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Anambra Election: Northern Christians Forum Seeks More Recognition |RN

 

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Northern Christain Leaders with President Muhammadu Buhari during a visit to Aso Rock

 

From: David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi

As the November 18 Anambra State gubernatorial election fast approaches, some northerners in the state, under the auspices of Northern Christian Forum, have cried marginalisation in politics and other welfare packages even as most of them had lived in the state for decades.

President of the Forum, Mr Averson Andrew, made the observation, on Thursday, in Nnewi, when he spoke with some journalists. He said that the Forum, with over 15,000 members, in all the 21 council areas of the state, drawn from the former 19 core northern states and some states in the South-South region resident in the state, deserved some level of attention because of its numerical strength and contributions to economic and political growth of the State.

Said he, “The Forum in Anambra is non-violent, non-political. It promotes peace, unity, progress and love in services of God and humanity. It helps all levels of government in ensuring a sustainable and vibrant socio-economic development. It will be a good thing for the government to partner with this well-aimed non-governmental organisation to enable it (government) implement its well-oriented and progressive agenda for the people of the State and the country at large,” he said.

Andrew explained that the Forum was a law-abiding one and had different categories of people contributing in different areas of the State economy and well being of the host State “even as major contributors are being ignored.”

He complained that the state government recognised their Moslem brothers, without carrying the Christians along in the scheme of things. He made it clear that the Forum was prepared to play a key role in the forthcoming governorship election in the state as part of its resolve to contribute to sustainable development of Anambra State.

“We want to play a key role in this election and we expect candidates to meet us and show us their agenda which we expect will favour every segment of society. We are a force to be reckoned with. In other areas like Lagos State and some northern states, Igbo are made commissioners and are given other appointments in the government. “They are recognised and that is what we expect in Anambra in the spirit of one Nigeria. That is where we are and we have taken it as a duty to promote unity and progress of the country,” he submitted.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Pandemonium In Anambra As Citizens Refuse Free Military Medical Outreach

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By Ike A. Offor

There is pandemonium in Anambra state as pupils, students and market women and men ran for their lives and that of their wards in school as the Nigerian Army free medical attention cause serious concern among citizens.

The free medical treatment by the Nigerian army has gotten a very bad impression in South East Nigeria, where they are obviously not welcome. The Operation Python dance is ill-conceived and the people have refused it by all means

The Republican News can authoritatively confirm that the people of  Ekwusigo LGA, Nnewi, Onitsha and other towns have deserted markets, schools and other public places to avoid army medical outreach.

Children in schools ran for their lives at the sight of the Nigerian army medical group, who they called Hausa-Fulani killers who inject children with deadly diseases.

All schools in Anambra have closed at the time of this report.

Parents have taken their wards away from school to avoid medical attention by members of the Nigerian armed forces medical outreach.

Some of the children The Republican News interviewed in Omagba Primary School in Onitsha confirmed with hard breathing after running away from their school to avoid being injected.

They claimed that those who were injected by the’ Hausa people’ fainted on the spot after the injection. They said that Hausa-Fulani people were in the uniform of nurses and came to their school gate and banged on the gate. Their gateman refused to open but went to inquire from their head teacher and other teachers, who then came to the gate but refused to open for those uniformed nurses.

After this incident, the teachers reportedly ran away and they told their pupils to run away to avoid being injected. This caused a very big pandemonium in the Omagba primary school in Onitsha.

This very same news was confirmed in Nnewi, Ozubulu and other towns in Anambra state.

But The Republican News later learnt that it was the Nigerian army medical outreach, who obviously are not welcome in this region to conduct any medical outreach. The people do not want the Nigerian army and whatever they will give out whether free or not.

Details later…….

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Why I Am Leading Campaign Against Obiano – Obi |The Republican News

 

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Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi

 

From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

The former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, yesterday, said he had no personal issue with Governor Willie Obiano but had to lead the campaign against his reelection to fulfil the promise he made to the people of the state when he asked them to vote for him (Obiano) in 2013.

Addressing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women at the State party secretariat Udoka Housing Estate Awka, when the Deputy Governorship candidate, Lady Chidi Alexsandra Onyemelukwe was presented to the women, Obi said the issue he has with Obiano was because of the governor’s “non-performance”.

Obi said he promised the people that he would lead the campaign against Obiano if he fails to work and regretted that the governor has nothing to show for his four years in office.

He reeled out a number of road projects done by his predecessor, Sen. Chris Ngige in three years and under serious tribulation and the ones he (Obi) did and asked the people to ask Obinao to point to what he had done with all the money he left for him and the one that had come to him, including the 156 million dollars and N25 billion cash in the state account when he handed over to him.

He said, “I governed this state for eight years, I can tell you that there is no candidate in this present election that can work better than our (PDP) candidate, Obaze. Some people wrote that Peter Obi and Obiano are quarrelling. I don’t have any issue with Mr Willie Obiano, but I have issues with Governor Obiano. We are not quarrelling, Obiano is still my friend.

“Go and ask anyone that told you that I am demanding money from Obiano or everybody, I am enjoying my marriage with my wife but that notwithstanding can I keep N70 billion with her and be demanding N7 billion, I will take the much I need and tell her my darling to keep this in case you change tomorrow.

“So I am not demanding any money from him, the issue I have with Obiano is very simple,  When I took Obiano round Anambra State for campaign, wherever we went to, the markets and so on, the people kept asking me ‘Peter are sure this man would do well,’ and I said ‘yes.’ They asked ‘if he fails to do well what will happen?

“I told them ‘I would be the one to lead a campaign against Obiano if he does not perform well in his first term.’ Today, can anyone show me what the governor has done within his first term? He has nothing to show for it. I am a businessman; you don’t introduce a product twice in the market.

“When I was campaigning for my second term, each community I went to, I usually showed them what I had achieved, and that made it possible for the people to vote for me because they have seen what I did.

“We challenge Obiano to show us what he has done in his first term. Go to all parts of the state where all of you came from, can you mention the things he has done? He has done nothing. That is why I am here to lead the campaign that he will not return.”

Obi, therefore, charged the party women to work hard for the enthronement of good leadership, saying that PDP has selected a credible candidate in Oseloka Obaze to succeed Obiano.

“Anambra has always been a PDP state, and our entry has further popularized the party in the state. Go to the markets, everywhere, and all that the people are saying is PDP.    (The Sun)

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APC Is Most Viable Route To Igbo Presidency, Says Oyegun |The Republican News

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   National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the easiest way for a Nigerian of Igbo extraction to become Nigeria’s president is for the people of the South-East to join the APC.

Odigie-Oyegun said this during a parley with former aspirants and the inauguration of a 48-member campaign council for the APC candidate for November 28, 2017, Anambra State governorship election, in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said, “We must change the narrative in the South-East and we must start with Anambra because the APC represents the most viable route for any South-East person to the presidency of this country.”

Odigie-Oyegun also used the occasion to welcome the former Deputy National Chairman to the Modu Sherrif-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, into the APC.

The party chairman said Ojougboh’s presence in the Anambra campaign committee was an indication that the party recognised the fact that he had a lot to contribute to the development of the party.

Meanwhile, Odigie-Oyegun has said the party needs to win the November 18, 2017, Anambra State governorship election to end the cry of marginalisation by the South-East.

Odigie-Oyegun said this during a reconciliation meeting organised at the instance of the party leadership for aspirants in the recently concluded APC primaries for Anambra State.

The reconciliation meeting was held at the party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The party chairman, who described Anambra State as the “gateway to the South-East,” reiterated the party’s desire to win the election.

Odigie-Oyegun said, “It is important that we do everything we can, fair and square, to bring Anambra State into the fold of the progressives for a lot of reasons.

“Until we manage to bring a few states into the mainstream of progressives’ politics, we may not see the end of this continued cry of marginalisation.

“It is important that we work and work very hard to win Anambra being a critical state in the South-East. It is not going to be a small political struggle. We must work hard with a unity of purpose to break through to the South-East in a major way to win Anambra.

“We are in politics and we recognise that each and every one of those who aspired to the office of the governor of Anambra State has a constituency. Everyone has something very significant to contribute if we are to have a hope of winning the governor’s seat in Anambra from an incumbent.”

He added, “It is very important, essential and vital that we manage to hammer together not just a patchwork of peace or make-believe kind of camaraderie but a very serious unity of purpose between all those who aspired to that office to act as a serious guarantee that we are indeed also serious in winning the Anambra governorship seat.” (Punch)

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Form Party To Test Your Popularity, Edozie Madu Tells Nnamdi Kanu |RN

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The National Chairman of the Independent Democrats, Chief Edozie Madu, has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra lacks the power to stop any election in the country.

He described IPOB’s threat to disrupt the November 18 poll in Anambra State as empty.

The ID leader spoke in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Tuesday, while inaugurating the party’s women league and a 10-man committee of the party in the state ahead of the governorship election in the state.

He said, “If  Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB thinks  his movement is popular  he should form  a political party where he will have all the powers and legitimacy to participate in elections the way  he thinks.

“We are  fully prepared and ready for the Anambra governorship election. We don’t listen to such talks. We don’t want to be distracted because we are out to win. No party has presence in the 21 local government areas and 326 wards in the state as ID.

Madu asked the committees to mobilise the people of the state to vote ID in the November 18 poll.

He condemned the Sunday killings by unknown gunmen at Ozubulu, describing them as barbaric and satanic.

He expressed optimism that  the President  Muhammadu Buhari administration would not allow the perpetrators of such dastardly act to go unpunished, adding that the Anambra massacre was a wake-up call to security agencies to work harder at creating a crime-free society.  (Punchng.com)

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Ozubulu Church Massacre: Kingsley Ekeoma ‘Escobar’ Not Connected To Incident, Demands Apology From Sun

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The Ozubulu church massacre has opened a new discourse about poor journalism in Nigeria. And the rush to publish unfounded and unsubstantiated stories in the media by big and small media houses and even in blogs by bloggers, who most of the time copy from websites of big media outlets, hoping that they have verified their stories thoroughly before publishing.

When the incident happened at St Philip church in Ozubulu in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra state, every media and the social media users jumped on it like every other news. But sooner than expected the truer picture is beginning to emerge that the two businessmen the media rushed to involve in the incident are not part of it.

In one of them, another man whose name and the video was wrongly and defame-ably connected to the incident has threatened to sue The Sun Newspaper unless he gets a unreserved apology from the said newspaper firm or else he would proceed to the law court.

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The issue is that The Sun newspaper published a video of Mr Kingsley Ekeoma as the man who was sought after by the killers, who carried out the unspeakable massacre in the house of God on Sunday in Ozubulu.

The problem here is that these stories were never verified before these media outlets went to the air to publish barrages of unsubstantiated information. The stories in so many cases were incoherent and names were badly mangled and got even unsuspecting readers confused as who is the real person and where he is actually from.

The man, Kingsley Ekeoma, popularly known as Escobar who was alleged by the Nigerian media (Sun newspaper) and the Nigeria Police as the one purportedly involved in the drug dealers cartel which the gunmen that killed worshippers on Sunday were looking for, has come out to deny his involvement in the act.

Escobar has threatened to institute a lawsuit against The Sun newspaper and the police for defamation of character.

According to him, he is neither from Ozubulu nor has he ever visited South Africa in his lifetime.

Hear him: “Am neither the so called Bishop nor from Ozubulu in Anambra State. I have never been to South Africa nor Ozubulu before.

I hail from Umuahia Abia State but base in Turkey. I am a legitimate businessman (Verified Real Estate Developer in Abuja).

I hereby call on the office of the Inspector General of police, DSS and other security related departments to do proper investigations into the massacre in Ozubulu. As for AIT and Sun Newspaper wait for me.

I know some stupid fools want to tarnish my reputations but I will follow up this case with my team of lawyers till the end.

My sympathy to the bereaved families and the truth must prevail. Please, my beloved friends, Help me and share this report around and viral. God bless you all.”
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MASSOB Threatens Showdown Over Detained Members |The Republican News

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From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Members of the Chief Ralph Uwazurike-led Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB and Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, yesterday threatened to occupy the streets of Anambra indefinitely over the continued incarceration of their members in prison for the past four years.

MASSOB-BIM Leader for Anambra South, Chief Arinze Igbani and the Acting Regional Administrator for Awka South, Sunday Ozoilo, in a joint press briefing in Onitsha accused some judges in Anambra State of constituting a clog in the wheel of freedom for their detained members.

Citing the case of four of their members, Chukwuemeka Arua, ThankGod Mark, Chidi Nweke and Emmanuel Akachukwu, who have been languishing in prison custody since 2013, after they were arrested in connection with the MASSOB sit-at-home order, Igbani and Ozoilo noted that the four were granted bail at Ogidi High Court on June 14, 2017, but the presiding judge was unable to sign the bail documents before proceeding on annual vacation. The MASSOB-BIM leaders who presented the court documents to authenticate their claims noted that the judge who had earlier chided the police for not filing any proof of evidence for armed robbery and conspiracy against the accused for the past four years, later turned around to insist on confirming the authenticity of land documents tendered by their sureties from the Ministry of Lands before allowing the detainees to breath the air of freedom.

They called on the National Judicial Council, Federal and State governments, including various human rights bodies both local and international to come to their aid before they are provoked into violence.

The Biafra agitation group also disclosed that 12 of their members are also struggling to free themselves from various spurious charges brought against them because of their struggle for Biafran independence in various courts in Onitsha, Atani, Otuocha and Nteje, noting that 18 years after their continuous agitations for Biafra, they can never be cowed into submission by various state agents. “Our members were arrested by Special Anti Robbery Squad and after severe torture and other dehumanizing treatment, they were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.

Those cases have lingered while most wives and children of our members have been living like widows and the fatherless.

The hopes of the four families to reunite again with their breadwinners were dashed last month because of the insistence of that judge who is an Igbo woman.

The implication is that they will still remain in custody till after vacation in September. Our patience is running out,” they lamented. (The Sun)

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