The deputy governor of Ebonyi state, Kelechi Igwe has stated that his principal, David Umahi must contest for president in the 2023 general elections.
This statement was made on Tuesday by the deputy governor when he led members of the state executive council on a visit to Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, in his hometown at Uburu, Ohaozara local government area (LGA).
Umahi defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November, citing “injustice”.
Although there had been speculations that Umahi defected over plans to contest the presidency if the ticket is zoned to the south-east, the Ebonyi governor denied that his decision was based on the 2023 presidential election.
“Why am I moving to APC? Some people said I was promised this and that but I tell you, there is no such discussion. APC never promised me any position, they never promised south-east any position. There was no such discussion. However, I offered this movement as a protest to the injustice being done to south-east by the PDP since 1998 till date, Umahi had stated.
Following the defection of Dave Umahi, there was disquiet within the PDP as the state caucus of the national assembly distanced itself from the action.
Igwe, who thanked the governor for his support and encouragement, said the council members will maintain their loyalty to his administration.
“This particular visit is unique because it is the first time since our participation in government that we are determining as a people to change the political gear,” NAN quoted Igwe as saying.
“When you announced that it was time to move on, a lot of us were foot-dragging, wanting to make consultations but at the end, decided to move with you. I must confess that some of us didn’t like the APC but decided to join it because of you. So, we are declaring that you must contest the 2023 presidential election.”
In his remarks, the governor tasked the council to remain steadfast in their support for the All Progressive Congress (APC), adding that the party provides a platform for the Igbo people to evaluate themselves properly.
“When you are here and there, they will not take you seriously. People feel they can wake up and stab others at the back, forgetting that things do not work that way and people have different destinies,” he said.
“Count all those who betrayed us since 2015 and you will discover that they have never found their feet. People want to attempt what others have done and succeeded but God has brought all of us to decide their fate.”
No Bench Warrant against NDDC Interim Administrator – Senator Nwaoboshi
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Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has refuted reports that the Senate issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.
Senator Nwaboshi, who was speaking during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee at the new NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, described the reports as untrue, saying that he was reliably informed that no such order was issued.
“The Interim Administrator has been reaching out, communicating and discussing with the Senate,” he stated, adding: “He opened discussions with us. We are happy that he accepted that there is need for cooperation and collaboration for Niger Delta to move forward.”
The Senate Committee chairman, however, disclosed that the Senate was still investigating the issues connected with the NDDC COVID-19 palliative funds, adding: “We are aware that the NDDC Interim Administrator was not part of the NDDC leadership team at the time.”
He stated that the NDDC boss was appointed Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission in August, 2020, “a month after the National Assembly began probing the matter. He was not a party to any of the transactions on the palliatives.”
Sen. Nwaoboshi also expressed delight over the completion of the NDDC permanent headquarters, noting that the Committee had appropriated N16 billion for the completion of the headquarters building.
He stated: “We are happy to sit at the headquarters today. We have come to see how the money has been used in executing the project. We want to know whether the money has been well uilitised. And I want to state that we are happy with what we have seen. The money has been well utilised.”
Welcoming members of the Senate Committee, to the NDDC permanent headquarters, Mr. Akwa commended the Committee for their unflinching support for the NDDC, noting that the support was critical for the development and progress of the Niger Delta region.
Akwa said: “For about a year we had misunderstanding with some members of the National Assembly. The members are noble men and they had to bend backwards to bury the hatchet in the interest of the region. When I went to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to defend the 2020 budget, they cooperated with us. I assured them that we will insist on doing the right thing at the NDDC.”
The Interim Administrator later took members of the Senate Committee on a tour of the newly completed headquarters complex.
Graphic Pics: Port Harcourt Councillor stabs vigilante on the penis
The outgoing councillor of ward 17 in the Port Harcourt City Council , Chigozie Woka has allegedly stabbed the leader of the vigilante in Okwuzu street by Ilabuchi street in Mile One Diobu, Mr. Isaac Ikechukwu Ohaukwu who is popularly known as Grade A1 on his manhood after some verbal exchanges regarding the struggle over councillorship ticket for the ward.
According to a report from Ayo Odungweru, a Correspondent with Wave FM, “the councillor was boasting to the member of the vigilante that his boss, the Mayor of Port Harcourt has given him returning ticket to run for the April 17 local Government election before him and his boys allegedly stabbed the victim on his manhood”.
When reached on phone, the victim, Mr. Isaac Ikeachukwu said the councillor is always using his boy to terrorizes his area of jurisdiction.
He said the incident happened around 9pm yesterday (Friday) night along Anozie street when he (victim) was coming back, the suspect (councillor) called him and asked him why he didn’t greet him the way he had greeted others.
The question from the suspect (councillor) according to the victim resulted to several verbal words from both, on the issue of PDP councillorship tussles in the ward, before the suspect (councillor) ordered his boys and him self beat up the victim and stabbed his manhood.
As at the time of this report, Mr. Isaac Ikeachukwu Ohaukwu aka Grade A1 is still admitted at the Rivers state University Teaching Hospital after he reported to the illabuchi/Azikiwe Police division were he obtained police report.
Arrest of the suspects(councillor and boys) is yet unknown as at the time of this report.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the state police command said the incident report from the Azikiwe police station is yet to get to his desk.
Several calls to the suspected councillor was not successful as at the time of this report
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