12—Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 We've laid foundation for Bayelsa's greatness— Gov By Samuel Oyadongha Y ENAGOA— GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday, declared that the six years of his administration has been used to place the state on the path of development, prosperity and greatness. Dickson stated this during the thanksgiving service at the Gloryland Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration. He said though the journey was rough with distractions such as economic challenges, his administration remained focused on delivery of quality infrastructure in education, health and By Onozure Dania C HAIRMAN, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South-South, Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, has called on concerned Nigerians to come to the aid of coastal communities in the Niger Delta region, as many are in danger of extinction. Archbishop Avwomakpa, Presiding Archbishop of Christ Missionaries Crusaders International, spoke shortly after hosting Rev. Dr. Agoron Dike, President of Africans/ Caribbean Faith Based Conference, a Christian group based in the United States, after the church service in Warri, Delta State. He noted that most of the communities were losing others. The governor, who sang praises to God alongside with his wife, Rachael, noted that despite the challenges, temptations and victories, his administration in partnership with the people of the state, has steered Bayelsa on the path of development and prosperity. Meanwhile, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is expected to visit Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to commission projects as part of activities marking the anniversary. Already, the state government has renamed Glory Drive Gateway to Yenagoa from the East- West Road as Olusegun Obasanjo Drive. Archbishop makes case for coastal communities their ancestral land to River Niger. Avwomakpa, who will, in May, receive an award in leadership in the United States, noted that in his 56 years of service to God, he has never been this worried that many communities are at risk of going extinct in the next two decades if nothing is done. He named Okwagbe, Ezebri, Ofurukama, an Urhobo village and a trading town during the colonial era, where John Holt was established, as having lost over 400 acres of land to the river. He said if Nigerians were not ready to help, the Diaspora should, adding that there are cases where people go to bed in their houses and the wake up next day in the river. I tried to stop Abe, but God said no— Wike By Egufe God that gives power. lawmakers for the victory. He urged the Senate Yafugborhi & Davies When I wanted to become Abe carry go. Thank God President, Dr. Bukola Iheamnachor governor, they worked despite all I did, you still Saraki, to prevail on the P hard to ensure that I did won. Federal Government to ORT HARCOURT— not win. That was why “I advise that you put carry out maintenance work GOVERNOR Nyesom when I become governor, the state first. The interest on the Aba-Port Harcourt Wike of Rivers State, I did everything possible of the state should be Expressway. yesterday, confessed that to stop Abe from paramount. Let us leave Meanwhile, Abe, in his he did everything to stop becoming a senator. politics and face speech, thanked the people Senator Magnus Abe from “I showed Abe pepper. development. Let us stop of the state for their votes, winning his senatorial But he succeeded; that is wrestling. When the time promising that the APC election, noting that Abe’s how God wants it. I to wrestle comes we will lawmakers will give effective victory was from God. congratulate all the APC wrestle.” representation. Governor Wike congratulated All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state and the lawmakers elected on the party’s platform for their victory in the re-run elections. Wike also charged Rivers politicians to have the interest of the state at heart and stop playing politics, as the people of the state expect governance and development. Speaking in Port Harcourt at the victory thanksgiving of Senator Abe (Rivers South-East) and other APC lawmakers from the state, the governor revealed that just as the opposition party in the state vowed that he (Wike) would not win the governorship seat, he also worked hard to ensure that Abe never SON: From left— Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, succeeded. SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma; a guest and Dr. Joseph Odumodu, during the His words: “It is only presentation of a plaque to Dr. Odumodu in Abuja as SON Ambassador. Edo APC woman leader defects to PDP •...says “they used and dumped me; I don’t have access to governor, deputy” By Gabriel Enogholase BENIN—A former governorship aspirant of All Progressive Congress, APC, and Deputy Woman Leader of the party in Edo State, Mrs Tina Agbarha, has defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Edo State Chairman of PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, while receiving the former APC chieftain at Igueben, headquarters of Igueben Local Government Area of the state, weekend, expressed satisfaction that the defection of the Woman Leader was a clear indication that PDP was working to achieve success in the forthcoming elections. Orbih, who described Mrs. Agbarha as a grassroots politician and mobiliser, said APC in Igueben Local Government Area, and Edo State in general, was in trouble following her declaration for PDP. APC lacks internal democracy—Agbarha On her part, Agbarha said APC lacks internal democracy and has no respect for dedicated members, who worked hard for the party. She added that she lost faith in the party having been denied nomination during the party primaries to contest the local government elections scheduled for March 3. She said APC has thrown away all its hard-working members and leaders, By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN—MINISTER of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, has tasked the leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, to work with men of integrity and intellect to ensure the emergence of a credible governorship candidate for the party. He stated this at the 62nd birthday celebration of Professor Pat Utomi, in Ibusa, Delta State, insisting that she was also a victim of the party’s intimidation and refusal to accord members their rightful positions, whether as deserving members and aspirants. She lamented a situation where APC party leaders in the state described her as not having the capacity to become the Igueben council chairman, adding that she was used and dumped, after helping the weekend. The minister, who described Professor Utomi as a great asset to APC, said with people like him, the party will capture Delta in 2019. According to him, “APC in Delta State should work with people of integrity and intellect that are capable of providing leadership like is obtainable in Edo State, where Governor Godwin Obaseki is providing leadership that benefits the people.” party to garner votes during the governorship election that produced Governor Godwin Obaseki. Agbarha, who described herself as an “able and capable woman” leader, said: “Even as a woman leader, I cannot access the governor’s office and home. “I cannot also have access to my Deputy Governor and cannot have access to our party leader’s home at Iyamho.” Utomi @ 62: Kachukwu tasks Delta APC on credible governorship candidate Also speaking at the event, Governor Obaseki, urged Edo and Delta citizens to hold fast to the virtues and legacies that made the old Bendel State outstanding among its peers, calling on leaders of the two states to sustain and build on the heritage of the old region. The governor urged the elite of both states to re-direct their focus to re-building and returning the states to a leading spot, wherein things worked for the good of everyone and not for few persons.
Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018—13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 2019 guber: I’ll never support Abe—Amaechi By Davies Iheamnachor P ORT-HARCOURT— Minister of Transportation and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South-South geo-political zone, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has vowed not to support the governorship ambition of Senator Magnus Abe. Amaechi, who is a former governor of the state, also reiterated that there were no two factions in the APC in Rivers, adding that the party had remained a united and viable opposition to the leading People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state. Amaechi, weekend at a meeting in Port-Harcourt, with Ikwerre APC Chiefs and Elders’ Forum, IACEF, noted that out of 2.5 million voting strength in the state, his ethnic nationality, Ikwerre alone, produces 1.1 million. The minister said Abe had every right as a member of his party to contest in the election, adding that constitution of the party would be adhered to in the process. Amaechi expressed sadness that Senator Abe was in the business of insulting him (Amaechi), vowing that Ikwerre voting strength would be used against Abe. He said: “There is no fight in the APC. I am not in any way stopping Abe from running for the governorship, but what I know is that I will not support him. Abe is daring me, an Ikwerre son. He is abusing me every day. I will ensure I use Ikwerre vote against him.” Amaechi maintained that the governance of the state must be rotated among the different ethnic nationalities that make up the state, adding that it will be greed if Ikwerre retains power for more than 12 years. He disclosed that he would support any riverine candidate in the 2019 elections, adding that when riveriners finish their eight-year tenure, power would be given to the Ogonis. “When we finish with riverine, if Ogoni shows interest, we will support them. I am not saying that Ogoni people do not have qualified persons. In every field of study, you must see a graduate from Ogoni even to the point of Ph.D. “At the moment, we have not chosen a candidate; only God will decide who will become the next governor.” However, Ikwerre Elders and Chiefs have pleaded with Amaechi to forgive all Ikwerre sons and daughters that he helped, but have turned against him. In his address, the Chairman, IACEF, Chief Sunny Dikeh, said the chiefs and elders of Ikwerre would rally round Amaechi to ensure that APC regained power in the state. Dikeh said: “We are aware that some Ikwerre sons and daughters have betrayed you after assisting them to attain heights that ordinarily they could not have attained. We are here to say sorry and also apologise on their behalf.” PDP’S threat to boycott LG polls confirms party’s weakness in Edo—APC By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN CITY—THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, has said that the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, in the state not to participate in the forthcoming March 3, 2018 local government elections was an indication that the party no longer exists in the state. APC state secretary, Mr Lawrence Okah, who was reacting to the comment by the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, that the party was staying away from the elections due to what he described as the alleged manipulation of the processes by both the Edo State Independent National Electoral Commission, EDSIEC and the state government, said the PDP knew “they have been rejected by the people and that is why they want to chicken out. WORKSHOP: From left—Busola Alofe, Chairperson, Learning & Development Committee; Mr. Essien Efana-Okon Chairman, 2017/2018 Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM Annual National Conference Planning Committee; Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle - Registrar/CEO, CIPM Nigeria; Mr. Kyari Abba Bukar, Guest Speaker; and Comfort Coleman, Moderator, Discussion Session, during the CIPM 2018 Learning Leaders Forum at Ikeja, Lagos. “I feel sorry for the PDP because every day all we hear from them is that Obaseki has done this and that but they have not proffered one solution. If they say they are not participating in an election that will affect the lives of their people, then it shows they have never been ready for governance. “That attests to the fact that they are no longer in Edo as we have been saying. They have confirmed it. If you look at all the states controlled by the PDP, they held council elections and APC participated because APC is on ground in those states. They did not assume that because it is being conducted by the state electoral commission then they will not participate. “So that is how the 2019 general election will still be in Edo because by then they will tell you that police or army is harassing them so as a result they will not participate. If they sincerely love this state they should participate in elections because we want vibrant opposition in Edo." Ijaw youths to meet over attack on ex-president by herdsmen By Perez Brisibe PATANI—IJAW youths under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, have said they will soon meet to take a stand on the attack by suspected herdsmen on its former president, Dr. Chris Ekiyor and other Ijaws. Ekiyor was reportedly attacked last Thursday by suspected herdsmen, who shot at his car and others on the East-West Road, injuring six passengers including a serving member of the NYSC who was shot on the left side of his chest and both arms. The youths also warned that the Ijaw nation will have no option than to defend itself, saying “We are very fit to defend ourselves and will use whatever resources at our disposal to resist these attacks as the Ijaw nation has never been defeated in any war.” The position of the youths was given by the IYC president, Owielaemi Pereotubo during a solidarity visit to Dr. Ekiyor at his Patani country home over the attack on him. Owielaemi who described the incident as unfortunate and an attack on the Ijaw nation, said the Ijaw people will not sit, fold their arms and wait for terrorists under the guise of herdsmen to attack their people. He said: “In a couple of days, the Ijaw nation will gather and decide the next line of action to take on this and many others that have to do with security." Boroh, too far from us, exmilitant leaders lament By Emma Amaize & Chancel Sunday B OMADI—SOME leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators, weekend, complained that the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd), had made himself inaccessible, making it difficult for both sides to discuss effective ways of handling the programme and getting good result. The ex-militant leaders, who spoke to Vanguard in Bomadi, Delta State, alleged that there were “abnormal and irritating activities” affecting the smooth implementation of the programme and called on Boroh, who is also the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, to convene regular meetings with them to brainstorm on the way forward. The National Vice President, PAP, Phase 2, Chief Collins Arigo, Chairman, Coalition of Urhobo Ex-militant Leaders and Public Relations Officer, PRO, Phase 2 exmilitants, Mr H. M. Ebirie, and Leader of the defunct Ogidi Militant Camp, Mr Eddy Ojobrise, a.k.a General Ojobrise, all alleged neglect by Boroh. Arigo said: “We do not like certain happenings under Boroh. We, exmilitant leaders, who are core beneficiaries of the programme are not carried along. We find it difficult to meet with Boroh to discuss issues and the way forward, as he refused to call for the regular meetings since inception of office. “It is at such meetings that we discuss various issues, including security and others in the Niger Delta region. Most of our exagitators have not been sent for training and those who went for training are not empowered yet. Our yearly housing allowances are not paid since his assumption of office." However, Head, PAP, Niger Delta, Mr. Jude Akpobubakaye and Liaison Officer, PAP, Niger Delta, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, told Vanguard that it was not true that the Amnesty Coordinator was unapproachable, saying that Boroh set up a 24-hour call centre at the PAP office in Abuja to avoid any communication gap. Join hands with govt to develop Asaba, Uduaghan urges Deltans By Festus Ahon A SABA—FORMER governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has called on Deltans, particularly Asaba indigenes to join hands with state government to develop the state capital. Uduaghan who stated this while commissioning Downtown Lounge and Restaurant in Asaba, noted that Asaba was known for several industries and businesses established by Asaba indigenes. He said: “Asaba people must help in developing the town, they shouldn’t wait for government alone. You must contribute your quota. Asaba became very popular because of the calibre of men and women from Asaba that have businesses everywhere in the capital city. “I keep challenging younger people from Asaba, your parents have done their part in popularising Asaba, what are you doing to improve Asaba? What are your investments in Asaba? Asaba can take a lot more businesses than it has now. I am happy that Isioma is doing what I appealed to Asaba indigenes to do by investing in Asaba.” Gov Emmanuel hails lawmaker for empowering 400 constituents By Emmanuel Ayungbe U YO—GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has commended a lawmaker in the state House of Assembly, Mr Friday Iwok for empowering over 400 members of his constituency. Emmanuel who underscored the importance of constituency projects, described it as the hallmark of effective representation. The governor made the commendation, weekend, at Abiakpo, Otoro in Abak Local Government Area of the state, where Mr Iwok, a member of the state House of Assembly, delivered his scorecard, including the empowerment of no fewer than 400 constituents. Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the governor urged politicians occupying elective offices to ensure implementation of campaign promises made to the people, saying it was the only way of reaching back to the electorate.