South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu

South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu's Release
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

The continuous detention of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been on the front runner of discussions among the Governors of the five states in Nigeria’s South-east region.

The leaders, who met for the second time in 2017 at the Government House in Enugu State, announced their resolve to engage relevant authorities at the Federal level and the region to address the issue.

The Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, told reporters that other issues discussed at the meeting include ecological problems facing the region and economic integration among others.

The meeting comes barely two weeks after the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, called on the Federal Government to consider the release of the self-acclaimed IPOB leader.

Governor Okorocha attributed Kanu’s actions to youthful exuberance, saying he believes that his continued detention is a distraction.

He added that some leaders in the South-east region are already coming together to make a case for his release and would caution his actions afterwards.

Mr Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and has been held in prison since then, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Members of the IPOB in the South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.

Okorocha Calls For Release Of Nnamdi Kanu

Okorocha Calls For Release Of Nnamdi Kanu The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has called on the Federal Government to consider the release of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The governor attributed Nnamdi Kanu’s actions to youthful exuberance, and believes that his continued detention is a distraction.

He added that some south east leaders are already coming together to make a case for his release and would caution his actions afterwards.

The governor gave this explanation in Owerri at the sideline of an event at the Government House in Imo state.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed April 25, 2017 for ruling on bail application filed by the self acclaimed leader and three others.

The court also reserved April 6, to hear the application seeking for a variation on its earlier ruling on protection of witnesses, in the matter through the use of screen or mask .

FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In Imo

FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In ImoThe Federal Government has successfully completed a 100-unit housing estate in Imo State under the Ministerial Pilot Housing Project of the Ministry of Power, Works and Hosing.

The project was built through the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to provide low cost housing for public workers across Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, said the Federal Government through the ministry would continue to strive to ensure that the challenge of housing deficit in Nigeria was surmounted.

He added that it was government’s plan to build mass housing units across the country for public workers over the next three years through a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

The minister was speaking in company of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who represented Governor Rochas Okorocha at the commissioning of the housing unit at Naze industrial layout in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He explained that national housing models have been designed and approved for each geo-political zone, to ensure the use of standard building materials.

“This housing unit is a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement which will be affordable to Nigerians, especially public servants.

“The Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has signed a two billion Naira MoU with Shelter Afri (an African shelter company), to build affordable houses for Nigerians.

“So I want to call on workers in Imo State to take advantage of this scheme,” Shehuri said.

Hope To Middle Class Earners

Commending the Federal Government for the project, Mr Madumere said the project would go a long way to complement the policies of the State Government in providing affordable housing units for workers in the state.

He disclosed that the State Government was already in talks with the labour union in Imo State on the matter.

“This housing scheme is apt and what the state needs at this critical time; Imo residents need roofs over their heads. This is giving hope to the middle class earners.

“For us, it is a commendable effort. My leader and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is ever ready to continue to partner with the Federal Government in such programmes and projects, since it is geared towards making life better for the people of Imo State,” the Deputy Governor said.

In his address, the Managing Director of the mortgage bank, Mr Richard Esin, said the bank and the project have become effective vehicles through which the Federal Government actualises its policy for the provision of affordable housing for Nigerians.

He added that with the consistent contributions of the National Housing Fund Scheme, Nigerian workers would become eligible for mortgage loans at concessionary interest rates of 6% per annum.

“Through this scheme, over 2200 houses have been built for public workers by the Federal Government in all the six geo-political zones of the country. This in turn will surely address the housing deficit in the country,” Mr Esin said.

Climax of the occasion was the launch and cutting of the tape of the housing estate as the dignitaries were taken on a tour round the facility.

The 100-unit housing estate comprises of 48 units of 3-bedroom fully detached bungalows, 40 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows and 12 units of 1-bedroom terrace.

As disclosed by the mortgage bank, the sum of 592.3 million Naira was invested for the development of the 100-unit housing estate.

Okorocha Advocates Continued Prosperity And Unity In Nigeria

Rochas Okorocha, Nigerians, Imo StateThe Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has urged Christians in Nigeria to continue to pray for the prosperity and unity of the country.

In his Christmas message, the governor asked Christians to pray for the leaders and see the current economic recession as a challenge that would pave way for a greater Nigeria.

He noted that all the citizens and the leaders needed to do was to unite and begin to build a ‘country of collective dreams and aspirations’.

Governor Okorocha also asked Nigerians to remain committed in their support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress led administration.

Similarly, he appealed to the people of Imo State to appreciate the glaring desire of the ‘rescue mission government’ to make the state a model, adding that he also meant well for the state as their governor.

While wishing Imo indigenes and Nigerians merry Christmas, the governor assured the state residents that he would not relent in his concerted effort to keep the state on the speed lane of development, growth and progress.

Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against ‘External Influence’

Ondo elections, Akeredolu Warns Supporters Against External Influence The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged Ondo residents not to allow external influence deter them from supporting APC in the state.

Akeredolu said that those sponsoring the Alliance for Democracy see the people of the state as fools.

The APC flagbearer who noted that since the sponsors of the AD still have the APC government in their states, they are only taking the people of Ondo state for a fool for asking them to vote AD into government.

Akeredolu spoke at a rally in Obanla, Akure south local government in continuation of his local government campaign tour.

The APC candidate said “despite the fact that we have pleaded and also sent prominent people to appeal to them, some politicians in the southwest wanted to use the sunshine state as an object of political experiment”.

“Asking Ondo state people to vote for the AD while the sponsor states are still controlled by the APC is an insult on the sensibility of the people of Ondo state,” he said.

Akeredolu further said “if the sponsors of the AD candidate, Olusola Oke, are serious, they should first decamp to the AD in their respective states rather than stay under the guise of APC and continue to sponsor AD.

“The people of the state cannot be relegated into third citizens. The people of the sunshine state also deserve to enjoy the good of the APC in Lagos and Osun states,” he maintained.

Akeredolu charged the people not to be afraid and assured them that nobody can take away their rights.

He urged supporters and members of the party to embark on house-to-house campaign to enlighten the people on the need to stand against external influence.

The APC candidate said that the task to rescue the state and reposition it must be undertaken by all the good people of the state.

Earlier, Akeredolu took his campaign to the popular market along Oba Adesida raod, Akure where he was given a rousing reception by the market women.

He also visited Ilekun, Oda, Apomu, Isinka and Ipinsa where he addressed the traditional rulers on why they should support the APC.

 

I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity – Akeredolu

Ondo elections, I’ll Offer Leadership With Integrity, Rotimi AkeredoluThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he is prepared to offer leadership with integrity that will move the state forward.

Akeredolu said the state is where it is because of lack of dedication by those at the helm of affairs of the state.

The APC governorship candidate spoke on Wednesday, November 16 at an economic summit organized by the Sunshine Progressives Coalition (SPC) held at the Adegbemile Cutulral center, Akure.

Akeredolu said if elected he would drive economic and industrial revolution into the state through foreign investors with federal government partnership.

The legal practitioner lamented the absence of industries in the state, and noted that the state was in dire need of investments.

He promised to run a government that would encourage investors to come to the state, as his government will not close its door to anybody who is willing to invest in the state.

Akeredolu also regretted that Ondo lost the opportunity to have Dangote Refinery sited in the state, and assured the cheering crowd that he would bring another refinery to the state.

He said the sunshine state, having the longest shore line and the deepest part of the sea in the country deserves a sea port.

The APC flagbearer said such developmental project is part of the reasons why the people of the state must vote APC into power so as to use the federal government advantage to accelerate the spate of the projects.

He said that the state is blessed with untapped natural resources which will attract lots of development.

He said “I can assure you, we will get refinery back to Ondo State. We will try to bring one that is bigger than the one Dangote wanted to bring here.

“But if we can’t get bigger one, at least we will get a refinery in Ondo state. We have the longest shore line in Nigeria, we have the deepest part of the sea, and yet, we don’t have a port.

“The only way we can get a port is through the Federal government’s support, even if we bring private companies to build ports, we will need the federal government to give license

“That is why we need to vote for a party that is in the center. We need investment in this state, don’t close your door to anybody, I will not close the door to those who are interested in investing in this state

“It is only in Ondo state today that we can grow rice but our government is lazy, up till today , we don’t have a programme about rice production and in North, some of the state have completed their programme. They have harvested, they have a lot to eat, sell to us and even import,” he stressed.

Ondo Election: Progressives Governors’ Chair Says Forum Supports Akeredolu

Okorocha rallies support for akeredoluThe Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha, says there is no division among the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of the governorship candidate of the party in Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Addressing reporters in Ondo State on Tuesday, Governor Okorocha said that the party was united and indivisible.

The governor disclosed that all the APC governors had met and resolved to work for the victory of the party and its candidate, Mr Akeredolu in the forthcoming governorship election.

Governor Okorocha was in the state’s capital to rally votes for Mr Akeredolu from the Igbo community in the state.

The Imo State Governor emphasised that the emergence of Akeredolu as the flagbearer of the party was solely the choice of the people of the state.

He said: “Your majesty, just to announce to you that I am here on behalf of all the APC governors. We are now 23 in number, plus one, twenty four and this includes all the APC governors in the south west, all APC governors in the south east, North central, North east, north-west and south-south. All of us are together.

“We are just here to support our in-coming colleague. Let me correct one impression. All APC governors met and have resolved to support our candidate. There is no division in our family, and APC is still one

“That is why the father of APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, will be coming on Saturday, and will address the people of the state to clear the air on those who doubt the unity of our party. We are united

“What brought us together is not interest to acquire power. It is the interest to bring the necessary change for economic emancipation of our great nation

“So, I am here to inform you that I came and Aketi has been chosen by all of us and we are solidly behind him. We are unshakably behind him

“In the next couple of days, the dust of Akure will raise to usher in the new governor. We believe in Change and believe me, my prayer is that Ondo state should not be outside this change arrangement

“We looked carefully and we did not force anyone to give us a candidate. We want the people to choose who they want and Akeredolu is as a result of that exercise.

“Akeredolu was never imposed by anybody. No party leader gave him any money, We allowed Akeredolu to come here and test his popularity but the people has spoken and since the people has spoken and given him to us, it is now our responsibility to support him and give him success

“Akeredolu is a man who has a heart of gold. He does not believe in primitive accumulation of wealth. He will make a good governor. He is not wealthy. He is not rich, not because he doesn’t have the wisdom to make the money, but because he believed that it should be shared equally”.

In his response, the Deji of Akure and paramount ruler of Akure kingdom, assured the governor that the people of Akure are solidly behind the APC and Akeredolu.

“By the grace of God, Akeredolu will get there, so Akure people are solidly behind him. There is no doubt about that. When we have the state and have the federal , what else do we need?

“Whatever we want, we will get it, so this time, whatever Akure wants, Akure should get – federal appointments and state appointments. We are behind the incoming governor. We will be prepared for the President’s visit.

The IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha also visited the Ezendigbo 1 of Ondo State, Igwe Gregory Iloehika and his other leaders of the Igbo people in Akure to seek their support for Barr Rotimi Akeredolu in the November 26 governorship Election.

Okorocha Says ‘Buhari’s Comment About Wife Taken Out Of Context’

rochas okorocha on Buhari's commentThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress’ Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha, says the comment of President Muhammadu Buhari about his wife was taken out of context.

Governor Okorocha is appealing to Nigerians to exercise restraint in their criticism of the President’s reaction to the interview granted by his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, to the BBC.

Mrs Buhari had at that interview expressed displeasure with the make-up of persons appointed by her husband, saying that a large number of them was not known by President Buhari.

She had asked her husband to consider rejigging his appointees, warning that if thing continue the same way, she may not support him if he decides to run for a second term in office in 2019.

The wife of the President insisted that the presidency had been hijacked, saying that a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

While addressing a press conference in Germany, President Buhari was asked to comment on his wife’s statement.

President Buhari dismissed the comments, saying: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

This comment has triggered criticisms, with many women’s rights activists raising concerns.

Addressing reporters in Abuja on Sunday, Mr Okorocha said there was the need for Nigerians to exercise caution in the way they react to the comment.


He also said that the interview of the wife of the president was also taken out of context.

“I was there when the president made the comment and both the wife’s interview and the President’s comment were taken out of context.

“I can understand why international community speak on this matter. It is because of woman’s rights and all that that is going on right now in the whole world.

“I tend to believe that Nigerians will understand the situation better than any other persons in the world.

“I do not think that those were the intentions, as being described by all and sundry and those condemning the act.

“If there is a clarion call to say ‘Mr President look into your cabinet and bring in more people’, there is nothing wrong for Mr President to take note of the comment by people.

“That is not really the situation that should create a big hullabaloo,” the Imo State Governor stated.

He added he was aware that some persons that work for the party were complaining every day, asking for the release of the board appointment.

Critics have said that the statement by the wife of the President showed that there was internal wranglings within the ruling All Progressives Congress.

APC Governors Visit Enugu Governor Over Nimbo Attack

Northern-Governors-APC A delegation of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have condemned the Ukpabi Nimbo attack of April 25, insisting that the perpetrators must be brought to book.

The condemnation was made when the governors visited the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, to commiserate with him on the mindless attack on his hapless citizens.

Leading the delegation was the Chairman of APC Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who decries the ugly incident and insisted that it was a criminal act that should be condemned in the strongest terms.

He emphasised that crime in any form or shape should not be politicised either by attaching religious or tribal sentiments to it.

The governors, however, commended the maturity displayed by the government and people of Enugu State by not allowing the incident to degenerate into crisis.

Traditional rulers and some clergy men in the state were at the meeting with the visiting governors.

Nigeria’s National Anthem ignited the sober moment and thereafter, the leader of the delegation and the Governor of Imo State went straight to the purpose of their visit.

Nimbo-Community-Enugu
Nimbo Community was attacked by suspected herdsmen

First, he said, it was to commiserate with the government and people of Enugu state over the deadly attack on Nimbo people, reiterating that it was a criminal act that should be condemned.

On behalf of his colleagues, he commended the government and people of Enugu state for exhibiting maturity in the handling of the ugly incident, which if not properly managed would have escalated to a full blown crisis.

Also addressing the feeling of pain associated with the incident, the Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, explained that he understood the ordeal the people of Enugu State were going through, having been enmeshed in the deadly attacks of Boko Haram daily.

Commending the industrious and accommodating spirit of the Igbo people, he condoled with the government and people of Enugu State and urged them to continue to remain calm.

Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi said the visit of his colleagues was a significant one which showed that the nation shared in the State’s moment of grief.

He prayed that the commission of inquiry set up would help unravel the relevant facts in the incident.

The traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, in a vote of thanks, commended their visitors and pleaded with them to assist and ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

The delegation afterwards shared moments of photography with the hosts before departing through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Senate Leadership: Buhari, APC Governors Intervene

 senateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, have resolved that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other APC members in the Senate, should henceforth respect the views of the party that brought them into power.

The decision of the governors, which  is aimed at bringing to an end the leadership tussle which has torn the Senators apart, was taken at a late night meeting which held in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the APC Governorship Forum and the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said the party’s views should be respected.

Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole,  said that every one of them, including the Senators, were elected on the APC platform not as individuals, stating that the party’s position must be supported by the Senators at all times.

Aspirants Sign Bond To Keep Them In APC After Presidential Primaries

atiku abubakarOn no account would any presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) decamp from the party, no matter the outcome of the primaries.

The party at a press conference, organised by the National Publicity Seretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, told journalists that its not a mere agreement as all five presidential aspirants have been compellled to sign an undertaken on the order.

The five aspirants are, former Head of State, Muhammadu Buahri, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso and publisher of the Leadership Newspaper, Mr Sam Nda Isaiah.

The APC also stated that the secret ballot system of voting will be used to elect the party’s presidential flag bearer at its national convention holding in Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mr. Mohammed said that over 8,000 delegates drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, are expected to participate in the convention and the presidential primaries that would elect the party’s flag bearer out of the five presidential aspirants of the party.

The five aspirants according to Mr. Mohammed include, a former head of state, Mohammadu Buhari; a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Kano State; Rabiu Kwankwaso; Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and Publisher of Leadership Newspaper Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

“The five aspirants would address the delegates, stressing their programmes before the commencement of voting, which will be by secret ballot,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said adequate arrangements have been made by the National Convention Committee (NCC) headed by former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi for a hitch-free convention.

“The various sub-committees are working round the clock to ensure that the convention succeeds and become a reference point in the political history of the country.

“We are also collaborating with relevant agencies to ensure effective security, crowd control, traffic management, medical attention among others,” he said.
He also assured Nigerians who may not be opportune to be at the venue of the convention that arrangements have been made for effective live coverage of the entire process by some radio and TV stations.

In secret ballot, delegates will have the sole liberty to decide who to vote for without fear they may be victimized after.

Governor Okorocha Demands Rescheduling Of Continuous Voters Registration In Imo

Rochas OkorochaThe governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reschedule the Continuous Voters Registration in the state because of the huge technical faults encountered during the process.

Governor Okorocha made the demand on Friday while addressing a crowd of protesters at the Imo International Conference Centre.

Indigenes of Imo state had launched a protest against the ongoing registration exercise and the distribution of Permanent Voters Card.

The protesters had stormed the INEC headquarters along Port Harcourt road in Owerri, the Imo State capital, carrying placards with various inscriptions and accusing INEC of attempting to disenfranchise citizens of the state in the forthcoming elections.

Governor Okorocha said there was the need for INEC to cancel the registration exercise in the state because it had encountered a lot of hiccups and challenges.

He said: “INEC should go back and get their hearts together and reschedule for a new registration exercise”.

More than 80 per cent of the indigenes have not been able to collect the Permanent Voters Card and even the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration is experiencing huge technical fault.