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The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has confirmed the appointment of a total of 14,359 persons as advisers and liaison officers for various political units in the State.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri which was made available to Africa Daily News, New York, the governor disclosed that a total of 14,000 persons were appointed as advisers while 359 persons were appointed as liaison officers for local governments and wards.
The statement disclosed that the appointments were with immediate effect.
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The statement reads in part: ‘In addition to the 14,000 advisers, Governor Wike has also appointed 319 Ward Liaison Officers and 40 Local Government Area Liaison Officers. The appointments are with immediate effect.’
In the last one week, political tensions are mounting in the state, especially with the recent signing of executive order 21 by the Governor which bars political rallies in public schools without expressed approval from the government.
The order has been greeted with a backlash from various political parties and groups in the state.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that the Government of Rivers State had last week confirmed the withdrawal of the criminal charges against the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Tonye Cole, and five others.
When the matter resumed for ruling on the legality of the use of a private lawyer to prosecute the matter rather than the attorney general of the state, counsel to Rivers State government informed the court of their decision to withdraw the suit.
However, the defense counsel argued that withdrawing the suit at this point was an abuse of court process and asked the court to dismiss the criminal charges.