Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has called on traditional rulers from the South-South Zone to work in unity to drive development in the geo-political zone.
Wike made the call on Tuesday in Port Harcourt when he hosted the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, who was on a courtesy visit to Government House.
He also called on South-South traditional rulers to work with the governors in the zone to chart that require developmental interventions.
Wike said: “The traditional rulers from South-South should work together to advance the development of the region.
“The Oba of Benin and the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom should not be second class to anyone.
“Our traditional rulers must not be relegated by anyone. We should not see ourselves as second class citizens.”
The governor also urged leaders of the South-South to stop militants from determining the choice of monarchs.
“Militants should never dictate what happens in communities. I am talking about traditional leadership.
“These days, you see people of no consequence coming forward to determine who become a traditional ruler because they carry guns. We must perform our roles and functions,’’ he said.
Wike also said that there would be synergy when traditional rulers from the zone interact with their governors.
“ When we interact, you point out areas where you require the governors to develop and we can synergise for the good of the zone.
“We will work together to move the traditional institution forward. We also need the support of the traditional institution for the development of the zone,” he said.
The governor called on the Oba of Benin to find a way to resolve the political feud between Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
“I want to humbly call on you to wade into the political crisis in Edo State. Though you are not a politician, it is necessary for the feud to be resolved. Please find a way to address the issue,” Wike said.
He also commended the Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr Herbert Wigwe, for supporting the Benin Traditional Council.
Earlier,Ewuare said that his visit to Port Harcourt was in line with the tradition established by his late father.
“Following the footstep of my father who came on a thank you tour after his coronation, we recall with nostalgia my father’s public service in Ahoada many years ago. Port Harcourt, and Rivers State is indeed a second home.
The Oba of Benin said that his visit was aimed at strengthening friendly and close relationships between the people.
“I am here to strengthen the friendly relationship and close affinity of our people. History has it that some of the tribes here trace their ancestry to Benin. These include the Ikwerres, the people of Ahoada and Omoku,’’ he said.
He added that he was also in the state to meet with other traditional rulers to influence the process of development.
“I will meet with the South-South monarchs who were present at the coronation so that we can share ideas with them on ways of strengthening the traditional institution in Nigeria and ensure the development and wellbeing of our people.
“We would like to use this opportunity of this visit to appreciate the cordial relationship between the good people of Edo State and the good people of Rivers State,’’ he said.
He extended a special invitation to the government and people of Rivers to participate in the celebration of the Igue Festival.
(Edited by: Dianabasi Effiong/Mufutau Ojo)
Edo election: PDP leader pledges support of Ososo people for Obaseki
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Leader in Ososo, Edo, Mr Bayo Ogedengbe, says the people of Ososo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo are strongly behind Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term bid.
He said that the people kept tabs on the governor’s developmental strides across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“Where ever you go, Ososo will go. We are strongly behind your reelection.
“We have seen that you stood against god-fatherism in the state.
“Your government brought the first tarred road into Ososo. Our people are saying thank you.
“We stand to tell you that we are supporting you second term bid.
“We appealed to you Sir for the construction of Ososo-Okpella road which will further help to improve the economy of both communities,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Dan Orbir, a former PDP state chairman in Edo, said that Obaseki would listen to their plight.
“What we are talking about is that, we need a man who will put his interests aside and serve the people.
“We have decided to stay by the governor to serve for another four years,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Pensioners throw weight behind Gov. Obaseki’s 2nd term bid
Some pensioners in Dagbala, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his prompt payment of salaries pensions.
Mr Rufus Adogame, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners in the area, gave the commendation at Dagbara Ward 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign ground.
“In the past, pensioners did get their pay after two or three months. But Obaseki has changed this narrative. We now get our pay as early as between the 24th and 26th of each month.
“We are here today to campaign for Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term election and we are sure of his victory.
“Today, we want to assure him that we are ready to work for his re-election. His developmental strides have qualified him to contest under our great party, PDP,” he said.
Adogame further said that the people were happy for all the great things Obaseki was doing for them, and that they would mobilise for his re-election on Sept. 19.
Also speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Mr Tunde Akogun, said that the people needed a man that was honest and committed to the development of the state.
“We all know the history of how pensioners took over the streets of Benin, but today that narrative has been changed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
Akogun called on the people to come out in their large numbers to re-elect the governor at the Sept. 19 governorship poll.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Edo 2020: Obaseki assures Akoko Edo traditional rulers of better days ahead
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has assured the people of the state that he will not disappoint them if re-elected, as he has laid the foundation for greater development in the state.
Obaseki made the pledge at the palace of Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, where he solicited the royal father’s blessings and support for his re-election at the Sept. 19 gubernatorial election in the state.
“I am seeking for a re-election because we have started a revolution of development in the last four years to make governance relevant to Edo people.
“We pay civil servants and pensioners on time; we have trained our teachers to be digital and now our children are learning well.
“We have improved on infrastructure in Igarra land and we will do more.
“Agriculture must be improved on and taken seriously as farming should be a priority because money from Abuja has been cut down.
“What you have seen in the last four years is small, compared to the great things that will follow in my second term. We have the experience that they don’t have.
“Our radical reforms have given us a solid foundation to build on. We will tackle security challenges in the state as we will finance the vigilance groups as they are well organised,” he said.
In his remarks, Oba Saiki, prayed God to continue to guide tne governor in all his ways and urged him to continue to advise youths to shun political thuggery.
Contributing, the Chairman of Akoko Edo Traditional Council, Oba Patrick Okara, lauded Obaseki for his prompt response to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Okara further commended him for the rehabilitation of roads in Akoko-Edo, adding that there were more roads begging for attention across the region.
“We have been feeling the impact of your government, but we want to feel it more. We demand for any institution of higher learning in the oldest local government in Nigeria, Akoko-Edo,’’ he said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Edo 2020: Lawmaker pledges support for Ize-Iyamu
The lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo II constituency in the Edo House of Assembly, Mr Emmanuel Agbaje, has pledged his support for Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate in the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbaje made the declaration at a meeting with members of his constituency on Sunday in Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government area of Edo.
He said that his decision was based on his inability to meet his political obligations to his constituents under the present administration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
NAN reports that Agbaje was the second lawmaker out of the 10, who had been sitting since the controversial inauguration of the assembly in July 2019 to publicly declare their support for Ize-Iyamu.
Agbaje said that the current system, as being operated by the Obaseki-led government, did not give room for any form of development in their (lawmakers’) constituencies.
According to him, “The only time I can remember that I was a true house of assembly member was the first one year and five months, and that was when Mr Adams Oshiomhole was governor.
“Within that period, Oshiomhole approved our constituency projects.
“I sited one in ward one; I sited the second one in ward eight Enwan Mixed Grammar School and another one in Ososo Secondary School; they are all there uncompleted.
He said that Oshiomhole mobilised the contractors with 50 percent of the value of the contracts, adding, however, that the job had remained where it was till today.
“For the past four years now, we have been begging for those jobs to be completed, even when we have not gotten new ones. Is that fair?
“Today, I am pained because I have wasted years in the house of assembly without being able to deliver on my campaign promises to my constituents.
“We were unable to meet the slightest of the projections we promised our people, because we have a system that doesn’t care about anybody.
“Here, we have an opportunity and this is very simple. It is either we continue like this but I don’t want to end my eight years like this.
“The opportunity is that we get a change; a new system that will now bring out better governance that will benefit all of us. So the choice is for our people and I know that we are not foolish.
“They say they did roads in Akoko-Edo and the World Bank did roads for us.
“We are happy even though the standard of those roads are nothing to write home about, because they are almost being washed away.
“I want to appeal to all of us, as I will not stick my neck into projecting this same system that has tied everybody’s hands,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq