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The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has called on Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano to start writing his

handover note, saying that nothing will stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking over Anambra State in the November 18 poll.

Okorocha made the statement in Awka while inaugurating the Rochas Peoples Movement in Anambra state. The Governor, who was represented by the South-South/South-East coordinator of RPM, Dr. Simon Nwulu, said he owed the Igbo nation a duty of proper direction in Nigerian politics.

He explained that the main objective of the movement was to register grassroots presence in every nook and cranny of the state.

According to him, the Igbo people can no longer belong to regional political parties adding: “We must belong to the mainstream. APC is that place to belong.

“Anambra is critical in Igbo politics. So we shall all come down here to deliver the state to the ruling All Progressives Congress. We have the capacity, we have the capability.

“APC is the structure for the emancipation of the Igbo nation. No man born of a woman can stop us from taking over Anambra State, come November 18.

“At any polling unit during the election, no fewer than 63 members of Rochas Peoples Movement would be present to man the units and protect our votes. That’s the magic.

“We shall bring down the Imo formula down here and by the time we had finished Obiano and APGA would just pack and go.”

While calling on the members of the movement to have their voter’s cards handy, Okorocha maintained that possession of a voter’s card is the major criterion for confirmation of appointments.

He also urged ward coordinators of the movement to mobilize APC members to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise for the purpose of the November18 election. In his speech, the Anambra State coordinator of the movement, Chief Olisa Onyeka, thanked Okorocha for coming over to help.

“You have demonstrated the brother’s keeper spirit for which the Igbo are known.

“We are assuring you that we are ever ready to deliver Anambra State to APC in that election,” Onyeka said. Meanwhile, the APC has called on the state government to desist from destroying the posters of its governorship aspirants in the state.

Speaking through a press statement made available to Journalists in Awka, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Mr. Okelo Madukaife said the Governor was inviting anarchy through such action.

It would be recalled that the Anambra State Signage and Adverting Agency had levied governorship aspirants in the state N9 million each before they could paste their posters in any part of the state.

The statement reads in part: “Our great chapter in our dynamic party warns Governor Willie Obiano to stay away from the posters of APC aspirants and those of other political parties, irrespective of the guise and guile applied.

“This statement has become necessary in the light of a despotic set of announcements, put out and running in the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) to the effect that ‘some indiscriminate posters are lying on the streets of Anambra State, thereby defacing the environment’ and signalling that government will ‘take action’.”

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2019: Uduaghan, Ogboru, others take Delta APC campaign to God

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Immediate-past governor of Delta State and All Progressives Congress 2019 Delta South senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has said that one of the ways to win election was by dedicating the electioneering process to God, especially through praises.

Dr. Uduaghan made this assertion on Sunday at an inter-denominational service organized to dedicate the APC 2019 general elections campaigns in Delta State into the hands of God Almighty at Rainbow Christian Assembly, Warri, Delta State.

Speaking on behalf of the party, Dr. Uduaghan said, “One secret of victory (including election victory) is praising God.”

The former governor traced the events that led to his joining the progressive fold. He said that when two opposite battle leaders are now on the same side, it is easy to predict victory.

“Political battles are not easy. Personally, I do not neglect the place of prayer in everything that I do. That is why we have come here as a party to dedicate our campaigns to God.

“Though the process of the primaries were not easy, we thank God that He saw us through our turbulent time. We have come to God to dedicate our campaigns to God and ask him to give us the spirit of unity. We want to assure the church and Delta State that as a party, the welfare of the people will be our priority and we shall bring about innovations to governance.”

Other APC chieftains at the event included the chairman of the party in Delta State, Jones Erue, governorship candidate, Great Ovedje Ogboru and Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, amongst others.

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Senate 2019: Kogi East elders endorse ADC’s Victor Adoji

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a sub-committee of the Kogi East Elders’ council political committee has adopted the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), Dr. Victor Adoji as the preferred choice for the Kogi East Senatorial seat.

In report signed by Pro. Sunday Okpanachi (Chairman) and Prof. S. O. Ejima (Secretary) and nine others, noted that Adoji came top when compared to candidates of the other political parties.

While stating the reasons for the setting up of the committee, the report said, “At a time when the Igala/Bassa ethnic nationalities find themselves at critical crossroads in their political itinerary, the Kogi East Elders Council established the Political Committee to facilitate a viable and smooth political transition and development in the zone.

“The membership of the Committee is drawn from the political and business elite the academia, various professionals and socio-cultural groups.

“The general mandate of the Committee includes, among others, to; Provide a level playing field for contestants to political offices at the Local Government, State and Federal levels for the governance of Kogi East Senatorial District.Yukon

“To screen and present the best candidates for the proper representation of Kogi East Districts into Chairmanship of Local Government, State Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship irrespective of political affiliation. Such selections will be presented to the Kogi East Elders’ Council who will in turn present same to the appropriate constituted Authorities in the Senatorial District for ratification.

The report further said that part of the objectives was to deploy all legitimate means necessary to assist and ensure the success of all cleared candidates from Kogi East Senatorial District.

It stressed that the establishment of the Committee was a welcome development, especially in view of the fact that some of the people elected to represent the people have used all their tenure fighting legal battles to the detriment of the people and land.

“It is in pursuance of this mandate that the political committee set up an eleven member committee to interact with the senatorial candidates from Kogi East in order to select the most credible, focused and people development-oriented candidate.

“On the basis of the outcome of the interaction, the candidate who deservedly scored the highest rating of 88.80%, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC, is very strongly recommended for adoption as the Igala/Bassa Senatorial candidate for the 2019 election.

“The Committee found in him a focused, dynamic, clear-headed and patriotic young man whose antecedent coupled with his vision will propel the Igala/Bassa people and land to heights that could be the envy of others in no distant future.

“All hands should be on deck to mobilize traditional and community leaders, political leaders, the Kogi East Academia, market women, socio-cultural organizations and others to ensure the victory of the candidate.

The committee added that letters of invitation was Sent to the candidates contesting the election. They include: Senator Attai Aidoko (PDP), Senator Abdulrahman Abubakar (SDP),

Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji (ADC), Alh. Jibrin Isah Echocho (APC). Others are Edime Godwin Amade (APDA), Egwu Amana Mathias Paul (PPA), Yahaya Okai (PPN)Benjamin Idoko (APGA), Abdulwahab Yunusa (LP) and Bala Gabriel Akogu (PPC)

While appreciating the Kogi East Elders’ Council Political Committee for the opportunity given to serve on the committee, members of the committee said it is their earnest hope that all needed support will be accorded Dr. Victor Adoji to facilitate his victory.

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Nigerian celebrities pledge support for Buhari’s re-election

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Some prominent Nigerian celebrities on Wednesday pledged their support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The celebrities made the declaration while receiving awards for excellence from the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, in Abuja.

The celebrities included former Nigerian football stars – Daniel Amokachi, Peter Rufai, Garba Lawal; and artistes – Korede Bello, Jide Kosoko, Iyanya, Joke Silva and DJ Jimi Jatt.

Hajia Buhari gave the awards of excellence to the celebrities in recognition of their contributions to the development of the Nigerian entertainment industry.

She made the presentation during an event organised by the Buhari Support Organization, tagged “Together Nigeria,” aimed at galvanising support for the re-election of President Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

The event was organised to showcase the achievement of the Buhari Administration in the last three and half years.
In their separate responses after the award, the celebrities declared their support for the re-election bid of President Buhari.

Amokachi said the Buhari administration had achieved a lot in the fight against corruption, which, he noted was gradually changing the narrative of Nigerians in the international community.

The footballer said Buhari has laid a solid foundation for the betterment of future generations of Nigerians.
Also speaking, Kosoko, said his support for President Buhari was unshakable, considering the successes recorded by the administration, especially in the area of social investment programmes.

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