Ata Igala, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Micheal Idakwo Ameh Oboni 11 has advised politicians in the country to play the game of politics by its rules to avoid rancour in the society.
The highly revered paramount ruler of Igala nation disclosed this in Lokoja on Tuesday during a stakeholders meeting which was organised by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over the supplementary election to conclude the inconclusive governorship election in the state.
HRM majesty said “though it appears we are moving towards the cliff, the days of wars are over,” stressing that politicians should strive to adhere to the rules guiding their game.
“There are rules guiding politicking. We obey party, INEC and government for peaceful and smooth conclusion. Taking to the streets to demonstrate will not solve the problem; power is given by God. So let us be in obedience to the forces of solution”, HRM expressed.
While he advised politicians and their supporters to be peaceful and calm in any form of provocation, the Royal Majesty enjoined them to operate within the law of the land, in the process of seeking redress over an issue.
In his address, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Hussaini Halilu Pai said the commission was working within the confines of the law by declaring as inconclusive, the governorship election held on November 21 in the state.
Explaining, he said the Commission took that decision because the number of registered voters in the cancelled polling units and the polling units that election did not hold exceeded the difference between the two leading candidates.
The REC assured that adequate preparation has been made to ensure a transparent, free and fair supplementary election in 91 polling units in 18 local government areas of the state, where violence affected the voting in the said areas.
He stressed that the political atmosphere in Kogi State has been charged by prominent politicians by making inflammatory statement that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the election, saying the Commission in conjunction with security operatives and other related organisation will continue to do everything possible to reduce the apprehension and ensure a free and fair election come November 5 in the state.
Wike assures on Rivers revival
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the revival of the state is on course, in view of his administration’s determined and sustained intervention in infrastructural development.
Addressing residents of Borikiri suburb of Port Harcourt on Tuesday during his regular project inspection, Governor Wike said that his administration’s interventions are focused on the people and the need to make them have faith in good governance.
The governor said that the era of abandoned projects were gone in Rivers State as he will complete all inherited projects and drive all those started by his administration to logical conclusion.
He stated that the state government has engaged quality contractors who have the necessary capacity to deliver on schedule.
According to the governor: “We are working round the clock to deliver on the massive infrastructural development we promised the people of the state.
“I am happy that that our people are cooperating with the contractors. That is why all projects are being executed satisfactorily. I urge our people to keep up the spirit as we strive to revive the state”.
A Senior Project Foreman with Julius Berger, Mr Base Yzinana assured Governor Wike that the company would continue to deliver across the Borikiri axis.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that Governor Wike inspected the Abonnema Wharf road under construction, the New Road in Borikiri andOld Aba road in Rumukurusi.

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