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[Nigeria] Former Rivers Commissioner Condemn Wike’s Demolition of Hotels’ idea.

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Austin Tam-George, ex-Commissioner for Information in Rivers State, has condemned the recent actions of his former principal, Governor Nyesom Wike.

On Sunday, two hotels in the Eleme community were pulled down, a development that sparked outrage.

Governor Wike personally monitored the demolition exercise, which he said was the consequence of the violation of his COVID-19 executive order.

In a statement on Monday, Tam-George regretted that no formal charges were brought against the affected hotels before a court of law.

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He also complained that the owners had no opportunity to defend themselves before a judge.

Tam-George described Wike’s Executive Order as a spurious, draconian, ill-defined and sickening pattern of lawlessness and impunity.

He recalled that in July 2017, Wike shut down and revoked the Certificate of Occupancy of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt, allegedly because his critics lodged there.

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Tam-George wrote: “In the past three years, Mr Wike has deployed his private army of thugs, disguised as State “Task Forces”, to kill innocent citizens, loot markets and shops, terrorize young women in Port Harcourt, and extort money from drivers and traders.

“On the 24th April, Sergeant Lavender Elekwachi, a traffic warden on duty in the Eneka area of the State, was murdered in cold blood by Governor Wike’s marauding Task Force.

“On the 27th of April, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet warned governments to refrain from violating fundamental human rights under the guise of emergency measures during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“But in the past six weeks of the pandemic, Governor Wike has caused the death of a law enforcement agent, confiscated private properties, demolished hotels, brutalized market women in Port Harcourt and held pilots and oil workers on essential duties in illegal detention.

“The alarming acts of lawlessness by Mr Wike means that Rivers State has descended into a state of anarchy. State institutions have been hijacked by a lawless government, and the people themselves have been ‘kidnapped’ by a moral hoodlum in power.”

Tam-George urged the United Nations Human Rights Commission to commence criminal proceedings against Wike.

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He appealed to the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) to initiate money laundering investigations, visa restrictions and asset freezes against the Rivers helmsman.

“Governor Wike is well-known for his expensive vacation junkets to European cities, even as children die from preventable water-borne diseases in Rivers State”, the former commissioner added.


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Rivers Governor, Wike Sack Beggars. [Nigeria]

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Government of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has sent 150 homeless wanderers and beggars out of the state.

The vagrants were sent back to their home states in the North, Niger Republic, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom States.

This is part of the government’s measures to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

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Through its Ministry of Social Welfare, State government profiled the affected persons and sent them to their states and country of origin

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma on Tuesday.

Aguma led other officials of the ministry to profile all the vagrants before they were evacuated to their states and local government areas of origin.

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The commissioner disclosed that the evacuation exercise was not discriminatory and but designed to protect Rivers people.

She pointed out that the exercise was not targeted at any ethnic group, but was aimed at removing vagrants capable of spreading virus on the streets.

She noted that adequate arrangements were being made to ensure that the vagrants were transported to their respective locations in dignity.

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Recall that Wike, while addressing the state on Monday, had directed the commissioner to deport all vagrants to their states of origin.

According to him, “We have also directed the Commissioner of Social Welfare to round-up and deport all vagrants, including the almajiris, to their states of origin to protect our people from the threat they present to the transmission of this pandemic.”


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[Nigeria] Wike change his mind on Easter celebration in Church?


Governor Nyesom Wike has reversed the permission he granted earlier for some religious activities to hold in churches and mosques in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim said the decision was taken after the Rivers State Governor held a meeting with eminent clergymen, well-meaning Nigerians, and civil society groups.


The statement released by the commissioner reads;

The Rivers State Government has cancelled the concession granted churches to hold Easter Church Services with their full congregations.

This decision was taken after due consultations with eminent clergy men, well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups.

For the avoidance of doubt, churches should stick to the 50 persons per service to maintain social distancing


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COVID-19: N10bn to Lagos, N0bn to Rivers – FG’s foul – Wike accuse. (Nigeria)


Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the federal government of foul-play over approval N10 billion for Lagos, while his state is yet to receive any monetary support from the federal government for the fight against coronavirus.

Communicating via his Twitter handle, Wike accused the government of politicising efforts to fight the disease.


While Rivers is being controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos, is under the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lagos has so far recorded 120 cases of the coronavirus while Rivers has one case.

But the governor asked if the federal government is waiting for a state to have more than 50 cases before rendering support.


“While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government,” he wrote.

“One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support.


“No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others.”

It is quite unfortunate that the containment of coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/NsLqPzPkze


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government.#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/uNXd22CAXd


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support. #Covid_19


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

He said Rivers is entitled to support from the federal government, adding: “Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill oil.

“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Wike order closure of parks, clubs, others.


As part of measures to prevent Coronavirus from spreading into Rivers, the state government on Monday announced that beginning from Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all parks, night clubs and cinemas will remain closed until further notice.

In a statewide broadcast on Monday, Governor Nyesom Wike also directed religious groups to temporarily stop all forms of open worship.


He said, “With effect from the same date (Tuesday, March 24, 2020), all public parks, night clubs and cinemas in the state are to remain closed until further notice.

“Similarly, after due consultations with religious leaders, it was agreed that all religious organisations are to temporarily stop all forms of open worship.


“Public burial and wedding ceremonies are also banned within this period.

“In view of the fact that the disease spreads fast through body contact, social distance has become imperative if we are to contain the spread.”

The Rivers State governor further stated that with effect from Tuesday, surveillance posts will be set up across the state to enforce the directive.


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Nyesom wike attack Uzodinma, agree with Tinubu.


Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated the Hope Uzodinma, for alleging that the PDP is responsible for the plot to remove Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman APC
“Many of us, leaders of the party, are aware that those clamouring for the chairman’s removal are working with the PDP to destabilise the party,”

Uzodinma told reporters on Saturday.

In an interview at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said the comments credited to Senator Hope Uzodinma are baseless, untrue and unfortunate.

“I read that Senator Hope Uzodinma said that the PDP conspired to plot the attempted removal of APC National Chairman. That is an unfortunate lie.

“It is unfortunate that Senator Hope Uzodinma will have the temerity to make that false allegation. Hope Uzodinma was an APC agent while he was in PDP. That was why APC used him as an agent to support Ali Modu Sheriff, but they failed.

“It is unfortunate that people of questionable character are in Government. Hope Uzodinma cannot talk about the attempted removal of APC National Chairman and mention the PDP. What is our business in the attempted removal of Oshiomhole? “

“APC does not mean well for Nigeria. It is a party of strange bedfellows merely formed to take over power.

“If Senator Uzodinma dares to make such false comments again about the PDP, we will tell the world about him.

“That he fraudulently took the mandate of PDP does not mean that PDP is weak. Hope Uzodinma lacks the capacity to discuss the PDP.”

Governor Wike also urged Nigerians to be vigilant and work towards protecting the Judiciary, adding that the APC has destroyed the Judiciary.

“We must protect the Judiciary to do its work. But the Judiciary should protect itself. APC has destroyed the Judiciary,” He said.

Governor Wike wondered why the Judiciary should allow leaders of the APC to toss it around as has been witnessed during the party’s internal crisis.

He decried the situation where the Court of Appeal granted a stay of execution on the suspension of the APC National Chairman, but the FCT High Court went ahead to declare another person the Acting National Chairman. He said only the National Executive Committee of political parties have such powers.

“The Judiciary should be very careful. The Judiciary should be alert. It should not allow itself to be used. It should not allow itself to be destroyed.

“APC should not be allowed to destroy the Judiciary. Judiciary was there before APC. It was there before any political party. I cannot see the Judiciary being destroyed and keep quiet.

“I am not interested in what happens in the APC. But I am concerned with the Judiciary and its survival. “

He urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria to caution judges.

“With what the APC is doing today, we may not have the Judiciary and everyone will pay the price. The party is trying to destroy the hope of the common man,” He said.

Governor Wike regretted that the APC and her supporters attack the Judiciary when judgment is not in their favour.

He pointed out the attacks on Justice Mary Odili in the Bayelsa State Governorship matter.

The Governor said that the recent order by the wife of the member of a House of Representatives wherein she reaffirmed the freedom of the former Emir of Kano, was hailed, even though she was the wife of a PDP member.

He said that the APC is an association that was only concerned about the removal of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said that having removed Jonathan, APC has been unable to use power to the advantage of Nigerians.

The Governor wondered how a national official of the APC who resigned to contest the Deputy Governorship position in Rivers State, would still go to court to seek to be Acting National Chairman.

Governor Wike, however, agreed with the Former Governor of Lagos State that the struggle in the APC is about 2023.

“I agree with the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu that the crisis in APC is about 2023. Everyone wants to be President or Vice President. This virus is indeed worse than coronavirus,” He said.


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We will make agriculture alternative revenue earner – Wike.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the government is working to make agriculture a major revenue earner for the state, in view of the dwindling revenue from oil.

Speaking, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the Kingdom of the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Van Dijk, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the state government will partner Netherlands to build its agricultural base.


He said: “We are going into agriculture in order to diversify the economy of the state. We want to partner investors from your country to develop agriculture and create employment opportunities for our people.

“With the price of oil crashing, it is necessary to get alternative sources of income. We know Netherlands is good in aquaculture and we will collaborate in that area.”


The governor said his administration has improved security to ensure investors operate freely without hindrance.

“We have developed a system to tackle criminality. We have drastically reduced the level of insecurity in the state and that has improved the business climate.


“We have developed roads and we are developing other basic infrastructure to create access across the state,” he said.

The governor added that the state government has established a medical and teaching hospital to groom the next generation of doctors and medical professionals.


He commended the Netherlands government for working with relevant stakeholders to clean up impacted sites in Bodo, Gokana Local Government Area.

He said some improvements have been made, but it is not enough as the Ogoni communities need total remediation to carry on with their lives.


Earlier, Dijk said: “We are here to inspect the clean up sites in Bodo. We witnessed the replanting of the mangrove with the support of Shell Petroleum Development Company.”

The ambassador said 800 people from Bodo community got certificates for the training they received and work they have been doing to reclaim sites.

He said the Netherlands government is willing to discuss areas of partnership with the Rivers government for the development of the state.


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No other party in Rivers but PDP – Governor boast


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) is the only existing political party in the state because of its commitment to the rapid development of the state.

Speaking during the defection of former Commissioner of Education and Rivers APC chieftain, Chief Allwell Onyesoh with his supporters at the PDP Secretariat in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said that Rivers people are happy with the performance of the PDP over the years.


He said: “There is no other party in Rivers State. PDP is the only party as far as Rivers State is concerned.

“Except people who do not see and those who tell lies in this state, the only party that means well for Rivers State is the PDP.”


Governor Wike said that the performance of the Rivers State PDP is beyond mere propaganda.

“This is the only party that keeps its promises. When we say a thing, we go all out to carry it out on behalf of the people,” he said.


He expressed happiness that Rivers leaders are returning to the PDP to promote the interest of the state.

Governor Wike said that the PDP returnees will enjoy equal opportunities with older members of the party.


He said: “Everybody has equal rights. Luckily congresses will soon start and everyone will participate. The new entrants will feel at home. The more the merrier.”

In his remarks, Chief Allwell Onyesoh said his movement is not defection, but homecoming.


He said: “We came back to our house. We went on a journey. We have gone, we have seen and we have come back. “

The former Commissioner described his defection as a home-coming with a cross section of the APC membership from different wards of Etche.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

“We make bold to come back to the House that rightly belongs to us. I thank those who did not leave as they stayed home to keep the house in order,” he said.

Receiving Chief Allwell Onyesoh into the PDP, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah urged them never to return to the APC that has disappointed the nation. He said that the PDP symbolises development as shown in Rivers State.


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Nigeria can’t conduct credible elections – Wike allege


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has decried the inability of the country to conduct credible elections after several years of practicing democracy.

The governor has also instituted a N100 million empowerment programme for Wakirike women from Okrika and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas, for stoutly defending Rivers mandate during the 2019 elections.

Wike spoke yesterday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during a solidarity visit by the leaders and people of Okrika and Ogu/Bolo LGAs. He said:”It is unfortunate that up till now, we cannot conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria.


“It is unfortunate that the giant of Africa, lacks the capacity to conduct credible elections”, he complained. He commended the Wakirike women for defending the state mandate against the invading soldiers, and urged Rivers people to always ensure that their votes count during elections.

“At all times, continue to defend and protect the Rivers mandate”, he said. Governor Wike said that out of the N100 million meant for the empowerment programme for the courageous women of Wakirike ethnic nationality, N50 million has been reserved for Okrika LGA and N50 million for Ogu/Bolo LGA.


The governor commended Wakirike people for maintaining peace in the area, saying that his administration would fulfill key developmental pledges to them. Wike stated that he would extend electricity to Okrika LGA and work towards the construction of the jetty at Isaka.

The governor further noted that he would link Ogu and Wakama communities as he promised during his campaign. He added that the next phase of Okochiri internal roads would be completed by his administration.


On the Okrika Grammar School, Governor Wike urged the leaders of the area to write to the Anglican Church for the school to be released to the state government for total reconstruction. He reiterated his respect for traditional rulers, saying that they were under obligation to promote the culture of Rivers people.

“We must always promote our tradition and culture. I have respect for traditional rulers. All I say is that we should promote our own culture”, he said.


In an address on behalf of the Wakirike Ethnic Nationality, Senator George Sekibo said that they were at the Government House to congratulate the governor on his well deserved victory at the polls.

He praised Governor Wike for the key appointments to Wakirike ethnic nationality, the projects executed in the area and the recognition and upgrading of traditional rulers’ stools of the people.


He urged the governor to reach out to the Wakirike women who courageously defended Rivers votes, despite the deployment of soldiers.

He said: “It is consequent upon this conviction that we, the Wakirike people, especially our women, put our pride and our lives on the line to defend our votes”.

Earlier, former Minister of Transport, Abiye Sekibo, said that the Wakirike people did not expect anything less than a victory for Governor Wike during the last elections.

He expressed happiness that Wike has confidence in the Wakirike people; hence, most of their leaders were his close confidants. Sekibo lauded the governor for his friendship to the Wakirike nation.


#Newsworthy…

Oshiomhole sends threat to wike

…Pro-Oshiomhole protesters storm APC Secretariat


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has asked the governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike to apologise to him or face a lawsuit over allegation of defamation of character.


Oshiomhole, who made the threat in statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simeon Ebegbulam, described

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as “sacrilegious and mischief”, the allegation by the Rivers State government that he (Oshiomhole) masterminded the protest at the residence of the Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili in Abuja.


In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chair, Simon Ebegbulem said: “The APC Chair read with utter disgust the statement by the Rivers State governor that he and Minister of State for Petroleum , Chief Timipre Sylva, ‘sponsored thugs’ to attack the residence of the Supreme Court Judge.”

The CPS stated that according to the malicious statement signed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, the “attacks” were made because Justice Mary Odili was a member of the Supreme Court panel that gave a unanimous verdict against the APC-governor-elect in Bayelsa State, David Lyon.


“This reckless defamation of the character of Oshiomhole is unbecoming of a state government that is supposed to operate under the rule of law including fairness and justice to all.

“The statement is an egregious assault on the reputation that has taken Oshiomhole a life-time to build.

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“For clarity, Oshiomhole was not in any way involved in the action that took place at the residence of Dr. Odili, a gentleman for whom Oshiomhole has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences.

“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers as a judicial officer. Oshiomhole as a one-time beneficiary of judicial redress of injustice always holds the judiciary in the highest esteem and the obedience of court orders.


“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance.

“We hereby call on the Rivers State government to toe the path of decency and withdraw the defamatory statement with due apologies” it stated.


And in a related development, pro supporters of the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Friday stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja in support of his (Oshiomhole) leadership.

The protesters, under the platform of Unity Group of the party staged the protest against the earlier protest demanding for the removal of the National Chairman.


The Unity Group demanded for the sustenance of Oshiomhole’s continued stay in office.

Two different groups had earlier in the week protested for the resignation of the APC National Chairman on account of bad leadership.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

But on Friday, another group decked in different uniforms trooped to the APC National Secretary in Abuja in buses with placards of various inscriptions, stating their demand for the continued stay in office of the National Chairman of the party.

Addressing journalists, a leader of the group, Hon. Folorunso Olusola Emmanuel said they were at the party Secretariat in solidarity with the National Chairman of the party.


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Wike blast Oshiomhole again, this time very nasty

…you preaches what you don’t practice


The ongoing clash between the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, continued on Saturday when the governor described the party chairman as a man without character.

Oshiomhole had, after the Supreme Court judgment that gave the Peoples Democratic Party victory in the Bayelsa State governorship election on Thursday, stated that nobody would be sworn in the South-South state the following day.


But the swearing-in held amid protests and violence, leading to declaration of a three-day curfew in the state.

Wike also dismissed Oshiomhole’s claim that he (Wike) was a violent politician, adding that the APC national chairman’s bitterness stemmed from the fact that he and his political party were stopped from stealing the mandate of Rivers people.


Wike had in his response accused Oshiomhole of trying to cause trouble in the Niger Delta region with his utterances, adding that the Federal Government should caution him.

Apparently dissatisfied with Wike’s reaction, Oshiomhole on Friday described the governor as a violent politician, who was trying to use the situation in Bayelsa to ingratiate himself with the PDP and the immediate past governor of the state, Seriake Dickson.


But in his fresh response on Saturday, Wike, who spoke in an interview at the Government House in Port Harcourt, called for the resignation of Oshiomhole in view of his failure to stop the inauguration of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, as he earlier boasted.

Wike added, “I think Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress is not a character that anybody should associate with.


“First of all, I have never been violent and I will never be violent. However, when you see an armed robber come to your house, will you plead with the armed robber and say please, I beg you, leave my house.

“People think that armed robbers are only those who cart away people’s money. The worst form of armed robbery is when you steal people’s mandate and just like what Oshiomhole is noted for. He thinks because he’s in the ruling party, he can use security to steal the mandate of the people.


He was taught a lesson; a bitter lesson and I want to repeat, if you come to steal our mandate, the people will respond accordingly. They will oppose your stealing of their mandate. So, Oshiomhole thinks that because he is in the ruling party, nobody should say anything or do anything.”

The governor said he stopped attending the National Economic Council meeting because Oshiomhole turned the forum into an avenue to bash former President Goodluck Jonathan, even when he had gone to praise Jonathan at Aso Villa for ensuring credible elections that made him governor of Edo State at the time.


He said, “When Jonathan left office, one of the reasons why I didn’t go to NEC meeting was because of Oshiomhole when he was a member. When Jonathan left, there was no day at the NEC meeting Oshiomhole would not bring Jonathan down.

Meanwhile, this was the same man Oshiomhole went to praise for allowing ‘one man, one vote’. But when the man (Jonathan) left, Oshiomhole changed. That is his character.”


The governor also accused the party chairman of trying to install himself as a godfather to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, adding that Obaseki’s refusal was the reason for the disagreement between them.

He added, “Oshiomhole said he fought godfatherism and at the same time, he wants to install himself as a godfather in Edo State. Why is he fighting Obaseki because the man doesn’t take instructions from him? He (Oshiomhole) preaches what he doesn’t practise.”

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike

Wike declared that he remained a strong and unrepentant member of the PDP, adding that speaking out his mind at all times did not question his membership of the party.

He added, “I will not be a member of their party. I have always been a member of PDP and they know that. Oshiomhole knows that his party did not even score up to 25 per cent in my state. He cannot not tell me that.”


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Banger: Wike blast Oshiomhole, question him


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Government to warn the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to stop making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.

In a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu, slammed the APC national chairman for saying there would be no swearing-in of any governor in Bayelsa State.


Governor Wike, who was reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, insisted that Oshiomhole has no such powers to make the remarks.

He said, “The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria.


“What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.”

“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in,” the governor added.


He alleged that the APC national chairman was making unguarded statements because he had lost the support of governors of the ruling party.

Governor Wike purported, “It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as national chairman. APC governors have rejected him, that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the party.


“He is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State, fighting the governor. He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good.”

The governor also accused Oshiomhole of preaching one thing but goes ahead to practice a different thing.

According to him, the situation in Edo State has exposed the APC national chairman as “a godfather who once preached against godfathers”.

Governor Wike insisted that Oshiomhole would not be allowed to “destroy the Niger Delta,” adding that the rule of law must continue to prevail at all times.


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Don’t allow Executives, Legislatures intimidate you – Wike tells the Judiciary


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Judiciary to always dispense justice according to the law, pointing out that the judiciary must not allow itself to be intimidated by other arms of government.

This is according to a statement by the governor’s special media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.


Speaking during a courtesy visit by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Thursday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike noted that the Judiciary remains vital to the sustenance of democracy.

He said, “You are the ones to decide what is right or wrong. Never allow anyone to intimidate you. The moment you take the oath of office, dispense justice according to the law.


“People are afraid to dispense justice because of intimidation. In some cases, they use the EFCC to intimidate judges. Whether or not you do your work, they will come after you. Without the Judiciary, there will be no democracy “.

Governor Wike said that the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government are far more corrupt than the Judiciary, but they are the arms that criticise the Judiciary all the time.


“The most corrupt arms of Government are the Executive and Legislative Arms. When they say that the Judiciary is corrupt, I laugh. The pressure on the Judiciary is from the Executive and Legislative Arms. The people who initiate the process are the ones who are corrupt “, he said.

Governor Wike regretted that the judges have allowed themselves to be boxed to a corner by the Executive and the Legislative Arms, each time they fail to rise up to the occasion.


He said, “The Judiciary must stand up to say that enough is enough. If you don’t stand up, then this democracy is in danger.”

The Governor said as a result of ‘calculated intimidation’, the Judiciary is afraid to relate with state governments to get the support that will enhance the administration of justice.


He noted that all security agencies, especially the military, and the Police regularly demand and get regular financial and logistics support from state governments, but people the Judiciary from doing the same.

“The military and police and other security agencies come here regularly to collect financial support. If I tell you what the Rivers State Government spends on the security agencies, you will be shocked.


“State Governments must support the administration of justice,” he said.

Speaking further, the Rivers State Governor called on the President Court of Appeal to increase the number of judges in the Port Harcourt Division because it is second only to the Lagos Division in terms of volume of cases.


He congratulated the retiring President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, for attaining the retirement age.

Governor Wike also commended her for the contributions she has made to the growth of the Court.

Earlier, Justice Bulkachuwa said she was in Rivers State as part of the process for her to bow out of the Court, having reached the retirement age of 70 years.

She commended the Rivers State Governor for the upgrade and remodeling of befitting accommodation for Court of Appeal Justices of the Port Harcourt Division.


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Gov. Wike approved minimum wage, says no arrears involved


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has approved the payment of N30,000 minimum wage for civil servants in the state, effective from January.

A Government House Press Statement signed by Paulinus Nsirim,Commissioner of Information and Communications said the approval was sequel to what was endorsed by the Federal Government.


It was however silent about the commencement date or whether there will be arrears.

Labour unions in the state are bargaining for the commencement date of payment to take effect from April 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into Law,

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State


The state government argued that it would start from January 2020 so that this year’s budget can foot the bill.

It wasn’t clear if the Wike government would reach any middle ground with the unions.


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Rivers govt drops N100m for fallen heroes children to study up to University level


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Nigerians must unite and motivate the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat the insurgents in the North-East.

Governor Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government to work out modalities for the State Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price.

The Rivers State Governor also announced that the State Government has committed the sum of N100million for the scholarship programme dedicated to the children of the fallen heroes.


He spoke on Wednesday during the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Commemoration of 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, at the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt.

He said: “The war on terror in the North-East has raged for too long, claiming too many military and civilian victims.


We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war as quickly as possible and save the nation and our brothers, sisters and the children from the North-East from the continuing violence, abductions, and devastation by Boko haram and their affiliates.

“Apart from supporting the establishment of a trust fund, I have directed the Secretary to the State Government to work out areas of support to the State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion and the families of soldiers of River State origin who pays the ultimate price in the active service of our country. In addition, the State Government will provide scholarship for their children up to university level.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike


“N100million has been committed to the scholarship of the children of the fallen heroes by the Rivers State Government. We will also construct a Secretariat for the Legion, but not at Isaac Boro Park. We will develop the park into a Tourist Centre.”

Governor Wike said that the nation remembers the members of the Armed Forces for their contributions to the unity of the country.


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(Video) Watch how Governor Wike lambasted Rivers local rulers


Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has been a target of attacks by many people on social media over a trending video in which he showed contempt and utter disregard for traditional rulers.

The video was shot during the governor’s quarterly meeting with the chiefs recently. And some of the commenters on social media generally upbraided the governor for being drunk with power.

His rival for the River’s governorship seat in 2015, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, now Director-General of NIMASA has also posted his own criticism.


In a statement, Peterside said Wike must be called to order.

“Well-meaning Rivers people must call him to order. He is turning himself into a feudal lord and an emperor at the same time. History is replete with his likes who ended up badly after turning themselves to tiny gods,” he stated.


Peterside appealed to the traditional rulers to overlook the “shame and disrespect” meted on them, pointing out that as fathers, they should regard the governor’s utterances as that of a “child who lacks home training.”

“Wike should know that history is watching. Rivers people typically respect traditional rulers and traditional institutions. The governor must stop desecrating our traditional rulers and traditional institutions,” he summed up.


However, in a swift reaction, the Rivers State Government lashed at Peterside in a press statement signed by Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications.

“As usual, we were amused by the lame effort by the 2015 Defunct Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside to seek political relevance through a jaundiced interpretation of a mischievously edited video of the interaction between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and esteemed Traditional Rulers of Rivers State.


“Dakuku Peterside and his faction of the defunct All Progressives Congress (APC) procured a video of an engagement that lasted for over one hour and lifted different aspects of the response of Governor Wike to mislead members of the public.

“Governor Wike was responding frankly to the address of the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of the Rulers wherein the Chairman requested that non-recognised Traditional Rulers should be checked by the Rivers State Governor.

“The Governor directed the Attorney General of Rivers State to prepare an Executive Bill to resolve the issue raised by Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers. He went ahead to urge the Traditional Rulers to always attend Government Functions with the Official Staff of Office handed over to them by the Rivers State Government, following the formal request by the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers.

“At this point, there was General applause and Governor Wike reminded those clapping that he was simply doing what is right”.

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Dakuku, Wike in alleged war (See..)

…over traditional ruler’s address


Dr Dakuku Peterside has alleged that the recent actions of Governor Nyesom Wike against traditional stools in Rivers State have been described as “demeaning, unbecoming, irresponsible and unbefitting” for someone who occupies such a dignified office.

Peterside stated this while reacting to the way and manner Governor Wike addressed traditional rulers in the state during their quarterly meeting in Port Harcourt.


Governor Wike was seen lambasting the traditional rulers and threatening to depose them over very flimsy reasons, in addition to the governor humiliating one of them by calling the monarch a ‘trouble maker.’

Peterside stated that the utterances of Wike represent an all-time low in the history of the state, where a governor can “insult, disgrace, humiliate and depose traditional rulers at will.”


“Wike’s penchant for embarrassing traditional rulers is becoming irresponsible and shameful. Never in our history have we had such a disrespectful governor.

“Since 2015, Wike has sacked, deposed and withdrawn recognition from several royal fathers without any recourse to history, tradition and culture.


“Not too long ago, Wike threatened to depose the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, King Theophilus Princewill, just as he has severally lambasted traditional rulers as if they were his servants.

“Wike must be called to order. Well-meaning Rivers people must call him to order. He is turning himself into a feudal lord and an emperor at the same time. History is replete with his likes who ended up badly after turning themselves to tiny gods,” he stated.


Peterside appealed to the traditional rulers to overlook the “shame and disrespect” meted on them, pointing out that as fathers, they should regard the governor’s utterances as that of a “child who lacks home training.”

“Wike should know that history is watching. Rivers people typically respect traditional rulers and traditional institutions. The governor must stop desecrating our traditional rulers and traditional institutions,” he summed up.


However, in a swift reaction, the Rivers State Government lashed at Peterside in press statement signed by Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications stated: “As usual, we were amused by the lame effort by the 2015 Defunct Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside to seek political relevance through a jaundiced interpretation of a mischievously edited video of the interaction between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and esteemed Traditional Rulers of Rivers State.

“Dakuku Peterside and his faction of the defunct All Progressives Congress (APC) procured a video of an engagement that lasted for over one hour and lifted different aspects of the response of Governor Wike to mislead members of the public.


“Governor Wike was responding frankly to the address of the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of the Rulers wherein the Chairman requested that non-recognised Traditional Rulers should be checked by the Rivers State Governor.

“The Governor directed the Attorney General of Rivers State to prepare an Executive Bill to resolve the issue raised by Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers. He went ahead to urge the Traditional Rulers to always attend Government Functions with the Official Staff of Office handed over to them by the Rivers State Government, following the formal request by the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers.


“At this point, there was General applause and Governor Wike reminded those clapping that he was simply doing what is right.

“For Dakuku Peterside to attempt to use a frank discussion between the Rivers State Governor and the esteemed Traditional Rulers of Rivers State to seek relevance is a confirmation of the total rejection that he suffers alongside members of his defunct political party.


“As a political toddler, who is being breastfed politically, Dakuku Peterside still relies on mischief to remain relevant. He goes about paying social media cheerleaders to cast aspersion on the Rivers State Governor on the premise of a manipulated video.

“We understand Dakuku Peterside’s frustration following the painful defeat he suffered in 2015. But he cannot climb the political ladder on the premise of needless falsehood and mischief.


“Rather than this dance of shame, he should redirect his energy on how to rebuild the disintegrated APC family in the State.

“Dakuku Peterside can be likened to a man chasing rats while his house is on fire. There are so many factions in Rivers State.

Instead of Dakuku Peterside to address this shameful issue, he is sniffing around paying for videos of the official engagements of Governor Wike.

“Thank God they have accepted that Governor Wike is the best performing Governor in the country and are now concentrating their wasted energy on backyard gossip.

“Dakuku and his co-travellers should know that Governor Wike has very high regards for the Traditional Institution and will never do anything to denigrate them”, Paulinus Nsirim said.


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Bulldozers destroys structures in rivers over proposed flyover bridge


In continuation of the process for the construction of the three Flyovers in Port Harcourt, officials of Julius Berger Plc and Rivers State Ministry of Works embarked on the demolition of marked structures to create right of way for the Rebisi Flyover.

The officials, backed by earth moving equipment carefully brought down the structures. Governor Nyesom Wike last week met with traders and residents to sensitise them on the necessity of the exercise.

The construction work continued as the bulldozers brought down the structures that the Rivers State Government has paid compensation for.


In an interview, Julius Berger Port Harcourt Flyover Bridges Project Manager, Finn Drosdowski expressed happiness that the demolition exercise was peaceful.

“We are happy with the peaceful demolition of marked structures to create space for the construction of Rebisi Flyover.


“We thank officials of the Ministry of Works for their support and we know we will achieve our target. We have been working for two months and we have done 12 to 14 percent of the work. At the beginning it is a little slow, but we are on track,” he said.

The Julius Berger official said that the projects will be delivered on schedule.

He said: “I appeal to the people to cooperate with us. For every project, the people suffer at the beginning, but they will enjoy the project at the end

“The three locations where we are constructing Flyover Bridges are places with traffic congestion. After the construction, the issue of traffic congestion would be resolved. I am confident that we will finish the projects on schedule.”


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2023: Wike warns against politics of bitterness in Rivers

…says he won’t impose candidates


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he would not work towards imposing any governor on Rivers people at the expiration of his second term in 2023.

Wike who made this declaration yesterday during a solidarity visit by the Orashi region of the state at the Government House, Port Harcourt, said that power could never be extended as a gift to any group.

His words: “For the governorship position, if you have the capacity, come out and contest. Nobody zoned governorship to me, I struggled for it.

“I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out. You cannot give what you don’t have. To be governor of Rivers State, you must have the capacity to deliver.”

Governor Wike warned against the politics of bitterness, which he said has denied several Rivers communities access to developmental projects.


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Rivers governor, wike meet with residents over proposed construction of bridge

...for cooperation with the government


Rivers governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on traders and residents to cooperate with the Rivers State Government to deliver the Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover bridges on schedule.

Governor Wike on Thursday moved from Shop to Shop at Rebisi (formerly Garrison) and Rumuogba (formerly Artillery) flyover bridges sites, personally appealing to the traders and residents to vacate the buildings marked for demolition.


The governor urged traders and residents to make sacrifices, since the flyover bridges will be in the interest of all residents of the state.

He said: “I have come to speak to them, let them appreciate our efforts better . Now times are hard, but they have to understand us.


“I took it upon myself to personally explain to them that the time we notified them has elapsed. But I have extended it to Tuesday next week, after which demolition will start.

“I am here because I don’t want Julius Berger to have excuses. These bridges must be delivered on schedule”.


“I am here to personally appeal to the people because I feel their pain. But this is a sacrifice everyone must make for the state to move forward.

“To do three flyover bridges the same time is not an easy task. Therefore, we must work hard to achieve the target. The target is that Julius Berger must hand over the three flyover bridges on 20 February, 2021.


“It is about one year from now, the time will elapse and people will start saying nothing was done. We don’t want such a situation”.

Wike also informed that the Rivers State Government had paid compensation to the owners of the marked houses, pointing out that they were duly notified that the demolition would take place.


He, however, said that he decided to visit the traders in order to give the entire process a human face.

“I am here to give this construction process a human process. You supported me, but this is for the good of the people”, he said.

The governor was accompanied by officials of the Rivers State Ministry of Works and engineers of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.

He also inspected ongoing reconstruction of major roads in the Old GRA, Port Harcourt.


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Nyesom wike swears in 13 commissioners, 15 SAs.

…Wants 100% loyalty from appointees


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has sworn in 13 new commissioners and 15 Special Advisers (SAs).

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt.

He has also demanded 100 percent loyalty from the newly-appointed commissioners and SAs.


Wike tasked the political appointees to place the interest of the state above other considerations.

He charged them to “work for the interest of Rivers State. This is a rare privilege to serve Rivers State. Everything must not be money.


“As it has pleased God, you have been given the opportunity to assist in the development of Rivers State,” Wike said.

He further said that having constituted the State Executive Council, the state government would commence the implementation of 2020 soonest.


He warned the new commissioners and aides against working with different political interest groups to seek for the 2023 governorship.

“If you know you are looking for money for 2023, resign now. I will not hesitate to remove you.


“If I catch any commissioner or special adviser holding meetings on who will be governor in 2023, there will be sanctions,” he warned.

The state governor advised the new appointees to be loyal and committed to the service of state.


He said: “Loyalty is key. The loyalty should not be in half measures. Your loyalty must be 100 percent.

“You must be loyal and work for the state. All your actions must be targeted at the development of Rivers State.”


He said that Rivers government got preliminary report that none of the SAs or commissioners was involved in cultism.

“If we find out eventually that any of you is involved in the sponsorship of cult groups, that person will be shown the way out of government,” he said.


He said commissioners who will head the Ministries of Works, Health, Agriculture, and Urban Development must be up and doing. He said no excuses would be tolerated by the government.

He urged them to work with their respective permanent secretaries to deliver on the agenda of the state government.


“You must work with your permanent secretaries to deliver on the ideals of this administration. You must work as a team to move the state forward,” he said.

Wike further said that he would continue to work as if this were his first term in office.


He assured that he would consolidate the delivery of projects across the state.

He said: “For me, this is our first term. We must work to the satisfaction of Rivers people. We must work to justify our mandate.”


He informed that another batch of commissioners and SAs would be appointed at the appropriate time.

The governor said that he would immediately reshuffle the permanent secretaries and also appoint new ones to drive the development process.

Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor


In line with his commitment to Internal Revenue Generation, Wike announced that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) would be implemented in the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Wike had worked with only two commissioners and few aides since the assumption of his second term in office, before the recent appointment.


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