Archive for September, 2017

The Ogoni People and Nigeria’s Faulty Configuration

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Opinion |

The Ogoni People and Nigeria’s Faulty Configuration

Agitations for a fair and just system in Nigeria is increasingly becoming a threat to the country’s stability. This is  largely because the leadership appear to turn blind eyes to the concerns of the agitators and not see it as an opportunity to right the wrongs and set the country on the path of progress.The immediate response of the authorities had been to ignore the merits of the agitations and to deploy the military to troubled regions with the usual mandate to restore “peace”.
Peace in Nigeria means the absence of protests, peace means the people must be silent in the face of discrimination, peace means military clampdown to force people not to express themselves in ways that are against dominant interest of those in power. Peace in Nigeria is not the collective will and happiness to work together in a fair and just system.
The Nigerian system expects, for instance, the Ogoni people to be silent in the face of clearly unfair and discriminator laws which splits our country into 36 states, all of which are funded by resources from one region including the Ogoni whereas we, the Ogoni people, cannot have a state of our own” We have consistently protested against this arrangement and I am confident that a compromise will only be reached when and only when the Ogoni people will be allowed to function within Nigeria as a distinct ethnic nationality.

In Ogoni today, for us to have as common as a school, hospital or road, an Ikwerre man who sits as governor of Rivers State will have to decide. We have no right within Nigeria to set our priorities, build our own economy, set standards for the protection of our environment and make laws to improve our well being as Ogoni people.

The Ogoni story is an allegory of pre-conceived attempt to mislead the public on the true situation in Ogoniland. As an Ogoni, I can say that government is not and has not done anything regarding the pollution in Ogoni outside attempts to be smart and mislead the public about its commitment to clean Ogoni. I maintain that signing a piece of paper approving governing structures without funding the process to enable the structures to function does not amount to progress on the clean-up process.

The Nigerian government is interested in our oil but they do not care whether we are happy or not as Nigerians. They exploit our resources without concern to protect and preserve our delicate environment. We have decimated our collective heritage by allowing a third party like Shell to come into our country and violate our people’s dignity. We care not about our people in so  much as we get a portion of the proceeds from the violations. Our lawmakers, for instance, are the highest paid in the world despite the fact that our economy is no where near the top 10 in Africa in terms of standard of living. We pride ourselves of an impressive GDP but over 50percent of our people cannot eat a complete meal daily.

We encourage polluters like Shell to kill locals, destroy our environment and shamelessly use the cleanup of polluted lands for image laundering while leaving the polluters unpunished.

We make elections a war, decimating the cardinal principles of democracy while violating the professionalism of our military by allowing them to become a tool in the hands of politicians.

We grant amnesty to those who take up arms against the state while peaceful agitations like that of the Ogoni people are not rewarded. We encourage violence by rewarding it and fail to provide jobs and security to peaceful law abiding youths.

The clean up of polluted sites in Ogoniland has taken over 6 years and yet to commence since after the submission of the report by a U.N investigation team, the bogus flag-off which allowed praise singers to be all over the media has turned to be a total waste of state resources. While the flag-off which consumed millions of tax payers’ money was implemented with sufficient dispatch, the real implementation to restore the environment is still faced with bureaucratic bottlenecks.
In this emergency, Nigeria is till unable to provide safe water for the Ogoni people. Sometimes, reflecting on government’s failure to provide water for the Ogoni and the seemingly deceitful ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Integrated Waste Management Center in Bori which was launched by former environment minister, Amina Mohammed, I feel a lack of morality within the ruling class in Nigeria. – some kind of official deceit. The result is a total lack of trust in the Nigerian system to protect our people and guarantee our survival within Nigeria.
It is time to allow the Ogonis the right to decide their own future. We re-iterate our demand for self determination to manage our own affairs within the Nigerian federal republic. Self determination is a human right and the only guarantee for our survival as an indigenous community.
This underscores the need to re-structure Nigeria to accommodate and alleviate the pains of oppressed peoples like the Ogoni whose rights have been significantly violated and attempts to speak out are being suppressed using the country’s military might.
As an indigenous community, government cannot run away from allowing us the freedom to participate in Nigeria’s democracy as a distinct ethnic group. We remain strongly committed to the non-violent means to agitate for our rights which must be recovered from our oppressors through all legitimate instruments available.
Re-structuring is inevitable for Nigeria especially as more voices rise against the current discriminatory and socially unjust system. To use the words of our current president, Muhammadu Buhari, restructuring is an opportunity, “let us take it”.
The writer, Fegalo Nsuke is the Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). He wrote from Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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Uduaghan to host prominent Nigerians in Warri

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Uduaghan to host prominent Nigerians in Warri

The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli will on Saturday, confer a chieftaincy title on Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan.

The Chief Executive Officer, Webster Group of Companies, will be honoured with the title, Elema of Warri Kingdom.

A statement in Asaba, Thursday, said prominent politicians, members of the diplomatic corps, justices, serving and retired military officers as well as movers and shakers of industry, finance, the public service and the legislature would be attendance.

The statement signed by the Chairman of Delta Leaders Forum, Chief Maxwell Nkenchor commended leaders of Itsekiri communities for appreciating the achievements and contributions of Uduaghan to Nigeria.

The leaders praised Uduaghan for his loyalty, boldness and vibrancy.

“Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan has the pains of the Itsekiri nation at heart. He is making a difference in the lives of the people” the leaders said.

They lauded the Warri Monarch for contributing to the peace, unity and progress of the state.

The leaders who were full of praise for the good people of Abiugborodo in Warri North Local Government , urged Itsekiri sons and daughters not to relent in contributing to the social, political and economic development of Nigeria.

“The event will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the palace of the Olu of Warri’ the statement added.

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Mentor, Chief Clifford Ulasi: An Epitome of Christian Virtues Goes Home

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Opinion |

Mentor, Chief Clifford Ulasi: An Epitome of Christian Virtues Goes Home

By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

The news of the passage to glory of Chief Elder Clifford Nwachukwu Ndubuizu ULASI alias Nwachinaemelu came to me as a rude shock. A man I have accepted as my Pillar, benefactor and Mentor based on the great role he played both in my education and Christian life.

I came into contact with this great man of God on 16th November, 1979 (38years) ago when he led Brother Ndukwe Duru, late Elder Chikelu, late Elder Joe Onuegbu, Brother Godwin and others to witness to me about the resurrected Christ at my uncle’s house in Enugu few months after graduating from Christ King College (CKC) Onitsha. Until I gave my life to Christ after this encounter, Elder C. N. Ulasi has been a special inspiration to me and family.

A principled, a rare gem and  a man who does not give to too much talking but if he talks, he will ensure that the purpose of such talk is achieved. A workaholic, honest, trustworthy, an embodiment of christain virtues, a respecter of christain family law and father to three Angels (Chinelo, Ngozi and Princewill) all well established in their various fields and families. He was a grandfather and a great husband to one and only mother of his children, Chief Matron, Deaconess Elizabeth Ulasi

An example of a patriotic Nigerian though fought during the Nigeria/Biafra war on the side of Biafra, has done everything immediately at the end of the war to preach love, equity and peace and advocate of virile and one united Nigeria until he gave up the ghost on 2nd August, 2017 by 12am.

The impact of Elder Ulasi in my life and lives of those that cross his path need not be overemphasized as he is bound to make a positive impression in such a person’s life.

Under his tutelage, he ensured and contributed immensely towards my university education and whatever I may have achieved in this life. He was there with me during the burials of my father, mother and Senior brother. He was a source of joy and strength to me and my family.

My initial reaction when my kid sister, Mrs Ngozika Amalachukwu Offiaeli sent a text to me to convey the sad news of his death was that of shock and unbelief because it wasn’t long that I spoke with him when he assured me that he will find time to visit my family to ascertain and greet my wife who went for a surgery some months ago and for me to receive the message that he was dead is to me unacceptable and that was why I was quiet for some time in order to reassure myself that my kid sister wasn’t playing a fast trick on me.

Now that it is a fact that our father has truly gone home to meet with our God, we his children, associates and family will console ourselves with the fact that he died not necessarily a believer but died as a true soldier of Christ. In this regard, we thank God for accepting and granting his soul eternal rest.

The challenge before us is to endeavour to live out his principles and virtues. This is the only debt we owe him pending when we meet with him during the rapture not to depart from each other anymore. Elder Ulasi who died at the age of 71+ lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.

Awards, Service to God and Humanity

He has tried in his own little way to contribute his quota to the development of his community and outside his community; to that effect his community has given him two awards at different times. One was on 24th December, 1999 for his selfless service and contributions to his community Ndiakwu Otolo.

In 1977, he was ordained an Elder of the church – Christ Disciples Church by then late Bishop J.A. Elioku. As well he was ordained a Chief Elder by the present Bishop of Life Dominion Christian Assembly – Rt. Rev. E.I. Moses on 26th November, 2015.

Nnewi Christian Brethren Inc. Nigeria also honoured him with an award in appreciation for his contributions towards the propagation of the ideals of the fellowship. He equally received an award from the Board of Directors and Management of National Salvation Printing and Publishing Company for his services to God and humanity in 2011.

On Nov. 28, 2015 he was blessed with two awards. One was from Aflame College of Bishop. He was given an award of “AMBSSADOR OF PEACE” (AP). As this was going on at the Headquarters of Life Dominion Christian Assembly Akwuzu. He received information that his family Ulasi Ezeanyika Family living in Lagos had given him an Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the growth of the extended family. These were going on simultaneously at Akwuzu and Lagos.

His birth and early life

Born on 9th of February, 1946 and the 7th child of 9 siblings to late Mr. Benedict Ndubizu Ulasi and late madam Chirstiana Akuba Ulasi (Nee Umenwke) from Ezeoguine Royal family Ndiokwu Otolo Nnewi in the present Nnewi North LGA, Anambra State.

Elder Clifford Nwachukwu Ndubuizu Ulasi celebrated his 70 years birthday with his children and associates on August, 7th, 2016 at the historical and ancient city of Enugu where he has spent good number of years of his life.

Some of us never knew that will be the last public outing of this great soldier of Christ.

As much as we can’t query God over this at least we thank God that our father made Heaven which is the ultimate goal of any Christian.

He is survived by his wife, Retired Chief Nursing Officer – Deaconess Lizzy Chinyelu Ulasi, three children – Mrs Chinelo Uchenna Blossom Obiejezie, Mrs. Ngozika Amalachukwu Offiaeli and Master Princewill Okwudili Ulasi. He is blessed with seven grand children.

According to the funeral rites as announced by his family, his friends, brothers and associated gathered at his residence in Enugu on Friday 22nd, September, 2017 to offer Service of Songs in his honour to the Almighty of God. On Thursday 28th, 2017 they will also gather in another Service of Songs this time around at his home town compound, Otolo Nnewi in Anambra State while his interment will take place the next day, 29thSeptember at his compound. His funeral rites continue on Saturday and thanksgiving on 1st October, 2017 at Life Dominion Christian Assembly (LDCA) situated at Akoboezem Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State.

Adieu Father and sleep on until we meet never to part again.

Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Public Commentator and Analyst based in Port Harcourt and can be reached through ezemediaconcept2020@gmail.com 

 

 

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Amnesty Beneficiaries set to graduate from Innoson Motors Training Institute

Posted on September 26, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Amnesty Beneficiaries set to graduate from Innoson Motors Training Institute

pix4All is now set for the graduation of 200 Presidential Amnesty Programme Beneficiaries, successfully trained in Automobile Construction, Repairs and maintenance at Innoson Motors Training Institute.

The graduation of the beneficiaries which is scheduled for Friday 29th, September 2017 was made known to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Mr. Wabiye Idoniboyeobu, a media consultant to Brigadier General Paul Boroh

pix1“The training which lasted 9 months is set to produce skilled technicians in Automobile Electronics, Welding and Fabrication, Mechanical Technicians and even Painters; just pix3to mention a few” Wabiye said.

The statement also noted that over 100 actual Ex Militants are part of the training while the rest are youths from impacted communities.

Congratulations to the beneficiaries.

The Pictures below show the beneficiaries working tirelessly to meet up their target to produce an 18 seater bus and 4 X 4 pickup truck before the graduation date

Wabiye Idoniboyeobu
For BAF MEDIA

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South-South leaders chide Timi Frank, say he is mischievous

Posted on September 26, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

South-South leaders chide Timi Frank, say he is mischievous

Prominent politicians in the South-South geo-political zone on Monday came out condemning the suspended deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank and described him as evil and mischievous.

At a meeting in Yenegoa, the leaders scolded Frank for cutting a very bad image for the zone.

They called the reckless talk, unwarranted demands and disgraceful behavior of the suspended deputy national publicity secretary of the party nauseating.

The leaders, who reacted to Timi Frank’s frequent rants against Oyegun, described his recent interview as shocking and repulsive, adding that “We feel very sorry for the people who listen to the sermons of Timi Frank.”

The leaders accused Timi Frank of creating confusion, saying President Muhammadu Buhari put in his letter of resignation, mentioning ‘irreconcilable differences with the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) as his reasons for quitting.

They also listed the pulling out of the Ume-Ezeoke led ANPP from the case instituted at the presidential election tribunal challenging the declaration of President Umaru Yar’Adua by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 2007 presidential election and the involvement of the party in the controversial Government of National Unity (GNU) mounted by President Umaru Yar’adua.

“John Odigie-Oyegun did not kill ANPP. He did not drive Buhari from the party. APC is not dying. It is doing well under Odigie-Oyegun.”

They commended the national chairman of the country’s leading party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for his commitment to democracy, social justice and pluralism.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is doing his job well. The national chairman of the ruling party is making the party more inclusive. He is committed to exploring all avenues to ensure lasting peace in Kogi, Kaduna and others” the leaders said.

In a statement, the leaders praised Oyegun for maintaining internal cohesion in Nigeria’s most successful political party, saying the chairman of the ruling party had been the victim of a “vicious smear campaign” from those pursuing selfish agenda.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has a track record of success” the leaders said.

Signed by the Chairman of South-South Front, Chief John Harry, the leaders described Oyegun’s leadership style as “exceptional.”

They also commended the APC government for improving the nation’s economy, fighting corruption effectively and taking Nigeria to ‘next level.’

“APC has managed the Nigerian economy very well and made it better than it was 27months ago.”

“The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) fused into one, adopted one symbol, accepted one slogan, a common manifesto and a single constitution. APC controls the majority of the voters in the country and has government machinery at its disposal. It is projected to maintain its position as the biggest party in 2019” the leaders added.

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APC is in good health, South-South leaders reply Sagay, Secondus

Posted on September 22, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

APC is in good health, South-South leaders reply Sagay, Secondus

South-South Leaders on Friday disagreed with Prof. Itse Sagay over the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), advising him not to fuel crisis in the ruling party through wide and baseless allegations.

“APC is a success story and an example of how democracy can work. There is no confrontation between the stakeholders and the Presidency. The party is controlling the grassroots” the leaders said.

At a meeting on critical issues surrounding democracy and economic development in Nigeria, the leaders commended the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party for discouraging violence, harmonizing all contending elements to minimize crisis and promoting internal democracy through free and fair elections.

“APC has made Nigeria stand up on its feet and be counted as one of the few most respected nations on earth” the leaders said.

In a statement in Calabar, the leaders praised the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for changing the face of Nigeria politics and the nature of political discourse in the country, building a sustaining party apparatus, making the party attractive to individuals and groups and defending the electorate.

The leaders, who were angered over the state of the economy under PDP, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for leading Nigeria’s unprecedented growth, development and prosperity.

Particularly, they praised Buhari for the impressive recovery of the economy from recession and the modernization of the country’s infrastructure.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is moving Nigeria towards a higher level of sustainable prosperity” the leaders said.

Signed by the chairman of South- South Front, Chief John Harry, the leaders expressed disappointment over the incessant attack on the party by the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay.

The leaders were quick to downplay the views of the national coordinator, Freedom and Justice Movement (FJM), Dr. Breakforth Onwunbuya and Uche Secondus, former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on 2019 general election and the performance of the Buhari-led APC government, telling Nigerians to shun them.

In a major show of dissent against Sagay, Secondus and Onwunbuya, the leaders said APC was not collapsing.”

They described Oyegun as a strong and stable leader.

“The PDP is deeply wounded. It has manifestly failed. APC will take Anambra and Ekiti states off APGA and PDP. It will also win the 2019 general election” the leaders said.

“We are sticking with APC in 2019 the leaders added.

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NGO Commends Umahi for his Visionary and Astuteness in Governance

Posted on September 22, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

NGO Commends Umahi for his Visionary and Astuteness in Governance

..Congratulates the South East and Northern Governors Forums for Saving Nigeria from Civil Unrest

*Suggests ways forward for the South East Leaders

Lady Monica Eze the President and Founder of a vibrant and virile grassroots NGO, the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) has described Governor David Nweze Umahi as the King Solomon of our generation for exhibiting high level of wisdom in discharge of his duties and piloting the affairs of Ebonyi State particularly how he used his office as the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum to ensure that the plot to annihilate the Igbo race was scuttled.

Lady Monica who though is from Ebonyi State is actually born in Adamawa State truly appreciates the wisdom demonstrated by the South East Governors’ Forum in dousing the tensed environment as she knows the implication if not arrested the way Governor Umahi and his colleagues did, what this would have had on the Igbos residing in the North should the youths from the North have reacted negatively based on some of the actions of our youths in the South East during this period.

For Governor Umahi in conjunction with other Governors from the South East to have succeeded to douse the highly volatile and tensed environment by taken the actions they took surely demonstrates that the South East Governors can be trusted as true Igbo Leaders and should be accorded the required respect and honour for saving the Igbo race from annihilation and scuttling a war that would have taken us a race hundred years backward to survive.

DUNAETA Leader also congratulated the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima who played a very vital and patriotic role in collaborating and initiating several peaceful meetings to ensure that the plots of the enemies of our country did not come to pass. For the Northern Governors Forum to have sent some delegates to the SS & SE States to assure the nation of the safety and security of Igbos in the North simply show their love for one virile, vibrant, egalitarian, indissoluble and united Nigeria.

Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze Aka Ada EBONYI who also doubles as the Technical Adviser To Governor Umahi further stated that no matter the stand of any body,  these Governors have done noble in preserving the unity of our Nation and demonstrated Leadership when it matters most and therefore deserve our respect and honour.

In the Press Statement circulated on Friday in Abakaliki, the DUNAETA president admonishes members of IPOB to take another look at their style of agitation as not to jeopardise the hug investment people from the South East have made in other parts of the country and avoid any further action that will portray our region in bad light before other regions. Igbos are very respectfully and resourceful people and we will excel the more in a bigger country like Nigeria than any other enclave. Dialogue is the key and ingredient to achieve whatever we intend to achieve as a region.

Having said this, I will like to urge the Federal Government under the able leadership of our father, President Muhammad Buhari to critically and passionately look at the issues that gave birth to these agitations and address them accordingly to avoid the reoccurrence of this unwarranted situation in our polity that is capable of scuttling our fragile democracy.

It is a fact that the SE region has suffered untold neglects in areas of dwindling and decayed infrastructure. More serious efforts must be channelled to address the unmotorable roads in the South East region. The second Niger Bridge must be delivered. The region must be linked with rail lines and most importantly our teeming unemployed youths must be employed and not discriminated against any more.

Finally, the additional State due to the region must be created. We urge a powerful Team comprising of our Governors, Leadership of Ohanaze Ndi Igbo, Traditional, Religious and political leaders from the region should sit and articulate these views and meet our dear President over them as a matter of urgency to show that the our region is not truly targeted to be under developed and motivate our youths never to rise up again against their Nation.As I commend and congratulate my able Governor for demonstrating to the entire world that Ebonyi State has the very potential to show the light to our Nation, let me conclude by urging the Ebonyi Youths to unite and see the Umahi’s administration as their own and in that regard Strategies to ensure the success of Engr David Nweze Umahi re-election bid come 2019 as it will be difficult to get any other youth friendly government like that of the Umahi’s administration.

Gov. Umahi has proved without any doubt that he is a divine tool to reinvigorate and reposition Ebonyi State as one of the greatest States in Nigeria so the need for us the youths to unite behind him not be overemphasised.

Signed,

Monica Ada Chidinma Eze,

President DUNAETA & TA On Media to Gov. Umahi

 

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Walk for Wike Season 2

Posted on September 6, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Walk for Wike Season 2

Our Choice of Wike Is Divine – Bro. Obuah

…..Says Party Is Proud Of Rivers’ Youths, D-Source Connect Group

The Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah has commended the youths of the State for embarking on a 4-kilometer walk in appreciation of Governor Wike’s wonderful performance tagged ‘Walk 4 Wike Season 2’, held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Bro. Obuah in a statement in Port Harcourt showered gratitude to the youths who turned out in their thousands to acknowledge the laudable achievements of Governor Wike in just two years in office and walked from Pleasure Park through the length of Aba Road and terminated at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He praised them for their sense of patriotism, stressing that the landmark event has vindicated the PDP in the choice of Governor Wike as its standard bearer in the 2015 Governorship Election.

Bro. Obuah disclosed that as a party whose principles and actions are anchored on faith in God, the PDP prayerfully chose Governor Nyesom Wike in 2015 as the party’s Governorship Candidate, having the conviction that he was the divine choice to steer the ship of the State.

“We are eternally grateful to the Almighty God who gave us the inspiration and wisdom to make the choice.  It was a choice divinely approved and the people of the State have by this historic march lent credence to the fact that Wike was God-sent to Rivers people”, the State PDP Chairman declared.

Bro. Obuah while commending D-Source Connect Group for packaging the event, also commended the youths for their huge turnout to identify with the good works of Governor Wike  and expressed confidence that such show of appreciation would inspire the Governor to do even more for the people.

He said the event would remain indelible in the annals of the party and State, charging them to keep up the tempo by giving more support to the Governor as he strives to make life better for the people.

 

 

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South-East leaders back Nwoye, reject Obiano, Obaze, others

Posted on September 6, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

South-East leaders back Nwoye, reject Obiano, Obaze, others

South-East leaders on Wednesday defended the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, praising him for turning the gloom and despondency that engulfed the country in 2015 into a vibrant hope.

They also commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for holding the ruling party together.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is intellectually sound, results-driven and humble. He is an asset to the country’s democratic process” the leaders said.

Rising from a meeting in Awka, the leaders commended President Buhari for advancing the interests of the Nigerian people through the processes of governance.

Reading from a prepared text on behalf of the leaders, Chairman of South-East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAF), Chief Maxwell Okoye said the leaders praised Buhari for pursuing policies aimed at improving the livelihood of the people and repositioning Nigeria for good.

The leaders who looked at the outcome of government efforts in dealing with challenges inherited said when APC assumed power in 2015, the country was engulfed in an atmosphere of gloom and despondency.

“The economy was in complete shambles. Today, the economy is on the upward curve signifying the commencement of an era of sustained economic growth. The reforms have produced encouraging results” the leaders said.

Pushing for a second term for Buhari, the leaders commended the ruling party for articulating a clear, compelling and attainable vision for the people, restoring harmony and confidence in a nation that was badly fractured as a result of bad leadership and the activities of terrorists and religious extremists.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is healthy. He has restored the sheen of the presidency”.

The leaders also praised Oyegun for leading the ruling party with adeptness, advancing ideas on how to tackle various challenges facing Nigeria, supporting the fight against corruption and impunity and increasing the electoral support and popularity of the party in the country.

“APC is a model of transparency and accountability. It does not have a policy of use and abandon. There is no split in the National Working Committee. Oyegun is promoting peace, creating space for the young and managing issues in the party well” the leaders said.

They urged those nursing presidential ambition in APC to put Nigeria ahead of their personal ambitions.

The leaders also extolled the leadership qualities and proven records of service of APC gubernatorial candidate in Anambra State, Dr. Tony Nwoye, urging the good people of the state to reject Chief Willie Obiano , Mr. Oseloka Obaze , Mr. Godwin Ezeemo , Chief Osita Chidoka , Mrs. Oby Okafor, Mr. Henry Ikechukwu Onuorah and others in the November governorship election.

“The APC primary in Anambra State was credible and transparent” the leaders said.

They commended the national leadership of the party for allowing the delegates to choose the party’s flag-bearer without interference.

“What is at stake in Anambra is to support the right person who will bring about overall development in the state. Tony Nwoye will chart the right course and provide a clear focus for where the people and the state want to be and how to get there. The Anambra State APC primary was conducted in a free, fair and transparent fashion. It was not rigged. Nwoye won the hearts of the delegates. APC will win the November 18 governorship election” the leaders said.”

They also urged Andy Uba, George Moghalu, Chukwuma Paul, Madu Nonso,  Nwibe Bart, Nwike Patrick, Obidigbo Chike, Okonwko D, Onunkwo Johnbosco, Uchegbu Adaobi, and Uzoh Obinna to work with the stakeholders in the interest of the party.

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