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Governor Fubara, Rivers APC Clash Over N144 Billion Allocation Spending

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Governor Fubara and Rivers APC have clashed over N144 billion allocation spending.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Rivers State has raised concerns over the stewardship of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, pressing him to justify how the N144.2 billion federal allocation received by the state in the past five months has been utilized.

This query comes amid accusations from the APC that visible developmental projects to account for the substantial sum are lacking, suggesting mismanagement of state resources.

The call for accountability was voiced by the Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, during a visit to the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule.

The APC’s leadership is seeking clarity on the allocation’s expenditure, highlighting a growing concern over the governance and fiscal transparency under Governor Fubara’s administration.

In response to the allegations, Joseph Johnson, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, has hit back, accusing the APC of politicizing the issue.

Johnson’s defense of Governor Fubara suggests political tension between the ruling party and the opposition, with the latter scrutinizing the governor’s financial governance and project implementation.

Okocha said, “As a party in opposition in the state, we have received data of the sum received by the Rivers State Government from the Federal Allocation from June 22, 2023 to November 2023.

“The Rt Hon. Speaker, it is our finding that a whooping sum of N144,291,667,791.1 has been received from the federal allocation under the governor. This amount is outside the Internally Generated Revenue of the state, which is put conservatively at N10bn every month.

“We regret that this humongous amount has not translated to action in any way in terms of development in the state. What we see are heavily funded street processions and media-sponsored rallies in support of unnecessary political imbroglios.

“Fifth columnist and crisis entrepreneurs feed fat from our commonwealth. As a party, we shall not hesitate to punish any member of our party who is in the cohort in this gross financial malfeasance of our dear Rivers State.”

The APC leader urged the Assembly Speaker to keep a close watch on the governor, saying “And if you do nothing you are equally complicit.”

The Assembly Speaker, Amaewhule in his response said the legislature would continue to make laws that would benefit the people while it would amend those harmful to the people.

He stated, “Rest assured that the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly will not do anything outside the law. Whatever we do today is for the interest of the state so that when we are out, others coming after us will feel the impact of the service and legislation we offered to the Rivers people.”

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Johnson, in reaction to the claims insisted that the Fubara administration had been prudent and accountable.

He said, “When we come to the accountability forum, the Rivers people will see what we have done and, of course, they know that we are on course.

“Even though it is too early to assess this government, I’m sure we have since hit the ground running.

“He (Okocha) forgot that we have given about N150bn legacy project for the Ring Road, which surpasses the N144bn he is talking about. We have paid 77 per cent of it.

“We are doing 20,000 hectres of land for housing units.

“So you don’t just raise issues or mention figures without a proper understanding as to how government works. That’s why I said it’s his own imagination.

“We have promoted civil servants who had not been promoted for over eight years. All those funds, if you calculated from June to November, it speaks volumes about what has entered. Our wage bill is N2.6bn just from the promotion of teachers alone.

“So, he needs to go back to the drawing board and ask what and what has not been done and what has been done.”

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Edo Guber: Ex-NBA President, Akpata Emerges LP Candidate

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The immediate past national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party for the September governorship election in Edo.

Akpata, who was a senior partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars law firm in Nigeria until his resignation on 31 August 2023, won the primary election held in Benin City, the state capital, on Friday.

The Deputy Governor of Abia, Ikechukwu Emetu declared Akpata winner of the primary having scored the highest number of votes.

In declaring Akpata the winner of the exercise, Emetu said Akpata scored 316 votes to defeat his co-contestants in a landslide victory.

There was jubilation at the venue immediately Akpata was declared as the winner of the primary.

 

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Sen. Okpebholo Emerges Edo APC Gov Candidate

Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

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Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.

The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

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Shaibu, Ighodalo Emerge PDP Gov Candidates At Edo Parallel Primaries

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Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki-backed Asue Ighodalo on Thursday emerged governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at parallel indirect primary elections at different venues in Benin, the state capital.

Shaibu, a former member of the House of Representatives, was declared winner by Moses Batholomew in his official residence on Commercial Avenue, near Government House in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin with 301 of the 563 PDP’s authentic delegates’ votes in Edo.

Ighodalo, a Lagos-based lawyer, emerged the standard bearer at the shadow poll that took place at the Lawn Tennis Court of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Shortly after Shaibu’s declaration as the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo, armed thugs, including members of Edo State vigilance service, were mobilised to the venue and started were shooting sporadically.

But Shaibu and his teeming supporters escaped while the hoodlums continued to shoot at their vehicles with many allies of Edo Deputy Governor injured.

Edo Deputy Governor, in an acceptance speech, dedicated his victory to God Almighty, his teeming supporters, and the good people of the South south State.

As of the time of Shaibu’s declaration, the loyalists of Obaseki were about voting at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for Ighodalo while the consensus aspirant of Chief Dan Orbih-led Legacy Coalition in PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a former member of the House of Representatives, decided to withdraw from the skewed race.

When contacted, mobile lines of Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebomhiana Musa were not available while the text and WhatsApp messages had not been replied as of press time

Ighodalo polled 577 votes to beat Anselm Ojezua, Arthur Esele, Osaro Onaiwu, Martins Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru and Felix Akhabue, who all scored zero while and one vote was given to Shaibu with six votes declared void out of the 585 accredited delegates.

One of the governorship aspirants, Omosede Igbinedion, the daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbimedion, withdrew from the race at the stadium.

The Chief Returning Officer of the Edo PDP governorship primary election committee, Dauda Lawal, who is the Governor of Zamfara State, noted that members of the committee, having carefully sorted and counted the votes, found that Ighodalo scored 577 votes.

Lawal was assisted by Delta Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori and Senator James Manager, who were the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the committee respectively.

Ighodalo, in his acceptance speech, thanked Edo Governor and the entire people of the State for their love and support.

He said: “I want to thank you for making me a tool, and I promise you that I will be a useful tool, and by the grace of God, Edo State will move from where Obaseki has carried us, to the next level.

“I want to thank Obaseki for the wonderful work he has done in the last seven and a half years. I know that in a year or two, people will keep talking about Obaseki. We have not seen the value of the work he has done, but he is like a builder laying the foundation for a hundred story building.

“No man is perfect. We will all continue to repair and work on one another’s mistakes.”

Ighodalo also promised to put in his best in the service of Edo State and its residents if elected on September 21.

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