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APC registers 100,000 non-indigenes in Rivers, begins mobilisation for 2015 elections.


About 100,000 non-indigenes in Rivers State have registered as members of the All Progressives Congress

(APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Interim State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has disclosed.

Eze said the information was given this weekend by Alhaji Yusuf Tanko, Chairman of the Registration Committee of the Non Indigenes Political Forum (NIPF) of Rivers APC, during a meeting of the Forum held at the State APC Secretariat in Port Harcourt.

He quoted Alhaji Tanko as saying while submitting a preliminary report of the work done by his committee during the recent APC nationwide membership registration exercise: “Our target was to register about 800,000 non-indigenes but due to the attacks on members by PDP hoodlums we could only mobilise about 100,000 non-indigenes who are genuine members of APC today. With this number we are capable of mobilising the 1.6m non indigenes voters in Rivers State for any election in favour of APC candidates any day, anytime. I commend and congratulate my colleagues particularly Chief Uchenna Okokoba, the NIPF Coordinator, who was on our neck to ensure that the required result is achieved. Of course, greater thanks go to Barr. Chuma Chinye, Leader of NIPF and the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, who ensured that all the relevant logistics were made available to us.”

Eze in a statement issued this afternoon in Port Harcourt also quoted Barr. Chinye as commending the committee for its achievement. He said the commissioner assured the new APC members that they have made the right decision, stating that all non-indigenes in Rivers State can be assured that the APC administration come 2015 will give them all the necessary support to succeed in their various endeavours in the state.

“Let me reiterate that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, apart from being very supportive is interested in all that we are doing as he has assured us of his commitment to carry us along; so we need to unite and ensure that an APC administration is installed in Rivers State come 2015 and totally reject PDP as the party has declared war on Rivers State and those living in the state, including our members besides Gov. Amaechi has proved that he is a nationalist who is committed to ensure the security and welfare of all Nigerians residing in Rivers State,” Barr. Chinye reportedly said.

The statement said that after brainstorming on the way forward, the meeting mandated the NIPF leadership to begin mobilisation for the 2015 elections by undertaking a tour of all state’s chapters to ensure that members of the Forum participate actively in the party congresses expected to start later this month.

Eze said that apart from himself, other NIPF leaders present at the meeting included Chief Ade Adeogun, Chairman of Rivers State Sanitation Commission, and Mr. David Iyofor, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Amaechi.

•Photo shows Barr. Chuma Chinye, Leader of NIPF and the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.

Source News Express


Anti-Amaechi protesters shut Port Harcourt down.


Hundreds of protesters from the four-Ikwerre speaking council areas of Rivers State, on Tuesday, took over the busy Port Harcourt-Aba Road in Port Harcourt, expressing solidarity for the state Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu.

They disrupted traffic flow on the road and caused panic in surrounding areas.

Following the protest, the Rivers State government has accused those it described as Federal Government agents as the sponsors of the protest, adding that the state had been subjected to war by the Federal Government.

The protesters, under the aegis of Ikwerre Peoples Assembly (IPA), took over the GRA Junction point of the highway, vowing to shut public and multinational facilities down should the commissioner of police be transferred out of the state.


The protest, which lasted about one hour, had a full police cover.

The protesters described Mbu in glowing terms, adding that his problem with the state government was his refusal to be used against those opposed to the governor.

The spokesman of the group, Chima Boms, who was also the counsel to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by the late Justice Kayode Eso (JSC), also said Mbu had performed creditably well in the state.

According to Boms, “CP Mbu, in our estimation, has performed creditably well and deserves commendation. We, therefore, request that he continues to serve in Rivers State for the good of the people. Consequently, the Ikwerre Peoples’ Assembly will resist any attempt to redeploy CP Mbu as commissioner of police in Rivers State as such move will take us back to the dark era.”

Meanwhile, the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, who was shot with a rubber bullet by the police at a Save Rivers Movement (SRM) rally in Port Harcourt over a week ago, has finally broken his silence.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Senator Abe expressed gratitude to friends, well-meaning individuals, groups and indeed, Nigerians, for their prayers, phone calls, solidarity messages and support, and prayed God to protect them at these dangerous times.

He condemned Sunday’s attack on supporters of Governor Rotimi Amaechi at Bori.

In a related development, pposition All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, alleged that supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan are importing ex-militants from Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom States to cause mayhem in Rivers State.

A statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, warned that supporters of Governor Rotimi Amaechi might resort to self-help since Police are allegedly backing the other faction.

Warning of impending bloodbath, the party said, ”Having lost confidence in the ability of the police to protect them and keenly aware of the President’s deliberate refusal to allow peace to reign in their state, the patience of the people of Rivers is wearing thin, and there is an increasing possibility that they may resort to self help, which can only result in a blood-bath.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

APC Ibrahim Shekarau Amaechi and others can’t be APC states.



A former Governor of Kano State and a leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ibrahim Shekarau,

said on Tuesday in Kaduna that there was no ‘agreement’ between the five Peoples Democratic Party governors that defected to the APC and his party to make them leaders of the party in their various states.

Shekarau, on a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Kaduna’s Hausa programme, Hanu da yawa monitored in the state capital, said there was no existing agreement with the G-5 governors and the leadership of the APC to become automatic leaders of the party in their states.

He challenged the leadership of the APC to produce such an agreement, saying that the governors could not lead the party in the states.

The G-5 governors that defected to the APC from the PDP are – Murtala Nyako(Adamawa); Musa Kwankwaso(Kano); Aliyu Wamako(Sokoto); Abdulfattah Ahmed(Kwara); and Rotimi Ameachi(Rivers).

He noted that there was no meeting where such an agreement was reached that the defected governors from the PDP should be automatically made leaders of APC in their states.

Shekarau, who is also a presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party in the 2011 general elections, added that he wouldn’t have disputed the idea if it had followed the due process or if all the party leaders had met to agree on it.

He said, “I challenged our northern APC chairman Bello Masari to tell us the time, date and at what meeting it was agreed that the said state governors should be made chairmen of the party in their states. Is it at a meeting of 35 party members which was never held or was it at a meeting of party elders?

“Our National Chairman, Bisi Akande, only went with a few APC governors to meet with some PDP leaders and now they are talking of an agreement. Let him (Masari) provide the copy of the said agreement to newsmen to enable the public to know the content of the agreement and where it was agreed upon.”

Shekarau, who expressed concern over the development, explained that before he and other aggrieved members of the party complained on the said agreement, he had sought clarification from some party elders who told him there was no such an agreement.

But when contacted, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there was a subsisting agreement, to allow governors drive the process in the states.

He said, “We did agree with the new PDP governors that whatever rights our APC governors enjoy they would enjoy and prior to their coming, we agreed that governor in our states would drive the process and that the governors in the states would appoint interim chairmen.

“To that extent whatever our governors enjoy as soon as they became APC governors they will enjoy them and nobody can deny that.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Half-nude women protest against Shell in Bayelsa State.



Hundreds of half-nude women in Peremabiri community in Bayelsa State, Niger Delta, yesterday, staged a protest against non-implementation of an existing agreement by Shell.
The women disrupted movement of workers into the oil platforms and boat houses operated by Shell in the area, alleging non-implementation of the memorandum of understanding Shell entered into with the community.

The protesting women tied red cloth to block the entrance to the oil platform located within the community.

They further alleged that Shell had failed to redeem the two-year-old promise to replace a faulty community generator, renovate existing community school and provide potable water for its host community.


Some of the women carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Shell: Give us Light”, “Implement MoU or go”, “We need water, Light, School for our children” among others.
The protesters claimed that the oil firm had adopted delay tactics to avoid providing the amenities which they said were time-bound.

Reacting to the development, the spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Precious Okolobo, urged the aggrieved women to adopt the spelt-out channel of addressing their grievances.

“The SPDC has continued to work with the Peremabiri community on the implementation of the MoU in their area. The MoU model has provision for addressing grievances.”

On the broken down generator at Peremabiri, Okolobo said SPDC procured a new set that is being transported to the area for installation and commissioning.
He said the set was twice the capacity of the bad one, and would be commissioned as soon as possible.
“The Bayelsa State Government and MoU Cluster Development Board are aware of the situation and are engaging the Community Development Committee,” Okolobo said.

Nigeria is one of the world’s major oil producers, but the oil- producing Niger Delta region remains one of the country’s poorest and least developed regions.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Oil Wells Dispute: Amaechi Accuses Kalabari Monarch of Betrayal.

Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says the position recently expressed in public by King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, over disputed oil wells in Soku of Akuku Toru local government of the state amounts to “betrayal of his people.”

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

Bobmanuel had reportedly expressed “satisfaction” with the way President Goodluck Jonathan was handling the Soku oil wells’ dispute between Rivers and Bayelsa States.

The paramount ruler had expressed this position  on Monday when Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, visited him in Abonnema. Dickson was accompanied on the visit by Mr .Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, the Supervising Minister for Education and some of his party loyalists.

Governor Amaechi, speaking on TODAY 95.1FM, the premium talk/news radio station in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said he was disappointed with King Gbobo Bob-Manuel’s comments.

In condemning the monarch’s position, Amaechi said the response by the Abonnema monarch conflicted with his government’s efforts and Kalabari people’s desire  to ensure that resources of the state were not whisked away to other states.

“There is an attempt by the Federal Government to undermine the development of Rivers State.  I did enumerate the fact that everybody is talking about Soku oil wells but, there’s also Etche where they took 41 oil wells from Rivers State and passed onto Abia.  They want to impoverish Rivers State and I can’t be governor and you expect me to keep quiet.  So not just Soku alone, it is also the fact that they have taken the oil wells in Etche,” Amaechi said.

The Rivers State Governor also said, “I hear my colleague, the Governor of Bayelsa State, came to Abonnema the other day and the Amanyanabo of Abonnema received him and said he was satisfied with the way the president is handling the oil wells (dispute).  For me, that is a betrayal of his people and he is supposed to be a king in Kalabari kingdom and he said he is satisfied that the federal government has taken the oil wells and that Bayelsa is receiving the money. And a king in Abonnema is saying he is satisfied.  It is not about me, it is about the Kalabari people. It is about the Rivers people.

“Instead of the king to tell him(Bayelsa Governor) ‘look, our people are not happy that the oil wells have been taken, return it’…..and I have told the president if you return the oil wells, I will support you, but he can’t.   I even told them that if you think it would empower me as a governor, keep the money in an escrow account because the money was first and foremost in an escrow account, because they became president they went to the escrow account and took the money.  Keep the money in an escrow account, after my tenure let them give the money to the next government but what I want to see done is the fact that our resources are returned to us.”

He recalled that he held several meetings with the President on resolving the Soku oil wells’ dispute, but that the president’s unwillingness to act on the issue without bias collapsed the negotiations.

Amaechi, however, vowed to protect and defend the interests of the people in Soku as well as those in other parts of the state.

“The question you should ask is that, is it correct that the oil coming from Soku have been appropriated by the Federal Government and given to Bayelsa? I have been saying this for the past two years, why haven’t they denied that?  There is nothing that I have said that they have responded to.  Instead of responding to it, they will be abusing me.  Is it a lie that they took Soku oil wells to Bayelsa? Is it a lie that they also took the 41 oil wells from Rivers to Abia?”, he queried.

“There is nothing I am telling you in public I have not told the President in private.  The only reason why I am in public now is because he has refused to do anything. I would like to quote the response he (President Jonathan) gave to the Kalabari people when he met with them and I was there.  The President said ‘oh, you people call it Soku, we call it Oluasiri’.  When he said ‘we call it..’, what does he mean?  It means that he has taken sides.  You know, the President is not supposed to take sides. He didn’t say ‘Rivers people call it Soku, Bayelsa people call it Oluasiri’. If he said that, then we would say okay, he is at the centre too, we can discuss this.  He said ‘you people call it Soku, ‘we’ call it Oluasiri’. Already, that shows the judgement has already been given.

“Now, in their submission in court and the letter they wrote Rivers State Government, they did acknowledge that it was a mistake that in the course of the drawing of that map, they drew Soku into Bayelsa and then we complained against it because it was sent to us to review and make our submissions.  Our response was ‘no, no, you have made a mistake.”

“You have just taken our community into Bayelsa.  They replied that they have already released this map and that it is unfortunate that they have and it was a mistake that they would correct in the subsequent edition.  And they have not been able to make that correction and when they say they want to invite us to a meeting, I say ‘what are you inviting us to a meeting for?  You have already acknowledged that there was a mistake, go and correct the mistake.  If Bayelsa has any complaints, then put the complaints on the table after you have corrected it”.

Governor Amaechi disproved claims that he had personal misunderstanding with President Jonathan, explaining that had he any misunderstanding with the president, it was over the interests of Rivers State.

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Source: African Examiner.

Again, Amaechi Says He Has No Personal Grudge With President Jonathan.

Femi Kehinde

The Governor of Rivers State Chibuike Amaechi has stated that there is no personal quarrel between him and President Goodluck Jonathan despite widespread believes that the two are sworn enemies.

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi

In a statewide New Year broadcast delivered by the Governor, he noted that he only has some misgivings against certain actions of the Federal Government towards the people of Rivers State.

In his words: “First, we have expended huge resources in executing approved federal projects in the state such as the Port Harcourt Owerri Road without any

“Secondly, there is hardly any reasonable federal project ongoing in the state. Work on the Port Harcourt International Airport, a major gateway into the Eastern parts of the country, has been largely abandoned while airports whose rehabilitation was embarked on at the same time have since been commissioned.

“Thirdly, the federal government has embarked on a reduction of our natural resource endowments. A number of oil wells and gas fields located in the state have been carved out and ceded to neighbouring states while resources due from these have also been paid to those states.

“Fourthly, major industrial and strategic security projects that were originally slated for location in Rivers State have been moved to neighbouring states without even the courtesy of an explanation.

“Fifthly, there is evidence of discrimination against Rivers State indigenes in key federal appointments. Of all the councils and boards of federal universities and tertiary institutions recently announced, there is hardly any Rivers indigene considered fit to head any of them.

“Sixthly and most importantly, the federal government has actively encouraged the destabilization of the security of the state through tacit encouragement of the return of militants onto the streets of Port Harcourt and by encouraging the police to play a partisan role in the political affairs of the state.

According to him, efforts to reach a peaceful resolution of the differences on these issues with the federal government have not quite yielded results as the negative actions has not been reversed despite repeated appeals and countless negotiations from Rivers State Government.

“Our doors remain open to a negotiated settlement of these issues within the context of the constitutional relationship between Rivers State and the Federal Government”. He declared.

On the underlying principle behind his movement to the opposition party, All Progressive Congress, APC, the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum said he believes that the APC offers more robust platform for the realization of the dream of Rivers people for quick even development.

Source: African Examiner.

Why More Governors Will Leave PDP – Gov. Amaechi.

By SaharaReporters, New York

Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said at the weekend that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has already failed the leadership test in the country and needs not strive to be the custodian of leadership in the future.

For perhaps the first time since his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor was explaining to journalists in Port Harcourt why he believes even more state governors will abandon the PDP and join the APC.

He accused the PDP of perpetrating injustice and promoting maladministration in the country. According to him, the APC was aggrieved by PDP’s poor performance, and if voted into power, would bring about the needed change nationwide.

He recalled the political pressure being brought on the state by the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, whom he accused of attempting to ‘micromanage’ the state.

He also bemoaned the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan had failed to keep the promises he made to Rivers State after getting a huge electoral backing from it for his electoral victory in the last election.

Amaechi reiterated that he was in the APC to protect the interests of the state.

“I have since left the PDP to a better party called the All Progressives Congress (APC) because PDP is a drowning party and the facts remain that PDP is a drowning party,” he said.

“I can assure you that more governors will leave the PDP,” he stressed.  Just put it on record that more governors will leave.  They are uncomfortable, they need to come out (of the PDP) and I believe that by God’s grace they will come.”

He told the journalists that despite his travails, he would continue the fight for change and good governance and accountability in the country.

He acknowledged that the APC was winning more support and membership in the country to signal the end to PDP’s dominance in Nigeria’s political scene.

He further urged Nigerians to embrace and tolerate religious freedom and play politics without ethnic and religious sentiment, stressing that politics based on ethnicity and religion as being canvassed in some sections of the country was unwise. He equally enjoined Nigerians to vote and protect their votes during election.

He expressed his disappointment and displeasure at the continued grounding of the state aircraft by the federal government, and the unwillingness by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to sign off on a World Bank water project loan for the state.

The governor also decried the ceding of Soku oil wells to Bayelsa and another 41 oil wells in Etche, Rivers State to neighbouring Abia State.

“They don’t like Rivers State, they hate us”, he said, recalling that President Jonathan had brushed aside attempts by some interested foreign bodies to mediate in the crisis between the state and the federal government.

Former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu at the last APC rally in Port Harcourt said the APC was having a ‘broom revolution’ across the country and referred to Governor Amaechi as the “Wonder Boy”.

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