Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the Federal Government is shielding Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi from prosecution on alleged corruption as a result of his financial commitment during the 2015 General Elections for the APC.
This is as Gov Wike berated former Gov Amaechi for allegedly superintending over a vicious insecure system that led to the alleged assassination of prominent Rivers indigenes.
The governor also stated that the failure of the former governor to fund the operation of security agencies for over six months during his second term contributed to the degeneration of security in the state.
Speaking on Tuesday during a special appearance on a private relevision, Gov Wike pointed out that Amaechi’s closure of courts for two years negatively affected security in the state as security agencies were overwhelmed by the challenges of managing suspects, while Rivers people were denied avenues to ventilate their grievances.
He said: “It was under Amaechi that I was almost assassinated when I was his Chief of Staff. Under him, Ignatius Ajuru was assassinated, Charles Nsiegbe was assassinated. Yet, he says the state is not as secured as it was during his term. The courts were shut down for two years. No despotic leader in the world had ever shut down courts. Amaechi entered the Guinness book of records for this notorious act of denying people access to justice.
The governor stated that: “Justices came to say that Amaechi came to procure judgment. If it is a Federal Government that is sincere, they will not want to do anything with Amaechi.
“In APC, once they lose a case, they berate the judiciary. It is only when they win that they praise the judiciary.”
The governor added: “Amaechi used part of the $309m proceeds of the Rivers State Gas Turbine sale to fund the APC which is why the party rallies around him to shield him from prosecution in spite of his several indictments.
APC expels deputy chief whip of house of reps
Pally Iriase, deputy chief whip of the house of representatives, has been expelled from the All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged anti-party activities.
The lawmaker who represents Owan federal constituency, was expelled by his ward and ratified by the local government.
The expulsion letter was signed by Zuberu Shabah and Theophilus Aigboje, chairman and secretary respectively, of Owan East local government and made available to reporters in Benin, Edo capital, on Monday.
Allegations leveled against Iriase included defection of ward eight and nine APC executives to the PDP on his orders of Iriase, presenting his personal assistant, Hilary Ozogo, to contest under the PDP platform and refusal to attend APC meetings.
In the letter addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, through Anselm Ojezua, Edo chairman of the party, the Owan East APC said it ratified the decision of APC members of ward nine to expel Iriase.
The letter said all laid down rules and procedures as enshrined in article 21 of the APC’s constitution were followed in reaching the conclusion to expel Iriase.
It said the APC in Owan east has since moved on without Iriase and the evidence would show in the forth coming elections.
According to the letter, “I humbly invite Mr Chairman to kindly note the decision of the Owan East chapter of the APC and grant it the very urgent attention it requires.
“The APC leadership and members in Owan east have already moved forward without Pally Iriase as we are growing in numbers everyday. This will be evident in the results we post in the forthcoming elections.
“Iriase refused to officially inform the APC of his defection because he wants to continue to enjoy the benefit of the office of the Deputy chief whip.”
Attempts made to get the lawmaker’s reaction on his expulsion were unsuccessful as his two mobile numbers were switched off.
During the weekend, Iriase said there was intense pressure on him to move to PDP but added that he remained focus and committed to the APC.
He said the rumour about his defection to the opposition may have been informed by his decision not to contest for any political.
“I have made my direction politically very clear, am not contesting the 2019 general election. I am a member of APC, people who do not want to be in APC anymore have defected. It is a personal thing; you don’t do it by surrogate,” he had said.
“Any politician of note that is considered to have electoral value is likely, under the kind of circumstances we find ourselves in Edo state, to be under severe pressure from poachers.
“But what you make of that pressure is the real issue, am calm. From rumour flying around, I remain who I am.”
‘This is daylight robbery’ — PDP asks INEC to declare Adeleke winner of Osun poll
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the declaration of the Osun state governorship election as inconclusive.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive, saying the requirement for a winner to emerge on first ballot was not met.
Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled majority vote of 254,698 while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) followed with 254,345 votes, leaving a difference of 353.
Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s returning officer, had said since the total number of cancelled votes, 3,498, exceeded the difference between the two leading parties (353), it was impossible for any party to be declared as winner.
But Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PDP, described the declaration as a “sordid robbery of the franchise of the people of the state”, calling on INEC to immediately declare Adeleke the winner.
“Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear and very unambiguous in spelling out the conditions for returning a candidate to the office of governor of a state,” he said in a statement.
“This section states inter-alia, ‘A candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.
“It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive so as to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun state have firmly resisted so far.
“Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless controversy by returning the PDP and declare our candidate as the winner.
“It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.
“The people of Osun state and the entire nation are already aware that the PDP won this election. They have the authentic figures from the polling units and know the candidate the voters prefer.”
The party said it would not hesitate to use any means available to resist the rigging of the election result.
“The people by their votes, have overwhelmingly declared for our candidate and we are not ready to accept any attempt by anybody to use any means whatsoever to steal our mandate freely given by the people.
“The PDP is for peace, but we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.
“The PDP therefore charges the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to avoid the fury of the people by immediately reversing this fraudulent decision of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and declaring our candidate the winner of the election.”
BREAKING: INEC declares Osun election inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Osun state governorship election inconclusive. Joseph Afuwape, the returning officer, announced this at the head office of the commission in Osogbo, the state capital. He said the margin between Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Isiaka Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not significant enough to declare a winner. The PDP candidate polled 254,698 votes while the APC flagbearer had 254,345, leaving a gap of 353 votes. Afuwape said the date for a rerun would be announced in due time. More to follow…
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