More Shots From Abia PDP Gubernatorial Primaries

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu won the PDP Governorship primaries for Abia State with 1,991 votes earlier today.

Jungle Journalist News Corporation brings you more shots live from Umuahia Township Stadium, Abia State capital.

ABIA GUBER 2019:Ikpeazu emerges sole PDP candidate (PHOTOS)

Today, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu was nominated in the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The event was held at Umuahia Township Stadium, Abia State capital.

Chief Raymond Dokpesi chaired of the electorate committee of the primary from PDP national secretariat, Abuja.

Below are shots from the event.

Impose presidential candidate on PDP at your own peril, Emeka Kalu warns Ihedioha, Wike

Chairman of Stercoll Group and Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu has warned a guber aspirant in Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha to desist from imposition of candidate in the coming presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Kalu who was reacting to the revelation that Ihedioha, along with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike plans to impose someone of their choice, and not a unanimous candidate on the party, said it was appaling that a group of men would contemplate forcing Nigerians accept their choice.

He said that if the party ends up with an unpopular candidate and eventually loses the election to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), no one should run away from the country. Kalu spoke from the United States.

Hear him: “It saddens me to learn that two noble gentlemen I respect so much in our great party are planing to influence the coming presidential primaries in favour of their own candidate. If it’s true, then not only is this sad but a dangerous trend that will demarket the PDP and cost us the coming presidential elections.

“Governor Nyesom Wike and Chief Emeka Ihedioha must rethink and do the needful now. They obviously are on a suicide mission and if they impose this calamity on our party, Buhari will chase them out of Nigeria. Posterity will judge anyone who puts Nigerians in harm’s way for his own selfish or ulterior gains.

“Ihedioha should not forget in a hurry too how he was made by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. They must allow the primaries to hold and whoever emerges should run as the party’s presidential candidate. Don’t forget that all Nigerians are looking up to PDP at this point and it will be suicidal if we fail them”, Kalu warned.

PDP PRIMARIES: Governors Plotting To Rig Atiku Out Will Fail -Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi

Popular Prophet, Emmanuel Chukwudi, who prophesied Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari and Donald Trump rise to presidency long before each became president is at it again.

Having prophesied since 2016 that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will be Nigeria’s next president, he has warned that governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should stop plotting to install some other candidate or else face the wrath of God.

The fiery prophet who said Buhari has been rejected by God also warns top South East politicians close to Ask Rock that their manipulations for Buhari to remain in power after 2019 won’t work because God has already changed the president.

He spoke with our correspondent at his headquarters, King of Kings Deliverance Mission, Gbonum Pale Ntezi in Ebonyi State.
Excerpts:

On the 6th and 7th October 2018, it will be decided who will fly the PDP ticket for presidency. What are your permutations?

Atiku is the winner of the ticket and God is asking me to warn some people. God is asking me because there are some of elements who are working against Atiku, and he is the one chosen, the political messiah of this country. Anyone who works against the plans of God will pay dearly for it. So God is asking me to warn the PDP Governors who are plotting to see if thy can put a candidate favorable to them. PDP Governors, God is not happy with them. If they don’t withdraw from their attitude, the wrath of God is coming and all of them will pay dearly. God is asking me to warn the likes of Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo and those who think their influence can work against the emergence of Atiku, especially people from the current ruling party.

Some Igbo politicians who have been shouting that the current administration will continue, God is telling me that they are very corrupt. They think that by their manipulation, this administration will continue into 2023 and they will manipulate for an Igbo president to emerge. That is why they are going about shouting that Buhari administration is doing well. Let me tell you. You will remember that I was the first prophet who stated that Buhari will win the 2015 elections. That was three years before Buhari became president.

When he emerged and the administration failed the people, God instructed me to tell the people that His plan for the administration has not been followed and for that reason, I should start speaking against the administration. Since then I have been speaking against the administration without fear or favor.

Those working for this administration to continue are working against God’s plan, and when the wrath of God will come, they will all suffer for it.

There are those who argue that Atiku is old and should not run. Do you agree that a younger person should run against Buhari?

Let me tell you, God is not talking about age. When God appointed President Muhammadu Buhari to be president, his age was not a factor. What matter to God is what someone can do. But he deviated from what God wanted of him. What God is interested in is what man can do to elevate His people, because this country is collapsing as I am talking to you now. Since November 22, 2016, God has started telling me that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar must become the next president. Atiku is the chosen one because before anything come to happen, God has first seen what is about to happen. God is not talking about age. If you talk about age, Buhari would not have been in that place now.

But what we are talking about is the plan of God towards this nation, for it to move forward and the less privileged and the poor to be elevated. The poor masses are suffering while some groups are in Abuja shouting ‘Sai Buhari’while the country is collapsing. God loves this country so much and does not want it to perish.

Back to your utterances concerning the governors, are you saying that no matter what they do, they will not be able to stop Atiku from picking the ticket?

The plans of the PDP Governors against Atiku must fail, that is the reason God asked me to warn them, to desist from the act because any meaningful Nigerian who loves this country must support the aspiration of Atiku Abubakar. And those who have been working tirelessly against his aspiration are the main enemies of this country called Nigeria.

As a prophet of God, am not saying this to favour anyone. As I am talking now, Atiku has never said anything to me, I have never met him, and he has never met me, but as long as this message is coming from God, I will continue to hammer it.

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi can be reached via this number: 07037503690

Flooding: Why Aba, Abia State is missing from affected states, by John Okiyi Kalu

In the news: ‘Flood: Death Toll Hits 242’; 327,052 persons displaced, 9,276 houses destroyed;19 riverine communities submerged in Delta.

In spite of palliative measures, death toll from rampaging flood across the country has risen to 242, according to Vanguard checks and information from government officials.

Affected states:

So far, floods have ravaged 34 states this year. Some of the states are Kebbi, Cross River, Enugu, Kwara, Lagos, Imo, Kogi, Ondo, Jigawa, Taraba, Rivers, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Anambra, Niger, Katsina, Kwara, Adamawa, Edo, Kano, Benue, Delta, Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Osun.

Given all the dramatic pictures shared on social media why is Abia State, especially Aba, not listed among the worst hit by the rampaging flood?

We all know that Aba is in a low lying area of the country with the second highest rainfall intensity in Nigeria per annum.

Why is Aba not flooded like other cities in Nigeria where dramatic pictures have emerged with loss of more than 200 lives as reported above?

The Ikpeazu angle:

On his very first working day after inauguration on 29th May, 2015, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, in line with his campaign promises, resumed at Aba to start the onerous task of rebuilding the commercial city for Abians and Ndigbo. Aside from flagging off the reconstruction of 7 roads at Aba, he did something unique that many at the time didn’t quite understand.

He deployed heavy equipment to Waterside River, Aba, to commence the partial dredging of the river which had practically stopped flowing around the Ogbor Hill bridge (abattoir area) due to human activities particularly by butchers, and years of neglect of the only natural storm water collection point in the commercial and industrial hub of Abia State.

Concurrently, Governor Ikpeazu directed all road contractors working at Aba and Umuahia to ensure that every new or reconstructed road comes with gutters at both ends which must terminate into a major drain pipe that empties at waterside.

In addition to the above, he awarded multiple contracts for the desilting of all gutters at Aba, including major drains that were silted and blocked many years ago, to ensure that storm water flows freely to the collection point.

Not done yet, Governor Ikpeazu after a project evaluation visit, canceled one of the 7 road contracts he awarded on day one of his administration: Faulks (Ariaria) Road, Aba. His assessment after the visit was that the quality of work being done by the contractor would not solve the perennial problem of flooding around that area where locals already believe that some form of supernatural forces were at work at the popular “Ama Ikonne” and “Ukwu Mango” portions which hitherto defied reconstruction efforts aimed at controlling floods by all previous administrations in the state.

Indeed, many Aba residents believed that a 7 storey building, which later turned out to belong to Late Dr Alex Ekwueme’s family, was constructed at the abode of a mammy water who vomits water to flood the Ama Ikonne area even during the dry season.

To ensure a lasting solution to the flooding challenge along Faulks (Ariaria) Road, Governor Ikpeazu invited an A-rated Setraco Construction Company to deploy Dutch experts to study the flooding challenge and proffer lasting solution.

It took Setraco and their Dutch experts 7 months to come up with a viable solution that includes construction of a 5.6km new drainage pipe from Faulks road to waterside, expansion of Ifeobara pond into a water collection reservoir with 3 water pumps to take water from Ifeobara to waterside through the newly installed pumps whenever water levels at the pond exceed certain level, and the dualization of Faulks (Ariaria) road from Brass junction to Enugu-PH express road junction.

With regard to Ariaria market itself, work was commenced on asphalting the internal roads, construction of gutters and a water reservoir linked via a pipe to the Ifeobara reservoir. That work is still ongoing and as soon as it is completed flooding within Ariaria market will be part of history.

It is instructive to note that flooding around Ifeobara is also linked to the Ndiegoro flood disaster of the early 80s that made Late Chief Sam Mbakwe to weep over the neglect of Aba by the then NPN-led federal government.

Today, Governor Ikpeazu has not stopped heavy rains from falling at Aba. Indeed Aba has been receiving heavier rainfall in the past 3 years than in recent memory. There is hardly any day during the current rainy season Aba has not taken heavy beating by the rain but unlike before shortly after the rain falls water drains into the already desilted waterside and flows away seamlessly.

In Aba today, shortly after each heavy rain fall one wouldn’t see flooding along our roads as it used to be and most of our newly reconstructed roads have lasted for more than 3 years without being washed off by the rains unlike before.

Most importantly, Aba and Abia are not among the locations where flood water has wrecked havoc this year or any other since Dr Ikpeazu came on board.

For that singular reason, every Abian owe gratitude to God Almighty who has been our help while also appreciating the vision and hard-work of Governor Ikpeazu who made himself available to be used as an instrument in the hands of God.

Governor Ikpeazu has certainly not fixed all the more than 400 roads in Aba alone or all the roads requiring attention in Abia State, within his 3 years of being in power but he has verifiably completed 67 road projects and is currently working on 94 others. Once the rains abate, his caterpillars will move back to our roads to fix much more roads and solve many more problems proactively.

If your area is yet to be fixed, please do not be despondent, Okezie’s caterpillar is coming soon to your area. Pray for him that the Almighty God will continue to use him as a tool, after all he repeatedly told us ‘ọ bụghị mụ ji onwem…amara ya ji m aka’.

John Okiyi Kalu is the Honourable Commisioner for Information, Abia State Government of Nigeria.

I will make FG pay special attention to Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency -Prince Charles Nkata

One of the people who played a major role the 2015 General Elections in Abia State, Prince Charles Nkata has declared his intention to run for the Federal House of Representatives in the forthcoming General Elections.

Nkata, who was among the key people to boost the image of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) to Abia says he is now ready to serve the people of Arochukwu/Ohafia to ensure that whatever is their due gets to them unlike the past 20 years of democracy without dividends.

In this interview with journalists at his Ohafia community where he declared, he reels out his manifesto for the people if elected to power.

Excerpts:

Tell us about yourself and what you have done politically speaking.

My name is Charles Nkata, ex-banker, retired but not tired. I now work for myself in the private sector, consulting and a couple of things in oil and gas sector.
I have taken time out now to do a bit of politics. In 2014, 2015, I was a leader in the movement to recover Abia State from the people that have held it hostage for almost two decades. They have been in government but we have not seen any significant impact on the lives of our people.

Are you talking about the current government in Abia State?

Yes, since the advent of democracy, the PDP has been in power, so we tried in 2014, 2015 to wrestle power from them. We did win that election, but what happened thereafter is history.

Now you are desiring to go back into politics. What exactly are you running for?

Its not really going back into politics, it’s coming into politics full time. Because in 2014/2015, I was part of the movement for change under All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). We practically converted this constituency- Arochukwu/Ohafia zone from what it used to be-PDP dominated to APGA, body soul and spirit.
Then in 2014, I was asked to run for House of Representatives, but I turned it down because I did not deep understand the dynamics of practical politics. But having had the privilege and opportunity of working closely with the grassroots, I understand the yearning of the people. There is hunger in the land, there’s hunger. A lot of people I interacted with, I realised didn’t have means of livelihood. What happened in 2015 happened the way it did and we went back to our businesses, but this time around. I came out on my own to serve the people. I was not asked. I am running for House of Representatives, for Arochukwu /Ohafia Federal House. By the way,
Arochukwu Ohafia Federal constituency is made up of 22 wards.

How do you intend to do what the others failed to do if elected into power?

I would like to answer this your question first things first. What is facing me now is to ensure that I get the ticket to represent the party at the primaries, that is what am working on now. Then proceed to face the electorate if and when I get the ticket. I should then start working at winning the elections.

What kind of challenges are you faced with to win the primaries?

There are a few other contenders who are aspiring for what I desire. I don’t have a problem with that, we shall all go to the primaries. But if they ask me, I have worked for the party, I laid foundations for what APGA is today in Ohafia. If anybody should be given an automatic ticket, I more than deserve that ticket, but this is democracy.
In my language, they say ‘party politics wu ife ndorondoro ma government politics wu ndorondoro ma oriri’. Party politics involve contests but government politics involve both contests and enjoyment. In perspective. who gets what, when and how. But I should like to add, who does what, when and how for the people.
Its good other contenders are coming in. We shall meet at the primaries and I believe I should get the ticket.
Then the challenge of prosecuting the elections, am coming from APGA and APGA is on ground, PDP is in government. By the time they also do their primaries, we will know who they will choose as their candidate. APC will also choose who their candidate is then the battle for electorates will begin.
I grew up here, I went to primary and secondary school here before I went to the university for first degree and second degrees before going into employment. I understand the needs of the people. Over the past 20 years, we have not had any improvement in infrastructural development, we have not had any change in human capital development, what we have seen in our health sector is dilapidated health facilities over the past 20 years. There’s a general hospital there. If you walk in, you probably will not even see a bed. Hospitals need to be equipped. Our educational system has deteriorated. We have an army of unemployed youths, and if we look at the needs of our people, and look for ways of improving their standard of life, creating employment opportunities for our youths-if you engage them, the vices that are plaguing the society now will significantly reduce because I do not see any youth that will be employed and will go drinking beer at 10 or 11 am in the morning.
So if we engage them actively and productively, they will go off those vices that have plagued the society over this period.
They may still drink but in the evening after they have worked and earned some money.
Our people are hungry. When the people who have represented us over time say they are doing empowerment, they give them transformers. Transformers regulate the power that is produced. Why can’t we get the Ministry of Power to provide electricity in most of the places here? We don’t have light. I have three generators in my compound. Why can’t we ensure that this place that is on national grid gets power? Why can’t we improve on agriculture from the subsistence level to anything above that, even if its not commercializing it? If we help our farmers, instead of dashing them tubers of yam, instead of giving us bags of rice and beans, we make our people produce yams enough to feed ourselves, and put the rest in the market?

Our people will be self sufficient. There’s cassava, there’s rubber, there’s opportunity to grow rice. These things have been like that since I was a kid.
There’s limestone somewhere in Isu, Arochukwu. What I am saying is that I know the needs of our people, and I plan to dedicate my time to serve the people and bring back or share of government attention from the federal to my constituency. I will make FG pay special attention to Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency.

Many people who go into politics are seen as opportunists who aim at using their political office to serve their own goals. Are you in for same?

Am just coming out to serve the people. It’s not a self serving purpose, I am not hungry, I have been through banking career, now I want to devote sometime to see what it is I can do for my people. If we continue to do the same thing the same way and expect a different result, then something must be wrong with all of us.

How do you intend to convince the voting populace that this is true, or do you expect that they take your word for it?

First of all, they should take my word for it because I am not coming here as a hungry man. I could continue to do what I have been doing and I will be fine. I have lived in Abuja for about 20 years, I know all those ministries-Ministry of Power, Water Resources, Solid Minerals, Works and Transport etc.
There is a procedure for budgeting. If you know what the need of your people are, you will work with the desk officers in the various ministries to ensure to ensure that the needs of your constituency are accommodated.
That is how the Federal budget is aggregated.
Then you commit time, energy and resources to work through the approval, appropriation and awards process up to the ministerial office.

But unfortunately, I have seen that our people have not had any share. Either our representatives, past and present are either not interested or simply do not know how.
They come and give us handouts of transformers, like napep, rice, beans, tubers of yams, buses, packers, frying pans etc.
To do what? Is that why they are sending people to go and represent them? They make us beggars, instead of workers. They give us fish instead of teaching us how to fish.
Overall, they diminish our sense of human value and destiny.
And I say no, the time to stop is now. If you don’t understand what needs to be done, then you won’t even know what to do.

I have done needs assessment for my constituency – what my people need. I have liver in Abuja and know where to get what needs to be gotten back home.
I know where they are and I am capable. Our people should stop sending their second and third eleven, I am first eleven. Send me to go to Abuja, and whatever it is that is there for our people, I will bring it home.

Together, we shall reclaim our destiny. Yes, we can with God on our side.

PHOTONEWS: Shots From Unveiling Of Ikpeazu Campaign Office In Umuahia Today

Below are photos from the ongoing Unveiling of the Dr Okezie Ikpeazu Campaign Office in Umuahia, Abia State capital.

Details later.

CAF Cup: Enyimba FC defeats Rwandan Team In Own New Stadium At Aba *Ikpeazu Commends Team

Enyimba International Football Club of Aba has defeated Rayon Sports FC of Rwanda in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition, at the Enyimba International FC stadium in Aba.

The defeat is outstanding since the Stadium has just newly been renovated to international standard by the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government of Abia State.

The Rwandan team was trounced with 5 goals to 1.

Congratulating Enyimba FC for victory, Governor Ikpeazu, who was at the Stadium to watch the People’s Elephant trounce Rayon 5-1, said he was impressed with the excellent performance of the players who he said showed determination to win the game from the beginning of the game.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, Governor Ikpeazu also commended the management team of the club, supporters and residents of Aba who came out en masse to cheer the team to victory.

The Governor enjoined Enyimba players to go all out and win the continental trophy as a way of appreciating the state government for providing a world class pitch for them as well as their ever loyal and supportive fans across the nation.

Governor Ikpeazu also promised to provide necessary support to the team as they play in the semi final stage of the competition as the only surviving Nigeria club side in CAF competition.

2018 EDOFEST: Edo govt firms stakeholders’ engagement for successful outing

The Edo State Government has strengthened partnership with stakeholders in the state’s tourism and hospitality sector, to ensure a smooth outing for the 2018 Edo Festival of Arts and Culture (EDOFEST).

Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, disclosed this after the stakeholders’ meeting held at the Edo Innovation Hub, in Benin City, noting that the state government is putting plans in place to ensure a successful hosting of the festival.

He said the stakeholders in the sector must be carried along and kept abreast of activities lined up for the 2018 EDOFEST so that they can contribute to the programme, noting, “Hospitality business plays an important role in the successful hosting of such events, as transporters and hoteliers will provide mobility and accommodation, respectively, for the tourists when they visit the state.”

“It is important that we meet and inform them about the need for good customer service and safety. We discussed the security of the guests and the need for them to partner with the state government on the programme,” he added

Osemwegie-Ero noted, “I am glad that they are supportive, and we are looking forward to collaborating with them because EDOFEST is not a government thing but an Edo event.”

Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Association of Hotel Proprietors of Edo State, Mr. Roland Osunde, said the association was ready to partner with the state government to ensure a successful hosting of the 2018 edition of EDOFEST.

According to him, “The association sees the festival as a viable tool to promote the rich cultural heritage of Edo people. We are optimistic that EDOFEST will be successful, going by the deliberations we have been having with the ministry.”

PRESIDENT BUHARI DEPARTS FOR NEW YORK TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday departs for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened September 18, 2018.
The theme for this year’s Session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

The highpoint of President Buhari’s participation will be his address on Tuesday to the General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate. The President’s presentation of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and denuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights; among others.

He is also expected to particularly canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency; curbing irregular migration; re-settling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); recharging the receding Lake Chad; and calls for the reform of the United Nations, especially the expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council to make that vital principal organ of the global organisation reflect regional and equitable geographical representation.

The President and his wife, Aisha, will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and his spouse for Heads of State and Government and their spouses.

The Nigerian leader and his delegation will participate in a High-Level meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation as Nigeria currently ranks seventh amongst the high TB-burden countries globally, and second in Africa.

The Nigerian delegation is expected to attend the Mandela Peace Summit, which is a High-Level Meeting on Global Peace in honour of the centenary birth of the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

Other side-events lined up for the Nigerian delegation include: High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit; the Second Annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum; High-Level Meeting on Action for Peace-Keeping; Commemoration and Promotion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; High-Level Meeting on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa; and Pathway to Localising a Global Agenda.

During the course of his stay in New York, in addition to the audience with the UN Secretary-General, the Nigerian President is also expected to have bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests.

He will also grant audience to a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States.

Apart from his wife, President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.

Others on the presidential entourage include: the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.