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EFCC Directs Banks To Deny Rivers State Cash –  Wike



Eniola Olayemi


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alleged that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have directed Managing Directors of banks to deny Rivers State cash during the weeks of 2019 Election.

Governor Wike said that he received the information on the illegal cash strangulation of the Rivers State by few Bank Managing Directors who attended the meeting with the CBN Governor and EFCC.

Addressing thousands of supporters during the PDP Campaign Rally at Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area on Tuesday, Governor Wike said this unconstitutional initiative by the APC Federal Government will fail woefully.

He said: “The CBN Governor and the EFCC Chairman invited the Managing Directors of Banks and told them to deny Rivers State cash during the elections. They told them to strangulate Rivers State.

“We have passed that stage. Nobody can gag us. Before now, we prepared for the elections. They should not bother, because we are ready”.

The governor said rather than cry over the insistence of the international community that the APC Federal Government should conduct credible polls, President Muhammadu Buhari should emulate Former President Goodluck Jonathan who organised free and fair elections and lost.

“In 2015, the APC went to the International Community and got their support. They supported them and the PDP lost.

‘Today, the APC Federal Government is crying because the international community is insisting on credible polls.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should conduct credible polls and earn international respect. Buhari should emulate Former President Goodluck Jonathan. He should not rig with security agencies because it will not work”, he said.

The governor declared that PDP is ready for the forthcoming general elections as the party is preferred by Rivers people and has a history of resounding electoral victories.

“PDP is ready for elections in 2019. We have won all previous elections in the state. In 2015, they claimed we won because of Jonathan. But we won all the rerun elections under Buhari administration, except the ones they snatched illegally.

“If not for their planned reliance on security agencies, nobody will collect APC nomination forms. There is no imprint of APC anywhere in Rivers State “, he said.

He charged the people of the area to vote for Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates.

The governor announced that he will start the electrification of the area. He stated that during his second term, his first project would be to connect Wakama to Ogu by road.

Governor Wike urged the people to remain faithful to the PDP because it is the only party that considers the welfare and development of the people.

Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah thanked the Ogu/Bolo people wholeheartedly supporting Rivers State Governor and other PDP candidates. He presented the PDP Candidate for Rivers East Senatorial District , Senator George Sekibo, PDP Candidate for Okrika/Ogu/Bolo Federal Constituency, Bright Gogo and PDP Candidate for Ogu/Bolo State Constituency, Evans Bipi to the people and asked them to vote for them .

PDP Candidate for Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Sekibo said that the people of the area will always support Governor Wike.

He said that the people have no choice than to support Governor Wike for the several projects in the area, especially the reconstruction of Government Secondary School, Ogu. He said that the construction of the school removed shame from his eyes.

PDP Candidate for Ogu/Bolo State Constituency, Evans Bipi said the area is purely for the PDP. He said that nobody can steal the votes of Ogu/Bolo people.

He said that PDP has no rival in the area. He said that the people will continue to support Governor Wike.

Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Navy Captain Erasmus Victor (Rtd) , urged the people to vote for the PDP because that is the way to sustain development.

Director General of Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Ambassador Desmond Akawor said Ogo/Bolo people are now part of the movement of progress as they are fully in support of Governor Wike.

He said that the Ogu/Bolo land by their mass mobilisation have shown they are committed to stopping the wind of destruction represented by the APC.

Former Commissioner and Rivers State Abuja Liaison Officer, Hon Vincent Nemieboka said that the people will deliver the area to the PDP because of the achievements of Governor Wike

Chairman of PDP in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area , Engr Arnold Davids said that the Local Government Area is the heartbeat of PDP in the state . He assured that all PDP candidates will win their respective elections

According to him, all the APC members in the area defected to the PDP and declared their support for the re-election of Governor Wike.

Former Leader of Ogu/Bolo APC, Mr Tamuno Jonah said his defection is home coming and aimed to consolidate the re-election process for the Rivers State Governor.









The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed 15 out of the second batch of 18 nominees sent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu recently.

The confirmation happened after Hon. Mojeed Fatai, Chief Whip and chairman of the screening committee, laid a report of the exercise before the House.

At a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the lawmakers rejected Engr. Olalere Odusote and Mr. Samuel Egube.

However, the House resolved to step down the confirmation of Hon. Tolani Sule Akibu for another day.

Dr. Obasa, commended the committee saying the members did a thorough job screening the nominees. His position was supported by the lawmakers present at plenary.

Those confirmed include:
Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen
Mr. Oluwaseun Oriyomi Osiyemi
Prof. Akinola Emmanuel Abayomi
Dr. Oluwarotimi Omotola Wahab Fashola
Mrs. Folashade Kaosarat Ambrose-Medem
Mrs. Akinyemi Bankole Ajigbotafe
Mrs. Bolaji Cécilia Dada
Mrs. Barakat Akande Bakare
Mr. Olugbenga Omotosho
Mr. Mosopefoluwa George
Dr. Yekini Nurudeen Agbaje
Dr. Olumide Oluyinka
Mr. Abayomi Samson Oluyomi
Dr. Iyabode Oyeyemi Ayoola
Hon. Sola Shakirudeen Giwa.

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  • Says Governor Sanwo-Olu, is a listening Leader



The OMO EPETEDO FORUM has heartily rejoice with an illustrious Son of the Community, Hon. Sola Giwa on his nomination into the Cabinet of Lagos State Government by His Excellency, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of the State.

The forum notes with joy, decision of the Governor to re- nominate his Special Adviser on Transportation back to the cabinet.

” It is with great joy that our Son, a brilliant, visionary and great grassroot mobiliser is re-nominated into the government. The gesture, no doubt, is an affirmation that His Excellency, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has listening ears. He has cleared doubt of all by listening to vast majority of Lagosians who clamoured for a rejig of the Commissioners list. By this Action, He has undoubtedly reaffirmed our belief in clear vision, nobility of character,politics of principle, and above all, his quest for a prosperous Lagos that works”

We are assured that Sola Giwa will introduce new, lofty ideas into the administration. He has been a top-notch performer since the beginning of his Career in life. So, this new task will definately be carried out with utmost sincerity and will birth favourable outcomes.

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Centre for Democratic Institute and Legislative Agenda calls for seamless emergence of APC candidate for Surulere Federal Const 1 Bye-Election



The Coordinator of the Centre for Democratic Institute and Legislative Agenda, Mr Kunle Balogun has called for seamless emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Surulere Federal Constituency 1 Bye-Election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed the Bye-Election for August 19th, 2023.

The seat became vacant following the decision of the holder and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to accept the position of Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu.

Kunle Balogun said the need for a peaceful conduct of the primary election within the ruling APC became imperative for members of the party to go into the by-election united.

According to him, the leadership of the party both at the State and the Local Government level should ensure fairness and transparency in the process of chosing a flagbearer for the August 19th Bye-Election.

He said there was every need for the party to sustain the exceptional scorecards and leadership quality of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, adding Surulere has become a pacesetter for development in the state.

The top contenders for the APC slot are Mr Fuad Laguda; the current APC Chairman in Surulere, Hon Kabir Lawal; former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Agboola Dabiri, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District.

The primary election earlier scheduled for Saturday July 22nd is now expected to hold on Tuesday July 25th.

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