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Okorocha suspends Commissioner for alleged physical assault.


 

Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has  suspended the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social  Development, Mrs. Nma Onyechere, with immediate effect for physically  assaulting a serving Commissioner in the Local Government Service  Commission, Chief Emeka Okoronkwo.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the governor on Media, Mr. Sam  Onwuemeodo, who confirmed this development to newsmen explained that  Okorocha’s administration does not tolerate indiscipline.
“The Governor received a complaint that the suspended Commissioner  physically assaulted a serving Commissioner in the Local Government  Service Commission, Chief Emeka Okoronkwo”.
Speaking further, Onwuemeodo explained that it was the considered  opinion of the Governor that such a public figure of the rank of a  commissioner should learn how to control her temper, no matter the level  of provocation.
“The reported incident brought bad image to the administration and  the Governor strongly felt that such a public figure of the rank of a  Commissioner should learn to properly manage her temper very well, no  matter the level of provocation”, Onwuemeodo added.
Findings revealed that the Commissioner had been directed to  immediately handover all government property in her possession to the  Permanent Secretary in her Ministry.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Not An All-Propaganda-Congress By Sonala Olumhense.


 

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Sonala Olumhense

As a writer who has questioned the heart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), I am pleased to notice that it is clarifying its mission and character.

On December 1, 2013, I asked the question: “Is APC Less Dangerous Than The PDP?”

At that time, five governors elected on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP) had just joined the APC, thereby granting the latter a vast acreage in relevance and credibility.

It is a political currency called defection, and since then, the APC has made a mint of the word, which now seems to hold the exclusive meaning of someone joining the APC from the PDP.  Somehow, a defection from the PDP is being made to sound as if it justifies itself while it demonizes the PDP.

I write this article to clarify one point: that to criticize the PDP is not to justify the APC.  Every party, especially one which claims to stand for change, must earn its credibility.

It is not news that the APC hopes to become Nigeria’s dominant political force.  There is nothing wrong with seeking to replace the PDP, produce the next President, run the National Assembly and produce a majority of the country’s governors.

All of that is legitimate; it is precisely what the PDP has done since 1999.  But the PDP progressively became richer and more insensitive to the tears of our people.

It is in those tears that the APC wishes to swim on its way to political dominance.  “Those compatriots who have lost faith in our dear country because of insufficient and corrupt leadership; count on us for we represent an Agent of change for committed, transparent and focused leadership,” it says in the preamble to its manifesto.

“As a change Agent, APC intend to cleanse our closet to halt the dangerous drift of Nigeria to a failed state; with a conscious plan for post-oil-economy in Nigeria.

“To achieve this laudable programme APC government shall restructure the country, devolve power to the units, with the best practices of federalism and eliminate unintended paralysis of the center.”

These claims market the APC pretty well.  As I observed in previous comments, however, a new party can basically place anything in its shopping basket in a bid to acquire power.  The PDP did, and for 15 years, it used every such craft and every trick to snatch power, knowing it could then do whatever it pleased.

That is how we found ourselves with the monster of impunity, corruption and bad governance to which the APC says it is an answer.

Can the APC do it?  In terms of winning political power, the party is on the ascendancy, but as we have seen, winning power is not the same thing as using it for the public good.  If Nigerians have learned anything from their recent history, it is that words are not the same as intent, or even of ability.

On this count, the APC seems to be saying to Nigerians, “Trust me.”

Only a fool would trust the APC, as currently established, to be any different, let alone better than, the PDP, which is currently collapsing on its head.

However, while the opponent’s own goal may be enough for you to win the semi-final, it is not proof that you are capable of winning the final.

Let us remember that some of the APC-ers who are currently gushing with a certain pseudo-patriotic spirit were well-known clean-up men in the PDP and other parties.

In other words, if the APC is an answer to the PDP, is the APC also an answer to the APC?  Can the APC discipline itself to serve Nigeria and not the APC?

“Democracy, to be stable and meaningful, must be anchored on the principle that government derives its powers from the consent of the governed,” APC says in its manifesto.

“This means that governments are instituted on the basis of free, fair and credible elections, and are maintained through responsiveness to public opinion. In addition, the exercise of political authority is rooted in the rule of law. APC believes in the doctrine of social contract between the leaders and the led; which means that the public office holder is a trustee of the people and that power must be used in the interest of the people rather than in the interest of the public office holder.”

It is unhelpful to argue with this analysis.  In fact, those members of the ACP who travelled in through the New PDP made a stronger case during their journey, repeatedly stressing the necessity of a “democratic temperament.”  They demanded a democracy inspired by free choice, the rule of law, transparency, and accountability.

As one of those who challenged the APC to reach for enduring an enduring platform, I am pleased to learn the party will use the Uwais Report to change the electoral law, and seek to make the Independent National and State Electoral Commissions (INEC) truly independent.

If elected, the party says it will institute an anti-corruption response through deploying the relevant agencies as strong and independent bodies. Some of us also thought the APC should institute an aggressive grassroots voter-registration scheme, which it put into play last week.

While I commend the APC for these proposals, the truth is that they do not go far enough to protect Nigerians should the party win power, and it must be clear that this is the heart of the challenge.  What happens should the APC be elected and it begins to protect its looters?

Only by the establishment of clear internal standards and mechanisms, from the beginning, can the party hope to answer this question.

While it has accepted the need to provide a code of conduct, the party says such a document will be prepared by a body that has yet to be established.

That is unacceptable because such a code is the only way to tell those who genuinely want to use the APC to shield Nigerians from the rain from those who want to use it to shield themselves.  It is the only way to guarantee the level playing field the APC has often spoken about, as opposed to a level playing field for the APC to compete with other political parties.

The battle for integrity is not the battle between political institutions, but the battle between right and wrong.  That is why it is vital for any political party which proclaims change to demonstrate that it will have even higher standards for itself than is demanded by law.  That is how desperate our situation is.

This is why, in a previous article, I called on the APC to “set clear standards, and demonstrate that those standards are higher than partisan politics and the APC itself. “

This is more important now than when the APC started out.  The party is attracting an assemblage of people who ought to sign this code, as a pledge, so they know they are really committing themselves to true patriotism.

If they do not pledge to serve the people openly, they are almost certain to serve themselves privately, and that is the standard to which the APC says it objects.

Let every top member, every official at every level and every electoral prospect sign such a pledge and be judged by history.

All those who sign should get a party button which proudly proclaims: “I SIGNED!”

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Cheap Political Popularity via dividing Biafraland, Imo will hold own confab first, says Okorocha.


 

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Gov.  Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that the state would hold a mini  conference before the National Conference, planned by the Federal  Government.
Okorocha made the announcement in a statement by his Senior Special  Adviser on Media, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in  Owerri on Thursday.
He said that the mini-confab would enable the state to articulate its  position and speak with one voice during the national conference.
The governor, however, did not state the date for the event.
He said that the proposed national conference would give Nigerians  opportunity to discuss issues bothering on national unity, adding that  it was important that Nigeria remained an indivisible entity.
“Nigeria must remain an indivisible entity as the Igbos have paid so  much for the unity of the country and this is not negotiable,” he said.
The governor noted that there was nothing wrong with the entity  called Nigeria but that the problem was in the management of the  country.
Okorocha called on Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the confab  to renew friendship across the divide as the conference would be a  worthwhile event.
He said the state was ready to participate in the centenary  celebration of Nigeria, noting that Nigeria’s 100 years of existence was  worth celebrating.
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Source: Radio Biafra.

9 Easterners out of 35 APC’s interim national officers yet Gov.Okorocha insists APC is NOT an Hausa or Yoruba Party!


 

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Rochas Okorocha has debunked the insinuation that APC is a tribal Party. Governor Okorocha who made this assertion during a reception organized for Senator Osita Izunaso by the Orlu Zone at the Orlu Township Stadium, stated that the Action Peoples Congress (APC) is neither a Hausa nor Yoruba party but a party that sprang up to correct the anomalies of the past.
The governor who said that he joined APC to fight the cause of Ndi Igbo, regretted the level of marginalization and selfish representation the zone suffered under Abuja –PDP representation, disclosed that the first sixth top most leadership positions in the country eluded the zone pointing out that APC would ensure proper representation and repositioning of Ndi-Igbo in the scheme of things.
Owelle Okorocha challenged the people to say no to bad governance, banish money bag politics, deceit in polity and selfish representation by joining APC which will enthrone unity, equity, fairness positive transformation and unlimited growth.
The State Chief executive called on the people to “join APC for the generation unborn, the widows, and our jobless youths”. He pointed out that the party has the interest of the youths and women at hearts.

9 Easterners out of 35 APC’s interim national officers confirms that Rochas Okorocha lied

National Chairman – Bisi Akande – Osun
Dep. Nat. Chairman (North) – Aminu Bello Masari – Katsina
Dep. Nat. Chairman (South) – Annie Okonkwo – AnambraNational Secretary – Tijjani Musa Tumsah – Yobe
Dep. Nat. Secretary – Nasiru El-Rufai – Kaduna
National Vice Chairman N/W – Salisu Inuwa Fage – Kano
National Vice Chairman N/C – Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki – Nasarawa
National Vice Chairman N/E – Umaru Duhu – Adamawa
National Vice Chairman S/W – Niyi Adebayo – Ekiti
National Vice Chairman S/S – Tom Ikimi – Edo
National Vice Chairman SE – Anyim Nyerere – ImoNational Legal Adviser – Muiz Banire – Lagos
Dep. Nat. Legal Adviser – James Ocholi, SAN – Kogi
National Treasurer – Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara
Deputy National Treasurer – Usman Suleiman Danmadami – Sokoto
National Financial Secretary – Shuaibu Musa – Zamfara
Dep. Nat. Financial Secretary – Sunday Chukwu – EbonyiNational Organizing Secretary – Osita Izunaso – Imo
Dep. Nat. Organizing Secretary – Lawal Shuaibu – Zamfara
National Publicity Secretary – Lai Mohammed – Kwara
Dep. Nat. Publicity Secretary – Isa Madu Chul – Borno
National Welfare Secretary – Emma Eneuku – Enugu
Dep. Nat. Welfare Secretary – Romanus Egbuladike – Imo National Auditor – Olisa-Emeka Akamukali – Delta
Dep. Nat. Auditor – Bala Jibrin – Bauchi
National Women Leader – Madam Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra
Dep. Nat. Women Leader – Amina Abdullahi – Gombe
National Youth Leader – Abubakar Lado – Niger
Dep. Nat. Youth Leader – Uzo Igbonwa – AnambraNational Ex-Officio – Yemi Sanusi – Ogun
National Ex-Officio – Miriki Ebikibina – Bayelsa
National Ex-Officio – Babachir D. Lawal – Adamawa
National Ex-Officio – Antibass El-Nathan – Taraba
National Ex-Officio – Nelson Alapa – Benue
National Ex-Officio – Jock Alamba – Plateau

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What Does A Nigerian Governor Do? By Prince Charles Dickson.


By Prince Charles Dickson

A Nigerian governor is Nigerian, he often than not is an indigene of the State he governs/rules/ or controls.

In rare cases, we know a state governor has actually hailed from another state, and in those cases we have kept the matter under the realm of gossip and conjectures, like one of the governors in the North whom we know originally hails from ‘agenebode’ or so in the Niger Delta.

Well, is my admonition about where governors come from? Certainly not! But let’s share this learning together in the next few paragraphs.

Now, in the case that the best man for the job is from another state, he simply is disqualified, as he is not an indigene, the only caveat is, in the case of the governor of the Central Bank, and even on that count, the man must be ethnically/regionally and religiously correct.

To the grouse then, what do these men do, what really is the job of a governor…Nigeria has 36 of them, split into the Nigeria Governors Forum (Jang faction and Rotimi Faction), PDP Governors Forum, Progressive cum Opposition Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum, South-South Governors Forum, South East Governors Forum, South West Governors Forum, and recently I heard of the former PDP Governors Forum composed of ex-governors.

What do these men contribute to nation building or even state building.

On a personal note, these men are entitled to a four wives if Muslim, and a wife if a Christian, but scores of then keep a convent/harem of concubines, girlfriends and mistresses, at least not any has been caught ‘gaying’. In other words, as a governor in Nigeria you cannot/should not be faithful at home, by extension you owe those you govern very little and owe much to your harem/party and godfathers.

It is not so much about what these governors do, as in also what they do not do.  These governors have dozens of commissioners ranging from 30-45, they are entitled to senior special assistants/special assistants/advisers (both senior and junior)/countless aides and yes consultants on various subject matters.

This allows for governors to spend an average of 7 days only in a month at the office and in the state. The rest is spent galavanting, wedding, naming ceremony, birthday, and death-day, they attend meetings in abuja, and flex in caucus meetings of how to remove Jonathan, or how to deceive him and make more money.

Off course all these happen when they are not in Kosovo, Kabul or Khazastan seeking investors.

There is no governor in Nigeria that has in the last four years spent an average of 4 hours everyday, 15 days a month and 9 months a year in the office, taking his leave as at when due and handing over to the right person temporarily. But trust me, these ‘guys’ are working so HARD, indeed very HARD.

Have you visited a state without big billboards with one motto or the other attached to a life size photo of the governor, state mass transit buses with his picture on them, soccer clubs like Plateau United christened (the Jang Boys) which was once Dariye Boys and briefly Botmang Boys. If there’s a state similar things don’t occur, then the state has no governor, even the chief servant in the power state is top of the swagger in these art of self worship by our governors-general.

Our governors tell us how difficult the art of state governance is, and you sure would agree, contending with the opposition, with political enemies from different camps, and sure spending billions unaccounted for must be one hell of a job.

Recently I asked how much do our governors earn for all the hard work? And very few could say. No wonder everyone of them tell us how they were all millionaires before they became governors.

Millionaire state CEOs that don’t have factories yet they speak and act in millions and billions, they tell you to go and die, and if you don’t they give you N2M.

I watch people say governor X,Y,Z is doing well, and I ask where else do people praise a governor for using your money to give you utilities that are not priorities, but our beloved Nigeria.

Is there any Nigerian governor with just two cars, with kids in public schools, and less than N100M, then I will show you a lazy governor. Today in assets and cash there is no governor who is not a billionaire, and that’s 36 hardworking billionaires.

These hardworking governors spend millions on healthcare, and yet the hospitals are not good enough to check their health. In one of the progressive South West States, all of the governor’s kids are schooling in London and the governor flaunts his hardwork in the educational sector.

Have you had ‘Rochanomics’ or Kwakwasiya or Redemption, or tar ze che, the tags are countless yet all these are nothing but empty shells.

I am using these governors as guinea pigs, but it is really about our leaders, what do our councilor men/women do, how about the chairmen, legislators, how has our minister impacted our lives?

We need to start asking questions, we’re need to demand answers to issues of governance.

An old axiom speaks of not touching a blind man’s hand while eating with him…for how long our leaders will continue to touch our hands while the eat–only time will tell.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Mallam Okorocha Governor Imo State APC ‘ll sweep poll in Southeast.


 

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Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has assured that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will sweep the poll in the Southeast in next year’s elections. He said Ndigbo see the party as a credible alternative to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking at the weekend at a reception for the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, at the Orlu Township Stadium, the governor urged those interested in the liberation and progress of the Igbo to support the APC and remove the PDP from power.

He said PDP has no place for the Igbo and enjoined them to ignore the insinuation that APC is a Yoruba party. Okorocha added: “You should ask them how many Igbo occupy sensitive positions in the Federal Government. The only Igbo Service chief was removed. This shows PDP has no plan for Ndigbo”.

 

According to him, APC is a party of true democrats committed to a change, adding that it would give all zones equal opportunity to realise their aspirations.

He restated that he did not leave the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for personal aggrandisement, but because he realised that the party lacked spread and acceptability needed to achieve the Igbo agenda.

The APC candidate in the last governorship poll in Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, said other Southeast states, still under PDP, were in bondage and needed to be rescued.

He lamented that Imo, ruled by the APC, is better than Anambra in terms of infrastructural and human capital development.

“You can see new cities emerging in the state, such as Orlu and Okigwe because of the ingenuity of Governor Okorocha. This is what APC will do in other states,” Ngige said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Man named Israel Dike a native of Odenkume Obowo LGA of Imo State resides in Egbu Road Owerri reported to have tied his seven children to wheelbarrow, begging for buyers.


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Palpable confusion reigned in Owerri, yesterday, as a father  tied his seven children, including his triplet, to a wheel-barrow and  was heading to an unknown destination before officials of Ministry of  Women Affairs and Social Development intervened.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the 44-year-old man, Israel Dike,*  is a native of Odenkume, Obowo Local Government Aarea of Imo State, but  resides in Ugwu Ekwema, Egbu Road, Owerri.
The children’s hands were securely tied to a wheelbarrow while the man  was soliciting for buyers for the children, saying he was fed up with  his dwindling economic fortunes.
A staff of the ministry told Vanguard: “Following a tip off, a high  powered team led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Nma  Onyechere, quickly went and rescued the children.”
Apart from disclosing that he planned selling some of them with a view  to enabling him take proper care of others, Dike equally lamented that  Governor Rochas Okorocha put him in the mess he has found himself today.
“Owelle Okorocha is the cause of what I am passing through today. He  made me a promise in the past and has failed to redeem it till today,”  Dike said.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, the commissioner described Dike as a “depressed man, who is mentally deranged.”
While urging Dike’s wife to go for family planning, the commissioner  equally promised that government would carefully ascertain the level of  the man’s mental problem.
Answering a question, Mrs. Onyechere said the ministry would find a way  of giving out the children to foster parents with a view to ensuring  adequate care

and their education.

BY CHIDI NKWOPARA

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