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PDP, S/East National Vice-Chairman Say Attack on Ekweremmadu Unjustified

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PDP, S/East National Vice-Chairman Say Attack on Ekweremmadu Unjustified

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said Saturday’s attack on the former Deputy President of the Senate, Sen.

Ike Ekweremadu, in Germany is unjustified.

The former Deputy Senate President was reportedly attacked by some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany, at a cultural show by the Igbo community.

They accused the senator of not partnering them and conspiracy in the events that led to the proscription of the group by the Federal Government in September 2017.

The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja  on Sunday, said the attack was uncalled for, unprovoked and unjustified.

It said such assault on a leader was “completely unacceptable and
does not portray our nation in proper light”.

Ologbondiyan urged the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and the German Government to take appropriate decisive action on the matter.

“The party also urges the Federal Government, particularly, the National
Assembly, to take urgent comprehensive step to address issues leading to
acts of resentment and agitations by Nigerians within and outside the
country.”

Also, Chief Austin Umahi, the National Vice-Chairman, PDP South East zone, called for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators to serve as deterrent to others.

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Umahi advised any individual or group with any genuine reason to agitate to do so through the South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other legitimate means within the Nigerian federation; rather than resort to self-help.

He said Ekweremadu had been in the forefront of the struggle against the marginalisation of the Igbo.

Umahi wondered why some individuals would hide under IPOB to attack Ekweremadu after all his efforts as the leader of Southeast Senate Caucus in the 8th Senate to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the group, from detention.

He said for Ekweremadu to have travelled Germany to attend the second annual yam festival and convention organised by Ndigbo resident in the country  was a demonstration of his undying love for the race.

Umahi urged Ekweremadu not to be discouraged by the attack but to see it as one of the  sacrifices he had to make in pursuit for justice and better treatment for Ndigbo within and outside Nigeria.  (NAN)

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2023: Atiku/Okowa Ticket ‘ll Wrest Power  From APC —Okowa

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential  candidate  says only the PDP will wrest from the All Progressives Congress in 2023 general elections.

Okowa stated this while addressing the people of Delta and party faithful who turned out enmasse to receive him at the Grand Reception organised by the State PDP on Thursday in Asaba after his emergence as the party’s Vice Presidential candidate.

The governor, who appreciated God and thanked  Nigerians for his elevation and support, said he was grateful to the Party Presidential Flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, for selecting and nominating him as the vice presidential candidate.

According to Okowa, the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket is for victory, hope and the only ticket that will rescue power from the APC led government come 2023.

He said that the nation needed to pray, be resilient and be hopeful, adding that the process of rebuilding the country and give hope to the youth, women and indeed to Nigerians has begun.

Okowa advised youths not to be carried away by the euphoria of the time but remain committed to work with PDP for the positive change that would come.

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He said that he had in the past seven years, with the support of youths, built Delta State, adding that this would be replicated in the national level should the party emerge winner.

The governor said that the PDP-led government, if returned to power, would tackle insecurity, create jobs and rebuild the economy and ensure that education remained key to end this incessant strikes in federal universities and other institutions.

“Atiku has been talking on the need to restructure the country and the need to engage the private sector to provide opportunities for the youth and women.

“We wants to assure the private sector that a new hope is coming and we shall tackle the issues of insecurity by providing jobs for the youth.

“We cannot do this alone but with the support of the women and youths; we shall bring back Nigeria among respected nations in the world.

” So, I urge all of you to go out there to register and collect your Permanent Voters’ Cards and by the grace of God we will win in 2023,” Okowa said.

The Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Mr Ndudi Elemelu, the Ohaneze Indigbo Youths and that of the Women wings, led by Mr Okonna Nwike and Rita Daniels among other groups, gave their support for the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket.

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Governor Okowa was accompanied home by the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and  members of the party’s working committee.

Also, the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, the state party Chairman, Mr Kingsley Esiso,  traditional rulers, clergymen, party faithful and gospel singers, were on ground to receive Okowa in a worship and praise to God for the governor.(NAN)

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Peter Obi Explains Why he Paid  Wike Visit

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The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi has explained the reason he paid a visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt.

Obi on Wednesday paid a surprised visit to the former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his private residence.

While details of the meeting remains sketchy, the former Anambra State Governor, hours later, took to his official Twitter handle to give a hint on why he met Wike.

He disclosed that he met with the governor to discuss vital national issues.

His tweet read: “Earlier, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest.”

Obi’s visit came amid speculations that Wike, former presidential hopeful on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may dump the PDP for the Labour Party.

Review Your Manifestos, Campaign Strategies – Nigerians Tell Political Parties

Citizens of Jigawa State have called on political parties and candidates to review their manifestoes and campaign strategies to suit the demands and aspirations of the people of the state.

This was contained in a ”Next Jigawa Guiding Document” on the citizens’ inputs for the development of the state.

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The outfit is a gathering of professionals who aim to encourage good governance drawn from all segments of the society.

“Next Jigawa” comprises academicians, civil servants, professionals, businessmen, religious scholars, civil society activists and other nonpartisan people who have a passion for the development of the state.

Chairman of the group, Professor Haruna Ibrahim, said the documents were produced to influence the political parties and their candidates to understand the citizens’ needs and work based on their demands and expectations.

He said, ” We have conducted a survey and also gathered citizens’ inputs from all the communities across the 27 local government areas of the state and we finally came up with this document which we hope will be adopted as a guide by political parties and their candidates.

“The document contains areas that need quick and urgent response such as education, health, civil service, commerce, environment and other areas”

Prof. Ibrahim also noted that if the inputs are considered, they would help in the development of the state in particular and the country in general.

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Kogi Assembly Passes Local Government Autonomy Bill

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Kogi State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed Local Government Autonomy Bill.

This followed the consideration of the bill to alter the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which seek to abolish Joint Account of the State and Local Governments.

The bill also seeks to create a different account for Local Governments where they are expected to receive their allocation from the Federation Account.

The Lawmakers in their various contributions unanimously threw their support behind the bill, describing it as timely.

The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Alfa Rabiu noted that the bill which will enhance democracy will also provide financial independence at the Local Government level.

The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah explained that the bill is long overdue, saying it will reduce financial pressure on the State Governments.

While the member representing Adavi, Ibrahim Usman stated that the bill will enhance development at the grassroots, Lokoja one counterpart, Umar Tenimu noted that Local Government have not been able to meet their responsibilities due to the Joint Account.

Meanwhile, the President of Kogi State Chapter, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) Comrade Tade Adeyemi, has applauded the State Assembly for the passage of the bill saying the passage would ensure security and development on the council areas.

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He urged other State Assemblies to ensure the passage of the bill so as to get the required two third majority at the National Assembly.

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