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THE Coalition Of Rivers State Leaders Of Thoughts is a group established and peopled by opinion moulders, elders and leaders of thoughts from diverse backgrounds in Rivers State who share same vision and represent informed and enlightened opinions on issues as it affects our dear State.

We lend our voice and contribute to issues based on conviction. We also act as vanguards, engage in agenda setting, feedback, propagation and promotion of good governance. We also represent as the conscience of the people of our dear Rivers State.

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STATE OF AFFAIRS IN RIVERS STATE
Recall our last address to the Press on the 16th of May, 2024 wherein we raised concerns on the activities, actions and inactions of the Martins Amewhule led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, howbeit now outlawed by the Court on account of their loss of status with their switch from the political party on whose platform they were elected into the State legislature.

The issues raised by us and other well meaning groups and individuals both within the State and outside of it have began to manifest with the trigger of state of anomy and anarchy as is being witnessed around the State since the 17th of June 2024 when the tenure of the immediate past Local Government Chairmen officially ended.

In the face of the threatening circumstance in our dear State, CORSLOT is yet again compelled to cry out on the situation using the platform of the Press as follows:-

1. That the well articulated script being acted by about 21 Local Government Chairmen whose tenure ended officially on the 17th of June 2024 is an option in the scheme to use a Statewide acts of hinging on the ill intentioned 2023 amendment of the State Local Government Laws to elongate their tenure. Rivers State elders and thoughts leaders argue that had the purported new law been made or amended during the last Assembly whilst Rt. Hon. Martins Amewhule held sway as a powerful House Leader, the conflicts as presently being exacerbated would not have arisen, as it would have been an inherited and extant law. It is pitiable that this amended Local Government law serves the interests of some powerful individuals outside the State.

2. That the script is just been echoed by the call by Chief Tony Okocha the factional leader of All Progressive Congress in Rivers State for a state of emergency to be declared in our dear State. Also is the vituperations of Dr. Samuel Wanosike, the immediate past Chairman of Ikwerre Local
Government who has been the mouthpiece of the destabilizers of Rivers State and whose penchant for denigrating the office and person of the State Governor has become a trademark. This is unacceptable by the people of Rivers State.

3. We call on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun-Ph.D and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser to immediately arrest Chief Tony Okocha and Dr. Samuel Wanosike for questioning, based on their conflagrative statements and activities which has been widely publicized.

4. We also want to use your cherished platform to call for the immediate attention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the activities of judicial officers on the various thorny issues in Rivers State whereupon conflicting interpretations, orders and judgements have become the order of the day.

This situation and development is giving away the hallowed reputation of the Nigerian Judiciary. We want to advice that the Judiciary should save Nigeria the embarrassments of a social disorder arising from what the vast members of the publics will see as misjudgments or miscarriage of justice. We call on the NJC to reprimand erring judicial officers found culpable in compromising the image of the judicial institution and arm of government.

5. May we also use this medium as the Fourth estate of the realm to prayerfully appeal to the President and father of the nation, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-GCFR, to timeously take immediate steps to wade into the impending catastrophe in Rivers State caused by political gladiators claiming extreme closeness with Mr.

President. Also is the propensity for this political conflict to snowball into ethnic arms conflicts. Mr. President, we pray you to ask your Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, our son and former governor to rein in his political henchmen in Rivers State who are acting scripts and at the same time calling for a State of emergency in our dear State. Mr.

President should be mindful that the unfolding political developments in Rivers State which are pointing to a state of anarchy is concomitant to being counterproductive to all your known efforts at winning over investors’ confidence in Nigeria, particularly, the oil and gas sector and the Niger Delta region. Mr. President, this also serves as a Save Our Soul from the Rivers people and inhabitants. What is currently going on in the State is a tyrannical onslaught against the government and peoples of our dear State.

6. We use the medium of this Press Conference to also ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to without hinder and further delay, conduct elections to fill the vacant positions in the Rivers State House of Assembly created by the death of the member representing Khana Constituency, and that created by the resignation of former Speaker and member representing Ahoada Constituency.

This should be executed as immediately as possible while waiting for the finalization of the litigations arising from the defection of members from the party upon which they were elected into another party.

7. May we also use this medium to commend the calmness of the governor of Rivers State in the face of provocations and distractions caused by the political onslaught against the State. We also commend the steps taken by the governor in filling the positions or vacuum created by the elapsing of the official tenure of the immediate past Local Government Chairmen in the State, as it a truism that nature abhors vacuum.

8. We cannot end this Press briefing without calling out the National Assembly to use the problems arising from the Local Government administration in Rivers State to take a deep look at the issues regarding a holistic amendment of the laws governing Local Government administration in Nigeria. We further lend our voice to the call that INEC conduct Local elections in Nigeria as it is with the Federal Capital territory.

9. Finally, we want to conclude this Press meeting with the call on the International community to wade into the imbroglio in Rivers State, as not arresting the situation immediately may also affect the economic interests of International Oil Corporations operating in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

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