Category Archives: Niger Delta

Chief Nyesom Wike

Wike squanders N60bn in in JUST 30 days; without any project – APC raises alarm

Chief Nyesom Wike

Chief Nyesom Wike


The Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the state governor, Governor Nyesom Wike for extravagantly spent over N60 billion within his first 30 days in office.

The APC made this revelation known, following the approval of N30bn loan requested by Wike, by the State House of Assembly.

According to the party’s calculation, the former governor of the state, Governor Chbuike Amaechi left the sum of N7.5bn, Federation Account and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) gave N23bn to the state, totaling to over N60bn. Which means, Wike has over N60bn to squander within 30 days without any project.

While other governors are busy with projects that would develop their states and improve the standard of living of people, Wike is busy supervising the liquidation of the economy of the state, APC added.

While sympathizing with the people of Rivers state, because of the unfortunate circumstances that are rocking the state presently, the party however, appealed to the people to patience as the rightful owner of governor’s seat will soon take over, as soon as the Election Petition Tribunal send Wike to where he rightfully belong.

Isoko flood

Where is Isoko Nation in Okowa’s Government?

Isoko flood

Isoko flood

With the present political leadership in Delta State, Isoko nation is far behind in terms of political appointments and others. Even in the Delta State House of Assembly, Isoko leadership is not well represented. In the last political dispensation, Isoko nation had 40 percent leadership in the state. It is sad that on the recent appointment given to one of the Isoko highly placed politicians was mere adviser to the governor. As a former Delta State PDP chairman could be given just adviser and nothing more. Isoko nation must grow beyond appointments and contest for positions that would bring developments to Isoko nation.

Again, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa should know that his political victory across the 25 local governments did not come from Delta North only but also Isoko nation added values to his political emergence as the governor of Delta State. Okowa‘s selection of appointments must be cautioned not to turn the state into war. With the high debt profile left by his predecessor indicated that Delta State needs technocrats to move the state forward which cuts across all the ethnic groups in the state.

Isoko Development Union that ought to be the mouth-piece of Isoko nation is keeping mute waiting for mere appointments than drawing the attention of Dr Okowa to the region. If Isoko nation must move forward, our elected representatives either by providence or not must wake up from oblivion and agitate for change in Isoko.The narrow escape of victory by the PDP in Isoko over APC must teach our politicians lessons that, it is not as business as usual. Isoko nation cannot be relegated to the background like that than seeing our so-called representatives representing us well. The national IDU leadership is a disgrace to our region where the likes of Paul Omu and Felix Ogbaudu cannot perform their executive functions to see Isoko nation as one united front.

However, Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa must know that 75 percent of Isoko youths are competent to handle his government than given appointments to retire Isoko politicians with no political benefits to the region. Despite Barr Kingsley Utuaro, the deputy governor of Delta State is partly from Isoko but not fully representing the interest of the region. Isoko nation must not be left behind in the sense that, last political dispensation, Isoko people were given portfolios to some large extent. Even as the governor is yet to appoint commissioners, with the situation on ground reads that Isoko nation would be treated as second fiddle citizens if not cautioned now. We can any longer mortgage our future for mere political appointments that has no basis in Delta State leadership. Politics of disunity must be jettisoned in the region. Now that Lagos IDU branch has elected new vibrant leaders to move Isoko forward, leadership marginalization would be a thing of the past .Senator Okowa never rode to power without some Isoko hands that supported his victory. If Isoko nation must be recognised, all Isoko youths must checkmate the excesses of our representatives starting from the House of Representatives to State House Assembly. Constituency funds met for Isoko nation must be accountable to the people.

If infrastructural development must come to the region, then all our representatives must show concern and not to be used as scapegoats in Delta politics. It is time for President Mohammadu Buhari to identify with Isoko nation that has over 10 oil wells generating revenue into the federation account. Our muteness should not be taken for granted by the present government than establishing a political relationship in the region. With 19 clans and Isoko is the third ethnic group in Delta State, leadership priority must be respected if peace must reign. It is unfortunate that Isoko Advancement Network (IAN) that was founded by the immediate past Secretary to the Delta State, Comrade Macaulay Ovuozourie could not see the light of day of projecting Isoko interest.

Lastly, Isoko nation is due for sitting up a refinery that would create employment opportunities for our youths through the federal government. We cannot take back seat in leadership of Nigeria again. Senator Okowa‘s government can only succeed if Isoko nation share equal political positions with other ethnic groups in the state.

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Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo Did Not Lock Down Calabar – Laolu Akande

VP Osinbajo In His Aso Rock Office1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in Calabar and Lagos on Thursday June 25 to pay tribute to two eminent Nigerians whose lives reflect the very virtues of integrity, trustworthiness and social justice, which can lift our dear nation. The one is Late Justice P.O.E Bassey and Dr. Christopher Kolade.

He arrived Calabar at about 10:30am attending the Justice P.O.E Bassey Memorial Lecture, at the University of Calabar, and left the town about 3:30pm, heading for Lagos where he spoke at the Convention for Integrity 3rd Annual Lecture.

 

Prof Osinbajo was well received in Calabar witnessed by the warmth shown him and his delegation by the people and government of Cross River State.

Claims that the town was in a lock down because of his visit is just another mischievous and baseless report from some of the same social media quarters that misled the nation in the past about his purported exclusion from security meetings. The Vice President did not even spend ten hours in Calabar and could not have locked down the town, as his convoy moved freely among the people in regular traffic as he normally does.

I personally observed several people go about their normal activities and businesses without any hinderance.

He has since returned to Abuja after his trip to both cities.

Signed

Laolu Akande

 

the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Please Help! Assassins Are After My Lawyer || Suspended PDP Chairman Cries Out

A Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Chairman, Bayelsa State chapter, who is currently on suspension, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd.), has sought for the intervention of the State High Court stating that strange persons suspected to be hired assassins are trailing his lead counsel, Chief Sylvanus Abila.

According to Inokoba, Abila was being trailed day and night since the he(Abila ) began to handle the suit challenging the decision of the PDP to banish some leaders of the party in the state.

The embattled chairman said lead counsel, who was employed to carry out his legitimate duty as a legal practitioner, should not be panic-stricken for any reason in the course of the various court proceedings instituted to salvage his mandate as the genuine and elected State Chairman of the PDP.

Inokoba is also seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st to 10th defendants which included the state governor, Seriake Dickson and Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, from taking any further investigation of alleged misconduct against him pending the determination of the substantive suits.

Nigeria's minister of Education, Nyesom Wike

RIVERS: This People Will Not Let Me Be, Is It A Crime For Patience Jonathan To Support Me? – Gov. Wike Explodes In Anger

Chief Nyesom Wike

Chief Nyesom Wike

 

Governor, Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, who was accused of having an understanding to pay former Nigerian first lady, Patience Jonathan $2 million for helping him win the governorship election of the state, has denied the claims.

The Rivers governor who has been in the news for his controversial position said the allegations are ridiculous and depicts a lack of respect for leadership in the country.

 

 

Gov. Dickson

Dickson in trouble, as PDP members plot against his re-election bid

Gov. Dickson

Gov. Dickson

Bayelsa State governor, Governor Seriake Dickson is presently battling with re-election bid. Some of the leaders of his party, Peoples Democratic Party in the State are against his second term ambition.

Source revealed that the anti-Dickson forces comprises of the aggrieved members of the party who have been suspended from the party. The forces have gathered all legal means they need to face Dickson, and they are ready and prepared to show Mr. Dickson his way out of the office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dickson’s spokesman had said that the plot against the governor fail. He said that, those behind the plot are only pursuing their own personal greedy which will never come to pass.

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha Assures Imo Workers Of Salary Payment In This New Video – [WATCH]

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, according to posh360.net, has debunked the rumor making rounds in the media over his alleged retrenchment and cutting down of workers salary, the governor strongly warned that they should come to work and that their salaries would be paid soon.

 

Watch video HERE.

 

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS: Abuja Based Lawyer, Leo Ekp Enyong Petitions Former Governor Godswill Akpabio

Mr. Godswill Apabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state

Mr. Godswill Apabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fresh, factual and revealing petition dated June 22, 2015 has been addressed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State by Abuja based lawyer, Mr. Leo Ekpenyong.

This second petition which I have sighted first hand will send someone to jail. The facts are vivid and interesting.

Details later.

photos of PMB and Osibanjo getting to work today in Aso Rock

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT: This Is Why Buhari Handpicked Femi Adesina As Special Adviser

General Muhammadu Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has finally revealed the reason behind his decision to appoint Femi Adesina, as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Buhari on Monday, June 22, said it was not by accident that he appointed one of the best journalists in the country.

He said he chose Adesina to always defend him against his fellow journalists.

The president while speaking further, acknowledged that Adesina’s piece will go a long way in determining whether his job will be easy or the other way round.

 

God'swill Apabio

GOD’SWILL AKPABIO: Is Nemesis Beckoning?

 

 

 

 

Godswill ApabioOPINION:  When the news filtered into town late Thursday last week that Dr. Sunday Mbang, the octogenarian prelate emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, was in the company of Mr Godswill Obot Akpabio and Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and others who visited our former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at his Ota Farm in Abeokuta, I could not help but wonder what could have lately been amiss to compel the de facto “Sole Administrator” of our ruthlessly gangraped Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Godswill Obot Akpabio, to be scurrying around the country, with his protégé, Udom Emmanuel, in toe, paying visit to national political, traditional and spiritual leaders.

What did arouse my curiosity and healthy suspicion was Mr. Godswill Akpabio’s apparent behavioral somersault, his frenzic readiness to pay deserved obeisance and give appropriate respect to elderly and active political leaders. To me, this sudden about face was made all the more queer because Godswill Akpabio spent a large part of his tenure as governor to invest energy in and squander a handsome chunk of state resources to inveigh against, insult and diminish the national relevance of such Akwa Ibom State iconic elders and political leaders as Obong Victor Attah, the illustrious political leader of the Ibibio race whom he flatly dismissed as “a local champion,” Atuekong Don Etiebet, an illustrious Annang leader, late Dr. Ime Umana, Otuekong Sunny Jackson and a galaxy of others, all of whom he disparaged and roundly branded as “expired political elders.” 
What is, therefore, responsible for this new found respect for external or non Akwa Ibom political “elders?”

Why is it that Mr. Akpabio’s current strategic political maneuverings and visitations are not to the elders or chieftains of his Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP, but are specifically targeted at the elder leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the political party now controlling the reins of power at the centre and/or a carefully selected national leaders that are perceived or presumed by him to have some degree of influence in the newly crystallising national leadership? Does it not strongly hint us of the true character of Mr. Godswill Obot Akpabio that as one who was the former Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, he has not been publicly seen around Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan since the ex – President courageously accepted his overwhelming defeat and congratulated General Mohammadu Buhari as the winner of the Presidential election of March 28, 2015? Indeed, I found it particularly instructive that Mr. Godswill Akpabio, who once said that our former President was the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria since independence, was conspicuously absent at Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Thanksgiving Service held at Otueke in Bayelsa State on May 31, 2015.

We know that Godswill Akpabio has gone to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and chieftain of APC; he has gone to Senator Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of APC; he succeeded in forging an alliance with and substantially contributed to the emergence of Mr. Bukola Saraki of the APC as the President of the 8th Sebate; he has also paid unscheduled visits to President Mohammadu Buhari, whom he said a few months back did not have the basic and requisite educational credentials to preside over Nigeria.

Against the foregoing, the question begging for explanation is what could be the driving impetus back of these choreographed visitations? Is it for the existential and self preservative purpose of ensuring national political relevance by cunningly realigning with the emergent national power block or is it out of a castrating and morbid fear of being made to lawfully confront the dare consequences of myriad of the fiscal rascalities and heinous actions committed during his 8-year regime? And more specifically, why this latest move that entailed the dragging of our old and frail Papa Mbang all the way to Ota?

There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Godswill Akpabio is desperately scavenging for ways and means to mitigate and effectively contain the avalanche of a broad spectrum political opprobrium and deep social discontent that his naive and untamed megalomania has unfortunately precipitated in Akwa Ibom State particularly and that is also reverberating within some major power loops in Abuja. The first time Mr. Akpabio got himself in nearly same quagmire at the national level, he ran to Chief Obasanjo to help repair the damage he had masterminded with the scandalous enthronement of Mr. David Jang of Plateau State, who scored only 16 votes, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum. It was this Akpabio’s rascally impunity that jarred the sensibilities of many governors and provoked the righteous revolt of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who had 19 votes, thus resulting in the calamitous crisis that irreparably fragmented the PDP, culminating inexorably in the woeful defeat of the party at the national elections.

Reporting on Mr. Godswill Akpabio’s first visit to him seeking assistance to ameliorate the gorging schism the precipitate crisis caused especially within the fold of the PDP Governors’ Forum, this is what Chief Olusegun Obasanjo wrote in pages 237-238 of volume 3 of his autobiography titled MY WATCH: “Only four days earlier, two governors from the Party – Ilyel Imoke of Cross River and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta – and Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom State, by himself, came to me in Abuja, pleading to me to intervene in the situation of the Governors’ Forum, particularly in the disagreement within the PDP governors…Akpabio said starkly in his frank and outspoken manner, ‘we have messed up and don’t leave us alone. For me, I don’t want to go to jail and my children are too young.’ I will report our meeting to the President. …”

It is my considered opinion that a serious psychoanalysis of the above confessional outpouring by Mr. Akpabio gives a glimpse into the primitive and primary self preservative impulse that is responsible for his latest visit to Chief Obasanjo. It would seem to me that it has dawned on Akpabio that he thoroughly “messed up” as the chief security officer of the state to allow a private army of armed militias to gore and terrorise Akwa Ibom people during the governorship and State House of Assembly elections; it is very clear to him now that he totally “messed up” in encouraging unscrupulous officers of INEC to so idiotically manipulate the governorship results such that 996,071 votes was recorded for his protégé, Mr Udom Emmanuel of the PDP, when the total number of accredited voters for that particular election was just 437,128. Could the fear of being prosecuted for election violence and the murder of some 30 Akwa Ibom men on election day by sponsored PDP thugs and the voiding of the election be one of the reasons for this visit, more so that the unexpected exit of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from Aso Rock has removed the earlier protective canopy? Is this why Mr. Udom Emmanuel was in the entourage?

Conjecturing further, why did Mr. Godswill Obot Akpabio privately confess to Chief Obasanjo way back August 2013 “for me, I don’t want to go to jail?” What pang of conscience was responsible for this? What manner of atrocious and unlawful dealings did he initiate or engage in as governor to make him fearful that he and his cohorts will end in the gulag when the larceny is eventually discovered? When we factor into the mix the fact that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the then Finance Minister of the PDP government, unchallengingly asserted that Mr. Godswill Akpabio, the then Chairman of their PDP Governors’ Forum, has rip-off Akwa Ibom people because his regime has spent less than 5 percent of the over 3 Trillion Naira it got in 8 years from the Federation Account on the obscenely hyperbolised “uncommon transformations,” can it be that the “Guardian of the Threshold” has whispered into Akpabio’s inner ears that the “Buhari Change” has gingered Nemesis who is coming to exact due retribution? Can it, therefore, be that the latest Obasanjo visit, in the company of the old priest Sunday Mbang who is an old time friend of the former President, was to plead intercession in order to stave off possible EFCC prosecution?

In Greek mythology, Nemesis was a Goddess known for her intolerance of hubris from both the high and low. This mythical being was thought to bring retribution to all evil doers. The worshippers of the Goddess Nemesis believed that she had the mandate to cosmically direct all human affairs in such a manner that those with undeserving fortunes, especially the kind that are products of inordinate greed and executed with imperial impunity, are brought to justice and thus ensure moral equilibrium in the universe. It is related that even the almighty God, Zeus, could not dare interfere with this “Mother of Karma” and dispenser of retributive justice. From all that we have come to know of him, it could very well be that our very influential OBJ would play the biblical role of Pontius Pilate by washing his hands off the matter and letting the now called “Senator” Godswill Obot Akpabio to reap in full measure whatever his actions as governor sowed.