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Benue Assembly Serve Ortom Impeachment Notice

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Ten members of the Benue state house of assembly have served impeachment notice on the state governor Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers who reconvened the assembly’s sitting in Makurdi on Monday morning also suspended 15 of their colleagues for alleged indiscipline.
The session was presided over by the impeached speaker of the house Terkimbi Ikyange with protection from security operatives.

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Those expecting Igbo presidency through PDP building castles in air -Ngige

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Chris Ngige is the minister of Labour and Productivity. He is a former governor of Anambra State and a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He speaks on how APC leaders will battle the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East.
In 2015, President Buhari secured less than 200,000 votes in the South East and of recent, leaders from that region who are members of APC have been boasting that it would be different this time around. With Peter Obi coming from that region, how will your party achieve this feat?
Yes, the PDP has a vice presidential candidate from my zone and I can tell you that it won’t be easy for them. See, politics and winning of election is all about calculation and strategic positioning and measured steps towards a direction. Two things are happening; in 2015 election there was no voting in most of the South East and South South states. Votes were allocated. The card reader hadn’t become functional. It was just new and it can be tampered with and at the end of the day, most votes were allocated.
So, Muhammadu Buhari was allocated 18,000 votes in the entire Anambra State. Is it possible? When my Local Government Area alone has 80,000 registered voters and the one next to that has 200,000 registered voters. You are talking about 280,000 votes. So, they were allocated votes. Even if they want to allocate now, they can’t do it because they are not in charge of police and army as it were. They took police, army, navy everything and armoured tank and drove us away. In fact, they put a price on my head when I was going to the collation centre. I got a call and they said I shouldn’t go because the situation has been taken over from the centre, but I refused. I wanted to go because I am not afraid of death. So my boys insisted and I said they can go. So, they started chasing them about. It was my boys chasing them around that resulted in the writing of only 600,000 votes for Jonathan against the 1.2 million votes promised that they were to bring. This time, it won’t happen. They will go and cast votes and whatever is cast is what we will announce.
We are not interested in rigging or chasing people about with armoured tank. That is one thing. Secondly, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP is former governor, Peter Obi, my successor in Anambra State. I can tell you that those who are shouting that Obi is this and that are the elites who are looking for one thing or the other and people who don’t believe that Muhammadu Buhari has done something good in their lives because he is already building infrastructure for them. They want money. They want all the monies that have been trapped by the TSA to be pushed down again on the table for them to start taking. That one is no longer possible. Peter Obi hasn’t been a wonderful governor as people expected him to be because I am the one to tell you because I know what I handed over to him. He is making noise that he handed money over to Obiano. I was the first to leave money. I left N13.8 billion cash in the bank and I am not counting the bank shares we bought and dividends, but because of propagandists, they shouted that he left N80 billion for Obiano and I left a lot of infrastructure work done. So for people to say because he chose Obi this will happen is false. Nothing will happen. If anything, Peter Obi has no influence in South East apart from Anambra. Even in Anambra Central Senatorial district, we are going to battle him there. Presently I can tell you that in Anambra State Obi and I will struggle for the votes. We are not going to be pushed down like we were the last time.

What do you make of the recent endorsement of Atiku by the leadership of Ohanaeze?
Ohanaeze is a socio cultural organisation. In a bid to please their masters, they went overboard. First, they went overboard to do an endorsement in November 2018 and when the strategy committee of Ohanaeze confronted them in the executive, they denied. They said they endorsed them just like every other person whereas, the clips showed that they were in that meeting and 99.9 per cent of the people in attendance were from the PDP. Only very few came there without knowing that it was an induction and I am telling you we found it difficult to still conceal what they were doing. So, just two weeks ago, they put this meeting on a date that Mr. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was visiting Anambra State to commission the conference centre. I personally spoke to the Ohanaeze President who is my personal friend of many years and I said to him we have a guest so he should do us that favour of moving this meeting. I told him that I had just received the invitation to another day so that we can all attend and so that the governors of the South East will also be involved. These were functions created for that day and he said no that he couldn’t do it because the meeting had been long fixed and so, finally he said we can move the hours from 11 am and I said fine. It was moved from 4 to 7pm. The governor of Ebonyi State, who is the chairman of governor’s forum, I called him.
So, by 6pm, we saw off the president at Enugu airport and we started heading to the meeting which we arrived around 6:30 pm and we were told that the meeting was concluded about 20 minutes past 5pm and that they had endorsed the candidate of the PDP. Two things are clear; Ohanaeze is a socio -cultural organisation not known for endorsement of any candidate. What you are supposed to be doing is to get the candidates here and get from them your demands and not going to endorse. It is there clear in our constitution that we are not aligning with any political party and some people have tried it before unfortunately they got their fingers burnt.
In 2015, the immediate predecessor of Nwodo, Prince Igali and the Secretary-General, went and endorsed President Jonathan and said it is Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan and that he is their brother. They failed because President Buhari beat Jonathan in 2015 election. The claim of marginalisation came because of that endorsement and even the award and allocation of votes that followed thereafter, some APC members used it against all of us in the APC. They said there was no vote from us and that the election was won without an input from the South East, and that gave rise to the famous 5 per cent.
In any case, we are all human beings. If someone looks you in the face and say ‘I will not vote for you’ and you eventually win the election and he didn’t vote for you and you saw that he didn’t vote for you, would you be very happy? You won’t be very happy. However, I am not trying to justify anything at. All I am saying is that, we can’t be adopting candidates.
But for our brothers who came to see Mr. President, it wasn’t an adoption. It was a case of coming to say thank you for the infrastructure development that has taken place in the South East. The second Niger Bridge we can see it. He (Buhari) has put out N3 billion. No other government has done it. He put it in the national budget and put it as a flagship project in Nigeria and we are funding it. It’s unlike the previous governments that say it should be done on an IPP basis.
Okonji Iweala told us when they came to the Senate caucus of the South East in 2011 that it was an IPP that they are doing on second Niger Bridge and investors are coming. I told them that they should clear away from here with the kind of proposal. We did a bridge to connect FCT which cost N80 billion. It was funded from federal budget and at that time they came the Niger Bridge was estimated at N110 billion and Madam Okonji and my friend Pius Anyim were saying that it would be built on IPP and I said no and that was what happened. Today, this man (Buhari) is building the second Niger Bridge. He is building Enugu to Okigwe, to Uhumaia, to Port Harcourt. These projects were abandoned in the last 16 years. He is building Enugu to Oji River, Awka to Onitsha also abandoned during PDP regime. So, I have no apologies to say that Buhari is doing well and that is what our people came to do by telling Mr. President thank you. The people who came are members of the Imobe who don’t believe in what Nwodo and his group have done.
A lot of us and the South East governors don’t believe in what they have done. Governor Obiano has voiced his own out. I have paid my dues. I was president of Aki ‘Ikenga for six years. So nobody can talk to me about Ohanaeze or Igbo politics and no one can tell me that he loves Igbo more than me. The Igbo of Anambra know that I love them more than any of these people that are parading themselves up and down. I put my life on the line for the people of Anambra State so that they would have good things and I am also ready to put it on the line again for the Igbo nation so that they can secure their future in the nation and the only way they can secure their freedom is for them to follow a man who has shown signs that he loves everybody, that he is working for everybody.
People say that Obi will be the vice president. What is Vice President? The position of a vice president is a standby generator. It is a spare tyre you can decide not to use your spare tyre for six years. I have a vehicle that is six years old and I have never used the spare tyre. So the shortest route for the president of Igbo extraction for the Igbo is for them to vote for APC and in 2023 by the rotation principle, it will come back to the South and when it comes back to the South on moral grounds it will be the turn of the people of the South East. So we must struggle for it and it starts now. We must show our party that we can deliver. We must show our party that if we are given the ticket in South East we can do something with it.

Is there any promise by the leadership of APC that the South East will get the presidency in 2023?
Well, decisions of this nature are not taken four years away from when it will happen. According to the late wordsmith of Nigerian politics, he said when ‘the come comes to become, the men would be separated from the boys.’ So when 2023 comes, the party will speak. We are being realistic. It is those that are saying the vice president in PDP is a step away from presidency that are building castle in the air and not us in APC.


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Elections: Anambra INEC takes delivery of sensitive materials

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra says it has taken delivery of all sensitive materials needed for the smooth conduct of the Feb. 16 Presidential and National elections.
Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) made the disclosure while briefing journalists at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Awka on Thursday.
He said that the materials for the 21 Local Government Areas had been sorted out and would be escorted to the council areas by securities operatives deployed for INEC elections.
The REC said that all the 21 Divisional Police Officers in the state were on ground to collect the batch allocated to their various council areas.
Orji promised that all materials would be deposited in their council areas on or before 6pm.
He said that the commission had received full replacement of all election materials gutted by fire in their storage on Feb. 12, adding that it was ready to conduct smooth elections come Feb. 16 and March 2.
Mr Williams Odumu, Chief Superintendent of Police and Operations Officer in the police Command in Anambra, said that the command witnessed the delivery of the sensitive materials to the INEC personnel.
Odumu pledged the determination of the police to discharge their duties by ensuring that all the electoral sensitive materials got to their destination without hitches.
The state Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Norbert Obi expressed joy at the process being applied by the INEC in the collection and sorting of the sensitive materials.
Obi, who was represented by Mr Ogonna Obi, a member of the party, said that the process was very transparent and commendable.
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also expressed satisfaction at the process of the delivery used by the commission and hoping it would continue throughout the election period.
Nwobu, who was represented by Mr Obi Nwokwu, said that the delivery of the materials to the INEC officers was commendable, urging the commission to maintain the tempo of its transparency .
Mr Kingsley Ezekwum, a party agent for the All Progressive Congress (APC) said that he witnessed the electoral process of delivery of sensitive materials to INEC and prayed that it would remain open in its operations during the elections.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC took delivery of the sensitive materials for the Feb. 16 general elections in the presence of about thirty political parties, security agents, media and some observers.

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If PDP Comes To Power, Our Economy Will Crash Again – Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the nation’s economy will crash again if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is voted back into power.
He made the claim on Sunday while addressing a crowd of supporters at the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.
Amaechi called on the residents of the state to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking re-election in the coming polls.
“What is critical is that all of us must go out to vote and vote President Buhari because if PDP comes back to power, our economy will crash again,” he stated.
READ ALSO: Atiku Promises To ‘Accelerate Investment, Double Infrastructure’ If Elected President
The minister, who doubles as the Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, asked the PDP to stop spreading what he described as “lies”.
He accused the main opposition party of being responsible for the hunger in the land, alleging that the PDP looted the nation’s treasury.
“We are hungry because PDP stole all our money and the economy crashed under PDP. Naira began to rise rapidly or fall rather against the Dollar under the PDP government,” Amaechi claimed.
“(Former President Olusegun) Obasanjo leftover $58bn in the Excess Crude Account. By the time PDP was handing over, they were handing over only $2.5bn to President Muhammadu Buhari.”
On infrastructure, the Minister revealed that President Buhari had approved the construction of the railway connecting Katsina to Gusau, as well as Sokoto to Kebbi states.
According to him, the project would provide at least 300,000 jobs for the people.
Amaechi also informed the gathering that the current administration has succeeded in banning the importation of foodstuffs like rice and chicken among others, thereby saving billions of naira in the process.
He called on Nigerians to vote for the President in the coming elections, to enable him to continue the work he has started.

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Buhari in pitch for votes says corruption threatens Nigeria, its polls

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In a pitch to Nigeria’s 84 million voters in this week’s presidential and National Assembly election, President Muhammadu Buhari warned that fighting corruption remains the most important issue in the country and that it has to be the linchpin of other policies.
He asked voters to make a choice between returning to the past of treasury looting or the present path of waging war against corruption.
“Or do revert to the past, resigned to the falsehood that it is just the-way-things-are-done? Or that it is just too difficult – too pervasive – to fix? I know which one I would choose. It is why I am asking Nigerians for another four years to serve them”, Buhari said.
In a statement that punctures the position of his main rival, who has promised amnesty for looters and national assets to friends, President Buhari warned that any policy programme that does not have fighting corruption at its core is destined to fail.
“The battle against graft must be the base on which we secure the country, build our economy, provide decent infrastructure and educate the next generation”, he said
“As president, I have tried to judiciously exercise the trust vested in me to combat the problems of corruption, insecurity and an inequitable economy. All are important. But amongst them, one stands above the others as both a cause and aggravator of the rest. It is, of course, corruption”, President Buhari said in a statement on Sunday.
Read the full statement:
On February 16th, Nigeria will hold a general election. Four years ago, the country experienced its first democratic transfer of power to the opposition since 1999. The vote in a few days will be no less significant.
As president, I have tried to judiciously exercise the trust vested in me to combat the problems of corruption, insecurity and an inequitable economy. All are important. But amongst them, one stands above the others as both a cause and aggravator of the rest. It is, of course, corruption.
A policy programme that does not have fighting corruption at its core is destined to fail. The battle against graft must be the base on which we secure the country, build our economy, provide decent infrastructure and educate the next generation.
This is the challenge of our generation: the variable on which our success as a nation shall be determined. But the vested interests at play can make this fight difficult. By way of their looting, the corrupt have powerful resources at their disposal. And they will use them. For when you fight corruption, you can be sure it will fight back.
It even threatens to undermine February’s poll and – by extension – our democracy. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has raised concerns over laundered money being funnelled into vote buying. This is the problem of corruption writ large. It illustrates how it lurks in all and every crevice of public life, manipulating due process in pursuit of self-preservation and perpetuation; protecting personal political and economic interests at the expense of the common good.
Indeed, those who have criticised my administration’s anti-corruption drive are those who oppose its mission. And though their lawyers may craft expensive alibis, they cannot escape that which binds them together: a raft of documents and barely legal (some clearly illegal) mechanisms – whether that be the Panama Papers, US Congress reports, shell companies or offshore bank accounts.
Corruption corrodes the trust on which the idea of community is founded, because one rule for the few and another for everyone else is unacceptable to anyone working honestly.
But as we have intensified our war on corruption, so we have found that corruption innovates to resist the law. This is not the sole domain of those Nigerians, but the international corruption industry: the unsavoury fellow-traveller of globalisation.
Once the enablers are let in – as they have been in the past – the greed of those they collude with grows. We have closed the door on them, but unfortunately there still remain individuals who are willing to open windows.
Concrete progress has been made, but there is still much to do. We have repatriated hundreds of millions of dollars stowed away in foreign banks. These funds have been transparently deployed on infrastructural projects and used to directly empower the poorest in society. More is still to come from our international partners in France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Yet the hundreds of billions sifted out of the country for the best part of this century promise more.

More ghost workers must be removed from government payroll (almost $550 million has been saved from identifying phantom employees). More can be recovered through our whistle-blower policy ($370 million has been returned since its launch in 2016). More is still to come. But, together, we shall prevail over corruption.

We have secured high profile convictions, but greater cases remain. Lawyers table endless objections to obstruct court proceedings, whilst their clients hope it lasts until a ‘friendly’ president is voted into office. We must continue to tighten the legal framework and ensure the authorities have the investigative powers at their disposal to secure sentences. Only then will we begin to neutralise the advantages the corrupt have.
More ghost workers must be removed from government payroll (almost $550 million has been saved from identifying phantom employees). More can be recovered through our whistle-blower policy ($370 million has been returned since its launch in 2016). More is still to come. But, together, we shall prevail over corruption.
A Yoruba proverb states that only the patient one can milk a lion. Likewise, victory over corruption is difficult, but not impossible. We must not flounder in our resolve. I know many Nigerians would like to see faster action. So do I. But so too must we follow due process and exercise restraint, ensuring allegation never takes the place of evidence. For that is not the Nigeria we should wish to build.
There is no doubt that this Administration has changed the way we tackle corruption. The choice before voters is this: Do we continue forward on this testing path against corruption? Or do revert to the past, resigned to the falsehood that it is just the-way-things-are-done? Or that it is just too difficult – too pervasive – to fix? I know which one I would choose. It is why I am asking Nigerians for another four years to serve them.

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Tinubu Says No Impeachment Against Ambode

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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu on Sunday put the impeachment saga which has dominated the polity in the last one week in Lagos state to rest.

Speaking after a peace meeting brokered by the APC leadership in the state to end the rift between the governor and lawmakers which was held at Lagos house, marina, Tinubu said it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the governor and members of the state assembly has been amicably settled.
Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of all the APC leaders in the state, said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state have resolved to work together in the interest of the state.

Also speaking, a party chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi corroborated Tinubu’s position and expressed optimism that the house would soon meet to resolve other grey areas.
The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by governor Ambode, deputy governor, Idiat Adebule; speaker of Lagos state house of assembly, Mudashiru Obasa among other principal officers of the assembly.

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APGA’s Gbor takes Presidential campaign to the palaces of Emir of Kano and Zauzzau

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The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Retired Major General John W.T Gbor PhD stated that the roles of traditional and religious leaders in ensuring peace, unity, progress and development of Nigeria must not be neglected.

General Gbor made the statement in Zaria when he took his campaign to the palace of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zauzzau in Kaduna State, North Western Nigeria.

While addressing the Emir, Gbor added that he will run an all inclusive government in the quest to make the country great again. He also noted that traditional institutions have been neglected for long, stating that he will restore the dignity of traditional rulers and ensure their participation if voted as President of Nigeria.

In his response the Emir of Zauzzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris described the visit of the APGA Presidential candidate as an act of humility and also wish him success in the 2019 Presidential election.

Continuing his tour, Gen Gbor also visited the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

While addressing the Emir, Gbor noted that Nigeria had never been so divided before and regretted the fragmentation of the country along religious and tribal lines. He observed that traditional rulers have a role to play in reuniting Nigeria and pledged to ensure that they are empowered if voted as President of Nigeria.

Responding, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said the Kano Emirate is home to people from across Nigeria. He emphasized the need for Nigerians especially politicians to embrace peace, unity and harmony.

The Emir prayed for the success of the Presidential Candidate and the general elections. He also prayed for the peace of the nation.

Vision Gbor/Chukwueke 2019 Team.

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Re :Ohanaeze split between PDP Ohanaeze and APC Ohanaeze

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The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is drawn to a report trending in both social and print media that Ohanaeze is now split between PDP Ohanaeze and APC Ohanaeze. There is nothing like that . Ohanaeze is one and remain united.
Its true there were some misgivings over the adoption of Alh Atiku Abubakar by Imeobi of the body, but that is not why anybody would allude that the apex igbo body is split,

In times of politics many rumours and issues fly around , true or false.
Opinions differ and roadmaps diverge. But the critical issue is the greater interest of Ndigbo and where it would be served.
While not advocating for Ndigbo straightjacketing themselves in one basket , we need to x – ray the past , present and future as it affects us as a people
and take a decision, no matte how controversial on the surface.
The long term interest of Ndigbo is what matters. Those for and those against are all Igbo sons and daughters and have their reasons for their positions but we have to use decent languages to make our points. .

CHUKS IBEGBU
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OHANAEZE NDIGBO WORLD WIDE

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Diaspora Igbo group explains reason for endorsing Atiku

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The Igbo World Assembly, IWA, has explained the reasons for endorsing Atiku Abubakar’s presidential bid.
IWA is the umbrella body of Igbo organizations worldwide in over 35 countries and the representatives of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo in Diaspora.
The group while setting political agenda for Atiku in a world press conference at the weekend jointly addressed by Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, Chairman IWA, Christian Onuorah, Vice Chairman and Oliver Nwankwor, Secretary General said it endorsed the candidates of the People Democratic Party, PDP, because of their commitment to the core beliefs and principles including respect for Nigeria constitution and rule of law, respect for human right and civil rights, respect for the Federal Character Commission rules, implementation of restructuring regionalization, and devolution of powers and merit-based appointment to government positions.
IWA is the umbrella body of Igbo organizations worldwide in over 35 countries and the representatives of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo in Diaspora.
According to IWA which has been preaching a better political structure in the country, Atiku led PDP, if elected, would provide full security for all Nigerians.
“We have endorsed Atiku/Obi Presidential bid because they have the commitment to lead a government with firm knowledge and competent management of Nigeria’s economy, detribalized appointments and leadership in all sectors of the government, equal and equitable treatment of all Nigerian regardless of tribes of origins or religion, elimination of ethnic cleansing and kidnappings in the Nigerian political space, belief in free and fair electoral process and not on rigging of elections”, the group noted ahead of the general elections next month.
With optimism, the diaspora group equally endorsed Atiku’s Presidential bid with the belief that he will unite all Nigerians and not one that is divisive.
“We need a government that fights corruption and not political opponents. We do not need a government that borrows more money than any in the history of Nigeria with nothing good to show for it. Nigeria does not need a government that carries out a flagrant violation of the principles of separation of powers. That is why we are endorsing Atiku. We have no doubt that Atiku will rebuild Nigeria.
“We express delight over the political dynamics prevailing in Nigeria at this time, and hereby endorses the candidacy of the Presidential Candidate and the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP led by Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi.
“The Igbo extraction, Nigeria, and the entire African continent want true, sustainable democracy and freedom and will continue to work tirelessly toward achieving this noble goal.
“Our history in Nigeria clearly shows that Ndiigbo have always stood for democracy and equality for all. We do not believe or promote religious-based politics and ideology.
“We want a Nigeria where the majority’s right is balanced with the minority’s right. We want a Nigeria where various ethnic groups feel that they have a stake in the future of the country”, the group insisted.
“We envisioned a Nigeria where leadership is based on meritocracy and where fairness reigns with a sense of direction and accountability to the various groups and for the common good of the country, the group said, adding that they envisioned a Nigeria where people can vote and be voted for in the entire country.

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My govt not marginalising Igbo – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has restated that his government has not been marginalising Igbo people insisting that the five Eastern states were well represented in his cabinet.
He also debunked comments that appointments of Service Chiefs were based on sentiments rather than merits. According to him, he has no personal relationship with many of those appointed as Service Chiefs.
Buhari, who was speaking at an interactive session with traditional rulers and presidents-general of Anambra communities at the palace of the Obi of Onitsha during his campaign visit to the state on Thursday, assured the Igbo that if elected for a second term, his government would do more for them.
He promised the dredging of River Niger for seaports adding that he would open economic activities in Anambra and the South-East in general.
He also regretted that most of the roads in the South East were in deplorable conditions promising that they would receive attention in his second term.
His words; “My government is determined to complete the ongoing federal projects in the state, especially the Second Niger Bridge and the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
“It’s not true that my government is marginalising the Igbo. The five eastern states are represented in my cabinet. Every appointment was based on fairness to accommodate every state.
“The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah are from the South-East.
“Those of you who were in the military, even in the Biafran Army, know that the entry point is the same and you go for basic training, until you go to your formations or institutions, whether it is Army, Navy, Air Force or the police. The most competent or senior person is the one that gets there.
“If there are half a million soldiers, only one man can be the Chief of Army Staff at a time. This is so for the rest of the troop. In recruitment, we make sure that by states, people are recruited. At least, this is what I do, people are recruited from each state. For those who manage to get recruited, it’s up to them to get to the top if they are professional and work for it.
“The present Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff even the previous Inspector-General of Police that just left, I didn’t know them personally before I appointed them. I follow the records.
“The same thing with the IG that was appointed last week. I don’t think I have ever seen him, I follow the records. So, appointments in the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies depend on individual performance after recruitment, not where you think you come from. At least between me and God, this is what I do.
“I assure the people of the South-East of the completion of the ongoing roads and rail projects in the geopolitical zone in my second term.
“We regret that most of the roads are in deplorable conditions as a result of serial abandonment by previous governments.

“The Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway was done last during Abacha’s time, but it’s being done now. The Minister of Transport had told you about the ongoing rail projects across the country. We are determined to complete all of them in our second term in office.”
He urged the people to vote for the APC from top to bottom, assuring that they would not be disappointed. “Our second term will be full of roses for the people of the South-East,” he promised.
National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole, in his remarks called on the people of the zone not to allow themselves to be deceived again by the opposition.
He said,”You have been deceived for the past 16 years by people who don’t mean well for you. You can’t afford to allow yourself to be deceived again this time.”

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Ohanaeze endorses Atiku/Obi for presidential election

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The highest decision-making body of the Igbo, ImeObi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has finally thrown its weight behind the candidature of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the February 16, 2019 presidential election.
Rising from a meeting at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, on Thursday, the body issued a communiqué announcing its support for the PDP candidates.
In the communiqué signed by the President General of Ohanaeze, Nnia Nwodo, the body it fully embraced the Atiku/Obi ticket “without equivocation.”
The endorsement of Atiku by Ohanaeze came on the day that President Muhammadu Buhari had visited Anambra to solicit support from Ndigbo with promises that his second term “will be full of roses for the people of the South-East,”
The communique reads in part, “The Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndi Igbo met today, Thursday 24 January, 2019, at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in the chequred history of a beleaguered country.

“After a critical and dispassionate appraisal of the issues and the visible fault lines in our polity, including the analysis of the election manifestos of the various contesting parties, especially with regards to the restructuring of the federation and continued relevance of our people in the Nigerian geopolitical space, the meeting resolved as follows:
“That Ohaneze notes particularly that a major political party (PDP) by the nomination of our son Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity. Ndigbo must seize the moment;
“That the presidential candidate of PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has made an avowed commitment to restructuring of the federation and reconfirmed same during his recent visit to the United States in his meetings high-level US officials;
“In consideration of the above and other relevant existential factors pertaining to the treatment of the Igbo in our polity, the Ime Obi Ohaneze, therefore, hereby ratify the decision reached at the Ohaneze National Executive Committee meeting held in Enugu on Tuesday 22 January, 2019, to adopt the Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election. Ime Obi therefore endorses and embraces fully, this ticket without equivocation.”

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