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2023 presidency: I’m close to deciding who to support — Wike


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has again said talks with his political allies on the presidential candidate to support the February 25 election will soon be concluded. Wike spoke at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa Town, the venue of the local government campaign flag-off rally of the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Ikwerre Local Government Area on today.

The governor noted that the beauty of the forthcoming election is that it will leave no room for any form of electoral manipulation and intimidation from security personnel. Emboldening the people to be committed to the polls, Wike told the campaign crowd, “This time, no army will do anything. No Fakorode will do any thing. No police will do anything.

“Now, it is one man, one vote. All the votes must be in one basket from the governorship to the House of Assembly. The other one we are concluding. When we conclude, you will be told. “Nobody should intimidate you. Nobody should tell you any story. We are free-born in this country. We are not second-class citizens. Nobody can tell us anything. “I dare them. Let anybody do any funny thing, We’ll tell them we are from Rivers State.

“As we finish from here now, you’ll go home and start working before the appropriate time when we will ring the bell. When you hear the bell ringing, know that the decision has been taken.” Governor Wike said the successes of his administration is what the consolidation team, to be headed by the PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, will consolidate and therefore, should be elected to continue from where he will stop. Governor Wike told the people of Ikwerre Local Government that in 2015 and 2019 he came to seek their support, made promises, and fulfilled all of them with development projects evenly distributed in all 13 political wards.

The governor said the members of the consolidation team he is asking the people to vote into power are men and women with the capacity to continue the tenets of good governance and will certainly not disappoint them. Rivers State PDP governorship candidate, Sir. Siminialayi Fubara said he is part of the administration of Governor Wike that has provided good governance and driven unequal infrastructural development agenda. Sir. Fubara pointed out that a vote for him will further be an expression of confidence in what Governor Wike has done, which he will consolidate when elected.


Source: Vanguard



EFCC, ICPC, CCB receive Keyamo’s petition to arrest Atiku

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo said his petitions to law enforcement agencies against Atiku Abubakar have been received. Keyamo is a director in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) for Bola Tinubu. In a tweet on Tuesday, he shared the acknowledgement copy of his communication to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Other agencies he petitioned to arrest and prosecute Atiku are the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB. “#ATIKUGATE: Receipt of my petition by three law-enforcement agencies”, the minister wrote. Keyamo alleged offences of money laundering, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation, and conspiracy against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The APC PCC spokesperson asked the anti-graft agencies to take action against Atiku within 72 hours. Keyamo recalled that since last week, “Nigerians have been in shock” over the revelations of a whistleblower, Michael Achimugu who provided “evidence” against Atiku. He noted that Achimugu, a former aide to the ex-Vice President, presented emails, documents, audio clips, sworn affidavit and direct oral evidence.

Keyamo said the evidence showed Atiku “colluded with his then boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, to fleece the country and steal public funds using what he termed as Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).” According to him: “Those SPVs were companies Atiku admittedly registered upon assumption of office as Vice President (with the approval of President Olusegun Obasanjo) using “trusted allies” as shareholders and Directors.

“The purpose was to divert government contracts to these companies as “consultants” and then pay monies into these companies and use those monies to fund the PDP and their private businesses and family activities.” Noting that he understood the agencies may be reluctant to act because of the perception of persecution of a presidential candidate, Keyamo insists “facts are sacred.” “The facts so far presented to the world clearly indicate that Atiku Abubakar has a case to answer,” Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), added.


Source: Dailypost



Australian music icon Renee Geyer dies at 69

Australia’s music icon and legendary soul singer, Renee Geyer, is dead. She was 69. Announcing the death in a statement, Geyer’s family said she died from complications following hip surgery, Daily Mail reported. Describing the singer as a “force of nature”, the family statement read, “It is with immense sadness that we announce that Renee Geyer has passed away from complications following hip surgery.

“While in hospital, it was discovered that Renee also had inoperable lung cancer. “She was in no pain and died peacefully amongst family and friends. “Naturally we are all utterly devastated.” Geyer, whose career spanned for over 50 years, was the first woman to be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame. Known for her husky vocals, Geyer began her career with bands including jazz groups Dry Red and Sun.

In her music career, she worked with the likes of Sting, Chaka Khan and Joe Cocker as a backing vocalist. Following her death, colleagues and fans have mourned the celebrated singer. Fellow musician, Marcia Hines, described Geyer as “a gamechanger. A soul diva. My sister in song.” “Heart felt condolences to her family and friends, and to the Australian music industry as a whole who have just lost a person who possessed one of the greatest voices I have ever heard,’ Hines said on Twitter.


Source: Punch