Anambra Explosion: Obiano Sympathises With Victims’ Families, Inaugurates Investigative Panel

 

The Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has sympathised the family of a woman and her child who was burnt to death in a truck accident in Onitsha, the state capital.

Governor Obiano has directed owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, including shop owners, to report at the Conference Room of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday, October 21, 2019, see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.

The accident occurred on Wednesday when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, fell into a ditch and began to spill its contents. A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.

READ ALSO: Petrol Tanker Explodes In Anambra, Kills Mother And Child

Men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived at the scene with their equipment but were unable to quench the inferno as the angry mob on the scene prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment Don Adinuba, said that a panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.

The governor also prayed for the repose of the souls of the woman and child who died in the accident. The Anambra State Government will assist their families in their burials.

 

Osinbajo, Obiano Use Boats To Visit Flood Victims In Anambra

Osinbajo, Obiano, Ngige visit Anambra flood victims

 

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, have visited the victims affected by flood in the state. 

Prof. Osinbajo who visited the state on Thursday was accompanied by the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, and other government officials.

At Umeze-Anam West Local Government Area, the Vice President told the flood victims that the Federal Government will support them by providing more relief materials to ease their sufferings.

He directed the immediate supply of foodstuff and financial intervention to the victims, to cushion the effect of the flood situation.

 

Anambra Govt Inspects Nando Bridge

 

The Anambra state, Willie Obiano, is fulfilling his campaign promises as some of the roads across the three senatorial zones are currently undergoing construction.

The governor while inspecting the bridge along the SARS Awkuzu – Abube Nando road, he said that his commitment to completing all projects started at record time in fulfillment of promises made to the people of the state adding that access must be created into all food basins of the state for easy evacuation of produce and further development.

During the inspection, the governor expressed excitement over the work being done, adding that the road is important as it provides a diversion from the very busy major roads and when completed will permanently save the area from erosion challenges.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Road Infrastructure, Furniture and Maintenance, gave an assurance of timely completion of the project.

For the governor it is a promise fulfilled as well ensuring opening up of the agrarian communities of Anambra for easy access and evacuation of food production while expecting part of the area to be designated for real estate development as it is still a virgin area and very conducive.

“Talking Is Cheap But War Is Expensive,” Obiano Says On Armed Forces Day

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has urged the people of Anambra state and Nigerians to continue appreciating the efforts of the security personnel in their responsibility of providing adequate security and sustaining the peace and unity of the country.

The governor stated this on Monday in Awka, the state capital while marking the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

“Talking is cheap but war is expensive,” he said while advising every citizen to adopt talking on a roundtable in every serious issue.

Mr Obiano also used the opportunity to thank members of the security agencies in the sacrifices they have made in the peace enjoyed by residents of his state.

The state’s Chief Executive recalled that the governorship and senatorial elections were successful as a result of the synergy between military and paramilitary officers.

He added, “I thank the service commanders that are here. They made the two elections both the one of November 18 that re-elected me for a second term and one of yesterday successful. They worked very hard to make sure it went well.”

Obiano Sets Up Planning Committee For Ekwueme’s Burial

File photo: Alex Ekwueme

Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has set up a 22-member committee for the burial of Nigeria’s first Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.

According to the governor, the committee which is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, is constituted to complement the other set up by the Federal Government.

The inauguration of the committee took place on Friday and began with a minute’s silence in honour of the late elder statesman at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

Governor Oniano asked members of the committee to ensure that they plan a befitting burial for Dr Ekwueme.

He also directed them to work as a sub-committee to the one set up by the Federal Government and also chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

“This is a very important committee being set up to plan and, of course, give a befitting burial to our elder statesman that died, former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekewueme,” the governor said.

“This committee is going to be a sub-committee to the Federal Government committee being chaired by the SGF. I have spoken with him and your plans here will inform the kinds of things they are going to do.

“I am delighted that the Federal Government is taking the burial very seriously but whatever it is, we must give Dr Ekwueme a very befitting burial,” he reiterated.

In his response, Professor Chukwulobelu said it was a great honour for the members to be found worthy to serve in the committee.

He also assured the governor that the committee would work hard to deliver on its mandate by planning a befitting burial for the elder statesman.

Members of the committee include wife of the governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, as well as serving and former lawmakers at the National Assembly and State House of Assembly among others.

Governor Obiano Receives Certificate Of Return

Re-elected Governor of Anambra State Willie Obiano has received his certificate of return after his landslide victory in Saturday’s governorship election.

The certificate of return was presented to the governor on Wednesday by INEC National Commissioner, Mrs May Agbamuche, at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

At the even, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, urged the governor to live up to expectations and continue to develop the state.

According to him, INEC has played its part by conducting the election and it is now up to the governor to increase the value of votes by keeping his campaign promises.

Mr Obiano had arrived at the INEC headquarters around 10 am in company with his wife, the Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke, and many of his supporters and top officials.

The former Nationa Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Chairman of the Willie Obiano Re-election Committee, Victor Umeh, and several traditional rulers and party chieftains were also at the INEC headquarters to witness the event.

Mrs Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze who won the House of Assembly by-election for Idemmili North also received her certificate of return. With her victory at the poll, she will replace her husband, Francis Mmegbuanaeze, who died in August, in the Assembly.

Buhari Congratulates Obiano, Promises More Free, Fair Elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election as the governor of Anambra State promising Nigerians more free and fair elections.

Buhari in a statement signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, commended the people of Anambra State on the peaceful conduct of the election.

He also commended the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election observers, security agencies and other stakeholders, on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

READ ALSO: IGP Commends Police, Others For Peaceful Anambra Election

“The processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing,” he said.

Buhari says he is delighted at the conduct of the candidates, describing it as “heart-warming and a renewal of confidence in the sanctity of the ballot which deepens our nation’s democracy.”

President Buhari also asked INEC to improve on areas of logistics as the nation braces for coming governorship elections and the main general elections in 2019.

The President while congratulating Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election, said he should rededicate himself to building on his achievements that endeared him to the electorate and swayed the majority of votes in his favour.

He said the Federal Government is ready to work with him for the greater harmony, peace and development of not only Anambra State but the entire country.

Fayose Congratulates Obiano On Landslide Victory

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano for his landslide victory in the just concluded Anambra election.

The governor, who spoke on Sunday through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, was convinced that the results clearly showed that connection to the people was key to winning an election.

He also commended the conduct of the poll, describing the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies as above average.

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Governor Fayose said the success of the election was a sign that INEC was listening to the cries of Nigerians for a return to the legacy of free, fair and credible elections.

“Even though there were reports of malfunctioning of card readers, number of votes exceeding number of accredited voters, and pockets of violence as well as buying of votes, the Anambra governorship election was better than others conducted by INEC under the present government of APC,” he said.

“By now, INEC ought to have resolved all issues on card readers because it does not augur well for the electoral process and INEC itself if we are still being faced with failure of card readers on election day.”

The governor also commended observers for ensuring that the election was relatively credible and urged them to focus more attention on the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states.

“Particularly, we will be having governorship election here in Ekiti on July 14, 2018. I want both local and international observers to be involved before and during the election because what the people of Ekiti State desire is freedom to choose their governor.

“In 2018, we should no longer be talking about failure of card readers, late arrival of electoral materials at polling units and other problems identified during the Anambra election,” he said.

Fayose, who observed that credible electoral process was the only way democracy can be sustained in the country, said: “Even elected public officers will have no option than to deliver democracy dividends to the people if there is assurance that votes will count.”

APGA’S Landslide Victory Shows Obiano Has Done Well – Umeh

APGA’S Landslide Victory Shows Obiano Has Done Well – Umeh
Victor Umeh

Former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, says his party’s victory at the Anambra governorship election has shown that Governor Willi Obiano has done well in his first term.

Umeh said this in Awka, the state capital during his appearance on a special edition of Sunday Politics, hours after Obiano was declared the winner of the just concluded poll.

“It is for the people to judge the performance of their governor and whoever they have put in office to serve them,” he said.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

“So, the statement made today is a very strong statement by the people of Anambra State and it is an endorsement that Obiano has done well in the first term and they want him to continue for another term in office.

“I don’t think he neglected anybody in the first four years, anybody saying that is being economical with the truth otherwise he wouldn’t have won this election in this fashion – landslide across the entire street,” he added.

The APGA chieftain, who promised the people that the party would continue to deliver on its campaign promises, said Governor Obiano would build on the success he has recorded in Anambra.

He also highlighted some of the progress the party has made so far and gave an insight into the governor’s plan for the next four years.

“Let me say that in his first term, he has been able to do quite a lot in terms of physical infrastructure, human capital development, and he has been able to create a healthy government state workforce.

“He has done a lot in agriculture, education, in the healthcare system where he has also introduced the State Health Insurance Scheme. He has also started an airport project which he promised to deliver in three years and work has commenced there.

“So, his campaign mantra is ‘better today and greater tomorrow’. So, you can see now that in the next four years, he is going to build on what he has done; he will consolidate on his present achievements and make greater impacts in other areas,” Umeh said.

#AnambraDecides: PPA’s Ezeemo Congratulates Obiano

Candidate of the Progressive People Alliance (PPA) in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, Godwin Ezeemo, has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano on his victory at the poll.

Ezeemo conceded defeat on Sunday in Anambra State, less than two hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results of the election which re-elected Obiano for another four years.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

The PPA candidate said even though there were irregularities that marred the election, the interest and love of the Anambra people was of more concern to him.

He also said he was ready to support and assist the Governor-Elect in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

Governor Obiano swept to victory by polling 234,071 votes, more than double the votes of his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, according to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr Nwoye, who flew the APC’s flag in its quest to strengthen its presence in the South East where it has only one governor, polled 98,752 votes.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Oseloka Obaze, got the third highest number of votes with 70,293 votes.

Former Minister of Aviation and candidate of the United Progressive Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, who condemned ‘godfatherism’ and money politics in his campaigns, trailed far behind the three leading candidates with 7,903 votes to his name.

APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

Anambra Youths Endorse Obiano For Continuity
Governor Willie Obiano

Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and incumbent Governor of Anambra State Willie Obiano has succeeded in his re-election bid after securing a landslide victory over 36 others gunning for his position.

The Chief Returning Officer for Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra, Professor Zanna Akpagu, declared the governor winner of the poll, after confirming that he met all the requisite requirements.

Mr Obiano swept to victory by polling 234,071 votes, more than double the votes of his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, according to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr Nwoye, who flew the APC’s flag in its quest to strengthen its presence in the South East where it has only one governor, polled 98,752 votes.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Oseloka Obaze, got the third highest number of votes with 70,293 votes.

Former Minister of Aviation and candidate of the United Progressive Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, who condemned ‘godfatherism’ and money politics in his campaigns, trailed far behind the three leading candidates with 7,903 votes to his name.

An Early Lead

Governor Obiano raced into an early lead when the final collation of results started at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s situation room in Awka, the state capital.

It started just before 10 am with Njikoka LGA, the first of the results to be collated. There, the APGA candidate got 16,944 votes, APC polled 5,756, while PDP and UPP secured 3,477 and 108 votes, respectively.

Around 11:18 am, with the results for seven of the 21 LGAs collated, Mr Obiano had opened up a 48,158 lead on his closest rival.
He would sustain the lead, winning in all the 21 LGAs of the state.

Slow, Difficult Start

Saturday’s governorship election had started slowly with logistic challenges popping up in the early stages.

In many polling units, electoral materials were delayed while card readers failed in some instance.

INEC’s National Commissioner and its Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Solomon Soyebi, blamed the delay in the arrival of electoral materials on corps members, some of who he said did not want to go to certain areas.

One of those affected by the delay in the arrival of electoral materials was the candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Mr Godwin Ezeemo. Electoral materials got to his polling unit five hours behind schedule.

For him, the delay could be described as a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise his people.

UPP’s Chidoka and former APGA National Chairman, Victor Umeh, were among those that faulted the logistic challenges faced.

Challenges aside, the elections went on to hold, and occurred smoothly in many parts of the state visited by our correspondents.

Also, many voters shunned the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra to distrupt the exercise.

Convener of the Situation Room, Mr Clement Nwankwo, described the election as relatively peaceful. He, however, accused politicians of openly paying people to vote for them, a development he said had to be addressed.

On Saturday evening, the Police Service Commission issues a statement commending the police for their role in maintaining law and order during the election.

Claiming the day

Mr Obiano boasted throughout the campaign that he would win the election by a landslide and on Saturday, after voting, he restated his claim.

Despite his sweeping victory, the election was not a stroll in the part for him and the buildup to it the poll, however, had its intrigues with 36 others joining the race and the governor having to face former allies.

When the governor got elected in 2013 and now, former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, along with Mr Obaze, supported and campaigned for him and the latter would serve as Secretary to the State Government under him for more than a year before resigning.

Both Mr Obi and Mr Obaze eventually defected to the People’s Democratic Party and were on opposing sides this time around.

In 2015, the APC swept to power at the Federal level and in many states across the nation but with no little luck in the South East, where it has just one governor as a member.

Ahead of Saturday’s election, the party’s campaign for its candidate, Nwoye, included an appearance by President Muhammadu Buhari at his mega rally in the state.

 

Kinsmen Choose Obiano Over APC’s Nwoye In Anambra East

 

Voters in Anambra East local government area have chosen with their votes, the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano over the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tony Nwoye.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Obiano, and his APC counterpart, Tony Nwoye, are from the same Anambra East local government area.

Obiano of APGA won the local government with 20,510 votes while Nwoye, candidate of APC garnered 5,248 votes.

Obaze Oseloka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 1,132 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressive Party (UPP) came with a far lesser tally of 53, emerging fourth in the LGA.

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