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Barely 24 hours after Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, declared that he will be running for a second term in office, in 2019, another aspirant, Soalabo West, has also announced his willingness to contest for governorship on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

West, an energy and maritime lawyer of the Kalabari ethnic extraction, says his willingness to vie for the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, “is anchored on a new paradigm to make Rivers State great again.”

He stated that the circumstances that threw up Wike in 2015 have been actualised with his emergence as governor in 2015 under the aegis of the PDP and it is now the turn of the riverine communities to produce the Governor in 2019.

“The prevailing argument then, was that Rivers was a PDP state and the people of the state needed to wrest the leadership of the state from the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party which the then incumbent governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi defected to in 2013.”

West recalled: “Governorship aspirants from the riverine ethic nationalities were asked to work with Wike, not because the Upland/Riverine dichotomy was not there, but essentially because of imperatives of the time.”

“One, that Rivers State should go to the PDP, and second, that the state should be properly mobilised to deliver majority votes to former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2019 presidential election.”

West emphasized that his governorship ambition is propelled by his desire to bring to the fore: vision; youthful vigour; and a pragmatic and dynamic approach to the development of the state devoid of political bickering and sectarian exclusiveness that is currently being institutionalized.”

He added: “My appeal to our youths and all stakeholders is to eschew violence and thuggery because according to former President Jonathan, nobody’s blood should be shed for anybody’s political ambition.”

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Omoyele Sowore And His Accomplice Needs To Learn From Bobi Wine Of Uganda

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By: Giwa Murtala Omotola
Music star turned grassroot politician stands as the strongest candidate challenging the 76 year old former rebel leader who seized power in 1986 and has held onto it since. The rebel commander was just 41 years old when he seized power, promising Ugandans security, a stronger economy and a better future. Bobi is the major and most popular candidate that has summoned the courage to stop the longtime President Yoweri Museveni’s bid to win a sixth term. Bobi had done more than enough despite a harrowing experience during electoral campaigns.
Before his entry into politics, Bobi Wine was a self styled “ghetto president”.
He grew up in Kamwokya, a slum in the centre of Kampala. It was when he was still in Kampala that he began making music, producing a number of reggae, pop and hip hop hits. But his music became increasingly political over time. In songs such as Rise Up and Freedom, he complained about corruption and called for change.
He didn’t go for the presidential seat first not because he was not popular then, he started as member of parliament in 2017 representing Kyadondo East, winning by a landslide in a bye election. He went there to gather influence and to have a voice before forging ahead. In a series of bye elections he campaigned for candidates who defeated hopefuls from the NRM.
Bobi have been singing for almost 20 years. He was very popular with his lyrics and styles, he has dropped numerous change messages through his ‘rab dhaba’ music style, So it’s as if he has been campaigning, all his musical career. His song Tuliyambala Engule (We Shall Wear the Victor’s Crown) has become one of the campaign’s unofficial anthems. Bobi have been aiming the seat for long, that’s the reason why he started from the grassroot.
He is different from Sowore and some other accidental politicians that cannot win a single polling unit not to talk of ward during election. Bobi wine party NUP has structures everywhere unlike Sowore a structureless politician. Bobi Wine party have members in the parliament, they won most of the bye elections in Uganda, Bobi Wine also emerge through bye election.
He established an independent tallying centre to check against potential rigging. Whereas some of the noisemakers don’t have polling unit agent, in my polling unit Sowore party don’t have polling unit agent, there is nobody to check if he was rigged out or not. You can only see him monitoring election on social media.
Bobi started his political career as member of parliament, his party have won numerous elections in Uganda. Most of our Youth in Nigeria don’t want to start from the grassroot, they want to be president overnight without proper permutation and adequate calculation. Bobi was not planning any revolution, he came out to defeat Museveni through the ballot not protesting on daily basis to disrupt public peace and gain unnecessary attention.
Upon our agitation for effective leadership and good governance in Nigeria, none of our politicians have single handedly ruled for 30 years even during military era there was change of leadership. Uganda deserve change in leadership there is no doubt about that, Museveni needs to step aside for another person to come on board. Its crystal clear that seeking re-election for another sixth term in office is a rape on African democracy.
It is widely believed that Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is being lined up to take over from him. Kainerugaba is currently the commander of the Special Forces, which is tasked with protecting the president. The era of Museveni needs to end. Museveni want to turn Uganda to a monarchical state.
Finally, Sowore and his cohorts needs to have a rethink, they need to go to the grassroot like the way Bobi Wine is presently doing now in Uganda, there is no polling unit on social media, election can only be won through the ballot not media ranting.
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House impeaches Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’

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The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a swift and bipartisan condemnation of the President’s role inciting last week’s riot at the US Capitol.

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump exactly one week after rioters forced lawmakers to flee from the very chamber in which they cast ballots in the fourth presidential impeachment in US history — and the first time a President has been impeached twice. Ten Republicans, including the House’s No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined all Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
While impeachment won’t force Trump from office — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Trump won’t face his trial until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week — the vote was a visceral response from lawmakers in both parties furious at Trump after a deadly pro-Trump mob overran Capitol Police, ransacked the US Capitol and put the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in danger last week.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
The speed of the vote and the Republican support underscores the fury that lawmakers feel about Trump’s role inciting the rioters who overtook the Capitol, who were fueled by Trump’s months of false rhetoric about the election being stolen from him. Cheney’s statement was cited by impeachment supporters and detractors alike Wednesday after she charged that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” urging the President to accept his share of responsibility and “quell the brewing unrest.” McCarthy, however, argued the House should create a bipartisan commission instead of impeachment.
“I believe impeaching the President in such a short timeframe would be a mistake,” McCarthy said. “No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held.”
The division within the Republican Party starkly contrasts the House Democrats’ 2019 impeachment of Trump, when House Republicans were united in opposition. The Republicans besides Cheney voting to impeach Trump on Wednesday were Reps. John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and David Valadao of California.
Rice, a Republican from a conservative district who was not expected to vote for impeachment, said in a statement after the vote that it was the President’s response to the riot that led him to cross the aisle.
“The President has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate,'” Rice said.
“I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable,” the South Carolina Republican added.
In the Senate, McConnell is not planning to bring the Senate back for a trial before January 19, meaning the trial won’t begin until Trump is out of office and Biden has been sworn in.
The majority leader said in a statement following the vote that a trial could not be completed ahead of Biden’s inauguration even if it started beforehand, and he wanted Congress and the executive branch to spend the next week focused on “facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power.”
In a note to his GOP colleagues Wednesday afternoon, McConnell wrote, “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
McConnell has indicated he believes impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, sources said Tuesday. McConnell is facing a delicate balance — a number of his GOP colleagues have made clear they oppose impeachment and the Kentucky Republican famously loathes anything that divides his conference, according to a source familiar with the matter.
But the source says McConnell is also keenly aware of the moment in history — and the moment for the Republican Party. McConnell’s shift against Trump has been apparent for those watching him closely. He cut off contact with Trump weeks ago and has made clear he has no plans ever to speak to him again.
For House Democrats, the disagreements that divided their caucus on impeachment in 2019 simply never materialized. Democrats quickly coalesced around using impeachment in the final days of Trump’s presidency to serve as a proper response to the President’s conduct and as a way to push for his removal from office before the end of his term, although that scenario looks unlikely.
Pence sent a letter Tuesday saying he would not seek to invoke the 25th Amendment as Democrats had urged, and Trump is not considering resigning.
Pelosi has brushed aside Republican efforts to take a different action, such as censure, in response to Trump’s role in the riot. She named impeachment managers on Tuesday evening, a team of nine Democrats who will be led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, ahead of a likely trial not long after Biden is sworn in. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said late Tuesday the House would send the articles to the Senate immediately.
Democrats only grew more resolute in their push to impeach Trump over the riot as more information has come out about the attack on the Capitol, including violent images of Capitol Police officers being attacked, and the death of a Capitol Police officer. Wednesday’s vote occurred while thousands of National Guard troops were present every nook of the Capitol complex ahead of next week’s inauguration, and they slept on the floors of the Capitol building the night before the impeachment vote.
After the House vote, Trump released a video statement calling for calm as the threat of new riots — which Trump said he’d been briefed on by the Secret Service — casts a pall over Washington. But he did not mention the historic impeachment that had occurred a few hours earlier.
Trump has showed no contrition for his role in last week’s Capitol riot, railing against impeachment on Tuesday in his first public remarks since the incident. A source close to the President said he’s not considering resigning.
“It’s been analyzed,” Trump said of his remarks last week to the crowd before the riots. “People thought what I said was totally appropriate.”

What the trial could look like

Wednesday’s impeachment vote will complicate the opening days of the Biden administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be tied up with a trial just as Biden is taking office.
In a statement Wednesday evening, the President-elect noted that “it was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience,” before turning to the pandemic.
“This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy,” Biden said. “I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”
Biden is still awaiting word on whether the Senate will be able to do an impeachment trial alongside Cabinet confirmation hearings and Covid-19 relief legislation. Aides say Biden and his team are working behind the scenes with Senate Democrats — and House impeachment managers — to keep the impeachment trial as swift as possible, although the length remains an open question.
Both Biden and Schumer have argued that the Senate will try to divide its days, so the Senate can confirm Biden’s nominees and consider Covid-19 stimulus legislation while also carrying out the impeachment trial.
House impeachment managers are just starting to lay out their strategy for the case they plan to bring and are wary about stepping on the first days of Biden’s presidency.
Several managers told CNN decisions have not been made over a key issue: Whether to seek witnesses and attempt to subpoena documents for the trial, which could prolong it.
But McConnell indicating he’s in no rush to bring the Senate back early into session, House managers have more time to begin their strategy sessions.
Raskin told CNN that they are still assessing whether to seek witnesses.
One possible witness is Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The article of impeachment references Trump’s pressure campaign against the official to “find” the votes necessary to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
Asked if Raffensperger would be called as a witness, Rep. Madeleine Dean, one of nine impeachment managers, said she didn’t “want to preview” the case and they were only just beginning organizational meetings.
Democrats, though, seem to be wary about starting the trial on the same day Biden is sworn into office.
“Certainly not,” Dean said when asked if it would be a good idea to start on January 20. “The President and vice president deserve (their day)… We have to restore a peaceful transfer of power which Donald Trump deliberately incited people against.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.

Source: CNN

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Ngeregbara, Mba collapse Rivers PDP/Abe camps in Andoni

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By: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

As the cracks in the walls of the Rivers State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gets hollow, following plans by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to cede power in some local government areas to the Senator Magnus Abe led dissident camp of defiant progressives in the planned hot-dog and illegal council polls which appears to be swaddled in an undemocratic scheme of hollow party suzerainty in a bid to hunt perceived internal opponents in the umbrella party and at the same time decorate Senator Abe with a pseudo-relevance in the leadership of the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka has commended repentant allies of the former Rivers South/East Senator and opposition party members from Andoni local government area, for returning to the mainstream fold of the All Progressives Congress.

 

In a statement made available to media houses, Chief Eze expressed gratitude to the good people of Andoni for collectively resolving to part ways with the Peoples Democratic Party and the Senator Magnus Abe led group of unconscious and conscienceless mortals, who have suddenly turned politics into a mere merchandise  in the pursuit of their selfish private vendetta, haven been hoodwinked into the dangerous circle of Gov. Wike’s anti-people political mercenary for some meagre incentives to supplement their sources of livelihoods.

 

According to the party chief, Andoni is a very important Local Government in the political equation of Rivers State being the home Local Government of the incumbent National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus;.Chief Tele Ikuru, former Deputy Governor of Rivers State and former Rivers State APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

 

Prior to now, Andoni local government area served as a stronghold of the umbrella party in Rivers State, but given the massive defection of key leaders of the party and stakeholders and members of the Abe led group, Chief Eze said the formal cessation of the Peoples Democratic Party led Government in Rivers State by 2023 is a prophecy foretold and actualised.

 

Leading the project of ending the People’s Democratic Party and the presence of the very confused and misguided Group of Senator Abe’s followers in Andoni was a grassroot mobilizer and one of the most popular politicians from Andoni, a onetime Senatorial Aspirant and former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Christian Mba. Mba who led Hon. Emmanuel Eneyor and thousands of PDP faithful and Abe’s allies to what is now described as the death knell for PDP and the end to the satanic plots of Abe to decimate APC in Rivers State.

 

He said Andoni is part of the Local Government Areas Governor Nyesom Wike has ceded to Abe and his group to compensate them for their satanic acts and further empower them for the renewed task of ensuring that the APC goes into extinction in Rivers State while embarrassing perceived opponents within the PDP, including Prince Uche Secondus – the National Chairman of PDP and Engr. Tele Ikuru, former Rivers Deputy Governor and relegate them to the background as having lost out in the politics of Andoni and the State at large.

 

The party Chief said the plot to cede Andoni to Abe and his group informed the mass movement of both PDP members and Abe’s group into the progressive party.  He wooed both Prince Uche Secondus and Engr. Tele Ikuru to follow suit as the Local Government has recorded no reasonable achievements since the assumption of office by Gov. Wike and his hoodwinked umbrella party.

 

With the development, Eze said Prince Uche Secondus and Tele Ikuru, who for sometime now have shunned events organised by Wike and his government are seen recently attending government functions in a bid to causing Gov. Wike to have a change of heart as regards the inclusion of  Andoni amonh the Local Government Areas to be ceded to Abe, whose misfortune in the politics of Rivers State is taking a dangerous dimension.

 

Eze a very close associate to both Wike, Secondus, Ikuru and Abe assures Engr. Ikuru and the remnants of the PDP in Andoni of heroical welcome home to the All Progressives Congress, the party that will form the next Government in Rivers State whenever they decide to come back home highlighting that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whose love for both Secondus, Ikuru and Abe is obvious, is ever ready to welcome them back to the party that will improve the fortunes of the good people of Andoni LGA.

 

Eze who wept for Senator Abe whose political future has been wrapped with uncertainties based on his miscalculations especially, the biting of the fingers that once fed him quoted Mr. Kennedy Friday, Abe’s Publicist as saying, “with Hon. Mba who is one of our most outspoken Leaders leaving us we are finished as a Group”

 

Reacting to their acceptance and readmission into the mainstream of APC, Hon. Chris Mba a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly accused Senator Magnus Abe  and his Co – travellers of collaborating with Governor Wike and PDP to sabotage APC and ridicule, Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and as a good Christian, I can no longer play a spoiler game that is detrimental to the progress and emancipation of Rivers State.

 

It is fact that both Abe, Aguma and most leaders of the group were in touch with Governor Wike and the PDP in the sinister plot to dismantle and decimate APC in Rivers State. Most of us seeing the treacherous nature of Abe’s group worked tirelessly behind the scene to convince the Senator and his friends to reconcile their perceived differences and abandon acts of treachery in the overall  interest of the APC but no avail.

 

Mba stated further that as part of the plan to destabilise the APC,  Abe’s team was planning to collaborate with the PDP during the Local Government elections by fielding candidates in defiance of the position  of the APC. The truth stands, ” that only the party led by Isaac Ogbobula had the right to present the official position of the APC, emphasising as a lawyer that Abe and his Co – travellers were to pick other party platforms to field candidates in the local elections.

 

Mba hammered Abe further maintaining that he discovered that Senator Abe was busy pursuing personal gain while misleading some unsuspecting members of the party who are under his spell disclosing that Senator Abe had no interest in a peaceful resolution of the crisis that is being stoked in the APC, saying Abe and his henchmen were on a mission of destabilisation.

 

This is homecoming for me. When I spoke with our leader, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, I told him that I am a political prodigal son and that I am coming back to my political family. I told him that he should have a place in his heart to forgive me and he said he has nothing against me as we have come a long way.

 

Mba stated, “gathered here today are not paperweight politicians, but heavyweights and grassroots politicians. I took a deep thought about the progress of our party. I feel pained that some people are trying to drag the party backward. They are planning to do all they can to weaken the party and thereafter empty themselves into the opposition party.

 

Reacting to this new dawn in the politics of Rivers State, the Leader of APC in Adoni, the Iroko and the former Commissioner Of Works in Rivers State, President General of Free Rivers Initiative, former member of House Of Reps that represented Andoni at the National Assembly, one of those candidates that contested against Chief Nyesom Wike for the gubernatorial ticket of PDP in 2015, Hon. Engr. Ngerebara Sampson welcomes the PDP people in Andoni and those Loyal to Magnus Abe into the APC.

 

“This man of vision highlighted, “Let me state this obvious fact for those who may not have known. Hon Mba is a long time friend of our leader, HE, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

You recall that Hon. Chris Mba represented the good people of Andoni local Govt in the State House of Assembly from 1999 -2003. During which period our leader held sway as the Hon. Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

 

Both of them, indeed had good relationship. The result of that relationship gave Egbormung community in Andoni, the Sand filling project. Hon. Mba himself got an appointment as a Member of Due Process in Rivers State.

 

Both Christian Mba and his community Egbormung benefited from the good gestures of our leader ,when he was Governor of Rivers state.

 

Both , Hon. Mba and Hon. Emmanuel Eneyo ,former, Executive Chairman of Andoni Local Govt CouncilI , former Ex-Official Member of APC  Rivers State are politicians with proven perspicacity . I am therefore not surprised with their decision to reunite with there colleagues in the mainstream.

 

This reunion will sure brighten the fortune of APC in Andoni LGA.

 

The arithmetic of winning elections in Andoni LGA is very simple to the informed minds. With the coming into the mainstream by Hon Mba, Hon. Emmanuel and others, wards 6,7 and 8 of Andoni LGA are closed to any political intruder.”

 

Let me close this message by calling on others who have gone astray to emulate Hon. Christian Mba and retrace their steps and join us in building our party to success.

 

Governor Wike who is at a loss on the happenings at Andoni has since kept Senator Magnus Abe and Hon. Aguma incommunicado until they explain the hurricane and earthquake that took place in Andoni and the relevance of their plot to terminate the APC in Rivers State.

 

Present at the reception ceremony were the leader of the APC in Adoni LGA and former Commissioner of Works, Engr. Sampson Ngerebara; former Chairman Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Orom Nte Ereforokuma; Elder Sampson Egop, Dr. Nsan Iragunima, Chief Emmanuel Ibodeng, PDP Leaders amongst others.

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