Members of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), in Imo on Wednesday demanded an end to the ongoing court actions to sack Gov. Hope Uzodimma.
Chief Frank Ebere-Njoku, Deputy National Coordinator of the group, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja.
Ebere-Njoku decried the calls for the removal of elected governors in the state through court orders which he said had brought economic and political instability upon the state.
“The immediate past PDP government of Emeka Ihedioha could not complete his projects, policies and programmes before he was sacked by the court leaving unpaid pensions and salaries behind.
“Uzodinma on assumption of office introduced new cabinet members and policies without continuing from where his predecessor stopped.
“Such change of batons or irregularities in governance is adversely affecting Imo people especially workers and pensioners,” he said.
The ILDC Deputy Coordinator appealed to leaders of thought in the state to rally round to prevent a reoccurrence of governor’s vacation of office to avert further hardship on the people.
He called for a concerted efforts of both the federal government and lovers of democracy to help save democracy in Imo by ensuring that the matter was withdrawn from court.
According to him, if our leaders of thought cannot do anything to settle this out of court, we will instead prefer a fresh election by INEC where we will have a say than court order.
He explained that the position was taken after a wider consultation with Imo people aimed at charting the way forward for the state.
Ebere-Njoku, who reiterated the call for stability, described as abuse of judicial process the call for the removal of elected governors in the state by courts.
Okoye had alleged that he was not the legal flagbearer of APC in the 2019 gubernatorial elections.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns
A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Akinrinlola stated this on Monday in Okitipupa, while addressing a group of PDP youths in the southern district of the state over developments within the party.
He said that the tussle over the choice of running mate, which had set party members against one another, might make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) win the election, if not handled with utmost caution.
According to him, Jegede is supposed to pick his running mate from his political camp in Ilaje Local Government area of the state among the aspirants who contested the primary with him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there has been pressure on Jegede to pick Agboola Ajayi, the state’s deputy governor, but that he had submitted the name of Olumide Ogunje, one of his closest allies, as running mate, which might later be substituted after conclusion of talks with party leaders.
“The choice of running mate is very critical to the success or failure of any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, no matter the political party involved.
“But the issue of running mate being considered by our party’s governorship candidate is making me afraid of the election, because victories are determined before the polls.
“A strong running mate from Ondo South will help secure victory for the party; but if the issue is not settled on time, defeat of PDP may be imminent.
“We have endured the opposition for four years and we can’t wait to return to Alagbaka, the seat of power. It is our right and we must do all within the laws to sack APC.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Pensioners throw weight behind Gov. Obaseki’s 2nd term bid
Some pensioners in Dagbala, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his prompt payment of salaries pensions.
Mr Rufus Adogame, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners in the area, gave the commendation at Dagbara Ward 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign ground.
“In the past, pensioners did get their pay after two or three months. But Obaseki has changed this narrative. We now get our pay as early as between the 24th and 26th of each month.
“We are here today to campaign for Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term election and we are sure of his victory.
“Today, we want to assure him that we are ready to work for his re-election. His developmental strides have qualified him to contest under our great party, PDP,” he said.
Adogame further said that the people were happy for all the great things Obaseki was doing for them, and that they would mobilise for his re-election on Sept. 19.
Also speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Mr Tunde Akogun, said that the people needed a man that was honest and committed to the development of the state.
“We all know the history of how pensioners took over the streets of Benin, but today that narrative has been changed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
Akogun called on the people to come out in their large numbers to re-elect the governor at the Sept. 19 governorship poll.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Constituents laud Dogara’s defection to APC
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the constituency of a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have commended his defection to the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dogara had recently written a letter to the Bogoro Local Government secretariat of the People Democratic Party (PDP), giving his reasons for leaving the party for the APC.
An APC Chieftain, Mr Elisha Gwamis, who spoke at a briefing organised by stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency on Monday in Bauchi, said that the defection to the party by Dogara was commendable.
He said that the return of the former speaker into the party was not only a blessing but was also most welcome by the entire constituents and the state.
According to him, Dogara’s could not have come at a better time than now, especially with the approach of the local government elections, slated for October.
“Dogara’s defection to APC is a blessing to the party as well as its members at all levels.
“We call for his full support in the forthcoming local government elections and to ensure that our unity and strength in Bauchi State remain strong.
“We indeed remain committed and resolute in supporting Dogara as one of our illustrious sons who is determined to upholding the people’s mandate and deliver democratic dividends, in line with our party’s progressive agenda,” he said.
According to him, the former speaker is an all-round instrument in any political party he belongs to.
Gwamis also called on the state secretariat of the party to give the former speaker all the necessary support so that he could feel at home.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq