Imo 2019: I’m Most Qualified To Succeed Okorocha – Madumere |The Republican News


…Imo needs my experience, says Ohakim

Stanley Uzoaru and George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

Imo State Deputy  Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, has said he is most experienced and qualified than other aspirants who have lined up to succeed his boss, Governor  Rochas Okorocha in 2019.
Madumere, who made this known yesterday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa, said he has learnt more from his boss to pilot the affairs of the state and consolidate on the achievements of the Rescue Mission administration.
Madumere said he has the right spirit and well prepared to take over the mantle of leadership, adding that he has the right temperament and experience to steer the ship of the state.
The deputy governor said he has “equally gathered more experience on the job than any aspirant, coupled with his exposure to the world best standards in governance.”
Madumere has continued to receive endorsements from various political groups across the state,  including women and youth organisations.
In a related development, immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has declared that he will be contesting the gubernatorial election in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He said the state needs an experienced person to rebuild its battered economy, saying the biggest business in the state now is mortuary business as people are dying on daily basis because of the extreme hardship.
Ohakim, who stated this at the weekend during an interactive session with newsmen in the state, said he has decided to contest the governorship of the state for a second time, based on the enormous pressure on him by well meaning Imo citizens, who have realised the grave mistake the people made in 2011.
“I want to formally declare my intention to contest the governorship of the state for a second time because of the enormous pressure brought on me by well meaning citizens after realizing the grave mistake of 2011. I am not an aspirant but a contestant. I am not desperate to become a governor, but today, Imo State does not need somebody who is coming to experiment with the state like we have had in the last six and half years now, but an experienced person to rebuild the enormous damage done to the state by the current administration, otherwise, the state will sink deeper into the economic morass that it has already found itself. ”
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the PDP, Charles Ekekwem, has declared that there would be no automatic ticket for anybody, whether for those who are currently at the National or State Assemblies.
He said all positions will be contested for.
This was just as member of the party’ Board of Trustees, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has appealed to members of the party who had left over one disagreement or the other to return to the party and join other stakeholders to reclaim the Government House in 2019.

Ekekwem, who made the declaration at the stakeholders meeting held at the party`s secretariat in Owerri, stated  emphatically that nobody will be given special consideration, whether the person is currently serving as a member of the National or State Assembly as all positions must  be determined by the primaries.
He also dismissed the insinuations in some quarters that the state PDP has been hijacked by a cabal who now tele -guides the state executive on who should be given the party tickets.
“I want to state categorically that this state executive under my humble leadership will not , I repeat give any special consideration to any aspirant for any position in 2019 general election it does not matter whether they are serving members of the National Assembly or State Assembly every position must be contested at the primaries and it is the result that announced on the ground of the primaries that would be transmitted to Abuja.”

“I want to formally declare my intention to contest for the governorship of the state for a second time because of the enormous pressure brought on me by well meaning citizens of the state after realising the grave mistake of 2011. I am not an aspirant but a contestant.
He added, I am not desperate to become a governor, but today, Imo State does not need somebody who is coming to experiment with the state like we have had in the last six and half years now, but an experienced person to rebuild the enormous damage done to the state by the current administration, otherwise, the state will sink deeper into the economic morass that it has already found itself.”
The former governor said governance is not business but service to the people, noting that every sector in the state has been destroyed as the economy of the state has completely collapsed and that citizens of the state especially civil servants are finding it extremely difficult to feed their families.
“ People have always asked me what I forgot in the government house and my reply is that I am the only person who forgot something in the government house, because  governance is not business, like what we are seeing today, but service to the people.
Today, the biggest business in the state is mortuary business because people are dying on daily basis because of severe hardship. The private sector has collapsed in the state as most of the local contractors have packed up, the civil service has been destroyed and worst of all, state judges are owed about 18 months salaries, which is scandalous. I have written to the governor that if the judges are not paid by March, then I will lead a protest.
Continuing, if we do not have a regime change in 2019 it will be calamitous because security in the state will not be guaranteed because already kidnapping has become a daily affairs in the state”.
He said that as a governor he never allocated a plot of land to himself and he has only one house in Owerri which said he built in 1993 as a commissioner under the administration of late Evans Enwerem, stressing that the primary objective of governor of any state is the welfare of the people not turning the state into a private business empire while the people are left to starve.
“ No Imo people can say that his or her life is now better than it was between 2007 and 2011 during my tenure as the governor of the state because all the policies of my administration were tailored for the benefit of the people not for my personal acquisition. As a governor I never allocated a plot of land to myself and I have only house in Owerri which I had built as a commissioner under the administration of Evans Enwerem. So , my intention to be a governor for a second term is not because of material acquisition because I am satisfied with what I have. Today I pay myself N5 Million every month from my business and that it enough for me”.  (The Sun)

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Orji Kalu Congratulates Willie Obiano On His Re-election |The Republican News

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on his re-election.
While commending the candidates of the political parties for exhibiting patriotism and maturity before,during and after the election, Kalu applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other stakeholders for conducting a transparent election.
According to him, Ndi Anambra have spoken with their votes and the will of the people is paramount and unchangeable.
In a statement issued on Monday and signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said,” I wish to congratulate Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State on his success in the November 18 governorship election.
“The people of Anambra State have again, reaffirmed their confidence in the Chief Willie Obiano led state government. People came out en masse to cast their votes for their preferred candidates in a peaceful atmosphere.
“Since it is the wish of Ndi-Anambra, which is obvious from the outcome of the election, so be it.
“I believe Governor Obiano will extend a hand of fellowship to candidates of other political parties in his desire to improve the common lots of the people.
“Democracy is about good governance and regardless of party affiliation, it is imperative to continually engage those at the helm in a bid to build a decent society.
” We can be in different political parties but we must all have a common goal of improving lives”
Kalu while admonishing politicians to play the game by the rules, stressed that politics should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.  (The Sun)

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The Igbo Will Benefit From APC, Wishes Ekwueme Quick Recovery – Orji Kalu |RN


Former Governor of Abia State, CEO Slok Holdings,  Orji Uzor Kalu

Wishes Ex-VP, Ekwueme quick recovery

The former governor of Abia State and an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in the South East, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has described any attempt at continuing the spent and inebriated government of Anambra State as unacceptable.
He stated that Anambra, as the heartbeat of the Igbo nation and home of sane and sound intellectuals, cannot be run like a “beer parlour.”
Dr. Kalu, who spoke at the APC governorship Campaign rally at Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, wondered how the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, infamously known for his excessive and expensive love for the bottles, became a Governor in the first place in a premium state like Anambra.
Dr. Kalu noted that the issue with Obiano is not about his constant a hangover, but he equally failed in making any meaningful impact as a governor for three and half years in office and therefore should be voted out.
Dr. Kalu challenged the people of Anambra to take over the opportunity offered to them on November 18 to correct the mistake of having a failed governor, to elect a very young and former student leader, Hon. Dr. Tony Nwoye, who is the APC candidate in the poll.
Dr. Kalu stated that Dr. Tony Nwoye, being a young man has a cerebral fecundity with acute prowess in ideas and innovative solutions to take Anambra State to a greater height.
“I performed very well as a governor in Abia State because I was young then, and now the people of Anambra must vote a young man for the state to move forward,’’ Dr. Kalu said.
He furthered that the Anambra Guber election is another chance for the ‘Igbo Nation’ to join mainstream politics in Nigeria ahead of 2023, which will be their turn to produce the president.
He stated that the Igbo nation stands a lot to benefit from the present APC government than from any other party in Nigeria.
Responding, Hon. Dr. Tony Nwoye thanked Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, who followed him to the campaign rally at Orumba North for his commitment and huge sacrifices towards the realisation of his guber ambition.
Dr. Nwoye equally thanked the people of Orumba North, who came out en mass to receive him and his entourage in the area for showing solidarity and believing in him.
In a closing remark Hon. Bar. Emeka Ibe, the State Chairman of APC in Anambra, who hails from Orumba, assured Dr. Tony Nwoye and party members that Orumba, will deliver APC in the area.
He noted that Gov. Willie Obiano made the victory of APC easy in the area by not carrying out a single project in the whole of Orumba in three and half years as governor.
The Chairman declared that Obiano’s failure in Orumba is a blessing in disguise as no sane person from Orumba will vote APGA or for any other party. He further commended the traditional rulers in Orumba for proscribing the governor in the area, noting that their decision was well thought out.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kalu expressed concern over the current health of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
In his ‘get well message’ issued through his Media Assistant, Kenneth Udeh, Dr. Kalu expressed optimism that Dr. Ekwueme will soon get back to good health, stating that his wealth of experience and contributions is much needed in the country, especially in this critical democratic dispensation of the nation.
Kalu, who just returned from the Peoples Republic of China also appreciated the support of the Federal Government by approving immediate medical treatment for Dr. Ekwueme.
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in the statement said that he is in constant prayers to God over the quick recovery of the elder statesman and former Nigerian Vice President.  (The Sun)

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Anambra Election: Northern Christians Forum Seeks More Recognition |RN



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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