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Northern Group Asks Nigerians For Fairness, Equity To Support Igbo Presidency In 2023

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…Call on South East to queue behind Kalu, Okorocha

From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja

A Northern political group has called on other regions in the country to support the emergency of an Igbo president come 2023 in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

The group has, however, called on the people of the South East not to play politics of exclusion, but pull themselves together and queue behind a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu ,and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, in order to actualise the Igbo Presidency by 2023.

The group, Northern Front for Justice and Equity (NFJE), lamented that 47 years after former Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) declared ‘No victor, No vanquished’ and proclaimed the 3Rs of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation after the civil war, the people of the south east region are yet to produce a president. Gowon’s 3Rs were targeted at healing the wounds of the ill-fated war.

Chairman of NFJE, Yunusa Sule, noted that the people of the south east still felt short-changed in the rulership equation of the country as they are yet to produce a president of Nigeria, which he said was indeed a long time and honestly over due.

Besides, Sule equally called on past leaders including  Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Obasanjo, Gen. David Ejoor, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Chief Alfred Diette-Spiff, Gen. Alani Akirinade, President Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar and other great heroes in the country, to facilitate the emergency of an Igbo president.

The group, in a statement, in Abuja, on Tuesday, spoke on the need for “Ndigbo to put their acts together and foster unity among themselves in order to forge a common front and collaborate with other parts of the country to actualise their dream of an Igbo presidency.

“It is in this regard that notable Igbo leaders like Owelle Rochas Okorocha and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu have always called on  Ndigbo not to play politics of exclusion.

 “These two leaders have shown great patriotism as they rejected any attempt to divide this country.

Owelle Rochas Okorocha  who is regarded as a political Nostradamus has always been a leading light ready to take Ndigbo to the promised land.

He has displayed wide vision by building bridges of love peace and understanding across the country History is replete with the fact that God has always picked whomever he pleases to lead a people to a destination

“Ndigbo must support  these  men of sterling qualities  and  stop the ‘pull him down’ syndrome that has characterised their political life.

Democracy  is a game of the majority, therefore the ceaseless attack on the north and a president of Northern extraction cannot help the cause of Ndigbo.

 For the sake of peace equity, and fairness the north sacrificed its political advantage by embracing the rotational presidency, the north should therefore be commended and not vilified.

We are therefore calling on the rest of the country to extend to the south East what was done for the south west in 1999 when the rest of the country including the south east stood down to produce Chief Olu Falae and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the two leading presidential candidates. Head or tail, a Yoruba man emerged in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. This was done to assuage the injustice felt by the south west with the annulment of the election won by Late Chief M.K.O Abiola.

“It is a gesture that we believe should be extended to the south east in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

“The South West, South South and the North had taken their turns as presidents of Nigeria at various times since the end of the civil war. Only the South East has not been given the opportunity to produce a president despite being one of the three major ethic groups in the country.

“When Gen. Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State of Nigeria declared ‘No victor, No vanquished’ and proclaimed the 3Rs of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation   and Reconciliation after the civil war, it was targeted at healing the wounds of the ill-fated war. But 47 years after, the people of the south east still feel short changed in the rulership equation of this country as they are yet to produce a president of Nigeria. It is indeed a long time and honestly over due.”   (The Sun)

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Ohanaeze Youth Council Slams Group For Opposing Ikpeazu’s Second Term |RN

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Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), yesterday, came down hard on World Igbo Youth Council (WIYC), for ruling out Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for a second term in office.

Few days ago, WIYC had called on Abias not to  re-elect Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

However, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, OYC said it was time faceless groups stopped stoking embers of crisis in Igbo land.

The group noted that it knows the people behind the media attack on Ikpeazu and described the discourse on 2019 Abia governorship election as premature, sponsored by desperate politicians to distract the governor.

“We have followed closely, the World Igbo Youth Council and so we know those behind the mask; we know their paymasters. However, we want to make it categorically clear that this is not the time for any form of politicking, more so as the Independent National Electoral Electoral has not lifted the ban on political campaigns.

“In addition, the World Igbo Youth Council has no locus standi to decide the political fate of governor Ikpeazu in 2019. Only the people of Abia state reserve that right and nobody can take if from them.

“It is, therefore, not just illegal but criminal for any group to start talking about who will occupy the Abia Government House in 2019.

“We caution that we will not allow desperate politicians, who want power through the back-door to destabilize Abia State. If they don’t stop fortwith, we shall in the next 7 days publish names of all the people behind that and other media attacks aimed at distracting Governor Ikpeazu from focusing on continuing to deliver laudable dividends of democracy to Abians.

“While the Ohanaeze Youth Council lauds Ikpeazu for his efforts at industrialising Abia state, promoting Made-in-Aba brands and unmatched infrastructure development efforts in the state, we urge political calm in the state, especially after the politically-motivated military assault on the state which threatened to snowball into a national catastrophe, if not for the crises management dexterity of the governor.

“It is important to note that we also undertook discreet investigation of the deployment of various intervention  funds received by Abia government and we found out that Abia state received the following intervention funds from FG: Bailout fund-N14.2 billion;  Paris Club debt refund (Tranche 1) N10.6 billion and Paris Club debt refund (Tranche 2) N5.7 billion

“Abia state government constituted a committee made up of the different labour Union leaders; namely NLC, TUC, NULGE, NUP, NUT and Joint Negotiating Council. The committee took charge of the disbursement of the funds to various areas of greater needs and exigencies.

 “Overall, Abia received N16.3 billion from the Paris Club refund and deployed N11.6 billion to service workers/pensioners wage bill.

“This translates to commitment of more than 71 percent of total receipt to service workers’ salaries and pension.

“The transparency of the exercise was applauded by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, which singled out Abia and two other states for their transparency in the disbursement and utilisation of the fund. So, we believe that Ikppeazu is on course.”

“At the appropriate time, we shall make our ratings public, not just on Ikpeazu but other governors in the South-East.”  (The Sun)

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BIAFRA: UN Delegation Led By Ibn Chambas Is Fake, Says MASSOB |RN

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Carpets UN, Ohanaeze over ‘one Nigeria’ stance

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Saturday, said that the United Nation’s team who reportedly met with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, in Enugu, and proclaimed the indivisibility of Nigeria was a fake group.

MASSOB says it only recognises an authentic UN leadership not tthe one that came to the country.

The UN delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General in West Africa and the Sahara, Amb. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, had visited the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo and other principal officers of the Secret organisationation in his Enugu residence, where the world body proclaimed the indivisibility of Nigeria.

But reacting on the UN’s position, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement issued to newsmen, in Abakaliki, described the UN team as fake group, insisting that the “authentic United Nations” does not support injustice and unfairness.

He expressly dismissed the position of the “so-called United Nations” team on the indivisibility of Nigeria as anti-fairness and justice.

“Though MASSOB have respect for Igbo elders, Ohanaeze Ndigbo as an Igbo socio political group are not agitating or canvassing for Biafra actualization and restoration. They should operate on their limits because the people of Biafra know their true leaders who represent them on issues of Biafra.

“Since the so called United Nations representatives meeting with Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership borders on Biafra freedom and Nigeria’s disintegration, they would have involved the leading pro-Biafra groups which will bring huge respects and honour to their leadership in Igbo land” the statement said.

“It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the so called United Nations representatives to Enugu neither was it Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the much clamour for restructuring and regionalism. Also, it was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the condemnation of anti-Igbo song of genocides from Hausa/Fulani by the real United Nations.

“It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the condemnation of anti Biafra pogroms by the revered Pope of Catholic Church on the Islamic sponsored and systematic genocides against the people of Biafra from President Buhari led Nigeria Islamic government. It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the voluntary obedience to sit at home exercise by the people of Biafra on 30th May 2017 as a mark of respect for Biafra day celebration, all these eloquent achievements and feats were effectively achieved because of the non violence activities of MASSOB, IPOB and Biafra People National Council (BPNC),” the statement added.   (The Sun)

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APGA Will Rule Anambra For 50 Years, Says Soludo |The Republican News

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A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof.  Chukwuma Soludo, on Saturday, predicted that the All Progressive Grand Alliance would rule Anambra State for 50 years.

Soludo also predicted economic greatness for the state, adding that the development road map of the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, must be sustained.

The economist stated this on Saturday at Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, during the inauguration of Obiano’s re-election campaign committee in the area.

He said, “APGA will rule Anambra State for 50 years during which time Anambra would have become one of the best economies in Africa. I can see the indices of modern economic development being put in place by the Obiano government. His agricultural transformation is unique.

“I urge our people to vote for Obiano again so that he can sustain what I’m seeing in this state. After Obiano, I see a continuation of APGA government in this state for up to 50 years because, for the past 11 years, APGA has done marvelously well in this state. I don’t see a change of loyalty soon.”

He urged the people of the state not to be deceived by those  contesting the November 18 poll in the state to pursue vendetta.

In his remarks, a former National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, also urged the people of the area to sustain the APGA leadership in the state.

While expressing optimism that his party would win the November 18 poll in the state, Obiano urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the wish of the people  was protected in the election.    (Punch)

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I Will Not Support Buhari, I’m For Atiku, Says Alhassan |The Republican News

 

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By Emma Emeozor and Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Ahead of 2019 general elections, Minister for Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has declared support for former vice president Atiku Abubakar, saying President Muhammadu Buhari promised members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) before he was elected in 2015 that he would only serve for one term.
The implication of the disclosure by Alhassan is that the president may not run in 2019.
“In 2014/2015 he (Buhari) said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” an agency report quoted her as saying yesterday.
In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, she restated her position, saying she would resign if Buhari presented himself for re-election.
The minister who was caught on camera pledging loyalty to former vice president Atiku Abubakar if he decided to run, allegedly told the media that she would personally discourage Buhari from re-contesting, insisting that she was ready to sacrifice her position in the federal cabinet.
Abubakar was deputy to former president Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He joined the APC in 2014.
“If today Mr President says he is running in 2019, I will go to him respectfully and thank him for giving me an opportunity to serve and then tell him that I have to resign because my political father may be running,” the minister fondly called “Mama Taraba,” said.
Before his election in 2015, Buhari had contested and lost the presidential poll in 2003, 2017 and 2011, twice under the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress of Progressives Change (CPC). He contested for the fourth time on the ticket of the APC, a coalition of several political parties, after beating Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku and others at a keenly contested primary held in Lagos.
In the interview with the BBC, Mama Taraba said: “Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics, and again Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019. And let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him, ‘Baba, I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister. But Baba, just like you know, I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather.’ (That is) if Atiku said he is going to contest; as we are talking now, Atiku has not said he is going to contest. Why I said our president in 2019 is because we all hope he (Atiku) is going to contest, but he never told us that he is going to contest. But if he said he is going to contest, I will surely do what I told you I will do, because if Atiku said he is going to contest and I remain in the cabinet of Baba while Baba (Atiku) also wants to contest, then I have become a hypocrite, and I am not one. If I said I am not with Atiku, Buhari himself will not trust me at all because he will say I am a hypocrite.”
Asked if it was not too early to start campaigning, she replied: “Yes, I made this statement when we went for a courtesy call during Sallah festivities. I am not going to stand before him and campaign. Besides, this is not the time for the campaign. Even when my people asked me to come out and start campaigning, I told them this is not the time for that. This is the time to work for the people.”
Sher blamed political foes who wanted her fired from the Buhari cabinet, for the video that went viral. But she declared that she was not scared sack.
“…they have been going round saying I should be sacked as a minister. I never hoped to be a minister, Allah gave it to me If I get sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed; because I believe only Allah do and undo. And you think Baba is a mad man like those calling for my sack? They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked. He will not sack me from being a minister because of this, only if I commit another offence. I am doing my job as a minister with all my heart and I always protect this government because it is a government of APC. And Baba our President, the President of Nigeria and somebody that I respect even before I joined politics. I will continue to respect him as a man of integrity. For those who are saying I will be sacked, they will be shamed. And even if I am sacked, I believe it is my time as a minister that has ended. I never asked for it, Allah gave it to me.”
Reacting, the APC promised to take appropriate sanction against Alhassan.
National Publicity Secretary of the governing party, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, told Daily Sun that though the party had been following the development in the media, the national leadership of the party would meet, deliberate over it and take the necessary disciplinary action if need be.
“All I can tell you is that we are following the development. The national leadership has not met to take a decision on the issue. We will meet when we get the detail report to take the necessary disciplinary measure if need be,” he said.
Born in 1959, “Mama Taraba” narrowly missed making history as Nigeria’s first female democratically elected governor when she lost to Governor Darius Ishaku of the PDP.
A lawyer, she was former senator representing Taraba North constituency on the ticket of the PDP.
She was later appointed Minister of Women Affairs by Buhari.
Before then, she had served as the first woman to be made Secretary of the FCT Judicial Council in 2002, and Chief Registrar of the Abuja High Court in 2003.  (The Sun)

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Anambra Guber: Immigration Seizes Voter Cards From Foreigners |RN

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Non-Nigerians barred from voting – NIS boss

From: Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Comptroller of Immigration, Anambra State Command, Ekpedeme King, on Thursday, announced that his command had retrieved several voter cards, National Identity Cards and Anambra State Identity Cards from some foreigners’ in the state.

King, who disclosed this while addressing officers of the command and leaders of various associations of ECOWAS nationals in the state, banned foreigners from participating in the forthcoming Anambra November 18 gubernatorial poll, adding that anyone caught would be prosecuted according to electoral laws before being repatriated to his country.

According to him, “The foreign holders of these documents have been repatriated and the retrieved documents will be forwarded to the Immigration Service Headquarters for further action. The Command wishes to state it clear that no foreigner should allow himself or herself to be used to meddle in the forthcoming electoral process in the state through persuasion, coercion, harassment, intimidation duress, inducement or outright bribery.

“Such meddlesomeness is not acceptable in any part of the world and therefore the associations have been requested to warn their compatriots that any foreigner that is caught subverting the electoral process will not just be deported but will be tried according to the country’s electoral laws, if convicted, jailed then deported after serving his or her sentence.

He further advised associations to be actively involved in migration management by encouraging their compatriots to document their stay at the Immigration offices in the 21 Local Government areas, collaborate with Divisional Immigration Officers (DIO) in monitoring immigrants and intelligence gathering in the national interest, as well as respect the host country’s laws, culture and tradition.

“The objective of this meeting is in consonance with the new direction of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, CGI Muhammad Babandede in the realisation that Nigeria remains the preferred destination in the ECOWAS sub-region and the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to the ECOWAS protocols on free movement of persons, right of residence and right of establishment. The Command is exploring the promotion of regional integration and growth through community citizens.”

He further commended the IMS headquarters and Anambra State government for providing motorcycles they would use for close monitoring of the activities of foreigners across 21 local government areas in the state as election approaches.  (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Declares Makarfi Authentic Chairman Of PDP

By Ike Offor

 

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Chairman PDP party, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi

 

The Supreme Court has declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic chairman of PDP.

The legal case that has dragged on from the lower courts through to the Appeal Court and finally to the Supreme Court has finally ended in favour of Makarfi faction of the party.

The five-man Supreme Court judges panel came to a unanimous decision in their verdict and that seals the fate of the party, as it declares Ahmed Makarfi the real chairman of the party.

This is now the end of the road for Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party. He has exhausted all his chances and the apex court of the land has made its decision.

There is wild jubilation in the Supreme Court in Abuja right now.

This could be the comeback that PDP needs since APC has proven to be a failure in all ramifications and has lost the goodwill of many Nigerians.

Now, the party could put its house in order or be the old party and blow their chances in elections ahead.

DETAILS LATER………..

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