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Join Movement of Biafrans In Nigeria at its Virtual (ZOOM) Meeting on Power Sector Tomorrow

The Movement of Biafrans in (MOBIN) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MOBIN’s Ideology on Development of Biafran Power Sector Part 1.

Date: Saturday, Jul 11, 2020.

Time: 6:00 PM Biafran Time.

Speaker: Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, Chairman of MOBIN.

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MOBIN wants to put hardcore Biafran activists in power in the whole of Biafraland to control our territory. MOBIN wants its members to contest for all South East Elective positions in future.

For more information about MOBIN, visit http://www.mobinbiafra.org

Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) lists achievements 3 yrs after establishment

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) has listed its numerous successes in political participation since its inception in 2017.

Speaking with Mobin Media on the telephone earlier today, the Director of Biafran National Orientation, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue said its heartwarming that in just three years after it was founded, numerous Biafrans now hold political offices, with the Mobilization, Orientation and Political Activities that MOBIN preaches and practices. He said these do not include the thousands who are now politically conscious, and are ready to participate.

Ofoelue, who said that MOBIN began its outing in the 2017 Anambra Governorship elections, argued that despite the setbacks recorded in the polls, MOBIN has much to celebrate.

His words “We are proud of the successful outing of MOBIN in 2017 in Anambra, and the 2019 general elections under the chairmanship of Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, and of course, led by our Director General, Comrade Rita Anigbogu.

“In Anambra, 12 Pro-Biafrans contested for governorship.

Shortly after in 2018, we went into massive mobilization and political education. The result is that a pro-Biafran emerged the state chairman of a political party, over 20 Pro-Biafrans currently hold executive positions in diverse political parties across Biafraland, and 3 Pro-Biafrans were fielded by their parties to run for Senate.

Continuing, he said “while five of us contested for House of Representatives, 24 others also ran for House of Assembly in the 2019 General elections. From our records, about 38 ran for local government chairmanship in various states, and I am proud to inform you that we currently have 11 men and women holding local government chairmanship positions in the Biafran states. We also have 11 of our candidates who ran for councillorship currently serving as political office holders in their various wards across our land.

“I am also very proud to inform you that in Abia, Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Rivers and Ebonyi States, Pro-Biafrans have been appointed by their governors, local government Chairmen and even councillors to be part of the government. We also have our members as board members of some agencies in some Biafra states.

“For an organisation that only just came to life three years ago, this is indeed a huge feat. As the elections approach once again, MOBIN is very busy strategising to see more Biafrans holding political offices. It doesn’t matter what party you run under. The important thing is to take over our territory politically”, the Director affirmed.

My philanthropy not for political reasons -Prince Lawrence Ezeh

#INTERVIEW

Prince Lawrence Ezeh, the Prince of Mburubu, a backward community in Nkanu East LGA of Enugu State is an outstanding philanthropist that has touched the lives of his people.

For over 10 years the young prince has built asphalt roads and bridges for his rural community.

He has over the years maintained rural roads to enable his kinsmen who are predominantly farmers have access to their neighbours especially during the rainy season.

He has lite a candle in the lives of his people and also granted scholarships to grant indigent students access to education.

Fast forward to 2019, and this outstanding prince decided to run for Senate.

Lots of intrigues, political manipulations and he found himself in APC where he became the party’s senatorial flag bearer for Enugu East zone.

That Prince Ezeh lost that election to the former governor and leader of the ebeano group, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, is no longer news.

But his next line of action wasn’t only strange, it was unprecedented and worthy of a place in the annals of history and philanthropy.

Ordinarily, a Nigerian who lost election would disappear from the scene at least for some time.

Not for Prince Lawrence Ezeh. He rather returned to his philanthropic works and started attending to roads, assisting with other infrastructure ahead of the 2019 Christmas celebrations.

Everyday News went in search of this man. Yes we found him.

Hear what he told our reporters.

Philanthropy:

I try as much as possible to separate these two things. In the first place I wasn’t engaging in philanthropic gestures because I want to run for an office or because it has any form of political undertone. My philanthropic gestures are borne out of the fact that it’s a calling that I have as a person. It’s a commitment that has been given to me, so it basically has nothing to do with politics.

I have been in politics since 1999 and as a matter of fact I had not started engaging in philanthropic work because I didn’t have the where withal to do that then. When God started blessing me I had to look back where I come from to see what and what could be done to alleviate the sufferings of my people.

My ward is just one out of the 77 wards in East East Senatorial Zone. So my ward alone cannot at any point give one electoral victory.

So what I am doing is basically to touch the lives of my people to measure up with others.

Going back to my philanthropic work is something I have passion for. If I am not engaged in philanthropic work it’s because the fund is not available at that moment.

The funds we use are not from any donor agency m, it’s what we generate from the works of our hands and it doesn’t come every now and then. And if we put in everything into philanthropic work you will no longer have the financial base to be able to generate more.

So what we do is, we generate resources, we give back to society, make the people feel a lot better. We get back again, work and generate resources and reinvest in the society. That’s what we have been doing in the past 10 years. And I just contested election in 2019 but I have been in this philanthropic work for more than 10 years.

Last December we were able to get back to work revamping some of the dilapidated structures we have on our roads and a few other things.

We have to do that because at the moment we don’t have to wait for the government to do everything for us.

From what we are doing, some communities are now talking to their sons who have the where withal to pull resources and see how to make their roads motorable and all that.

Why he returned to PDP

Returning to the PDP is like asking a child who strayed, why he returned back home. My return to PDP is like one returning home. It’s a home we all jointly built. It’s a home I have invested a lot into and one that I have been a bonafide son and a member. For me it’s just like returning back home.

Any regrets leaving the party APC?

The great relationship I enjoyed over the years with my friends and party members. Relationships are not built in a day. Though I made some good friends in APC within the short period but you cannot quantify it with relationships built over years.

What next in your political career?

In politics everybody gears towards having a better political piece of the cake. That’s the mindset of every politician no matter how small your cadet is in politics; everybody strives to get a good slice of the cake and for me that’s the much I can tell you. I am equally positioning my mind to have a better slice and a reasonable chunk of the cake in future.

BREAKING: Prince of Mburubu returns to politics, plans next move

The Aka Ekpuchi Onwa political organisation last Friday reconvened to chart the way forward for its political future in Enugu State.

The organisation, which was the pilot platform of Prince Lawrence Ezeh in the 2019 Senatorial elections for Enugu East, became a force to reckon with during the elections, as it single-handedly brought Enugu East APC to limelight and popularised the party in the state.

Speaking at the gathering of the group, Prince Lawrence Ezeh (Prince of Mburubu) said the meeting became necessary as the family is formidable, and needed to begin early to discuss its political future in Enugu State, and Nigeria. He thanked members for remaining faithful to the ideologies of the group, and expressed hope that Aka Ekpuchi Onwa would eventually finds its place in the political equation of the state.

In his response, Chief SNC Nwagu, who is the Director General expressed happiness on the development, stating that the meeting signifies that Ezeh looks beyond political gains, and is the rifht kind of person to lead.

Other members of the group also made contributions to the discussion, which was punctuated with refreshments.

More details later.

Kalu Political Maestro Per Excellence , Says DDG Of Atikulated Agenda

The Deputy Director-General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Patrick Eholor has described Dr Emeka Kalu as an astute political maestro who should be emulated by Nigerians.

Eholor stated this in his congratulatory message to the DG and Atikulated Agenda 2019, over the victory of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Eholor who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview said that the formation of AA 2019 was designed for the total overhaul of the Nigerian economy, which Atiku stands for.

He said: “I want to commend my Leader, Dr Kalu for forming this noble movement. Because of his vision for Nigeria, he was able to see beyond the present and understand that only an Atiku can change the fortunes of this country. He is what I describe as a political maestro per excellence. As I congratulate AA 2019 and indeed Dr Emeka Kalu, I hereby say that I am fully committed to the AA 2019 project of turning Nigeria around permanently. I will galvanize all my arsenals and put them to use, let’s all collectively fight off this demon and have a credible, sustainable and prosperous government under Atiku.

“I now call on other Nigerians to tow the path of progress and join Atikulated Agenda 2019, let’s speak with one voice and coast to victory come 2019.”

Group To Teach Women Profesional Politics In Abuja

Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, a non-governmental organisation based in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, Emerge Women (EW) will be giving current and prospective women political candidates an intensive one-day training on skills they need to run for political office and win.

Announcing the offer billed to take place in Abuja on 18th October, Founder of the NGO, Mary Ikoku said that the training is part of its advocacy project: THE MILLION WOMEN CAMPAIGN that will provide a platform to encourage more women participation in politics by encouraging women to nominate capable female leaders who should consider running for office in Nigeria.

Emerge Women is a non-profit, non-partisan political organisation formed with the mission to increase the number of Nigerian women leaders in elective and appointive offices. Emerge is recruiting, training and providing a formidable network for women who want to run for elective offices as well as engage Government and political parties to ensure the national gender policy is implemented across board.

According to her, the Abuja edition of the training is the second, after the one held in Lagos on 5th and 6th of September,2018.

The training will focus on how to Develop a Campaign Plan, strategy, fundraising and Messaging, noting that women are grossly under-represented at all levels in elected offices across the nation.

She said that Emerge will provide resources, capacity building and networking community that meets women in their path to elected leadership adding that.. “ we will follow all our aspirants throughout their political journey and continue to provide relevant support to overcome road blocks that can prevent them from contesting election to win.”

She explained that Emerge will demystify the myths surrounding gender politics disclosing that with a presence in Abia, Lagos, and now Abuja, Emerge Women will add six states spread across the six geo-political zones in the first year and by the 2019 election, it should have affiliates in at least about 27 states before 2019 election saying that the long term plan is to have presence in all 36 states of the federation plus FCT by 2022.

10 man committee emerge to steer Abia SDP

The hunger of Nigerians for a new political solution to political leadership was assuaged on Saturday, 17th March, 2018 when the Social Democratic Party (SDP) elected a 10 man state executive committee to steer the party forward in the state.

The new SDP emerged in Abuja as the face of the third force, after several deliberations and meetings of political parties, civil society organizations, interest groups and individuals who felt that there was a need for political upheaval.

The new formation was made after by-elections were held to choose one representative from each federal constituencies in the state.

Party faithful from the three senatorial zones were directed to elect representatives and they are to steer the affairs of the party in the state.

Hundreds of party faithful were part of the process, as their eagerness to work with the emerging mega party could not be hidden.

Reacting to the peaceful elections, the new National Organising Secretary of the party, Honourable Emeka Atuma told how a new alliance gave birth to the new SDP, which is now a mega party. He also warned that the SDP was on its way to clinch power from two other inept parties which have held national power in the past 19 years; “I am an interim National Organising Secretary and we were only selected to man the affairs of the party in the interim. It’s our responsibility to go round and mobilize membership for the party.

He advised the new leadership of the party in the state that they must not relax and believe that they have arrived. “Its time to work, and you must work very hard to ensure that the mobilization exercise is massive, total and all-encompassing. Ours is a resurrected party, and it’s life is eternal. SDP is the new mega party is a mega, and is on its way to becoming the national ruling party”.

Also speaking at the meeting, former member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Honourable Mba Ajah said that Abians were weary of incompetent leadership. He prophesied that by 2019, SDP will produce the next governor of the state, as well as the next president of Nigeria. He also prophesied that those who do not believe will be like the man in the bible who didn’t believe that famine would end in 24 hours according to the prophecy of Elijah, and got trampled by the crowd who trooped out to get food when it came in abundance. “Those of you who are here and don’t believe shall see this new day in Abia, but won’t be part of it. Those who have come here as moles or spies against this party, they shall not enjoy the good that the SDP is bringing to Abia and Nigeria”, he prayed.

Chief Chidi Nwosu, who presided over the meeting admonished the newly elected members to be good advocates of the party and ensure that its message of progress reaches the nooks and crannies of the state.

This who emerged in the elections include Mazi Obozuluike Ofoelue, (Arochukwu/ Ohafia), Hon Chidi Nwosu, Hon Kingsley Okoronkwo, (Isuikwuato/Umunneochi), Hon Pastor Paul Meregini, (Umuahia North, South/Ikwuano), and Chief Ozo Okafor, (Isiala Ngwa North/ South).

Others include Engr Emma Nwauhiara, (Osisioma), Chukwudi Abengowe, (Aba South), Chikezie Agbara, (Aba North)
Engr Ifeanyi Nwaji (Ukwa East and West), and Dr Ikechukwu Mgborogwu.

We will definitely ask questions, by Osazee Edigin

Following the buildup to the gubernatorial election in Edo state and the subsequent razzmatazz by aspirants from the various political parties, let me be very loud and clear that the civil society will be asking these aspirants/flag bearers salient questions that will engender altruistic leadership that will truly benefit the people. I have said it before now that the Civil Society will be political but will not be partisan.

It may appear to many that, the civil society is only good at fighting BEDC, police brutality and extra judicial killings, Land Use Charge or only oppression and intimidation of the common man and other dispositions that denigrate mankind. All these I have outlined are just the immediate effects we can see but the remote causes are hinged on a tripod that forms the ideology of Edo Civil Society Organisations; which are Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights.

The things the people suffer are as a result of the lack of these three things which are Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights. How then can the people enjoy these things when the right persons are not enthroned to leadership positions? The political space as it stands now is filled with charlatans who have nothing to offer, some of them think it is going to be business as usual, they believe they can cling the governorship seat with their financial war chest, some have hope in the godfather’s support, some also think the popularity and structure of the political party will deliver the seat into their hands whether they are popular or not, even whether they do not have any antecedent one can relay with to enable assess their leadership sagacity.

Let me repeat it again the umpteenth time, the civil society having been driven by the ideology of Good Governance, Social Justice and Human Rights for the people. We will surely be political at the appropriate time but will never be partisan. We will engage the aspirants/candidates.

Our questions will offend many, even our friends that are politicians, the era of selling a particular aspirant/candidate to the people when you know quite well that he does not have what it takes to lead because of you ephemeral gains is over. The Civil Society cannot continually fight obnoxious government policies after a wrong candidate had manoeuvred his way to becoming the governor. We will get involved in the process, we tell the electorates what to look at for in an aspirant/candidate so as to get the best and the right one to man the office, not the one that does not know how to create wealth for the people but make life miserable for them. The charlatans will be flushed out, our questions will disqualify many. WATCH OUT!

WE WILL BE POLITICAL TO ACHIEVE GOOD GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR OUR PEOPLE.

WE ARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

Comrade Osazee Edigin is the Public Relations Officer, Edo Civil Society Organisations  (Masses’ House)
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Oshiomhole advocates for women in politics


Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has stressed the need for men to support women in their quest to participate in active politics and occupy leadership positions.
Speaking while playing host to the spouses of members of the Edo State House of Assembly who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Monday, Governor Oshiomhole said, “Part of the problem of women in our country is that too many men, based on wrong assumptions, don’t encourage their wives to be active in politics. Yet women account for at least a simple or slight majority of our population, and there is no field in which a man can excel that a woman cannot excel even better. 
“The largest democracy on this planet which is India has been led and governed by a woman for many years, but it wasn’t possible without a supporting husband and family members. We have had a powerful woman in the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. She won’t be forgotten in a hurry. But for the fact that she carried her handbag which women are associated with, everything about her attitude, character, courage showed that she had much more than the average man in the British parliament.”
He continued, “we had  a woman in Israel who fought wars and strengthened the Israeli military to defend itself, and hopefully, in the very near future, the world’s most powerful office which is the office of the President of the United States of America may well be occupied by a woman. So when I see how former President Clinton encourages and stands by his wife, the contest for the Office of the President of the United States, I said to myself, I hope that many of us who are men only by reason of the fact that we wear trousers, learn something from this and encourage our women to show interest in political leadership.”
According to Oshiomhole, “Nigeria has a lot of challenges right now, and we need all the wisdom we can get to fix the economy, to deal with security issues, to create wealth that will translate to prosperity in the faces of our people, and as they say, you need the milk of human kindness not to forget that power comes from God using human beings of which women are in majority to occupy government offices. So, I think in your own way, your husbands couldn’t have been what they are if you hadn’t supported them.”
The Governor paid glowing tributes to members of the Edo State House of Assembly. He said, “Let me through you convey my appreciation to members of the House of Assembly for their support and unqualified loyalty to the people of Edo State. I have seen some people who expect that there will be fight between the executive and the legislature; when they don’t see the smoke coming out, they label your spouses as rubber stamp. I have watched some of your members responding to such unfounded criticisms saying something like, we will be quite happy to rubber stamp the new central hospital; we are happy to rubber stamp the Airport Road; we are of course very happy to rubber stamp all the red roofs across the 192 wards in the State; we are happy to rubber stamp the street lights, the walk ways and all of the things that God has used us to do. Because the truth is, in this democratic system, the executive cannot function without the support and collaboration of the House of Assembly. We cannot appropriate funds for anything unless the House is convinced about the benefits of such a project, and it is to the credit of your husbands and your wife that we have seamlessly presented budgets over the years, and they have in line with constitutional requirements carried out very effective oversight functions, they have had cause to draw my attention to a couple of issues for which they are concerned. They have passed resolutions asking the executive to do a couple of things differently, and often times, I have found a lot of wisdom in such resolutions, and we have had no reluctance in obeying them.”
Speaking earlier, the spokesperson of the Spouses of Members of Edo State House of Assembly and wife of the Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Betty Okonobo said they were very delighted to pay a visit to the Governor, saying they came together as a body “to give background support to our husbands to carry out their legislative duties.”
She continued, “We are here to really appreciate you. We know you are already finishing strong and well. it is our utmost prayer that in all that you do, that we are solidly behind you. We appreciate the fact that we pride ourselves as Edo citizens, and we are always elated and excited that our constituency believes so much in us for all the laudable programmes that you have done. We all know the revolution in terms of the red roof. I am always so proud to say I am from Edo State, a state that is synonymous with progress, a state that is synonymous with progressive programmes, a state that is synonymous with awesome wonderful developmental strides just because we have you as Governor. 
“Our prayer for you today is that the Lord will guide you, and he will keep you for us. The Lord God will make you finish awesome and strong also.”
She added, “We want you to know as wives of House of Assembly members, we not just solidly behind you, we are your own comrades. We want to appreciate you for the peace that you brought to reign in the House of Assembly. We thank you for all that you are doing for all our different constituencies.”

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PHOTOS-Sullivan Chime arrives Enugu with fanfare


Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State returned yesterday to a tumultuous reception at Enugu after his extended vacation abroad.
The Governor who had arrived Abuja, Wednesday from London, touched down at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu around 3.pm local today amidst cheers from the crowd of enthusiastic supporters who had thronged the airport since morning to welcome him.
He was welcomed on arrival by the Acting Governor, Mr Sunday Onyebuchi accompanied by his wife, Nneka, National and State Assembly members and other top government officials.
Spotting a cream white jacket, blue stripped shirt and a pair of black trousers, Governor Chime acknowledged cheers from the ecstatic crowd that included many federal and state legislators, traditional rulers and top government officials before being driven to the Governor’s Lodge.
Another huge crowd of singing and dancing people was at hand at the governor’s lodge. Governor Chime and his wife, Clara took time to receive many guests.
It was also celebration galore on the streets of Enugu as soon as news filtered in that the governor had arrived the Coal City, with the people chanting victory songs. His return finally marked the end of his absence as the excited residents heaved sighs of relief.