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REASONS WHY NDI ANAMBRA SHOULD CONSIDER VALENTINE CHINETO OZIGBO AS THEIR NEXT GOVERNOR

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REASONS WHY NDI ANAMBRA SHOULD CONSIDER VALENTINE CHINETO OZIGBO AS THEIR NEXT GOVERNOR

*~ By Ada Ozubulu*

*~ HE IS A WELL EDUCATED MAN WITH HUMBLE BEGINNING*

Mr. Valentine Ozigbo came from a humble background, growing up in a well respected christian family whom his father Mr. Andrew Ozigbo (a retired school headmaster) and Christiana Ozigbo (a small businesswoman) brought him up in a Godly way.

He had his early education at Christ the Redeemer College, Amesi, Anambra State. While in school, he was an outstanding student, who represented his school in various quiz competitions.

After completing his secondary education, he picked up a teaching job (Physics and Chemistry) in his school while awaiting university admission.

He gained admission to study Accounting at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and graduated in 1994 as the best student in both Accounting and Business Administration.

He obtained his MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2000, before proceeding to Lancaster University, United Kingdom for his MSc in finance. He also graduated with a distinction.

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Valentine Ozigbo also obtained qualifications in accounting from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 1998, Taxation from The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria in 2000 and Credit Administration from the Institute of Credit Administration which he bagged in 2015.

*HE IS A WELL ACCOMPLISHED BUSINESS MAN* Mr. Valentine Ozigbo at the age of 51 years has accomplished so much in life starting from the banking sector where he worked for over 17 years before becoming the CEO of Transcorp Hotels. He worked with Diamond Bank, Bank PHB, Continental Trust Bank, NAL Merchant Bank, Standard Trust Bank, FSB International Bank and United Bank for Africa.

*A MAN WITH VISIONARY & INNOVATIVE IDEOLOGY* Mr. Valentine Ozigbo stands out among the other candidates as a man with clear vision for Ndi Anambra with his cluster approach in developing the state and to create and accelerate abundant prosperity and significantly improve the well-being of Anambra.

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He is committed in running an open, inclusive and modern government focused on unlocking the potential of Ndi Anambra for the modern world.

*EQUITY AND INCLUSIVENESS* His governance will foster a culture of respect and belonging. It will also provide the opportunity to learn about and accept individual differences and provides all Children with opportunities to develop friendships with one another because friendships provides role models and opportunities for growth whereas provide the possible ways for people to strive because equity is about creating fair access, opportunity and advancement for everyone and creating a fair playing field, to use a familiar metaphor.

*A MAN WITH NO POLITICAL BAGGAGE* Mr. Valentine Ozigbo happens to be one of those Politicians with no Political baggage, a virgin into the political system with administrative and managerial experience he happens to be the humble bride everyone is eager to associate with and willing to tap from his wealth of knowledge.

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*VIBRANT AND YOUTHFUL* He happens to be one of the youngest in the governorship race of the state. Being able to achieve so much in the corporate sector at the age of 51 clearly shows that he is compitent and vibrant in whatever he does.
Anambra State needs a person with youthful energy and experience to change Anambra for good.
As a Youthful person, he will run an open government strategies and initiatives aim to support democracy
and inclusive growth which are important tool to increase transparency,
accountability and integrity, whilst building stronger relationships between
government and citizens allowing them to participate in policy-making and also reaching out to the most relevant, vulnerable people in the State.
So Umunnem Ndi Anambra let’s support our very own Valentine Ozigbo, together we can make Anambra Chawapu Ozigbo Ozigbo.

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APC appeal com’tt okay Niger Congress, says no petition, complaint received

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The Chairman of the State Congress Appeal Committee in Niger state, Chief Ray Morphy, has said that his committee did not recieve petition or complaint regarding the recently conducted state congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state.

Chief Morphy declared that the appeal committee’s exercise was open, inclusive and democratic.

The national secretariat of APC had set up appeal panel for each state to hear the grievances of aggrieved party members over the recently conducted congresses.

In a statement released to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, Chief Morphy said: “From ward congresses through local government, up to state level, the APC congresses in Niger were splendid. The state adopted the option of consensus in which every interest group was represented and carried along.

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“As the chairman of the Appeal Committee for the three levels of Congress, I can confirm that we received no petition or complaint.

“My committee was on ground in Minna at the Party Secretariat and no one showed with either a written or oral petition. We had several stakeholders meeting and all we were getting was commendation for the democratic and inclusive nature of the process in Niger state.”

The APC chieftain also dismissed media reports claiming that some persons could not submit their petitions to the Appeal Committee in Niger state.

“I am therefore surprised that anyone can claim that he or she sought to submit a petition and was denied.

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“That in my view is a figment of such a person’s imagination because the congresses were done in the open and witnessed by all relevant agencies that are empowered to do so.

“Our sittings as an Appeal Committee was also in the open. No one showed up to complain.”

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Anambra guber: INEC says inconclusive poll can’t be ruled out

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The Independent National Electoral Commission says an inconclusive election cannot be ruled out in Anambra State governorship poll next week.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this on a live programme on Nigeria Info 95.1fm Abuja on Tuesday which was monitored by one of our correspondents.

Okoye, while responding to questions from callers regarding inconclusive elections, stated that the Electoral Act and the constitution state conditions for electoral victory.

He argued that as long as no candidate meets the requirement, another election would be conducted.

Okoye added, “The issue of inconclusive elections is embedded in our electoral framework. For instance, in Anambra State, constitutionally, before you can be declared as having won the governorship election, you must score a quarter of the votes cast in two thirds of all the local government areas of Anambra State and you must score a majority of all votes.

Anambra guber: INEC says inconclusive poll can’t be ruled out

“If no candidate in the election scores against this geographical spread and also scores majority of lawful votes cast in the election, you will have an inconclusive election and you must go back to organise a second election in order to get the person who has won. So, the issue of inconclusive election is embedded in our electoral framework.”

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He argued that based on the insecurity in the state, if elections are cancelled in any particular local government in Anambra and it is discovered that such cancellation could affect the outcome of the poll, then the exercise would be deemed inconclusive.

“Moreover, if for instance, on account of insecurity, we are unable to deploy to five local government areas for instance and the votes from all other local governments are assembled, if the total number of registered voters in these five local government where we did not conduct election has the capacity to affect the outcome of the elections where we have already conducted elections, we will declare it inconclusive until we have conducted election in all these other five local governments where we didn’t conduct elections,” the INEC commissioner added.

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Okoye argued that declaring inconclusive elections under circumstances are based on the constitution, the Electoral Act and its guidelines.

“So there is nothing untoward or obscene about it and nothing odious in what we are doing in relation to the election,” he said.

The INEC commissioner stated that the pavilion and collation centre of the commission which were burnt earlier in the year had been reconstructed as well as all stores housing their materials.

Meanwhile, INEC has said new 81,778 Permanent Voter Cards had been printed and would be delivered to its office on October 28.

Okoye said this in a statement on Tuesday after the commission’s meeting in Abuja to review preparations for the Anambra election.

According to him, a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration during the Continuous Voter Registration exercise in the State.

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Okoye said after a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698 forcing valid registrants to drop to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs. These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday October 28, 2021”, he said.

Okoye said the commission would work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest, adding that “fortunately, the commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless.”

He assured the people of the commission’s determination to proceed with the conduct of the election while appealing to all the critical stakeholders and citizens to cooperate with the commission for a successful exercise.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that 81,778 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection in Anambra State.

INEC disclosed this in a statement titled “ Update on Preparations for the Anambra State Governorship Election”, signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Okoye said that the new printed PVCs included newly registered voters and those who applied for replacement or transfer of their cards in the state during the just concluded first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration in the state.

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He said that the cards had been printed and would be delivered to the INEC office in Anambra State on Thursday.

“In our previous update, the Commission informed the public that a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration in Anambra State.

“After a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698.

Anambra Guber: 81,778 PVCs Ready For Collection – INEC

“Consequently, the number of valid registrants dropped to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs.

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“These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State and his staff shall work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest.

“Fortunately, the Commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless,” Okoye said.

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