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Rivers State Givernor, Nyesom Wike, has called on prominent indigenes and Nigerians to stop de-marketing the state.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari, Wike said that it was in the best interest of the entire South-South region, for investments to flow into Rivers State.
“I urge all of us who are from Rivers State and others from Nigeria to market Rivers State and not de-market it.
“With this people will come and invest in the state. Other airlines will also operate from this airport,” the Governor said.
Governor Wike also assured that Rivers State is safe and secure for investments, hence the execution of key projects without hitches.
“What has happened today showcases the fact that Rivers State is safe, Rivers State is secure for people to invest.
“If Rivers State is not safe, CCECC will not complete this project,” he added.
Wike urged Buhari to complete the domestic terminal of the Port Harcourt International Airport in line with his pledge.
The exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has confirmed that he is in Israel.
The IPOB leader made this known during an online broadcast which he made on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
This is coming after photos of him praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem surfaced on social media on Friday, October 19, 2018.
During his broadcast, he called on everyone listening to observe a minute of silence for the 28 people who he said gave their lives to save him from the military.
Kanu said that the plan of the Nigerian government was to assassinate him under the guise of a military exercise.
You will recall that soldiers attached to Operation Python Dance 2 allegedly launched an attack on his father’s compound on September 14, 2017.
In his broadcast, the IPOB leader hailed the former Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose for his support, and said that IPOB stands with him in his time of persecution.
Kanu also thanked Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Archbishop Anthony Obinna and many others for standing for the truth.
The IPOB leader expressed gratitude to the US President, Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu for standing with the Biafra group.
I will come back
The IPOB leader also vowed to return to Nigeria, adding that no mortal can kill him. His words: “I will return and I will bring help with me.”
Kanu thanked members of IPOB for standing their ground in the face of opposition and specially praised the women wing of the group in Akwa-Ibom and Imo states who protested.
He promised to ensure that those that carried out the assault on Igbo land will pay.
Gives condition to appear in court
Speaking on the allegations that he jumped bail, Kanu described it as false, adding that he was preparing to come to court before the alleged attempt on his life.
The IPOB leader also said that he is willing to come appear in court if the international community gives him assurances of his safety.
Speaking on the upcoming general elections, Kanu accused the North of registering children.
He also said that the people of Biafra are enlightened people, adding that they will not take part in what he called a charade.
“We will not be part of anything until there is a referendum,” he added.
Grant Kanu presidential pardon
Meanwhile, a group known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (ONYCW) has called on President Buhari to grant Nnamdi Kanu presidential pardon.
The group also called on the Federal Government to drop charges against all Biafra agitators in the interest of national reconciliation.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, was not in any way embattled over the contention for the governorship ticket of the party in the state.
Following a reported relationship breakdown between Ambode and a National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, the latter was said to have anointed one Babajide Sanwoolu as the next governor of Lagos State.
Just recently, the Vice Chairman of the APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, stated that Tinubu instructed the 57 Local Council Chairmen in the state to work towards the emergence of Sanwonolu as the next governor of the state.
However, Oshiomhole dismissed the claims of rift between Ambode.
Speaking during a meeting the party’s governors, Oshiomhole insisted that the Lagos State chapter of the party was in sound health, irrespective of the discontents against the governor, Vanguard reports.
According to Oshiomhole, “Now, the attempt to say an embattled governor…there is no APC governor that is embattled and because we are democratic, the best way to measure democracy is the presence of more than one person showing interest in an office.
“That does not make any other person embattled. But, of course, the media can create this impression that there is an earthquake in Lagos; there is no earthquake.
“At every level, I have seen people claiming that in one or two offices there was no opposition. In every other office, we have more than one candidate expressing interest. Those people who are currently occupying those positions are not by reasons of those new expressions of interests, embattled.
“Three, to say that you have never seen Lagos state governor in our meetings is to the extent that your lens is blurred. My records and minutes of our meetings will show the participation of the Lagos state governor in all the meetings in which he has been invited.
About 200,000 members of the Atiku Care Foundation, have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The members who decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, also declared their loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.
Addressing journalists in Kano, spokesman of the group and former Director of Administration and Strategy for the North-West zone of the Atiku Care Foundation, Comrade Sunusi Ababai, said over “200, 000 members of the Atiku Care Foundation in the North-West have declared their loyalty to President Buhari.”
He said, “For several years now, we have been working hard for the development of Atiku Care Foundation. A lot of promises were made when we started.
“They told us that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar needed a platform to reach out to the masses at the grass root. We were committed because there were a lot of programmes from healthcare delivery, education, entrepreneurship, and youth and women empowerment.
“We started with our own money. Nobody gave us a dime because we believed that Atiku meant well for the nation; but unfortunately, we were abandoned at a time structure of the Foundation became solid. We were waiting all these while for Atiku to finance the programmes, only for us to hear how he splashed Dollars in Rivers state just to win the PDP presidential primaries.
“We worked for him without money, but he did not even appreciate our efforts and contributions. We believe that if such a person is given the mandate, he will disappoint Nigerians. So, our support for President Buhari is based on our personal conviction that he is the Messiah Nigeria needs now.
“We call on Nigerians, particularly, the youths to rally round President Buhari and give him the mandate to correct what the PDP-led government has plunged this country into for over 16 years they held on to power.”
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by Taboola Barring any last minute change, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, will dump Nigeria’s major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It was gathered that Ekweremadu has been involved in high-level negotiations with the top echelon of the APC, “because he was aggrieved about the way he has been treated since Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, defected to the PDP.
“What is, however, unclear is the position the APC will give him upon defection.
A source said Ekweremadu’s defection “is just in a matter of days.”
This will be another major defection after Saraki and former minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, defected from the APC and PDP, respectively.
It was also gathered that “Ekweremadu was not happy with the way he was used and dumped by the PDP.”
A chieftain of the APC from the South East had earlier said: “Look at the way they treated Ekweramadu. When all of them left, Ekweramadu remained to fight for the survival of this party. How many of them would have resisted the temptation not to defect in the face of the intimidation, harassment, prosecution and persecution meted out on him.’
“As a person, he had nothing to lose if he had defected then. In fact, he had everything to gain. He probably would have been the senate president because he was offered the slot. Then, when you people now return, you feel that people who had helped this party to survive, did not matter, again, simply because you got a presidential ticket. Also, even Saraki knows that if the DSP had not been loyal, they would have gotten at him (Saraki), long ago.
“All the trials Ekweramadu was put through were all because of Saraki. But, when it was the turn of Saraki to be there for him, he failed him and as we speak, how many days is this after the primary. Atiku is yet to call DSP. You don’t treat a man who has been taking bullets on you people’s behalf like that. Well, I wish them and PDP well, but, they should know that action begets reaction and they will pay the price for this mistreatment of people, who laboured for the party during the toughest time. And, if Ekweramadu leaves, we will hold these people responsible,” he stated.