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Sara-Igbe Accuses Wike Over Hatred For Kalabari, Ijaw

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By Caleb Francis

Niger Delta leader, His Highness Anabs Sara- Igbe, has accused the  Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike,  of hatred for the people of Kalabari ethnic nationality and Ijaw nation.


Sara-Igbe, in a statement issued to Aljazirah Nigeria newspaper noted that  the Wike’s claim of spending N50 million on the health of elder statesman, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, whose  burial, he shunned,  last weekend, was “political, insincere”. 
 He  alleged that the  governor directed his appointees of Kalabari extension not to attend the burial ceremonies and that he contributed nothing, the reason for which former Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi tongue-lashed the governor. 

“It is appalling and most regrettable that the Rivers State Governor Chief Barr Nyesom Wike rather than exhibiting a high level of maturity, responsibility, responsiveness and provide good leadership anchored on equity fairness and justice, has politically and economically emasculated, oppressed, suppressed and enslaved the people of Kalabari Ethnic Nationality and the Ijaw Nation by extension since assuming of office as Governor. 


“It is also unfortunate that rather than evolving measures that would foster cohesion and peaceful co-existence amongst the people, and give all Ethnic Nationalities in Rivers State a sense of belonging, Governor Wike has openly shown his disdain, absolute hatred and nepotism against the people of Kalabari Kingdom and the Ijaw Nation at large. 


“The Governor Wike’s preference is his Obio/Akpo LGA and Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality as a whole. He is not interested in the wellbeing of Kalabari people and Ijaw Nation, some of whom are blind to see, understand and know the extend of his evil heart against the Kalabari people and the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality. 


“Just last week, the Governor shamelessly drove through the dilapidated road leading in and out of Kalabari Kingdom and Obuoma the home town of his Deputy Governor. 


The South South leader alleged that Emohua/Kalabari road which is riddled with dangerous potholes and gullies has become commuters nightmare and  has been further exacerbated by heightened insecurity in the area with kidnapping and other violent crimes occurring on a daily basis. 


“It is sad that despite knowing how insecured the area has become due to the deplorable state of the road, the Governor has bluntly refused to rehabilitate the road or undertake any remedial work to ease the difficulties of the Kalabari people who uses the road. 


“To further express his dislike and hatred towards the Kalabari Ethnic Nationality and the Ijaw Nation as a whole, Governor Wike was visibly absent at the funeral of a Prominent Nationalist, a 4-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an illustrious son of Rivers State and an elder statesman Alabo T.O Graham Dauglas who was laid to rest over the weekend. 


“It is disheartening that the Rivers State Government under Governor Wike refused to make any contribution for the burial of the founding Leader of the democratic dispensation of Rivers State who made invaluable contribution to growth and development of Rivers State, Niger Delta and Nigeria at large. 


“To God be the the glory, Alabo T.O Graham Douglas was celebrated at his burial by Nigerians from all walks of life within and outside the country including the political elites, Kings, Chiefs, Elders, Youths and Women.”

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APPEAL COURT VERDICT APC CHIEFTAIN, GOLOLO APPEALS FOR CALM

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By Abdul lateef Bamgbose
All progressive Congress chieftain Dr. Garus Gololo, has called for calm and reconciliation while congratulating senator Aishatu Binani, the All progressive Congress ( APC), governorship candidate in Adamawa state.
Gololo the All progressive congress ( APC), chieftain, also the coordinator of the North – East pressure group, made the call in Abuja , on Thursday while briefing the press on the outcome of the court of Appeal ruling which uphold the candidature of senator Aishatu Binani, in Adamawa state.  
“The verdict of the Appeal Court is the reflection of the will of the electorates who voted for Senator Binani in that primary and the teaming youth that are behind her in the state”
“I want to also appeal to the All progressive Congress ( APC), presidential candidate Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shetima to immediately take advantage of this ruling by calling all the parties to order.
Without Binani the party stand to lose not the governorship election but the presidential election in Adamawa state” he said
Dr. Gololo also called on Nuhu Ribadu, to put the outcome of the primary behind him in the interest of the party.
“It will not do Nuhu Ribadu or the APC any good to continue on the warring path, the election is almost here. Binani should as a matter of fact remain focus and embrace all the parties. The Verdict is a victory for the party and members of the APC in the state.

The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Ahmed also known as Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.
In the court’s sitting presided over by a panel of three justices of the Court of Appeal, which had justice T. Y Hassan as the presiding judge and two others, Judge M. O. Bolaji and J. G. Abundaga, as JCA 1 and JCA 2.
The Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, had on October 13, nullified the candidature of Binani as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state. Based on suit FHC/YL/CS/12/2022 filed by another APC governorship aspirant in Adamawa, Nuhu Ribadu, the court declared Binani’s candidature invalid and unlawful.
The court also refused to order a fresh APC governorship primary in Adamawa State.
Dissatisfied by the court ruling, which refused to order a fresh primary that would have enabled him, contest the governorship,  Ribadu filed an appeal in suit NO.CA/YL/203/2022 between him and All Progressive Congress and two others.

However, the court in it’s ruling on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by Ribadu but allowed Binani’s appeal seeking to overturn the judgement given by the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdulaaziz Anka.
Similarly, This medium sreported on September 20, 2022 that the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda, nullified the governorship primary election that produced Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 election.
In his ruling in the case filed by one of the governorship aspirants, David Kente, the judge directed INEC to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state within 14 days.

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