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Wike calls for egalitarian Nigeria



Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has called for the creation of an egalitarian Nigeria as the country is blessed with hardworking and resourceful people.

Wike made the call in a statement signed by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant (Media), in Port Harcourt on Friday.

According to him, “our youths are some of the smartest people in the world, making great exploits, flying our flag and making us proud across the world in music, dance, acting, culture, arts, sports, and academics.

The governor who, according to the statement, made the remark in an event to mark the 61st Independence anniversary of Nigeria, recalled that the path to Nigeria’s independence was charted by patriotic, knowledgeable and compassionate leaders.

He remarked that the leaders’ vision was to build a united, peaceful and prosperous black nation.

Wike said at independence, Nigeria was at par and even better in resource endowments and potential for development with its contemporaries like Malaysia, Singapore and several other countries.

“At independence and even now, we are a nation blessed with very hardworking and resourceful people.’’

He lamented that if subsequent leaders had continued on the path of the patriotic leaders, the nation would have actualised the dream of making ‘’Nigeria lead Africa’’ to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the civilized world within the shortest possible period.

The governor said that at 61, it did not seem to him that ‘’there is anything worthy of our celebrating except, perhaps, the fact that we have remained independent and managed to struggle with our existence for all these years.”

According to him, what is required is requisite courage and commitment from leaders and every Nigerians to search and secure solutions to the challenges confronting the country.

The governor suggested a national dialogue that would lead to the emergence of new peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria based on justice and equity.

He also called for the defence of the basic structures of democracy and good governance by Nigerians by rising up to protect the right to free, fair and credible elections.

Wike said this could be achieved by demanding for the immediate incorporation of electronic voting and simultaneous transmission of results into the nation’s electoral system.

According to him, the nation’s electoral management body has repeatedly said it has both the capacity, commitment and infrastructure to effect, if only the National Assembly would allow.

He urged the National Assembly to yield to the overwhelming demand by Nigerians for electronic transmission of election results.

According to him, it is not a matter of politics of sentiments, but a matter of the survival of the country which is superior to all other considerations.

Wike, however, said that his administration had spent the last six years in laying the most concrete foundations for rapid economic growth as well as put the entire state on the path to a prosperous future.

According to him, “our economy has grown far beyond the national average and is expected to accelerate even further in the coming years with the measures we have put in place.”

He said that the measures included fiscal discipline, improved revenue generation and massive provision of infrastructure as long as the nation maintained appreciable level of macro-economic stability.

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2023 Election: INEC to release timetable when Electoral Bill is signed



The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it will not release the 2023 general election timetable until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja during the commission’s first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.

He said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections.

“As soon as it is signed into law, the Commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law”.

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There’ll be level playing ground for all presidential aspirants– PDP Chairman to Momodu



Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has told presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, that members of the party, and not leaders, would determine who emerges as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu said this on Thirsday during Momodu’s visit to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he formally presented his letter of intent to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

The National Chairman noted that the PDP had no preferred presidential candidate and would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.

Ayu said, “For you to run for office, you must have a strong platform, but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party with which we can go into battle with.

“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best.

“There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants, just like you, we don’t have a special candidate, PDP has no preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.

“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you, PDP will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country, because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition



2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday January 11, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi who had a closed door meeting with Buhari today, told state house correspondents that the President advised him to consult widely.

Umahi’s visit to inform the President of his presidential ambition is coming exactly 24 hours after a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, paid a similar visit to President Buhari.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu had also declared his intention to run for presidential race in 2023.

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