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Rivers Crisis: APC Chieftain, Eze Calls Tinubu To Protect Democratic Institutions.

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…Cautions Wike to Desist from Inflammatory Comments, Inciting Rivers Self-acclaimed Lawmakers Against Governor Fubara …Expresses Thanks to Rivers State Elders, Traditional Rulers, Stakeholders, Youths for Teeming up to Retrieve the State from the Evil Claws of Dark Forces.

 

The Erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to prevail on FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike to curtail the excesses of his 27 foot soldiers and former state lawmakers who, despite vacating their seats, are still parading themselves as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly in which guise they foment troubles in a bid to distract the Governor of the State, Siminialayi Fubara.

 

Reacting to the recent threat of impeachment against the Governor, issued by the congregation of former Lawmakers and Wike’s attack dogs, led by one Marthin Amaewhule, Eze said it is necessary at this point that President Tinubu calls Minister Wike to order to save the situation of a perceptible breakdown of democratic institutions by the former lawmakers who are taking orders and prohibitions from the Minister to whom they are directly answerable and who is working at cross-purposes

 

In a statement made available to the media, Chief Eze said it is weird for the self-acclaimed lawmakers to issue impeachment threats to the Governor when there exists no trace of any verifiable infraction committed by the later to warrant such infamous proclamation.

 

Describing their path as a deliberate invitation to anarchy, fueled by Mr. Wike – an arch enemy of the state, the APC Chief hinted that by the express provision of Section 109 of the Nigerian constitution, having deliberately vacated their seats, the former lawmakers have no business whatsoever legislating for the state anymore, stressing that every action taken and all laws and amendments to laws made since their exit from office amount to nullity and therefore have no force of law and do not deserve the respect and obedience of the people.

 

Eze commended former Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, for standing his ground in defence of democracy despite the pressure mounted on him by Wike and his emissaries to veer off the path of justice in service of Minister’s parochial, self-serving interest.

 

Expressing confidence in the enormous benefit of Dr. Odili’s wealth of experience to the current administration, Eze urged Gov. Fubara to always consult widely on critical matters of state concern in order to arrive at best decisions suitable to address each peculiar challenge in his journey to transform the state from the horrible situation it left by the former administration of Wike.

 

The APC Chief urged Gov. Fubara to remain focused in delivering democratic dividends to Rivers people and pay no heed to the antics of detractors who are hellbent on frustrating his efforts of impacting the people with good governance.

 

Chief Eze expressed gratitude to Rivers elders, youths, women and stakeholders for their stance against the plot by Wike to conscript the state into personal estate with particular interest in the funds that accrue to the state on monthly basis from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) and other revenue sources within the state.

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Abe’s Distorted Verdict on Former Rivers Lawmakers: A Desperate Attempt to Please Wike – Eze.

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Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has criticized former Rivers South-East Senator, Magnus Abe, for his comments on the status of the 27 former Rivers lawmakers who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

 

Abe had claimed that his own defection from the PDP in 2014 was similar to the situation of the former lawmakers, but Eze argued that the circumstances are distinct and Abe’s comparison is a gross distortion of the truth.

 

Eze explained that the 2014 defection was a result of a major crisis within the PDP, which led to the formation of the New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and eventually the APC.

 

In contrast, the former Rivers lawmakers defected voluntarily and their seats were declared vacant according to the Nigerian Constitution.

 

Eze also commended the recent resignation of some members of Governor Fubara’s cabinet, describing it as a necessary purging to inject fresh blood into the system.

 

He warned Abe to leave Amaechi out of his smear campaigns and appealed to Wike to recommend Abe for a federal appointment to redeem him from political relegation.

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June 12: Tinubu, Governors to Attend Epetedo Declaration 30th Anniversary Lecture/Prayer

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The Coalition of Pro-Democracy Groups for a Better Nigeria has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Epetedo Declaration, where late President MKO Abiola declared himself President-elect in 1994.

 

The event, scheduled for June 12, 2024, will feature a lecture and prayer session at the Abiola House, Lagos Island.

 

The event will be attended by notable figures, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governors Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta), Abba Kabir Yusuf (Kano), and Alex Otti (Abia).

 

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq (Kwara), will chair the occasion, while General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd) and others will serve as co-chairmen.

 

Other special guests include Governors Uba Sani (Kaduna), Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Senator David Umahi, Minister of Works. The event will also honor past and present Southwest Governors, June 12 activists, and victims’ families.

 

A special prayer session will be held at the tomb of late President MKO Abiola, led by Prof Sabitu Olagoke, JP, Leader, Shafaudeen Islamic Center Worldwide. The event aims to convert the pain of the June 12 election annulment into a gain for the present administration.

For inquiries, please contact Comrade Awa Bamiji, National Coordinator, Coalition of Pro-Democracy Groups for a Better Nigeria, via WhatsApp or text message at 0803 506 9916 or 0808 681 0288.

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2027 Elections: I’m Not Yet Tired Of Politics But PDP Will Decide My Fate – Atiku Abubakar

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Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate during the 2023 General election, has said members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would decide his fate for the 2027 general elections.

 

He said that it was too early to decide whether he would vie for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.

 

In an interview with the BBC on Friday, Atiku,  said his recent meeting with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, could be a signal to a possible in the build-up to the 2027 general elections.

 

Atiku Abubakar met with the candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election Peter Obi, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, and former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido in separate visits earlier last week.

 

He had said their meeting augured well for democratic governance in Nigeria while implying a possible alliance between the opposition parties.

 

He also dispelled claims that they couldn’t produce a consensus candidate.

 

According to him, should the PDP members unanimously agree on zoning PDP’s presidential candidate to South East, he will abide by it.

 

“I’ve made it clear since last elections that if our party members had a consensus that southeast should produce the candidate, we would all agree. And if our parties also had a similar agreement, then so be it,’’ Atiku said.

 

However, Atiku confirmed the opposition parties’ possible alliance ahead of the 2027 elections but couldn’t provide details as to when they would seal the alliance.

 

He also refuted claims that he would relinquish from active politics after the 2023 polls adding, “We fiercely fought even the military governments; let alone the civilian administrations. So, if you’re thinking otherwise, you might be dreaming. We would never retrace from fighting injustice, and bad governance. I am not yet tired of the political activism.’’

 

Atiku added that his not retiring from active politics does not in any way block the chances of fresh blood to have their shots.

 

Asked if his recent talks with topnotch politicians across the country might be a litmus test for eyeing up towards 2027 polls, he said, “We are in a democratic system and don’t forget that we are those who fought for its entrenchment. So, we are going to continue entrenching good governance and a sound democratic system. We would never fold our arms watching things deteriorating.”

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