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Two IPOB Kingpins Arrested In Oyigbo – Governor Wike
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Two IPOB Kingpins Arrested In Oyigbo – Governor Wike

SECURITY OPERATIVES HAVE ARRESTED TWO IPOB KINGPINS IN OYIGBO - WIKE Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says two kingpins of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) involved in the killing of six soldiers and four policemen in Oyigbo, have been arrested by security operatives. He has also maintained that the imposition of curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area helped to prevent an outbreak of inter-ethnic war between Igbo and Hausa communities in the area. The Governor stated this when Rotary District 9141 Governor, Mrs Virginia Major led a delegation of Rotarians on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday. He revealed that security operatives in late hours of yesterday arrested two prominent members of IPOB in Oyigbo. Govern...
I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings
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I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Local Government Area, as a politically motivated falsehood. He maintained that curfew was imposed in Oyigbo to restore calm after members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Biafra (IPOB) killed 6 soldiers, 4 policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there. Governor Wike gave the explanation on a live television programme in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said t1he narrative that Igbos were being killed by the military is intended to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo, which is a boundary area adjoining Abia State. "I know that this is not the first time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launchin...
Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew
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Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra and its activities in the State . The governor maintained that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities , the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State . Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Wednesday night, said while the Government acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social , and economic development of the State , it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace , endanger lives and property under any guise ...
Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters
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Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says all Nigerians should support the total reform of the Nigeria Police Force. Addressing End-SARS protesters at Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike told them not to be satisfied that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force would be scrapped. "If we do not reform the Police, the same SARS officers will be deployed to other units of the Force to continue their evil acts. "It is not only to end SARS. Already, there is a pronouncement to scrap it. But every Nigerian should support the total reform of the Police. "SARS cannot and has never been our friend in Rivers state. They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic without a cause and people kept quiet. "President Muhammadu Buhari said he w...
PDP Declares Amaechi Politically Dead As Another APC Chieftain Defects To PDP
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PDP Declares Amaechi Politically Dead As Another APC Chieftain Defects To PDP

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr. Sampson Parker, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Dr.Parker, former Commissioner of Health in the Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi administration, led over 2,000 of his supporters from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area on Sunday. Excited by his return to the PDP, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike while speaking at the event announced the award of the second phase of Okochiri Internal Roads in Okrika Local Government Area for the people of Krikese Kingdom. A statement from Information Commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim on Sunday added that Gov.Wike also announced the award of the reclamation of 25 hectares of ...
Edo 2020: Atiku Knocks Buhari Over Police Siege On Wike
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Edo 2020: Atiku Knocks Buhari Over Police Siege On Wike

Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, has reacted to the police siege on Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, who is currently in Edo State. Mr Wike, according to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was barred from leaving a hotel he lodged in at the state capital, Benin City. He is the national campaign chairman of the state ruling party on whose platform Godwin Obaseki, the state governor is seeking a second term in office. His major challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and enjoys the support of erstwhile national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. While leaders of the PDP are said to be under police siege, leaders of the APC are reportedly moving around freely despite restrictions on vehicular moment. TODAY POLITICS as a...
Edo Election: IGP Asks Wike To Leave Edo State, Rivers Governor Refuses
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Edo Election: IGP Asks Wike To Leave Edo State, Rivers Governor Refuses

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday alleged a siege to his hotel in Benin City by the police, restricting his movement ahead of the governorship elections in the state. The governor, who spoke exclusively to Channels TV says he is in the state to monitor the election on behalf of his party and insists he won’t leave the state. He said, “As the Chairman of the National Campaign Council (of the PDP), I came in here with some of my colleagues; I was in the hotel. Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the IG (Inspector General of Police) called. “I think they called my orderly; I don’t know how they got his number and then I spoke with the IG and he said I must leave Edo State. I said ‘for what?’ He said because my being here may cause a crisis. I said how will it cause cri...
FG To Build New Refinery In Rivers State
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FG To Build New Refinery In Rivers State

The federal government has said it plans to build as third refinery in Rivers State bringing the total in the state to three. This is as the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, insisted that the Niger Delta region is safe for companies to conduct their businesses, and therefore demanded that international oil companies (IOCs) relocate their headquarters to the state. The duo spoke yesterday when the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipri Sylva, and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) paid a courtesy visit to Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt. Sylva also said plans had reached an advanced stage to rehabilitate the existing refineries in the country. He said the federal government decided to start the rehabilitation pro...
I Will Be Happy If Obaseki Joins PDP – Wike
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I Will Be Happy If Obaseki Joins PDP – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated he would be a happy should his Edo counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, joins the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). Obaseki has been disqualified by the All Progressives Congress(APC) from the primary that will produce a candidate for the party ahead of the September governorship race in Edo over alleged "defective qualifications." There had been pressure on Obaseki to cross over to the PDP and pick its governorship ticket. Wike, who hosted Obaseki in a private meeting on Sunday, said he would gladly welcome the Edo Governor to the PDP fold. Speaking with reporters on Monday at the Government House Port-Harcourt, the Governor also blasted the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), alleging it has become toothless under APC. Wike said: “Ordinar...
Obaseki Visits Wike At Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt
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Obaseki Visits Wike At Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Sunday received his embattled Edo counterpart Godwin Obaseki at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt. Details of the meeting were sketchy but there were speculations they might not be unconnected with the political future of Obaseki, who has been disqualified from contesting the primaries of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Edo.
Rivers State Govt Issues New Guidelines For Burial Ceremonies, Defaulters To Pay N10m Fine
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Rivers State Govt Issues New Guidelines For Burial Ceremonies, Defaulters To Pay N10m Fine

Rivers state government has released new guidelines on how burial ceremonies will henceforth be conducted in the state adding that defaulters of these new guidelines will have to pay a fine of N10 million. The new Executive Order signed by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and released today June 8, is to help check the spread of COVID19 in the state. According to the new order, residents of the state who wish to carry out any burial ceremony will have to apply for approval from the state governor through the Commissioner for Health. The application must come with a death certificate which must indicate whether the deceased died from COVID19 or not. The application for approval must also come with a written undertaken from the applicant that he or she will pay a fine of N1...
Governor Wike Compensates Victims Of 2019 Election Violence With N450 Million
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Governor Wike Compensates Victims Of 2019 Election Violence With N450 Million

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has released the sum of N450 million as compensation for the victims of violence in the 2019 presidential election in Abonnema community of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area. The beneficiaries include those who lost their lives, sustained bullet wounds, lost valuable items and were arrested and detained by the Nigerian Army. The victims were allegedly attacked by soldiers who were drafted to the area to maintain law and order during the last presidential election. No fewer than 37 persons lost their lives during the 2019 presidential election in Abonnema, Daily Sun reports. Governor Wike, when he visited the community after the election to commiserate with the people, had promised to assist with compensation for the violence and mayhem u...
Wike Says 60% Of COVID-19 Cases In Rivers Are Oil Workers
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Wike Says 60% Of COVID-19 Cases In Rivers Are Oil Workers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that 60 per cent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs. Governor Wike disclosed this when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Port Harcourt. He stated that it is for this reason that the state government has insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status. The Rivers state Governor also said that the Nigeria Air Force Base, Port Harcourt, recently quarantined 14 oil workers out, which three tested positive, just as he commended Exxon Mobil for their gesture. “Just yesterday the Nigerian Air Force base quarantined 14 oil workers. Three of them tested positive for COVI...
Hotel Demolition: Uwazurike Should Apologise To Wike – PDP Group
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Hotel Demolition: Uwazurike Should Apologise To Wike – PDP Group

Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, a People Democratic Party’s (PDP) support group has urged the leader the Movement for the Actualization of the Biafra, MASSOB, Mr Ralph Uwazurike, to tender unreserved apologise to the people of Rivers State for abusing their Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike. GDI issued a 24 hours ultimatum for Uwazurike to pacify the people Rivers State or face the group, nothing that the Wike did no wrong in the demolition of the erring hotel in Eleme Local Government Area of the state. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Chief Bright Amewhule, President General, Hon. Paul Kobani, Deputy President, Hon Samuel Nwanosike Secretary-General, Hon. Nnana Opurum, Publicity Secretary, Hon. Zik Nwaikiri, BOT Member and four other leaders of the group. ...
Oby Ezekwesili reacts to demolition of hotels by Gov Wike
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Oby Ezekwesili reacts to demolition of hotels by Gov Wike

Former presidential aspirant, Oby Ezekwesili has reacted to the demolition of two hotels by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Prodest Hotel and Etemeteh Hotel in Eleme Local Government Area were demolished on the orders of the governor for violating the lockdown order in the state. The move by the governor has now been described as flagrant abuse of power by Ezekwesili who took to Twitter. She tweeted: “Power in the hands of persons without self-discipline in the absence of social accountability creates monsters in any society. Lord Acton will forever be right. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. “I have seen enough flagrant abuse of power among our political class to know that both they and citizens are still enamoured of the unaccountable governance style of the inglo...
Wike Announces Temporary Lifting Of Lockdown For Residents To Restock Foodstuffs
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Wike Announces Temporary Lifting Of Lockdown For Residents To Restock Foodstuffs

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020. Governor Wike made the announcement in a State-Wide broadcast on Sunday night. He said that the total lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday, 13th May, 2020. Governor Wike said that the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May, 2020. He said: "Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish ...
Leo Dasilva Reacts As Wike Pulls Down Two Hotels In Rivers State (Photo)
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Leo Dasilva Reacts As Wike Pulls Down Two Hotels In Rivers State (Photo)

Former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Leo Da Silva has reacted to the now-trending news that Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor has pulled down two hotels in the state for violating the lockdown orders. Speaking via his official Twitter handle, the reality TV star stated that he hopes Wike is putting as much efforts that he is putting on lockdown of the state on testing and isolation capacity also. He wrote: “I hope the energy Governor Wike is using to enforce the lockdown, he is also using it to increase testing and isolation centre capacity in Rivers state. Fighting this virus is not about being performative but being readily effective.”  
Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa
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Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa

Foremost human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), on Saturday said Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has no right under the law to confiscate property of citizens who allegedly flouted the lockdown order in the state. The Rivers State Government had directed its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to auction all vehicles that were impounded for violating the state’s lockdown directive. But in a statement titled: ‘The Emerging Dictatorship in Rivers State’ Adegboruwa said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria grants unfettered access to property which cannot be taken with Executive fiat as being done by the governor. The statement reads: “The Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Mr. Nyesom Wike, is a lawyer, which should be an added advantage to...
Gov Wike Arrests 14 Men Hidden in Trailers Conveying Cows from the North
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Gov Wike Arrests 14 Men Hidden in Trailers Conveying Cows from the North

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, ordered the arrest of 14 men who hid inside trailers conveying cows from the North into the state, on Thursday night, May 7. The men hid inside the trailers so as to enter the state despite ban on Interstate travel. They were intercepted by security agents stationed at the state borders. Governor Wike has summarily declared that the 14 people are to be tested first for Coronavirus and then charged to court while the cows and trailer would be auctioned.
Oil Workers Must Show Covid-19 Results Before Entering Rivers – Governor Wike
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Oil Workers Must Show Covid-19 Results Before Entering Rivers – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says all oil workers seeking to come into the state must get the government’s permit and present their coronavirus “status” before they can be allowed entry. This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, which was posted on Facebook. According to Nwakaudu, the governor alleged that the latest of the coronavirus cases recorded in the state was flown into Port Harcourt by Bristow Helicopters from an offshore oilfield facility in Akwa Ibom State on the 29th of April 2020. The statement read in part, “Given the threat posed to the state by oil and gas company workers, it has reviewed all entry waivers and permits earlier granted to oil and gas companies. “From now on, requests for waivers and entry per...
Wike Orders Immediate Deportation Of Almajiris From Rivers State
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Wike Orders Immediate Deportation Of Almajiris From Rivers State

In more measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has ordered the immediate deportation of almajiris and other street beggars from the state with immediate effect. Governor Wike gave the order on Monday in a statewide broadcast on COVID-19. He said it became necessary to deport the almajiris because of the dimension COVID-19 is beginning to take in the country. The Governor also announced a 24-hour total lockdown in parts of Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt city Local Government Areas including; Elakahia, Stadium Road, Rumuomasi and Rumuobiakani, just as he warned residents of Oyigbo, Rumukwurusi and Rumuokoro to stay indoors. Governor Wike, therefore, said the Rivers State Taskforce will be inaugurated on Tuesday since the Police and oth...
Coronavirus: Wike Announces Total Lockdown In Parts Of Port Harcourt
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Coronavirus: Wike Announces Total Lockdown In Parts Of Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced a lockdown of parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas in view of the failure of residents of the affected areas to comply with the regulations of the State Government to check the spread of coronavirus. In a State Broadcast on Monday, Governor Wike stated that the complete lockdown starts from Tuesday 28 April 2020, till further notice. He said: "In view of the non or passive compliance with these measures, it has become compelling to also place the following parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/AkporLocal Government Areas on 24 hours complete lockdown, beginning from Tuesday 28 April 2020, till further notice: "(i) Elekahia, including the entire stretch of Rumukalagbor-Elekahia link road; (ii) Rumuomas...
Two Caverton pilots remanded in prison custody for flying in expatriates into Rivers state
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Two Caverton pilots remanded in prison custody for flying in expatriates into Rivers state

Two Caverton pilots who were arrested yesterday for violating an order by the Rivers State Government on closure of all borders including the airspace, have been remanded in prison custody for flying in expatriates into the state. The two pilots identified as Samuel Urgoji and Samuel Buhari, were arraigned in a Chief Magistrate Court on 4 count charge which bordered on disobeying the Executive Order issued by the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike aimed at checking the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Chief Magistrate D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi who ordered that a medical test be carried out on the pilots to ascertain their health status, also ordered that they be remanded in prison till May 19, 2020 when their trial will commence. However Caverton kicked against the court's directive...
FG Politicising COVID-19 Response. Lagos Got N10 Billion, Rivers Got None – Wike
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FG Politicising COVID-19 Response. Lagos Got N10 Billion, Rivers Got None – Wike

It is quite unfortunate that the containment of coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, #Covid_19 Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government.#Covid_19 One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support. #Covid_19 No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others. Rivers State is entitled to support from the Federal Government. Every day, we are ...
Nyesom Wike Has Announced Partial Lockdown Of Rivers State
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Nyesom Wike Has Announced Partial Lockdown Of Rivers State

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced partial lockdown of Rivers State. He also suspended operations of night clubs, cinemas and public parks as part of measures to prevent the coronavirus pandemic. Though the state has not recorded any positive case of the pandemic, Wike has been rolling out measures to stop the virus from getting to Rivers, including closing public and private schools and directing restrictions in religious and transport activities. In his latest announcement in Monday, the Governor said significant public places would remain closed till further notice beginning from March 24. He insistee that his government was committed to protecting the residents. Wike, in a state broadcast, directed religious groups to temporarily stop all forms of open worshi...
Oshiomole, Wike all Smiles at a Function in Delta
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Oshiomole, Wike all Smiles at a Function in Delta

Last week, APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomole and Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, were both issuing statements and counter statements, attacking themselves over the Supreme court verdict, nullifying the election of former Bayelsa state governor-elect, David Lyon. While Oshiomole said the judgement will not be obeyed, Wike issued a statement blasting him for making a statement that can ''lead to chaos in the country.'' Today February 23rd, both men set aside their political differences as they were all smiles at the thanksgiving service for deputy senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege in Delta state.  
We Won’t Allow Nigeria Turn Into A One Party State – Wike
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We Won’t Allow Nigeria Turn Into A One Party State – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has said that Nigeria should not drift towards a one-party state, under any guise. According to him, all political parties need to exist for Nigerians to explore all alternatives. He said it when he hosted the new leadership of KAGOTE, an elite socio-cultural organization for the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality at the Government House Port Harcourt. He added that being members of different political parties should not deny Nigeria the much needed development. He said: “Party is a vehicle to a political position. When you get to that destination, you alight and work towards development. It should not stop us from seeking the development of our communities, irrespective of our political affiliations. “We will not support a one-party State und...
Race For PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman Rages, As Rivers Lobby For Tambuwal
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Race For PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman Rages, As Rivers Lobby For Tambuwal

As the battle for who emerges as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum Chairman rages, it was learnt that the Rivers State government is lobbying for Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal. The new Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, who will take over from the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, is likely to emerge on Sunday before the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for Monday. While it was gathered that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike is lobbying for Tambuwal, it was also gathered that some governors are backing Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom as the rightful person for the position. Those backing Ortom said that the Benue state governor has strong characters that cannot be easily manipulated, noting his posi...
Wike Lobbying To Join APC, Since Atiku Isn’t Allowing Him To Take Over PDP – APC
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Wike Lobbying To Join APC, Since Atiku Isn’t Allowing Him To Take Over PDP – APC

The major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area (PHALGA) of Rivers State have accused Governor Nyesom Wike of desperately lobbying to join the APC, since the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not allowing him (Wike) to take over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). They also disowned ‘the foot-soldier’ of Wike in APC, Igo Aguma, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, who hails from Ward 2 of PHALGA, accusing him of being a mole and a traitor, who had been pursuing personal interest. The PHALGA stakeholders of APC, yesterday during a news conference, after their crucial meeting at Orogbum Civic Centre in Ward 2, Ogbunabali Road, Port Harcourt, insisted that the Minister for Transportation, R...
Amotekun: Wike, Dickson Quarrel Disturbing Unity Of South South Governors
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Amotekun: Wike, Dickson Quarrel Disturbing Unity Of South South Governors

Governors of the six South-South states are, at the moment, disordered and ineffective to hold a meeting to take a joint decision on the setting up of a regional security outfit like the South West Security Network, ‘Amotekun’ launched, last week, by South-West Governors to enhance security in the region, Vanguard investigation has revealed. The investigation revealed the rift between Governor Wike of Rivers State and Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state is one of the main contributing factor to the inability of the south-south governors to converge. Governor Wike, a powerful governor in the region is not prepared to attend any meeting with Governor Dickson, who is handing over next month (February) to the newly elected All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor-elect in his state, Mr...
Wike Donates N100 Million For The Scholarship Of Children Of Dead Soldiers
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Wike Donates N100 Million For The Scholarship Of Children Of Dead Soldiers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Nigerians must unite and motivate the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat the insurgents in the North-East. Governor Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government to work out modalities for the State Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price. The Rivers State Governor also announced that the State Government has committed the sum of N100million for the scholarship programme dedicated to the children of the fallen heroes. He spoke on Wednesday during the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Commemoration of 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, at the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt. He said: "The war on terror in the North-East has raged ...
Oba Of Benin On A 3 Day Official Visit To Rivers State
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Oba Of Benin On A 3 Day Official Visit To Rivers State

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, is in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The revered monarch arrived through the Port-Harcourt International Airport on Monday and was welcomed amidst fun-fair by Benins in Rivers State among other dignitaries. The Oba was also received at the Rivers State Government House Port Harcourt by the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke. The  Oba of Benin is on a historic three day visit to Rivers State. He is expected to meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Edo Indigenes resident in Rivers State during the visit.
Nigerian Army Has Lost Its Integrity – Wike
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Nigerian Army Has Lost Its Integrity – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Sunday the Nigerian Army has lost its integrity for allegedly aiding elections rigging in the country. Wike, who stated this at a church service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt, noted that Nigerians would never honour members of the Armed Forces involved in election rigging. He said: “We are not honouring those who are unprofessional and carry ballot boxes to influence the electoral process. I urge members of the Armed Forces to choose the right path in the interest of the country. “It is unfortunate that the military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel. Nobody is afraid of the military because of their unprofessional conduct. Those who come to rig election or kill Rive...
Gov. Wike Hands Over 32 Vehicles To Rivers House Of Assembly Members
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Gov. Wike Hands Over 32 Vehicles To Rivers House Of Assembly Members

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike handed over 32 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to members of the Rivers state House of Assembly over the weekend. Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Ibani made the news available to IgbereTV. He said, “the governor handed to us the keys of official cars that belong to members of the State Assembly. This is how it should be and we are very grateful to him for providing such leadership and ensuring that members welfare are always given priority. “Members shall continue to give meaningful contribution in their service and their productivity will be higher. On behalf of the Rivers State House of Assembly, we have sent our Christmas wishes before now and it is our wish that God will grant him the enablement to continue to do what is right for the p...
Dickson Attacks Wike, Says Bayelsa Not ‘Annex Of Rivers’
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Dickson Attacks Wike, Says Bayelsa Not ‘Annex Of Rivers’

Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, has warned his counterpart in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, not to see Bayelsa as an annex of Rivers State. “Let me put it on record, this is the first time I will formally respond to Wike’s childishness in this formal way. I have always ignored with pain and regret all the previous vituperations and his attempt to belittle and intimidate this state and our leadership. “His unfriendliness towards this state is not hidden. It’s not just me, it’s about our state and our people, he has done that a couple of times but I decided to stomach it for several reasons,” Mr Dickson said on Saturday while briefing reporters in Yenagoa. Mr Dickson’s remarks at the briefing is contained in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon by his spokesperson, Fidelis S...
Rivers: I Fought Federal Might And Succeeded – Wike
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Rivers: I Fought Federal Might And Succeeded – Wike

Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Rivers State Governor, has described himself as the luckiest politician that was assisted by God to overcome the onslaught of the Buhari government during the 2019 elections. Speaking during the Thanksgiving Service of Senator Representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Barinada Mpigi, at Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Koroma Town, Tai Local Government Area, on Sunday, Wike said he fought Federal Might and survived because God was with him. He said: “I am the luckiest politician who has always received God’s Blessing. I don’t know how many people who have fought Federal Might and succeeded. “God fought for us during the last elections and we were victorious. That is why I will always support the Church. I will always continue to give thank...
You Are Dancing On The Graves Of Our 42 Kinsmen – IYC To Wike
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You Are Dancing On The Graves Of Our 42 Kinsmen – IYC To Wike

The altercation between the Ijaw ethnic nationality and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, continued at the weekend following the attack on the governor by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide. The IYC in a statement signed by the IYC Secretary-General, Mr. Alfred Kemepado, reminded Wike that 42 of its kinsmen in Rivers State died in the violence that characterized the election that made him a governor. Kemepado, who issued the statement at Harry’s Town expressed disappointment that despite their death, Wike had yet to give them befitting burials. He said by threatening to remove an Ijaw King in Rivers State, Wike was dancing on the graves of the 42 dead kinsmen. He said the 42 dead bodies and more of Ijaw youths, who needed proper burial in the Buguma and Abonnema towns o...
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Wike Conferred With The Title “Dike Oha” Of Ikwerre Ethnic Group

State Governors, Serving and former Federal Lawmakers, Council Administrators, Traditional Rulers and Religious Leaders joined thousands of Ikwerre people on Saturday to celebrate Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in a Grand Civic Reception organised by the Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide to recognise the outstanding contributions of the Rivers State Governor to the national development process. Chairman of Ikwerre Government Recognised Traditional Rulers, Eze Oha Apara Kingdom, Eze Worlu Wodo announced the conferment of the title: "Dike Oha Ikwerre ", covering the entire Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality. Roughly translated, "Dike Oha Ikwerre" means Hero/Pillar of Ikwerre People. He said that the title is in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Gover...
PDP’s Loss Of Bayelsa Poses Serious Threat To Rivers – Wike
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PDP’s Loss Of Bayelsa Poses Serious Threat To Rivers – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday expressed concern that the capitulation of the Peoples Democratic Party in neighbouring Bayelsa by the All Progressives Congress (APC) portends danger for Rivers State. He said with the defeat of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led PDP in Bayelsa, it was apparent that the “next onslaught of the APC would be to capture Rivers State at all cost.” He relived the fears when the new Amayanabo of Wakrike kingdom and prominent chiefs of Okrika visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt. “Unfortunately, one of our states is gone to the enemies. But God will help us. For us who are from Rivers State, we should know that there will be attack on us because the enemy has entered our territory. They will attack us, but with your prayer, Rivers State will...
I Never Knew My Opponent Till Days To Election – Wike
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I Never Knew My Opponent Till Days To Election – Wike

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has said that he never knew the candidate of the African Action Congress , Biokpomabo Awara , until a few days to the governorship election in March 2019 . Wike also stated that he never doubted that the Supreme Court would confirm his reelection since Awara couldn ’ t have won an election he ( Awara) didn ’ t contest . The governor said from the beginning , the AAC candidate never posed any problem to him because he ( Awara) was unknown to Rivers people. Wike who spoke in Port Harcourt on Saturday said he only got to know of Awara about two days to the election. He said , “I expected the confirmation because the law is clear . The man who is challenging me never contested any election; so , he couldn ’ t have won . It is so painful , b...
Wike, Jonathan And Others Meet Over Bayelsa Governorship Election
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Wike, Jonathan And Others Meet Over Bayelsa Governorship Election

The peace committee set up by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reconcile all stakeholders in Bayelsa and Kogi States ahead of the November 16 governorship elections, has initiated serious talks with former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State, and former Governor Idris Ibrahim of Kogi State, among others. The committee, sources said, would formally meet with Jonathan, who is expected to return to the country today after weeks of telephone talks on the future of PDP in Bayelsa State, particularly as it affects the November election. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, who leads the party’s national campaign council on Bayelsa, had urged the Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee to leave no stone unturned in pacifying Jonathan, whom he note...
Wike: Why I Congratulated Buhari On Tribunal Victory
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Wike: Why I Congratulated Buhari On Tribunal Victory

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night. Governor Wike said that unlike some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) who visit President Muhammadu Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart. He spoke at the Funeral Service in honour of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, Mother of Onha Sergent Chidi Awuse, at the St Luke's Anglican Church, Emohua on Thursday. He said: " I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him, than to go to his house in the night?" "So ...
Governor Wike Congratulates President Buhari
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Governor Wike Congratulates President Buhari

GOVERNOR WIKE CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT BUHARI, URGES HIM TO USE HIS VICTORY TO WORK FOR ALL NIGERIANS Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the validation of his election by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. In a statement on Wednesday, Governor Wike urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings Governor Wike called on the President to work towards the unity of the country, noting that the country is divided Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media. 11th September, 2019.
Wike: “I Have To Step On Toes, To Make Rivers State Better”
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Wike: “I Have To Step On Toes, To Make Rivers State Better”

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that he must “step on toes” to make the state better. Mr Wike said this on Monday evening during the submission of report by the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools in Rivers at the Government House, Port Harcourt. The governor also said that he is yet to form his cabinet because he is seeking out people who would work with dedication and passion for the state. “I have not formed my cabinet because I am taking my time to monitor and look at people who would work with passion for Rivers State,” he said. “Politics is involved, but you must be ready to work for the state. That is why you see that there is a delay in the formation of the cabinet. No matter the criticism, I will do what is right. “We must wo...
I Have Nothing Against Islam – Governor Wike
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I Have Nothing Against Islam – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, has said he has nothing against Islam or any faith amidst storm over the reported demolition of Trans-Amadi Central Mosque in Port Harcourt. Wike said this on Sunday while showing the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, the site of the mosque he was accused of demolishing. Fayemi, according to a statement by his spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, was in Port Harcourt to verify the true situation of the matter. Wike claimed that the site where the mosque was reportedly located was a sewage dump area. He said: “I have nothing against Islam or any faith for that matter. As you can see there was never a mosque on this ground instead it is a sewage site which has been in contention between the state government ...
CAN Slams Gadunje Over Threat To Sue Wike
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CAN Slams Gadunje Over Threat To Sue Wike

Governor Ganduje of Kano State, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, had vowed to take legal action against the government of Rivers State over alleged demolition of the Rainbow Central Mosque in Trans-Amadi Area of Port Harcourt. Speaking with Tribune Online, Director of legal and Public Affairs, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samuel Kwamkur said Kano state governor has no locus standing to issue such threat because he is not a religious leader adding that his state is more guilt of persecution of Christians than any part of the country. “I am very surprise to hear Governor Ganduje of Kano state talking about illegality. We have chains of report from Christians in Kano of how they suffered persecutions from government, their places of whorships destroyed,...
Mosque Demolition: Senator Shekarau Condemns Governor Wike
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Mosque Demolition: Senator Shekarau Condemns Governor Wike

Former Governor of Kano state, Ibrahim Shekarau, has condemned in a strong terms Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over demolishing of Rainbow Town Central Mosque located at the Trans-Amadi Area of Port Harcourt. Shekarau in a statement signed by his media aide, Sule Ya’u Sule, said Nigeria belongs to all, and no state in Nigeria could claim to be mono religious, lamenting that “it only takes a responsible leadership to carry everybody along.” The former governor, who is now Senator representing Kano central, said Governor Wike’s action was a pointer to him being induced by other than rationale brain waves, as no leader in his right senses would contemplate stoking such embers of discord in a country so religiously, ethnically and regionally charged as Nigeria. He said, “Wike...
Mosque Demolition: Ganduje Threatens Wike With Legal Action, Despite Denial
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Mosque Demolition: Ganduje Threatens Wike With Legal Action, Despite Denial

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has vowed to institute legal action against Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over the alleged demolition of Rainbow Town Central Mosque located at Trans-Amadi area of Port Harcourt. Reports had circulated on August 26 on social media about the demolition which was alleged to have happened on August 20. Ganduje, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Abba Anwar, described the “sad story of Mosque demolition in Rivers state as shocking and promised that necessary lawful action must be taken over the happening.” The statement said Ganduje would institute “legal action against this demolition of the Mosque as well contest it with appropriate authorities for redress.” Mr Anwar quoted the governor saying: “We received this informa...