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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anambra 2017: Dr Ifeanyi Ubah Time To Jump Off The Plane

Ever wondered why a child who aggressively sucked his mothers breast would not be remorseful at the gory sight of a bleeding nipple? 

Ever given a thought on why a restless child cuddled to lullaby would doubt his mother's benevolence?

Gentlemen, when last did you stop to ponder on the raving political mudslinging and campaign of calumny emanating from disgruntled media aides of Pa Obaze and Mr Peter Obi against the incumbent governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano? Obviously,, times are hardbiting on the rampaging e-tugs of the ill-equipped   poltical structure hurridly erected by bunch of political neophytes assembled together by ego centric personality who preffered dropping his conjiled blood if his puppet failed to make it to Agu Awka.

Before now, I had kept a distance on the burning issues over the momentary madness thus exhibited so far by Ex governor Peter Obi led PDP in Anambra, not because I was Dr Ifeanyi Ubah's apologist but the fact that the rattled oil magnet can always sort himself out of any schemes orchestrated to render him politically impotent in the state.

Anyone who reads me on this thread would attest to the fact that I do not swallow pills meant for another and never craved to lead a conversation unconnected with my political linings and strategic partnerships. The news making rounds within political elite's circle in Anambra have it that Peter Obi's unchallenged incursions into the mainstream PDP politricks, has resulted to making the greatest financier a scape goat.
Just as Peter Obi employs and  retains services of "yoyo men" to rabble and rant abusively against Dr Ifeanyi Ubah and threaten him to submission through revitalising and oiling Obi's cantankerous devices of promoting poltical chicanery, grandstanding, blackmails, and deciets  designated to wrap up Dr Ifeanyi Ubah and bundle him into early political asylon.

This unholy desire have provoked the silenced wales, and sharks in Dr Ifeanyi Ubah's PDP camp as they have began to make some kind of python dance steps, consequently, My good friend Ikechukwu Emeka Onyia's pen only but recently redirected his inks from capricious criticism of Gov Obiano to arresting the ugly development and safe his bosses's dwindling political career in the state.
The jackals' symphonic approach many pundits had perceived as a saving grace to cautiously damage control public sentiments against an outstandingly gifted Ubah.

Gentlemen, time is of essence in the game ahead of us and every leaking pen should be quickly refilled and made to grab its groove back.  People of Capital empire, Permit my humble self to indulge you a bit with these salient questions which naturally ought to be on your parrotic lips; who is Peter Obi in PDP to think that he could outwit Dr Ifeanyi Ubah in the political chess game? Who is Peter Obi to relegate Dr Ifeanyi Ubah to a second class bonafide member of PDP? Who is Peter Obi to reduce the great titan who has invested a fortune in revamping and streghtening PDP in Anambra, and Nigeria at large?  How did Dr Ifeanyi Ubah stoop so low to welcome back godfatherism in  PDP knowing fully well that it was the  major  cause of electorale misfortunes the party suffered in the past? Who is Pa Obaze to stand on the path of Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, the Ebubechukwuuzo 1 of Igboland? Can Pa Obaze lead the way where Dr Ifeanyi Ubah is on the queue? Can Pa Obaze be more creative than Mr Creativity himself Dr Ubah? Can Pa Obaze mobilise the youths better than Dr Ubah? What is that unique selling point of Pa Obaze compared to Dr Ubah's sold out brand? Kam kwusi eba!

Umunne, we must understand this  rocky hill Pa Obaze and Obi are  travelling  is destined to terminate in a very deep canal.  Do not weep at thier folly! Do not say the 'Angelus' on their behaves! Do not ask for mercy for they are lost in the battle!

Well, Dr Ubah should not stop asking for justice,fairness, and transparency, but he should be advised to look elsewhere because PDP is an unrepentant corruption infested political party. PDP does not allow for men of unblemished character and good morals to champion the way, instead easily manipulative individuals and corrupt minds holds sway.

Please if you see Dr Ubah tell him to tilt towards APGA the only democratic party in Nigeria. The only voice of the voiceless, the only saviour of the wounded. Tell Dr Ubah to renew his promise to deliver Gov Obiano, and reunite with his first love APGA. Tell him that he has absolutely nothing to lose in the proposed reunion. Agu, Odogwu, Ebubechukwu, I am already home to APGA, it is peaceful out here. Please get off the sinking ship! It does not worth it! PDP is facing extinction in Anambra, get off the crash bound plane!

Understanding what time is it would not only keep you on the right track but helps in retaining your sanity.  Now the cheeps are down, the forcibly aching belly of ex APGA parasitic dementias under Peter Obi are pricked and wired to patronise mediocrity, and since Peter is the only meal ticket readily available, they ain't going off his hook! PDP has insulted your person and personality, and currently displaying unholy act of barbarism against your political allies.
Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, I am looking forward to seeing you ahome with your true Igbo identity!

APGA Amaka!
Anambra ekwelugo!
Willie ka anyi ma!

Comr Harris Chuma
Exec. Director Independent Media Support Org.(IMSO)

Anambra Assembly Inspects FADAMA Agricultural Projects In Awka North Council Area

Farmers have been advised to take full advantage of all intervention programmes attracted by the Obiano administration in the Agricultural sector to develop and stabilize their farming activities.

The Chairman, House committee on Agriculture, Mr. Somtochukwu Udeze gave the advice during the inspection of projects and facilities executed for farmers in Awka North Local Government Area by FADAMA Three Additional Financing and Value Chain Development Programme, IFAD Assisted.

The team on arrival at Amanuke, inspected some rice farms, aggregation center, rice mill, and the ongoing construction of access road that is seriously threatened by erosion among other projects.

Commenting on the projects and facilities, Mr. Udeze who expressed satisfaction with what they saw on ground and the testimonies from beneficiaries, described the visit as rewarding.

He explained that the inspection was aimed at ascertaining the degree of implementation of the government cash counterpart contribution for farmers, and identify areas of more assistance from the government.

In a remark, the State Project Coordinator, FADAMA Three Additional Financing, Mr.Chuka Egbue who explained that all the projects and facilities are demand-driven, assured of the completion of the access road as soon as the rain stops.

On his part, the State Programme Coordinator, Value Chain Development Programme IFAD Assisted, Mr. Nnamdi Agwuncha, assured that with the supports coming from the intervention programmes and total compliance to the best agronomic practices in modern farming, the State farmers can achieve food sufficiency and surplus for export.

In their separate speeches, some of the farmers, Mr. Hyacinth Okafor, the chairman Ogbuodudu Amanuke cluster and Mr. Chukwuemeka Okolo of Ezu Amanuke cooperative group, assured of their unalloyed support for the second term bid of Governor Willie Obiano.

By Ebele Ezeh

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Anambra Primary: Oduah, Ubah Others Ask PDP To Substitute Obaze As Party's Candidate

Report reaching us has it that four of the aspirants in the PDP governorship election in Anambra state have requested that the name of Oseloka Obaze, be substituted as the party's candidate for any of them. 

The four aspirants include: the senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly, Stella Oduah; former minister of state for transportation, John Emeka; chairman Capital Oil; Ifeanyi Ubah as well as Alex Obiogbolu. In a letter dated September 10, addressed to Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The aggrieved aspirants stressed that Obaze will not receive their support if the party fails to address their grievances. Mr Oseloka Obaze was said to have emerged the winner of the PDP primaries in controversial circumstances.

Part of the letter read: “The national leadership of our party should consider and nominate another aspirant as governorship candidate amongst the under-listed who were cleared and are capable of flying the party's flag: Prince John Emeka, Dr Alex Obiogbolu, Senator Stella Oduah, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah. “The nomination of Mr. Oseloka Obaze who was not qualified to contest the election shall not receive our support.” 

The letter titled: 'Re: Invitation to Meeting Scheduled for September 11' was signed by the four aspirants. The chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, was also copied in the letter.

It was gathered that Governor Ugwuanyi had earlier called the other aspirants for a peace meeting on Monday, September 11, at Government House Enugu to resolve the crisis. The aspirants insisted that the August 28 primary that produced Obaze was marred with irregularities, adding that his emergence was unconstitutional.

“It is worthy to state that Oseloka Obaze was not qualified ab initio to contest for the governorship primary election of the PDP. He was not qualified to have been nominated to contest the gubernatorial primary as he has not met with provisions of article 50 (4) and (5) of the party constitution and Part 3 section 2 (j) of the electoral guideline which stipulated that: 'An aspirant to the gubernatorial primary election shall not be qualified to be nominated or to contest the primary election, if he/she: (I) is not a member at the PDP for at least two years preceding the election except if waived by the appropriate Executive of the Party'. 

“The purported waiver granted to Obaze after the nomination was never ratified in accordance with the party constitution.”

Meanwhile, APC youths in Anambra state have cautioned the declared winner of the party's governorship primaries, Honorable Tony Nwoye, against justifying impunity. In a press statement, the youths frowned at the conduct of Nwoye since the party's appeal panel committee was set up. They accused Nwoye of importing the impunity he was known for in the PDP into the APC.

The Anambra governorship election is billed for Saturday, November 18.

Anambra Guber: INEC Organizes EMS Workshop For Staff

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has organized a two day Election Management System, EMS implementer workshop for its field staff geared towards helping them articulate plans that will prepare them for the upcoming election in the state.

While declaring open the workshop, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji said that the Election Management System is meant to train Electoral Officers, Assistant electoral officers as well as Heads of departments.

The INEC boss stated that the commission received notification from thirty eight political parties in the state but monitored thirty five and emphasized that all political parties have till the end of today for the submission of their party nomination form, adding that they have right to make changes during the specified period of time.

While describing the EMS as the backbone in the election system, the Chairman Planning, Monitoring and Strategic Committee, Professor Ikechukwu Ibeanu said it is a valuable tool for monitoring performance to enable them to tackle issues on time to ensure that the goals are achieved.

Giving an overview of the Election Management System, the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Michael Kuna pointed out that EMS seeks to evaluate previous methods used over the years in order to make adequate plans for subsequent election and improve the management of adhoc staff.

By Chibuzor Obidike

Arewa Community In Anambra Endorses Obiano For Second Tenure

The Arewa Community in Anambra State has endorsed Governor Willie Obiano for a second term.

The endorsement came during its rally in support of the Governor at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

The Governor's Lodge witnessed massive turn-out of members of the Arewa Community, from various parts in the State, who came to express their solidarity with the Governor for his humane disposition to them.

In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Muslim Affairs, and Sarik in Hausa in Awka, Alhaji Garuba Haruna acknowledged that never in the history of the state, have they had it so good as during the Obiano administration.

In their separate remarks, the Sarikin Hausa in Onitsha, Alhaji Ilyasu Iman, his Nnewi counterpart, Alhaji Salisu Kumba and the Head of Fulani Community in the State, Alhaji Giddado Sadiq, noted that they are comfortable doing their businesses in the State, because of Governor Obiano's belief in the unity and peace of the country, adding that they have resolved to support the Governor 's second term bid to ensure that the cordial relationship they are enjoying at present with Ndi Anambra is sustained.

On his part, the Chairman, Willie Obiano Re-election Campaign Committee, Chief Victor Umeh, said Governor Obiano has exhibited traits of a true nationalist which is resonating all over the country and asserted that his disposition will have positive implications for Ndi Anambra living in various parts of the country, especially in the North.

Responding, Governor Obiano thanked the Arewa community for endorsing his second term bid and assured them of effective security of their lives and property.

He however urged them to endeavor to be law abiding and shun acts that can generate strife in their localities as well as to be vigilant to spot out and report strange elements among them who may cause problems for the state.

Also speaking, the Member representing Njikoka Two constituency in the State House of Assembly, Sir Pete Ibida, appealed to other Governors to emulate Governor Obiano’s exemplary leadership by carrying everybody along irrespective of tribe or religion.

The event came to a climax with motion for endorsement of the Governor moved by the State Chairman, Arewa Youths Association, Mr Ibrahim Jubril, and seconded by the Woman Leader of the group, Hajya Aisha Mohammed as chants of Sai Obiano rent the air.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Monday, September 18, 2017

Anambra Govt Commences Installation Of 33KVA Power Line From Awada Obosi To Nnewi

The State Government has commenced installation of Thirty –Three KVA high tension line from Awada, Obosi to Nnewi North and South Council areas.

Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this during a town hall meeting he had with key stakeholders and opinion leaders in the state at Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Center, Awka.

The project is to cover thirty –five communities in Nnewi North and South as well as some parts of Idemili and Ihiala Council areas.

Governor Obiano who noted major industries in the state are located in the benefitting communities, explained that though the electrification project is a Federal government project, his government decided to undertake it because of the impact it will have on its industrialization vision.

Governor Obiano who noted that when completed, the project will help achieve fifteen to sixteen hours per day power supply in the communities, assured that the project will be completed in one month's time or less.

He noted that when added to the thirty –six communities in Orumba North and South which his government has given light through a dedicated feeder from Oji River Power substation, the project will significantly contribute towards his government's efforts at addressing the electricity challenges in the state.

Governor Obiano also announced that his government will in its second term commence the Dualization of major roads in Nnewi, Awka and Onitsha to make for free flow of traffic in the cities, while eight more bridges will be constructed in the three senatorial districts of the state.

According to him, all these have been factored into the state 2018 budget and the implementation will start immediately the budget is passed by the State House of Assembly.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Anambra Govt To Embark On Reconstruction Of More Roads In Awada-Obosi

Work is to commence soon on Pope John Paul, Ukegbu, Ben Aghaeze and Ayika streets in Awada, Obosi in Idemili North Council Area.

Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this when he attended a Holy mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Awada Obosi to mark the 10th year priestly anniversary of Reverend Father Vincent Ezenwaka.

Governor Obiano who noted that work has commenced on Mgbemena street, revealed that control work is ongoing on the Obosi erosion site.

The governor further spoke on the electrification project which his administration is undertaking from the power substation at Obosi to communities in Nnewi North and South Council areas, adding that the project has the capacity to boost industrialization in the state.

He called on youths in the state to take full advantage of the free ICT training which his government is providing for them to explore their potentials, assuring that his government will continue to embark on initiatives that will make life more meaningful for Ndi Anambra.

Earlier in a homily, Rev Fr Emmanuel Obinma urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and to always pray for the peaceful conduct of the upcoming guber election in the state.

The priest commended governor Obiano for his exemplary Christian attributes as well as his prompt payment of workers salaries and called on citizens of the State to endeavour to participate during the upcoming election while harping on the need for Ndigbo to unite and speak with one voice so that the Federal Government will give them sense of belonging.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How Re-election Of Obiano Will Sustain Zoning Formula - Umeh

With the three candidates of the major contending parties coming from Anambra North Senatorial District, the Chairman, Governor Willie Obiano Campaign Organization, Chief Victor Umeh, says it has become very clear that the major parties in the November eighteen gubernatorial race have respected the zoning arrangement among the three Senatorial districts in the State.

Chief Umeh, a former National Chairman of all Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was speaking during press interview at the Governor Obiano’s Campaign Secretariat, Awka, adding that the Governorship zoning formular was made by the leadership of the State Ohaneze Ndigbo and was endorsed by the State Elders Advisory Council with the sole aim that the North Senatorial district should be allowed to complete its eight years before it moves to the South Senatorial District.

He maintained that they have seen the two candidates of the other two major rival parties, noting that they have no cause to entertain fear, pointing out that the State is firmly in the grip of APGA which he said, was committed towards promoting mutual understanding in the State.

Chief Umeh maintained that Governor Obiano has done well and there was no reason he should not go for the second tenure adding that should any of the two contending candidates win the election which he doubted, he would want to stay in office as Governor for eight years which according to him, would not augur well with the South and Central Senatorial districts.

The Secretary of the organization, Mr. Primus Odili, warned the people, especially the youth to steer clear from all forms of nefarious acts that would ignite declaration of State of emergency in the State.

Mr. Odili, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, said that APGA is adequately prepared for the November eighteen polls as the only party in the State with an organized structure at the grassroots, affirming that Governor Obiano as a wonder maker has achieved a lot for the state within three years and some months in office, especially in the areas of health, education and human capital development.

Also, an APGA Chieftain, in Nimo, Chief Chris Igu, noted that Governor Obiano led administration has no equal in Nigeria today, and called for his return at the polls to enable him complete the good work he has started.

Anambra Deputy Governor Charges Electorate To Shun Money Politics

The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, has renewed his call for the support of the Igbos to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Dr. Okeke, while addressing APGA faithful in Onitsha North Local Government Area during a ceremony, described APGA as the only party that gives the Ndi Igbo the needed voice.

He called for one voice among the people of the State especially during the November eighteenth Governorship election.

On the need for Governor Obiano to be returned to the Government house, Dr. Okeke said this is necessary following the Governor’s proof of competence in the governance of the state.

He also buttressed his point by noting that Anambra Central has served two tenures at the Government House and since Governor Obiano belongs to APGA which is an Igbo party and hails from Anambra North, he should be allowed to equally enjoy two tenures after which the south will be given the chance to enjoy its own two tenures.

He cautioned against money bag politicians who would stop at nothing to ensure that they get into the Government House only for their selfish interest.

In his response, the APGA Chairman, Onitsha North Local Government Area, Mr. Martin Obika, assured that members will do their best to ensure a landslide victory for the Governor at the polls.

Victor Umeh Education Scholarship Foundation Disburses N9M To Beneficiaries

A total sum of nine million naira has been disbursed as school fees and book allowance to the beneficiaries of the Victor Umeh Education Foundation Scholarship for the new academic session.

The amount was distributed at a special event at Aguluzigbo Anaocha council area, the country home of the former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA Chief Victor Umeh.

Disbursing the sum, Chief Umeh who is also the Chairman of the Willie Obiano Re-election Committee, said he placed priority on the scholarship scheme for the, past ten years because of his understanding that it is better to invest in human beings.

He stated that about seventeen people graduated from the scholarship scheme in the past academic session and called on the mammoth crowd to continue to support the present administration especially in its second term bid.

Earlier in a homily during a special mass to mark the event, Reverend father Sixtus Aguinam who was once a beneficiary of the Victor Umeh Foundation Scholarship Scheme, praised Chief Umeh for understanding that investing in education remains the best choice.

The scholarship scheme covers students in primary, secondary, undergraduate and post graduate levels of education with about twenty students admitted this session.

The event attracted the Commissioner for Culture, Tourism, and Diaspora Affairs, Barr Stella Onuorah, Member representing Anaocha one Constituency, Chief Azubuike Okoye, Transition Committee Chairman of Anaocha Local Government Area, Mr Ikeobi Ejiofor, the State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndiigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, and other top government officials.

By Dave Okpokwasili

Why South East Governors Proscribed IPOB Activities - Obiano

Governor Willie Obiano says he remains deeply committed to sustaining the peace and security Ndi Anambra have enjoyed since his administration came on board.

Governor Obiano was speaking at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka during an emergency Townhall meeting he held with major stakeholders in the state.

The meeting attracted traditional rulers and Presidents-General of Communities in the State, religious leaders as well as opinion influencer.

Governor Obiano used the event to brief the people on the outcome of recent Southeast Governors Forum meeting held at Enugu after which he fielded questions from the gathering on the communique issued by the Governors and the Operation Python Dance by the Nigerian Army.

The Governor who explained that events of recent times prompted the decision by the Governors to proscribe all activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said it is wanton folly to lead harmless youths into the streets to be killed by heavily armed military personnel.

He noted that the Southeast Governors Forum is championing the cause for restructuring of the country, adding that at their behest, several meetings have been held to discuss and articulate what is required in the restructuring process.

Governor Obiano debunked insinuations that the Operation Python Dance is targeted at annihilating Ndigbo, and asserted that it is a routine military operation and not a permanent one, recalling that last year, the Operation helped the state beef up its security drive especially during Christmas.

He appealed to the stakeholders to take the message down to the grassroot to inform their wards who are involved in the agitations to desist henceforth so as to safeguard their lives.

The Chairman, State Traditional Rulers Council and traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe advocated the reproduction and distribution of the communique to the public to adequately sensitize them on the need to stay safe in this period.

In a vote of thanks, the Chairman, Willie Obiano Re-election Campaign Committee, Chief Victor Umeh commended Governor Obiano for his tact in managing the IPOB situation in the State but called on the Federal Government to be even-handed in its actions, since according to him, most of the agitations are as a result of marginalization of the zone over time.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

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