Ex-militants among newly elected lawmakers in Rivers Assembly

Rivers State House of Assembly

Some of the dreaded Niger Delta militants, who accepted the Federal Government’s Amnesty, have been elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

The late President Musa Yar’Adua had in 2009 signed a Proclamation granting Amnesty to Niger Delta militants, who agreed to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

The deal offered an unconditional pardon and cash payments to fighters who surrendered their arms and assembled at screening centers located in many parts of the oil-rich region within 60 days.

It targeted up to 10,000 militants whose attacks in the six Niger Delta states cost the country a third of its oil production and revenue.

The amnesty which came to effect on Thursday, August 6, 2009, saw militant commanders, including Government Ekpemukpolo, alias Tompolo, Sogboma George, Ateke Tom, Farah Dagogo, Ebikabowei Ben, alias Boyloaf, Kile Selky Torughedie, alias the Young Shall Grow; surrendering their arms and returning to normal life outside the creeks.

But based on the result of last Saturday’s election released by the state Returning Officer, Faraday Orumwense, a professor of Material Engineering, the ex-militants are among the 25 candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, who won the poll.

The ruling All Progressives Congress was only able to win a seat in the 32-members state legislature.

Citing widespread irregularities and violence, Mr. Orumwense declared elections in six state constituencies inconclusive.

Among those who will be making laws for the oil-rich state are Farah Dagogo, an ex-general of a dreaded militant group.

Mr. Dagogo, an indigene of Tombia community was dragged into the race by the Degema Political Front, a frontline political group and he will be representing Degema State Constituency in the assembly.

Adoki Tonye Smart, who will be representing Port Harcourt 11 State Constituency in the new assembly was a former field commander and second in command to Soboma George.

Late Mr. George was a dreaded militant leader who was shot by a rival gang in the Old Port Harcourt Township, months after he accepted the government’s amnesty.

Chisom Promise Dike, who won the Oyigbo State Constituency seat in the assembly, is a strong ally of Ateke Tom, a self-styled General of the erstwhile Niger Delta Vigilante Forces.

Mr. Tom, now referred to as the godfather, has become an institution of sorts in Ijaw politics and has strong influence in Okrika land.

He even contested the PDP gubernatorial primary in the state but was trounced by Nyesom Wike.

Kelechi Nwogu, who will be returning to the assembly to represent Omuma State Constituency, is said to have strong links with some of the ex-fighters in the region.

Evans Bipi, the factional speaker of the 7th Assembly, who was chased out of the chamber while attempting to impeach Governor Rotimi Amaechi, with five other lawmakers, will be returning to the house to represent Ogu/Bolo State Constituency.

Mr. Bipi is a relation to Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and is also said to have strong links with Mr. Tom and other militant leaders in the region.

It was the House Leader, Chidi Lloyds, who stopped Mr. Bipi and his accomplices from going ahead with the plot to illegally remove Mr. Amaechi from office.

Mr. Lloyds had used the fake mace brought in by Mr. Bipi to thoroughly beat up and chase away the anti-Amaechi lawmakers from the floor of the assembly in 2013.

Mr. Lloyds, a strong supporter and friend of the state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, did not return to the assembly.

Other PDP member in the new assembly include Marshal Stanley-Udom who will be representing Abua/Odual, Okpokiri Okpokiri, representing Ahoada West; Jack Major, representing Akuku Toru 1; Tonye Alalibo, representing Akuku Toru11; and Ikuinyi Ibani, representing Andoni.

Others are Granville Wellington from Asari-Toru 1; Enemi George from Asari-Toru 11, Abinye Pepple from Bonny; Ngbulelo Israel from Gokana; Oguguo Anslem from Ikwere; Deeyah Bariene, Khana 1; Dinebari Loolo from Khana 11 and Amaewhule Chike from Obio/Akpor 1.

Also elected on the PDP platform are Michael Chinda from Obio/Akpor 11; Christian Ahiakwo from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni 1; Uwaji Nathaniel from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni 11; Dabotorudima Adams from Okrika; Ogbonda Nwene, Port Harcourt 1; Ihunwo Nyeche, Port Harcourt 11 and Ngbar Amulele from Tai.

The only APC candidate declared winner of the assembly poll is Josiah Olu, from Eleme State Constituency.

Mr. Olu, a staunch supporter of Mr. Amaechi, will be returning to the new house with a PDP majority.

However, elections to Ahoada East 1, Ahoada East 11, Emuoha, Etche 1, Etche 11 and Opobo/Nkoro were declared inconclusive.

INEC is yet to fix dates for the conduct of fresh elections in the affected areas.


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  • femi1_a

    I see peace and tranquillity reigning in Rivers. Civility will be the other of the day and sensible soothing legislation will be churned out like a calm water fountain. Buhari will need to study Wikeology to know how to govern and may need professional advice on economic and educational matters from jesus of Okrika who was a renowned perm sec. Rivers people I envy you too much.

    • uduakomiri

      Yessooo! Bills will be signed with bullets and blood. Debates in the house will be heard loud and clear tatatatatatata boooombooooom taataataataataataataataataataa voomvooombooombaaang. Motions will be moved Rambo style. And I assure that in the Rivers state house of Assembly you can buy dynamite as easily as pure water
      Democrazy go sweet Rivers people well well….

    • Dazmillion

      Thank you. Rivers state is now the land of the righteous

    • Sincerely Yours

      I love your play on words.

  • Taster

    This is democracy at work – whether they were former militants or not won`t be an issue for the fact that people voted for me to lead is commendable.

    • John

      This is good for true Nigerian democracy. At last Rivers people have chosen ex-militants as law makers so to act on their behalf as opposition and in quickly dispensing justice against the APC federal rulership. Buhari, get ready for action!

  • Rommel

    Hahahahahahahaha Rivers state best represents the legacy of the Jonathan administration,its a shame,anyway,no election took place in River state,this much we know.

    • Duru

      no election took place in River but Election took place in Kano abi ? OBJ was was granted Amnesty and he come your president and for you it ok and for others it is bad. we such thinking Nigeria will not move forward if all of us start thinking in that way

      • El-batuta

        How many people were killed in Kano? How many ballot boxes were snatched in Kano? How may polling units were attacked in Kano? How many complaints emanated from international observers in Kano? Was the AIG posted to Kano to oversee the elections expelled by the presidency? Did Kano has the “privelege” of having an overbearing First Lady? Was Kano PDP candidate as murderous and brutal as Wike? Please don’t compare Rivers elections with that of Kano.

      • bola

        We know ur level of intelligence when u compare Obasanjo to your Warlords

  • uduakomiri

    Wuruwuru and wayowayo don born pikin for Rivers State…this is wuruwayocracy rather than democracy

    • King Carlos

      Lol

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  • Maria

    That is good for rivers people!

  • Jack

    That’s great for Rivers people, the only APC among them should just leave and let another PDP man take over, I can guarantee you, Wike will never be able to please these militants, expect serious fights and agitation in the years or rather months coming! These are the people that will remove Wike as time goes by. Wike has to know that the Federal power is gone from him now, so we shall see how these people will not put him to challenge! Rivers will soon know the great mistake they have made

    • Psalm Owen

      Did the rivers people elect him (Wike) in the first place?

      • El-batuta

        That’s a good question.

    • Otile

      Nigeria will also know the great mistake they made by electing an Islamic jihadist party headed by coupist Imam Mohd B.

      • GOODBYEtoBADLUCK

        Nigeria will never recover from the mistake and waste called GEJ

        • bola

          Oshey

  • King Carlos

    Rivers house of commotion. Dakuku should be thankful that he’s not the governor cos these dis-honourables go show am pepper. Wike sef na craze man…oya…enough film for Rivers State.

    • Sincerely Yours

      I agree. In a way, he should thank his lucky stars. I pity that lone ranger – the APC member. Wont want to be in his shoes.

      • King Carlos

        The guy go dey support all motions ni… dey no born am well make he dissent. ..for where militants dey.

  • Debekeme

    Yep. Rivers puts forward its best..Led by the wonderful Mama Peace, Wike and co..

    When people like Ajumogobia are alive its Wike that is the Governor.

    When there is worship of power and money, the poor people always suffer.

    The Rivers drama is far from over,

    • Ken

      How many good and intelligent people do you see around politics? Politics is a different game for those that are ready.

      • Debekeme

        Ajumogobia contested the PDP primaries. Mama Peace, PDP HQ in ABuja and Wike rigged the process against Ajumogobia and co.

        Ajumogobia took PDD to court on the issue. Rivers elders also spoke up against Wike and PDPs action.

        Right from the start, PDP, working in conjunction with Mama Peace, Odili and Wike structured the process so that there could be only one outcome: the Victory of Wike.

        Rivers people should live with their complacency. Ive been told to shut up that the Rivers people have spoken and chosen Wike.

    • burning spear

      Nigerians are AMONG the most visionless set of humans in d world when it comes to playing their kobo–less regional politics—-They do not find fault with those who hail from the 3 old regions of the country–never—-That is why Jonathan was dressed in the robes of a ritual killer by Soyinka–falana- Obj and Sagay among other yeye elites—-from old Nigeria—-the Fulani North——-If a country like Nigeria can have a quota system general—who could not even pass his school cert exams—-failed maths at school certificate level and never went back re-sit–his exams —that he failed becomes the president of 170 people through the work of the CIA—-who imposed Buhari on us–Its d militants who fought for the liberation of their people whose efforts made it possible for Nigeria to have the first Ijaw president—-that Amaechi and their regional cohorts in APC are vilifying for the Fulanis from Senegal abi? This is madness–at the highest level of journalism—by our internal COLONIZERS—APC is a party of certificate forgers ati drug convicts—–take it or leave it—that is what they are—–Filled with the most corrupt humans on earth–Busy selling their adopted country cheap to western countries—–in the name American democrazy—–The USA is not using Nigerian intellectuals–to liberate us but thieves—jihadist– boko haramites –sharia loyalist—–drug addicts and convicts—to rule us—-happily none of the states APC won is viable—-enough economically—-they cannot stand on their on their weak shaky two legs without begging the SS—-for help—————so what is the noise about—–APC winning majority states-? To re–rig what they have already–rigged—–The struiggle against Jonathan was PURELY DESIGNED RE-COLONIZE THE OIL WELLS IN D SOUTH SOUTH PURE AND SIMPLE——–SADLY—-its still the militants and the people of Jonathan who will still fend for D maggot filled Tommies-OF THOSE FROM OLD NIGERIA–separation is d the answer—-NOT THE RULE OF THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS—–AGAIN—-WHAT A SHAME—–WHAT A COUNTRY—-Animals

      • Debekeme

        Who dont you hate? Can you not dream and pray for a future of prosperity and peace with all your fellow Nigerians!???

        You hate Muslims, You have Yoruba, You hate Northerners, You hate everyone! So much hate in 1 mans heart!.

        Im sure you are a bitter and unhappy man in real life. Probably unsuccessful too. People like you who see only blackness, doom and hate will disappear very soon.

        When Nigeria starts to change for the better then you no longer have an audience for your ranting.

        You are a loser. Believe in Nigeria and wish Nigeria well. You are filled with too much hate. We are moving forward, Stay online talking rubbish. No one is exploiting you but yourself

        Before you blame Muslims, Yoruba, Hausa, Northerners, lets tell ourselves the truth; What have the leaders of the Niger Delta done with all the 13% derivation? What has NDDC done for us there?

        Some states in the North have even better infratsructure than Niger Delta and you are talking of exploitation by others?

        Calculate the Budget of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa for the last 6 years and tell me if its Yoruba , Muslims and Northerners who spent that money on behalf of Niger Delta Governors and leaders.

        There is injustice, i know, but lets start by improving ourselves before we blame and HATE everyone else. haba!

        • debarim

          You are such a wonderful, open-minded personality. With people lik you around, it’s a tragedy to imagine Wike and PEJ in control of a state like Rivers.

      • GOODBYEtoBADLUCK

        GEJ was rejected at the polls because he is a complete daft. Let him go back to the drawing board with the book” Leadership for Dummies” You can remain a nuisance for the next 8yrs or go and hug a transformer..

      • Bash Waziri

        Nonsense rantings!!!!

    • bola

      Thanks so much for precise nd short reply that can be understood

  • burning spear

    Besides –which court of law proved them guilty of manslaughter–b4 the socalled amnesty was granted them—-Time some animals tell APC that the campaign for elections are over—-They should get down to the business of governance—-And not continue in their pursuit of their visionless cut and nail regional oil politics–designed—to demonize the oil producing SS–the same way they did to Jonathan—-We will not accept—that madness from the Fulani and Yorubas—–any longer——–If its war let them bring it on—Only those whose family memebers never died in wars—that pray for one-Those whose ancestors were transported from Sierra Leone into Nigeria–should stop claiming ownership of the oil wells——They should pls allow the people of the Niger Delta have peace of mind—-for once———-Yesterday Buhari foolishly sold Nigerian out to the open market in New York–a man without school cert is now writing for New York Times–blaming Jonathan for the chibok girl-s which APC arranged to kidnap——————-But forget to tell his yeye Obama people who put him in Aso rock that even WAEC warned the governor of BORNO STATE–to relocate the girls but he refused for reason best know to the janjaweeed in APC–Elections are over—-Buhari should bend down and fashion out ideas on how to move their country forward—–and not go about blaming Jonathan for the wet nappies under him—SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER-

    • GOODBYEtoBADLUCK

      You will die of hypertension because Buhari has come to stay. No more amnesty for freeloaders like you or a kindergarten president in Aso Rock

    • El-batuta

      Hey man, from which school did you learn this writing style? It must be one of the Ivy League institutions in the resource-saturated SS. It is wonderful, keep it up.

  • Otile

    This report is crap. Is Imam Mohamed Buhari himself not an ex coupist? Is he or not an active perjurer? Why must there be one law for the Fulani and another for people east of the Niger? Nonsense

    • Jude Morah

      @Otile, I hope you don’t mind me asking, are you a lawyer by profession?

      • Idabor

        No one gives a damn if he is a lawyer or not. He is a spent force as far as am concerned. @wahala is the new bride in town. Let’s toast to that joor…!!!!!!

  • dd

    We need people like this that will give GMB pepper if he try to steal their oil. Just to give command to foot soldier while they laugh in PH. We need more of Militant in our politics to stop Hausa Fulani from stealing our oil.

  • dd

    All the APC guys plus APC mouth peace – PT – is is mourning and looking for news to console themselves.

    • share Idea

      I said last time that PT will soon be out of business as their main target GEJ have been defeated and no enemy to fight again. I expected PT to carry out investigative journalism on our elected President with regards to to his intended policies, how feasible and implementable it will be. In addition, background checks on his past especially in the light of his controversial Certificate

      • dd

        Do you want the Editor in Thief to the sacked?

  • burning spear

    Nigerians are AMONG the most visionless set of humans in d world when it comes to playing their kobo–less regional politics—-They do not find fault with those who hail from the 3 old regions of the country–never—-That is why Jonathan was dressed in the robes of a ritual killer by Soyinka–falana- Obj and Sagay among other yeye elites—-from old Nigeria—-the Fulani North——-If a country like Nigeria can have a quota system general—who could not even pass his school cert exams—-failed maths at school certificate level and never went back re-sit–his exams —that he failed becomes the president of 170 people through the work of the CIA—-who imposed Buhari on us–Its d militants who fought for the liberation of their people whose efforts made it possible for Nigeria to have the first Ijaw president—-that Amaechi and their regional cohorts in APC are vilifying for the Fulanis from Senegal abi? This is madness–at the highest level of journalism—by our internal COLONIZERS—APC is a party of certificate forgers ati drug convicts—–take it or leave it—that is what they are—–Filled with the most corrupt humans on earth–Busy selling their adopted country cheap to western countries—–in the name American democrazy—–The USA is not using Nigerian intellectuals–to liberate us but thieves—jihadist– boko haramites –sharia loyalist—–drug addicts and convicts—to rule us—-happily none of the states APC won is viable—-enough economically—-they cannot stand on their on their weak shaky two legs without begging the SS—-for help—————so what is the noise about—–APC winning majority states-? To re–rig what they have already–rigged—–The struiggle against Jonathan was PURELY DESIGNED RE-COLONIZE THE OIL WELLS IN D SOUTH SOUTH PURE AND SIMPLE——–SADLY—-its still the militants and the people of Jonathan who will still fend for D maggot filled Tommies-OF THOSE FROM OLD NIGERIA–separation is d the answer—-NOT THE RULE OF THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS—–AGAIN—-animals

    • you want to develop high BP over this issue. you spew hate with reckless abandon and one can only but imagine the hate inside you. Branding a full set of people as “animals” speaks volumes about your person.

    • Jack

      A sore loser serial wail! We know you’re a depressed person, mentally imbalanced and a loner trapped by his own mischief! Keep writing and making allegations, by now we know that you’re an imbalanced jester!

    • Ukpaka

      Could you re-write the mess above in English language…..Mr. I got certificate?.

      • bola

        Osheyyy

  • Nwa _ Africa

    So from the Governor to the last man in Rivers State politics are criminals?

    • iyoma

      Gbam! That is the message

    • Bash Waziri

      Thank God PRESIDENT BUHARI would cancel immunity….

      • Jimpex

        Tufiakwa!!! Point of correction, he is going to be President of North & Wes!…Can the blind lead the sighted?

        Person wey dey cry dey see road oh! …a stack illiterate? Voted by the cowardly? Back to sender!

        • Bash Waziri

          My guy, the lagoon is not far off…..

          SS and SE just showed us they r the most tribal ethnocentric self-centered bigots!

        • Nwa _ Africa

          Always remember to take your drugs and one time

  • uduakomiri

    government of the gun by the gun and for the big guns
    If you don’t have an army, abeg no near Rivers house oh…for your own safety. This Rivers house don graduate from using mace as ‘nwa olonko’ to now a full-fledged house of private armies armed to the hilt
    If you own a couple of pump actions and HMGs abeg stay away from this house. If you have never burst a crude oil pipe before setting up a crude refinery in the creek, or have not dealth with a Russian and Eastern European tankers creeping up inland through the Gulf of Guinea to do brisk business, abeg this house is not for you…
    If you do not have the tag of a general next to your name even though you have never fought a proper war nor even been in a proper boys scout, abeg stay away…maka ndi Utah…your safety is not guaranteed

    • Omababa

      One of them actually secured his family house in Abalama, with an armoured personnel carrier, when Buguma was on fire on the election day.

  • gomsuk

    Sanusi vilified and finally vindicated over the missing $20b
    ” $16 million out of the $20b that developed wings under the watchful eye of Allison-Madueke has been refunded by the management of Zenith bank due to fear of persecution by the incoming govt.
    ….the appointment of the CBN gov may not be unconnected to the sordid transactions btw the bank and the Jonathan’s administration as the CBN gov was one of the MD’s of the bank. Allison-Madueke had allegedly masterminded the cbn gov’s appointment and even handpicked him to occupy the post in a bid to cover up her shady deals…”

    • Ade

      Na lie.

  • Suraj Ibraheem

    criminal empire!

  • Suraj Ibraheem

    if one is a criminal, he/she is likely to have successful political career in Rivers State!

    • burning spear

      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MILITANTS—AND OTHER FREEDOM FIGHTERS————AROUND THE GLOBE–WERE THEY FERRING DRUGS———-AT LEAST NOT ONE OF THEM WAS FOUND WANTING QUALIFICATION WISE–UNLIKE BUHARI WHO COULD NOT EVEN PROVIDE US WITH HIS SCHOOL CERT–TOGETHER WITH TINUBU

      • GOODBYEtoBADLUCK

        They are criminals, armed robbers, rapists, cultists and murderers. Buhari’s qualification is more honorable that the Port Harcourt Degree being peddled by GEJ.

      • bola

        So bokoharam too are freedom fighters,Ur militants nd them are same,sorry We have Opc that match ur fake freedom fighters,that collect money from govt but their village people are suffering.
        Even with all the packaging Na so so kill una still dey kill una sef,I pity you.just grow up.

  • UYI111

    If you cannot tell their crime then shut your trap agitation for selfdetermination is not a crime the Nigeria Army that killed innocent Niger Delta people under OBJ /Yardua command are the real criminals the Northerners that plunder the wealth of the region dry are the real criminals .
    Tinubu/Fashola are bedfellows in criminality yet the are celebrated in the South West with Owambe instead of jail.

  • burning spear

    The Nigerian lower house is full of shady characters as espoused by a recent revelation by the Supreme Court of Georgia in the US. Saharareporters found out that On February 26 2007 the highest court in the state of Georgia ordered that Femi Gbaja with state bar number 288330 be suspended from the practice of law for 36 months.

    The punishment for Femi Gbaja’s offence would have been outright debarment, however he played dead before a full panel of the Supreme Court of Georgia led by Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears,before the court could rule on the petition from his client, he filed a petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed under bar rule 4-227(b) in which he fully admitted to stealing $25,000 from his client.

    Femi Gbaja as he was known in the case file accepted payment of $25,000 as a personal injury claims and deposited those funds in his attorney trust account in January 2003. He failed to disburse the funds to his client; instead he withdrew the funds, closed his practice and left for Nigeria where he ran for elections to represent Surulere I Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representative under the banner of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2003. Upon arrival in Nigeria, curiously, Mr. Femi Gbaja added another name to avoid detection, he is known in Nigeria with a compound name “Femi Gbaja-Biamila”.

    • burning spear

      APC——————-CONTROLLED PREMIUM TIMES———COMPARE THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF THIS YORUBA MAN IN ATLANTA THE USA—WHO IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REP-UNDER APC——————————TO THE MILITANTS-WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS—————-OF THE OIL PRODUCING STATES IN THE SOUTH SOUTH–They look like Angels——–in heaven———Besides which COURT OF LAW in Nigeria———- ADJUDGED THEM TO BE CRIMINALS——?————-MENTION ONE OF THE BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS–IN NIGERIA HEADED BY BUHARI–that u know of in Nigeria————ARE THEY not the lawmakers in the fulani north today————- GUNS OF BOKO HARAM are now QUIET since Buhari’s victory—————-who is fooling who in Nigeria————-MONKEY—–separation is our goal

    • burning spear

      VAGABONDS IN POWER IN APC

    • Sincerely Yours

      Don’t distort facts. It didn’t happen the way you put it. Trust you to always stand the truth on its head.

  • Nif

    just leave River state people alone they want it like that

    • El-batuta

      No Nif, Mama P wants it like that.

    • burning spear

      WHAT ABOUT YORUBA THIEVES LIKE FEMI GBAJA—- ARE THEY NOT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REP–?–IS TINUBU NOT THERE–ALSO–BUHARI HAS NO CERTIFICATE–NO WAHALA—BUT IF ITWERE TO BE AN IJAW–MANU—-LIKE THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS- BELOW——–THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS WOULD HAVE TURNED THE ENTIRE SPACE AGAINST JONATHAN—–AGAIN——–WHILE THEY COVER THEIR SMELLY DIRTY CRUDE OIL DEPENDENT–KROKRO YASH OF THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS——ANIMALS

  • burning spear

    VAGABONDS IN POWER—– APC National Leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu——
    According to Aye Dee, real name Mukhtar Alexander Dan’Iyan, Tinubu and his wife were once drug barons in the US. That as much fun as we make of Buruji Kashamu for being wanted in the USA for heroin distribution, Bola Tinubu and his wife, Remi, were also involved in the distribution of the drug in the late 80s, early 90s. But that their career in the drug trade was cut short when they were apprehended by the US government. YET THEY SET THEIR JANJAWEEED EYES ON RIVERS STATE———-JONATHAN IS GONE—TAKE YR COUNTRY–AND LEAVE THE SS ALONE————-IF U CAN–ANIMALS

  • Bestvoice123

    What is the big deal here? If APC can repackage ex-military dictator, the man without certificate, and the man who overthrown a democratically elected president Shagari as a president of giant of African, why can’t ex-militants be lawmakers in their own state. All these people were rigged into power. Including the OUTGOING PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT ELECT. Politicians know what to do to stop rigging but they will not do it because they don’t want good people near politics. If we can’t use our ATM card every where both home and abroad without much complains, why can’t INEC start thinking towards that direction. They can build booths like the ATM in each local government area and be upgrading the machine anytime election will be held. The INEC officials together with parties representative can as well monitor the results from their various locations and offices. Instead of the embarrassing news of INEC ballot boxes being snatched every time. Everything should be digit. It is sicken to see the type of election INEC conducts in Nigeria. JUST MY THOUGHT.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      That man ‘without certificate’ will be your President for the next four years. Sore Loser!

      • Bestvoice123

        CHEATING DOES NOT PAY OKAY. NEMESIS WILL SOON CATCH UP WITH HIM.

        • ravenfin

          still your president whichever way.. bwahahahaha

        • TRUTH MASTER

          balderdash!!!

    • Omo

      Ooooh @bestvoice123 if u be babe abeg na me go marry u, if u be guy come marry my sister…… Lol..U just said my mind on d One process and continous improvement, which I feel those of us who doesn’t have the power to fight militants should get involved in d electoral process and help sanitize/improve d system, I honestly don’t have issues with militants or ex-militants being in govt, they’re ppl al if they win in a free and fair election then let them represent their ppl, however d onions is on us to help improve d system so d right ppl can come into politics, let’s all stay positive as I believe that Nigeria is a work in progress and with our unity we’ll get to our destination in no time. God bless us all let’s increase d love!

      • Bestvoice123

        The options are limited oh! You didn’t ask if I be gay? Hahaha! Just kidding. Yeah! Like you said let’s be positive and remain focused. I am optimistic too, that we’ll get it right one day. Thanks!

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    APC Times should be smart enough to know that there is nothing like an “Ex-Militant”.

    It really bemuses me each time I read Nigerian newspapers where they refer to the Niger Delta Freedom fighters as Ex-Militants. It smacks of crass ignorance. When you are born in the Niger Delta and you took your first baths with water mixed with kerosene, you become militant from that point. Then you begin to eat fish contaminated with petrol chemicals from the pollution by the environmental terrorist foreign oil companies…then you begin to consolidate your militancy…and then you suddenly realize that Abuja, Lagos and personal wealth of the richest Nigerians from outside the region are built from the treasure stolen from beneath your land & waters…and then you naturally & instinctively become militant in perpetuity when the air you now breathe in the villages is no longer pure Oxygen but hydrocarbons.

    It is insanity therefore to refer to one so continually harassed by environmental circumstances and political conspiracy as Ex Militant. The truth is: Everyone born Niger Deltan is naturally militant except that some are passive/dormant while others are active. But we all know that at the right time all ‘volcanoes’ have the capacity to erupt. It is true for the Niger Delta people whose wealth Nigeria plunders.
    …Rivers State is not alone. But it sends the signal to Nigerians….This is why I know Nigeria is in trouble. The next Governors would have to be active militants and not a crook like the present criminal Judas Iscariot of Port Harcourt………….I look forward to seeing Dokubo, Tompolo, Tom etc contest for Presidency and win. These are the trusted people …not the illiterate being paraded and ‘re-branded’ .

    • Moe

      You will be looking forward to the end of time before Dokubo and the other people you mentioned win the presidency of Nigeria. The chances of any of these people becoming president in Nigeria is non existent. Each one of them have a better chance of becoming Jesus Christ reincarnate than President of Nigeria! So keep looking forward …and..er…don’t forget to take a breath every once in a while (it is necessary for life).

      Volcanoes do erupt and you know what? its soot and lava generally inundate those nearby and frequently never touches those far away! You want Niger Deltans to start something? who is stopping you?

      DO not goad your folks into writing cheques they cannot cash. Every mineral resource in Nigeria belongs to the entity called Nigerian. Yes, the country should compensate those whose livelihood have been hampered by the exploration of the Nations resources (and the Federal government has been doing that- ask your Governors what they did with the funds). The idea that Nigeria can plunder it’s own resources is ridiculous.

      If Niger delta wants to secede from Nigeria, that is a different issue……say so and begin quickly so that we can just as quickly show you the error of your ways by clearing your doubts!

    • Omababa

      The beauty of democracy is that, it accept all sort of characters but, it’s processes of election must be devoid of intimidation, violence, illegal stuffing of ballot papers and other forms of electoral civility. The main disturbing issue regarding the Rivers State elections, is the manners in which the acclaimed winners emerged. If the people of the state truly voted the ex-milutants to represent them, may it be so, otherwise I don’t see their victory lasting longer. By which time, you will realised it’s a crime to carry arm against your nation.

  • Accountability

    The aftermath effect of Jonathan’s government. A government that produced or repackaged the Fayoses and Bode Georges, the Tompolos of this world.

  • Moe

    This is the other (uglier) side of the coin that is democracy. You can free people to choose their leaders, but you can not free them from their ignorance!
    While the above statement would be a legitimate sentiment in a National election, it is ill-informed in a regional situation.
    One can not decipher the objectives of these ex-militants in becoming politicians (if they are indeed ex-militants).

    On a national level, it is clear that their former activities hurt the nation significantly, but they were granted a presidential pardon so you have to look at issues from their regional perspective. For this reason, I have to adopt a ‘watch & see’ attitude.

    This is not the case for a certain Dokubo Asari who has committed the crime of sedition and high treason against the Republic. With him, it is easy to arrive at the conclusion that he should (and will) be prosecuted for his declarations before the presidential elections. While democracy allows for free speech, it does not condone incitement or the publication of seditious sentiments .

    May God bless the People of the Niger Delta, and Nigerians in general.

    • burning spear

      @wahala————–Sadly for the Nation state of Nigeria class (b) pigs like u have no place in it–I mean the new Nigeria that we are talking about-Today u are class conscious—The Ijaws whose wealth u have been depending on for 60yrs are no humans——-The real being are the drug addict like tinubu and certificate forgers such as Buhar———unaware they belong to old regions of Nigeria—Put on yr thinking cap for once—as far as yr regional head is concerned the Fulanis and Yorubas own Nigeria–anything from the creeks—has no room in your rotten janjaweed-head——————–Fine let us quietly separate u say NO–cause of the poverty stricken environment that u hail from———-Femi Gbaja stole money belonging to a client in the USA————HE IS NOW a leading figure in APC——in the House of Rep———————if he were to be an ijaw man—the entire world would have been brought down————-The Sultans and emirs ati Obas and Nobel laureates –would have been hired————to call Jonathan the most corrupt human on earth at foreign embassies in abuja—-That is why—we are here to chase bastards like u out of this limited space—————————————————-until we are free to say goodbye to parasites u yr type——–who have been depending on the South south for over 60 yrs———–be man enough to call it quits——————————— Let us separate—and see if yr people will not begin to wait at the nation’s airports for relief materials—for the next 50yrs——————

      • Mariama(rtd)

        @DERI:
        Shut up!!
        The election is over and your brother was badly mulled.

  • rhad

    Anytime there issue in the house, this guy will just shoot whoever crosses his part instead of throwing chairs or punching. In Nigeria, it pays to be a criminal. Na wah ooooo

  • burning spear

    @wahala————–Sadly for the Nation state of Nigeria class (b) pigs like u have no place in it–I mean the new Nigeria that we are talking about-Today u are class conscious abi–the Militants-or freedom fighters are no humans but the boko haramites fro Senegal and Chad are—The Ijaws whose wealth u have been depending on for 60yrs are no humans——-The real being are the drug addict like tinubu and certificate forgers such as Americana Buhari———unaware they belong to old regions of Nigeria—Put on yr thinking cap for once—as far as yr regional head is concerned the Fulanis and Yorubas own Nigeria–anything from the creeks—has no room in your rotten janjaweed-head——————–Fine let us quietly separate u say NO–cause of the poverty stricken environment that u hail from———-Femi Gbaja stole money belonging to a client in the USA————HE IS NOW a leading figure in APC——in the House of Rep———————if he were to be an ijaw man—the entire world would have been brought down————-The Sultans and emirs ati Obas- Nobel laureates -and ligal luminaries would have been hired————to call Jonathan the most corrupt human on earth at foreign embassies in abuja—-That is why—we are here to chase bastards like u out of this limited space—————————————————-until we are free to say goodbye to each other—–and the parasites among us-who have been depending on the South south for over 60 yrs———–be man enough to call it quits——with the SS————————— Let us separate—and see if yr people will not begin to wait at the nation’s airports for relief materials—for the next 50yrs—————–ANIMALS

    • Omababa

      You have recovered from the Presidential election defeat to start another round of lies and character assassination again. It’s either you follow the train of CHANGE or you will continue to laments till you fizzle away.

      • burning spear

        ———u talk as if u can fend for yourselves——- when the SS is gone——-without the oil revenue of the SS———————when humans are talking just keep quiet cause u are worst than a beggar.————-i AM NOT MAD ENOUGH TO SELL MY BIRTH RIGHT AS BUHARI DID–WELL OFCOURSE HE IS FROM SENEGAL TO THE USA–SO NO WAHALA—————– BECAUSE–OF THE LUST FOR POWER–BY THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS—————–ONLY CERTIFICATE FORGERS AND DRUG ADDICT DO SO—SHA—-BESIDES WAS JONATHAN REALLY DEFEATED BY BUHARI AND THE YORUBAS–IN APC–OR BY THE USA HEADED BY OBAMA?

        • Desmond

          you will soon be drinking your oil soon, i pray the price of oil should go down to one dollars , i’m from niger delta i’m not enjoying the oil money so what is the need?

          • Mesmer

            Without any ransom payment from Abuja, Bassey, Topolo, BoyLoaf, Asari will soon lived their soon-to-be-mysteriously bombed million-dollar villas for the creeks.

      • Kabolic

        what change! words like clueless, impunity were referred to gej administration now that buhari about to take over, we are waiting to see the much anticipated change…………..if it exist

        • Mesmer

          What Buhari mean “change” was that corrupt criminals and their supporters CHANGE from their palatial villas to Kirikiri PRISON

    • Kola Adekola

      Loser, re u done preparing jonathan handover speech?

    • Hassan Lawal

      …you and this your blah..blah…blah…aint you done with it?..

    • Mesmer

      stay in the toilet…

  • burning spear

    “May we’ll then ask the Nigerian State: is the war on Eastern Nigeria still in progress? On account of these two issues of master-servant constitution arrangements and the question of the ownership and control of oil and gas assets, it is disingenuous to call what we have in place a democracy and to go round the globe chanting “free, fair and credible elections” whilst ignoring the loud pain-laden protestations of the traumatized and dehumanized peoples of Eastern Nigeria against an imposed apartheid-like constitution, maintained by an evil alliance in the name of democracy.

    Livingstone Wechie, a human rights activist, said the Lower Niger would opt for a referendum to finally decide if it would still remain within the context of Nigeria as part of the contraption in the new dispensation being led by General Buhari as President.

    Meanwhile, the people of Ijaw nation in Rivers State have heaped the blame of President Goodluck Jonathan’s failure in the last presidential election on the doorsteps of the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, which it said worked against the interest of the Niger Delta.

    • Mesmer

      Toilet, quick.

  • PARASITES_in_Power???

    If you can elect a brainless illiterate dunce with only 3 credits who smuggled himself into the army, then why are you concerned about who my Niger Delta nation? Nonsense!

  • PARASITES_in_Power???

    If you can elect a brainless illiterate dunce with only 3 credits who smuggled himself into the army, then why are you concerned about who my Niger Delta nation? Nonsense!

    • Mesmer

      An “illiterate dunce” thrashed a Niger Delta doctorate president? And Buhari has not yet even commanded the Nigerian army.

  • PARASITES_in_Power???

    If you can elect a brainless illiterate dunce with only 3 credits who smuggled himself into the army, then why are you concerned about who my Niger Delta nation? Nonsense!

    • Guguru

      Parasite,

      You have responded like an angry parasite indeed. Where you there when Buhari smuggled himself into the military? Buhari is now the reason why the SS is a destination for local criminals and hopelessness and despotism? Just about every family in the SS has a graduate criminal who steals crude oil from the pipelines. Yet, you all say you are Christians. Did Christ steal a thing when he lived on earth?

      • Mesmer

        Bravo

        • Guguru

          Mesmer,

          Thank you ooo. Helep me tell dem.

    • ade

      Indeed,u sound like a typical rivers man……so blinded by arrogance and ethnic sentiments that makes them very violent and irrational.I bn living in port hartcourt for the past 10 years and I hv seen the violent and irrational attitude of an average niger deitans.its very funny to me,wherever they accused the north for their problems…….their violent,arrogant and irrational attitude is their greatest undoing………yes we all know that they gave Nigeria a PHD _educated president who is not different from a brainless dunce with3 credits,whose high level “dunce” and ineptitude made Nigerians kicked him out of aso rock.

      • Mua

        It’s not all about how he sounds, but how true is he, else you too have just sounded like

      • Kabolic

        we are about to see the change of your illiterate general who knew nothing about governance. idiagbon is no longer here to guide him

        • Mesmer

          Idiagbon? This time he is guided by laser-guided bombs to the creeks.

          • Kabolic

            You mean Bokohari bomb that cannot rule the country when he has absolute illegal military power as a dictator, leaving everything for his able deputy Idiagbon

    • C’mart’s

      Best comment here

      • Mesmer

        Mother Goose.

    • Etomi

      Well said my brother….

      • Mesmer

        Well said by well paid.

    • Mesmer

      Buhari’s whip will start lashing soon in your Niger Delta.

  • PARASITES_in_Power???

    but wait a minute! What is the purpose of this report?

    Can apc Times tell us the calibre of people elected into the houses of money sharing in Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina Bauchi etc? Will you? I dare you to give us their profile and you will see that fowl yansh go open, bcos many of them cannot even write and spell Nigeria correctly. Or u think we don’t know?

    • Mesmer

      Buruji Kashamu too? The FBI is waiting to pick him up May 29.

  • Engr Michael Goodluck Bassey

    the Freedom fighter is a free citizen as well .Today a coupist and a former tyrant of a military junta is currently a president elect..

    • Mesmer

      “Former tyrant”? He still is and guess who he is going to send his tyrant assasins next – Rivers State assemblymen terrorists.

  • Mariama

    This is Nigeria afterall. Soon the National Assembly will feature ex-Boko Haram members. In fact they are already in every sphere of politics and all institutions of notes. Do not kid yourselves here. I think it was Lt. Gen. Salihu Ibrahim (rtd) who once said that ” Nigeria is the country where anything goes”.

  • Ginger

    In other countries, these terrorists will be executed. In Rivers state, these terrorists got elected and became law makers to “look” after you and your family. What an irony! In the north, they are called “Boko Haram” but in Rivers state, they are called “assemblymen”.

    • Htw

      Who elected them?. For your information they shot themselves into office. They subverted the electoral process with the connivance of the electoral umpire and those in command of the security forces.

      • Kabolic

        was there election in katsina, kano, kaduna, jigawa etc but you have results for president, national and state assemblies

        • Mesmer

          Elections were conducted for the whole federation – check the internet.

          • Kabolic

            Then tell your APC to accept defeat cos anywhere they win is free and fare but when PDP win they will either say ‘no election or election was rigged’

  • Bambam

    Tell me or show me an adult in Rivers state particularly Port Harcourt who is not a cultist?..Its a terrible state to be!!

    • Htw

      Please mind your language. Not all adults in Rivers State are cultists as you imagine. Your statement can be likened to a situation where a whole community is branded as thieves because there are a few daring thieves. For your information there are many decent Godfearing people in the State, although l cannot say the same of the political class in the State. Your generalization is most unfair to honest, hardworking and Godfearing adults in the State. Thank you.

      • Bambam

        Look I’m sorry if I offend you..but when I go to Port Harcourt or in a gathering of people from Rivers state anywhere in Nigeria..you can see elements of cultism..the handshake signs..the huddling together to discuss things in hush tones..so many things..in Port Harcourt you go around to many drinking bars..hotels..night clubs..market places..buses..taxis and even on the streets..and you see people openly talk about their membership of cult gangs..there is so much talk of being members of Vikings..Icelanders..Bush Boys..Black Bras..White Angels etc..now I’m not saying all adults in Rivers state are occultic..satanic or in black magic cults..this is different from being members of a gang..what I’m saying is most adults in Rivers state are prone to..members of or exposed to gangs and even many forms of occults in one way or the other..its quite rampant particularly amongst your elites..politicians and business people..There is a need for a massive change and re-orientation in that city and state in general..once again no intention to offend you ok!!

      • Mesmer

        Just as there are cultists in Rivers there are also cultists elsewhere. But in Rivers the cultist is also the governor.

        • Kabolic

          Yes your APC out going gov Amaechi a cultist..Vikings leader

    • Proudly rivers

      Before u open ur smelly mouth to insult the Good people of Rivers State can u tell me of one politician in Nigeria who is not a cultist? So wie so is ur brother that introduced it to Nigerians.

      • Mesmer

        Buruji Kashamu, senator for Ogun East.

  • Sammie

    You can imagine the kind of law makers in Rivers State…smh..

    • Mesmer

      Now we all know why the Rivers PDP members were fighting for their life to prevent Buhari’s presidency.

      • Kabolic

        Rivers is a PDP state so they only reclaim the stolen mandate

  • tundemash

    Thank God, we got rid of the Chief terrorist Jonathan, if not all the terrorists from SouthWest (OPC/Gani Adams), South (NigerDelta Terrorists/Tompolo/Mujahideen Asari) and North (BokoHaram/ Shekau) would be sitting at the State Council meetings with Dumbo Jo in Aso Rock !
    We have cut the head of the snake, the body is just giving the final kick so Nigerians should not be alarmed, all these miscreants will be dealt with !

    • Kabolic

      what of buhari,is he not boko haram leader, amaechi that you people are romancing with a cult leader

      • tundemash

        And for 6 years your Dumbo was i power , does Buhari have immunity against arrest and prosecution?
        If you are still suffering from PDpigs propaganda till now, you are hopeless. Amnesty money ends May 29th, go and think about life outside amnesty camp mumu!

        • Kabolic

          He is a democrat and not a tyrant like Buhari so he allowed institutions to do their work. Amnesty was the handiwork of Yar’ Adua, GEJ only continues so will Buhari too.Your foolishness has been displayed as thinking that everybody in Niger Delta is part of Amnesty. This one sided thinking mentality of yours did not allow you to think well. Between APC and PDP who is the propaganda machine. Exception of FG govt media and AIT all others including online, print and international media were used for APC propaganda. Go and research, most of the politicians have skeleton in their cupboard, it is not peculiar to Rivers State.

          • tundemash

            Being a democrat is proclaiming stealing is not corruption ?
            And the Cl0wn Prince of Otuoke claimed he founded hundreds of Almajiri schools while clearly people like you he left at he creek lack education.!

          • Kabolic

            Animal like you cannot understand anything as your illiterate general. Idiagbon is no longer here to guide him.Nigeria will be going backward from May 29 instead of progressing cos Buhari new nothing about governance

          • tundemash

            M0ron … why not relocate to the creek then ? Sore loser !

          • Kabolic

            Who is writing for this madman……..blind follower

          • tundemash

            I only blame PDP that stopped paying for your medication once they lost the elections.

          • Kabolic

            You should be in asylum where lunatic like you belong

          • tundemash

            yawn ! Sore loser still hurting badly. Dumbo and Hipo have accepted their fate. Tompolo, Asari and Edwin Clark would rather not rock the boat to protect the billions they have stolen from the fraudulent amnesty programme but the e-rat Kabolic from the amnesty camp is here still hurting badly fro the loss of his mentors. Start thinking of life outside amnesty camp mumu !

          • Kabolic

            Tell the incorruptible general to come with the N2.8 billion that missed when he was petroleum minister

          • Mesmer

            Only N2.8B? GEJ lost US$20B (yes that’s in US $/ about N4 Trillion) and sacked Lamido for exposing the theft. I choose Buhari.

          • Kabolic

            You know what N2.8 billion meant in 1976 when naira was higher than the dollar.

          • Mesmer

            PDP also stop paying him their cash amnesty ransom of US$500 million / year to be palaces in Nigeria and Cotonou.

          • Mesmer

            Blind to your idiocy, maybe.But at least not blind to the corruption that destroys Nigeria for 16 years.

          • Kabolic

            Why keep on fooling yourself cos majority of APC are PDP members that have destroyed the country for the so called 16 years that are now preaching ‘change’ . Your Bokohari will not change anything cos PDP and APC are twin sisters so no difference

          • Mesmer

            @tundemash. Relocat to the creek? He is still in there.

          • Mesmer

            Nigeria is already at rock bottom under GEJ. With Buhari, Nigerians can hope to rise among the stars.

          • Kabolic

            After his tenure compare and contrast then you will give the credit to GEJ. I want young and vibrant men like Ribadu, EL Rufai, Fashola to take over the leadership of this country not Buhari who will be the worst ruler of the century

          • Mesmer

            “Nigeria will be going backwards from May 29” – we are backwards for 16 years already!

        • Mesmer

          wise words, @tundemash. Even GEJ allowed a drug lord (wanted by the FBI no less) to be elected in Ogun East (Kashamu)

  • Mesmer

    Rivers State will soon hold LGA elections after half of these criminal terrorists are jailed or killed by Buhari and their creeks destroyed.

    • Kabolic

      Then start from Amaechi cos he is a cult leader and also have a case with EFCC,that was why OBJ denied him the party ticket in 2007 saying he has a K-leg but was later brought in by the court

      • Mesmer

        OBJ?

        • Kabolic

          Yes OBJ. Amaechi won the PDP primary but because of his corruption case with EFCC, the party under the leadership of OBJ gave the flag to Omehia. Omehia won the general election and became the gov. Amaechi took Omehia to court and went on self exile to Ghana. Wike, his close ally as at then, stood for him to prosecute the case in his absence until it was decided in his favour so he appointed Wike ‘as chief of staff’ Govt House. So forget about the media bla bla bla, Amaechi and Wike are beds of the same feather

  • jd

    Rivers State is finished.The state has become the seat of Satan,with Patience & Wike as the agents.

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