Sacked Anambra Citizens In Abia Seek Governor Obiano’s Intervention

Willie-Obiano-Anambra-Governor-1Indigenes of Anambra State living┬áin Abia State are seeking Governor Willie Obiano’s intervention in the restoration of their jobs in Abia State Civil Service six years after they were sacked.

A delegation from the Association of Anambra State Development Union in Aba on Friday met with Governor Obiano where they tabled their plea.

They are asking the Governor to intervene and secure their reinstatement, as their sack was merely on the basis that they were non-indigenes.

The president of the association, Mr Samuel Okolo, who commended the Governor for his visionary and dynamic leadership especially in the areas of security, infrastructural development and prompt payment of workers’ salaries decried the anguish of the affected workers.

He asked Governor Obiano to reach out to his Abia State counterpart for resolution.

The Anambra Governor received his guests at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, where Mr Okolo presented tokens of appreciation to him for what he called exemplary and dynamic leadership since he took office on March 17, 2014 especially in the areas of security, infrastructural development and workers’ welfare.

Speaking further on some major issues, the president of the union formally invited the Governor to the Anambra Day Cultural Celebration in Aba.

Governor Willie Obiano frowned at the development, pointing out that many workers of other states origin abound in Anambra State Civil Service.

He demanded a comprehensive list of the affected workers for further discussion with Abia State Governor, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu.

According to the association, a few of the workers have been reinstated, but majority of them have been abandoned.

Hopes are high now that with Governor Obiano’s promises of meeting with Governor Ikpeazu to resolve the issue.

Ikpeazu Assesses Achievements In Road Construction

Abia, Ikpeazu, FAulks RoadThe Abia State Governor, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday said that despite the recent political upheavals, he has been able to leave a land mark in various sectors especially in road construction at Aba and across the three senatorial zones of the state.

He said this while speaking during a reception held in his honor by the entire traditional rulers of Abia state made up of 732 autonomous communities at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.

According to the Governor, Abia State residents, irrespective of political affiliations, should join hands to move the state to an enviable position, where trade and commerce thrive for economic development.

The Governor said that despite the opposition, he would ensure that the pillar of unity in the state is not destroyed and promised that the state, under his watch, will be united and peaceful.

He commended the traditional rulers for their belief in equity, justice and fairness hinting that the honor done to him is a confirmation that his mandate is divine.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Council of Ndieze and Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick reminded all politicians to allow peace reign as the traditional institution would ensure that Abia South enjoys their maximum tenure as enjoyed by Abia North and Abia Central.

Free School Meal, Tactic To Control Dropouts- Ikpeazu

Abia, Health, ASPIMSThe Abia State Governor, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the Free School Meal Initiative is an approach that would put an end to the school dropout condition in the state.

Governor Ikpeazu made the statement during the School Lunch Programme held on Monday at Ntigha primary school in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area.

He said that the scheme would ensure that all the children were adequately taken care of irrespective of parental status and locality.

The Governor said he felt indebted to the children who were the future leaders, hinting that the scheme guaranteed that every pupil in Abia State was sure of at least one meal a day.

An initiative aimed at bridging the gap, providing meals to the children and assisting the needy which, according to the Governor, would be sustained by Abia families.

Free school lunch bags, a bus for food distribution to various primary schools and employment for the chef and stewards amongst others were part of the gains associated with the scheme.

Partners and Donors to the free meal initiative said that it was a laudable programme and their partnership was a way of giving back to the society that nurtured them. Most of them obtained their education in public schools.

Meanwhile, thousands of primary school pupils were also de-wormed by the first lady Nkechi Ikpeazu during the programme.

Abia Election: Appeal Court Declares Alex Otti Of APGA Winner

Alex OttiAn Appeal Court has declared the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Alex Otti, as winner of the Abia State Governorship election.

The court, sitting in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, in its ruling on Thursday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately return Dr Otti, as the rightful winner of the April election, having won majority of the votes cast during the polls.

In its unanimous ruling, the five-man panel of judges, presided over by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, faulted the ruling of the Abia State Governorship Election Tribunal which upheld the election of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okezie Ikpeazu, as the winner of the April governorship election.

‘Landmark Judgment’

The panel said there were established proofs of over voting and substantial non-compliance to electoral laws during the election in Osisioma, Isialangwa North and Obingwa Local Government Areas of the state and as such, unlawful votes were allotted to Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

According to the panel, after subtracting the votes from the Isi-Alangwa, Osisioma and Obingwa, the PDP candidate was left with a total vote of 114,444, while the APGA candidate had 164,332 votes and should be returned as the rightful winner of the election.

The Appeal Court was filled to capacity by members and lawyers of the APGA and that of the Peoples Democratic Party to witness the final ruling of the Appellate court.

Reacting to the judgement, counsels to Dr. Otti lauded the judgement which they described as a ‘landmark and thoroughly analysed judgement’ but to the PDP legal team, the legal fireworks is not over. They expressed readiness to approach the Supreme Court.