*As Eyitayo Jegede flags-off reclamation of 25 hectares of land in Okrika, Okochiri internal roads
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says there is no level of internal crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that will make the State to abandon the party.
Every squabble within PDP, Governor Wike pointed out, is always considered as a family matter and so addressed, with everybody accepting the final resolution.
Governor Wike in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri made the assertion on Thursday at the flag-off ceremony for the sand-filling and land reclamation of Okrika New Town and Okochiri Internal Roads in Okrika Local Government Area.
The governor described those leaving the PDP as lily-livered persons who are hunted by their nonperformance in office and seeking protection for their shortcomings by joining the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“We are not afraid. We are here: I am here. Rivers State is here and nobody can intimidate us. If Nigeria is Nigeria then Rivers State is part of Nigeria and nobody can toil with us.
“If we are angry with PDP, we will fight it there. I will not run away. It’s a family fight, if you can win me, you win, if I win you, so be it. And we will always win.”
Governor Wike said there is no attraction that will make him to join the APC or betray the trust of his supporters. According to him, he is too busy to make himself available be taken by another governor to Aso Rock to have a shake with the president to celebrate defection.
Governor Wike stressed it makes no meaning to join a party that has not done anything good in Rivers State and has no record of success in delivering development to Nigerians.
“This is one State, if PDP will want to appreciate States, this is one state that PDP should commend. Everyday, if you’re a Christian, and if you’re a Moslem, you should say God bless Rivers State. God protect Rivers State.
“This is one State that, for whatever it is, is the hub of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Whether anybody want to like us, you don’t want to like us, if we do anything otherwise, then people will know the difference.
“And they know we can’t do anything otherwise because we don’t believe in giving flimsy excuses.”
Speaking about the land reclamation project, Governor Wike explained it’s importance for the coastal community of Okrika because it will avail them lore land for expansion and future development.
He said his administration identified and do projects that meets the direct needs of the people and the reclaimed land will become a new town for the Okrika people.
About the Okochiri Internal Roads, Governor Wike noted that politicians are no more trusted because they fail to keep their promise to electorate. But he is different because he has fulfilled his campaign promise to the people of Okochiri.
“People have lost credibility and integrity and people now say politicians can not be trusted. It’s not true. I can be trusted, PDP Rivers state can be trusted.”
Performing the flag-off, PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) noted the landmark projects in Okrika as a show of courage and boldness of Governor Wike to develop the entire State.
Jegede acknowledged the enormous support and goodwill of the Okrika people for Governor Wike.
According to Jegede, Governor Wike has provided trusted leadership and has become the model for new crop of leaders that are emerging across the country.
“I saw that there is a new phase of development in Port Harcourt , the reconstruction of the roads that are going on. And I wondered, what about the other communities? I know Rivers State has 23 local governments.
“So, I’m not surprised today that we are in Okrika local government and that we are flagging-off project, land reclamation. I know that land has been a challenge to the people of Okrika. I love your courage sir. I love what you’re doing for this community.”
In his project description, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on Special Projects, George-Kelly Alabo said the sand-filling and land reclamation project will secure 25 hectares of land that will provide about 536 plots of land for the Okrika people. According to him, the project will be competed in 9 months.
On the Okochiri Internal Roads, Alabo stated that 9 roads with a total measurement of 5.642 km and 7.3 m wide will be reconstructed for the people. It shall be completed in 12 months.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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