Olejeme bags Award in Atlanta Georgia

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The chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has bagged the Accolade Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding qualities, innovation, demonstration of excellence and immense humanitarian service.
The ceremony is slated for August 21 and 23, 2015 at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta Georgia in the United States of America.
A letter dated June 8, 2015 and signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accolade Media, Ambassador Ginika Tor and Patron, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, said the award was conceptualized to recognize men and women of distinction in their various areas of endeavor as well as those who have positively impacted the society in very remarkable ways.
“This year’s award is organized in collaboration with an American based organization, Southern Barter Club” the letter added.
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PRESS RELEASE
AMBODE VISITS MAJOR TRAFFIC POINTS, APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AT BERGER BUS STOP
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday visited some of the major traffic points in the metropolis, stating that his administration will provide solutions to traffic snarls in the State just as he approved the construction of a Pedestrian Bridge at Ojodu Berger Bus Stop.

The Governor, who spoke with Government House Correspondents at Dopemu in Agbado Oke- Odo Local Council Development Area, after the inspection, said he decided to visit the traffic points himself to get a first hand experience of what the situation is.

“We’ve seen that we’ve been to 3rd Mainland, Oworonshoki, Ketu, Abule-Egba, Alimosho and then we’ve gone to Mile 12.That’s not the end of the story. We’re still going to Apapa and Mile 2. The truth is that we must start to have solutions to our traffic challenges in the state and that’s what we are doing.
“I have here with me, heads of agencies that are really concerned about the traffic situation. I like them to speak to you directly and let you know that we are together as a team, we’re going to start seeing solutions to the traffic challenges that we experience in Lagos.

“It’s not enough for us stay in the office and believe that we can create solutions to the traffic challenge that we have in the state. So, we decided that we are going to go round ourselves and see how we can improve on the traffic situation in Lagos. What we have done in the last three hours is to show that we are greatly concerned about the traffic gridlock that we have been experiencing in the last few months”, the Governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.

Speaking further on the pedestrian bridge at Berger, the Governor said “We have seen that Berger needs a foot bridge and immediately the engineers are going to go to work and we will make sure that we put something there. We don’t want any traffic on that highway, so we are already thinking of additional solutions to allow vehicles to extend outside of the highway. That’s an engineering work and it’s already been considered”.
He added that in addition to the footbridge, the State Government would also ensure that it makes the road free at all times, because whatever happens there, there is a fall back on the 3rd Mainland which may extend to the Oworonshoki end of the axis.

The Governor, while addressing some residents at Go-ye Junction in Dopemu gave an assurance that the State will create traffic lights and expand the road at the two ends so that people can turn easily without creating traffic, adding that he shares their concern about traffic bottleneck in the area.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Seyi Coker who also spoke, expressed optimism that with the inspection Lagosians would see some improvement on the roads.

“So we are assuring that very soon from today, we are going to have some improvement on Lagos roads and that is what we have done. You can see that at all the points the Governor came down himself to see and pointed to situations, asked questions”.

Coker recalled that Governor Ambode on assumption of office, directed that the Ministry of Transportation identify problematic traffic points in the metropolis and that the ministry complied immediately and checked places like Ketu, the Underground and the Service lane.

The General Manager of Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Engineer Ayotunde Sodeinde who also spoke said the Governor has approved funds for the Agency to start work immediately.

“We are going to work as from Monday. We would not work during the day so that we would not obstruct traffic, we would work during the night and we have a lot of LSPWC gang that would handle all these situation”.

“Very soon, you would see us in action and you would see what they call a new face of Public Works. Lagos roads will be free and motorable”, he said.

The Governor was accompanied by top government functionaries, including the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello and heads of traffic agencies and other top government officials.
RIVERS APC HAMMERS WIKE OVER MASS SACK OF LECTURERS, THREAT TO SACK 13,200 TEACHERS, DISSOLVE BOARDS AND PARASATATALS •Alleges plot to turn Rivers into a Feudal State

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has descended heavily on the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the sack of 344 Lecturers of the Rivers State Polytechnic recruited in September 2014 by the immediate past administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. “This is madness taken too far,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said Thursday in a statement in Port Harcourt. He also lamented the order handed down to the Director of the institution, Mr. Obiankor Elechi, to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

 

“It is also being reported that the 13,200 teachers employed by Governor Amaechi to ease the suffering of unemployed Rivers youths are programmed to be sacked by next week as part of Wike’s ‘Operation kill Amaechi’s Legacies’. Just last week, all the Boards and Parasatatals in Rivers State were dissolved in Wike’s bid to reconstitute and fill them with his family members and cronies,” Ikanya said. “To demonstrate his disdain for decency and promotion of nepotism, Wike appointed his immediate cousin, Surveyor Okas Wike of Emma Wike & Partners, as a Director in the reconstituted Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority (GPHDA). Also appointed was his direct in-law, the immediate direct younger brother to Dr. Obuzor, his father in-law, Architect Nnamdi Obuzor, to same board of merely eight members,” the Rivers APC Chairman added.

Wike, according to Ikanya, boasts that Rivers State has been conquered and that nobody can question him or direct him on how to run the State as none of the bigwigs or elders surrounding him contributed a kobo in his election. “Wike has been telling anyone who cares to listen that he must recoup all the funds he spent in his bid to become governor. We wish to remind him that there will be a day of reckoning, even as we demand that he must not treat persons from the riverine and other parts of Rivers State as hewers of wood and drawers of water while lucrative offices are reserved for his family members, relatives and cronies. Whatever his grievances may be, he must not vent his anger on innocent lecturers and the poor masses of Rivers State who are not politicians and have not offended him in any way,” Ikanya said.

The statement challenged Wike’s godfathers to call him to order, asking: “Where is Dr. Peter Odili? Where is Prince Uche Secondus? Where is Dame Patience Jonathan? Where are the elders of Rivers State who brought this shame on our dear State? Is this the type of governor you people want for Rivers State at this critical period of the 21st Century? What crimes have we committed to warrant this type of callous government whose promotion of infamy, impunity and nepotism is unprecedented?”

Rivers APC noted that “if they fail to call Wike to order and he succeeds to run down our State, they are can rest assured that history will never be favourable to them.” It pointed out that “Amaechi is not the one on trial here but you all that by crook installed Wike as governor,” adding: “To dismantle all that Amaechi laboured to achieve for Rivers State these eight years cannot be said to be the best strategy to demonstrate Wike’s evil plot against Rivers people for stating that it is unholy to deny the riverine areas their turn to produce the next Governor of Rivers State after the upland has governed the State for a whopping 16 years.”

The party pleaded with Rivers people, “particularly those that are being hunted and humiliated, to keep hope alive as it is only a matter of weeks before salvation will come their way as we are fasting and praying that the Election Petition Tribunal comes to our aid as soon as possible to save us from the hands of this man who does not know what governance is all about.”

Long Live Rivers State!!

Long Live Rivers State!!

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.

18-06-15
Ikpeazu and his phobia for jingles

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was invariably telling the world that what would bring honour to his personality and office was service to duty and not media sycophancy, when he made the disclosure in a press briefing made available to the public on June 17, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu.

Although the relatively fine-looking governor did not mean the print media but jungle producers; he nonetheless did not intimate us in that report what price would be meted out to any offender among politicians and businessmen who would take praise-singing of the governor in jingles as a form of attracting attention.

The expression by Ikpeazu that jingles irritate him could be the same as the expression of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as noted by New Delhi TV (NDTV), when the Prime Minister said that a perfectly healthy man can contract a lot of ailments if he starts suffering from diabetes; bad governance is worse than diabetes.

NDTV quoted Modi to have said this in his first reply to the motion of thanks on the Presidential address, where he outlined his government’s priorities. Ikpeazu may learn that what formed Modi’s thrust of speeches in the two Houses of Parliament were cooperative federalism, development and good governance; not the other way round.

Like Modi would say in that speech of the Indian government, it is expected of Ikpeazu to understand and tell those he is governing with that, “Good Governance cannot remain merely a philosophy. Concrete steps have to be taken for realizing its goals. Individual efforts can bring excellence but only collective efforts can deliver effectively. It is our collective responsibility to ensure nobody sleeps hungry. Let’s change the image of our country from ‘Scam India’ to ‘Skilled India.’”

Notwithstanding, we know that the governor was in a bid to be civil by his body language and not to be severe to the people that voted for him to be governor. The ban on jingles that would be meant to promote the good works of the governor when delivered was however dicey: The government was yet to inform the world if it would be making jingles that would reflect and amplify the works of the governor, either.

By the way! The message of the governor was understandable; hence the governor was supposedly telling us that he would attract notice of Abia people and the world through his ability to duty. It’s palpable that he was telling Abia people that he was fit for the system and the task before him.

Ikpeazu conversely wanted the people to look at him and see him as what a governor should be like and not like a gubernatorial candidate on an electioneering campaign where jingles and music are used as weapons that send message of the candidate across, while at the same time, deafening the eardrums of the people.

Ikpeazu has no excuse not to make Abia better. We want people from across the world to say that Abia State has left Nigeria behind. That would bring competitions among states in Nigeria. We cannot suffix to say that Ikpeazu would be One Hundred percent upright in governance but the more he realises the reference made by one Nwaocha Ogechukwu thus he might be a better governor.

Hear the Ogechukwu: “No matter how an individual views Satan, whether they believe that he is a real character or that he is just the product of literary scholars and imaginations, no one can deny that each one of us has an aspect of the devil within us. By studying the character and nature of Satan, we learn about ourselves; and the more we know about ourselves, the better we can fight our own personal demons—metaphorical or otherwise—in order to create a better tomorrow.”

Ikpeazu should know that in every government there has to be something that will be peculiar to it. He should not see governance as the classroom that breeds scholars. He should see it from the matrix by Aristotle, suggesting inter alia that, “The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy creates oligarchy.”

Some people may say, but the governor has not said, that the Abia State economy is comatose. But no matter what the situation, sanguinity is not in lack to rejuvenate the state where necessary. It is in the court of Ikpeazu to generate hope anywhere people might think there was no hope and turnaround the economy of the state, then jingles of his works could be heard across the world when he was no more on seat.

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.

The Igbo Conscience Intervenes On Igbo/Yoruba Misunderstanding; Calls For Truce

The Igbo Conscience, an emerging Think Tank for the Igbo nation, has noted with grave concern, the increasing negative fallout of the last general election, which, if not checked, may lead to much more unsavory developments for the country. Of particular concern to us, as a fledgling Igbo think tank, is the increasing spate of hate messages and hate actions that have now taken over the once cordial and fruitful relationship between Ndigbo and the Yoruba. We note that the cordial relationship between the two great races has been greatly soured by the process leading to and the outcome of the last general election.

The Igbo Conscience notes that the negative politics that attended the last political campaigns have accounted for the degenerating relationship between Ndigbo and the Yoruba. We note that the events that are tragically spiraling into a dangerous exchange of hate messages have now gone to the extent of some Yoruba groups mobilizing some Yoruba to mount anti-Igbo protests in Lagos. Equally, we note the concern of these Yoruba groups to the continued picketing of a Yoruba, Dr. Ayo Ariyo in Dallas, United States, by some Igbo over some comments he allegedly made for which he had been reported to have made sufficient clarification and show of remorse. We condemn both actions and we see these as very dangerous and warn that no one, either Igbo or Yoruba will gain from a degeneration of this situation.

“The Igbo Conscience will not want to join issues with any group in this needless altercation but we want to warn both the Igbo and Yoruba groups furthering the ends of hate, division, anarchy, hatred and acrimony that we will gain more from sustaining, and indeed building, the age long cordial relationship that has sustained and nurtured our collective goals and interests as well as those of the larger Nigerian nation for several decades. We want to appeal to both Igbo and Yoruba to give heed to reason and end this disturbing needless warfare that will not benefit any one at the end of the day.

“The Igbo Conscience wants to state that we are not and will not agree to the destruction of the cordial relationship that had seen Igbo and Yoruba recording the highest level of inter-tribal marriages in Nigerian history. If this is not a solid instance of common bonding that automatically broke down the barriers of hate and rancor, we wonder what else will. We believe that soon, both ethnic nationalities will be overwhelmed by a hybrid of culture that does not tolerate the petty quarrels and unfounded tantrums that are gradually taking over the relationship between both nationalities.

“We want to state that we will not pander to any issue that will hurt the mutual understanding and good relationship Ndigbo have enjoyed with their Yoruba hosts either in Lagos or any other South West State by either making hollow demands that have no real practical value or igniting a hate tendency as a reaction to such demand. We want to state emphatically that we share common bond of unity and understanding with the Yoruba, either in Lagos or any other South Western state or even any other tribe in Nigeria.

“The Igbo Conscience wants to put it on record that in the process leading to the election, one of our affiliate groups, the Association for the Defence of Igbo interests in Lagos (ADIL) came out strongly to disavow the hate politics in Lagos that brought about this worsening situation and affirm the willingness of progressive Igbo to work with Yoruba in Lagos for a common political goal of advancing progressive politics in Lagos. We remain committed to that goal, which does not support the rancor marking the relationship between Igbo and Yoruba today.

“The Igbo Conscience therefore calls for a cessation of hostilities in the degenerating war of attrition between Igbo and Yoruba, either in Lagos, Dallas or any other state in and outside Nigeria.

“The Igbo Conscience will, in conjunction with equally concerned Yoruba professionals and leaders, work to mend the frosty relationship between Igbo and Yoruba as well as other Nigerians. We call on all Igbo and Yoruba, either in Lagos or elsewhere, to cease forthwith from issuing or causing to be issued, damaging hate speeches, inciting write ups and insinuations in any forum or platform that will further endanger the peace and unity between Ndigbo and the Yoruba. We demand equally that the leaders of Ndigbo and Yoruba commence immediate actions to foster peace, unity, understanding, tolerance among Igbo and Yoruba, as well as among other ethnic groups in Nigeria.”

Barr. Onyekachi Ubani Peter Claver Oparah
Interim Chairman Interim Secretary
Benue State House of Assembly grants Ortom’s request for 10B Naira facility

Members of the 8th Benue Assembly just voted for a resolution granting Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s request to borrow Ten Billion Naira to keep the government going.

The resolution follows a request to that effect by the governor to enable him pay salaries and attend to other pressing state matters.

Joseph Ojobo, PDP moved the motion after contributions on the request by members and was seconded by Ianna Jato, PDP.

Jato says his support for the motion is premised on the ground that even the just passed 2015 budget has provision for deficit funding.

He however cautions against “borrowing as was the case with the out gone government,” and urged Ortom to devise other means of getting money.

Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange appreciates members for the action.

Speaking with journalists aft the session, Bem Mngutyo (APC), Tarka State Constituency said the decision was to enable government move forward.
“Ours is to see how the government can move forward. The state is in a precarious situation where salaries are not paid,” says the former Benue State NUJ chair.

He however noted that “even if borrowing is not the best approach, it is pertinent to know that the best thing is to do now is to borrow. Perhaps, we can step up ways of IGR because our situation seems to be worst than states that are newly created.”

BLACKMAIL WITHOUT END
By Joe Iniodu

“I stand here today and on the altar of God to say, leave myself and Godswill Akpabio alone”, Governor Udom Emmanuel bellowed with a tinge of irritation coursing through the sonorous voice that wafted from the speakers. It was the thanksgiving service organized by the Catholic Diocese of Ikot Ekpene in honour of former Governor Godswill Akpabio now Senator of the Federal Republic on the successful completion of eight years summing two terms as governor of Akwa Ibom State. Senator Godswill Akpabio who is a first timer in the eighth Senate that was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 lived up to his famous billing by polling two serving governors, ten distinguished Senators, former governors and deputies and a host of other personages to the event. The event which held at St. Anne Cathedral, Ifuho on June 14 is a story for another day.

My focus in this treatise is our common commodity of trade-blackmail with its kindred which include falsehood, slander, backstabbing and sundry other of such peculiar human foibles. Governor Udom’s irritable outburst may have resulted from his shock at the extreme people could go to disparage government functionaries and their policies even when they have the best of intentions. He was perhaps rankled by the people’s capacity for egregious falsehood simply aimed tarnishing people and bringing government to disrepute. The governor may have been wondering whether the masterminds of these odious acts are not part of government which civic studies in primary schools had long ago noted that every member of the society is part of government. But these blackmailers who appear to act spoilsports operate peripherally without betraying any form of entitlement or interest in the State where they live, operate and earn a living. Their acts can be equated to cutting the nose to spite the face.

Senator Godswill Akpabio who is still taking the barrage appears to be at home with the reckless darts continually hurled in his direction. Sometime ago, he said he used to be very incensed with the negative criticisms and the outright falsehood that were arrayed at him. He said that one day, a man of God in the person of Dr. Uma Ukpai counseled him. He advised him to ignore the criticisms and focus on providing good governance stating that it is only a tree which bears good fruits that is pelted the most. The former governor said that the advice resolved all the contradictions as he began to see those indiscretions on the part of some people as the cost of leadership especially if one seeks to break new frontiers and do things differently in the interest of the people. Senator Akpabio observed that even when about one hundred and ten local tabloids were established for the sole purpose of maligning him, he saw the blackmailing as means of livelihood for people albeit ignobly and so ignored it. Akpabio who often recalls how he was once frozen by a headline when he stopped to buy a local tabloid “Akpabio Caught in London with USD75 million” and a rider, “Attorney-General to the Rescue” noting that whereas he was in Uyo and did not travel to United Kingdom as the paper reported, he summed the action as deliberate mischief. Of course this was among other shocking headlines like “Akpabio Slumps” etc.

Many had thought that when (Akpabio) would exit power, the blackmail would end or drop many notches down. But it has persisted. It is blackmail without end. As he himself stated jocularly though, anything that happens in Akwa Ibom, he is fingered as responsible. According to him, even domestic squabbles between spouses are attributed to him. He also noted the case of one prominent man who had an accident and died to which he is currently being falsely accused even as he was not the driver or an occupant of the vehicle. The former governor said he had since stooped responding to blackmails since he would not be judged by how many of them he answered but by the unalterable legacies he would live behind. And that he has achieved in a manner that has exceeded human expectations but not the cynicisms of his detractors.

How did our people arrive at this sorry pass of blackmail and mudslinging? It is a nature that contradicts our much touted Christian values. When you raise unsubstantiated allegations and pretend that it has no intent to destroy, you have literally killed. And figuratively, you have committed murder. Sadly, we jettison our basic values in the name if politics while often positing that the end justifies the means. But our creator would not judge our actions from political o social prisms but literally as they are credited to us. It is therefore proper to interject these values into our political conducts so that we can remain part of His (God) promise even as politicians.

Former Governor Akpabio who earned the award of MVG, (Most Vilified Governor) while in office had during his tenure strengthened the State’s partnership with God. It is a partnership that has paid-off handsomely in tangibles and intangibles. It is left for the people of the State to internalize the core values of Christianity and allow them to define their lives. It is our conviction that if those values are embraced, respite from blackmail would be achieved and the glory of God would be revealed in our lives. The lines of hate and ethnic chasms created by vested political interest would be obliterated by the fiery passion of nationalism and indeed love for our dear State.

Governor Udom Emmanuel is today a little above two weeks in office. But blackmailers have not spared him. Their cynicisms dog every step he takes no matter how well intentioned. When he declared a three day fast to usher in his administration, these merchants of mischief published on the social media that Akwa Ibom people refused to heed the call whereas more than seven thousand people often gathered every evening of the three days to break the fast. The few appointments he has made have also been mired in unwarranted criticisms while the many not made have attracted insinuations that are substantially baseless. Well, one does not know whether Governor Emmanuel expected what he is getting. If he did not, he had better braced up for this is Akwa Ibom. Former Governor Akpabio in one of his many wits called for the revisiting of sharing of assets and liabilities between Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom States which were one State till 1987. He said that during the sharing, fixed assets like stadium, cultural centre etc were left in Cross River while movable assets like petition writers were moved to Akwa Ibom State. Akpabio’s prayer is that some of the petition writers should be returned to Cross River State as we have surplus in our State thus leading to sustained mischief.

It is heartwarming to observe that Udom’s vision for the State is unaltered. During the campaigns, his manifesto and election promises placed assent on industrialization. He had said that, now that the State has the right infrastructure, it must go the way of industrialization to create wealth, empower the people and make life more abundant. In the last fortnight, the governor has left no one in doubt on his preparedness to turn the State into an industrial hub in the Gulf of Guinea. In the first one week, he had visited some of the moribund industries that had been abandoned since the 80’s and 90’s with the intent to appraise their states and work out modalities of rejuvenation. For these industries, there is light at the end of the tunnel. And there is a providential caveat to all these. The said industries were conceived and established by and Onna son, late Dr. Clement Isong while serving as governor of the then Cross River State. Today providence has selected an Onna son and set for him the enviable task of rehabilitating them many decades after. This does not seem to be a happenstance, it is designed and destined. And I hope that those who have placed personal ambition above the will of God have something to learn from this stretch of history.

Governor Udom’s steps in the last fortnight bear great promise. A traditional adage asserts that anything that would be good is seen from the beginning. The sincerity of His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel is palpable, his zest is not hidden and the determination is obvious. It behooves all right thinking Akwa Ibom people to extend their support as he systematically sets about evolving a machinery that would sustain the superior performance the State has witnessed these past eight years through quality governance that has come to serve as national benchmark. Udom cannot achieve anything under an atmosphere of blackmail, rancor, chaos and distraction. And so for the cessation of all these, he has severally offered an olive branch calling on all to join hands with him in the service of the State. This is indeed a clarion call to all Akwa Ibom people: “Come let us build together”

Recently Governor Udom has been under a barrage over the list of his commissionership nominees. The argument of these cynics is that he is recycling commissioners insinuating that he is being teleguided. Apart from these summations being in bad faith, those canvassing them have feigned ignorance of both political climate and actual business of governance in the context of government being a continuum. There are still hurdles for the Udom administration to cross. There is the case in the Tribunal with the likes of Barristers Uwemedimo Nwoko and Emmanuel Enoidem on the legal team. Would it have been wise to drop them and curry lukewarm interest in the matter? There are also projects at different stages of completion that require those that had been at it to continue. It would take a new person another length of time to understudy and internalize the details of such projects. In my opinion, Udom’s position in bringing back the likes of Engr. Etido Inyang and others shows sincerity and a commitment to move the State to another level. He is not playing politics with the governance of the State and is not ready to subject the State’s patrimony to serve the ends of political nepotism. He wants to put round pegs in round holes in the interest of the well-being of the State. Unfortunately this has attracted barbs from people who appreciate political office from the narrow prism of self and self only.

When Brigadier-General Buba Marwa was posted to Lagos State as military administrator in the 90’s, he introduced a brand of committed governance that made Lagosians and nay Nigerians shudder over the fact that government can work for the people. Lagosians including miscreants and armed robbers endorsed the government with some of the robbers suspending robberies in Lagos as a mark of solidarity to that government. Udom has not only brought hope but has come with concrete plans that would ensure the realization of the hope. Just as robbers and miscreants were inspired by patriotic instincts to pledge their solidarity to Marwa, we urge our tribe of blackmailers to toe the same path by giving Udom a chance. Let it not be blackmail without end.

Joe Iniodu is a public affairs analyst.
PDP state chairmen congratulates Mimiko

The chairmen of state chapters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have
congratulated Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on his emergence
as the chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum (PDPGF).

Mimiko, former deputy chairman of the forum was elected on Wednesday
at a meeting of the PDP governors in Abuja to replace Godswill
Akpabio, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State who is now a
Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview, the chairman of the Conference of PDP
Chairmen, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, stated that the election of Mimiko to
steer the ship of the PDPGF was a welcome development.

According to Agbo, who is the Benue State PDP chairman, Mimiko’s
emergence was a manifestation of the explicit confidence his fellow
PDP governors have in him.
He assured the new PDPGF helmsman of the total support of the
Conference of PDP chairmen, noting that they will work closely with
him and other stakeholders of the PDP to reposition the party and
launched it back to power at the centre in 2019.

His words: “I want to congratulate His Excellency Governor Olusegun
Mimiko for emerging as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
Governors’ Forum (PDPGF). This is a clear testimony of the tremendous
confidence his colleagues have in his person particularly in this time
in the life of our great party. It is a call to national leadership
and i want to assure him of the support of the Conference of PDP state
chairmen. He is equally assured of my total support as we collectively
navigate out of the morbid waters of defeat to the smooth sail of
victory which is eminent. I pray God to guide him as he add this
onerous responsibility to the already enormous responsibility of
governance in his state.”

Dr. Agbo further stated that he has no doubt that Mimiko would live up
to expectation in the new assignment as a mature politician and
purposeful leader fully committed to the advancement of PDP and
sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

From Michael Jegede
Media Practitioner
Abuja

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