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South-South APC Leaders Adopt Buhari for 2019

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AHEAD of the 2019 presidential election, South-South All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders and stakeholders, yesterday, converged in Abuja and unanimously adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as the choice of the zone for second term tenure, Vanguard reports.

To actualize this, the leaders of the party from the geo-political zone which comprises Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers states, have inaugurated a South- South Presidential Campaign Committee with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as chairman, while other elected senators, members of the House of Representatives, states Houses of Assembly, among others, will serve as members.

The meeting which lasted for over three hours, started Tuesday night and ended in the early hours of yesterday, was held at the Abuja residence of former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

A communiqué at the end of the meeting was read by the National Vice Chairman of the APC South-South zone, Ntufam Etta. The leaders, however, condemned in very strong terms, the letters written by former presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Babangida (retd), to President Buhari, saying that as leaders, they should have used the existing open lines of communication and dialogue.

Killings by herdsmen

The APC South-South caucus also condemned in very strong terms, the killings of Nigerians by herdsmen as they sympathized with the states, communities and families that have been affected and expressed confidence in the Presidential Committee headed by Vice  President Yemi Osinbajo to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The Communiqué  was signed by Godwin Obaseki, Oshiomhole, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transportation; Pastor Usani U. Usani, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State, Health; Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate); Senator Francis Alimikhena, Deputy Majority Whip; Senator Magnus Abe; Chief Don Etiebet and Mr Frank Kokori. Also present at the meeting were Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, Deputy Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Pally Iriase; Peter Akpatanson;  Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma; Chief of Staff to Edo State governor, Taiwo Akerele; Chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Victor Ndoma  Egba and former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva.

Also present were Senator Andrew Uchendu; former governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor; former SSG, Edo State, Professor Julius Ihonvbere; former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator John Akpanudoedehe; former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Prince Chibudon Nwuche; former Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei and former governorship aspirant, Umana Umana. Others include Great Ovedje Ogboru; Senator Ehigie Uzamere; Lauretta Onochie; Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh; Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Senator Domingo Obende, among others.

The communiqué read in part: “Recognising the very successful war against corruption, the effective degradation of Boko Haram, the very laudable agricultural and economic policies that have seen us out of recession, the continuing high regard for his person and leadership around the world that have promoted a bright new image for Nigeria, the credibility he continues to enjoy among the vast majority of Nigerians and among APC members, and the need for continuity in policy and programmes, the Caucus of the APC South-South Zone, unanimously adopted and endorsed President Buhari to run for a second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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APC is sick

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Melaye stated this while speaking on Channels TV programme on Friday.

The lawmaker, who is a member of the APC, said the party is “suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.”

This comes after one week, when he hinted that he might defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye said he does not have a problem with the party, “but my party may have a problem with Nigerians, because of the way it is presently being run.

“I will not run away from the fact that the APC is sick. And it’s not only sick but is equally suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.

There is a need for amelioration. There is no doubt the APC is sick.”

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Ukanafun Crisis: Unyime Idem in fresh scandal over release of wanted Kingpin

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As indigenes of Ukanafun Local Government Area crave for an end to the regime of enduring insecurity in the area, youths of the area have risen in protest against the CEO of Idems Ultimate Group, Mr Unyime Idem, who is alleged to have been involved in the release of a detained crime suspect Mr. Aniedi Okon Udosen (AKA Spirro), decrying that patronage from some stakeholders to criminal elements was aggravating the already deplorable security situation in the area.

Restating their resolve to rid the area of untoward characters, the youths gave a 14 day ultimatum for the re-arrest of the said Aniedi Okon Udosen, a.k.a Spirro, from Ikot Akpa Nkuk, who until recently was in detention for his alleged role in the Urua Akpan Eshiet carnage and other criminal acts that have negatively affected the area’s economic fortunes and mutual coexistence.

The angry youths, who converged in Ikot Akpan Nkuk, the Local Government Headquarters, according to our source, voiced their displeasure against the role of Unyime Idem, a businessman and aspirant to the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, whom they noted is alleged to have facilitated Spirro’s release from detention without reasonable explanation. Here the good people of Ukanafun have began to question the credibility of the aspirant.

Expressing their dissatisfaction with Unyime Idem’s alleged role in the said release of the crime kingpin, the youths decried that so much has been lost to the reign of terror and thus has beclouded the area and turned it into a relic of somnolence and despondency. They urged the well meaning citizens of Ukanafun to challenge the monster of insecurity headlong, rather than act in pretence or patronage.

Querying why Idem, a renowned telecommunications entrepreneur would identify with a character like Spirro, an ally of the slain kidnap kingpin, Akaninyene Jumbo (Iso Akpafid) whose nefarious activities have led to the series of violent crimes that have seen to the killings of innocent indigenes of the area, the youths frowned at his insensitivity to Ukanafun’s growing security challenges.

Referring to his National Assembly aspiration as self-serving, the people recounted how the business mogul relocated his family from Ukanafun, abandoning them to their fate while criminal activities in the area assumed heightened levels, only to return to facilitate a suspect’s release, to boost his political fortunes.

Trouble, according to our findings started when Aniedi Udosen (Spirro) upon his return from detention, went round threatening those suspected to have volunteered information that led to his arrest, boasting to be enjoying Unyime Idem’s protection and support, after which he proceeded to a church known as Glorious Parish Liberty Ministry at Park lane, for a thanksgiving service, on Sunday.

Mr. Udosen, alleged to be the leader of a recently banned cult organization in the state, known as the Iceland group, may have assured the National Assembly hopeful the support and protection by his group, during the upcoming election. This lends credence to the suspicion that some politicians were benefiting from the unrest.

Corroborating the position of youths of the area, members of the Ukanafun chapter of Akwa Ibom Professional Commercial motorcyclists Association (APCOMA) who recently mobilized support for Unyime Idem’s National Assembly aspiration, also protested against the release of Spirro, whom they noted has made life unbearable for them.

Led by the chapter Chairman of APCOMA in the area, Mr. Edidiong Friday Iwuo, the group announced their withdrawal of an earlier support to Idem, burning some of his campaign materials including banners, stickers and t-shirts, while promising to mobilize their members to support any aspirant that will have the people’s welfare at heart.

Announcing that the decision to withdraw their support from Idem was in solidarity with colleagues who have lost their lives and means of livelihood to the reign of insecurity, members of APCOMA decried the business mogul’s involvement in Spirro’s release, describing his disposition to such patronage as taking sides with people who have wrought havoc in the area.

They called on the security agencies not to relent in their bid to rid Ukanafun and its environs of criminal elements, regardless of statuses of those found culpable, declaring their resolve to mobilize indigenes of the area against perpetrators of various crimes, so as to enhance the return of peace to the troubled area.

Summarily, as residents perceive a more virulent security lapse lurking with the release of Mr. Udosen, the entire members of APCOMA and the youths of Ukanafun, in one accord, have pledged their lives to the hands of Mr. Idem, whom they swear will hold responsible in case of subsequent security misdemeanour in the area!

Efforts by Akwa Ibom INFO to get reaction from Mr. Idem were unsuccessful as at the time of filling this report.

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APC fixes new date for Ekiti Governorship primaries

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced new date for Ekiti State governorship primaries.

The spokesman of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, told newsmen on Tuesday that the primary election will hold on Friday May 11th, 2018.

Abdullahi, said the primary will still be conducted by the Governor Tanko Al- Makura led Committee, the only exception being the substitution of secretary of the committee.

AKWA IBOM INFO recalls that the primary election, which held on Saturday was suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.

They smashed ballot boxes and prevented delegates from voting.

Only delegates from four local government areas had concluded their voting. It was the turn of the fifth council when the violence erupted.

Trouble started at about 5.30pm when some agents raised observations about how the process was being allegedly compromised, accusing men of the Department of State Services (DSS) of dictating to delegates who they should vote for.

Police and other security agencies shot sporadically into the air when the situation was escalating into a full blown violence among the camps.

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Fayose’s deputy, Eleka wins Ekiti PDP Governorship primary poll

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Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka has emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election.

Newsmen report that a total of 1,968 delegates were accredited and voted at the primary poll. Out of the total of number of votes, as announced by leader of PDP electoral committee, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Eleka scored 1,190 to defeat the only challenger in the race, a former Minister of Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who scored 771 votes.

Seven of the votes were declared invalid by the electoral committee. Newsmen report that Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who left the venue at about 8p.m, accepted the outcome of the primary election, which he agreed was conducted under free and fair atmosphere.

In his acceptance speech, Eleka thanked the delegates for counting him worthy. He expressed gratitude to Mr Dayo Adeyeye for exhibiting high volume of dexterity and courage throughout the period the pre-primary election. The deputy governor, who praised Gov. Ayo Fayose for standing by him, vowed to defeat the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming July 14 governorship election in the state.

Also reacting, Gov. Fayose promised to embark on meaningful reconciliation by reaching out to aggrieved party leaders, especially the duo of Dayo Adeyeye and Mrs Abiodun Olujimi, so that the PDP in the state can be a united house once again.

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