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I Didn’t Rig Presidential Election Against Peter Obi In Rivers State

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… I Have No Reason To Lie, Governor Wike Tells Ohanaeze


There have been allegations of rigging against the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi in his state.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has told Ohanaeze Ndigbo that he owes no one apology over allegations of rigging in the presidential and legislative elections of February 25 in the state.

There have been allegations of rigging against the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi in his state.

But Wike reacted to the allegations on Thursday night when Ohanaeze delegation that was in Rivers State confronted him over his alleged role in Peter Obi’s loss in the election.

According to the transcription of the discussions between Ohanaeze delegation and Wike, which was made available to SaharaReporters on Friday by the spokesman for the Igbo apex body, Wike told the delegation that during the Southern Governors’ meetings in Delta, Lagos and Enugu, there was never any talk about zoning presidency to Southeast Nigeria.

The governor told Ohanaeze that delegates from the South-East to the presidential primary/convention of the Peoples Democratic Party voted for northerners despite the southern governors’ resolve that power must shift to the South after the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.

The Vice President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Abia), Dr Kingsley Chidozie, led the Ohanaeze delegation to the meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Port Harcourt, according to the transcript, while Dr Peter Aneke spoke on behalf of the Igbo apex body.

After a one-minute silence for the late Ohanaeze President General, George Obiozor and the late Joel Kroham, according to the statement, Dr Aneke thanked Wike for the cordial relationship between him and the Igbo community in Rivers State.

The transcription partly reads: “Aneke wondered ‘how an Ikwere man will in good conscience, work against the Igbo in a presidential race where the candidacy of Peter Obi was a low-hanging fruit.’ He informed Wike that the ‘Igbo all over the world are aggrieved with him, especially as the alleged rigging operations are circulating on the Internet’.

“Aneke informed Wike that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo considers it a duty to confront him over the alleged widespread electoral malpractices in Rivers State against their son, Peter Obi. He expressed deep sadness that ‘Obi would win in the metropolitan Lagos, Abuja, and several other places in the North only to record so low in Rivers State’. Aneke added that the ‘delegation is on a fact-finding (mission); and that both the Igbo elders and youths are eager to know why he should go the extra mile to pull Obi down in Rivers State’.

“He expressed his worries that the body of the late Professor Obiozor would have turned in the grave because of the alleged atrocities in Rivers State. Obiozor, according to him had ‘set the Igbo project on a success line before his demise and would be sad in the grave that those he considered his sons turned against the Igbo interest when it mattered most’.

“He asked Wike to ‘imagine what could have been the outcome of the election if he, Wike had supported Obi during the presidential election’. He ended with the remark that ‘the Igbo are very sad and will want his explanations’.

“In his own remarks, Governor Wike expressed surprise that the Ohanaeze were on a fact-finding (mission); but he would however explain his roles in the last presidential election.

“Wike explained that the Southern Governors Forum first met at Asaba, Delta State and agreed that ‘power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari; and that they also met at Enugu in September 2021 to reaffirm their position for a power shift to the South’.

“Wike stated that throughout their meetings, ‘the issue of presidency to the South-East was never on the table. And that throughout his political adventure in this dispensation, he tried as much as possible to maintain the position by the Southern governors’.

“Wike expressed disgust that ‘during the PDP presidential primaries, several well-known people of the South-East betrayed and sabotaged the Southern interest by voting for the Northern candidates for presidency’.

“He added that his unalloyed commitment to the South motivated him to ‘provide logistics for Peter Obi when he was in the Rivers State for presidential campaigns and that he refused to provide even a campaign ground for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP on principles’.

“The governor stated that ‘what is circulating on the social media is the handiwork of the Wike adversaries’. For instance, the ‘full Audio of Governor Wike Caught on Tape Arranging Bribe for INEC Officials’ and published by an online medium, ‘has been on YouTube since December 16, 2016’.

“He explained that ‘some mischief makers were using some doctored and false audio and visual materials on the internet to dent his image’. The governor in admitting that all the decisions he took ‘with respect to the 2023 presidential elections were based on his personal convictions and queried if Ohanaeze Ndigbo ever requested him to support Peter Obi’.

“He added that he is a ‘man with the courage of his convictions and that he neither has reasons to tell lies nor to owe apology to anyone’. And that he is ‘always ready to defend his actions any day any time’. Wike stressed that ‘he did not rig the presidential election against Peter Obi’.

“Other Ohanaeze officials who braved the delegation include Chief Emeka Ogwu, the Vice President General (Delta); Hon Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, Chief Ezechi Chukwu, Prof Fred Eze, President, Enugu State Chapter; Mr. Lucky Ekeji, President, Rivers State Chapter; Comrade Okey Nwankwo, President, Abia State Chapter; Prince Nwandu, President, Delta State Chapter; among others. Several eminent persons from Rivers State such as Rt. Hon. Chibudom Nwuche were in attendance.”

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Supreme Court Victory: Atiku Felicitates with Governors Fubara and Kefas

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* Asks Nigerians to Always Seek Lawful Means in Seeking Redress

By Ojone Grace Odaudu

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Governors Simi Fubara of Rivers State and Agbu Kefas of Taraba State respectively on the affirmation of their electoral victories by the Supreme Court.

In a post on his ‘X’ handle, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections described the victory as not only for the governors, but also the Peoples Democratic Party, the Nigerian electorate and all lovers of democracy and justice.

He enjoined all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as he has always done.

The post:

“I celebrate with governors @SimFubaraKSC of Rivers State and @GovAgbuKefas of Taraba State, whose victory at last year’s gubernatorial election polls were unanimously affirmed today by the Supreme Court. No doubt this is not just personal victory but victory for the PDP family, the Nigerian electorate, and all lovers of Democracy and Justice.

Indeed, their victory has reinforced the hope of the survival of our democracy, which citizens are getting disillusioned and disenchanted with the APC’s win-at-all-cost policy and brazen disregard for the rule of law.

I enjoin all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as I have always done, and by the grace of God, we shall triumph.

Accept my congratulations, Your Excellencies. -AA”

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BREAKING! Supreme Court Upholds Election of Sanwo-Olu, Bala Mohammed, Reverses Nullification of Yusuf’s

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The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the elections of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, effectively killing the appeals filed by the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party in the state.

Similarly, the apex court also upheld the election of Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, ruling against the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,

In a twist of fates, the court upturned the verdict of the court of appeal which nullified the election of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, saying that the appellate court’s decision to uphold the tribunal’s earlier decision was wrong.

– Supreme Court Affirms Dauda Lawal’s Election As Zamfara Governor

Supreme Court also reversed the sack of Caleb Mutfwang as the duly elected governor of Plateau State

Details of Friday’s judgments on Eight Governorship elections soon….

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Kogi Inaugurates New LG Caretaker Chairmen

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By Christopher Sunday in Lokoja

The recently appointed Caretaker Committees for the 21 Local Government Areas in Kogi State have been sworn-in in Lokoja.

Administering the oath of office, Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Secrecy to the appointees, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike charged them to be focused on service delivery, while their loyalty should lie with the people and the government of Kogi State.

Dignitaries at the swearing-in event

She told them that their new positions are of high responsibility and not for self aggrandisement and oppression of the people they are meant to serve.

The event drew a large crowd of supporters from all the local government areas and party faithfuls, including members of the state and national assembly.

The newly inaugurated Caretaker Chairmen include:
Hon, Rasheed Bashiru Okatengwu – Adavi LGA

Hon. Haruna Aliyu Ogido – Ajaokuta LGA

Adamu Yahaya Mohammed – Ankpa LGA

Theophilus Adama – Bassa LGA

John Urah – Dekina LGA

Hon. Emmanuel Uge – Ibaji LGA

Amade Egwuda Ochijenu – Idah LGA

Hon. Cosmas Attabor Ilemona – Igalamela-Odolu LGA

Ibrahim Haruna – Ijumu LGA

Barr. Zaccaeus Dare Michael – Kabba-Bunu LGA

Hon Musa Abdulmalik – Kogi LGA

Hon. Abdullahi Adamu – Lokoja LGA

Hon. Ademola Bello – Mopa-Muro LGA

Hassan Atawodi – Ofu LGA

Hon. Rosemary Ohiezu – Ogori-Magongo LGA

Hon. Monday Amoke Odu – Okehi LGA

Hon. Enesi Ahmed Nuhu – Okene LGA

Ameh Williams O – Olamaboro LGA

Edibo Ameh Mark – Omala LGA

Dare Joshua Venza – Yagba West LGA

Hon. Tosin Olokun – Yagba EAST LGA

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