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C’River PDP Group calls on Wike to declare for President in 2023

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A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP group, PDP Renaissance Movement in Cross River State has called on Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike to declare to run as the President of Nigeria under the party in 2023.

The group which consists of past and present Cross River State House of Assembly Members, Commissioners, Appointees and Local Government Chairmen stated this on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, in Calabar, the state capital.

In the Press Conference, the PDP Renaissance Movement said the call was made after due consultations, considerations and the economic hardship the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has thrown the country into.

The group which resolved after a communique issued at the end of its meeting said the decision to pick Governor Wike is based on excellence, performances and no string attached. They said even if the person was coming from the North, they could have picked him still – as long as he has the capacity to correct the wrongs of the APC.

“Rising from a meeting at its office in Calabar, The Cross River State Capital, The PDP RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT has against the background of the clarion call and passionate expectation of Nigerians for good and enduring Leadership; having been dissatisfied with the rudderless leadership provided by the APC in the last six years, resolved amongst other issues, to call on Leadership of The PDP to present a Man with character and content as flag bearer for the party’s Presidential ticket in 2023 in order to further strengthen the faith of the people in the Nigerian polity.

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“The Group, also commends the Leadership of the Party, especially the PDP Governor’s forum, for the conduct of a successful, peaceful and rancour-free National Convention of the party and urges the Leadership to consolidate on the gains of consensus-building process, recorded at the convention, to narrow down interests as we approach 2023 elections.

“The group further notes, in particular, the sterling Leadership qualities and developmental strides of the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Barrister Nyesom Wike, and after a careful prognosis of the political situation in the country, characterised by high-level insecurity across the board, rising banditry, the proliferation of secessionist groups currently threatening the very fabric of our National Unity, hereby calls on His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, to declare for the 2023 Presidential elections in order to salvage Nigeria as clearly demonstrated in his outing as Governor of Rivers State.

The PDP Renaissance Movement Group

“The body notes, that Governor Wike is a Nationalist who truly believes in the unity and indissolubility of Nigeria and has clearly demonstrated this in his uncompromising stance against separatist agitations and His liberal posture as demonstrated during the Sokoto fire inferno.

“The Cross River Renaissance movement further notes, the ingenuity in social engineering exhibited by Governor Wike in handling the security situation in the Niger Delta, which has brought about lasting peace in the region and considers this trait as a major panacea required in resolving the current security challenges plaguing the country.

“The group also notes that, at a time where truth is lacking in our polity, at a time when the current failed APC government is intimidating every opposing voice in the country through the use of state mercenaries, HE Nyesom Wike has remained very bold and courageous in confronting issues of National concerns and has proven to be psychologically, spiritually and politically stable to lead the country. He has remained a man of justice, equity and fair play, who fights for the weak, the poor, the voiceless and protects the interest of the youth and women.

PDP Renaissance Movement in Cross River State
The PDP Renaissance Movement Group

“The group also notes, that Nigeria is in dire need of a leader with the needed competence to drive a clear prosperity agenda for the people that is hinged on fiscal federalism and return the country to its days of lost glory.

“The Renaissance Group is therefore extending its net of negotiation and expresses the willingness to build bridges, leverage on the network of its members across all other zones in the country to achieve this lofty agenda”, the Communique issued by the PDP Renaissance Movement stated.

The Communique was signed by Rt. Hon. Efa Esua, Member representing Calabar Municipal State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Fred Osim, Member representing Ikom I State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Nelson Ofem, Member representing Yakurr I State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Itam Abang, Member representing Boki I State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Friday Okpechi (aka Catch Fire), Member representing Obubra I State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Hon. Francis Ovat, Member representing Obubra II State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly; Chief (Hon.) Gabriel Odu-Orji, former Cross River State Commissioner for Water Resources and immediate past Commissioner for Infrastructure; Chief (Hon.) Donatus Etim, immediate past Cross River State Commissioner for Climate Change; Chief (Hon.) Godwin Ettah, former Cross River State Commissioner for Education and immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources; Chief (Hon.) Mike Usibe, immediate past Cross River State Commissioner for New Cities Development; Chief (Rt. Hon.) Moses Onor, former Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation; Hon. Rita Ayim, former Ogoja Local Government Chairman and immediate past Cross River State Commissioner for Women Affairs; Hon. Chief Francis Ettah, former Cross River State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation and immediate past Commissioner for Special Duties and Comrade Asu Okang, former Cross River State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development and immediate past Commissioner for Information and Orientation.

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Nigeria not at dead-end, will overcome challenges – Dogara

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The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon overcome its security challenges.

Dogara, who stated this in his keynote address at the House of Justice Annual Summit held in Kaduna, urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars until the country over the challenges.

He said: “These security challenges, as deeply disconcerting as they are, they are not strange. There is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested. Every one of them has come to moments of national peril. We can put an end to the moral vandalism that flows from all spots of bedlam across the face of the nation.

“No season lasts forever, therefore this cup shall pass if we all do our bit such as we are doing at this summit in order to keep the promise of this great country alive.

“For us to leave this Nigeria, our country that we cherish and hold dear, for others to defend is not cowardice, it is apostasy to the Nigerian creed. For those who think Nigeria has arrived at a dead-end, let us disappoint them by turning the end into a bend. We can do it!

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“I need neither remind us that national security is a subject matter on the lips of all Nigerians now. I am further comforted by the recognition by House of Justice, in their thesis, that this insecurity challenge is surmountable, its enormity notwithstanding.”

The ex-speaker said ...-civil war situation in Nigeria had been largely calm except for limited instances of armed robbery.

Dogara added: “For about two decades the security situation has become unhinged. Killing, maiming, and the destruction of property have become commonplace daily occurrences.

“These manifest in the form of the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping , militancy in the Niger Delta, the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) secessionists in the South-East, banditry, farmer/herders clashes, cattle rustling and ethnoreligious conflicts among others. These, each sufficiently vicious in its own right, have combined to compound the quagmire of insecurity that pervades Nigeria now.”

By: Yemi Kanji

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Keyamo brands #EndSARS panels illegal, confirms Twitter agreement with Nigeria

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Sunday questioned the legality of the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governments to investigate cases of police brutality across the country.

Keyamo, who appeared in a programme on Channels TV, was responding to a question on the Federal Government’s position on the leaked report by the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry.

He said: “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister.

“I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and so, I am entitled to my own opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position.

“For me, that panel was an illegal panel.”

The minister’s comments came days after the panel in its report indicted the operatives of the Nigerian Army and Police for complicity in the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20 last year.

Keyamo also revealed that Twitter has agreed to all the conditions laid out by the federal government regarding its operations in Nigeria.

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The minister added: “The reason why the President took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.

“That recalibration, we have started it and the President graciously added me to the committee.

“We also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and come up with a lot of conditions for them to fulfill for us to lift the suspension.

“It was Twitter that reached out to the Federal Government to say they want to know what and what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the Federal Government and so, we have gone far but I may not, at this forum, let out a lot but we gave them a lot of conditions and they have agreed to all the conditions.”

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‘Why Nigerians can’t trust PDP to rebuild Nigeria,’ VON chief, Okechukwu

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The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday explained why Nigerians cannot trust the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its plans to rebuild Nigeria.

Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, said the PDP cannot be trusted to rescue Nigeria based on its antecedents.

He said: “How can Nigerians trust our sister political party, the PDP, given their antecedents riddled with trust deficit? We know that times are hard; methinks it’s better to allow APC to fix Nigeria. Where does one start from?

“Let’s start from PDP-In-house, by listening to Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; ‘I handed over N11 billion in fixed deposit and N800 million in current account when I left as national chairman after seven months. I don’t see what was done with that money.

“Millions were raised to finish our national headquarters; we don’t seem to have a trace of where all that money went. Our headquarters is yet to be completed. Today we don’t even have a party account. We have to get back to strict monitoring of our party accounts.

“Our internal audit department needs to be strengthened and supported by the party leadership. Very strict sanctions must be imposed on the mismanagement of party funds.

“I suggest that we include inviting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe erring officers and members and prosecution of those found culpable. This is the only way to create a deterrent.”

The VON chief also recalled how a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua, alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the monumental corruption in PDP.

Okechukwu added: “Can we forget the squandermania of $23 billion Greenfield Refineries – one meant for Lagos, one for Kogi, and one for Bayelsa? A golden opportunity cost to our economy.

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“Recall that on March 19, 2015, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) queried Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, then Minister of Finance thus, ‘May we under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, request for the full disclosure of transactions concerning the three Greenfield refineries and petrochemical plant contract awarded on May 13, 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan to Chinese State Construction and Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC), at $23 billion meant to be located at Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.

“Secondly, why are they dead on arrival as six years down the line, neither the three Greenfield refineries nor petrochemical plant is under construction. The three Greenfield refineries one understands, on completion were to add 750,000 barrels per day capacity to Nigeria’s refining infrastructure and create over a million jobs.

“The Greenfield Refineries fiasco happened when our Excess Crude Account had over $40 billion dollars the China State Construction Corporation even upped their equity to 80 percent. The unfortunate outcome is that $15 billion is fleeced off our national treasury annually for the importation of refined petroleum products for over a decade.”

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