The Governance Watch Initiative (GWI) on Monday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s National Publicity Secretary were plunging the country into chaos with their posture on recent developments in the country’s political and economic environments.
The group led by Rotimi Ogunwuyi (Esq), its National Coordinator, said it read with great shock the press release by Metuh, on Sunday, in which he tried to instigate its members and supporters to rise up against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress.
“We are horrified that a party that was until six months ago the ruling party in our country, and one that was in control of 27 states at a certain time, could so brazenly seek to instigate anarchy in the country simply because a duly constituted tribunal upturned the governorship election in Rivers State.
“We have also noticed a series of unwarranted attacks against our nation’s judiciary by Chief Metuh and his party, an attack that was carried to a disturbing level in Sunday’s statement. Read More →
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has insisted that he has no interest in the appointment of his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister.
Wike was reacting to claims by the All Progressives Congress that he was orchestrating a protest against Amaechi’s expected appointment as a minister.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, in Port Harcourt, on Monday, the governor described the claim that he was working against Amaechi’s likely emergence as a minister as spurious and malicious.
He maintained that the appointment of Amaechi had nothing to do with the governance of Rivers State, adding that it was the right of the President to select those that would work with him as ministers.“It is not only spurious, but fatuous and malicious. Governor Wike has no cause to orchestrate a protest against the appointment of Rotimi Amaechi. Read More →
Olusola Fabiyi & Chukwudi Akasike
The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied claims by his successor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that he (Amaechi) left an empty treasury before leaving office.
Amaechi described, in a statement from his media officer via electronic mail, as “a lie,” the claim of empty treasury by Wike, adding that he left billions of Naira in cash and assets before leaving office as governor.
The former governor recalled that Wike had, through his spokesman, Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, told a Port Harcourt-based radio station that he met an empty treasury when he (Wike) took over as the state governor.
Amaechi specifically said a total of N7.5billion cash was left behind as balances in the state Internally Generated Revenue Account with Skye Bank, FAAC Account with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and the state Reserve Funds in First Bank. Read More →
The General Manager of Intels Nigeria Ltd., Mr Sascha Kuehl, on Friday said that unsteady power supply was hindering smooth operation of the company.
Kuehl said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onne, Rivers State, southern Nigeria.
He said the company had invested more than five billion dollars (N1.15 trillion) in Nigeria and electricity supply was still the major challenge facing its operations.“We are in Nigeria for the past three decades and heavily invested in oil and gas logistics.
We are one of the 26 concessionaires in Nigeria and we have embarked on huge investments which are to be completed in the next few years,’’ Kuehl said. Read More →
By Tony Iwuoma
A frontline chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Aniekwe, has taken a swipe at critics of the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, saying they are mere busy-bodies who refused to acknowledge the good in the nascent administration in the state.
Pleading with opponents of the Wike administration to stop distracting the governor from his onerous task of governing the oil-rich state, Aniekwe, who is also an industrialist and astute businessman is the chief executive of Lagos-based MacPee Group of Companies, which is a freight forwarding and major player in the haulage sector of the economy, said recent developments in the state are indicators that Rivers State would soon return to its glorious past that was bastardised by the immediate past administration in the state.
Aniekwe condemned the relocation of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal to Abuja, and wondered why Rivers State was not considered good enough for the tribunal to sit. Read More →
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday redeemed his pledge to players of the Dream Team, following the team’s 2-1 victory over Congo in an African U-23 Championship qualifying game played on Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
The Governor, who had promised the players the sum of $30,000 for every goal and $100,000 for a 3-0 win, addressed the players and officials at a reception hosted for the team, handed over the sum of $60,000 and expressed joy that the Dream Team played one of the best football he has seen in years.
“You guys made Nigerians proud with the way you played against the Congolese; you showed that the future of Nigeria football is bright and that the NFF is on the right path in putting the country’s football on the world map. All I can tell you guys is that if the Congolese can score a goal here, you can do more than that in Congo in the return leg. I am proud of you and so is the generality of Nigerians.” Read More →
THE All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has said that despite the assumption of office of Governor Nyesom Wike, it was confident that he would be removed by the election petition tribunal.
Wike won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party during the April 2015 elections.
The state chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, in a statement made available to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, said Wike was unjustly declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He advised the governor not to embark on any long term project, adding that he (Wike) has a short time to stay in office. Read More →