Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu spoke with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on his achievements, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), and the agitation for restructuring. Assistant Editor GBADE OGUNWALE was there.
Your government has taken the made-in-Aba campaign abroad, although Aba itself is yet to assume the status of an industrial city or a business hub…
I don’t think the issue is to make Aba a business hub. Aba is a business hub naturally and nobody can dispute that. The only thing we are saddled with is to enhance the business environment, open up access, do something about security and ensure that there is steady electricity supply. One has to think about strategy.
Here are seven things the Anambra governorship election taught us. Governor Willie Obiano of APGA retained his governorship crown in the just concluded Anambra election after amassing 234, 471 votes.His ‘closest’ challenger, Tony Nwoye of the APC, polled a paltry 98,752 votes in contast.Oseloka Obaze of the PDP got 70, 293 votes to come third; while Osita Chidoka of the United Progressives Party got 7,903 to come fourth.Here are a few things we learnt from the Anambra governorship contest.1. INEC still sucks at logisticsVoting materials arrived late in most polling units, smart card readers couldn’t identify fingerprints—a situation which made electoral officers to resort to manual accreditation and voting–and voter awareness wasn’t exactly top notch ahead of voting day.Familiar failings.
File photoThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has commended personnel of the police and other security agencies deployed to Anambra State to ensure adequate security during the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Mr Idris gave the commendation in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on Monday in Abuja, a day after Governor Willie Obiano was declared the winner of the election.
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“The IGP extols the high-level professionalism, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts of the police personnel, before, during and after the election,” the police spokesman said.
He said Obiano’s victory was a manifestation of the people’s trust and confidence in his leadership. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has congratulated Willie Obiano over his re-election as Governor of Anambra State.In a statement issued in Sokoto by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, on Monday, November 20, 2017, Tambuwal noted that Obiano’s victory was a manifestation of the people’s trust and confidence in his leadership. He urged the Governor to rise above partisan consideration and carry along all people, including his opponents, in the task of building the state further.
Goodluck Jonathan’s Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, kicked against his boss and refused to be used. Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s attempts to deal with ‘perceived enemies,’ were thwarted by his Attorney General, Mohammed Bello Adoke, time and again, according to a new book.‘On a platter of gold; how Jonathan won and lost Nigeria’ is written by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who served as Sports Minister under Jonathan until he was given the boot in March 2014, no thanks to his close ties with Senate President Bukola Saraki.Abdullahi currently earns his keep as spokesperson of the governing APC. In excerpts made available to Pulse, Abdullahi detailed how Adoke refused to bend the constitution in furtherance of his principal’s agenda.
Nigeria’s second republic vice president, Alex Ekwueme died in London on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has expressed grief over the death of Nigeria’s second republic vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme. Ekwueme died in London on Sunday, November 19, 2017.In a statement on Monday, November 20, 2017, Ekweremadu described the death as a sad event for Nigeria and her democracy.The deputy Senate president noted that Ekwueme was a pillar of the nation’s democracy and the struggle for a restructured, just, equitable, and prosperous Nigeria.The statement reads:“Dr. Ekwueme combined the uncommon toughness and courage of Heracles with the wits of Odysseus and Nestor.
As the nation mourns Alex Ekwueme, it is noteworthy to recall that he was such a fine and exemplary politician. Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme who served as Nigeria’s Vice President from 1979 to 1983, is no more. His death in the early hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017, in a London hospital, wasn’t altogether unexpected, but it’s still jarring no less.“The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON”, announced Laz Ekwueme on the family’s behalf.“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017”, he added. Ekwueme was 85 years of age. By most accounts, the late Ekwueme was perhaps one of Nigeria’s finest politicians around.
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has expressed confidence that his party – the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), will win elections in other South- East states.
He said this in an interview with Channels Television in Anambra State, shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election on Sunday, November 19.
In response to the fact that he is the only governor form APGA, he said he was not under any pressure whatsoever rather, his re-election would have a ripple effect in helping the party gain more prominence across the rest of the South-East.
“This victory will have a permanganate effect on the south-east. We are going to win all the states in the South-East.
“Nobody has won 21 over 21.
Reports say 20 political parties that participated in the governorship election in Anambra state had less than 100 votes. The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to screen political parties thoroughly.Hassan said this following the analysis of the votes of gotten by some political parties in the just concluded Anambra election.According to Premium Times, 20 political parties that participated in the governorship election in Anambra state had less than 100 votes.
Chief Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a socio cultural organisation of Igbos has congratulated Chief Willie Obiano for his victory in the just concluded Anambra governorship election.Nwodo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday also congratulated Obiano’s opponents for a healthy and competitive encounter.
Obiano thanked President Buhari for proving to Anambra people that under his watch, democracy would have deeper roots in Nigeria. Gov.
Obaze said there were cases of inconsistency and over voting when compared with the records from the electronic card reader. Mr Oseloka Obaze, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the result of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra.Obaze, in a statement on Sunday, said the result as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not reflect what happened in the field.
Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in this interview with reporters in Lagos, speaks on efforts by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to revamp the economy, Mainagate and the threats by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to resume bombing of oil installations. EMMANUEL OLADESU was there.
What is your perspective on Mainagate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has declared Willie Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the 2017 Anambra gubernatorial election.
Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes.
The candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Tony Nwoye was second with 98,752 votes.
Osita ChidokaGovernorship candidate of the United Progressives Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, has conceded defeat in Saturday’s governorship election.
Mr Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation and ex-Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, wished the governor-elect well and thanked his supporters for standing by him.