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2017, A Special Year For Rivers – Wike (The Tide)

Being a New Year message by Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to the good people of Rivers State to usher in 2017. Excerpts Fellow Rivers people, as we come to the end of yet another year, let me heartily join you and the rest of the world to say goodbye to 2016. For us, 2016 had been a year of mixed feelings. No doubt, it was a year we made some remarkable progress as we began to fulfil our promises to our people. We managed to resuscitate our broken economy to drive and sustain our development efforts in the face of a crippling national recession. We reconstructed existing roads, built new ones and in the process created jobs and empowerment for our people. We confronted insecurity by providing concrete support to the security agencies to combat and reduce crime across the state. Furthermore, among several other tangible achievements, we also ensured the regular payment of salaries to our workers and pensioners as well as started the process of restoring quality into our educational and …

Press Release: SENATOR ABE, APC SET TO MEET PDP AT TRIBUNAL …Urges Ogoni People to reject Obuah’s Goodwill Message

The Media Committee of Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, has stated that the Rivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic (PDP) has nothing to say on the victory of Senator Abe. In a press statement issued in reaction to a statement by the PDP entitled, “PDP Heads to the Tribunal against Abe’s declaration as Senator”, the committee said election petition tribunals are part of democratic process in Nigeria and that there was nothing new about going to the tribunal. The committee said Senator Abe and the APC were set to meet the PDP at the tribunal to defend the sacred mandate given to Senator Abe by the People of Rivers South East.

Press Release: OGONI PEOPLE ARE ENVIED FOR VOTING APC – SENATOR ABE … Calls for formidable unity

Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, has said that the Ogoni are standing tall to the envy of other ethnic groups in the state for voting for APC not withstanding their partisan, clanish and religious differences. Speaking at a reception organized in his honour by the people of Kono community in Khana Local Government Area, Abe said although there were one or two bickering from his political opponents, which ought to have attracted a swipe from him, he chose to ignore them in the interest of Ogoni unity. He enjoined the Ogoni to avoid anything that will cause them to have a misunderstanding among themselves in order not to allow their detractors to have their way.

We’ll Defend Democracy For Rivers -Wike (The Tide)

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says he is undaunted despite attempt to use federal might to upturn the wishes of the people during rerun elections, and will at all times defend Rivers people and democracy at all costs.  He made the declaration when he played host to the Management and Board of Authority Newspapers Limited, during official handover of nomination letter as “Governor of the Year” by the newspaper at Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.  Wike said he will always accord respect to the office of the President even in the face of confrontation from those he believed are working against the Federal Government in the name of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in Rivers State.  The Rivers State Chief Executive said, “ what we are saying is that democracy must triumph in this country.”


Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will challenge the Commission of Inquiry setup by Gov. Nyesom Wike to investigate the act of violence and other matters that occurred during the December 10 re-run elections in Rivers State. Speaking at a media parley in Port Harcourt, Abe said although the setting up of the commission by the governor appeared amusing, there is the need to challenge it in Court as such Commission is intended to produce documented indictment on the leaders of APC.  “I think this is the joke of the year. Like every other joke that has been reduced to pen and paper, we are going to treat it seriously. We will challenge that so-called commission in the Court”.


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has threatened that the law makers elected on the platform of its party will match into the Rivers State House of Assembly to participate in the deliberations of the House. Disclosing this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, said the option has become expedient following the insistence of Gov. Nyesom Wike that the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly would not swear them in. “If the Speaker will not swear them in, they will match into the House of Assembly and take their place because they have been returned”.

If Government can’t provide job for you, go get one, add some employability skills

It baffles me how jobless and idle people can be, sitting at the corridor of their houses discussing poverty and government with rapt interest. What exactly do they stand to gain? It adds nothing to the wealth and happiness of the world to disseminate the information that you have always been poor and continually been poor because you voted in a man who is too ignorant to know, too intellectually lazy to think and incompetent, leaving the economy of the nation like a displaced pendulum. Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy. If Government can’t provide job for you, go get one, add some employability skills.

Wike Leads People’s Protest (The Tide)

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, yesterday, led thousands of Rivers people to the streets to protest the alleged killings by the police and other security agencies during the December 10 rerun elections.  The governor and other protesters had taken off from the Government House, Port Harcourt at 8am, and marched through Azikiwe Street and Bank Road before stopping at the Rivers State Police headquarters on Moscow Road.  Wike had waited patiently for about 30 minutes before the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Cyril Okoro, came out and spoke through the gate.  The governor, who later addressed the police, explained that the people of Rivers State were at the Police headquarters to inform the authorities that they were tired of the killings of innocent people in the state by the police and other security operatives.

Rivers Election Rerun: Stop inciting violence, group warns Oyegun, Ganduje (Vanguard)

Ahead of Saturday’s re-run election in Rivers State, pro-democracy and good governance group, the Wailing Wailers, have urged chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, particularly the National Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State to stop making inciting statements capable of sparking violence in the state. The group, said the call became necessary, following what it described as inciting statements made by Oyegun and Ganduje, at the Mega Rally of the APC in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers capital.

Fears Over Wike’s Assassination …As Police Withdraw Gov’s CSO …RSG Raises Alarm (The Tide)

The Rivers State Government has expressed fears over the possible assassination of Chief Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike before the December 10 rerun elections in Rivers State. The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, who raised the alarm said the safety of the Chief Executive of Rivers State cannot be guaranteed following the criminal withdrawal of his Chief Security Officer days before the rerun elections in Rivers State. Dr. Tam-George described the withdrawal as criminal, vexatious and undemocratic especially now that all security breaches in the state will be blamed on the State Chief Executive. Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has revealed that in continuation of the Police High Command’s plot to assassinate him; his Chief Security Officer (CSO) has been withdrawn. The governor said the CSO was withdrawn on Monday alongside several other policemen from Government House, Port Harcourt.