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We’re Partners in Progress, Uzodimma Tells National Pilgrims Commission

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From Marcel Duru & Charity Winns, Owerri
The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has told the leadership of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) that they are partners in progress with him in the service to God and humanity.
He made the remarks on Monday at the Government House, Owerri while playing host to the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, who led his top officials on a thank you visit to Governor Uzodimma for sponsoring a historical 1000 Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land in 2023.


The Executive Secretary and his team did not come empty-handed as they presented the Governor with two souvenirs from NCPC, with Bishop Adegbite announcing him the “Pilgrimage Governor of the Year 2023” and consequently, the ‘’first Pilgrimage Ambassador of the Commission in Nigeria.

Making the presentation to the Governor at the New Exco Chambers, Bishop Adegbite explained that “the award was necessitated by the unprecedented sponsorship by the Governor of 1,000 Christians from the State to the Holy land in 2023, which is the first of its kind from any Governor/Government of a State and FCT in Nigeria.”
He further appreciated the Governor for what he described as his “overall support to the National Pilgrimage, the Imo Pilgrims Welfare Board and the Christian Association of Nigeria in general,” and requested the Governor to “do more.”
Bishop Adegbite congratulated the Governor on his reelection for a second tenure, noting that his return by the people of Imo State “is not a surprise looking at the several achievements of the Governor in his first tenure.”
Describing the Governor as “a willing shepherd ready to lead his people, the man with the golden heart and full of expectations from his people,” Bishop Adegbite added that “the Governor has given hope to the hopeless, homeless, and the disadvantaged, as well as lives to the people.”
Bishop Adegbite who proceeded to reel out the things Uzodimma has done in the different sectors of the economy in Imo State used the opportunity to woo the Governor to join in an ‘’Executive Pilgrimage’’ with his wife so that the Governor can experience in Israel, what he has been experiencing in the past 23 years of travelling to the place, and possibly tap from the country’s agricultural potentials, “though a country in the desert.”
He noted that the award to the Governor is to appreciate and encourage him to do more.
Receiving his guests, Governor Uzodimma thanked the NCPC for deeming it fit and necessary to honour him with the Award and right away, dedicated the same to the Almighty God.
He recalled how Imo State, before 2023, was besieged by crime and criminality and challenged on all fronts, noting that “after applying kinetic solutions to no avail,  it became necessary to seek the face of God by crying to God as a non-kinetic approach.”
“It is as a result of this that I decided to send 1,000 Christians in Imo State to go to the Holy Land to pray and seek the face of God.  When they came back God heard their prayers and today Imo State is Safe.”
Uzodimma added that “as Christians we must always commit to those activities in the scriptures,” insisting that, “we did it before, we will do it again, God willing.”
Earlier, he described Bishop Adegbite “as a committed and morally guided Christian whose appointment was acknowledged nationally as a round peg in a round hole.”
The Governor however requested the leadership of the NCPC to endeavour to give those who have not been to the pilgrimage before the opportunity to have the experience.
While welcoming the visitors on behalf of the Government of Imo State, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, said the State was not surprised over the Award to the Governor going by  the unprecedented number of Christians he sent to pilgrimage in 2023. He said the appreciation was an indication that “one good turn deserves another.”
Iwu who joined the NCPC in congratulating the Governor on the Award and honour, described him as “a man of many parts who has carved a niche for himself in law making, governance, religion, education, empowerment, digital-economy and many others,” adding that, “the Award is another feather to the cap of the Governor.”
The Deputy Governor,  Lady (Dr.) Chinyere Ekomaru, the Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie and other top Government functionaries joined the Governor in receiving the visitors.

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APC Group Advises Ganduje to Resign

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The Forum of Stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised the embattled National Chairman of the Party, Abdullahi Ganduje, to resign from the position.

Alhaji Saleh Zazzaga, the North-Central Chairman of the forum, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, in Jos.

Zazzaga said the calls from different quarters for the removal of Ganduje from office, and his insistence on retaining his position spelt doom for the party.

He querried the decision of party’s stakeholders from the North-West, who passed a vote of confidence on Ganduje, insisting that such decisions would only throw the party into serious confusion.

”There have been several votes of no confidence passed on Ganduje; from his Kano Ward, as well as other protests, litigations, among other agitations against him.

”But his insistence to remain in office will only take the APC backward and tear the party apart.

”Ganduje already has a lot of issues surrounding him, and the best thing for him is to quit so that he doesn’t cause any harm or constitute a legal liability for the party,” Zazzaga stressed.

According to him, the position of the national chairman of the party should naturally go to the north-central region, and called on the party to consider zoning it to the region.

”Based on party arrangements, someone from north-central should have replaced the former national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, not Ganduje who is from the north west.

“In the spirit of fairness and equity, the chairmanship position should be occupied by someone from the north-central region.

”We are also part of the ruling party and have played a key role in the emergence of President Bola Tinubu,” he maintained.

Reports says that Zazzaga was a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the last general election. (NAN)

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APC North-West Stakeholders Brainstorm on Challenges, Plans for 2027

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APC stakeholders from North-West on Sunday, in Kaduna  brainstormed on some challenges and plans for future electoral victories especially 2027.

The National Chairman of the party, Dr  Abdullahi Ganduje, emphasized the imperative for unity and proactive engagement among the stakeholders to propel Nigeria towards prosperity under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.

Ganduje also underscored Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to national advancement and urged the party members to rally behind his visionary leadership.

He called for sensitization efforts to educate Nigerians about  Tinubu’s transformative agenda and his decisive actions since assuming office.

The national chairman highlighted the importance of political harmony and unity to achieve success in all endeavors, stressing that progress cannot thrive amidst discord.

He emphasized the need for robust collaborations as well as consultations to address the challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Ganduje proposed innovative solutions to address security challenges, including the establishment of specialized forest response teams equipped with technology to combat banditry and kidnapping.

He advocated the implementation of technology-driven initiatives such as E-registration to enhance party organization and planning for future elections.

The Chairman of the North West Governors’ Forum, Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State reechoed Ganduje’s call for unity and pledged full support for Tinubu’s development agenda.

Radda commended the National Assembly members for their efforts in championing the North-West Development Commission and assured continued support from them and all APC faithful.

He said, ”With unity of purpose and proactive measures, APC will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity for all Nigerians.”

In his Keynote, Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State,said the meeting was to address key issues facing the party,

 commending the stakeholders for their contributions to the party’s growth.

Sani stressed the strategic importance of the North-West Zone within the party while advocating a consensus approach to issues resolution and adherence to internal party democracy.

He extolled Tinubu’s efforts in tackling Nigeria’s security and developmental challenges and acknowledged the positive impact of his Development Agenda on the North -West Zone.

Sani further solicited for continued support and cooperation with Tinubu’s administration.

Earlier in his welcome ,the APC National Vice Chairman, North-West, Garba Datti,stressed the need to address the obnoxious trend of suspensions within the party, particularly at the ward levels.

He identified instigators within the party who are working against its interests while emphasizing on the importance of adhering to due process and the party’s amended Constitution regarding suspensions.

Datti further called for creative and innovative ideas to prepare the party for future challenges.

He explained that the stakeholders meeting served as a platform for open dialogue and strategic planning to address internal challenges and reposition the APC North-West Zone for future electoral victories.

On her part ,Hajiya Hadiza Bala-Usman, Special Adviser on Policy Coordination to the President, emphasized the importance of bringing rights and resources to the zone.

She expressed gratitude to Tinubu for his continuous support to the zone, urging all the members to work together for the party’s advancement.

Speaking also at the event  ,the Speaker, House of Representatives, TAbbas Tajudeen, called on Ganduje to constitute reconciliation committees at various levels to mend rifts within the party.

He also spoke of the need for peaceful coexistence among party members, encouraged forgiveness and collaborations for future successes.

The speaker also urged the party leaders to provide continuous support to the party structures beyond election cycles.

He highlighted the importance of ensuring competent members’ return to the National Assembly in 2027 and commended Tinubu for key appointments in the North-West.

Abbas emphasized the importance of the ongoing constitution amendment, particularly focusing on critical areas such as state Police and women’s inclusion in governance.

He proposed empowering Senators and members of the House of Representatives to engage with their constituents to gather inputs for the constitutional review process.(NAN)

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Ogun APC Chides Gbenga Daniel for Criticizing Agro-Cargo Airport, others

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Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Ogun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has knocked the former Governor of the State and Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, over his recent interview on some of the projects going on in the State.

Daniel, in a recent interview said he initiated some important projects which were under reported due to ‘bad press’,  including the iconic Gateway Agro-Cargo Airport started by the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun about three years ago and nearly completed with the longest runway and largest apron in Nigeria and West Africa corridor.

Reacting to Daniel’s statement on Sunday, Tunde Oladunjoye, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the State, said the statement credited to Daniel was nothing but a product of hallucination by a serial failure.

He insisted that the lawmaker did nothing to suggest seriousness of his administration to build any airport in the State, adding that the former governor in his usual character merely announced the proposed airport and the intending location as mere political statement for immediate gains.

According to Oladunjoye, the area proposed for the airport by Daniel’s administration remained a thick forest while billions of naira were siphoned under the guise of consultancy for the implementation of the project.

“Unlike the deceptive 8-year administration of Daniel, that was characterized with high level of fraud, political assassination and widespread brigandage,  Abiodun came on board with integrity, and purposeful leadership skill, which is practically responsible for the remarkable success his administration had recorded in the last five years, and the reason for the present headache of his hitherto traducers, including Gbenga Daniel.

“Setting the record straight, like many other failed Governors of Daniel type, who merely made political statements about projects to manipulate people’s emotions and deceive them for political gains, the Agro-Cargo Airport situated at Ilisan-Iperu axis of the State was just one of the many areas where Otunba Gbenga Daniel failed the people of Ogun State very woefully.

“Gbenga Daniel,  after announcing construction of an Airport in the year 2006, the area earmarked for the project remained a tick forest till 2019 when Prince Dapo Abiodun came into the saddle. Daniel’s successor, Ibikunle Amosun based on the nature of his personality and pattern of reasoning did not even open the file of the proposed Airport throughout his eight years in office, the same way Daniel abandoned all the projects left behind by his predecessor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

“The recent interview of having the grand or master plan for what Governor Dapo Abiodun has been accomplishing is not only self-ridiculing, it is simply a sheer hallucination of a serial failure and shameful acceptance of failure on the part of Mr. Gbenga Daniel. His interview and comment on Governor Dapo Abiodun reek of deep envy and insensitive lack of modesty,” Oladunjoye averred.

The Ogun APC Publicity Secretary further took a swipe on the former Governor,  asserting that his ineptitude, deceptive tendency, and maladministration were responsible for his unpopular administration and not bad press as he claimed.

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