A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, has alleged that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is using the agitation for Biafra to siphon money from different categories of Nigerians.
Ogah, who made the claim while addressing journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, over the weekend, maintained that the activities of the Kanu-led IPOB was neither genuine nor in the collective interest of the Igbos.
The APC chieftain described Kanu’s followers as touts and hoodlums who do not have any meaningful venture occupying their minds but violence and riotous lifestyle.
He also noted that the struggle for the realisation of the sovereign state of Biafra was a mirage as it was not feasible.
According to Ogah, “Biafra is not realisable and you know it. I believe in one Nigeria. Igbo are the ones killing themselves. If we change our attitude everything will change around us. The position other tribes are occupying today, Igbo had occupied it before. But what did they do with it?
“They go into these positions and take all the benefits accruable to them without recourse to their brothers and sisters back home.
“Our representatives are the problems. Who and who have they given jobs or empowered at both the state and federal level? Our problem is greed, selfishness and lack of concern for one another”.
Noting that nobody is marginalising Igbo people, Ogah said, “we are the ones marginalising ourselves because of the kind of Igbo leaders who have represented us and are still doing so till date.”
“We are the causes of our problems; Nnamdi Kanu is using his so-called IPOB to siphon money from different categories of Nigerians; most of the people working with him are touts and unemployed youths and the likes; I believe in one Nigeria; Igbo are not marginalised; we are the ones marginalising ourselves,” he added.
Mr Oseloka Obaze, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in the Nov.18 governorship election in Anambra has said that if elected, his administration would be premised on principles for good governance and economic viability.
In the manifesto, entitled “Anambra Deserves Better’’, which was made available to newsmen on Friday in Awka, Obaze disclosed that his administration would be hinged on “authentic continuity, good governance, public ownership, inclusive governance and free press’’.
He added that that he was on a mission of one term of four years service to the state as governor.
Obaze, an advocate for Good Governance and a Policy Consultant, said that he had identified 15 core areas that encompass activities and the benefits to be delivered to the people and would tackle that proactively.
He noted that the core areas were in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Obaze said: “I hereby set out my core compact with Ndi Anambra’’, consisting of five basics principles predicated on globally accepted best practices of good governance.
“Since the essence of governance is to serve the people, I have also identified 15 core areas encompassing activities and deliverables which my government must tackle proactively in the public interest in these four years I intend to serve.
“These are in tandem with the U.N. SDGs,’’ he said.
The former diplomat promised to re-enact the Anambra Integrated Strategy (ANIDS) of former Gov. Peter Obi to implement the SDGs policy in the state.
According to him, he will provide authentic continuity and consolidation in development, finance, economy, infrastructure, education and health gains made by successive governments in Anambra, especially the Peter Obi administration.
“I promise to ensure stability, civility, frugality, transparency, political tolerance, diverse views at all levels and public expenditure will be result-based and project-driven.
“I will uphold the bond of performance between the government and its people, provide and deliver proactively through adaptive leadership, adequate, efficient and effective delivery of infrastructure.
“My government will insist on inclusivity, rule of law, transparency, responsiveness, equity, accountability, and strategic vision with a view to bridging the trust gap between the people and the government.
“It is my belief that Anambra Government must belong to Ndi Anambra; I offer to translate the viewpoint, values and needs of Ndi Anambra to core policies that serve collective interest and guarantee equity at all levels,’’ he said.
Obaze said that representation in government would reflect gender balance, equity, non-partisanship and based on clear merit.
“My government will promote the respect for the various branches and tiers of government and support the oversight responsibilities of the legislature, independence of the judiciary and the autonomy of the local government.
“Local Government Elections in the state would be promptly conducted to introduce and support the Charter of Townships and conversion of the present Town Union President-General System to a more operational, self-supporting and self-accounting to enhance grassroots governance and development.
“Finally, freedom of expression, access to information will be guaranteed with a view to making government business less opaque; we will make government and its business more transparent and accountable,’’ he said.
He said that if elected governor, he would send an Executive Bill to the Anambra State House of Assembly that would underline the rights of public access to information.
“In this context, every person shall have a right of access to information without prejudice to state security.’’
The All Progressives Congress in Ughelli South Council has announced that no fewer than 500 of its members have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
The defecting members were led by a former House of Assembly aspirant of the party, Olorogun Samson Okomitie.
He said there was no future for the APC in the state.
Speaking during the defection in Ekakpamre community on Saturday, Okomotie said they had decided to dump the ruling party at the centre following the lingering leadership crisis rocking the state and council leadership of the party.
According to Okomitie, “We have decided to leave the All Progressive Congress because of the lingering leadership tussle rocking the party from wards, local government and state level without any attempt by the party hierarchy to settle the crises.
“For some of us, it has become evident that there is no party like PDP in Delta and it was also obvious that APC has a lot to do to compete with PDP in Delta considering extent the party had gone in the state with massive development.”
He added that the development stride of the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the internal democracy within the state chapter of the PDP convinced him and his supporters to join the ruling party from the opposition APC.
Okomotie as the new decampees were received by Ughelli South PDP Chairman, Mr Djegbe Oshetigho, and other party leaders from the area.Read More
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has threatened to release 11 pictures which he said would proof to Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari’s health had deteriorated.
Fayose said there was no iota of truth in the claim by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that the President was fast recuperating in London.
The governor, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, insisted that the President should resign and attend to his failing health.
“If care is not taking, I will release pictures and this will create serious problems for the country. The offices of the governors and the president are that which require work. If care is not taken, I will release about 11 pictures (on his bad health”), the governor said,
Fayose, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, however, said he was not praying for the President to die.
He challenged Osinbajo to show to Nigerians audio or still pictures taken with the President in London when he met him on Tuesday night.
The governor insisted that without the acting President showing either of these, Nigerians should not take the message by Osinbajo as the truth.
He called on the acting President to tell Nigerians what he saw when he visited Buhari.
He said, “I’m not going to prove that to Nigerians. It is him (Osinbajo) who said he saw the President that needs to prove to Nigerians.
“I have made the allegations and I have said it expressly that we are in the age of technology. So, we have an Acting President of a nation that has visited his boss that cannot show evidence of the meeting.
“The pictures they are posting on social media are pictures taken long time ago. You recall that I said this again at Transcorp Hilton in 2015. We are talking about the President of 170 million people.
“The Acting President visiting the President that has left this country for about 60 days or more cannot show evidence of the meeting. It shows the President is in a critical condition.
“I wasn’t saying that we don’t want him to return, but the claim of the acting President is not true. In this age and time when we have the social media, we have everything to show that the government cannot be run by propaganda.
“The fact is, the President is sick, incapacitated and he’s not in good condition. The acting President should show us pictures, short video of his meeting with the President . It is not in the interest of the country that the country will be run in deceit and propaganda.
“The visit (of Osinbajo) was diversionary and an attempt to divert the attention of the country. Both the President and his vice do not have what it takes to run the country.
“As far as it is good to protect the interest of his boss, he should consider the interest of the people. We are no longer credit worthy. We cannot wait for a President that is incapacitated.”
Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, resigned from office this morning over fears that his colleagues might impeach him today.
He read his resignation letter before stepping down. Members of the state house of assembly have over time accused him of corruption, extortion and high-handedness.
Among the many allegations is that he cornered N100 million allegedly given to the house by billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, to shelve the probe of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The former Majority leader of the state assembly, Yusuf Ata has been elected the new Speaker while Abdulaziz Gafasa, was elected the new Majority Leader to replace Ata.
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Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, spokesperson of All Progressive Congress, Abdullahi Bolaji, says the APC does not know the present health status of President Buhari who is currently in the UK for medical checkup.
Bolaji said the party does not know if President Buhari’s health had deteriorated to the point he had to be placed on life support as is being alleged by Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose.
“I don’t know. I work with the party but I don't know. All I know is that the president wrote a letter to the National Assembly saying "I will be going on medical leave’ and he has not come back. That is all I know. ”he said On whether he is indeed on life support as claimed by Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, Abdullahi said "I am not in a position to know that and the individual that made that statement, I doubt if he is in the position to make that statement. I don't know. I am not in the position to know. I am not his doctor. I am not a member of his family. I don't even work for his government. I work in the party".
On whether APC has any knowledge on Buhari's health status, Abdullahi said "To the best of my knowledge, the party does not. The last information we had was what the National Chairman relayed some days ago that the President is making progress". On when President Buhari is expected back to the country, the APC National spokesperson said "I don't know and I doubt if anybody can tell you outside the doctors handling his health.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday it did not promise to restructure Nigeria if voted into power. The party said what it promised is to ensure true federalism and devolution of power.It added that it was not
unaware of the contentious nature of restructuring as a result of which it avoided it when putting together its manifesto. It vowed not to renege on its promise to the people. It’s National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke
yesterday on a television programme, dismissed the possibility of the APC government allowing the emergence of a Biafran Republic. He said issues in contention would be addressed by the government. Oyegun said the priority
of the APC-led government was not restructuring the country, but how to address the economic challenges and how to put food on the table of the ordinary Nigerian and create jobs for the youths. He said: “When the APC
manifesto was being put together, it was discussed extensively. We chose our words carefully in putting that manifesto together and we are committed to what we have said in that manifesto. But look at it this way. “If you ask a
Nigerian youth today, will he say his number one preference is restructuring or will he say his number one preference is a job, food on the table, economic prospect, restoration of hope in the future. “Will restructuring be the
panacea that will solve that problem. That is the challenge we are confronted with as the APC. “What is more important, to fix the economy or to embark on this political issue with all the contentious and different interpretation that
the public give to it? It is very specific on the manifesto and we are not going to renege on it; no question about that. It is a matter of time.” Oyegun added: “The Acting President has spoken forcefully on this issue, the leaders of
that area are beginning to find their voice, there is no question at all, there must be a conversation. Out of that conversation will come the answers.” He dismissed the possibility of having a referendum now.
Reprieve came to the people of Amuri Community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State on Thursday following Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s approval for the commencement of work on the Amuri/Agbani road project abandoned by successive regimes in the state for the past 16 years.
The indigenes of the area resident in United States of America (USA) while lauding the incumbent governor of the state for the award of contract, recalled that past governments in the state abandoned the important road which links the locality with other neighbouring communities which included the university town of Agbani the country home of the former governor of the state, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani.
According to the indigenes under the auspices of “Amuri USA”, led by Mr Sunday Nwegbo, “The terrible state of the road has continued to make life unbearable for our people over the years that is why we are quite happy and grateful to the governor for his intervention”.
They noted, “Past members of the National Assembly (NASS) that represented the area, and key state government officials made false promises to our people on the road which has remained a death trap.
We want to therefore, on behalf of the good people of Amuri expressed our appreciation to our governor, Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi, for this gesture, of remembering our neglected community, which past administrations, especially that of Chimaroke Nnamani, deliberately marginalized and abandoned for eight years he governed the state.
The group, blamed the then Nnamani’s administration for allegedly inflicting hardship on the people of the locality by not have extended any form of socio infrastructure to the area, stressing that they did not witness any government presence during his eight years tenure, geographical proximity with his community notwithstanding.
They also commended the member representing Nkanu East and West Federal constituency in the House of representatives, Dr Chukwuemeka Ujam, for attracting a whopping sum of 100 million naira from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology as part of his constituency projects for the road, adding that the money will be used for the construction of part of the said road.
“The most annoying thing is that this same Amuri/Agbani road kept reappearing in all the budgets the former governor presented to the state House of Assembly, yet nothing was done on the road until he left office.
“The road will no doubt improve the life of our people, as well as the economy of the community because as a people who are predominantly farmers, we will now have access road to evacuate our agricultural produce to the urban cities.”
The Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the party has been repositioned to achieve landslide victory in the 2019 general elections.
The Acting Chairman, Mr Eze Nwachukwu, who spoke in an interview with the newsmen in Abakaliki on Thursday, said the party structures are being strengthened.
According to him, all the party structures in the state are being repositioned ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“The party structure and all its organs from the ward, local and state levels are undergoing internal reforms in line with the provisions of the constitution of our party.
“The party in Ebonyi is taking the initiative in view of the leadership crisis that rocked the party and to properly strategise as the 2019 general elections speedily approach.
“We are confident of electoral victory in the 2019 governorship and house of assembly elections, hence we must begin early to put our acts in order,’’ Nwachukwu said.
He called on the party faithful to work for the collective success of the party, assuring that the leadership of the party in Ebonyi was committed to ensure victory in 2019.
Nwachukwu said that the lingering leadership crisis in the state APC had been laid to rest, following the National Working Committee’s ratification of the suspension of the Chairman, Chief Ben Nwaobasi.
He said the letter of ratification of the chairman’s suspension, dated May 25, was signed by Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf-Gashu’a, Director of Administration at APC national secretariat.
“With the end of the protracted leadership crisis, APC will be more committed and focused in providing credible opposition in Ebonyi,” Nwachukwu added.
Nwaobasi was suspended over allegations of gross mismanagement of funds, anti-party activities, among others.