River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was on Wednesday, paid a courtesy visit by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the State’s capital.
Addressing the two visiting federal ministers, Wike said “Honourable Minister, when you go back, inform Mr President that the people of Rivers State are not happy with the high level of marginalisation. Rivers State should benefit from projects like other states of the Federation.”
Continuing in his speech, he said: “Leadership is not party affair. Leadership is about the people. It is about development. For now, governance is what our people require.
“We should relegate politics to the background. Political parties as vehicles take us to a certain point for us to disembark and face governance”, the governor lectured his guests, adding that rather than politicise the development process, focus should be on how to move Nigeria forward.
He also warned against any attempt to run a one-party state.
“We cannot run a one-party State. If we do that, the country will collapse. You cannot take every state. It is not possible “, he said.
Governor Wike said that even though he wished that President Muhammadu Buhari lost the last General Election, immediately the court pronounced him winner, he was left with no option but to congratulate him.
The Governor advocated the promotion of Girl-Child Education. He said that during his days as a Minister of State for Education, he advanced the ideals of Girl-Child Education.
In his remarks, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu commended the Rivers State Governor for his dedication to the development of Education. He also praised the Governor for supporting the hosting of the National Council on Education.
He thanked the Rivers State Governor for his total support for the sustenance of Federal Government agencies operating in Rivers State.
He said that the Rivers State Governor left indelible marks at the Federal Ministry of Education, which the current management has struggled unsuccessfully to surpass.
He praised Governor Wike’s brand of politics, which is devoid of bitterness. He specifically lauded the Governor for congratulating the President on his victory and also being on ground to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he returned from a medical leave.
“You play politics with fairness and without bitterness “, he said.
BREAKING: APC Suspends Obaseki’s Aide
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.
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.
2023: Tinubu Has All It Takes To Be President — APC
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.
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.”
Kaduna Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy
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.
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.