Abia Re-run Elections: INEC Fixes March 5

AbiaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 5, 2016 as the substantive date for the re-run elections in Abia State.

According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sylvester Ezeani, the re-run election would take place in seven state constituency and one senatorial district-  Arochukwu, Ikwuano, Isialangwa South, Aba North, Osisioma and Umunneochi.

On Thursday, Mr Ezeani hinted that all the rules and guidelines on conduct of the election, still stands except that accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously.

Mr Ezeani said that card readers and incidence form would be used during the voting exercise.

He, however, called on the political party agents to conduct themselves properly during the exercise.

Candidates contesting in the re-run election had advocated for a free and fair polls as the electoral umpire prepares for the re-run.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, said that the party is not resting on its oars to ensure that all the PDP candidates in the re-run emerge victorious.

He noted that the party does not believe in violence, but in working hard to convince the Abia electorates on the need to vote for them.

Mr Nwaka said that PDP is for Abia because the party already has six federal legislators and two Senators.

He, however, cautioned anyone that intends to ferment trouble to desist from such act because the security operatives are on red alert to forestall such.

Abia State Gives Out Cars To Reduce Unemployment

abia stateThe Abia State government has given out vehicles free of charge to the youths of Ikwuano Local Government Area as a way of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty.

According to Governor Theodore Orji, the gesture was to create jobs, reduce idleness and criminality, enhance the standard of living and minimise accidents associated to the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada.

A total of 30 persons including youths and women benefited from the latest gesture of the State Government.

At a ceremony to mark the handing over of the vehicles to the new owners, the Governor met with traditional rulers, amidst cheers and accolade from the people of Ikwuano.

Governor Theodore Orji, shortly after inspecting and commissioning the vehicles stated that the empowerment programme had brought joy to Abians and also helped to curb youth restiveness in the state.

On the roads of Umuahia metropolis, some of the beneficiaries,who had put their vehicles to work, thanked the government for the gesture.

Meanwhile, from Ikwuano Local Government Area, the empowerment strategy of the government to reduce unemployment continued to Umuahia South LGA.

The Governor had said that it would be sustained until all the youths in the 17 Local Government could boast of means of livelihood thereby contributing their quota to the economic development of the State.