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Anambra 2021: PDP, APC Will Support Soludo With 90% Votes – Obiano

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has assured that leaders of opposition parties in the state will not only vote overwhelmingly but also campaign vigorously for the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6 gubernatorial election in the state.

The governor is confident that the APGA candidate, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, will win up to 90% of votes in the governorship because of the “immense popularity of his nomination among all Nigerians who want the best for Nigeria, starting with Anambra State”.

In an email message today to the Anambra State Media Team headed by Information and Public Enlightenment Commissioner C. Don Adinuba, Chief Obiano revealed that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders across the nation “are among the almost uncountable number of Nigerians who have been congratulating the people of Anambra State on Soludo’s emergence as the APGA gubernatorial candidate last Wednesday”.

He expressed surprise at what he called the deluge of congratulatory and solidarity messages following the erstwhile Central Bank of Nigeria governor’s nomination at the APGA state congress held at Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

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“All my phones have been buzzing ceaselessly”, he wrote.

“None of my four telephones can take text or WhatsApp messages any more. There are too many messages in the inbox of each of my personal and official email addresses.

“It is all about Soludo”.

The messages, according to him, “have been coming from development partners, the organized private sector, bishops, clerics, market union leaders, professional associations, the organized labour, traditional rulers, town unions, student bodies, two former presidents, numerous former state governors, academics, writers, ndi Anambra in the Diaspora, National Assembly members, heads of federal and international agencies, people with physical disabilities, petty traders, and so on”.

Anambra 2021: PDP, APC Will Support Soludo With 90% Votes – Obiano

The governor compared the acclaim which greeted Soludo’s nomination as APGA’s flag bearer to his reelection in November 2017 which saw him win overwhelmingly in each of the 21 local government areas in the state, an unrivalled achievement in the state.

“The popularity of our choice of Soludo”, he continued, “is comparable to such developments as the landing of three aircraft on Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport on April 30, 2021, a mere 15 months after work began on the international airport built without borrowing from any bank and without owing the contactors.

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“Almost every person who matters in our dear state has called me to thank the people of Anambra State for choosing Soludo as the governor in waiting.

“The magic of it all is that I have received calls from members of the leading opposition parties who have promised to issue statements supporting Professor Soludo’s candidature even though they will remain in their respective parties.

“In fact, I spoke to a highly respected member of the National Assembly from the Southeast this morning who said that he is inspired by the choice of Soludo that he has now made up his mind to run for the governor of his state so that his state can be made like Anambra in development”.

Chief Obiano quoted the federal lawmaker as stating that the whole of the Southeast, rather than one state, should leapfrog in developmental terms.

If the Southeast could develop rapidly within 30 years like Dubai, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore or even Vietnam, according to the National Assembly member, the rest of Nigeria would follow suit.

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The legislator recalled that the defunct Eastern Nigerian Region was the world’s fastest growing economy up to the time of Nigeria’s first military coup in January, 1966, because of what he called healthy competition among the four regions of the First Republic.

“When Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe built Nigeria’s first bank in the 1950s when he was the Eastern Regional premier”, he said, “the West under Chief Awolowo’s leadership responded to African Continental Bank’s emergence by establishing the National Bank and Sir Ahmadu Bello reacted by building the Bank of the North.

“Also when Zik established Nigeria’s first indigenous university in 1960, the Western Region under Chief Samuel Akintola built the University of Ife and the North built Ahmadu Bello University.

“In the same manner, when the Michael Okpara government in Enugu started farm settlements all over Eastern Nigeria with the assistance of the Israelis, Western Nigeria did exactly the same thing, resulting in a dramatic rise in food supply in both regions.

“This is the development trajectory which Nigeria has to reenact to be competitive in the 21st century”.

Signed
C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.

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2023: Fashola Debunks Rumor Of His Presidential Ambition

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Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

The Media Office of the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has urged well-meaning people to disregard the invitation of some Groups, operating under The Nigeria Project 2023, purportedly to the inauguration of a Support Group for the Minister and the Governor of Borno State over the 2023 elections.

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The social media was awash at the weekend with a poster from the Group allegedly presenting the Honorable Minister and the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum as Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates respectively of an unnamed political party.

According to the statement issued by the Minister’s media office “Ordinarily, the poster and the various social media reports almost instantly orchestrated on its account would have been ignored as the handiwork of mischief-makers. However, it became necessary to issue this disclaimer for two key reasons”.

“The first of such was to answer with a strong negative to the numerous inquiries from right thinking and well-meaning Nigerians on whether the Honorable Minister had been contacted or if the Groups had his consent in issuing the invitation”.

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2023: Fashola Debunks Rumor Of His Presidential Ambition

Without equivocation, no individual or group has contacted the Honorable Minister for or on behalf of The Nigeria Project 2023. As Honorable Minister, Mr Fashola is currently focused on leading his dedicated Team in the Ministry of Works and Housing to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari for an expanded and upgraded road transport infrastructure; and affordable Housing nationwide in order to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the citizenry.

Secondly, is the fact that entities unknown to a political party cannot present candidates on behalf of such a political party. As a ranking and loyal member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the individual and groups cited as promoters of The Nigeria Project 2023 are unknown to the APC and the Honorable Minister.

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Against the backdrop of the foregoing, the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN urges members of the public to be wary of the antics of unsolicited individuals and Support Groups whose real intentions remain questionable. Every support possible should be given to the efforts of the current administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver a better nation for all.

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Buhari, APC Campaign Insincerity Produced Insecurity – Lamido

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A former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has blamed the growing insecurity, especially in the northern part of Nigeria on the failure of the regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the ruling All Progressives Congresses, to fulfil their campaign promises.

According to Lamido, Buhari and the APC allegedly lied to raise the hopes of Nigerian youths and take power from the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said failure to meet their aspirations is a major cause of restiveness in the country.

Lamido spoke while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels Television.

He said, “What is the root causes of the security problems in Nigeria? Why are our own children – children who are under 25 – taking arms against their own kits and kin, going to villages to harass them, take over their livestock, burn their houses and even rape their women? What is the problem? This cannot alone be moral decadence? What has gone wrong?”

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The ex-governor partly added, “Above everything else, it is about leadership. Leadership is very important. On the issue of Zamfara, why is the state becoming the hub of terrorism in Nigeria. Why?”

Responding to a question on the similarities between the terrorists in the North-East and bandits in the North-West, Lamido stated that crime was crime no matter the location or those involved.

Buhari, APC Campaign Insincerity Produced Insecurity – Lamido

He added, “The issue is that the government must be held accountable and I don’t want to sound too political, it is a matter of life. Attaining political power, the process must be very credible; it must be very transparent. A leader should be able to say, ‘I want to be in government because I will do this, this and that.’ When you ignore this and begin to tell lies and malign and blackmail others…

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“When it was their time to get power in Nigeria in 2014 (ahead of the 2015 elections) and (they came up with) their ‘Change’ mantra … They knew they were telling lies. But for then, it was about getting the power. If they get the power, then they begin to ask, ‘what do we do?’ So, the process and the platform must be very honest; it must be very credible.

“It is this character of telling lies to the young generation. When you raise their hopes in trying to get government, and you are in government, by the time you fail to fulfil their needs, of course, there will be problems. So, these are simply the political consequences if telling lies in campaigns.”

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….Says if there is no election, there will be constitutional crisis

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the South-East especially as it concerns threats to disrupt the elections in the zone.

INEC also explained that there could be constitutional crisis if it (commission) was unable to conduct general elections in the region.

It said it was clear that election would not be organised under chaotic conditions.

The Chief Press Secretary to the commission’s chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday.

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The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state.

Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, had also said the governorship election in Anambra State slated for November 6, 2021, would not hold.

Ekpa, in a tweet on his Twitter page, said a no-election order would be activated by members of IPOB.

Oyekanmi, however, said INEC had been engaging with security agencies on the platform of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

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He said the commission and the security agencies had been discussing and comparing notes on the security situation across the country generally.

As regards the South-East and particularly Anambra State, he expressed the hope that through collaboration, the security situation in the region would be brought under control.

Oyekanmi said, “The commission is deeply concerned about the security situation in the South-East. It is an established fact that INEC cannot carry out electoral activities under chaotic conditions.

“God forbid that INEC is unable to conduct such elections at the appointed time because this will lead to a constitutional crisis. The constitution did not envisage that such elections will not hold.

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“With regard to the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on the one hand, and all the men and women of goodwill in the region on the other, to calm things down.”

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