The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, has flagged off, the construction of a six kilometer road in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, South-east Nigeria on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The six kilometer Igwe Ileka- Eke Market- Mpia road is a sponsored project by Mrs Ekwunife as part of her quest to ensure a good road network within the communities.
She said on completion, the road would improve the inter-village communication and create access to markets.
Mrs Ekwunife urged the residents of the community to support the PDP and President Jonathan’s re-election bid for more dividends of democracy.
Residents of the community expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the road project and promised to support her and the president during the elections.
Mrs Ekwunife rounded her visit to Uke, with a chat with school students, whom she urged to tell their parents to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming general elections rescheduled to March 28 and April 11.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr Joe Martins, has prayed to God to visit anyone that masterminded the stampede that occurred at the Uke Adoration Prayer Ground with ‘vengeance’.
The stampede, which claimed at least 27 lives, occurred in the early hours of Saturday, November 2.
Mr. Martins made the prayer in response to claims that political parties turned the prayer ground to a campaign ground.
“We (members of All Progressive Grand Alliance) prayed God that if we, the governor, the national chairman and all those who are involved have in anyway contributed to this that has happened, let God visit His vengeance on us. But if not, if any other person or group of persons have through their actions masterminded this that has happened in Uke, may their families be wiped out,” he prayed during Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise.
The Ngige Campaign Organisation has described the claims by Governor Peter Obi and the APGA National Chairman, blaming it for the Anambra church stampede as an orchestrated lie.
At a meeting with journalists in Awka, the state capital, on Monday November 4, the organisation dismissed the validity of Governor Obi’s claims and also questioned his credibility in setting up an inquiry into the incident.
The statement by the organisation read, “It is rather most unfortunate that the State Governor and the APGA National Factional Chairman chose to play politics with such a national tragedy in which they were both principal actors.”
“The statement credited to the Anambra State Government that the stampede which killed over 30 persons was caused by the supporters of Dr. Chris Ngige should therefore be disregarded as a tissue of lies that it is, by the good people of Anambra State and Nigerians in general.
“One thing stands out clearly, which can never be dimmed by any desperate campaign; this tragedy could have been avoided if the APGA campaign train did not visit the Adoration Ground at such an ungodly hour to campaign for votes.”
“The Governor should not hold Senator Chris Ngige responsible for his growing unpopularity, and how the people choose to react to him whenever he appears in public.”
The Governor had in his state wide broadcast on Sunday, mentioned the presence of a group of people “located in 3 different spots who started shouting the name of a gubernatorial candidate, Dr Chris Ngige and waving the brooms of All Progressives Congress and pictures of the same candidate” when he was called by the presiding priest to speak to the people.
He also claimed that he left the crusade ground at 3:00am, local time, whereas the incident took place at 5:00am.
The Governor of Anambra State , Peter Obi, has refuted claims from some quarters that he was responsible for the stampede in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The stampede which left about 25 people dead happened in the early hours of Saturday, November 2.
In a state broadcast, the governor said that his visit to the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry crusade on Friday was on the invitation of the serving priest of the ministry, Reverend-Father Obimma.
He pointed out that he left the crusade ground at 3:00am, local time, whereas the incident took place at 5:00am. He went further to blame the supporters of the All Progressives Congress Governorship Candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship elections for the unfortunate incident.
“When I was called upon by the presiding priest after the Holy Mass to speak at about 12.15am, a group of people located in 3 different spots started shouting the name of a gubernatorial candidate, Dr Chris Ngige and waving the brooms of All Progressives Congress and pictures of the same candidate in the November 16 election.”
“It took up to 20 minutes for the presiding priest to calm them down. I was surprised that some people would turn a prayer ground into a campaign venue.”
While sympathising with the victims’ families, the Governor said that investigation into the incident had commenced.
Governor Obi was at the scene of the incident and also visited the hospital where those injured were taken to for treatment.