Obiano Revalidates APGA Membership

Governor Obiano Revalidates APGA Membership In AguleriAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria.

Governor Obiano made the revalidation during the inauguration of Wards and Local government party executive members and APGA’s mini rally at Ama Igwe Square in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.

He urged residents, who are yet to be part of the ruling party in the state to do so immediately by registering with the party, while old members should also go for revalidation as the exercise is ongoing.

The former banking guru noted that the revalidation exercise by all APGA members is a way of strengthening the party as well as repositioning it to be on firm footing ahead of the next election.

The National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, encouraged the governor to keep up the good work of developing Anambra State.

He also urged the party members to continue to be faithful to APGA so as to make the party wax stronger.

However, Governor Obiano proudly displayed his new card, which now bore the signature of the new leadership of the party and urged everybody in the party to do same.

He maintained that the party stood for hope for the common man and would keep increasing in strength and number until it surpasses every other political party in the country.

With the victory chant by the governor and the people, APGA members were reminded that it is their responsibility to champion the course of the party and carry its message of brotherliness to every nook and cranny of the state and beyond.

Obiano Inspects Road And Bridge Projects In Anambra

AnambraSeven communities in Anambra East and West LGAs will benefit from the 42km stretch of road under construction from Aguleri, with a 200m bridge at Odene River to link Iyiora Anam in Anambra West and the rest of the state to the oil producing areas of Anambra North.

This was disclosed by Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, during an inspection tour of the ongoing road and bridge projects in Aguleri and Anam on Monday.

Governor Obiano also revealed the interest of investors to site industries and real estate in the lands in the area which would boost the economic growth of the state.

Both Anambra East and Anambra West LGAs are in the riverine location and therefore, are strategic to the economy of the state as well as the host communities of the oil wells which made it an oil producing state.

With the road and bridge construction aggressively being pursued, Governor Obiano during the inspection tour, expressed satisfaction over the pace and quality of construction.

He also expressed pleasures at the jobs that had been created for about 800 skilled and unskilled residents, who were employed at the construction sites.

The contractor, Bassam Ali-kaawach, who observed that the construction of the Odene Bridge was technically challenging due to the flow of the Omabala River, also pledged commitment to a quality and speedy project.

Leaving Odene Eziaguluotu Aguleri River project site to Iyiora Anam in Anambra West LGA where a seven kilometre road with a 180m bridge construction was ongoing, Governor Obiano brought attention to the benefits of the road to the predominantly farming communities, as well as the new industrial and housing investment that were in the offing.

The contractor, Johnny Nasir, expressed optimism that with the quality of construction of the road and bridge, flooding would no longer affect the people as it did in 2012.

Obiano Thanks Anambra Residents For Voting APGA

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor has thanked the people of the state for voting massively for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the state.

Delivering the thank you message in a Special Broadcast at his Aguleri residence in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), Governor Willie Obiano said the gesture had massively renewed, re- invigorated and re-validated the sacred mandate the people had given him and his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, to build a better state as well as a nudge to them to shape the future of Anambra state.

He said the victory of APGA in the House of Assembly election had exposed the large scale fraud perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28.

Governor Obiano said the PDP also made same attempt during last Saturday’s election, but was nipped in the bud, leading to the cancellation of the election in five state constituencies.

He however, urged the people of the state in the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that their constitutional rights of deciding who represents them is not tampered with, while pledging maximum security towards a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election on Saturday, April 18.

INEC has rescheduled the elections in Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata LGAs.

Obiano Rejects NASS Election Result

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has condemned the results of the National Assembly election, saying it was hijacked at the collation stage by elements of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction.

Governor Obiano, who is a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), while speaking with journalists in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, said that the seeming victory of the PDP in the National Assembly elections would be challenged in court.

Mr Obiano, while reminding the people of the April 11 elections, assured the people of Anambra that the mandate of APGA candidates would be reclaimed.

The Governor also commended President Jonathan for his statesmanship and humble acceptance of the outcome of the Presidential election, also congratulating the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at the polls.

Governor Obiano had expressed his concerns on the election day. In an interview on Channels Television’s special election programme, Nigeria 2015, he called the overall performance of the card reader device in the state ‘a disaster’, noting that his fingerprints could not be captured despite several attempts. “It was in my opinion a disaster at the early stages”, Obiano said.

The Governor also listed other issues recorded in the state, including nonavailability of result sheets at some polling units as well as cases of thuggery.

Manual accreditation was eventually applied in the state. Nevertheless, issues and complaints continued to trail the polls.

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by the Senator representing Anambra Central and a leader of the party in the state, Senator Chris Ngige, on Monday condemned the election and called for its cancellation.

In a press briefing, Senator Ngige, demanded that another election should be conducted. He cited challenges with the use of card readers and the issue of party members being held hostage in some parts of the state.

Anambra Youths Protest Poor Representation By Legislators

The Youths of Anambra East and West Local Government Areas say it will not be business as usual for prospective aspirants to legislative positions in the 2015 general elections, as they protest what they call ineffective representation of their constituencies over the years.

The leader of the protesting youths, Mr Emmanuel Alogboja, who credited the massive infrastructural development in their area to the state government, said everybody was thriving on self sustainability when they have representatives who should move motions and sponsor bills that would attract attention to the agricultural and oil and gas potentials of the local areas and bring development to the area.

The protesting groups from their different quarters converged on the popular and central Aguleri Junction in Anambra East local Government AArea of the State to stage their dissatisfaction.

The Aguleri junction, with the statue of Reverend Father Iwene Tansi overlooking the intersection of roads, lay peaceful with everybody going about their businesses with every hope of self survival regardless of what the government or anybody can do for them.

Few persons from Aguleri community that  Channels Television spoke to – Miss Ifeoma a shop owner and unemployed Ike and Samuel – said they do not know anything about representation or who their representatives were in both the State and Federal Legislative Assemblies.

It was such anomaly of poor and ineffective representation that protesting youths from Anambra East and West including women protested against at Aguleri junction, chanting notes of disappointment and dissatisfaction, insisting that 2015 general elections would be a furnace to heat and prove whoever that will represent them as they are presently not satisfied with the kind of representation they are having. From their comments, it was clear that they indeed have an idea of what they want.

In Anambra East and West Local Government Areas lies the food basin of the state and with the discovery of oil in the area too, the people said they need representatives who would be vocal, vibrant and proactive in lending their voices through bills and emotions that would attract attention to their area so they could be included in the scheme of things.

The leader of the protesting youths stated that credibility and spirit of sacrifice were the yardsticks for any prospective candidate for the 2015 election as far as Anambra East and West were concerned.

The people commended the state governor for creating an avenue of employment through the on-going registration of youths in the agricultural scheme and stated that if their representatives should be as proactive as the present administration, Anambra state would indeed be the light of the nation as it is named.

Three Buildings Owned By Kidnappers Demolished In Anambra

Kidnnapers-House Demolished-In-AnambraThe operation Stamp Out kidnappers in Anambra State on Friday got to a high point with the demolition of three hide out locations kidnap victims are kept.

The three hideout locations in Aguleri, Anambra East local government area, built by kidnap kingpins, were completely demolished as directed by the state governor, Willie Obiano, as he goes tougher against crime and criminality in the state.

The governor sent a warning note to all landlords to be wary of activities going on in their property or risk losing them, as the war against kidnappers and armed robbers has been intensified. The demolition team was led by the state commissioner of police and the joint security operation.

The first building was located at Ezi Agulu, Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area and owned by a notorious kidnap kingpin, Onyeamuma, from Nsukka in Enugu State who was killed in a gun battle with the police at Otuocha few years ago.

No Hiding Place

The second building demolished was located at Agu-owele, Enugwu Aguleri built by a consortium of kidnappers at the cost of 17 million Naira  and also used for keeping kidnap victims while the third was built at Umuaneri Aguleri belonging to a kidnap suspect called Anamako, who allegedly kidnapped the traditional Prime Minister of Enugwu-Ukwu.

The Special Adviser also said the governor had also directed that buildings built with proceeds from kidnapping and armed robbery or used for the same purpose would be demolished as well.

He added that aside demolition, the government would revoke the ownership of the property and take the land. A kidnap victim from Aguleri commended the government for the exploits and recounted his ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers which left one of his legs devastated.

In another development, the State Police Command paraded eleven kidnap and armed robbery suspects at the Headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Awkuzu.

Parading the suspects, the state police spokesperson, Emeka Chukwuemeka said the suspects were arrested at Nnobi, Okpoko, Onitsha and Enugwu-ukwu.

In his reaction, the state governor said the arrests and the demolition would serve as a signal to kidnappers and armed robbers that they have ‘no hiding place’ in Anambra.

The governor said more criminals’ buildings already established as hideouts would be demolished in the coming days while commending the efforts of the police and the Joint Security Operation