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Don’t Toy With Rivers, I Have All It Takes To Fight You To Standstill — Wike Issues Strong Warning To PDP

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Nyesom Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he has all it takes to fight his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to a standstill.

This is as the Governor described the panel set up by the party to resolve the Minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives as the most corrupt in the history of the party.

Wike made this statement following withdrawal of a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, from the panel.

The panel is chaired by a former Senate President, Iyorcha Ayu.

Other members of the panel are former Senate Presidents, David Mark and Adolphus Wabara.

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Speaking in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Wike applauded Opara for withdrawing from what he described as a tainted committee by not allowing himself to be entangled in the illegal outcome of the committee’s activities.

He said, “The Committee set up by the PDP on the illegal emergence of Ndudi Elumelu is the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party.

“We thank our worthy son, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, for withdrawing from that committee so that he is not entangled in the illegal activities of the tainted committee.”

The Governor warned the party not to toy with Rivers State as it is not in the interest of the party to do so.

He said: “We are warning PDP to be careful not to toy with Rivers State.

“Rivers State has all it takes to withstand the PDP and fight the party to a standstill.

“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that anyone can cajole.

“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that will kowtow to their illicit activities.”

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BREAKING: APC Suspends Obaseki’s Aide

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An aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr. Kaycee Osamwonyi, has been suspended from the ruling All Progressives Congress for allegedly engaging in acts of thuggery, hooliganism and causing factions within the party.

Kaycee was suspended by APC leaders in Ward six Uhunmwode local government area.

The motion for the suspension of Kaycee was moved by Hon. Harrison Orobor and adopted by party members present at the meeting.

Other reasons adduced for the suspension of Kaycee were engaging in activities that have brought the APC to ridicule and opprobrium in Ward 06 and promoting subversion and breaches of the Constitution of the APC.

A disciplinary committee was set up to look into the allegations against Kaycee and submit its report within two weeks.

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Members of the disciplinary committee were named as Hon. Clifford Igbineweka, Saturday Enaruerue, Stanley Onaghise, Lucky Onobun and Iziegbe Airhienbuwa.

When contacted for comments, Kaycee promised to respond but he was yet to do so as at press time.

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2023: Tinubu Has All It Takes To Be President — APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has said the the National Leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has all it takes to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023.

According to the APC Lagos chapter, the former Governor of the state is qualified because of his commitment, resourcefulness and pedigree.

The statement was released by the Secretary of APC in Lagos State, Lanre Ogunyemi, during a press briefing in Lagos to unveil newly elected executives.

Ogunyemi further stated that Tinubu has the right to aspire to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 whether he has informed the party or not.

He added that it is the decision of Nigerians to accept him when the time comes.

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Ogunyemi said, “Tinubu has all it takes to lead this country and he has all the fundamental rights as a Nigerian to aspire.”

“It’s now left for Nigerians to accept or not. It’s now left for the party to decide who they want as the presidential candidate come 2023.”

“Whether he has briefed us or not on his aspiration, whether he is expressing any body language, whether people are against it or not, we are sure that he has everything to lead this nation.”

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Kaduna Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy

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Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has been elected as the new Kaduna Speaker.

His election came barely an hour after Hon Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned as Speaker.

Hon. Zailani, who represents Igabi West Constituency in the Assembly, was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly until his election to lead the House on Tuesday.

Zailani is a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, Hon Mukhtar Isa Hazo, representing Bassawa Constituency has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

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Both of them have been sworn-in by the Clark of the Assembly.

The former Speaker, who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly, officially submitted his resignation letter to clerk of the House Tuesday morning.

The Nation gathered that members of the House had started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

Chairman, House Committee on information, Honourable Tanimu Musa confirmed he submitted his resignation letter.

However, Shagali’s offence warranting the alleged plan impeachment was yet to be unraveled as the time of filing this report.

The 40-year old Aminu Abdullahi Shagali became the Assembly Speaker on the coming of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.

He was re-elected to preside over the House in 2019 on strong recommendation of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i.

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