Governor Obiano Vows To Sustain Tempo Of Development In Anambra Markets

governor obianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has affirmed his commitment towards developing markets across the State by putting in place modern amenities and infrastructure that will enhance hitch free commercial activities in line with global trend.

The facilities would include electricity, toilet facility, firefighting equipment, water and construction of all the roads that lead to the state’s major markets.

Governor Obiano solicited support from the traders in the state for his government especially in the coming elections to ensure All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates emerge victorious.

This he said would help him continue with the tempo of developmental activities in the State as well as sustain them.

Aside the welfare infrastructure being put in place in the various markets in the state, the Governor announced to the traders, the donation of five million naira for the furnishing of their Secretariat complex, which they received with much cheer.

Governor Obiano, who described the traders as important stakeholders in the Anambra agenda, enjoined them to maintain prompt payment of taxes and levies to scale up the internally generated revenue base of the State.

The revenue according to Governor Obiano would encourage government to continue the good work having streamlined the revenue collection machinery to avoid multiple tax payment.

Governor Obiano urged the traders to vote massively for APGA candidates and President Goodluck Jonathan in the coming elections to enable him have a solid and established base for continued development in the State.

The elated President of the State Amalgamated Traders Association (ATA), Mr Okwudili Ezenwankwo, noted that Governor Obiano is the first State Governor to transform all markets in the State with new innovations and assured the governor that they would deliver all APGA candidates as well as President Goodluck Jonathan during the elections.

Fifty-one per cent of Anambra State economy is hinged on trade and commerce which forms a critical component in the four pillars of the economic blueprint of the present administration.

Fayose’s Wife To Pay Indigent Patients’ Medical Bills

fayoseThe wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, will on March 24 pay medical bills of some indigent patients who could not afford their medical bills in all the specialists and teaching hospitals in the State.

According to the statement from the office of the First Lady, patients to benefit from Mrs Fayose’s gesture are drawn from the State Specialist Hospitals in Ijero,Ikole and Ikere Ekiti.

Also, patients from Ekiti University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti would also benefit from the philanthropist gesture of the first lady.

The statement therefore urged the benefiting indigent patients to assemble at the various hospitals on the said date and receive their cheques from the wife of the governor.

Mrs Fayose had performed similar gesture in January this year while marking her 51st birthday anniversary.

Isiaka Criticises INEC Over PVC Distribution In Ogun State

isiakaThe governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Mr Gboyega Nasir Isiaka  has  criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

There have been various challenges facing the process, with some eligible voters in the State not being able to find their cards.

Mr Isiaka was speaking in Abeokuta, the State capital during a press briefing held at the PDP secretariat located along the Presidential Boulevard in the State capital.

Mr Isiaka also added that the current 51% PVC distribution in the State is unacceptable.

The governorship candidate, however, asked the electoral commission to expedite action towards ensuring that numerous eligible voters who have not collected their PVCs get them before the deadline of March 22.

Mr Isiaka in an interview on Sunrise Daily on Friday, stressed the need for the INEC to ensure that ‘nobody is denied the opportunity to vote’.

He also gave a list of his plans for the State if elected governor of the state. The Governorship election will hold on April 11.

 

Governor Akpabio Debunks Debt Claims

 AkpabioAkwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has debunked recent reports in a section of the media which claimed that his administration was owing 600million naira.

The governor made the clarification while speaking to journalists in Uyo, the State capital.

Describing the said reports as false and misleading, Akpabio explained that only last year, the State House of Assembly gave approval for the borrowing of a maximum of N80 billion to aid the completion of ongoing projects.

He added that so far, more than N30 billion naira had already been repaid.

He noted that this remains the only debt owed by the state government.

According to Akpabio, the decision to obtain the loan was borne out of his administration’s resolve to complete ongoing people oriented projects to add value to the lives of the masses in the state, stressing that the exercise followed due process.

The Governor gave an assurance that as a responsible government, his administration would not leave any debt for the next administration.

Labour Party Endorses Jonathan For Second Term In Office

labour partyThe National Executive Council (NEC) of the Labour Party has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office.

The decision was taken at the end of the party’s closed door meeting which lasted about three hours during which critical decisions were taken.

Before journalists were excused from the venue, the National Chairman, Abdulkadir Sallam, urged the delegates to brainstorm with the best interest of the country at heart.

At the end of the meeting, a communique was presented. The NEC in session submitted that the reasons of age, health status and educational qualification of the APC presidential candidate, Gen Mohammadu Buhari, made it impossible for the party to support him.

Instead, the party pitched their tent with President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office as a result of his achievement in restoring peace to the north-east and diversifying the economy.

While he acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Government to strengthen weak sectors, the National Chairman of the Party, Abdulkadir Sallam, who read the communique, urged President Jonathan to further diversify the economy.

The communique further stated that the party may not support further postponement of the election and called on INEC to use the extension wisely.

The Labour Party commended the gallantry of the Nigerian Army for the success recorded in latest onslaught against insurgents and urged them not to rest until victory is certain.

Representatives of Labour Party from almost 10 states, members of the National Working Committee, governorship aspirants and women leaders were all present at the crucial meeting.

 

 

I Will Not Islamize Nigeria – Buhari

buhariThe Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has described as “unfair and a cheap blackmail” for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to label APC as an Islamic party.

General Muhammadu Buhari said that such statement is an attempt to stoke primordial sentiments and cause disunity among Nigerians ahead of the elections.

Addressing religious leaders during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, General Buhari who was represented by his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo described the statement as baseless and untrue.

He urged Nigerians not to be swayed by the continuous allegation by the PDP that the party intends to Islamise Nigeria if elected into office on March 28, advising Nigerians to elect their next leaders based on integrity and capacity to deliver good governance, which “he stands for”.

He reminded the ruling party that it is absolutely impossible to turn Nigeria into one religious country as the constitution does not permit that.

General Buhari who absolved himself of being a religious fanatic as portrayed by the PDP and promised not to rule Nigeria in a dictatorial style if elected president.

The Town Hall Meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders was among one of the various meetings lined up by the APC Presidential Campaign Organization across the country ahead of the March 28 presidential election.

The main purpose was for the party’s standard bearer to rub minds with leaders of the two religions -Islam and Christianity- and put the records straight where there are doubts.

APC National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun and other top party officials were also present to support their candidate.

 

Victim Of Abia State Shooting Hospitalised

Abia stateA young man and a barber by profession has been shot in the leg after fracas broke out at Umuojiocha village square, Ndioruh, in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State.

The victim, which was shot on Monday, is presently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC),Umuahia the State capital.

Briefing reporters, the Abia  State government, through the Commissioner for Information, Mr Anthony Agbazuere, strongly condemned the act of violence, pointing fingers at the opposition party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) campaign train for the misfortune.

He said that the introduction of violence and shooting in politicking was away from the norm and warned mischief makers to retract their steps, as the State government would no longer condone such violence and shooting that could harm lives and lead to destruction of property.

Mr Agbazuere reminded the political parties and their candidates of the need to be guided by a peace accord that they had entered into.

While narrating how the incident happened, the victim said: “There was fracas and confusion at the area as if some political parties were at loggerheads”, but he could not ascertain which party or who was responsible for the bullet that hit him.

The police has started investigation into the incident.

It was gathered that the information made available to the police revealed that when some supporters of the opposition party, APGA, were campaigning at Ndioruh in Ikwuano Local Government Area, some miscreants under unknown disguise attacked the APGA supporters, smashing the their vehicles.

The Police spokesman in the State, Godfrey Ogbonna, however, urged political parties and their supporters to always abide by the rules and avoid any incident that could cause violence.

Fayose Says INEC’s Card Reader Will Mar Polls

INECThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the Card Reader Machines which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intends to use to accredit voters during the March 28 and April 11 elections as “a fraud capable of scuttling the elections”. 

The Governor, on Sunday expressed doubt over the forthrightness of the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, in handling the elections.

He said: “Unless INEC has an agenda that is different from conduct of free, fair and credible elections.Use of the card readers should be suspended for future elections so as to enable proper test-running of the technology”.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, said he was not against the use of any technology to ensure credible elections. He said that the flaws recorded during the last Saturday test-run exercise were too fundamental to be ignored.

He pointed out that Jega was not being truthful on INEC preparedness for the election, saying: “Jega told us before February 14 that INEC was ready. He heaped the blame for postponement of the elections on security.

“However, the same INEC that Jega said was ready to conduct elections on Febuary 14 was testing card readers on March 7, meaning that all the flaws that characterised the Saturday exercise would have been witnessed on February 14. Wouldn’t that have been disastrous?”

Machines Failed

The governor said: “No right thinking person would want to experiment with major elections. INEC ought to have tested the card reader technology with at least, a bye-election before using it for the general elections”.

“From the Saturday exercise, it can be assumed that it would take an average of one minute for a card to be read. Given that accreditation of voters would start at 9:00am and end at 12:00 noon, the card reader would be able to read 180 voters cards in three hours. What would then happen in polling units with 500 voters or more?”

Speaking further, Governor Fayose said the machines failed to recognise Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in most of the States where the Saturday test-run took place while in some, the machines’ batteries lasted for less than three hours.

“For instance, in Ebonyi State, we were told that Card Readers didn’t recognise the fingerprints of voters who registered for the 2011 general elections.

“The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Lawrence Azubuike, acknowledged that the authentication process by the Card Reader was very poor.

“In Taraba State, many voters complained that the card readers could not identify their fingerprints.

“Most importantly, it had been discovered that the card readers can be pre-programmed to reject PVCs. The card readers can also be pre-loaded, even without using the right PVCs.

“Therefore, Jega and his INEC must have to further convince Nigerians on their real intention for trying to use a technology that is yet to be tested and adjudged foolproof for a major exercise like the president election that is capable or making or marring Nigeria,” the Governor explained.

Kwara Governor Seeks Support For Re-Election

kwara stateThe governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed has held an interactive session with various groups canvassing for their support for his re-election bid.

Gov. Ahmed met with pensioners and assured them, the readiness of his government to provide their needs especially the constant payment of their entitlement and empowerment.

The governor started by enumerating what had been the effect of dwindling federal allocation which he attributed to oil theft and lack of financial discipline to save for the rainy day by relevant authorities.

The State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Mr Umar Farouk Akanbi was full of gratitude to the governor for the constant payment of the monthly pensions despite the lean purse of the State which he noted had been a life saver for most of the older citizens in the State.

Constant payment of  pensions and  gratuity, he stressed had endeared the governor to the elderly and assured him of the support of the pensioners in his re-election bid.

The chairman of the pensioners Mr Haliru Muhammad also lauded and appreciated the governor for being elderly friendly, he however urged him to intervene in the rescuing of their counterparts at the Local Government level who has not been having it easy collecting equal pensions like that of their counterparts in the State.

The governor while reacting, promised to look into their demands and announced that they would be incorporated into the community health insurance scheme and also benefit from the empowerment programme.

At the end of the interactive session, the pensioners were full of gratitude to the governor and expressed their readiness to ensure his return for a second term.

Iheanacho Decries Lack Of Economic Development In Oguta

IheanachoThe governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho has expressed disappointment over the level of decay and lack of economic development in Oguta, one of the oil producing Local Government Areas.

While campaigning at Oguta Local Government Area of the State, he said Oguta is blessed with many natural potentials if harnessed can derive heavy revenue for the State and increase the standard of living of people living in the area.

He further said that if elected Governor he would develop the moribund tourist and economic potentials in the area and provide job opportunities for the unemployed youths in the area.

Captain Iheanacho’s campaign train was on the road again after going on a break since the announcement of the postponement of the elections and this time he visited Orsu and Oguta Local Government as well as Ihiagwa community in Owerri west Local Government Area of the State.

At Orsu, Captain Iheanacho and his team had a stop over at the palace of the traditional ruler of Assah Ubirielem autonomous community in Orsu, His Royal Highness Godwin Okwuaka where he was given royal blessings.

Moving to the campaign ground, he advised the people to vote wisely during the elections and endeavour to vote APGA at all levels.

Thereafter, his campaign train moved to Oguta Local Government Area to woo more supporters ahead of the elections, before moving to the rally ground,he had to pay homage at the residence of the oldest man in Oguta Nda Nzeribe aged 120 years old.

While addressing the gathering at the campaign ground, he said despite of the natural resources Oguta is blessed with, the area is still wallowing in abject poverty and the standard of living of people in the area is still very low.

He however promised that if elected Governor, he would ensure that all the economic and tourism potentials in the area is better harnessed to create an enabling environment for people to live a better life.

Afterwards he visited Ohiagwa community in Owerri west local government where he addressed some youths on the need to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and vote wisely.

Ogun State Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

peace accordPolitical parties and their candidates to various political offices have signed a peace accord hinged on the need for peace and order to reign supreme before, during and after the general elections to ensure a violence free general elections in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

Directing the affairs at the event held at the State Headquarters of the Police Command, the State Commissioner of Police (CP) Valentine Ntomchukwu read the riot act to erring political parties and their supporters saying it would not shy away from wielding the big stick against any act of violence

Political parties and their supporters who attended the peace accord signing also promised to abide by the laid down rules and regulations guiding peaceful conduct of the polls

The State Commissioner of Police said that Ogun State currently seemed to be enjoying relative peace as political parties and politicians do their acts to woo more voting public for eventual victory at the polls but there is the need to sustain the tempo and this signing of the peace accord by politicians may not be out of place after all.

One after another, candidates and representatives of political parties before police officials and other service chiefs took their turn to append their signature in what seemed an article of faith for a peaceful electioneering, before, during and after the elections.

Issues were raised by members of political parties as regards observed potential development that could trigger off violence among political parties as some parties alleged destruction of their candidate, posters and bill boards, a situation the CP said would not be treated with kid gloves.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the State Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, however, seized the opportunity to pledge the support of the State government to ensure peaceful and violence free general elections.

Aside the promises made, it is expected that stakeholders must jealously abide by the terms and conditions of this accord.

Only Jonathan Can Take Care Of Nigerian Women- First Lady

jonathanThe First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan has called on all women to vote for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan as he is the only one that can take care of their interest.

The First Lady stated this in Lokoja at  a campaign rally to galvanize support for the President in  the forthcoming March 28th presidential election.

Dame Patience had taken the campaign for the re-election of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan to several States in the last few days.

Patience Jonathan made a stop at the confluence city, Lokoja where a rally for Mr President had been organised by the PDP Women Presidential Campaign Team at the Lokoja township stadium..

Women were already seated as early as 8am while security at the venue was also beefed up as Governor Idris Wada and his cabinet members were also at the venue to receive the First Lady.

Arrival of the First Lady and her entourage in company of the wife of the Governor kick started the event with an opening speech from Hajiha Lami Wada assuring the First Lady that women in the State would vote the President come March 28th.

Different speakers came up to the podium to urge women to vote for President Jonathan whom they said had done so much for the women.

Governor Idris Wada was not left out as he enumerated some the achievements of the President to the people of Kogi and urged kogite to vote for continuity.

The First Lady told the women that the past government had restricted women to the kitchen while President Jonathan came and changed the statue quo by appointing women into various  leadership position.