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I Have Nothing Against Obaseki — Wike

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Nyesom Wike

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has explained he didn’t opt out of reconciliation in Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of reservations against Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki.

At the height of the struggle to get Obaseki the PDP ticket, Wike had opted out of reconciliation, accusing some unnamed members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of being tax collectors.

Wike however said he took the action to save the party, denying it was to frustrate Obaseki’s efforts to win the ticket.

He also accused Minister of Transport and his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi of being a man of violence.

Speaking on Arise Television, Wike said: “I have always said that politics is where you must carry everybody along. Sometimes there can be disagreements but the ability to reconcile everybody is important.

“Particularly as an opposition party, it is healthy to have division. There is no need to make people think that you don’t want them. I told Governor Godwin Obaseki so and anybody who knows me understands that I am not against anybody.

“After the primaries now, everybody is very happy and Governor Godwin Obaseki, is at home. If we have allowed what was going on then to continue, you will be alarmed at the level of division that will erupt and it will be like what you see in APC.”

He recalled some All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters threatened and actually attacked the State High Court because of internal party squabbles and the security agencies did not bring the perpetrators to justice.

Wike said these pro-Amaechi supporters are courageous because their pay masters have assured them of security cover.

“It’s really unfortunate that some people can now want to destroy the state. They issue threats and the security agencies cannot come out to say we can’t tolerate such threat against the peace and existence of the state.

“I will not go to court against anybody because the threat is in the public domain. It is obvious, that they have the Police, Department of State Security, Air Force, Navy and the Army.

“Otherwise, how do you explain the long silence of the Nigeria security agencies over such threats already trending online?

“For whatever reasons, why won’t they bother about the person making such threats because of an internal problem within APC.

“Remember, for the first time in the history of this country when Chibuike Amaechi was governor , he shut down the courts for two years. Based on that experience, more threats and attacks are seen.

“The minister is now coming to say that he is not a man of violence which is not true. We are not children to be so deceived.

“During the campaign leading to 2019 elections, he came to the state chanting war songs and nobody cautioned him,” he said.

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How Obaseki Paid ₦15 Billion To PDP For Guber Ticket — Ize-Iyamu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the upcoming poll.

Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ₦15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate.

He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications.

The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.

He also expressed optimism that he would defeat Obaseki at the poll on September 19.

“He is also yet to explain to the people of Edo State where he got the 15 billion Naira he paid the PDP tax-collectors to facilitate his imposition as the party’s emergency-hour candidate.”

“It is no surprise, given the nature of Obaseki’s administration and sharp practices of both governor and appointees that such an agency is missing in Edo State.”

Obaseki had emerged as PDP’s governorship candidate in Edo State after all aspirants stepped down for him.

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Ondo APC Chairman Resigns, Dumps Party For PDP

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The Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, resigned from his position as chairman yesterday July 10 and as well dumped the party for PDP.

This is coming about nearly two weeks away from the APC’s governorship primaries in the state.

The former chairman who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat, also revealed that he has decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

It has been gathered that he is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP.

The ex chairman is at loggerheads with the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and has indicated interest to run against him in October.

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“Igbo People Are Happy With Buhari, Will Continue To Support Him” — Arthur Eze

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Billionaire oil magnate, Arthur Eze says Igbo people are happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and will continue to support his administration.

The notable philanthropist stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A visibly-elated Eze expressed delight that his hometown was chosen as the site for the police zonal headquarters, thanking the president and the police authorities.

“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people,” said Mr Eze, an indigene of Ukpo.

“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes,’’ Eze said.

He later handed over the key of the complex to a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying that policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.

The newly-established Zone 13 is expected to cover three South-Eastern states – Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.

While Ebonyi was previously under Zone 6 headquartered in Calabar, Enugu and Anambra were under Zone 9 with headquarters in Umuahia.

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