Oseloka Obaze Wins Anambra PDP Governorship Ticket

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Mr Oseloka Obaze has emerged winner of the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.

Obaze, a former Secretary to the Anambra State Government, polled a total of 672 votes on Monday to defeat two other aspirants.

His closest rival, Alex Obi-Ogbolu, scored 190 votes while the third candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, polled 94 votes.

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Channels Television gathered 958 party delegates participated in the election.

Six aspirants had indicated interest to battle for the Anambra PDP governorship ticket, but three others – Stella Oduah, John Emeka and Linda Ikpeazu – dropped before the process began.

Earlier before the election, some of the aspirants alleged that the list of delegates to participate in the election had been hijacked.

They, however, called on the PDP Delegate Appeal Panel led by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Obaze won the PDP ticket 24 hours after Tony Nwoye emerged winner of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Nwoye, a member of the House of Representatives, had scored 2,146 votes to defeat his nearest rival, Senator Andy Ubah who got 931 votes.

The results were announced on Sunday by the Chief Returning Officer, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.

Eleven aspirants contested for the Anambra APC governorship ticket at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center in Awka, the state capital.

Anambra: Obiano Mandates Compulsory Adherence To Traffic Laws

Willie Obiano1It would not be business as usual for road users in Anambra State from July 1, as the State Government would commence enforcement of laws on compulsory use of crash helmet by motor cyclists, as well as seizure of vehicles that are not road worthy.

Governor Willie Obiano announced this when he paid a condolence visit to a family at Ochuche-Umuodu, in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, who lost five family members in a fatal auto crash last week.

It was a massacre of some sort of four women and one man from Okechukwu family and another from Nwadialo’s family, in an auto crash while returning from a traditional marriage ceremony of a kinsman at Ekwulumili in Nnewi South Local Government Area.

What was supposed to be a happy occasion turned sour when a construction truck rammed into them at Obodoukwu road in Okpoko, killing six people on the spot and injuring many.

The Governor, who attributed the unfortunate incident to carelessness and non-adherence to traffic laws, read the riot act to all road users.

He disclosed plans to place road signs and markings at necessary places, as part of measures to improve safety and promote sanity on roads.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Hyginus Omeje, also said that his command would actively enforce the traffic laws.

Also reacting to the development and emphasizing strict enforcement of traffic laws were the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, and the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Image Management, Paul Nwosu, who decried the carelessness that robbed them of their community members, as they were all from Ogbaru council area.

The community members appreciated the Governor’s visit and noted that his governance had remained a people oriented administration and had given them a sense of belonging by sharing their burdens with them.

The Governor was received by the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Paul Agaba.



Obiano Charges Contractors To Be Committed To Projects

Willie ObianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has told contractors that he will not sack any of them but is insisting on quality construction without which they will lose their contracts.

He said this in a meeting with all the contractors and consultants handling road and building projects in the state at the Conference Hall of the Government House, Awka.

They were summoned by the Governor to give account of how far they had gone executing the projects with a statement of when they would likely complete them.

The contractors took turns to make their presentations before the Governor, his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, and the Commissioner for Works, Calistus Ilozumba.

Reacting to the submission of the contractors and consultants, the Governor expressed satisfaction over their presentations but reminded them that his administration would not tolerate incompetence of any sort.

He made it clear that he did not call the meeting to sack any of them but would do so if he detected non-commitment to delivering quality project to the state.

Mr. Obiano also announced to them the imminent set up of a supervisory team that would ensure their projects are as specified in the contract terms before any further payments would be made to them.

The State Commissioner for Works also urged the contractors to put up the best of performance to guarantee further business dealings, while maintaining that shoddy jobs would not be entertained.

The Governor, closing the meeting, informed the contractors that they would all still meet again to agree on a date of exact delivery on the projects each one of them was handling, as the state would not be kept in suspense for a project they have fully mobilized contractors for.

Ossomala Farmers Fault Distribution Of Flood Relief Funds

floodFarmers in Ossomala, Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state have said the flood relief fund distributed by the government had little or no effect on their recovery process, as it was not properly and equitably distributed.

The 2012 flood ravaged over seven local government areas in the state but Ogbaru and Anambra West local government areas, which are water logged areas, were the worst hit.

At St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Reverend Father in-charge Chris Ossomala recalled the untold devastation of the flood which caused the destruction of properties and complained of the process of government intervention.

Also, Mrs. Omelogo Eke, a commercial cassava farmer, who produced over eight basins of cassava for sale in the local market, complained of the poor intervention from government. She said she was forced to lend money to ensure that her business did not collapse, as it was her family’s only source of livelihood. On his part, Mr. Obiorah Oranyelu, a physically challenged cassava and yam farmer commended the government for intervening at all but expressed bitterness over the way the flood relief fund was distributed, maintaining that it did not really serve the purpose it was meant for.

Although the government had said it would assist the affected communities, the farmers said their hopes were dashed and called on the government to device a better means of distribution, so the donations can get to the targeted people.

The farmers say cultivation of a hectare of land costs between fifty to sixty thousand naira. While the dissatisfaction goes on, the farmers suggested that government should distribute any relief to targeted farmers to achieve result and in his suggestion; Rev. Fr. Odimegwu said government should extend the relief to school fees to support the struggling parents.

In his reaction, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman of Flood Intervention Committee, Oseloka Obaze explained that all the money the federal government released to Anambra for the flood intervention was properly channeled.

Obi Swears-In Hand Over Committee

With forty one days to the end of the tenure of administration of Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, a composition of a thirteen man handover committee has been set up by the governor to ensure a smooth transfer of power from his administration to another.

Announcing the new development in a post executive council meeting briefing to journalists, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Joe Martins Uzodike, said the committee has a ten-point term of reference and has the Secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, as the chairman.

The Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Professor Stella Okunna, is to serve as Secretary, while other members are Dr. Nkem Okeke, the deputy governor-elect and the former Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili.

The committee has a 30-day mandate to complete its assignment.

Anambra Elections: APGA Affirms Soludo, Others Disqualification

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship Appeal Panel has reaffirmed the disqualification of the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo and five others who were disqualified by the screening panel on Friday.

The six aspirants disqualified by the party’s Governorship Screening Committee at the weekend appeared before the panel to contest their disqualification.

The panel, chaired by Chief Tony Ojielo ruled that their appeals lack merit and that the committee had no other option than to affirm their disqualification.

The six aspirants that failed the screening include, Emmanuel Nweke, Ogbuefi Tony Nnaechetta, Chinedu Francis Idigo, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, immediate past secretary to the Anambra state government, Oseloka Obaze and Prof. Soludo.

The aspirants were disqualified for not meeting some requirements of the party’s constitution ranging from non-possession of voter’s card, tax clearance, lack of evidence of sound financial muscle to unresolved issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The panel however said that seven other aspirants were successful.

The successful aspirants are Hon. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Nwogbo, Paul Odenigbo, Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Chief Willie Obiano, John Nwosu, John Okechukwu Emeka and Nwachi Patrick Obianwu.

The candidates had indicated intentions to run for the party’s ticket in the governorship election of Anambra state which will take place in 2014.

Pray for Ojukwu to rest in peace, Obi tells Nigerians

The Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, has appealed to the people of Anambra state and Nigerians to set aside November4th , for prayers of the peaceful repose of the late Igbo icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

In a press release signed by the secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, the governor made the call against the backdrop of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu’s birthday.

He added that apart from offering special prayers for the soul of the late Ikemba, the Anambra state government will mark his posthumous birthday by visiting the camps of all the displaced persons by the recent flood disaster in the state.