34—VANGUARD, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 PRESS CONFERENCE: From left—Lion Oyewole Oyewunmi, District Governor 404B1 Nigeria; Lion Asiwaju Ayobola Samuel, District Governor 404B2 Nigeria; and Lion Dupe Dada, 1st Vice District Governor 404B2, at a press conference, during the just concluded Joint Districts Conversation, in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Angry reactions trail assault on Archbishop Obinna funeral service which the opponents of the •As Okorocha says APC will rule Imo for 24 years government had tried in vain to use as blackmail •No one person shall govern Imo again—Chukwueke tool.” By Chidi Nkwopara & Chinonso Alozie O WERRI—ANGRY reactions have continued to trail the near physical attack on the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, and the riotous atmosphere engineered weekend, by loyalists of Imo State Government at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma Obube. In his own reaction, the chairman of APC Frontier, Chief Sam Godstime, condemned the reported act. “We condemn in its entirety, the reported assault on our revered priest and dissociate our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, from their action. APC is a law abiding party that believes in rule of law, respect for the clergy and the church and cannot be part of this sacrilege”, Chief Godstime said. Reacting also, Chief Uche Onyeagucha, a former appointee of Governor Rochas Okorocha, advised the Governor to retrace his locus. “It is high time Governor Okorocha calls himself to order. I understand Governor Okorocha’s desperation to run for third term, hiding at the back of his son in-law, but there must be a limit to the madness”, Onyeagucha said. According to the Obinzeborn politician, priests are entitled to their sermon/ homily from the altar, stressing that “Imo State has not and cannot be allowed to degenerate to dictating sermons of men of God.” Reacting to the denials of government appointees, a former gubernatorial candidate of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, Dr. Fabian Ihekweme, said: “Justifying an atrocity in the House of God is akin to mocking Him. Let us take it easy and thread softly when it comes to God and His oracles here on earth.” It was also Ihekweme’s considered opinion that “His Grace, Archbishop Obinna, hate him or love him, represents the moral and spiritual conscience of millions of Nigerians, especially the Roman Catholics.” “There is nothing wrong with defending a system where you make a living, but everything is wrong when you play dirty with your creator. Governors come and go but God remains the same yesterday, today and forever”, Dr. Ihekweme said. A chieftain of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Captain David Mbamara, reminded the governor and his loyalists that Imo is not a conquered territory. “Violence is an ill wind that favours nobody. Indeed, it is the weak and empty that resorts to violence to cover up his inferiority complex. Okorocha and his party must know that nobody can mock God, for the judgment day must come”, Mbamara said. He expressed shock that the APC at all levels, “have kept a conspiracy of silence, as their governor continues to terrorize, vandalize people’s property and humiliate the people he is supposed to govern”. APC will govern Imo for 24 years— Okorocha Meanwhile, Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, boasted that APC would rule Imo for 24 years. In a statement to newsmen in Owerri, by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha also thanked Archbishop Obinna, for admitting that he was not physically attacked as it was rumoured. Okorocha supported his son-in-law to be the next governor of Imo, by saying that, “The same America, where George Walker Bush became the 43th president, from 2001 to 2009 after his father, George Herbert Walker Bush had been the country’s 41st president from 1989 to 1993.” According to the governor’s statement, “At the moment, the All Progressives Congress, APC, holds the political ace in Imo and will continue to govern the state uninterruptedly for the next twenty-four years. “What gives victory in an election are achievements and the electorate and not blackmail or propaganda on social media. “We also want to commend Archbishop Anthony Obinna for saying the truth over the allegation that he was attacked by government officials at a No one person shall govern Imo again— Chukwueke In a related development, Mr. Jerry Chukwueke, a governorship aspirant in Imo State, yesterday, said a system whereby one person is governing the state, was no longer acceptable. Chukwueke spoke to newsmen in Owerri, while announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. However, he declined to mention the new political party he would be decamping to. One of his reasons for abandoning the APC is that "the party in the state has not only lost focus but has turned out to be a disgrace which bothers so much on the inability of the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha to revive the economy and improve the wellbeing of the people of the state, as well as lack of financial probity." He was of the opinion that, “Imo state has not published it’s financial statement since 2015 and we have no answer to the assessment of the financial wellbeing of Imo state.” He added that, “We need to know how much we have and how it is spent. ” Chukwueke went further to say that, “because of lack of financial transparency, Imo economy has nosedived," arguing that, “no private establishment will bring their businesses where they are uncomfortable with the government policies.” Herdsmen killing: APC does not value human lives—Ohuabunwa By Anayo Okoli U MUAHIA— SENATOR Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North District, has lamented the destructive activities of herdsmen, alleging that with the way the security threat is being treated, the APC Federal Government seems to value the life of animals more than that of human beings. Ohuabunwa spoke while commissioning a motorised water bore hole at Nneato community of Umunneochi Local Government Area which he attracted through the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority. Ohuabunwa lamented the manner human beings were killed on daily basis by Fulani militia in Nigeria under the watch of APC government. “Nigeria is so insecure today that we no longer talk of killings, but the number killed. We have lost value for human lives. In Nigeria under APC, cows and dogs have more value than human beings,” Senator Ohuabunwa said. According to him, there was never a time in the history of Nigeria when “insecurity had gone as bad as it is today”. He challenged the APC-led Federal Government to stop passing the bulk and take responsibility for its failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians. He said that due to the callous killings and destruction of crops by herdsmen and the inability of the Federal Government to rise to the occasion, a lot of APC lawmakers, like other Nigerians have lost confidence in the Federal Government. To this end, he hinted that majority of APC senators had perfected plans to dump the party and defect to PDP, which he claimed would provide a better leadership to the country. “I can tell you that APC senators are now playing more opposition than their PDP counterparts because they have lost faith in their party," he noted. Ghana becomes sovereign shareholder in AFC, to invest $50m By Tare Youdeowei THE Republic of Ghana has become a sovereign shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation, AFC and is set to invest $50 million commitment to purchase AFC equity. Ghana achieved this status by being a member state of AFC for seven years. This was made known by Hon. Charles Adu Boahen, Deputy Minister of Finance. He said: “AFC remains an infrastructure development partner of choice for the Government of Ghana. The Corporation has proven its commitment to the socioeconomic development of the country, in addition to its growing presence across the continent and stands as Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo to contest Enugu guber NOLLYWOOD Actor and lawyer, Kenneth Okonkwo has officially declared his intension to run as Enugu State governor under the flagship of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, come 2019. He furthered the announcement via his social media platform, sharing photos from his declaration meeting with former governor Sullivan a beacon of Corporate Pan- Africanism. Ghana strongly encourages other African nations to invest in AFC to enhance the fulfillment of its mandate; to facilitate the continuous delivery of sustainable infrastructure assets and projects in the countries and the respective regions.” Lauding Ghana’s milestone, Andrew Alli, President and Chief Executive Officer of AFC said: “This investment not only strengthens the partnership between AFC and Ghana, but also serves as an acknowledgement of AFC’s efforts thus far in the development and financing of infrastructure in Africa, as well as acts as an incentive for AFC’s continued commitment to infrastructure development in Ghana.” Chime and other political bigwigs in the state. He wrote on Instagram: “Just declared my intention to contest for the governorship candidate of APC in Enugu State. It was heart warming to receive the blessings of the immediate past Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Gov Sullivan Chime. To God be the glory”
VANGUARD, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018—35 VISIT: From left, Deputy Governor, Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga; Executive Vice-President, Unilever, Ghana & Nigeria, Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh; Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State; Vice President, Supply Chain, Unilever West Africa, Mr. Siddharth Ramaswamy; Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business Director, Unilever Ghana & Nigeria, Mrs. Soromidayo George and HR Director, Unilever Ghana & Nigeria, Mrs. Eniola Onimole during a courtesy visit by Unilever management team to the governor, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. VISIT: From left, Ladi Adekoya, Sales Operations Manager, East 2 Region, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, IDL; HRH Eze Leo Nwokocha, traditional ruler of Umunneato community, Aboh Mbaise; Mobolaji Alalade, Head of Marketing, IDL, and Gbemileke Lawal, Brand Manager, Eagle Schnapps, when the IDL team paid a visit to the monarch. SKILL ACQUISITION: Mrs Victoria Imomoh, Chairman Adult Literacy & Vocational Committee, Rotary Club Abuja Metro (left); Osi Imomoh, President Rotary Club Abuja Metro (right) with some recipients at the club's Vocation and Widows Empowerment Project, in Abuja. CELEBRATION: Celebrant, General Overseer of New Life C&S Bible Church, Rev. Sunday Aloba (3rd right), flanked by his wife, Prophetess Adesola Aloba and other elders of the church, during a celebration to mark the end of Aloba's 41 days covenant mountain, at the church premises in Ayobo, Lagos State.