Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic Voting

 Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic VotingAbia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has advocated the use of electronic voting systems in the state for future elections.

He said this after commending the conduct of the electoral process of the local government election which took place on December 21.

Although reports from officials said there seemed to be lack of enthusiasm on the path of voters, asides other hitches, the governor believes the turnout was rather impressive because of the strategy put in place by the electoral umpire in the state.

“Some of the people you see around may have voted, it does not mean when you see them outside the polling booth attending to their businesses, that indicates that the turnout was not impressive.

“I think people are voting and going about their lawful duties, the method adopted by ABSIEC enables one to vote at his/her will and not to cluster in one place.

“I rather commend that going forward, even as we are voting, we can also attend to our legitimate businesses, and if we imbibe electronic voting system it will be better”.

The opposition candidate on the other hand, described the conduct of the election as a scam and called for the cancellation of the entire exercise because according to them, “ABSIEC did not adequately prepare to give Abians a free and fair election”.

A Chairmanship candidate, Nkemakolam Ogene, blamed the police and electoral umpire for the lapses, such as delay of electoral materials and even some voters began to lament that they had already been disenfranchised.

The police however countered the claims, stating that there were adequate security and personnel on ground but the people were foot dragging and slowing down the process.

Lamenting, Ogene said: “ABSIEC fixed a date for this election, they are supposed to be prepared, it is a shame to note that they are bringing the materials now and the time is about three o’clock and election is ending by four o’clock.

“Are we going to cast our votes in the night when our elders, are tired and have gone home, the only explanation given by the ABSIEC official for this gross misconduct is that he does not have adequate security but we were told that adequate security was made for this election and the official that is supposed to come here is saying that from the local government headquarters to the polling booth, there is no provision of security to escort the materials.

“So I am saying that the election should be cancelled and rescheduled because this is not an election”.

Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye, refuting the statement said:

“I went there personally, I was at Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA and the recordings made can testify to it.

“The people were foot dragging and signal and body language suggest that they did not want to go on with the exercise.

“I did try to talk to them that there is security; so, that version of inadequate police is not correct,” he added.

Amidst collation of results and call by the opposition to cancel the exercise, the people are anxiously waiting to see where the tides would rest.

Supreme Court Victory: Governor Ikpeazu Holds Re-dedication Service

Abia-ikpeazuAbia State has held her re-dedication service and victory thanksgiving for the affirmation of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s election victory.

In a speech at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday, Governor Ikpeazu promised to run an all inclusive government that would favour all and sundry of the state, as the victory celebration marked the end of all political exclusion.

He said: “Now is the time for all to come together to build the state irrespective of status and party inclination”.

Abians on their part, reeled out their expectations from the present administration that include a turnaround in trade and commerce, employment and inclusion of the physically challenged in his programme.

Governor Ikpeazu, however, said he would not relent in his efforts to ensure that the people get the desired dividend of democracy. he emphasised that he was a ‘governor for all’.

With expectations high, Abia State residents and citizens are looking forward to watch the government match its statements with actions and transform the state to an enviable height.

Ikpeazu Seeks Unity Towards Abia State’s Development

Abia-ikpeazuAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has urged all Abians to drop their shields, indifference and work together, irrespective of party affiliations, to contribute their quota towards the development of the state.

The Governor made the call during a state broadcast.

He said the victory at the Supreme Court is a confirmation of his mandate and a renewed commitment for credible governance that would improve the lives of the citizens.

Governor Ikpeazu urged all the supporters to be magnanimous in victory and the opposition to be objective in their criticisms.

He also urged the opposition to avoid actions that would jeopardise the existing peace and unity in the state, hinting that he is Governor for all.

The Apex Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Governor Ikpeazu as winner of the Abia State governorship election.

ASOPADEC Under 15 Football Tournament Kicks Off

The Abia State Oil Producing Area Development Commission under 15 inter local government football competition has kicked off in Umuahia township stadium.

This is in line with the state government’s agenda in sports development to discover talent and keep the young minds busy.

Such talents would be duly rewarded after the competition and have a chance of being sponsored to professional levels.

Present at the opening match was the Deputy Governor, Sir Emeka Ananaba, Commissioner for Youths, Akujobi Nkoro, Chairman of the commission, Mr. Sam Nwogu, Commissioners in the commission, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports, Commissioner for Youths and other sport loving people.

Jerseys, flex, footballs and boots were distributed to the 17 local governments participating in the competition by the Sir Emeka Ananaba who expressed delight at the effort by the commission to discover young talents in football.

Also, the State Director for Sport, Ejikeme Ikwunze commended the commission and the state government on the need to empower the young Abians through soccer competition.

According to Sam Nwogu, the commission’s decision to sponsor the competition is to discover football talents from the grassroots.

The boys from Ugwunagbo LGA won the match with two goals against players of Isialangwa North local government.

The winning players were rewarded with a cash gifts.