your teeth and there must be others after you.”

Momodu said that Wike had “one tragic and fatal flaw, and yours is lack of anger management. There are other flaws, like forgetting that God has been extremely kind to you and that you will never be God, and so you should beg God to grant you the spirit of humility and the wisdom of Solomon.”

He reminded Wike of his rise to prominence from being a Local Government Chairman in the state, to a Chief of Staff; a prequel to his ministerial appointment at the FCT, saying that he (Wike) was blessed with “divine favour.”

“From a Local Government Chairman in Rivers State to Chief of Staff, to Minister of State Education, to governor for eight years and now back to Minister of the Federal Capital Territory…I do not know anyone with your kind of divine favour.

“This should satisfy you but your insatiable hunger and thirst for power is driving you into believing that you must have your way all the time. It would have been nice if you were in private business and running your personal enterprise,” Momodu said.

He noted that Wike became “inconsolable” after he lost his presidential bid, adding that he “acted more like an opposition leader than a long-standing member of PDP.”

The tweets read further, “My dear brother, this now is the crux of the matter. You can’t eat your cake and still have it. You installed a new governor in the PDP. You’re a minister in APC. And you still want to maintain absolute power in PDP.”

Momodu urged Wike to allow the state governor Sim Fubara, “to grow and be a man of his own.”

He concluded, “Please, have a quiet rethink and adjust your overbearing style a bit. Sadly, you’ve allowed Fubara to demystify you.”

The PUNCH reports that the state House of Assembly had made efforts to impeach Fubara.

This has led to the arrest of 122 youths who allegedly invaded the official residence of the Speaker of the House, Martins Amaewhule, during a protest in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Tuesday.

However, on Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu and governors under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party intervened to stop the impeachment moves against Fubara.

The President reportedly conferred with the embattled governor and his predecessor, Wike, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

(Punch)

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Rivers crisis: Tinubu intervenes, requests Wike, Fubara to douse tensions – Bauchi gov

The President is currently in talks with the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his predecessor, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, disclosed this to The PUNCH shortly after the Police Council meeting at the State House which both men attended.

“The President is on a call, he is speaking to both parties to douse the tensions,” Mohammed said.

Both Wike and Fubara attached the Police Council meeting that confirmed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, who was nominated in late June.

The PUNCH reported that both men were spotted shaking hands upon meeting at the State House.

It’s been 24 hours since the Rivers State House of Assembly served an impeachment notice on Fubara.

(Punch)

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FCT: I won’t be distracted by lies – Wike tells Muslim, Christian leaders

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike has said that all his actions as minister are guided by national interest and he will not be distracted by unfounded social media attacks.

The FCT Minister said this when he received a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by His Eminence, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh and the Committee of League of Imams Initiative, led by its Chairman, Imam Tajudeen Adigun on separate courtesy visits to the FCTA on Wednesday.

Speaking against the backdrop of recent false information on social media regarding the National Mosque, Wike called on the public to always verify information and seek clarification from the Administration, especially on policies and actions of the government.

He said, “I’m seated here as the Minister of FCT. If there is anything you hear that the FCT is trying to do, do not hesitate to also ask if it is correct so that we will be able to defend the government and defend ourselves.”

Wike also urged his guests to be wary of the divisive antics of some politicians who are bent on using religion to create disharmony in the country in order to promote their political ambitions.

The Minister said some politicians who lost in the last elections have resorted to spreading hate on social media and urged religious leaders to be circumspect about whatever message they read and preach to their congregation.

He said religious leaders must be very careful to avoid falling into the trap of those who might want to use them to spread hate and religious mistrust in the country, urging them to rather pray for the success of the government in power, regardless of their personal views

“Let me advise all of us to be careful about politicians who are so desperate to get power. Be careful of politicians who can do anything just because of power. It’s not everything you read in social media that is correct. Try and ask questions.

“When a leader has emerged, whether you like it or not, a leader has emerged. So, when a leader has emerged, leave your own personal views and pray for him because if he fails, the country has failed. Pray for him so that he will succeed. When he succeeds, the country will succeed”, he said.

The Minister also pledged commitment of the FCT Administration for the continuous maintenance of the National Christian Center and Abuja National Mosque which have been declared as national monuments.

On the current economic challenges in the country, the Minister said difficult decisions had to be made by the government to correct the wrongs of the past and called for patience and understanding from members of the public.

Speaking earlier, the President of CAN, His Eminence, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh, congratulated the FCT Minister on his appointment and expressed confidence that the Minister would bring positive transformations in the FCT. He also declared the support of the association for the success of the Wike-led FCT Administration.

He assured that the CAN would not only work for Christian unity but also for the peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians, regardless of their religion, or ethnic background.

On his part, the Chairman, Committee, League of Imams Initiative, Imam Tajudeen Adigun explained that the organization was formed to foster the unity of the Muslim Umah and peaceful coexistence between various Islamic sects and with members of other faiths across the country.

He said the organization in its 19 years of existence has enjoyed utmost respect and cordial working relationship with various levels of government, including the security agencies and traditional rulers

Describing Barrister Wike as a true Nigerian, Imam Adigun pledged the readiness of the League of Imams to work with him and will continue to disregard disinformation designed to cause disharmony in the society.

Also present at both events were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola and senior officials of the FCTA.

(Daily Post)

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Wike orders demolition of popular Abuja market

Minister of Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike has ordered the demolition of the popular COVID-19 market in Area 11, Abuja.

Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Osi Braimah, disclosed this while speaking with journalists during the demolition of shanty stores built in the market.

“The removal of shanties and illegal settlements in Area 11 and some parts of the city is to curb the incessant insecurity faced by residents.

“This is an ongoing exercise by various agencies of the FCT; AEPB has been given a marching order by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to scale up demolition of all shanties, illegal settlements, and squatter camps in the FCT.

“We have been doing this for a long time, primarily because this scaling up will improve city sanitation and also cater for the attendant problem of insecurity,” he said.

(Daily Post)

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Death of one chance victim: Senate summons IGP, Wike over alleged negligence

The Senate on Thursday summoned the Inspector – General of Police , Kayode Egbetokun, the Minister of Health, Ali Pate and his counterpart in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, over the death of Miss Greatness Olorunfemi at the Maitama General Hospital last week Tuesday.

Recall that Greatness Olorunfemi fell victim to ‘one chance’ criminals in Abuja last week Tuesday.

The criminals stabbed her in the vehicle she boarded before throwing her out of the moving car.

She was immediately rushed to Maitama District Hospital by good Samaritans but the hospital reportedly refused to attend to her due to lack of Police report.

Disturbed by the sad development , the Senate through a motion sponsored by Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, APC Cross River South, mandated its committees on Health and Police to carry out thorough investigation on Olorunfemi’s death and report back in two weeks time .

It specifically mandated the joint committees to summon the Inspector – General of Police, the FCT Minister and his counterpart in the Heath Ministry, to appear before it , for explanations on why Olorunfemi bled to death without being attended to, in violation of the extant law, provided for by Gunshots Act, 2017.

The Red Chamber also mandated its committees on Health, Police Affairs and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

Senator Ekpenyong had while presenting the motion quoted the Gunshots Act 2017 which states thus: “As from the commencement of this Act, every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private, shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without Police clearance, any person with a gunshot wound.”

He also quoted Section 3 of the Act which states: “No gunshot victim shall be refused immediate and adequate treatment whether or not an initial monetary deposit has been paid.”

He added that the Senate needs to amend Section 13 of the Act for stiffer penalties against violators, saying N50,000.00 or five years imprisonment recommended were nothing to human lives being wasted .

In his remarks after general debate on the motion and adoption of resolutions, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio , said the time has come to make the Police and health personnel in the country to adhere to provisions of the Gunshots Act 2017.

“The death of Greatness Olorunfemi was avoidable if provisions of the extant law have been adhered to.

“Police and health care providers in the country need to save Nigerians from such avoidable deaths”, he said.

(Daily Post)

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