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‘We’re at war’ – APC asks FG to declare state of emergency in Rivers

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Rivers has asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Tony Okocha, chairman of the caretaker committee of the party in Rivers, said Siminialayi Fubara, the governor, and security agencies in the state are “helpless”.

Okocha said the federal government needs to “act fast” in Rivers following the decision of some former LGA chairmen who attempted to continue in office.

“The governor is helpless; the police are helpless,” the APC caretaker chairman said.

“Therefore, the APC in Rivers State is calling for a state of emergency in the state as a way of taming the mayhem, and the upsurge that is going on in the state.

“I call on the federal government to act fast in this regard.”

On Tuesday, Fubara asked the heads of local government administration to assume control of the 23 council areas of the state following the tenure expiration of the chairmen.

Despite the governor’s directive, some of the former LGA chairmen reportedly attempted to resume duty at the council secretariat.

They were eventually chased away by youths.

The development sparked political tension in Rivers as residents protested at some of the LGA secretariats in the state.

Police officers fired multiple shots into the air to disperse protesters at the various LGA headquarters.

The governor has since sworn in caretaker committee chairs for the LGAs.

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‘I stand by my utterances’, says Ndume as he rejects Senate’s new role

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Senator Ali Ndume has addressed his recent removal as the Senate Chief Whip, asserting that, after reviewing the circumstances, his actions did not justify his dismissal.

Ndume’s ousting came following his criticism of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Two days after his removal, Ndume declined the Senate Committee on Tourism chairmanship, citing a lack of experience and exposure necessary for such a position.

Speaking from his home in Maiduguri, he mentioned he never aspired to be the Senate Chief Whip, having already served as the Senate leader during the eighth Senate.

Ndume shared that he was offered the opportunity to choose a committee to serve as vice-chairman due to his role in securing Godwill Akpabio’s election as Senate President.

On the calls for him to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ndume reaffirmed his status as a founding party member.

He recounted his involvement in the formation of the APC, being one of the twenty-two senators who left the PDP to establish the new party back when Abdullahi Ganduje was the deputy governor of Kano State.

Ndume noted that he consulted his constituents before publicly joining the APC at the request of former President Muhammadu Buhari and President Bola Tinubu, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to his people.

The senator explained his delayed response to his removal, citing the mourning of a family member’s death.

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Actress Hilda Dokubo suspended as Labour Party’s Rivers chairperson

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The Labour Party Chairman in Rivers, Hilda Dokubo, was on Thursday suspended as a member of the party in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.

The suspension is contained in a letter written to the Labour Party Chairman of the Asari Toru LGA and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ajalamonia Ibama, the Secretary, Lole Amacheer and the Treasurer, Emmanuel Ibamathe. Others who signed the letter were the Women leader, Osaki Dieypiriye, and the Publicity Secretary, Osaki Dokubo.

Dokubo was suspended on July 15, after an emergency meeting of the party’s ward executive committee and ratified by the Asari Toru LGA Executives of the party on July 18. The party ward officials suspended the state Party Chairman alleging financial misconduct, abuse of office and breach of party regulations amidst other allegations.

The ward executives said that the decision was made following a thorough investigation into these allegations, saying they reportedly uncovered substantial evidence.

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Appeal court affirms Douye Diri as Bayelsa governor

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.

A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Timipre Sylva, for lacking in merit.

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