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Akwa Ibom Assembly gives six months extension to LG transition committees

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By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has approved additional six months extension for the local government Transition Committee on Thursday.

This followed a report of the House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs presented by its Chairman, Hon. Mfon Idung during today’s Plenary saying that, the extension is to allow the council polls slated for October 26, to be conducted.

According to him, “The current Transition Committee Chairmen and members in all the local government councils were enthusiastic to implement the ARISE Agenda of His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno through implementation of capital projects, personnel development and humanitarian services.

“The House Committee in carrying out its mandate, visited each local government council and upon arrival, was received by the Transition Committee Chairmen and their team, and subsequently taken round project sites such as the Arise Demonstration Farms and other projects of each Council.

“Full allocation accruable to each local government council has been released to the Councils by the Governor, since inception of the Interim Administration.

“Most of the Local Government Transition Committee made judicious use of the funds allocated to their councils.  There was no local government council without a signature project.”

Hon. Idung said the House Committee was satisfied with the performance of the Local Government Interim Administration, except for a few Local Government Councils which are under the watch of the Committee.

The Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Otobong Bob (Nsit Ubuim), also clarified that despite the resolution of the House, the State Governor however, reserves the right to  re-appoint or drop any Transition Committee Chairmen.

Sequel to the committee’s repot, the Speaker, Hon. Udeme Otong directed the Clerk of the Assembly to communicate the resolution of the House to the Executive Governor for assent.

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2025 : APGA sets up over 12,000 kindred structures in Anambra

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BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka

As political permutations gather momentum preparatory to the 2025 governorship election in Anambra State, the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) says it is not leaving any stone unturned as the party takes governance back to the grassroots.

Speaking exclusively with this journalist Raymond Ozoji at the APGA Regional Headquarters in Awka, the state chairman of the party, High Chief Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, said the mission of the party is to ensure that every political ward constituted its kindred structures by December this year as there are over 12,000 kindreds in the state.

Obi-Okoye said that the constitution of the Kindreds ( Umunna structures ) would be an added advantage to the All Progressives Grand Alliance as it goes into the election next year.

Obi-Okoye who spoke about the one year anniversary of the new state leadership of the party, said they have been able to maintain stability in the party devoid of any crisis in the last one year.

He said they needed to take the party beyond ward level; recalling that fundamentally when APGA was registered and formed in 2002, it was formed as the party that derives its strength from the ordinary man at the grassroots.

He said his administration has taken APGA back to its fundamental structure which is the kindred structure building it around the traditional leadership in the villages, adding that the good governance of the Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s administration has helped the party to really penetrate the grassroots.

The APGA state chairman emphasized that the purpose of setting up the Solution Kindred Structures was to ensure that all government benefits, palliatives, economic empowerments and other largesse got to the common man at the grassroots without being denied or shortchanged in the value chain.

He disclosed that the government of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is setting up what he mentioned as Onye Aghana Nwanneya Cooperative. The cooperative, according to him, is not for the rich and influential people but for the poor whereby they group themselves into economic groups to enable them get grants and loans from government to establish their own businesses.

According to him, every polling unit in the community is built around the kindred structure such that when a polling unit is lost, it means the individual has lost his kindred in such election.

He said that the Solution Kindred Initiative would be sustained because he believes the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is a mass movement rooted in the grassroots.

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2025: Ifeanyi Ubah will fix Anambra without big grammar – Akpabio’s aide 

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BY RAYMOND OZOJI,  Awka

The senior legislative aide to the senate president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and convener Anambra former political appointees, Hon. Owelle Onyeka Mbaso has said that Sen. Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah will fix Anambra state without speaking big grammar.

Mbaso stated this during an exclusive interview with this journalist Raymond Ozoji.

Mbaso who is currently a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, described the incumbent governor as someone who talks too much saying both the things he can do and things he can not do.

Mbaso however maintained that Ifeanyi Ubah is coming to fix Anambra state with less talks as he believes actions speak louder than words.

He therefore told this journalist that since 2019 Ubah made an inroad into the Red Chambers, he has become a working senator; doing everything he promised he will do, stressing that Ubah doesn’t believe in long grammar.

He said Anambra State needs a governor that will do the working and not talking too much. That what the state needs is good governance and not grandiloquence.

Mbaso noted that evidence of Ifeanyi Ubah’s uncommon patriotism, generosity and philanthropy to Anambra-South and Anambra State can not be overstressed because according to him, every political ward in all the communities of Anambra-South got solar lights from the senator.

The senate president’s senior legislative aide equally stated that Ubah has tackled insecurity in Anambra-South senatorial zone and that the people of the zone are happy with him because he is working and they are seeing the results.

Mbaso who was a senior special assistant on political matters during ex-governor Willie Obiano’s regime, disclosed further that Ifeanyi Ubah is currently constructing roads in all the communities of Anambra-South, emphasizing that Ifeanyi Ubah is the best senator so far.

Mbaso was equally of the opinion that the advent of Sen. Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah into the All Progressives Congress has rejuvenated as well as reenergized Anambra APC which the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other opposition parties believed was dead on arrival, adding that APC is now a brand in Anambra state.

The former APGA chieftain maintained that they believe very strongly in the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s ideaology but the incumbent governor, according to him, is playing PDP giving the impression of the more you look, the less you see.

The Nnewi-born astute politician also talked about a forthcoming town hall meeting of former political appointees with Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah slated for 30th June this year.

He told this journalist that in the spirit of continuity, former political appointees have pleaded with the governor to pay them their statutory severance package but the governor, according to him, said no, that he will not pay it.

He said Ifeanyi Ubah heard about the plight of the former political appointees and decided to come to their aid. He also stated that former political appointees of the Obiano administration will endorse Ubah’s gubernatorial ambition and work assiduously for its fruition.

Mbaso said former political appointees will make sure they stopped Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo from getting a second term because he has proven to them that he lacked gratitude as they toiled day and night to make him governor.

Reacting to Mbaso’s claims, press secretary to the governor, Mr. Christian Aburime, said Ifeanyi Ubah knows he is nowhere close to Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo in terms of capacity, leadership and what have you, describing Owelle Onyeka Mbaso and his cronies as rabble-rousers.

Although Aburime said government will not join issues with Ifeanyi Ubah and his messengers of rifts but advised them to go round the 21 Local Government Areas of the state and see what the governor is doing in their respective communities.

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APC slams Kwankwaso over allegations FG is ‘breeding new terrorists’

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…Describes allegations as ‘insensitive,’ ‘unhelpful’

By Ismail Azeez

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso’s allegations that the federal government is attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Nigeria.

The APC described the comments of the former Governor of Kano State and 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP),  as ‘insensitive, unhelpful, and unconscionable.’

The ruling party, in a statement on Tuesday, signed by National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, expressed disappointment over Kwankwaso’s comments as a former Governor and Minister of Defence.

The APC reiterated the federal government’s neutrality in the emirate crisis in Kano, urging Kwankwaso to seek peaceful and political solutions to the royal impasse rather than amplifying the drums of strife and upheaval.

The statement read apart, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to comments reportedly made by Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State and 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), accusing the APC-led federal government of attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria.

“Without any shred of evidence, he further alleged that certain individuals in APC fold were goading the federal government with the goal of reclaiming Kano State through a declaration of a state of emergency. Kwankwaso’s wild and unhinged comments were made with reference to the lingering Emirate tussle in Kano.

“We consider Kwankwaso’s comments to be disappointing, highly incendiary and unconscionable for an individual of his standing. As a former Governor and Minister of Defence, we expect Kwankwaso to demonstrate high grade discretion, and a better grip of the severe social, political and security implications of unguarded utterances capable of fueling tension and strife in the good state of Kano.

“It is disturbing that Kwankwaso would so casually accuse the federal government of attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents, the same Boko Haram that has inflicted unspeakable and despicable acts of terror that have destroyed the lives of innocent citizens and our heroic men and women in uniform. It is grossly insensitive, unwarranted, and unacceptable for Kwankwaso to bandy such a serious allegation in such a cavalier manner.

“In his unhinged bid to lash out, Senator Kwankwaso ignored the federal government’s glaring neutrality on the emirate crisis in Kano from the very outset. As a government that thrives on respect for the rule of law and constitutional liberties, the federal government has confidence in our courts to fairly adjudicate the matter that is already before them, and has no need or reason to side with any of the parties in the emir-ship dispute.

“Unguarded accusations like these coming from the highest level of leadership of the NNPP such as that made by the Deputy Governor of the Kano state, Comrade Abdulsalam Gwarzo, against the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, which he has since retracted and apologised for, are utterly unhelpful in the delicate context of Kano, and must be avoided.

“The leader of our Party, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a pan-Nigeria bridge builder for peace, security and unity in our land, and will not, cannot, must not be directly or remotely tainted with flimsy and unjustifiable allegation of promoting violent crisis in any part of our dear country of which he is the President and Commander-in Chief-of the Armed Forces.

“The situation in Kano State calls for calm as the nation awaits judicial or political resolution of all outstanding matters. The good people of Kano deserve to live in peace, unity and,” the statement added.

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