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.”
Maku Emerges DG Of Nasarawa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Council, Others
By David Christopher, Lafia
As preparation for the 2023 General Elections is in top gear, Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met at the level of the State Caucus Meeting and officially unveiled her State Campaigning Management Committee with the former Commissioner, Deputy Governor and Information/Defence Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku appointed Director General (DG) of the Campaign Council.
This was contained in a press release signed by the head of the party’s media/Publicity team in the state Comrade Adeka Stephen and made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.
while other party gladiators; Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin (OON), Distinguished Senator Solomon Aku Ewuga, Distinguished Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, His Excellency Dr John Mike Abdul, Alhaji Usman Danlami Bagudu, Major General Nuhu Bala Angbazo (Rtd), Dr. Mike Omeri Agbo, Prof. Abdullahi Jibrin were enlisted as Deputy Directors of various committees.
The statement read In part,”it’s not gonna be business as usual for the failed APC led government, but one man one vote… PDP is more organized/prepared to take over power in the state and the country come 2023″ The party’s chairman in the state Hon. Francis Orogu stressed.
On his part the Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Rt. Hon/Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu (PhD) who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Usman Yahaya Ohinoyi said,”The suffering and dying Nasarawa electorates will surely decide between the bad APC candidate and the best PDP candidate in 2023.
“If elected into power, I shall move straight to the project ground breaking site from the swearing-in ceremony ground to deliver peoples oriented governance to the People of Nasarawa State”.
Expressing his readiness to lead the state campaign to a successful victory, the former Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State and Information/Defence Minister, Hon. Labaran Maku said, “We will adequately mobilize people to vote/protect the PDP votes to install OMBUGADU (PDP Governor) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP President) in the state and the country at large…our resolution to remain united as one indivisible entity before, during and after the elections is sacrosanct to give Nasarawa State of our dreams a new home and destiny “.
Our correspondent observed that the news of the season orator, political guru and an ardent grassroot mobilizer and a two terms All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Labaran Maku to sphare head the said campaign and other Politicians of note has prompted PDP supporters to embarked on jubilation across the entire state.
In an exclusive interview with Comrade Adeka Stephen the party’s image maker in the state he said,” With this formidable campaign structure you will agree with me that it is already a defeating threat to the unproductive APC government in the state. Recalled that APC group passed a vote of no confidence on Engr. A.A Sule over porous conduct of party primaries. Surely, the end and judgement day of the APC led government in Nasarawa State is here in 2023.
“PDP landslide victory in 2023 General Elections in Nasarawa State is Clary and crystal clear because, APC votes will be shared to Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as most of the key APC players left the party for another after primaries, but the umbrella party PDP house is intact and united combat ready to halt APC Leadership in the state and nation.
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