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* Declares Friday, March 17, 2023, as a public holiday






Rivers State government has petitioned the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff and other relevant authorities not to release army personnel to former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi or any politician to interfere in Saturday’s election.





Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in a state broadcast on Thursday said the State government decided to petition the aforementioned based credible intelligence indicating the plans by Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to overrun and disrupt the Saturday elections in Rivers State with army personnel and civilian thugs and cultists dressed in army and police uniforms.






The governor said Amaechi, who alongside the APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, were indicted by a Judicial Panel of Inquiry for fraudulently acquiring the State’s valued assets and diverting the State’s $50,000,000.00 to themselves, wants to unleash violence during Saturday election.














“We have written to notify the Hon. Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, and the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, and requested that no military personnel is released to Rotimi Amaechi or any other politician to interfere with next Saturday’s elections in Rivers State.







“Furthermore, we have noticed that the Anti-terrorism Unit of the State Police command continues to provide VIP security services to politicians in defiance of the Inspector-General’s order to withdraw all police personnel attached to VIPs during the elections.









“We, therefore request the Inspector-General of Police to enforce his order by ensuring that all political leaders are restricted to their polling units and prevented from moving about with police escort.”








Governor Wike also requested the security agencies to arrest and prosecute the following 27 local politicians who are plotting to disrupt the elections with armed thugs, cultists, and gangsters in military and police uniforms.








The politicians are: Dr. Lenoonu Nwibubasa, Bright Nwinyoodee, Barika Bareh, Friday Sinee, Dumbari Deezua, Neeka Ikina, Dr. Gabriel Pidomson, Giobari Poiba, Barisi Bonikoo, Hon. Mike Amachree, Paul Lawrence Paul, Anosike Odua, Mr. Ogbams Ojimah, Kenneth Chinda, Smiles Azundah and Gift Welebe.

Others include, Nwobueze Amadi, Chidi Wosa, Ugochukwu Wosu, Ndidi Erim, Lucky Mmai, Baridi Edmund Katara, Solo Filiman Mon, Charles Anyanwu, Christian Don Pedro, Iworiabo Amachree, and Arokosimiya Ikalama.






Governor Wike said the State government expects the security high command to live up to their assurance of providing adequate security beef-of throughout the State to forestall any security breaches or breakdown of law and order during and after the elections.






“We assure everyone that we will do everything within our power to resist and prevent a repeat of what happened in 2019 when the Nigerian Army was used to rig, kill our people and destroy property during the elections across the State.





The governor urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to guarantee and ensure that next Saturday’s elections are free, fair, and credible, by allowing the electorate to decide their leaders.





Governor Wike stressed that with the quality of progress his administration has delivered in the last eight years, it is evident that Rivers State will be more outstanding and closer to fulfilling its purpose if the current development tempo is strengthened and sustained for the next four years.





To this end, he maintained that his successor should be someone who will consolidate and continue with the new Rivers vision, defend and protect the State’s interests, and propel it to more remarkable progress and prosperity.







“This is precisely what the candidate of the PDP, Sir Siminalayi Fubara and his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu, have committed to accomplishing with their blueprint for consolidation and continuity. Siminalayi Fubara is a Christian, a Knight of St. Christopher, and an Accountant with over two decades of working experience in civil service.






“He progressed to the zenith of his public service career as Permanent Secretary and Accountant General of Rivers State, where he recently resigned to contest as the governorship candidate of the PDP.

“Siminalayi Fubara’s running mate, Professor (Mrs) Ngozi Odu, is also Christian with an excellent public service career. She is a former Permanent Secretary, Commissioner for Education, and university lecturer.”

He explained that both candidates are persons of impeccable character and knowledgeable technocrats with excellent public service records. According to him, the PDP governorship candidates are familiar with the workings of government, the standard public service rules, and the precepts of good governance, having worked closely with him in different capacities.

The governor harped that this is the first time former civil servants with knowledge, capacity, competence, passion and experience have been given a chance to administer the State and drive its development with their blueprint for the consolidation and continuity of the New Rivers Vision.

“Therefore, this is the turn of civil servants to be at the helm of State affairs. It is a golden opportunity for every civil and public servant, serving and retired, to fully embrace and ensure that the next Governor and Deputy Governor come from their constituency.

“We must agree that this election is about the future of Rivers State. It is about moving Rivers State forward to the next level. It is about advancing the security and well-being of our people. It is about protecting and defending the interests of Rivers State.”

To ensure effective participation in Saturday’s election, governor Wike has therefore declared Friday, March 17, 2023, as a public holiday to enable all private and public sector workers to travel to their communities and vote in their polling units.

Governor Wike has meanwhile appreciated the voters of Rivers State for overwhelmingly voting for the State’s National Assembly candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election.

“We are particularly elated with the emergence of my Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, as one of the only three elected women Senators of Nigeria for the 10th National Assembly.”

Kelvin Ebiri

Special Assistant on Media to the Rivers State governor.

March 16, 2023


Photos As Speaker Obasa, Lawmakers Get Certificate Of Return



Photos As Speaker Obasa, Lawmakers Get Certificate Of Return

– Legislators thank Lagosians for mandate





The Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and other lawmakers-elect received their Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday promising to ensure a greater Lagos at the 10th Assembly.

“On behalf of my colleagues, we will continue to build on the success of the current Assembly when we resume for the 10th Assembly. We want to assure Lagosians that we will continue to make laws, pass motions and resolutions that will bring progress to Lagos and protect the interests of residents.

“That’s the assurance that I have from the 39 other members-elect,” Dr. Obasa told journalists at the event which had Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat in attendance.

A total of 38 lawmakers-elect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two from the opposition received their Certificate of Return.

The Speaker thanked his constituents in Agege and Lagosians for their support for the APC.

“I thank my people in Agege for their consistency, loyalty and support at all times. And to Lagosians, we say thank you. At least APC has 38 lawmakers-elect out of the 40 for the House of Assembly. We have the three senatorial seats and a whole lot in the House of Representatives. We are very happy about this and have reasons to thank Lagosians.

“We are going to support the Governor in his assignments to bring growth and progress to Lagos State as well as protect the lives and property of our people. However, supporting the executive arm does not mean we are going to compromise or abandon our constitutionally guaranteed responsibilities,” Obasa said.

He expressed optimism that Lagos will benefit from the centre in the next administration because “we have a President-elect that we all have absolute confidence in and who had done very well in Lagos State with good track record.

“We are sure that with him, many of our national challenges would be resolved because he has the capacity and knowledge to deliver. I have no doubt in my mind about it.”


Photos As Speaker Obasa, Lawmakers Get Certificate Of Return

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Taraba Governor-Elect, Agbu Kefas Picks Up Certificate Of Return



Taraba Governor-Elect, Agbu Kefas Picks Up Certificate Of Return

Taraba Governor-Elect, Agbu Kefas Picks Up Certificate Of Return



The governor-elect of Taraba state, Agbu Kefas has received his certificate of return from the Independent national electoral commission (INEC) today Wednesday, 29th Of March, 2023.




Taraba Governor-Elect, Agbu Kefas Picks Up Certificate Of Return





The governor-elect after the presentation appreciated the people of Taraba for believing in him and electing him as the governor of the state.





He made it known that the mandate is for everyone in the state including young, old, male, females, Muslims and Christians and all lovers of Taraba state.

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Ogun: Gov Abiodun organizes send forth for retired Head of Service, six Permanent Secretaries



Ogun: Gov Abiodun organizes send forth for retired Head of Service, six Permanent Secretaries





The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has described the former Head of Service, Dr Nofiu Aigoro as a very calm, deliberate, committed, selfless and dependable administrator.







Abiodun who made this known on Tuesday during the official send-forth reception held in honour of the first Medical Doctor and Orthopedic Surgeon to become the Head of Service in the state and six retired Permanent Secretaries, described out gone Permanent Secretaries as resourceful and hardworking partner in the ‘ISEYA Agenda’ of his administration.









Abiodun, while noting that his administration would continue to count on their wealth of experience not only for the continued development of the public service but the state in general, charged public and civil servants in the state to take a cue from the meritorious service of the retired Head of Service.








He further charged them to continue to demonstrate more professionalism and dedication to their duties and responsibilities.







“Our administration will make sure our civil servants are always celebrated in their career as important builders and the engine room of Ogun State. I therefore congratulate our retired Head of Service, Dr Nofiu Aigoro and all our retired Permanent Secretaries as they join the class of elder statesmen.








“We are here not only to celebrate your retirement as Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries from the Ogun State Public Service, but also your induction as worthy ambassadors of Ogun State,” he said.








He recognized the contributions of the entire public service towards the successful implementation of the ‘Building our Future Together Agenda’ of his administration, adding that his administration would continue to make the welfare of workers in the state a priority.







“Let me reiterate that this administration would continue to make the welfare of workers a priority so as to guarantee industrial harmony. We have cleared the backlog of promotions inherited from the last administration, coupled with the prompt payment of salaries and allowances,” the governor pointed out.







Abiodun who reiterated that his administration was committed to resolving all outstanding issues, said that “I am sure some of our civil servants have started receiving alongside their monthly salaries, leave bonuses for the months of January and February, 2023 in fulfillment of our promise and also the payment of deductions’.








The governor, however, charged the state public servants to be more committed and dedicated to their duties, thanking them for their support for his re-election.








According to Abiodun, the support he received from the civil servants will be forgotten in a hurry, saying “I will show my appreciation through the implementation of our various understandings”.








The governor informed the gathering that his administration had appointed Mr. Peter Fagbohun as the 19th Head of Service and disclosed that the inauguration of the new Head of Service would be done alongside three new Permanent Secretaries.








In his remarks, Dr. Aigoro, while appreciating Governor Abiodun for finding him worthy of being the first Medical Doctor to be appointed as the Head of Service in the state, implored members of the public service to continue to do their best and also support the incumbent administration in the state.









Responding on behalf of the retirees, Olukunle Sodehinde, thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve and also contribute their own quota under the ISEYA Agenda of his administration.





He also congratulated him on his victory at the just concluded governorship election in the state.



Ogun: Gov Abiodun organizes send forth for retired Head of Service, six Permanent Secretaries

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