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Today's Headlines: Wike Denies Feud With Governor-Elect, FEC Has Not Been Dissolved – FG

Wike Denies Feud With Governor-elect

Outgoing Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has denied reports on social media about a purported disagreement between him and the state governor-elect, Siminalaye Fubara.

There were reports on social media that there had been a face-off between the governor and the governor-elect, following decisions of the latter to invite the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and other leaders of the party, to his inauguration without the former’s consent.

But, speaking on Wednesday during the commissioning of the 250-bed Pamo University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Iriebe, Port Harcourt, Wike described the rumour as “baseless.”

He said: “Let me state it here that we are not quarreling. People have been peddling the rumour that we (the governor-elect and myself) are quarreling; instead of them to be happy about the good works we are doing for the state.”

FEC has not been dissolved – FG

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is still in force and not dissolved yet, the Federal Government clarified on Wednesday, defusing a fake news item on it.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this to correspondents after the valedictory council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said all Ministers had been directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue with their duties.

News on social media claimed Buhari had dissolved the FEC during the valedictory meeting, which is the last of such meetings for the administration.

But Mohammed said: “The news that the Federal Executive Council has been dissolved is not correct. We’ve been directed by the President that we should all go back and return to our offices. So it is not true that the Federal Executive Council has been dissolved, it is still very much alive”.

Shettima backs Akpabio, Barau for Senate President, Deputy

The Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima has thrown his weight behind Senators Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for the positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President in the yet-to-be-inaugurated 10th Senate.

Addressing the over 70 Senators-Elect, who are members of the Stability Group rooting for the emergence of Akpabio and Barau as Senate President and Deputy, led by Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South at his campaign office in Abuja, Senator Shettima described the choice of Akpabio as the number three citizen in the country as the best decision made by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the interest of a stable polity based on competence.

The Vice President-elect said, “Politics shouldn’t be a means of disuniting our people. It should rather be a means of uniting us. The President-elect and the vice-president-elect are both Muslims. It is in the interest of the stability and unity of this country that the next position be given to the Christian faith, if not, it would further validate the alleged Islamisation agenda of the APC-led administration. It would be perceived as a gratuitous insult to our Christian brothers and sisters who stuck out their necks to support us."

May 29: Wike, Ikpeazu, Umahi move to ensure Ohanaeze attends Tinubu’s inauguration

Three governors have backed up Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s plan to honour the invitation to attend the May 29 inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the apex Igbo socio-cultural body stated that governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have “seconded their decision and are actively working with them to actualize it.

The statement by Isiguzoro said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is mobilizing massively to attend the inauguration of President-Elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday, 29th May, 2023, at Eagle Square, Abuja.

"Ohanaeze Ndigbo came to the pragmatic conclusion that boycotting Tinubu’s inauguration was of no strategic benefit to Ndigbo. Rather, it would lead to undue isolation of Ndigbo while giving the impression that Ndigbo was at war with him (Tinubu).

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