Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List |The Republican News


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The 89th Academy Awards took place on Sunday, honouring the best in film from the past year.

All eyes will be on “La La Land,” which tied the all-time record with 14 nominations. It’s widely seen as the frontrunner for best picture and is in the running for top awards like best actor, actress, and director.

Other top competitors include “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” which nabbed eight nominations each. Three films — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion,” and “Manchester by the Sea” — follow those up with six noms apiece.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, which airs live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre. Keep up with an updated winners list below.

Best picture: 



“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight” (WINNER)

Lead actor:

 Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land” (WINNER)

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” (WINNER)

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:

Viola Davis, “Fences” (WINNER)

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle (WINNER)

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve

Animated feature:

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

“Moana,” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer

“My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras and Max Karli

“The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

“Zootopia,” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (WINNER)

Animated short:

“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev

“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley and Cara Speller

“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne

“Piper,” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (WINNER)

Adapted screenplay:

“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer

“Fences,” August Wilson

“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

“Lion,” Luke Davies

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney (WINNER)

Original screenplay:

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills

“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan (WINNER)


“Arrival,” Bradford Young

“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren (WINNER)

“Lion,” Greig Fraser

“Moonlight,” James Laxton

“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

Best documentary feature:

“13th,” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

“Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo

“I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck

“Life, Animated,” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

“O.J.: Made in America,” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow (WINNER)

Best documentary short subject:

“4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki

“Extremis,” Dan Krauss

“Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

“Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

“The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara (WINNER)

Best live action short film:

“Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi

“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff

“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson

“Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy (WINNER)

“Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

Best foreign language film:

“A Man Called Ove,” Sweden

“Land of Mine,” Denmark

“Tanna,” Australia

“The Salesman,” Iran (WINNER)

“Toni Erdmann,” Germany

Film editing:

“Arrival,” Joe Walker

“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert (WINNER)

“Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts

“La La Land,” Tom Cross

“Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Sound editing:

“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare (WINNER)

“Deep Water Horizon,” Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

“La La Land,” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

“Sully,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound mixing:

“Arrival,” Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace (WINNER)

“La La Land,” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Production design:

“Arrival,” Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

“Hail, Caesar!,” Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

“La La Land,” David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (WINNER)

“Passengers,” Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena

Original score:

“Jackie,” Mica Levi

 “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz (WINNER)

“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell

“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Original song:

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls” — Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City of Stars,” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (WINNER)

“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story” — Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana” — Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Makeup and hair:

“A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

“Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

“Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson (WINNER)

Costume design:

“Allied,” Joanna Johnston

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood (WINNER)

“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle

“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine

“La La Land,” Mary Zophres

Visual effects:

“Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton

“Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

“The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon (WINNER)

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould


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South African Police Chief Defends Decision To Authorise Anti-Immigrant March

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has dismissed suggestions that the march was aimed at foreigners.

Group of protesters says they want to search foreign owned shops. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

PRETORIA – Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has defended the decision to authorise Friday’s anti-immigrant march in Pretoria, saying people have the right to express their views.

The police had their hands full in Atteridgeville, Marabastad, the Pretoria inner city and Sunnyside, trying to prevent clashes between citizens and non-nationals.

Stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon were used to control the situation, while at least 137 people were arrested in the capital during anti-xenophobia operations.

Despite the march explicitly being touted as being against immigrants and not anti-drug or anti-crime, Lieutenant Phahlane says it was legitimately approved.

“Our Constitution provides for people to express their views. Facts before the authorities were considered and they deemed it fit that with what was at their disposal, that the march is granted.”

He has dismissed suggestions that the march was aimed at foreigners.

“The march was about people, amongst others, that are not South African nationals involved in crime.”

Phahlane says the police will remain on high alert and deployed at hotspot areas.

Watch the violent scene of the anti-immigrant protest in Pretoria


Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has described the outbreak of violence during the march as complex, saying South Africans and foreign nationals need to be understanding of one another.

President Zuma was speaking on the sidelines at the launch of Operation Phakisa in Pretoria.

He said South Africa has a leading economy on the continent and that’s why many people migrate here.

The president said the outbreak of violence in Pretoria is not xenophobic but is really aimed at crime.

He also urged political leaders visiting the affected areas not to say the wrong things.

“Let us help to cool down the situation; make people understand, talk to the police and talk to the foreigners. That is what they should do rather than be making statements that actually exacerbate the feelings of the people.”

Zuma said whether South Africans are xenophobic or not is up for debate but that he doubts South Africans are xenophobic.

“I think we love using phrases in South Africa that at the time cause unnecessary perceptions about us. I think we are not [xenophobic], it’s not the first time we’re with the foreigners here.”

He said government does know many foreign nationals who come here aren’t refugees but are looking for jobs and to make a better living.

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2018 Census: MASSOB Demands Data On Ethnicity, Religion

2018 census: MASSOB insists on ethnicity, religion

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Bi­afra ( MASSOB), have demanded that biometric data like ethnicity and religion should be included in the 2018 national census.
MASSOB in a press statement by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu however, regretted boycott­ing the 2006 exercise, an action it explained was taken to draw inter­national attention to the struggles for Biafra restoration.
They said it was the interven­tion of unnamed prominent Igbo leaders that made them soft-ped­al on their stand against Igbo par­ticipating in any Nigerian census.
The body, therefore, pledged full support for next year’s cen­sus but made a strong case for the inclusion of vital statistical indi­ces, which it stressed would help put to rest the contention in the polity arising from the errors and manipulations of the previous exercises.
MASSOB regretted that Ndig­bo and other ethnic nationalities in the defunct Biafra Republic were grossly shortchanged during the last census, and said it would not want a repetition of such in­justices, hence its support for the next exercise.
The statement reads in part: “As every revolutionary struggle for independence has its meth­odology and can adapt to any op­portunity that will yield positive results, MASSOB is considering allowing next year’s national cen­sus because of the intervention of some prominent Igbo leaders.
“We demand the inclusion of Religion as part of the data to be captured in the census, to ascer­tain the actual number of Chris­tians, Muslims, Traditionalists. The inclusion of Religion will also enable us to know the number of Oriental Sects in Nigeria.
“Another condition is the in­clusion of Ethnicity, which will immensely assist in knowing the total number of indigenous peo­ple that comprises their tribe in Nigeria. It will also help in putting to rest the ethnic arguments of the largest Nigerian ethnic group or the major and minor tribes.
“MASSOB also insists that during the coming census exer­cise, every citizen residing out­side his/her state of origin must be allowed to leave for his/her state for the counting. This also will en­able us to know the exact popula­tion of each state”.
Speaking further on the 2016 boycott ordered in the South East by MASSOB, Madu noted that “it was very unfortunate that Ndig­bo misunderstood our position during the 2006 National Census where MASSOB urged Biafrans to boycott the exercise which lat­er recorded a very low turnout.
“The 2006 National Census exercise was part of the yard­sticks for MASSOB to showcase our strength, popularity and ac­ceptance by Ndigbo.
“Also our primary aim of op­posing the last census is to draw the attention of the internation­al community, including United Nations, to the plight of Biafrans.
“Though the low turnout of South East during the last census exercise was used by our enemies and the Nigerian government to undermine and shortchange the status of Ndigbo in Nigeria, it is part of our sacrifice for Biafra and MASSOB is not regretting it.
“MASSOB therefore, enjoin all pro-Biafran groups to support the forthcoming census and mo­bilise all Biafrans to be counted so as to determine their actual popu­lation and disprove the erroneous impression that the populations of the South East and South South people are the least in Nigeria”.  (Authority)

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Sheriff Asks Court To Jail Makarfi, Obi, Others, For Contempt


Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has asked the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to jail his arch-rival, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and some of his loyalists.

Apart from the former governor of Kaduna State, Sheriff, who is also a former governor of Borno State, also listed three other prominent leaders of the party as those to be jailed by the appellate court.

Sheriff and the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, accused Makarfi and others of flouting the order of the court, which was delivered on February 17, 2017.

The court, in the judgment, had pronounced Sheriff as the national chairman of the party while it also upheld that Oladipo remained its national secretary.

Apart from Makarfi, others named as alleged contemnors are the two other members of the sacked National Caretaker Committees, Senator Ben Obi (secretary) and Mr Dayo Adeyeye(publicity secretary).

He also listed a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, among the alleged contemnors.

Sheriff, in suit number FHC/ PH/CS/524/16, asked the court to commit the four persons to prison for one year over the alleged contempt.

Apart from the four named above, the PDP national chairman also listed a former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin; and an aspirant to the office of the party’s national chairman, Chief Bode George, as alleged contemnors.

However, he did not pray the court to commit Ihedioha, Gana, Jibrin and George to prison, rather, he asked the court for an order restraining them from “proclaiming or otherwise holding out to the public that the 1st to 3rd  alleged contemnors are national  officers of the PDP for any purpose whatsoever.”

Listed as defendants in the case are the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services.

The duo asked the court to stop Makarfi and his group from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

They also asked the court to direct the IGP and the DSS to close down the factional secretariat being operated by the Makarfi group.

Apart from that, they also asked the court not to transmit the records of the court proceedings to Markarfi and his group, saying they didn’t have the permission of the party to get it.

Oladipo, who signed an affidavit in support of the claim, stated that on February 17, “soon after the judgment was delivered, the alleged contemnors proceeded to address the media and to comment negatively, contemptuously, disparagingly and contumeliously on the findings and order of the court set out above.”

He added, “Rather than accept that the justice of the matter as determined by this honourable court was as expressed in the findings, holdings and order set out above, the 4th to 8th Alleged Contemnors made statements encouraging the 1st to 3rd respondents to defy the order of the court and flout the purpose of the court’s judgment delivered on the 17th of February 2017.”

He said it was on this basis that the alleged contemnors placed notices in newspapers, where they convened a meeting of what they called “PDP stakeholders.”

He stated, “The said meeting was held on Monday, February 20, and was attended by the 4th to 8th alleged contemnors, who made further statements encouraging the 1st to 3rd alleged contemnors to defy the holdings and order of the court.”

The motion on notice for the committal of the alleged contemnors was filed by eight lawyers, led by a former Minister of Justice, Akin Olujimi (SAN), who was joined by two other SANs – Dr Alex Izinyon and B. E. Nwofor – among others.

The lawyers said, “The actions of the alleged contemnors, as shown in the affidavit in support of this application, have the effort of flouting the purpose of the judgment of this Honourable court, which purpose is to properly regulate the exercise of powers by the alleged contemnors against the applicants and 1st Respondent; avoid any further anarchy, lawlessness and deepening crisis capable of heating up the Nigerian polity; and establish the requirements of the rule of law and due process in the administration of justice.

“Although the alleged contemnors were not parties to the action in court, it is our humble submission that they have a responsibility to ensure that they do not aid and abet the disobedience of the judgment order or treat the said judgment with disdain and disrespect.”

Markarfi and the other faction of the party are believed to have filed an application seeking a stay of execution of the judgment and leave for appeal.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of Sheriff’s case, which was filed on February 24, 2017.  (

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FG To Employ Fresh 350,000 Graduates In 2017 |The Republican News

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – JUNE 08: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari attends the second day of the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 8, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In the course of the two-day summit G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss global economic and security issues, as well as pressing global health-related issues, including antibiotics-resistant bacteria and Ebola. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Federal Government will employ an additional 350,000 graduates in 2017.

The graduates will be employed by the N-Power Volunteer Corps, a component of the government’s Social Investment Programmes.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Akande said President Muhammadu Buhari had requested an appropriation of N157.75bn in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme.

“350,000 unemployed graduates more would be hired and trained, alongside 50,000 non-graduates youths to be engaged as artisans and in other creative ventures,” Akande said.

He explained further that under the N157.75bn also, a sum of N4.5bn had been earmarked for science, technology, engineering and mathematics programme to support young Nigerians in building skills in those disciplines.

Akande noted that the SIPs’ budget proposals for 2017 would be discussed this week at the National Assembly and urged Nigerians to expect more initiatives especially in the area of implementation as virtually all of the SIPs are now undergoing different stages of implementation.

“While we were able to engage 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, we will do 350,000 more this year,” he said.

He added that some of the teething problems were giving way to lessons that would enhance the implementation under the 2017 budget.

He also disclosed that about N75bn had been allocated for the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme in the 2017 budget.

He added that N112.2bn had been allocated to the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme aimed at providing interest-free loans to 1.2 million market men and women, artisans, youths and farmers.

Under the GEEP, he explained that beneficiaries would receive between N10,000 and N100,000 loans with a one-time five percent administrative fee.

He said over 20,000 Nigerians in 14 states had benefitted from GEEP under the 2016 budget.

He said the Conditional Cash Transfer which had started in nine states would be further expanded under the 2017 budget to reach more states.

Akande said, “The plan in 2016 budget targeted one million poorest and vulnerable Nigerians. And in the 2017 budget, an additional N54.98bn has been allocated for the continuation of the N5,000 monthly social safety net payments to the poorest Nigerians.

“2017 implementation of the SIPs is going to be far more impactful than what we were able to do under the 2016 budget. So, Nigerians should expect more this year. The resolve of the Buhari presidency is that more lives must be touched positively under these programmes which Nigerians have come to appreciate.”  (

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BREAKING: Former Governor Of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan Arrested By DSS

Adeola Opeyemi

The Department of State Services has announced the arrest of the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam.

The ex-governor was arrested over items recovered in cars in a building in Abuja, both of which are said to belong to him.

According to the DSS in a statement by Tony Opuiyo, the search of the building at 44, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, led to the discovery of keys of 45 exotic cars, 21 Certificates of Occupancy, arms and ammunition.

Former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam arrested by Department of State Services

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Former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam arrested by Department of State Services

The statement by the DSS reads in full:

1. The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that on 24th February 2017, between 9: pm hours and 2: am, the Service executed a search warrant, at the property of Dunes Investment and Global Properties Ltd, located at No 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja. The operation was informed by an intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property, particularly a Mercedes Benz S550 (BWR 135AH), and Maserati 4.7 (BWR 207 AJ), which were subsequently confiscated.

2. Consequently, on 25th February 2017, about 1000 hours, in the presence of two (2) private security officers employed by Dunes Investment, the cars were searched and the following items were recovered:


(i) Glock pistol with two (2) magazines and a total of Twenty-Nine (29) rounds of ammunition;

(ii) Mini-Uzi with two (2) magazines containing 10 rounds and 4 rounds respectively;

(iii) Forty-two (42) extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack; and

(iv) One (1) AK-47.

3. Other items recovered include:

i. Twenty-one (21) Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and one (1) Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;

ii. Twenty-three (23) Luxury designer watches; and

iii. Forty-five (45) keys to various exotic cars.

4. Following this discovery, the Service launched a further investigation which revealed that the cars and the recovered items belong to the former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel SUSWAN who has already been invited by the Service and presently helping in the investigations.

5. It is in the light of this latest development that the Service wishes to sound a note of warning to persons and groups that it will no longer tolerate any acts of lawlessness by those who ought to be law abiding and responsible citizens. The Service has also observed with total dismay the inciting utterances of some political actors whose activities heat up the polity. It also wishes to express its disappointment with these politicians who, in their desperation, are engaged in hate speeches and even sponsorship of radio campaign jingles when the electoral umpire has not authorised such campaigns in line with the Electoral Act. More worrisome is the unpatriotic involvement of some media outfits in these divisive tendencies which negate their constitutional role as the fourth estate of the realm.

6. In line with its statutory mandate of maintaining the peace and internal security of the country, the Service hereby restates its commitment to go after anyone no matter how highly placed who engages in acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the country. (

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New Ohanaeze PG Applauds South-East Governors For New Found Energy

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Ohanaeze President General, Dr John Nnia Nwodo


The President General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has applauded the new found synergy and solidarity between governors of the South-East.

Nwodo told newsmen at the meeting of the South-East Governors’ Forum in Enugu on Sunday that the resurgence of the solidarity was the needed elixir for regional integration.

He said that the meeting of the governors, which was the first of its kind since the 2015 general elections, was in fulfilment of the promise made by Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo.

“I came to congratulate them for their synergy and their new found solidarity and the resurgence of that solidarity.

“I have promised that whatever misgivings they have between them is a storm in the teacup and is grossly exaggerated and you can see that happening now,” he said.

Nwodo said that there was apprehension for some time because the governors had not met in a long while, adding that they were back to business.

“The headquarters of Ohaneze is in Enugu and it is only courteous that as the president general, I should come and greet them and brief them about our activities as well as wish them well in their deliberations.

“All five of them are here. Nobody is represented by the deputy. They are in serious deliberation and I am grateful to God that this is happening,” he said.

Nwodo said that the governors from the zone had not been divided as widely speculated but had difficulty in meeting for a long time.

“I am infused that within two months of my coming into office they are back on the saddle, united and in total solidarity addressing the problems affecting us as a geographical region,” Nwodo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi was elected Chairman of the forum at the meeting.


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