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|Politics / Sen. Orji Ended Political Servitude, Idolatry In Abia' by emindu: 8:26am On Aug 10|
Sen. Orji ended political servitude, idolatry in Abia'
The immediate past governor of Abia State, currently representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Sen. Theodore Orji, ended political servitude and idolatry in the state. The senior media advisor to the senator, Mr. Don Norman Obinna, expressed this emphatic position in this encounter with Correspondent STEVE OKO. While highlighting key positives of his principal at the national parliament, he also dismisses as the antics of ‘mischief makers’ those who petitioned the EFCC to investigate Sen Orji over alleged financial misconducts while in office as governor
Though a debutant at the national parliament, Senator Theodore Orji already has eight bills to his credit, a development which has sparked controversy in some quarters as some allege that the bills were plagiarised. His Media Adviser, Dorn Norman Obinna, did not only attribute the controversy to the antics of Orji’s detractors but also provided explanations on the evolution and gains of some of the bills currently at various stages of legislative considerations.
His words: “These bills we are talking about are not just mere bills rather, they are bills that when enacted, will have positive impact on the people of Nigeria. We have the Food Security Bill, 2015 (2nd Reading), which objective is to compel government to provide quality food as part of its primary responsibilities. The establishment of a ‘Food Security Agency’ will enable vulnerable and marginalized groups like children, pregnant women and lactating mothers have access to quality food. Also of paramount importance is a provision in the Bill which seeks to establish a Food Security Agency that will implement the blueprint on food security mapping system.
The bill when enacted seeks to empower the proposed ‘Food Security Agency’ to collaborate with the Ministries of Finance, Disaster Management, Planning and National Security to actualize its mandate and strengthen their capacity in food emergencies. So when enacted, the Food Security Bill will ensure a healthy society, and a robust population because it will certainly reduce drastically and/or eliminate completely the menace of malnourishment, morbidity, neo-natal mortality, high rate of child and maternal mortality which Nigeria is the second largest contributor with the loss of about 2, 300 under-five-year-olds and 145 women of childbearing age every single day according to the current UNICEF record. In other words, about 8.395 million and 52, 925 annual infants and maternal mortality will be prevented.
“We have the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council Act Cap N 117 2004 Repeal and Reenactment Bill (1st Reading), with the objective to further encourage, promote and co-ordinate investment in the Nigerian economy; National Planning Process Bill 2015, SB.73 (1st Reading); and Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act CAP PD3 LFN 2004 (Amendment), Bill 2015 (SB – 11 9) (2nd Reading). Others are the Nigerian Biodiversity Bill 2015 (SB 79), (1st Reading); Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration), Portfolio Designation Bill 2015 (1st Reading), Deoxy-ribonucleic Acid (DNA), Bill 2015 (SB 78), (1st Reading); and a bill for an Act to Establish a Centre for Diseases Control and other Related Matters (1st Reading)”.
The media adviser equally highlighted some of the legendary achievements of Orji as Abia State governor which according to him endeared him to the people and ultimately resulted to his election as a senator. These include - the abolition of idolatry and fetish oath taking as condition for political appointment in the state; his insistence that power must shift to Abia South which had never, until the emergence of the incumbent Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in 2015, produced a governor since the state was created; elimination of kidnapping and violent crimes which almost crippled Abia economy between 2010 and 2011; restoration of peace to
|Politics / Gov Okezie Ikpeazu Vow Not To Pay New Intakes As The Year Comes To An END by emindu: 5:05pm On Dec 24, 2015|
The governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu vowed not pay the new intakes , disregarding the beckon plea of his former Boss the immediate past governor of Abia State His excellency Senator T.A Orji who paid him a condolence visit in his country home in Obingwa to proffer a last respect to Ikpeazu's mother. In a chat during his visitation , senator T.A Orji enjoined him to pay the new intakes that he offered job to in the wake of his preparation for handover . But the call made by the past governor fell on deaf ears. Going by predicament and frustration meted out by Okezie Ikpeazu to the new intakes , it's noted that those who benefitted in the employment given by the past gov T.A are from 17 local govt in Abia state and there was no sectional display shown by His Excellency T.A Orji . It's recorded that T.A offered the employment to the youths from all corners of Abia state but unfortunately the new governor has nipped it in the bud disregarding CONTINUITY gesture that saw him clinch the position even when there were other heavy weights- it was obvious .Could it be that Okezie Ikpeazu wants to bite the finger that fed him? Could it be wickedness or paying his master back with a rough coin? Is it not the same T.A Orji who gave those youth job that worked so hard to give Okezie Ikpeazu mandate ? Is it not wickedness that governor Okezie Ikpeazu has beat his chest and refused to pay the new intakes who have worked for the last SIX MONTHS and yet nothing has been said or done to encourage them? In working so hard their hearts have been sorrowful as they are bereft of HOPE of getting paid yet they refused to give up. What has the Civil Service Commissimon done to forestall the disgrace to the commssion ,as we all know they are clad with autonomy? The govt should stop the unhelpful silent game the are playing on those new intakes and show some respect to them. The pathetic thing is that most of those new intakes are in E-governance team of the past and present administration ,which was founded or installed by senator T.A Orji to boost media outfit of the past and present government and it's noted that some of those new intakes worked so hard to ensure that governor Okezie Ikpeazu emerge victorious during the campaign and election period but ironically they have been treated with scorn. It's believed that Gov T.A is not happy because Okezie Ikpeazu disregarded almost the youth he gave waiver ,some whom he decided to reward for the diligent and hard work they showed during his time as governor , but Okezie Ikpeazu picked the Ngwa extraction in the midst thereby leaving the rest to spend the last six months working without any salary while those Ngwa extraction that are among the list have been getting their salary , among those connected to politicians in the state. The crust of the matter is that Abia State govt playing politics in the civil service by putting about 8 lawyers on the payroll , those who are in the list that were given waiver by T.A Orji. Abia State govt singled them out just to shut them up incase they raise dust and sue the govt for not paying their salaries while the rest suffer it.Our question is ," What is the reason behind paying those posted to the Ministry of Justice, when they are equally given waiver as the other non-lawyers ? Does that show equity and fairness ? " Governor Okezie Ikpeazu , please show love to the new intakes , talk to them , send a message to them, let them know their fate. Its the same hand that fed you that wanted to feed them , it's the same man who put you in for the mandate you seized up that put them in for employment .They are not from different political structure . Show them love , call them to yourself and speak life into them. They have worked for SIX MONTHS .They all deserve reward. Even if you do not want to absorb them , let them know what their fate is .They are humans . They all come from homes . Six months and still counting means indefinite punishment for poor youths who deserve some explanation and regard.That's all we have to air .Thank you and God Bless Abia State .
|Politics / Ikpeazu Has The Capacity To Reposition Abia, Soludo by emindu: 2:51pm On May 19, 2015|
Ikpeazu has the capacity to reposition Abia, Soludo*****The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Professor Chukwuma Soludo has said that the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has the capacity and all it takes to reposition Abia and make Igboland great again.Prof Soludo said this when he played host to Dr Ikpeazu at his Enugu residence yesterday.Soludo who confessed that he has not been to Aba the commercial of Abia State in the last 20 years promised to visit the south-east state soon after listening to the Governor-Elect, describing Ikpeazu as a man with clarity of vision, who has done thorough diagnosis of the Abia problem, stressing that he is not in doubt that Ikpeazu will reposition Abia."I've not been to Aba in the last 20 years, but after listening to you, Ive decided to visit Aba very soon."Abia is surely at the heart of rescuing Igboland and it will be my pleasure to always brainstorm with you to ensure this happens."I've seen the potentials and I will do anything you want me to do to help you succeed in Abia. "Aba is a very important town to every Ndi Igbo, because there is no Igbo family that does not have link to Aba. I commend you. "You have the clarity of vision. And you've also done a thorough diagnosis of the Abia problem, that alone tells me you have the capacity to reposition Abia and make Igboland great again. You will surely fill vacuum."Speaking, Ikpeazu said: "Repositioning Abia is a task that we must accomplish God helping us, and we need the support and partnership of people like you to drive our vision. "I thank you for your kinds words and willingness to partner us in our resolve to reposition Abia."The present state of Aba, the commercial town of our people, which is almost comatose, is part of the reasons the economy of Abia, Ndigbo and Nigeria is always on the downslope, but all of that will be history after May 29, we are prepared to hit the ground running.""I appeal to you to leave your doors always open for us because all hands must be on deck for us to make Aba work again. We believe that if you get Aba right, Abia will be right and we are determined." Ikpeazu said.
|Politics / Eight Years Of Uninterrupted Action By The Exponent Of Equity by emindu: 4:31pm On May 15, 2015|
Most words put on the marble have a way of
raising our consciousness. This is aptly true
of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929 - 1968)
‘The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy. When it
is said that truth is bitter, it is not bitter to
all. It is sweet to some and sour to others.
Especially where people feel so indifferent
in the face of evil, the man who pronounces
the truth may not be popular. In real
situations if experience is anything to go by,
it is evident that many hedge from the
truth for their selfish reasons. Martin
Luther comes to our rescue again when he
stated that, ‘in order to be true to one's
conscience and true to God, a righteous
man has no alternative but to refuse to
cooperate with an evil system.’
By the foregoing, it takes a man
determined to go down in history as a
peacemaker and pacesetter to stand firm
for justice to be done on issues no matter
whose ox is gored.
Such was the case with the governorship
situation in Abia where two out of the three
senatorial zones have taken their turns and
one was left out. It is shocking and ironical
to believe that somebody boasted that the
zone will be in such subjugation for many
years while Nigeria is known to have fought
for other African countries to gain
freedom, being more frontline than the
While the quest to tilt the power balance
towards the southern senatorial zone
remained hazy, Chief T. A. Orji vehemently
stated in many of his speeches that equity
justice and fair play should come to play.
When a few of us who are writers
condemned and mooted this anomaly,
harping on the need for a positive change,
we were cautioned especially when the topic
pointed to issues on power shift. The
question was, are you sure that the power
that be will back you in the rotation in
favour of Ukwa na Ngwa? Having been a
Government House insider and a T. A.
watcher for long, I have never ever heard
or seen the governor prevaricate or
equivocate on minor issues how much more
on a serious thing as power shift. He is a
man guided by truth and high moral
principles and fully believes the Igbo dictum
of Egbe Bere Ugo Bere, translated to be Live
and let’s live.
No condition is permanent, change is
constant and the change symbol in Abia
today is akin to the biblical saying about the
stone refused by the builders becoming the
corner stone. Ukwa na Ngwa have the
mandate and a power tour instead of tussle
is on in the state, all to the glory of God.
Today, there is a reversal of the funny
expression of always a bride’s maid but
never a bride and other sobriquets like
Ukwa na Ngwa as the land of deputies. All is
It is on record that Chief T. A. Orji insisted
and the leadership of Abia PDP saw the
need and concurred. We may not go back to
the problems and setbacks suffered but it is
shocking that most beneficiaries opposed
this novel idea for selfish reasons.
All Abia sons and daughters, mothers,
fathers, clergy and laity should further
affirm and extend the already existing
equity law in cultural union meetings,
church groups and other political
gatherings. Some people argue that zoning
leads to mediocrity as it may not always
bring out the best but the gains are
enormous. In the efforts to correct wrongs
sacrifices have to be made.
This is not the first time where Chief T. A.
Orji has come out to stand firmly on issues
that will move Abia forward. In many
cases, they are first case situations.
Recall that the civil service; his constituency
was the first time promoted massively from
one level to the other.
Since the creation of Abia State, the civil
servants have been sheltered in private and
rented buildings. The secretariat built for
the takeoff of the newly created states by
the Federal Government then were only four
floors accommodating four ministries only.
It took only Ochendo out of past governors
to decide and comfortably house the civil
servants in a building complaint to
International Labour Organization
standards with elevators and ramp smooth
Going by the annals of today, Abia pays the
highest minimum wage in Nigeria! He is
equally the first Civil Servant to be elected
Governor in Abia State! It is on record that
Ochendo is the first to install industrial-size
elevators located at the new secretariat.
The International Conference Centre is
standing in Abia today rubbing shoulders
with the ones in Abuja, Pretoria,
Johannesburg and New York!
In Isiukwuato a helipad was constructed to
assist the military in their security works.
It is through the instrumentality of his
governance that a female was appointed a
registrar in ABSU for the first time!Before
now, dialysis machines were only seen in
photographs or by those who can travel
abroad but Ochendo has installed six
functional ones at the new diagnostic
He has built the first Government House in
Abia, independent of colonial structures.
Most importantly, he is the first governor to
genuinely advocate for and implemented
power shift as contained in the Abia Charter
of Equity. There could be more firsts if
Other wonders are the E-library, the
ASUBEB, JAAC and ASEPA Houses, the BCA
48 room complex, the Ultra-Modern High
For the first time new agencies sprouted
carrying out developments in the rural and
urban areas like ASOPADEC, ABROMA, CSDP,
multiple Skills Acquisition Centers, The
Liberation Farms and old ones long starved
of funds have been rejuvenated with
counterpart funding among them, ADP,
Most of these are put in place to make
Umuahia to look like a state capital and not
at the detriment of other cities and areas
as there are projects in the 17 LGAs.
In summary, Ochendo has taken on a total
of over 500 roads since his first tenure. The
health sector has witnessed a quantum lift
with Diagnostic Centers in Aba and
Umuahia. Over 710 Primary Health Centers,
nine 100 bed hospitals, Ambulance services
in the 17 local Government Areas, capped
with placing Health Workers on special
salary scales of CONHESS and CONMESS.
Schools have sprung like mushrooms, our
children since 2007, have been in school
free in primary and secondary schools, with
free busing in Umuahia and Aba. Nobody
can deny the blue roofed model schools in
their multiples in all the Local Government
Areas. To enhance morals and strict
instructions, secondary and primary schools
have been returned to original owners.
The aesthetics of our capital of the state
have been enhanced by the building and
relocating traders to new markets. He has
touched the housing sector and others. Most
of all, the security and peace ambience
acknowledged by Paul Harris of Rotary
fame as ‘the greatest resource which a
nation can have is the resource of peace; it
counts for more than arable lands, more
than mines of untold riches.’ The world is
aware of these deeds, little wonder he has
been honoured at home and abroad and
awards are streaming in to the extent that
we have lost count.
Ochendo has left a template that our
incoming governor has promised to adopt.
No doubt Dr Okezie Ikpeazu will improve on
the records and Abia by all means will be
better for it.
|Properties / Re: HAPPENING NOW: Demolition Of Properties In Umuahia, Abia State by emindu: 3:55pm On May 15, 2015|
the people were informed many months ago to stop street trading and erecting illegal business structures on residential areas.
|Politics / *I Will Never Tele-guide My Successor, Says Gov T.a.orji*** by emindu: 8:22pm On May 07, 2015|
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, said he would not tele-guide his successor but rather allow him use his discretion to run the state.
Governor Orji who stated this at the Government House, Umuahia, when he received in audience the Ukwa Peoples Assembly who paid him a courtesy visit, said that once his tenure ends on the 29th of May of this month, he is off from the state except on invitations, pointing out that he would not want to be seen as tele-guiding anybody.
The Governor said that having been elected by the people as their governor, his successor should be given a free hand to govern the state and pleaded with the people to cooperate with him for the rapid development of the state.
Governor Orji who said that he ran an inclusive government in the state, stated that it was his belief that the next Governor should also follow in the same vein and have a listening ear.
According to him, "as the first Ukwa Ngwa Governor he knows the enormous expectation of the people on him" adding that he will not disappoint the people.
The Abia State chief executive further assured the Ukwa people that their rights will come their way and urged them to remain patient and tolerant while using the opportunity to apologize to all those he might have offended in the course of his duties as Governor to forgive and forget.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and former Senate President, Senator Adolf Wabara said their visit was to thank the Governor for supporting fully the Ukwa Ngwa course, noting that without him the governor of Ukwa Ngwa extraction would have been a mirage and urged him not to forget Ukwa people.
In their separate speeches,the Deputy Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Asiforo Okere and Dame Victoria Akanwa, thanked the Governor for giving Ukwa people a sense of belonging and pleaded that they should be carried along in the new government.
|Politics / Orji Inaugurates Modern Court Complexes To Boost Justice Delivery In Abia by emindu: 9:05am On May 05, 2015|
The judiciary in Abia State monday entered into a new phase in the quick dispensation of justice following a simultaneous inauguration of modern high court complexes at Umuahia and Aba by the Governor, Chief Theodore Orji.
Speaking at the simultaneous inauguration ceremony at the State High Court Umuahia, Orji said that he decided to give the judiciary a conducive environment to perform its constitutional role, saying that he believes that the judiciary should stand for justice, equity and fairness.
He said that he had always ensured that each of the three arms of government got its fair share of amenities hence they have been working harmoniously since the inception of his administration.
The outgoing governor, who had earlier presented an official vehicle to the state Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe at Government House, said that on assumption of office eight years ago he found that the democratic institutions in the state were grossly deficient in befitting infrastructure and he decided to change the situation.
“We met a situation where there were near absence of institutions of democracy such as decent court rooms for judiciary, conducive government house, comprehensively furnished information dissemination centre, workers secretariat, international conference centre,” he said.
Orji noted that he has delivered on his promise because “today, all these institutions that strengthen democracy have been restored”, adding that “these buildings which are being commissioned today represent the new face of Abia State”.
He stated that he was indeed laying the foundation stone for good governance and having put in place all these structures “no succeeding government will ever be bogged down by the lack of these institutions of government (hence) we expect incoming governments to gain mileage by focusing on other needs of the people for improvement of the welfare of the people.”
The governor, who would be going to the Senate on completion of his second term on May 29, insisted that he was leaving Abia better than he met it even though he has been unfairly criticised by his traducers, who have vowed to see nothing good in his administration.
“I still extend my hands of fellowship and friendship to all of them that have been criticising my administration,” he said.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe had earlier in her address described the high court complex as magnificent and the product of an able, charismatic, visionary administration of Governor Orji.
She made a comparison of the ultra modern Abia High Court complexes with similar structures across the South-east zone and came out with a verdict that Abia State has got the best, adding that credit should be given to Governor Orji for giving the judiciary a new lease of life.
According to her, since the creation of Abia State from the old Imo State, no governor whether in civilian or military era has been able to impact so positively on the state judiciary.
Justice Uzokwe pointed out that the modern court buildings would solve the accommodation problems of the judiciary and also rub off on the people of Abia as they should expect quicker dispensation of justice in both Umuahia and Aba judicial divisions.
However she pleaded with the governor to extend his touch of modernity to the court rooms in other judicial divisions to ensure total transformation
|Politics / Abia APGA Governorship Candidate, Alex Otti, Begs APC For Support by emindu: 7:34pm On Apr 24, 2015|
The Abia state All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, was sighted at the venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting, Wednesday night.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/politics/52973-otti-shows-up-at-apc-caucus-meeting-as-leaders-failed-to-reach-agreement
|Politics / Ndi Abia!, Abia Is Not For Sale . by emindu: 1:49pm On Apr 22, 2015|
Ndi Abia! Is Abia for sale? He paid $10 Million to buy PDP nomination, and failed; he paid to buy votes, and failed. He bribed the INEC REC, Salina Oko and Prof Ozurumba, the State Collation Officer with the sum of 300 Million Naira. Alex Otti imported the Military High Command from 82 Div. Enugu and Owerri into Abia to get result sheets rewritten at gun point. Despite his desperation, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is winning him with 83,053 votes. Abians be vigilant and protect your mandate from the money launderer
Say No to Deception Say nO to ALex Otti of APC
|Politics / Abia Guber: Group Raises Alarm Over Otti's Alleged Plot To Rig April 25 Re-run by emindu: 1:40pm On Apr 22, 2015|
ABIA GUBER: GROUP RAISES ALARM OVER OTTI'S ALLEGED PLOT TO RIG APRIL 25 RE-RUN ELECTION
...Seeks Removal of Returning Officer, REC
A group known as Abia Progressives Initiative(API) has raised the alarm over alleged plot by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) Dr. Alex Otti to rig the Saturday April 25 re-run polls in connivance with some INEC officials and the military.
In a statement signed by Ugochukwu Onwukwe and Edwin Ugochukwu Coordinator and Secretary of API and made available to newsmen, the group demanded for the immediate removal of the returning officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC), Prof. Celina Oko, non-deployment of military and effective policing of the affected polling units during the rerun polls.
It reads: "Out attention has been drawn to the clandestine moves by Abia State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), Dr. Alex Otti to unleash mayhem on innocent Abians in connivance with military and blood-tasty thugs in the forthcoming April 25 re-run election in the state.
After a failed attempt to hoodwink the Gubernatorial Returning Officer into annulling the duly collated results from Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala-Ngwa LGAs, Otti in his desperation has resorted plans to instigate crisis in most of the affected polling units using soldiers and thugs to scare away voters, cart away electoral materials and thereafter concoct outrageous results that will cancel Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu 83,053 lead.
"This perhaps informed the reason why Otti has continued to boast that the April 25 re-run election has already been concluded. He claims to have the Army and INEC by his side as well as enjoy the full support of the Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba who conferred on him the honorary doctorate degree at the University of Nigeria Nsukka(UNN) and his cousin whom he also claimed to have facilitated her redeployment to Abia as the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC).
For instance, since after the April 11 election, Otti has not stopped boasting about how he brought one Brigadier-General Amosun from 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu to chase away PDP agents, Transition Committee Chairman Obioma Ekpem and other security agents, arrest and unlawfully detain some PDP supporters, took over Aba South LGA headquarters which also served as the collation center and finally rig the election to prove that he remains in control of Aba.
"It is in view of the foregoing that we request that appropriate measures be put in place to ensure a credible rerun election devoid of harassment, intimidation and rigging in the affected polling units.
These measures include removal of the Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, the REC, Prof. Celina Oko, non-deployment of the military to the polling units and collation centers and effective policing of the affected polling units.
We also demand immediate investigation of the military involvement in rigging the election in Aba South and North LGAs as well as the activities of one Brigadier-General Amosun of the 82 Division.
These decisive steps including INEC purging itself of the corrupt officials that had earlier connived with some security agents to rig the April 11 election for Otti in some local governments will largely prove the umpire's preparedness to conduct a credible and acceptable rerun election come Saturday April 25".
|Politics / Between Apga And Pdp In Abia State: Who Are The Riggers? by emindu: 10:19am On Apr 20, 2015|
The Igbos have two proverbs in relation to unfolding events relating to the April 11 Governorship elections in Abia State.
First is that it is he who farts that first raises the alarm of the odour of flatulence to deflect attention from his culpability.
Second is that 'ogbu mma anaghi ekwe ka ejiri mma ga ya na azu'. Roughly translated to mean that he who is used to cutting with the machette does not allow anyone go behind him with a machette for fear of being a recipient of his ways.
The reason for this voyage into the rich world of Igbo proverbs is to draw attention to the sustained cry of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State and their Governorship Candidate, Dr. Alex Otti that they were rigged out of the Abia Governorship contest.
Could their constant cry have anything to do with either or both of the above proverbial analogies? Are they screaming Rigging Rigging in the hope that when they scream it first, attention will not be paid to them as the actual riggers or are they screaming because like the master-riggers that they are, they do not want to allow anyone outrig them?
As I write this piece, I am at the D7 Criminal Investigation Department of the Abia State Police Command Headquarters in Umuahia where a woman has been brought in in lieu of her husband who escaped upon sighting men of the Abia State Police Command who stormed their house based on a tip off.
The Police as narrated by the informant who to led them there to newsmen at the Police Headquarters eventually searched the house at Amiyi Nvosi in Isialangwa South LGA of Abia State belonging to a staunch member of APGA in the area and reportedly recovered from the ceiling, sensitive INEC materials like INEC Result sheets, ballot papers a Walkie Talkie and Army Camouflages.
These materials have been reportedly warehoused in Police custody as they continue their search for the culprit.
Meanwhile, the Police have scheduled a Press briefing for Monday, April 20, 2015 to disclose their findings.
The Police were tipped off by a woman in the community who was beaten up for challenging the suspect and his band of APGA thugs who moved around Isialangwa North and South LGAS during the April 11 Governorship elections threatening voters to either vote APGA or face dire consequences.
Note also that a Rev. Canon who served as Returning Officer in Obingwa LGA during the Abia Governorship elections disclosed openly at the INEC collation centre in Umuahia that he was offered N50 Million by agents of APGA to declare that no elections held in Obingwa LGA.
There is also the report of men in military uniform who chased away PDP agents leaving only INEC officials and APGA agents at the collation center in Aba South LGA where they went ahead to allocate election figures with no PDP agent present to authenticate the figures alloted.
With the above and several others, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the people who have been telling us that they are smelling flatulence are actually the once that farted.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, rerun elections will be held in the polling units where elections could not hold on April 11 and a winner will be declared in this election and we'll know who is who.
Till then, we stay observing developments.
|Politics / Abia Re-run Polls: Sepa Cautions Inec, Military Against Manipulation Of Results by emindu: 10:11am On Apr 20, 2015|
...Calls For Otti's Probe
A socio-political group known as South East Progressives Assembly(SEPA) has cautioned against electoral fraud and irregularities that may be perpetrated to subvert the popular will of Abia people and undemocratically award the governorship of the state to Dr. Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) during the Saturday April 25 rerun election in the affected polling units of the state.
SEPA in a statement signed by Ebere Uzoukwa and Comrade Munonye Maximus, President and Secretary respectively and made available to newsmen alleged a possible collaboration between the military and some corrupt INEC officials to divert the results sheets and fabricate outrageous figures that will award victory to the APGA candidate at the end of the day.
The statement reads: "The South East Progressives Assembly has been alerted of the nocturnal meetings involving the Abia State Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, some INEC officials, representatives of the State Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba and top military officer from 82 Division of the Nigerian Army to perfect plans on how to rig the Saturday April 25 rerun election and possibly return the ex-Diamond bank chief as governor of Abia state at all cost. We gathered that the said meetings have the sponsorship of a former governor of Abia state, a former Chief of Army Staff also from Abia state and the Nigerian-born African richest businessman. A whopping sum of One Billion Naira(N1,000,000,000) is said to have been earmarked to prosecute and actualize this infamous project of 'Return Alex Otti At All Cost'.
It is therefore our fervent wish to remind INEC and other stakeholders that Abia people have already spoken on April 11 through their massive votes to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu. He presently leads Dr. Alex Otti of APGA with 80,053 votes. The total votes in contention in the affected polling units though with 179,224 registered voters are not more than 90,000 after considering non- collection of PVCs and other recurring factors. Therefore, with voter apathy that will naturally characterize the election and INEC only approved card reader accreditation, no sane person can ever predict victory for Dr. Alex Otti as he cannot garner votes that will cancel Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu's 83,053 lead. This obvious fact perhaps informed the reason why Otti and his co-travelers desperately plan to fabricate results to steal Dr. Ikpeazu's mandate on Saturday April 25. But we are optimistic that Abia people will definitely resist any move to subvert their collective will and aspiration.
Again having observed this unimaginable level of desperation that drives Dr. Alex Otti inordinate ambition to take over Abia at all cost, SEPA opted to independently investigate this ex-banker in respect to his activities as an employee of the Diamond bank. Our findings are revealing and shocking. As a socio-political group that lacks powers to indict, we therefore seizing this opportunity to call upon relevant government authorities such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to as a matter of urgency commence investigation on Dr. Alex Otti. But one thing we must not fail to disclose is that the Arochukwu-born ex-banker is desperately seeking constitutional immunity to evade prosecution".
|Politics / Breaking News: Alex Otti Bribe Money Tears INEC Apart by emindu: 12:02pm On Apr 15, 2015|
The 300 Million Naira given to Prof Celina Oko, the INEC REC in Abia State by Alex Otti has become a source of quarrel between the REC and the State Collating Officer Prof Ben Ozurumba.
Our source gathered that Professor Ben is not happy with the sharing formula, according to him, it's unacceptable to him get meager share of the money considering the risk involved in the assignment. Prof Ben was given 20 million Naira which he said is too small. Our source in the INEC hinted us that two senior staff of INEC have already petitioned Jega accusing Prof Ben Ozurumba and Prof Celina Oko of compromising, thereby causing problem in Abia.
Meanwhile, students of UNN yesterday booed their VC Prof Ben Ozurumba over the 300m Naira saga. The incident took place inside the school premises as the VC was addressing the students over constant water shortage on campus yesterday.
|Politics / Abians Resist INEC REC Attempts At Canceling PDP Stronghold... by emindu: 1:00pm On Apr 13, 2015|
The attempts by INEC resident Commissioner to
cancel results of Osisioma, Obingwa and Isiala
North LGAs failed today following the organized
protest by Abians at the INEC office in Umauhia.
According to an alleged story as reported by
some media houses, the INEC REC for Abia State,
told some international observers through one
Professor Benjamin Ozumba the state collating
officers that results of Osisioma, Obingwa, and
Isiala North initially declared by INEC has been
However, following the protests by Abians
especially the people of the affected areas led
by the PDP Guber candidate, Okezie Ikpeazu,
Governor T.A Orji, Elder Adelu and
prominent Abians, the results were quickly
The Residents Commissioner was reportedly seen
with Dr Alex Otti driving into Alex Otti residence
in Isiala Ngwa couple of days ago by some
neighbors of raised an alarm of possible
compromise by the INEC Commissioner. The REC is
also accused of being bribed with the sum of 300
million dollars against 150 Mllion dollars given
to Adamu Muazu, the PDP national Chairman by
Alex Otti to secure PDP Gubernatorial ticket.
|Politics / Re: Abia Governorship Election Online Poll! by emindu: 3:10pm On Apr 06, 2015|
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|Politics / Re: Abia Governorship Election Online Poll! by emindu: 3:08pm On Apr 06, 2015|
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|Politics / Otti's Shocker As Jonathan Snubs Him In Aba by emindu: 4:27pm On Mar 26, 2015|
By Emeka Nwachukwu
March 24, 2015 will remain indelible in my mind for many reasons. First, it was a day that President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the Phase 1, Simple Cycle Gas Alaoji Power Plant in Aba, Abia State. A bold step taken by President Jonathan to ensure that Aba and environs enjoy steady power supply.
Second, President Jonathan the same day inspected the Geometrics Power Station; the brainchild of Prof. Barth Nnaji. The President pledged to correct all the human error stopping the power plant from taking off.
Third, the President's visit to Geometrics came with a big drama. Before his arrival at the venue, the factional governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Allex Otti who was accompanied by his wife sat together in one of the front roll seats which was conspicuous enough. Immediately the master of ceremony announced the arrival of Mr. President everybody at the arena stood up to welcome him and his entourage. Mr. & Mrs. Otti got the shock of their lives.
Call it providence you may be right. Governor T.A.Orji the chief host of the number citizen of the country accompanied by the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, sandwiched Mr. President right from the entrance gate where he alighted from his car, walked him down straight to inspect the facilities at the Geometrics. When they got to the point where Otti strategically positioned himself, Mr. President simply made a straight face. He refused to look at Otti's direction or respond to gesticulations. At this point, both Otti and his wife were transfixed for some minutes before they could recover from the shock. When it dawn on him that Okezuo Abia was the chosen one, Otti who could not believe what hit him through his spinal cord, apparently to save face stood up from his seat to join Mr. President. But it was too late. As a desperate man he is, the shortish Otti who stood up to catch up with Mr. President five minutes after the latter snubbed him moved like a fowl beaten by the rain. He was barely dragging himself to move around the massive compound.
Sensing danger, Prof. Nnaji tactically refused to acknowledge Otti when he presented his address. Our 'Cowboy' President also behaved like the first speaker when he was called upon to deliver his address. He refused to acknowledge Otti throughout his address. Otti's wife intermittently gave her husband handkerchief to clean the stream of hot sweat pumping out from his forehead. The shock waves were too much for Otti who goes about telling people that the President asked to contest for governorship of Abia. Cheap lies!
At the Aba Sports Club where he addressed the business community, President Jonathan publicly announced that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu will succeed Ochendo Global. He urged Abians to vote Ikpeazu for governor, Governor Orji for Senate and vote for other PDP candidates from state to federal levels.
|Politics / Re: Things To Remember As Chief T.a Orji Goes To Senate. Scripted By Don Ubani by emindu: 3:45pm On Mar 26, 2015|
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PILLAR OF SECURITY,
AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE,
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|Politics / Shooting Of Citizen Frank Dickson, IG Asked To Bring Culprits To Book by emindu: 4:47pm On Mar 20, 2015|
The Inspector General of Police has been called upon to institute full investigation into the mayhem unleashed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),Dr. Alex Otti at Oboro Ikwuano LGA resulting in the shooting of one Frank Dickson by Otti’s armed men.
Briefing newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia, the Assistant Director, Media, Okezuo Abia Campaign Organization, Mr. Kingsley Emereuwa said that a formal petition has been made to the Inspector General of police over the incident and urged the IG to properly look into the matter with a view to bringing those behind the dastardly act to book.
According to him, fillers indicate that there was plan to sweep the matter under the carpet, adding that the call has become necessary in view of recent developments in the state which indicate that some desperate politicians were trying to heat up the polity and disrupt the peace in the state.
Mr. Emereuwa made reference to a statement by the former governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu where he vowed to make Abia ungovernable for the PDP-led government in the state pointing out that such posture was not in the best interest of the state.
He said that the alarm raised sometime ago by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. ACB Agbazuere that Alex Otti was using armed men in military uniform to intimidate Abians was not a hoarse as recent events have shown.
In his remark, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue another Assistant Director, Media of the Okezuo Abia campaign organization noted that Governor Orji has done a lot in making the state peaceful and expressed unhappiness over the use of armed guards by desperate politicians to campaign in the state.
He also called on the Chief of Army Staff to ascertain the legality of a candidate of a political party going about with armed men to campaign
|Politics / Unveiling The Real Alex Otti And His ‘change’ Slogan Of Deceit by emindu: 1:44am On Mar 20, 2015|
Unveiling the real Alex Otti and His ‘change’ slogan of Deceit
I am compelled to write this column without being
conciliatory to anyone because of the political scenario in
my beloved State – Abia State – as the general elections
My disillusionment is predicated upon the truism that some
crafty and insincere politicians whose antecedents and body
languages depict retrogression to our collective aspiration as
Ndi Abia if properly scrutinized, are hiding under the guise
of “change” to manipulate our psyche.
As desirable as change is, the proponents must epitomize it.
In other words, the platform and the personality through
which the change is being propagated must be built on
morality and devoid of any deceit and manipulations; the
reason I am worried about Dr. Alex Otti and the APGA
platform because from all inference his change slogan is
embellished in deceit.
Before any gullible fellow sees me as a paid agent who has
been contracted by political opponents to tarnish Otti’s
image, I want to state unequivocally that I have been in the
forefront of the battle to ensure that Abia State takes it
rightful position as the number one state in Nigeria long
before Otti’s ambition.
Therefore, I make bold to say with all sense of responsibility
irrespective of whose ox is gored, that positive change is
achievable only through flawless foundation which is
championed by men of unquestionable character not
desperadoes masquerading as change agents.
No matter how enticing Otti’s candidature seems to some of
us and his sanctimoniousness before some gullible Abia
electorates, his antecedents need thorough scrutiny.
The controversy surrounding Otti’s real origin of birth and
his emergence as the Abia State APGA gubernatorial
candidate, the allegation of age falsification coupled with the
revelation that he was sacked by Diamond bank
management contrary to his claim that he resigned his
position as the managing director honourable are too
weighty to ignore in the all important political discuss of who
assumes the mantle of leadership in Abia State at this crucial
My assertion is based on the truism that leaders are not
imposed on the people rather they emerged from them and
the people’s ethos is symbolized by a leader’s ethical quality.
Therefore aspiring to lead goes beyond the luxury
associated with leadership but its reflectiveness on the
people you are leading.
Judging from the point of view of what Otti claims he
represents, the alleged falsification of his age by declaring
under oath that he is 49 years of age even denouncing his
original state of origin coupled with the N120 million other
APGA aspirants alleged he bribed APGA national chairman,
Chief Victor Umeh with to emerge APGA candidate, I am
tempted to say that his sanctimony and slogan of “change” is
tantamount to hypocrisy as well as action in escapism as he
is not better than those he is antagonizing with propaganda
According to his former colleagues in the banking sector,
Otti never resigned honourably as being claimed rather they
said he was sacked from his position by the furious
Diamond bank PLC management who allegedly discovered
his subtle plan to acquire majority of the bank share
through surrogates as contingency plan to enable him stage
a return if he eventually lost the election.
The bank was said to have consented to Otti’s political
ambition when he made it known to them and even agreed
to give him leave of absence during the period the election
will last, but the skeptical Otti chose to act fast by trying to
use surrogates to acquire majority of Diamond bank shares
to ensure that he becomes one of the largest shareholders
of the bank.
Diamond Bank discovered this plot at the last minute when
the deal was almost being successful and subsequently
sacked Otti for engaging in greedy and unethical practice.
Sadly enough, the deceitfulness is being used by Otti and his
cronies to manipulate some gullible Abia electorates. For a
example, it is no longer news that Otti is sick and look
incapacitated to assume the enormous responsibility of
governing a State, but his camp continued to trivialize his
long absence from public even campaign until an on-line
news medium, The City Reporters broke the news that Otti
was flown abroad to a German hospital where he had a
spinal cord surgery and is recuperating under the watchful
eyes of foreign medical doctors.
His over zealous cronies immediately produced and started
circulating fake pictures of Otti with some white men
claiming that he traveled to source for foreign investors for
Abia State in an election he is yet to win and not even sure
Though Otti’s camp continued to play down that media
report as junk journalism, the truth was later confirmed
when Otti emerged with walking stick at Matar Dei Cathedral,
Umuahia, last January during the governorship debate
looking very lean and sick.
Couple of weeks ago, Otti slumped in his residence and was
immediately rushed to an undisclosed Lagos hospital forcing
him to cancel his Aba rally which was to take place on Friday
26th February, still Abians are being made to believe that he
is the real face of change
From all indications, some enemies of Abia State want to
replicate another Yar’Adua scenario in Abia State by insisting
that a very sick man is foist on us all instead of doing the
needful but the billions of Naira invested so far in pursuit of
their vain ambition will not allow them.
I was troubled and was almost moved to tears for my
beloved Abia State when Alex Otti’s right hand man Engr.
Uchenna Okagbue APGA Ag. Chairman South-east said
during their recent in-house meeting that no one in Otti’s
camp should be afraid of Otti’s health worries, that Otti has
enough money to buy Abians over.
He equally boasted that even if Otti is in coma that Ndi Abia
will be deceived into voting for him through a well packaged
propaganda which they are presently using to deceive the
electorates. I strongly believe that no one man’s ambition no
matter how desperately needed should precede that of the
|Politics / Governor T.A Orji Promises To Continue To Invest In Education by emindu: 5:31pm On Mar 18, 2015|
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has said that the education sector remains an important sector that no leader should play with and promised to continue to accord priority to the sector.
The Governor said that it is for that reason that government has concentrated effort at enhancing the education sector in the state with a view to taking the sector to the next level.
Governor Orji who was receiving a delegation of the Abia State Council of Tertiary Institutions and Colleges at the Government House, Umuahia, stated that his administration has made positive impact in the education sector which have earned the state accolades, pointing out that despite all odds the state has maintained the second position in WAEC for second consecutive years.
According to him, the feat achieved by the state in the education sector is as a result of combination of efforts by the government, teachers and students in the state.
He said that apart from sustaining tuition free education, free school bus programme, building of new classroom blocks and rehabilitation of others the government has also handed secondary schools back to their original owners while plans were on to hand over primary schools back soon.
Earlier, the state president, Abia State Council of body of Alumni Associations of Colleges and Tertiary Institutions and Commissioner for Special Duties, Deacon Sunny Agomuo extolled the Governor for excelling in the education sector, pointing out that the association does not involve itself in partisan politics but supports the government of the day.
In an address earlier, the secretary of the group, Chief SN Nwariaku also commended the governor on his laudable innovations in education including his initiative to hand over schools to voluntary organizations as well as his wisdom in handing over Government College, Umuahia to the old Boys Association of that school in addition to the revitalization of scholarship and bursary schemes among others.
Highlight of the occasion was the conferment of the award of Icon of Education on the Governor by the association in view of his outstanding achievements in the field of education in the state.
|Politics / Orji Uzor Kalu And His Many Faces Of Lies And Deceits by emindu: 11:55am On Mar 17, 2015|
Couple of months ago, the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu made a public declaration through his SUN Newspaper that he is back to PDP and that he never belonged to PPA. He went as far as lying before the people that his PPA Senatorial form was purchased and filled by one of his aides who he demanded to make a public apology for getting a form for him without his consent.
For some of us who are familiar with his tricks and deceptions, knowing his criminal activities in the past and present, we concluded that OUK is applying his usual Gamji way of life in an era of political sanity in Abia State.
Nevertheless, a man who cannot change will never change and thank God the PDP leadership at the National level and President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the rejection of the chameleon by Abians facilitated by Abia PDP stakeholders and other well meaning Abians.
However, it is now made open to the General Public that the Man who castigated the leadership of the PDP in Abia State for letting the world know that one person cannot belong to two different political parties at the same time. Especially into a strong a Party that won all the elections in Abia State in 2011 without a mediocre going about with a virus with intention to destroy that which he couldn't build.
Now it is officially official that Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) is the Abia North Senatorial Candidate for the PPA, the Party he founded and funded. As usual, he sneaked into his Igbere Country Home few days ago to begin his campaign for the Senate.
Interestingly, he is a candidate that saw a big disgraceful defeat in 2011 when he contested for Senate under his PPA Platform and in 2015, my very good friend and a credible candidate from Arochukwu, Mazi Mao Ohuabunwa, the PDP Senatorial Candidate for Abia North will finally facilitate his final political burial.
Orji Uzor Kalu must be in another world if he ever think that Abians that rejected him and his mother wouldn't reject him again. Nonetheless, the people of Abia North especially the great people of Abiriba that he caused so much pains upon by destroying their beautiful community are fortunately alive to pay him back once.
We will all live to celebrate yet another political defeat of a man who ruled a State without a single visible project but left Abia indebted to different financial houses and to the people.
Nnaji writes from Umuahia
|Politics / Alex Otti And The Shooting Of Frank Dickson by emindu: 11:45am On Mar 17, 2015|
Today, Abia State is suffering the greatest deception in the hands of Alex Otti. As if referring to Otti, Xun Zi had said that the petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.
This is the archetypal Otti, who regardless-of the peace accord signed by the representatives of the various political parties in Umuahia and Aba, Abia State continues to lead his political campaigns with destruction and open deceit.
Recently at Ikwuano area of the state, it was noted that Otti attacked some Abia indigenes with his thugs and was quick to rush to the press that it was the government of Governor T.A. Orji that attacked. Sources in the Government House, Umuahia had said that Otti stage managed the attack that left human lives destroyed and property worth millions destroyed.
Because Ikwuano is the country-home of the former vice chairman of PDP (South-East) and ministerial nominee, Col. Austin Akobundu, Otti who had gone there to present his manifesto, was into the act to tarnish the image of the Akobundu, who the likes of Ebere Wabara had written a lot of garbage against, in order to stop his ministerial nomination.
Good that in a press briefing titled, “Abia Govt Condemns Violent Attacks Unleashed on Abians by Otti's Thugs” the Abia State government had called on security agencies to look into the alleged shooting of an innocent Abian, Frank Dickson by the armed guards of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti at Umuojiocha village square, Oboro in Ikwuano Local Government Area.
According to a source, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Abia State, Dr. ACB Agbazuere, in a press briefing with newsmen at the Government House on the incident, condemned the attack which shattered the legs of the victim who is now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia.
The government through its commissioner uttered disenchantment at the attitude of Dr. Alex Oti who has been trying to disrupt the peace of the state and recalled that recently, Otti’s camp shot the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Isiala Ngwa, Chief Darlinton Nwokocha in Isiala Ngwa South, attacked and destroyed campaign vehicles of the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in Uturu, pointing out that nobody has monopoly of violence.
While Dr. Agbazuere had warned those instigating violence in the state to not take the humaneness of the governor for granted, it could be recalled that Otti recently also stage-managed his attack with some soldiers at his residence in Ngwa and was also quick to shout that the government wanted to kill him.
Let’s advise Otti with the words of David A. Bednar: Obedience opens the door to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. And the spiritual gifts and abilities activated by the power of the Holy Ghost enable us to avoid deception - and to see, to feel, to know, to understand, and to remember things as they really are.
.Hart writes from Lagos
|Politics / Abia 2015: Aro, Ututu Dump Otti, Udensi For Ikpeazu ... by emindu: 9:12am On Mar 13, 2015|
The governorship ambitions of Chief Alex Otti of APGA and Chief Chikwe Udensi of PPA have suffered a major setback as their kith and kin in their home town, Aro in Arochukwu, have thrown their support for Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP.
Ikpeazu and members of his Okezuo Abia 2015 Campaign Team, who were in Arochukwu for a town hall meeting, got the endorsement of the entire Aro kingdom, who vowed to vote PDP, not minding that their two sons d are in the governorship race.
Aro kingdom, ordinarily, is considered the strong hold of Otti and Udensi who hail from the area, but the event at the PDP town hall meetings indicates that the entire Aro Kingdom is not playing on sentiment, but are in for serious business as they promised to vote PDP all the way.
Luckily for Ikpeazu and other PDP candidates, both Otti and Udensi are busy campaigning for PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan.
On arrival in Aro, Ikpeazu's first point of call was at the palace of the Eze Aro, who incidentally was absent on health ground, but members of his cabinet, including eminent traditional rulers of Arochukwu, were on hand to receive Dr. Ikpeazu and his team.
The traditional rulers offered prayers for Dr Ikpeazu and other PDP candidates, including Hon. Mao Ohuabunwa, Hon. Uko Nkole.
The traditional rulers didn't stop at blessing Dr. Ikpeazu and his team, they also endorsed them and pledged to support and vote PDP all the way in the forthcoming election.
Speaking during the town hall meeting proper at Ibom Hall, Ikpeazu promised to finance the renovation of the dilapidated Ibom Hall. He also promised that if elected, he, in league with Ohuabunwa and Nkole, will ensure that the Arochukwu-Ohafia road that is currently in bad shape.
Meanwhile, the Vice President-General of Arochukwu Bar. Steve Amaramiro has said that contrary to the denial of the APGA factional governorship candidate, Otti, that he is from Umuehim in Isialangwa South, that Otti is their son, whose parents, just like every other Aro man, lived in Umuehim in Isialangwa.
He added that as a proud Aro son, that Otti has built a befitting house for himself in his Atani clan in Aro. The Aro PG said that Aro people are not with Otti in his denial of his nativity in desperate desire to occupy a political office. He reiterate that the entire Aro kingdom have decided and agreed to support and vote PDP in the forthcoming election.
From Aro, the Okezuo Abia Team moved to Ututu for another town hall meeting. Ututu is part of Arochukwu. In Ututu, the chorus was still the same; PDP all the way.
From Ututu the Tema went to Ihechiowa and Abam for the same purpose and the chant remains , Okezuo Abia, PDP all the way.
Photo credit: Enyinnaya E. Appolos
|Politics / "I Can’t Be Anybody’s Stooge" Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Speaks. by emindu: 5:45pm On Mar 03, 2015|
AMID a tight campaign schedule, the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in this encounter spoke among others on his plans for Abia and how to actualise them, if elected. He admitted that Governor Orji has set a hurdle in terms of achievements but said he will run faster because he is younger.
BY Clifford Ndujihe
His take on comments that he is a neophyte and stooge of Governor Theodore Orji
I had my doctorate degree before my 30th birthday. I have taught in four universities, including being the external examiner of master’s degree students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It is not possible for someone to think of me as a stooge. All this can only exist within the realms of political propaganda. Almost every candidate in the race was once in the PDP, so apparently they all wanted to be stooges. They started singing different tunes when the PDP people said, “we want change but we want to change into certainty not into darkness’ and the civil servants said, “we want someone who can keep our jobs and pay us, not someone who will do right-sizing or down-sizing and retrench us at the end of the day.”
There is no governor in Nigeria that is anybody’s stooge. And if you played a role in canvassing for votes or helped a governor to be elected, you can’t expect the governor to be your stooge. You can only bring ideas that are beautiful on the table and if its falls into the main frame of a focused administration.
Abia people know that I am the only person that is humble enough to entertain all shades of opinion, logic and suggestions. If your logic is superior we will go and test it. If mine is superior you go with me. I am not coming with any airs of arrogance. I am humble enough to say that I need the support of the people of Abia and hopeful that they will give me.
The challenge of taking over and matching Governor Orji’s records?
The governor has enormous goodwill and he has carried himself as a gentleman. He has a lot of respect among the elders, and the common people of Abia. He is a huge challenge. But I know that by the time the people understand my style, the difference will show. I will try to be as meticulous as Orji but I will run faster because I am younger.
His plans: The first plan is our people. Abia is peopled by people with capacity in various areas. Our human capital is second to none and we are the best traders and very good in commerce. We are also very good with the things we can do with our hands. So in the years ahead we want to leverage on these advantages that God has given us to make sure that the economy of Abia rests on strong pillars of trade and commerce, small and medium scale enterprises.
Of course we are in oil and gas but we want to let the advantage of oil and gas recede to the background because we are just marginal producers. So oil will not be on the front burner of our economic decisions in the days ahead.
We have another advantage. If you look at Aba for example, the city is at the confluence of about seven other cities in the South-East and South-South. The city is about 30 minutes drive to Ikot Ekpene, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Umuahia among others. The strategic location of this city makes it what sugar is to ants and it attracts people. So we must leverage this strategic geographical location of Aba to place world class infrastructure around Aba so that we can return trade and commerce and build industrial clusters using the German model.
What I mean by that is the apprenticeship system where we have family line businesses. But government must intervene in terms of giving access to world class finishing and equipment so that there can be mass production, finished products that can compete for space in shops in top shops in European markets.
We will also do a mass reorientation of the way our people think. The time has gone when people will talk down on the people of Abia. We want to say that we are the best in the world and that we will attract the attention of not only the best in Nigeria but also in Africa to Abia in the days ahead. This is our focus.
Plans for Aba… People talk about Aba just because they are thinking about votes. I talk about Aba with more passion because that is where I come from. I don’t have a house in any other part of the world than in Aba. Nobody is more interested in the Aba problem as myself, because you can’t be more Catholic than the Pope. And nobody has a better plan for Aba. First, I have a proper diagnostics of the Aba problem. Aba’s problem is rooted in the fact that infrastructural stock, in terms of drainage, houses, roads, have been static for awhile and the population has grown geometrically. And when that happens, it means that there will be more pressure on the roads and the drainages and they will start collapsing.
The drainage system has remained unmanned and unserviced because it is underground. Once you have underground drainage system, you must maintain it. You must go through it every year. And it has been left for almost 50 years and some people have also constructed buildings across the drainage system. We have three storey buildings and churches across the drainage systems.
What we want to do is first of all to do a ring road around Aba. I said earlier that Aba is in the centre of our plans because it is at the confluence of the states in the South-East South-South and our industrial clusters are going to take off from Aba. What you can get in Aba in terms of internally generated revenue can help you develop other parts of Abia including Umunneochi and other places.
So we want to do a ring road while we revisit the existing roads, remodel them and redesign them.
We have two options on draining and de-flooding. One, there is an underground drainage system, which has been silted to the brim and that is why each time it rains there will flooding.
So, do we open up and use open drainage system or do we continue with the underground system where we have to get experts to open the underground drainage for it to enter into the Aba River? But draining straight into the Aba River is also not environmentally sustainable. So we are thinking about a secondary water plant around Aba River that would capture the storm water, treat it up to secondary level and then return it to the river so that aquatic life can thrive.
Do you have the political will to redesign Aba given the houses that will be affected?
Politically and socially, you have to localize your strengths and weaknesses. What did it take the incumbent governor to remove the market in Umuahia to Ubani? He is a son of the soil. His people are the people that own shops there and he found the political will.
For those who have constructed buildings across the drainages, those buildings will go. One kilometre of drainage will serve the entire city of five million people but a single house will serve just a family. We can’t allow your selfishness to put us all at risk. So we must do what we need to do when we get there.
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|Politics / PDP Candidate, Okezie Ikpeazu Gets Abia Farmers’ Endorsement by emindu: 5:48pm On Mar 02, 2015|
Okezie IkpeazuThe entire farmers in Abia State have resolved to endorse the candidature of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, PDP Candidate for the Abia State governorship election.
The resolution for the endorsement was passed by the farmers at a stakeholders’ meeting organised under the auspices of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (ALFAN) Abia State Chapter in conjunction with the Youths in Agriculture ProgrammeÂ (YEAP).
Presenting the resolution, the Chairman of ALFAN in Abia State, Chief Dunlop Okoro noted that Abia State being a largely agrarian state, the farmers constituted the bulk of the voting population in Abia State and whoever they endorsed usually ended up winning the Governorship.
He noted that apart from the PDP Governorship Candidate in Abia State, the farmers had also resolved to support President Goodluck Jonathan and other PDP Candidates in Abia State.
Also speaking, the Cordinator of Youths in Agriculture Programme, Abia State Chapter, Mr. Obinna Ndukwe Ibiam noted that having taken the time to assess all the Governorship Candidates in Abia State, it was the conclusion of Youths in Agriculture in Abia State that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had the best plans for the development of the agricultural sector in Abia State.
The Governor of Abia State, Chief T.A. Orji, represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Okezie Onwutebe assured the farmers of the continuous commitment of the Abia State Government to the improvement of their fortunes.
Speaking at the event, an obviously elated Dr. Ikpeazu thanked the farmers for the endorsement and promised not to dissapoint them.
Dr. Ikpeazu, who described himself as a farmer too having worked in his parents farm while growing up, promised to pay special attention to the needs of farmers and disclosed that he had commissioned a team to study the Abia Palm Plantation in Ukwa, the Ulonna Farm Settlements, the Abia Rubber Plantation and other agricultural concerns in the State with a view to ensuring that they are revived to produce at optimal capacity when he assumes office.
The event, which had a large section of farmers in Abia State filling the Auditorium to capacity and spilling outside, also had in attendance key members of the Okezuo Abia Campaign Organisation.
|Politics / Dr Okezie Ikpeazu Makes A Triumphant Return To The Class Room by emindu: 4:19pm On Feb 27, 2015|
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu makes a triumphant return to the class room
* Delivers lecture at Abia State Polytechnic
* Promises to review fees
The PDP Governorship candidate for Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD, returned to the classroom today to teach students of Abia State Polytechnic Aba.
A former lecturer at Calabar Polytechnic and former Head of Biochemistry Department at Enugu State University of Technology, Okezie Ikpeazu was the guest lecturer at a seminar for science students organized by Grace Uduma Foundation in conjunction with the School of Science of the institution.
His presentation which lasted for more than an hour focused on "Effect of garlic extract on body fat" and "Waste to wealth: a biochemical perspective". The renowned scientist and researcher kept the enthusiastic students spell bound as he reeled out scientific facts based on the research he co-authored with an Indian national on the efficacy of garlic extract in reducing body fat, especially when combined with exercises.
Speaking on "wealth to waste", the frontline gubernatorial candidate in Abia who was the immediate past Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA) told the students that Aba currently generates more than 5000 tonnes of waste daily. According to him “this waste can easily be converted to wealth by the citizens from collection at homes to the anaerobic and alcoholic fermentation of the waste to produce fertilizer, methanol, biogas etc through recycling, reuse and sorting”. The former lecturer who obtained a doctorate degree in Biochemistry at age 30 highlighted the biochemical processes involved in the anaerobic and alcoholic fermentation reactions that converts waste to other useful products. He explained to the students how they can make enormous wealth by keying into the available opportunities within the waste management systems as the volume of waste is expected to increase with improvements in income.
Answering a question from one of the students, Okezie Ikpeazu encouraged the students to see themselves as the best and work hard towards their life goals. He promised to ensure that the students receive bursaries regularly as well as get large multinational corporations to partner with Abia tertiary institutions in supporting education through endowments, sponsoring beneficial research work and supporting infrastructural development at the schools. According to him: "education is the key to guaranteeing the present and future of Abia State and no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that education at all levels is prioritized with no child left behind and the welfare of teachers taken care of as a matter of priority".
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Dean of School of Science & Industrial Technology, Rev. Engr. David Dimoji informed the students that Okezie Ikpeazu with his vast experience in the educational sector, public service and private sector possesses all the relevant skills and capacity required to transform the fortunes of the institution and Abia State rapidly. He further appealed to Okezie Ikpeazu to make the lecture an annual event to enable the students benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience.
The Rector, Prof Uche E. Ikonne, presented a special award to Dr Okezie at the end of his presentation and urged him to treat Abia State Polytechnic as his own institution and partner in manpower development in the State. He prayed God to grant him success at the polls as according to him: “ Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD possesses the required humility, intellect and energy to take Abia to the zenith in Nigeria”
Other notable attendees at the massively attended lecture include the immediate past Rector of the school, Elder A. A. Onukaogu, President of the students Union, Comrade Maxwell Eze as well as lecturers and management staff of the institution..
However, after the lectures, the excited students led the PDP candidate, who is also an Aba resident, with chants of "Okezie is our Governor" to the school pavilion where he addressed thousands of students of the school. Dr Okezie promised to review fees payable by the students, if elected as Governor, as well as ensure uninterrupted academic calendar at all State owned educational institutions. He asked the students to reciprocate by taking their studies serious with a view to graduating in flying colours and make their Parents, School and Abia proud.
Together we can...
|Politics / Abia State Gives Out Cars To Reduce Unemployment by emindu: 1:30pm On Feb 26, 2015|
The Abia State government has given out vehicles free of charge to the youths of Ikwuano Local Government Area as a way of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty.
According to Governor Theodore Orji, the gesture was to create jobs, reduce idleness and criminality, enhance the standard of living and minimise accidents associated to the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada.
A total of 30 persons including youths and women benefited from the latest gesture of the State Government.
At a ceremony to mark the handing over of the vehicles to the new owners, the Governor met with traditional rulers, amidst cheers and accolade from the people of Ikwuano.
Governor Theodore Orji, shortly after inspecting and commissioning the vehicles stated that the empowerment programme had brought joy to Abians and also helped to curb youth restiveness in the state.
On the roads of Umuahia metropolis, some of the beneficiaries,who had put their vehicles to work, thanked the government for the gesture.
Meanwhile, from Ikwuano Local Government Area, the empowerment strategy of the government to reduce unemployment continued to Umuahia South LGA.
The Governor had said that it would be sustained until all the youths in the 17 Local Government could boast of means of livelihood thereby contributing their quota to the economic development of the State.
|Politics / Nigeria Safer Under Jonathan Than Buhari - Abia PDP Guber Candidate by emindu: 5:23pm On Feb 24, 2015|
Nigeria Safer Under Jonathan Than Buhari - Abia PDP Guber Candidate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said President Goodluck Jonathan must be voted in for another term as president in the interest of the people of the country.
Speaking to a crowd from the Isingwu community at the house of a PDP chieftain in the area, Onyedi Okwulehie, Dr. Ikpeazu said the unity of the country will be retained and security assured under President Jonathan than under Muhammadu Buhari.
Dr. Ikpeazu explained that what should be paramount in making a choice of president, is the unity and safety of Nigerians.
He said when he becomes governor of Abia, his administration will create about 5000 jobs within its first one year in office and assured also that job creation would be top on his agenda
Ikpeazu who described Ohuhu land which Isingwu is part of as a "cradle of politics in the South-east said his government will be youths and ideas driven.
Addressing the youths of the community, he reaffirmed that his government of inclusiveness will incorporate the youths.
Speaking earlier, the member representing Ohuhu (Umuahia North State constituency) in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Emeka Ejiogu said that the day's gathering presented a covenant with the people. And so, the people should expect adequate commitment that will drive development in the area.
He pledged that the roads in the community will be looked at in the next dispensation, while already built health institutions in the area will be more equipped.
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