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Today's Headlines: I did much for you; Wike's done opposite- Amaechi to Igbos, Avoid Amaechi -Wike

I did much for you as gov; Wike has done opposite — Amaechi tells Igbos

Addressing Ibos in Rivers at a Port Harcourt gathering, Former minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said he made Igbo man commissioner, promoted two as Permanent Secretaries, employed 3000 as teachers, and gave scholarships to several others among other opportunities when he was governor, adding that those privileges have disappeared under Wike’s administration.

In his charge to Igbos in Rivers, Amaechi, said, “We cannot win without you. If you don’t come out that day we have lost. We need you to come out, need you to stand. We need you not to be afraid. If they burn your house or the shop, we will replace everything they destroy. Every kobo you lost will be given back.

“I’m an Ibo man from Ikwerre Local Government Area. I tell people, pray Ibos don’t come together. The day Ibos come together they have won Port Harcourt City, won Obio/Akpor Local Governments. We will continue to produce chairman till we are tired.”

Cole, while knocking Wike before Igbos in Rivers told them, “You will not suffer, we will not harass you, will not destroy your business, will not pull down your shops to build bridges. We would rather build bridges to support your businesses and well-being when you vote us in.”

“You have all come out to endorse me. You have come to say you will vote for APC. But it is not enough that you have endorsed me. We have two days to spread the message, make sure everyone you know comes out to vote on election day.”

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“Don’t entertain fear. Nobody will steal your vote. The military will be out to protect your votes. And anybody that interferes with your vote should choose between life and death.”

Avoid Amaechi, Cole; don’t vote APC, Wike begs Igbos in Rivers

Rivers governor, Nyesome Wike has begged Igbos in the state to avoid the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Mr Tonye Cole in the coming election scheduled for March 18.

Accusing Amaechi of inciting hate between Rivers and Igbo, Wike in his comments yesterday told Igbos in Rivers, “We have been living peacefully with our brothers and sisters; Ndi Igbos, living peacefully, doing business peacefully.

“I should let you know that a vote for Tonye Cole is a vote for the division of Rivers. A vote for Cole is a vote for him not to return our 50 million US dollars, and God will not allow us to vote for such people. We are prosecuting them (Cole, Amaechi). They want to run away from prosecution, but they can not.

“To have a child (Chibuike Amaechi) who wants to destroy a home, to open up old wounds at this time in Nigeria, in Rivers is a terrible thing. He is trying to put us and the Igbos at loggerheads for us to fight, God will not allow us to fight.”

Mexican drug cartel apologizes for murder, kidnapping of Americans

A Mexican drug cartel accused of kidnapping four Americans and murdering two of them has said the killers acted alone and will be handed over to authorities, local media reported on Thursday.

Several Mexican news outlets published a letter allegedly issued by the Gulf Cartel, in which the organization said it “strongly condemns” and “apologizes” for the kidnappings and murders, which were carried out without the authorization of the group’s leaders.

The four Americans had driven into northern Mexico in a white minivan last week before they were shot at and abducted by gunmen in the border town of Matamoros.

Two were found dead on Tuesday, a third was found with gunshot wounds and another was unharmed. A Mexican bystander was also killed in the gunfire.

Mexican authorities had suggested that the abduction was the result of a “mix-up” rather than a targeted attack.

The victims visited Mexico because one of them was planning to have cosmetic surgery, a Mexican official said.

Alongside Thursday’s letter, local media also published a photograph that shows the handwritten note placed next to five men lying face down with their hands bound.

Mexican authorities have not confirmed whether these men were the ones suspected of the murders and kidnappings, or if they have been handed over to authorities.

The prosecutor’s office reported the arrest of one suspect, who it said had been guarding the kidnapped Americans.

The two survivors were returned to the United States via a land border crossing between Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas.

The bodies of the two dead Americans were repatriated on Thursday, authorities said.

I Commend APC Govs For Supporting Southern Presidency – Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has commended the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for upholding rotational presidency and power shift to the South.

Wike, who spoke at the commissioning of Akpabu-Egbeda road in the Emohua Local Government Area (APC), on Friday, described himself as one of the apostles of power shift, saying the support for a southern president had nothing to do with political parties but the unity and oneness of Nigeria.

The APC’s Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the presidential election on March 1, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, came second.

The Rivers governor, a member of the PDP, had refused to support Atiku’s campaign, saying the party’s constitution was against one region of the country producing both the presidential candidate and the national chairman.

“I thank and commend the people of Emohua local government for standing firm to support the southern presidency,” he said.

“I did say as one of the apostles of power shift, I maintain it has nothing to do about the party (sic). It has to do with the unity of Nigeria; it has to show the oneness of Nigeria.

“That is why I commend the APC governors who came out boldly to say despite the fact that they are in power, they said no, this country we are all one.”

According to Wike, the country must continue to be one, and if that is the case, power must shift to the South.

Thugs Attack Labour Party Campaign Convoy In Kaduna

This was revealed in a statement released on Friday night by James Swam, Asake's media aide, via Asake's Facebook page.

According to him, the thugs threw stones, large sticks, and other dangerous objects at the convoy, injuring four people.

The statement read, “The Labour Party governorship campaign convoy of Hon. Jonathan Asake in Kaduna state was attacked by thugs today in Gidan Waya, Jema'a local government area. Four youths were injured in the process, including two boys and two girls. No vehicle was damaged.

“The incident happened when the campaign convoy was passing through Gidan Waya during Friday prayers on its way to Godogodo and other towns as the campaign team tour the Local Government.

“After the first three vehicles in the convoy made their way through the old tyresused to demarcate the road, thugs started throwing stones, big sticks and other harmful objects at the long convoy.

“It took the timely intervention of the security personnel attached to the candidate to forestall a crisis.”

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