Otti, Ogar Reject Result Of Abia Governorship Election, Say It’s A ‘Sham’

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Alex Otti and that of the All Progressive Congress, Dr. Uche Ogar in Abia State, have rejected the result of the governorship election.

At a joint press conference in Umuahia, the state capital, shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the results on Sunday, both candidates described the election as a ‘sham’.

The Returning Officer, Professor Damian Ozurumba, had declared Ikpeazu winner of the poll after he secured 261,127 votes, more than double the 99, 574 votes polled by Ogar and 64,366 votes polled by Otti.

Otti alleged that INEC once again, breached its guidelines, adding that the results do not represent the true wishes of the people.

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He further stated that any result that does not agree with the card readers will not be accepted.

Both candidates, therefore, gave INEC the next 24 hours to cancel the election, adding that both parties are willing to present themselves when the Commission is ready to conduct a free and fair election in the state.

 

PDP’s Okezie Ikpeazu Re-Elected As Abia Governor

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of Giving

 

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Professor Damian Ozurumba, declared him as the winner of the poll after he secured 261,127 votes, more than double the 99, 574 votes his closest rival, Dr Uche Ogah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got.

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Dr Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) finished third with 64,366 votes.

Previous Govts Have Not Been Fair To South-East, Says Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has decried the poor state of infrastructure in the South-East, saying that previous governments have not been fair to the region.

In a recent interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019, the governor blamed the infrastructure deficit on the perceived abandonment of the region.

“Successive Federal Governments, this one inclusive, have not been fair to the South East. For instance, if I want to go to Aba from Port Harcourt today, it is unfortunate that I will have to go through Muangwa that would take me two and half hours, whereas it is a journey of 45 mins,” he said.

According to the governor, if the inter-states routes are rescued from their poor state, commercial activities will thrive.

He also stated that if the roads, specifically the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway are repaired, the state would collaborate with the Rivers State Government in installing street lights which he believes would reduce the activities of armed robbers who take advantage of the situation.

“Assuming somebody returns from America with his family and wants to go to Enugu, if unfortunately, he leaves Aba at 7:00 pm, in an hour 30 minutes, that person cannot make that journey alive because you will get to a point where you wouldn’t know and then you have to give a retreat.

“The hoodlums are there, people that will capture you and lay an ambush. And this is a journey of 45 mins. I would have told Governor Wike (of Rivers State) to collaborate with me so that we can do street light on that road to extend business hours,” he said.

Mr Ikpeazu also spoke on his administration’s achievement in reviving the education sector saying that the state government has built over 350 ultra-modern schools within the past three years.

Beyond that, he said the state has recorded improved performance in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) since 2015.

The governor further stated that his administration launched the school feeding programme for both teachers and pupils even before the Federal Government started the policy.

Governor Ikpeazu Dissolves Cabinet

Abia Govt. Promises Prudent Utilization Of Paris Club RefundThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the dissolution of the State Executive Council with immediate effect.

The approval was contained in a statement from the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Sir Onyii Wamah.

According to the statement, those that were excluded from the dissolution include the commissioners of justice and finance, as well as the Chief of Staff to the governor.

The Secretary to the State Government is to handover to the Head of Service, and the commissioners to their permanent secretaries.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, special advisers and assistants would also handover to the Permanent Secretary, Government House, on or before Wednesday, June 21.

Governor Ikpeazu appreciated the cabinet members and others affected and wished them well in their various endeavours.

Sports Development: Ikpeazu Promises To Support NFF

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of GivingThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has described football as big business and promised that the state will pay adequate attention to support the sector.

He said this when Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinick and officials of the NFF visited him at the Government House, Umuahia.

He expressed the hope that football in the country will witness great transformation and growth under Pinick’s administration.

Governor Ikpeazu, who said Abia is the only state that sponsors three teams, disclosed that the Nsulu Games Village will soon be open for all forms of sporting activities in the state.

He said “I have no doubt that football will begin to record giant strides and Nigeria will begin to return to her glory days and even surpass her past records,

“I want to assure the NFF President of the support of Abia state to move Nigerian football forward and I want to say that this administration is committed to pay adequate attention to the sector.

“I want you to know that Abia State has world class footballers in the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Uche Okechukwu among many other great football in the country,

“My promise to you is that the state will remain a repository of soccer stars both at the amateur and professional levels to do the country proud.”

The NFF President told journalists that the federation’s recent resolve to limit the government, corporate bodies and individuals from sponsoring more than one club in the league from next football season was in line with best international practices that would enhance the game in the country.

Abia Governor Congratulates Osinbajo On His 60th Birthday

We Hear You, Loud And Clear, Osinbajo Tells ProtestersThe State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

In a press statement issued out by the office of the Chief Press Secretary, the Governor on behalf of the great people of Abia State wishes Professor Yemi Osinbajo all round success and many more years of positive contributions to the country.

“We hope that as our Acting President gracefully grows old yearly; and as a service to God and humanity, he will continue to inspire us with his exemplary leadership and focused lifestyle.

“And as a modest and God fearing leader, it is our hope that he would continue to be an inspiration to generations.”

Abia Targets 2.5 Billion Naira As Monthly Generated Revenue

Abia Govt. Promises Prudent Utilization Of Paris Club RefundThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the state is targeting 2.5 billion Naira Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) monthly from December 2017.

He revealed this at a gathering in Umuahia where he that his government is committed to increasing revenue collection processes, block leakages and ensure rapid improvements in road infrastructure at Aba.

He added that it will serve as additional incentive for citizens and residents who pay all statutory revenue.

According to the governor, the internal revenue profile of the state when he took the mantle of leadership in the state stood at 500 million Naira, monthly and hence there is need to work hard to turn it around.

“I want you to know that the Internally Generated Revenue target for 2017 is to hit 2.5 billion Naira monthly, especially in Aba.

“And I wish to tell you that as at today, we have hit the 1 billion in Aba but this administration is not satisfied yet and is working tirelessly to reverse the trend, so that we will be able to pay salaries without waiting for allocation from the Federal Government,

“Abia State is collaborating with a private sector to develop and commercialize the large cashew plantations in Umunneochi Local Government Area with plans to establish cashew plantations across the state, and processing plants to produce cashew for consumption and export.

“Therefore, I want to encourage all Abians and those in the Diaspora to support this government by investing at home, promoting made in Aba goods/services and representing the state well at their countries of residence.

I want to urge you to contribute your quota and  taxes for government to provide the needed enablers like infrastructure, to attract investment potentials for trade and commerce to thrive .”

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of Giving

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of GivingThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on Abians and Christians to remember the teachings of Christ which command Christians to love one another.

In his Christmas message to Abians, the Governor called on Christians to pray for peace in Abia and Nigeria as the world celebrates the birth of Christ, who is the Savior of mankind.

“As Christians, we must remember the teachings of Jesus Christ which calls us to love one another and also to pray for our leaders.

It is important we see this season as an opportunity to reach out to the less privileged, the needy and also to offer help to the helpless.

As Abians and Nigerians, we need love to strengthen our relationship with one another, this is the greatest commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic Voting

 Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic VotingAbia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has advocated the use of electronic voting systems in the state for future elections.

He said this after commending the conduct of the electoral process of the local government election which took place on December 21.

Although reports from officials said there seemed to be lack of enthusiasm on the path of voters, asides other hitches, the governor believes the turnout was rather impressive because of the strategy put in place by the electoral umpire in the state.

“Some of the people you see around may have voted, it does not mean when you see them outside the polling booth attending to their businesses, that indicates that the turnout was not impressive.

“I think people are voting and going about their lawful duties, the method adopted by ABSIEC enables one to vote at his/her will and not to cluster in one place.

“I rather commend that going forward, even as we are voting, we can also attend to our legitimate businesses, and if we imbibe electronic voting system it will be better”.

The opposition candidate on the other hand, described the conduct of the election as a scam and called for the cancellation of the entire exercise because according to them, “ABSIEC did not adequately prepare to give Abians a free and fair election”.

A Chairmanship candidate, Nkemakolam Ogene, blamed the police and electoral umpire for the lapses, such as delay of electoral materials and even some voters began to lament that they had already been disenfranchised.

The police however countered the claims, stating that there were adequate security and personnel on ground but the people were foot dragging and slowing down the process.

Lamenting, Ogene said: “ABSIEC fixed a date for this election, they are supposed to be prepared, it is a shame to note that they are bringing the materials now and the time is about three o’clock and election is ending by four o’clock.

“Are we going to cast our votes in the night when our elders, are tired and have gone home, the only explanation given by the ABSIEC official for this gross misconduct is that he does not have adequate security but we were told that adequate security was made for this election and the official that is supposed to come here is saying that from the local government headquarters to the polling booth, there is no provision of security to escort the materials.

“So I am saying that the election should be cancelled and rescheduled because this is not an election”.

Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye, refuting the statement said:

“I went there personally, I was at Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA and the recordings made can testify to it.

“The people were foot dragging and signal and body language suggest that they did not want to go on with the exercise.

“I did try to talk to them that there is security; so, that version of inadequate police is not correct,” he added.

Amidst collation of results and call by the opposition to cancel the exercise, the people are anxiously waiting to see where the tides would rest.

LG Polls: Abia Gov. Meets With Inter-Party Advisory Council

okezie ikpeazu LG Polls: Abia Gov. Meets With Inter-Party Advisory CouncilThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged members of the Abia State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to join forces with his government to develop the state.

Ikpeazu made request at the Government House, Umuahia, when he received members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council.

The Governor expressed shock that IPAC has not been getting on well with the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) and promised to engage the chairman of the commission to carry them along in their activities.

Ikpeazu promised to provide subvention to all the parties involved in the December local government polls as well as encourage women to participate in the elections.

He regretted that the desperation of some politicians has adversely affected the ideals of democracy in the state.

“My view on the use of transition committee chairmen in running the local governments is that it is definitely playing a negative role in deepening democracy in the country.

“And Abia State has lost a lot in terms of experience in the last 10 years that elections have not been conducted into the councils. Therefore, the decision to embark on local government election is the right thing to do.

“As stakeholders you have a lot to contribute towards the development of the state, which will lag behind except there is peaceful coexistence.

“I appreciate this delegation for the sentiments towards the development of the state and in my capacity as your governor I promised to assist you. This is because this administration’s policy is to engage strategic and critical stakeholders from time to time,” the Governor said.

Meanwhile, the chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council, Emeka Okafor, pleaded with the Governor to prevail on the chairman of Abia State Electoral Commission to drastically reduce the fees payable by the political party aspirants to enable them participate actively in the December 17, 2016, local government elections.

He said: “We are here to identify with you, our governor on the good works you are doing in the state.

“The duty of the Inter-Party Advisory Council is to work with the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission to enthrone fairness, objectivity in the electoral process.

“We are optimistic that the desire of all Abians to ensure their votes count during the LG Polls would be a reality.”

On his part, state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Donatus Nwankpa, promised the Governor that APC in the state would ensue peace and nonviolent polls.

“Abia State is our own. All we need is credibility on the part of the electoral umpire in the conduct of the local government election.

“We thank you, Governor Ikpeazu, for the promise to urge the ABSIEC Chairman to reduce the fees payable by parties, it would go a long way to resolve a lot of issues,” he said.

Ikpeazu Promises To Revamp Educational System In Abia

students2The Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has promised to revamp the educational system in the state.

He said that “the state would soon notice a complete change and revolution in education, as government has put in place a framework to ensure that model schools spring up in the three senatorial zones”.

He made the commitment while addressing participants at the National Television Authorities (NTA) National Arts, Science and Technology competition ETV (EXPO) 2016.

Receiving the trophy won by the students in the competition, at the Government House, Umuahia, the Governor also gave cash rewards to the students as well as teachers of schools that emerged as winners.

Ikpeazu, Model Schools, Abia The schools which are located in Aba, the commercial centre of Abia State, include Dorothy International college, emerging overall best, with a cash reward of 500,000 Naira, while the first and the second runners –up, Divine College International and Victory International College, were rewarded with 300,000 and 200,000 Naira respectively.

The teachers and NTA crew were equally given 500,000 Naira each.

Governor Ikpeazu expressed joy that “Abia by the victory, has again made a statement in the educational firmament of the country”.

Furthermore, he said, “the greatest strength of the state lies in her human resources, and I think that the state can always work out her destiny.

Ikpeazu, Model Schools, Abia“I want to commend the schools, especially the college, for consistently doing the state proud and I congratulate the teachers and students for their hard work and perseverance.

“Regrettably, Nigeria as a nation has been unable to apply the fallout of research efforts, and this administration cannot afford to ignore the impact of the inventions by the students.

“This government will do everything possible to take the research by these students another step forward to see if it can be replicated commercially,” the Governor added.

Abia LGA Primaries: Ikpeazu Gives Assurance Of Free And Fair Election

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State,The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, says he will ensure a free and fair election in the local government areas’ primary election to deepen democracy and accelerate development across the state.

He gave the assurance on Thursday ahead of the election that will hold on December 17.

The Governor is optimistic that a free and fair election will spread democratic participation and dividends.

Governor Ikpeazu, who has received information on skirmishes witnessed at some locations, condemned all acts of violence and sued for peace in the forthcoming election.

He also hinted that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had structures in place for those who would feel aggrieved after the elections to appeal the outcome of the primaries.

“It is important to note that for many years the state has not conducted polls to elect officials at the third tier of government.

“Many have waited for the opportunity to put themselves up for election.

“Also, as the dominant and ruling party in Abia, the interest of aspirants to vie on the Peoples Democratic Party platform is not strange. We must maintain absolute neutrality in the contests to select Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates.

“I have not endorsed any aspirant, therefore, any claim to such endorsement is false. I will only endorse dully nominated party candidates presented by the Party. This is to ensure a level playing ground for all participants in the election.

“Therefore, I urged winners and losers to continue to conduct themselves peacefully,” he added.