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Court Throws Out FG’s Application To Extradite Abba Kyari To US

A Federal High Court in Abuja has thrown out a suit by the Federal Government to extradite the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to the United States of America.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Inyang Ekwo struck out the suit filed by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on the ground that the application is incompetent, lacked merit, and was instituted in bad faith.

Justice Ekwo insisted that the current administration has no basis to file the extradition request having commenced trial in a case filed against the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The Federal Government filed the extradition charges against Kyari to pave way for his extradition to the US to answer fraud allegations.

 

Abba Kyari.
Kyari in court

 

Kyari is wanted in the United States over alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.

On April 29, 2021, a grand jury filed an indictment against Kyari with the approval of the US district court for the Central District of California, after which a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In July 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari in a $1.1 million fraud involving an Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi.

A month later, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, received the report of a panel set up to probe the allegation against the officer.

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‘An Attempt To Capture INEC’: Itodo Asks Senate To Reject Buhari’s Nominees

Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, on Monday faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominations for Residential Electoral Commissioners.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Itodo said the nominations were an attempt to capture the Independent National Electoral Commission for political gain ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“Nigerians need to know that there is an attempt to capture INEC,” he said. “And this is not the first time. It started with an attempt to appoint Lauretta Onochie.”

In July, Buhari had asked the senate to confirm 19 nominees as INEC RECs.

According to Itodo, some of those nominated by President Buhari have partisan leanings.

 

“We are 179 days to the elections; RECs have not been confirmed. And you’ve now appointed people who have partisan leanings,” he added.

“The Senate needs to rise the occasion by rejecting these nominees and ask the President to re-nominate. It (the nominations) is an aberration of the constitution.”

He said the nominees would undermine INEC’s capacity to resist those who intend to circumvent the electoral process in 2023.

Earlier a coalition of CSOs, including Itodo’s YIAGA Africa, had formally rejected the nominees.

“Some of the nominees of the President fail the constitutional test of non-partisanship and unquestionable integrity,” the CSOs said in a statement.

“Evidence abounds that some of the nominees are either partisan, politically aligned, or previously indicted for corruption.

“To mention a few, Prof. Muhammad Lawal Bashir from Sokoto was a Governorship aspirant under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections cycle.

“Mrs. Sylvia Uchenna Agu, the nominee for Enugu state, is believed to be the younger sister of the APC Deputy National Chairman, Southeast,” the statement reads.

“The nominee for Imo State, Mrs. Pauline Onyeka Ugochi, a former Head of ICT at INEC in Imo state, gained notoriety for alleged corruption and connivance with politicians to undermine elections.

“Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Agwu, a former Accountant-General of the Ebonyi, was suspended allegedly on the grounds of incompetence and corruption in 2016.

“We contend that the appointment of these individuals as RECs will significantly undermine the neutrality and impartiality of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and it will increase mistrust in INEC and Nigeria’s electoral process.

“By the combined effect of Section 156 (1)(a) and Third Schedule, Part 1, Item F, paragraph 14 (1), these individuals are constitutionally prohibited from any appointment as members of INEC.”

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Abia at 31: Hope Is On The Way

The Bond Ohuche Campaign Organisation and the governoship candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Chief Bond Ohuche, felicitate with all Abians on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the creation of our dear state.

 

It is significant because it offers us another opportunity for stock taking on the journey thus far. On this occasion, we have consciously chosen to roll out the drums in celebration.

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We are celebrating not because all is going well with our dear state, but because hope is coming. We are celebrating because our traducers; those who delibrately rendered our state comatose and made it a laughing stock in the comity of states, will be retired from their serial mischief, come 2023.

 

Our hope bouyed by the visible signs in the horizon that Abians are now wise to the antics of those who connived and conspired to keep us down all these years.

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We are optimistic because Abians have keyed into the voters revolution sweeping across the country. With our PVCs and enabled by the amended Electoral Act 2022, we are rock confident that the hour of liberation has come.

 

We call on all Abians to #bondtogether with Chief Bond Ohuche and the African Action Congress, in the sacred mission to rescue Abia and once more return her to her ordained place as God’s Own State.

 

Abia under Chief Bond Ohuche, will witness remarkable progress in security of lives and property, medicare/medicaid, infrastructural development, education, welfare of workers and senior citizens (through prompt and regular payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities ) and accelerated provision of business opportunities through micro credits for SMEs. Abia will witness a boom in agriculture, power generation and distribution, employment opportunities for our teeming youths and development of the tourism potentials of the state.

 

We shall rejoice soon as the reign of evil will be retired permanently. Let us #bondtogether to birth the new Abia.
Our PVC is our power. Let us use it wisely. Our salvation is in our hands.

 

A new Abia is possible.
Let’s make it happen!!!

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www.bondohuche.com

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Ogoni Killings: Rt. Hon. Dekor Sues For Peace, Visits Victims’ Families

…We Won’t Bury Our Dead Headless – Bua Yeghe Monarch

 

As condemnations continue to greet the gruesome murder of two natives of Bua Yeghe Community in Khana Local Government Area last Monday, the lawmaker representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor has described the killings as despicable and wicked.

Dekor who was speaking when he paid a condolence visit to the paramount ruler of Bua Yeghe Community, Mene Barinaadaa Gbarane at the Bua Yeghe Community Hall on Saturday, vowed that security agencies would do everything within their powers to hunt down the killers and bring them to justice.

The federal lawmaker, who was accompanied by top party and government officials including the Khana Council Chairman, Dr. Thomas Bariere, member representing Gokana Constituency at the State Assembly, Hon. Dumle Maol, Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects Evaluation, Hon. Austin Sor, as well as the Divisional Police Officers of Bori and Kpor Divisions respectively, particularly decried the beheading of one of the victims, an act he described as barbaric and a sacrilege, noting that such act is alien to the Ogoni.

Rt. Hon. Dekor and his team went on to observe a minute silence for the two victims identified as Josiah Burabe Piabari, head of Boys Brigade in Bua Yeghe, and Leiga Gbarawi.

“We are here because we owe you the peace. We will get to the bottom of this, so let’s allow security agencies do their work. But be rest assured that the perpetrators will be brought to book”, he said.

While urging the DPOs present at the event to launch full scale investigation into the killings, Dekor who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Host Communities, also requested that those who allegedly went on air to talk about the killings should be invited for questioning.

He also charged the leadership of the youths in the area to maintain the peace, and avoid reprisal attacks, as security agencies are on top of the situation.

The team later visited the homes of the victims where Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor commiserated with the wives and children left behind.

It was emotion laden at the home of the late Josiah Piagbari as his widow, Barisua and her five kids cried uncontrollably, narrating to Dekor in Ogoni language, how her husband was killed and beheaded by people suspected to come from neighbouring Ue-Gwere Community.

Consoling the distraught woman, the lawmaker donated an undisclosed sum of money, but announced a monthly allowance of N100,000 for the upkeep of her children which will take effect from the end of August, 2022.

The team also visited the home of late second victim, Leiga Gbarawi where Rt. Hon. Dekor repeated the gesture.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Dr. Thomas Bariere said the Council was deeply saddened by the killings and also vowed not to rest until the perpetrators were apprehended.

He said the Council would not be deterred by the act which he said was the handiwork of the enemies of the people, stressing that peace has come to stay in Khana LGA.

“Let me start by saying that I join voice with the Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor, people of Bua Yeghe Community and entire Ogoni to condole with the family that just lost two very important personalities.

“The murder is needless, senseless, and we condemn it completely. As a government, we have been doing everything within our powers to ensure we bring peace.

“But as you can see, no matter how hard you try, there are just some persons that just would not give peace a chance. And so, I stand here today, to assure the people of Bua Yeghe Community and the entire Ogoni that I will continue to work with my colleague, the Chairman of Gokana Local Government Area, to ensure that those responsible for this gruesome murder are brought to book.

“That is the only way we can give assurance to the people that we are concerned about their safety and security. And that’s what we shall continue to do”, he said.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Paramount Ruler of Bua Yeghe Community, Mene Barinaadaa Gbarane pledged that his community would continue to maintain the peace despite provocation.

A visibly angry Gbarane who also pointed accusing fingers at Uegwere Community for the killings, said it is unfortunate that an Ogoni would behead a fellow Ogoni.

“They should stop provoking Yeghe by talking on the radio. If they are not responsible for the killings, why would they rush to the radio and making provocative statements”, he queried.

“We demand that the head of the killed graduate should be returned to us for proper burial. We are not going to bury his body without head”, he declared.

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Orji Uzor Kalu vows to ‘deploy military, bomb in Abia’

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu has vowed to deploy military forces and bomb on kidnappers in Abia state.

 

Kalu, who made this vow during his visit to Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state on

He said, “What is happening in Abia is not acceptable to me. We will comb the bush in Umunneochi Local Government Area; we will comb the bush in Ohafia Local Government Area, and we will comb the bush in Arochukwu and Bende Local Government Areas.”

Kalu noted that there is the need for security agencies to destroy camps of criminals operating in the state.

He said, “I am warning everybody, do not allow your children to live in the bush. Anything they (military) see in the bush, they will destroy.”

Kalu, who said the raid would resume in November, did not give further details on the specific time.

He said, “We will come with the Nigerian Airforce. We will come with the Nigerian Army. We will come with everybody.”

Kalu decried the impact of the sit-at-home order in the South-East which is enforced every Monday by the outlawed Indigenous People Biafra.

He said, “We want peace here. We want our businesses to continue. The Igbos are losing N25 billion each day they close their businesses. And they cannot continue. I wish I am still the governor of Abia State, but I am not the governor.”

The lawmaker said he would hold a meeting with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia next week “to reposition the state and cooperate with the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

Kalu, who noted that he made the move in the interest of the Igbos, said, “President (Muhammadu) Buhari will surprise you people in the next four months. Warn your children to leave the bush, because we will comb the bushes,” the Senator told his constituents.

“Anything we see in the bush, we will kill because we have disturbed the president so much that there is insecurity (in the South-east). The aircraft will come here. It will be a surprise raid. So, people living in the bushes should leave. All parts of Abia, we will comb it,” he added.

Recall that Abia State has come under high criminal abduction and attacks lately, particularly in Umunneochi, with several people, including clerics abducted by gunmen.

In July, gunmen abducted several passengers along the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway between Leru and Ihube Communities of the council area in the state.Saturday promised to “comb” bushes in Abia State and “kill” perpetrators of insecurity in the state.

The former governor of Abia made the gesture in a video clip posted on his Facebook page following a ward assessment tour of his Abia North Senatorial District.

Kalu expressed optimism that insecurity in the state will end when security agencies comb bushes within the next four months.

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2023 election results will be collated manually –INEC Kindly share this story:

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the collation of results of the 2023 general elections will be done manually despite the adoption of electronic transmission of results.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stressed that the commission would transmit results from polling units to its result-viewing portal, IReV, as witnessed in recent elections, but that the Electoral Act was clear on how collation should be done.

Okoye said in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, “There is a marked difference between the transfer/transmission of results and the collation of results. Section 50(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022 gives the commission the absolute discretion to determine the mode and procedure of voting in an election and the transmission of election results.

“Sections 60 and 62 of the Electoral Act govern post-election procedure and collation of election results. Section 60(1) of the Act provides that the presiding officer shall, after counting the votes at a polling unit, enter the votes scored by each candidate in a form to be prescribed by the commission.

“Section 60(5) of the Act makes it mandatory that the presiding officer shall transfer the results, including total number of accredited voters and the results of the ballot in a manner prescribed by the commission. Thereafter, the presiding officer shall after recording and announcing the results deliver the same along with election materials under security and accompanied by the candidates or their polling agents, where available to such person as may be prescribed by the commission.

“The implication of this is that the collation process of results is still essentially manual, but the collation officer must collate subject to his verification and confirmation that the number of accredited voters stated on the collated result are correct and consistent with the number of accredited voters recorded and transmitted directly from polling units.”

He explained that while the collation of results would “essentially” be done manually, where there was a dispute regarding a collated result or the result from any polling unit, the collation or returning officer would use the original of the disputed collated result, accreditation data from the BVAS device and the results transmitted directly from the polling unit to determine the correctness of the result.

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Huge Resources Channelled into wasteful, Misguided Presidential Ambitions Would Have Turned Rivers State Into Dubai…Group.

 

A group the Rivers Conscience Initiative, RCI, has dusclised that if all the huge resources wasted by successive governors of Rivers on misguided Presidential Ambitions were expended on the development of the state, Rivers state would have been in the league of tourist heavens like Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

The group revealed this in a communique issued at the end of a one day,open forum, hosted by the group in Port Harcourt.

The group noted that, “Today, we are confronted by collapse of all the industries and public facilities built during the Diete-Spiff era. In comparison, Rivers state cannot match states like Lagos in revenue and basic opportunities, despite the abundant human and huge material resources available to successive governments”

The RCI disclosed that, ” the founding fathers of Rivers State were able to ensure the rapid development of the state. Work force development was a cardinal trust of the government and this was done through scholarships, bursaries etc. Industrialization was fervently pursued, to create jobs for the youths and to generate revenue for the state. Our founding fathers embraced purposeful governance”.

The open forum resolved among others that, “it is time to come together and chart a new course for the future. It is time to speak to the conscience of Rivers people”.

The Rivers Conscience Initiative equally insited that,”A long-term development plan is vital to the development of Rivers state, and it must be passed into law to guide future administrations. This will end the era of impunity and extreme discretion applied by governors in the past”.

 

The Communique is reproduced below;

 

Communique     of the Rivers Conscience Initiative (RCI) Maiden  Open Forum

 

Introduction

On Thursday 18th of August 2023, concerned stakeholders, human rights advocates, media practitioners and social activists from across the state met in Port Harcourt at an open forum organized by the Rivers Conscience Initiative, to deliberate on issues affecting political representation in Rivers State and the impact on lives of indigenes and residents.

Reflecting on the past, the forum noted that the founding fathers of Rivers State were able to ensure the rapid development of the state. Work force development was a cardinal trust of the government and this was done through scholarships, bursaries etc. Industrialization was fervently pursued, to create jobs for the youths and to generate revenue for the state. Our founding fathers embraced purposeful governance.

Today, we are confronted by collapse of all the industries and public facilities built during the Diete-Spiff era. In comparison, Rivers state cannot match states like Lagos in revenue and basic opportunities, despite the abundant human and huge material resources available to successive governments.

If the huge resources channeled towards misguided presidential ambitions of the past governors was invested to develop Rivers State, our dear state could have been on a similar pedestal with Dubai or Singapore.

The forum observed that the state is confronted with an absurd perpetual injunction that restrains anti-corruption agencies from investigating or probing suspicious finances and accounts of Rivers State. The forum also noted that the wrong things bedeviling the state is traceable to 1999; and these have gradually become the new norm. Every governor since then has transformed to a maximum ruler after getting into office.

The gathering strongly condemned the strange culture of silence that has enveloped the state, especially since 1999.

Resolution

The forum resolved that it is time to come together and chart a new course for the future. It is time to speak to the conscience of Rivers people

A long-term development plan is vital to the development of Rivers state, and it must be passed into law to guide future administrations. This will end the era of impunity and extreme discretion applied by governors in the past.

The forum believes that the State House of Assembly constitutes a gathering of costumed actors pretending to be lawmakers. It called for a legislature that truly represent the people, and exercises the constitutional role of oversighting the executive.

The forum observed that some political parties have foisted persons of questionable reputation on the state as governorship candidates. The forum urges the electorate to reject candidates implicated in financial corruption or criminal deeds by anti-corruption agencies or courts of law. It advised affected candidates to clear their names immediately, through legal or appropriate channels before the campaigns begin.

Finally, the forum admonished stakeholders against complacency and indifference to public issues. It urged everyone to speak up on matters that affect the governance of the state.

Signed. Dagogo Ezekiel-Hart
Spokesperson, RCI

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Thugs, Cultists Disrupt Pro Atiku Meeting in Ogoni, Rivers State.

Reports reaching our news desk indicate that thugs and cultists allegedly recruited by a serving Local Government Chairman in Rivers State invaded the venue of a Meeting of National Mandate Group In Bori, the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area and disrupted the meeting.

 

According to a report, posted on Facebook by Perfect LetamBari, who wrote from Bori, and dated (21/8/22), “A meeting of the National Mandate Group , an organization registered in nigeria to promote good governance and promoting the Presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was Disrupted on Sunday 21st August 2022 in Bori by thugs and cultist associated with the Khana Local Government Chairman Dr Thomas Bariere”.

The report stated that, “The meeting which started about 2pm on Sunday, was Disrupted by a group of thugs and known cultist led by the Khana LGA PDP Chairman Mr Lenebari Inaania who invaded the venue of the meeting at about 3pm. The Party Chairman said that he was directed by the Council Boss to stop us from holding the meeting. That the agenda for the meeting ,” mobilising the grassroots for Atiku is offensive to the leadership of the party in the state.

It is extremely shameful that a meeting that was held in a private facility belonging to the Distinguished Senator Lee Maeba, located opposite the Divisional Police Station in Bori with the DSS office , and Chairman’s Lodge adjacent to it can be described as hideout for criminals.

The convener of the meeting a former Commissioner for Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment Dr Leloonu Nwibubasa and Spokesman of National Mandate Group in Rivers State is a member of PDP, a medical Practitioner and an Entrepreneur per excellence. We have also been informed on good authority that Dr Nwibubasa may be declared wanted and his private medical facility sealed up for convening a meeting to mobilize support for The PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

The property used for the meeting belonging to Senator Lee Maeba Diabetic Foundation had also been marked for demolition.

It is important that all men of good conscience must rise to stop the anarchy that is being brewed by Governor Nyesom Wike in Rivers State” .

 

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Group Petitions IGP Over Planned Protest in Ekpeyeland.

A human rights group,the Civil Liberties Organisation has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, over plans by a group of illegal refinery operators to stage a protest against the onslaught on illegal refining activities in the area.

According to a petition fowarded to CLO by a civic group, Ekpeye Environmental Concern (EEC), the illegal refinery operators have concluded plans with the President of Ekpeye Youth Congress, EYC, to stage a protest against the ongoing onslaught by a pipeline surveillance contractor for a multinational in the area.

According to the CLO, “reliable information reaching based on the petition to us Ekpeye Environmental Concern, has revealed that the President Ekpeye Youth Congress, has been holding meetings with illegal oil bunkerers and refiners in the area, sabotaging the efforts of the Rivers state government in checking environmental polution and the menace of black soot that has hieghtened the health hazards in state”.

According to the CLO, in a statement signed by the South South Zonal Chairman of the Organisation, Karl Chinedu, “We are calling on the Inspector General of Police and President Mohammadu Buhari to take note of the nefarious activities of the illegal refiners and their cohorts in the Ekpeye Youth Congress, who are promoting oil theft and encouraging economic sabotage in Ekpeyeland, in the guise of stagingba protest. We are reliably informed that the EYC president has been recruiting youths to demonstrate against the stoppage of illegal refining activities in the area”.

“It is most absurd that the purported reason for this planned protest is that the surveillance contractor is not from the area and therefore is in violation of the Local Content Law”, the CLO said.

Continuing, the CLO said that, “Under the Local Content Law, any Nigerian is qualified to bid for and execute for any contract within Nigerian territory. It is therefore funny that any Nigerian will hide under the local content Law to perpetrate any illegal act.

The CLO therefore urged the Inspector General of Police to urgently investigate the activities of the illegal refinery operators and their enablers in the Ekpeye Youth Congress, as it might lead to a breach of the public peace.

Recall that the Rivers state government recently launched a massive campaign against the activities of the illegal refiners, following the public outcry against the black soot that caused serious health hazards in the State.

Equally the Federal Government has been engaged in a relentless war against the illegal refiners and oil bunkerers, who are classified as economic sabotage.

 

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•Abia 2023: Ukwa/ Ngwa APC Adopts Ikechi Emenike as Sole Candidate.

The quest by High Chief Ikechi Emenike to become the governor of Abia State in 2023 received a major boost on Sunday, August 14, 2022, as the people of Ukwa/Ngwa unanimously endorsed him as their sole consensus governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections.

The endorsement was announced by Ukwa/Ngwa APC caucus from across the nine local government areas that make up Aba Division during a meeting at the country home of Chief Emenike who used the opportunity to unveil the Director-General of his campaign organization ahead of the commencement of full swing campaigns next month.

Aside from endorsing Emenike, the governorship candidate of APC in Abia, the Ukwa/Ngwa APC leaders assured that they would embark on aggressive mobilization of people of the zone across party lines to vote for the party’s standard bearer in the 2023 governorship poll.

APC National Welfare Secretary, Barr. Friday Nwosu, a two- governorship contender in Abia, who led other party leaders of Aba Division to the Sunday meeting held at Emenike’s country home in Umuahia, said the people were desirous of enthroning a government that would sanitise Abia which, he said, was in a state of decay.

A communiqué containing the endorsement under the auspices of APC Stakeholders Forum, Aba Division, during its meeting held at Nwosu’s house in Mgboko Umuoria of Obingwa local government area on Saturday, August 13, 2023, explained that the people came to the decision after fully considering and appraising the political developments in Abia APC.

The three-point communiqué reads: “The entire members of APC in Aba Division comprising the seven local government areas of Ngwa land and the two local government areas of Ukwa land hereby endorse and adopt High Chief Ikechi Emenike as our consensus Governorship Candidate for Abia State in the 2023 general elections.

“The Forum further unanimously adopts whosoever High Chief Ikechi Emenike shall in his wisdom choose as his Deputy Governorship Candidate from Ukwa land of Aba Division of Abia State for the 2023 general elections.

“The Forum shall aggressively mobilise APC members and non-members in Aba Zone to enhance the victory of High Chief Ikechi Emenike as the Governor of Abia State in the 2023 general election.”

The communiqués was signed by Nwosu, members of the State Working Committee of Abia APC from Abia Division, including Mrs C.C Erondu, (State Women Leader), Engr. Solomon Alozie, State Auditor), Sir Justice Onwumelu (Zonal Chairman,Abia South); Barr. Nnadozie Okpokiri (House of Representatives Candidate, Ukwa East/Ukwa East Federal Constituency), Hon. Nnamdi Chidiebere (House of Representatives Candidate, Obingwa/Ugwunagbo/Osisioma Federal Constituency), all the nine local government party chairmen and other stakeholders.

Addressing the meeting which had in attendance APC State Working Committee members, National and State House of Assembly candidates of the party, among others, Nwosu explained that the Forum took the step because it was “committed to seeing to it” that Emenike becomes the Governor of Abia State.

He said that many support groups and structures have keyed into the project, adding, “we are not going back. We will use our flesh, our blood, our sweat to get this thing done,” insisting that all hands must be on deck to realize the goal of making Emenike governor in 2023 to rescue the state.

“Abia is bleeding, Abia is in a state of decay, the state of Abia State is a natural dust bin and we cannot continue to behave as if it is good, it is not good. We are not just coming back from somewhere, we have been here since 1999 and we know the people who have kept us in a state of disrepair, in a state of decadence and decay. We have to reject them,” he said.

Describing Emenike as a strict disciplinarian, who has not committed any fraud, Nwosu noted that if Emenike emerges governor, “everything will be in accordance with decent society.”

“Let us work together and install somebody who when he is there, they will know that we have put up somebody that will administer and recover the resources of the state. May we know that we are in a state of revolution. Revolution is not for you to carry gun, revolution is for you to say no, this thing going on badly for long is not our tradition, we have to change it,” he said.

Responding, Emenike, thanked the people for taking the bold step, saying, “I thank you for your steadfastness and I thank you for your faith that Abia should and can be better and would be better in Jesus Name. This is the great foundation for the new Abia and after today, there is no going back until we get to Government House, rescue this state and develop it to the glory of God and benefit of all Abians.”

While unveiling Chief Uche Ogboso as the Director-General of his campaign organization, Emenike described the former Ohafia Local Government Executive Chairman and a former Commissioner who was also the first Chief Whip of Abia State House of Assembly, as an educated man; an astute businessman, and a veteran, decent politician who would add value to his governorship project.

He appealed to all to accord the DG all the necessary cooperation “so that we can achieve victory.”

In his acceptance speech, the DG thanked Emenike for choosing him to help in the task of bringing about the new Abia, adding that he would adopt innovations and team work in driving the campaign.

“I don’t know it all, but God in heaven, at a time, makes things happen. I am happy that all of us present here, including my humble self, have been chosen by God, at this time. I am going to work with everybody. I am going to consult extensively, and I am going to accept advice that are necessary for this job to be done,” Ogboso promised.

 

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