A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday alleged that the governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma, attacked him with “more than 1000 thugs”.
Okorocha and three of his political associates were on Sunday arrested by the state police command after he and his supporters together with armed policemen, Soldiers, and the personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps stormed Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, and unsealed it.
The Estate was linked to his wife, Nkechi Okorocha.
The state government through the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, had on Friday supervised the sealing of the Estate.
Okorocha’s spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement on Sunday, alleged that the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwanari, allegedly led thugs who stormed the estate and destroyed vehicles in his convoy.
The statement read, “More than 1000 thugs, armed to teeth with knives and guns and led by Chinasa Nwaneri, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Special Duties today, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, with the backing of armed policemen from Government House, attacked the former governor of the State and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha’s Convoy.
“They attacked and damaged all the Vehicles in his Convoy. They also attacked his personal aides.
“Senator Okorocha was with only his personal aides when the thugs unleashed the attack.
“This is the information we can give as of now. We are still watching events as they unfold.
“Okorocha has the strongest political structure in the state and teaming followers in the State. If he had expected the attack, he would not have moved with his personal aides alone.
“Okorocha has never been a violent man. This planned attack but unprovoked and unwarranted has opened a new, but ugly chapter in the politics of the State. We shall react fully to the situation.”
Governor Abubakar And Shehu Sani Clash Over Kagara Abduction
Senator Shehu Sani and Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello had a spat over the weekend concerning the recent abduction of 42 persons from Government Science College.
The abductees were freed on Saturday after 10 days in captivity.
However, on Sunday, Sani, who is an alumnus of the school, in a tweet, urged the state government to rebuild the school and rename it after Benjamin Habilah a student who was killed when gunmen attacked the school on February 17 and abducted scores.
“Dear @abusbello and @GovNiger, rebuild Government Science College Kagara and rename the school after the young student who was killed by the bandits when they stormed the school,” he said.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) February 28, 2021
In his response now deleted, Bello said the ex-lawmaker should have done the same for his constituents while in office.
“Thank you Distinguished @ShehuSani, one of our goals has always been to provide protection & conducive learning Enviroment for our School Children, although one would’ve thought your wise counsel was put to better use when you represented the people of Kaduna Central, either ways,” the governor said.
The governor’s statement forced the former Kaduna legislator to reel out his record in office.
“Within four years of my stewardship I was able to build 7 primary health care centers in Kaduna Central and 9 buildings we purchased used as schools & orphanages. Your attention and action is very much needed in Kagara; that school shouldn’t be your image.
“Your Excellency, we have a school now that carries the images of the ruins of Rome and Athens, let’s feel your impact and intervention in Kagara,” he said.
Within four years of my stewardship I was able to build 7 primary health care centers in Kaduna Central and 9 Buildings we purchased used as schools & orphanages.Your attention and action is very much needed in Kagara;that school shouldn’t be your image.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) February 28, 2021
#EndSARS: Kingsley Moghalu advises Nigerian youth to get involved in politics
Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, has advised youth in the country to join politics.
Moghalu said he stands in solidarity with the youth in their calls for the end of police brutality and bad governance in the country.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, also decried the apparent impotence of Nigerian security agencies in the face of killer herdsmen and bandits and their quick response to quash peaceful protests.
The economist, however, pointed out that the #EndSARS protests, which Ordinarily represent a welcome awakening of Nigerian youth against bad governance, will not be enough to solve the problem of bad governance in the country.
He said that the best protest against underperforming governments in a democratic setting is the one at the ballot box, using the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters in Abuja at the weekend, Moghalu noted that what Nigerians want at this point in time is a better governed country that creates real opportunities for our youth, who make up 65 percent of it’s population of 200 million.
The former Deputy CBN Governor said that the future of Nigeria is bleak if the current trends of rising poverty, low-skilled youth, a dysfunctional education system, and high youth unemployment are not reversed.
“These also are aspects of our fundamental dignity that the #EndSARS protests seek to assert. Only an active and structural engagement with democratic politics by Nigerian youth can achieve the goals of #EndSARS. Protest simply isn’t enough,” he said.
“I therefore call on Nigerian youth to focus their energy on: (1) strong advocacy and pressure to ensure that the National Assembly passes an electoral reform bill by mid-2021 that includes provisions for electronic transmissions of votes from polling units to the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and for Nigerians in diaspora to have the opportunity to vote from abroad; (2) voter registration en masse for the elections in 2023 and subsequent elections, and (3) structural participation in politics, i.e. joining political parties of their individual choice as members, voting, and standing as candidates in elections. All three approaches are essential. It is not enough to simply stand as candidates in the context of Not Too Young, which was nevertheless a commendable initiative,” he added.
The former presidential candidate warned that Nigerian youth are likely to get the same outcomes as the Arab Spring countries if they continue to shy away from politics on the basis of weak excuses such as: ‘our votes will not count’, ‘the elections will be rigged’, among others.
He noted that with these excuses, the youth are surrendering their future to corrupt, incompetent and repressive political leaders, insisting that this should not be an option for the youth in the country.
Ekwunife Sets New Standard In Nigerian Political Landscape
10TH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME: Ekwunife Sets New Standard In Nigerian Political Landscape
By Chris Umeokafor (Nnanyelugo)
When I read in the social media that *Senator Uche Ekwunife* has done yet again another empowerment making it the 10th, I was in the seventh heaven not because I was one of the beneficiaries but because for the first time in Nigerian political clime, a public office holder could empower the people up to that number in such a short time in office.
The standpoint in this 10th empowerment is that it spread to the 326 political wards in Anambra state, touching as many as 780 women whose lives and that of their families have been extricated from the shackles of penury. This is a milestone! The idea behind this empowerment of Anambra women is a product of a critical thinking which deserves a huge appreciation because women are the bedrock of the society. The modern women are immensely resourceful, dependable and irreplaceable, they care about their immediate family and the society at large. Empowering women simply means empowering the entire society and this is why I commend *Senator Uche Ekwunife* for this wonderful show of love.
The joy expressed by the beneficiaries are boundless hence they sang with loud echo *”Uche Ekwunife Ga-Achi Anambra”* in agreement with the majority’s mantra that *”Uche Anambra Ga-Emezu come November 6, 2021″*. This is indeed the voice of the people as being expressed across the state. It is obvious that Anambra needs a touch of motherly love and care to be able to go back to it’s original state of being the light of the Nation. This is not a hard task as we have seen in *Senator Uche Ekwunife* those qualities needed to move our dear state forward.
Therefore, no need to gamble as our dear state is in need of a woman who has set standard in representation. Such standard can as well be replicated when she becomes the executive Governor of Anambra State.
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