Live: Ndigbo Calls For Equality At Southeast Summit On Restructuring

 

The President of the Ohaneze, John Nwodo, and other stakeholders have called for equality in the affairs of Nigeria.

He made the call on Monday at the southeast summit on the restructuring of the country.

The group are advocating for a six-year single term for President and five Vice Presidential seats for proper regional representation.

The event was held in Akwa, the Anambra State capital.

Also in attendance at the event are the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, former APGA Chairman Victor Umeh, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Niger Delta Leader Edwin Clark, amongst others.

Ekweremadu Describes Explosion At Ohanaeze Ndigbo Leader’s Home As ‘Evil’

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File photo: Senator Ike Ekweremadu

 

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has described the explosion at the residence of President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo in Ukehe, Enugu state as ugly, evil and outrageous.

He condemned the action referring to it as a dastardly act, noting that it is an unusual development in the South East and “we will not accept it”.

In a statement by his spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, Senator Ekweremadu said, I call on the security agencies to get to the root of this devilish act and ensure that the culprits and masterminds are brought to book immediately”.

The explosion which occurred on Sunday is believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device.

This was after some unidentified person threw the explosive device into the building.

The police in the state, however, confirmed the attack, noting that no life was lost in the incident.

The Enugu State Command Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed has promised to unmask those behind the attack.

Southerners Leave Kaduna Ahead of Election

kaduna Nigerians particularly southerners living in Kaduna State and other parts of the north are migrating to their villages in anticipation of post election violence.

This is despite the pleas by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Igbos in other parts of the country, especially the North, to vote where they live.

Channels Television visited some motor parks in the state capital, reported that many families prefer to travel to their home towns ahead of the election, in anticipation of election violence.

Some of those interviewed, gave reasons for their traveling to fear of an outbreak of election violence, as witnessed in 2011, while others claimed they are traveling ahead of the Easter Celebration.

Some of the passengers who were seen at the motor park said, they would stay until after the elections before returning to the North, adding that they abandoned their businesses for fear of crisis.

Commuters are traveling along with mattresses and other household items, signalling that they may likely stay for quite some time before returning to their bases.

In 2011, many people in the state were killed including non indigenes during the post election violence in Northern Nigeria.

While assuring residents of adequate security during the general elections, the Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, called on people not to panic. The Commissioner said that the fear is unfounded, noting that such movement will only be necessary if they were going home to cast their votes in the elections.

Mr. Shehu, also warned of a restriction order starting from Thursday evening, adding that all exit and entry points into the state will be blocked by security agencies ahead of the election.

The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has however faulted the Police commissioner’s restriction of movement order, saying that it is illegal and unconstitutional to bar people from moving around freely more than 48 hours to the election.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has received all non-sensitive and sensitive materials in preparation for the election. The materials were brought to the state amidst tight security.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Husseni Mahuta who briefed journalists in his office, said adequate arrangement has been put in place to ensure a hitch free election, while it is still distributing Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that are already in its custody.

APC Will Serve The Political Fortunes Of Ndigbo– Okorocha

Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has defended his membership of the APC, declaring that the future political fortunes of Ndigbo are better served in the new mega political party.

Okorocha who sang the praises of the new party in a town hall of the Imo State Congress of America 2013 national convention in Atlanta, USA, also reacted to a purported suspension by a faction of APGA, saying that the wellbeing of Ndigbo remains paramount in all his action and would continue to take steps to assist Igbos to regain their rightful place in the political equation of Nigeria.

“APC remains the best vehicle to promote the interest of our people. PDP has marginalized the south east and has nothing to show for all its years in power”.

Governor Okorocha urged Ndigbo to embrace the APC because it guarantees equity and political opportunities denied by the ruling party. He said the purported action of a faction of APGA is of little political consequence as the party lacks the national spread to ensure Igbos make significant headway in the political leadership of the nation.

He described the APC as a national party made up of progressive elements determined to ensure equitable distribution of political offices to all tribes in the country and as one of the tripod on which the country stands, the APC was set to redress the injustices to Ndigbo made by the PDP and urged all progressives south easterners to line up behind the new party and ensure it produces the next leaders of the country at all levels.

“Igbos has not produced the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House or the Chief Justice of the Federation but I am confident under APC, one or more of these positions will come to the southeast”.

Gov. Okorocha urged Ndigbo to channel their energies and resources towards the development of their homeland and suggested a set date for Nigerians in the diaspora to return home.

“Our people should learn to leave America and return home at a certain date to contribute meaningfully to the development of our dear state”.

He pledged the commitment of his administration towards providing enabling environment to assist those willing to return home.

“My administration has embarked on projects that have significantly improved infrastructure in the state and has tackled the issue of security such that for the past six months the issue of kidnapping and other social vices have reduced significantly”.

He challenged those really interested in tapping the potentials of the state to partner with his administration for mutual benefit.

The governor however warned Igbos in the diaspora to guard against greed and corruption, urging them to lend a hand to the less privileged in the society.