16—Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 Imo 2019: Over 20 guber aspirants jostle for APGA ticket •Party scribe, ABC Transport boss join race •Group wants Catholic Bishop to distance self from 2019 By Chinonso Alozie OWERRI—AS the prediction on who clinches the 2019 Imo State gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, gets tighter, the Deputy National Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Steve Nwoga among other new faces have joined the race. Vanguard learnt yesterday in Owerri that apart from Mr. Nwoga, other top aspirants included the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of A. B. C. Transport company, Mr. Frank Nneji. There were also Mr Okey Ezeh, former Commissioner of Information to Okorocha; Mr. Uche Onyeagucha, Mr. :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Ike Ibeh, David Mbamara and Mr. Obi Njoku. On why he wants to be the next governor of Imo State, Nwoga said: “My intention to serve Imo state is altruistic. We need digital ideas to develop the agric sector, the oil industry and the tourism sector and Imo will become a star. “Most importantly is power generation which is of great importance to me. What I am going to do is geographic power generation. Power generation is not rocket science. We have gas deposit in Ohaji Egbema local government area. “We have some of the best engineers in the world from Imo state. I have discussed with them on what we will do to bring them home for this purpose of generating electricity for our people." Ikpeazu applauds achievement in educational sector ABIA State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said he plans to build a state with necessary skills and manpower that will attract industries and development. Governor Ikpeazu, who stated this during the maiden matriculation ceremony of Dr Uma Ukpai Polytechnic, Asaga Ohafia, said with the foundation already laid, Abia in the nearest future will be a leading state that has created enabling ecosystem to support industrialisation. “I’m happy that our effort in education is not in vain. In less than three years of our administration, three tertiary institutions have Make Onitsha River Port functional, shippers urge FG By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—THE Anambra State Shippers Association has urged the Federal Government to gazette and make Onitsha River Port functional, arguing that doing so would boost economic and commercial activities in this part of the country. President of the association, Mr. Emma Akpaka, who spoke yesterday in Onitsha observed that if made functional, Onitsha Port could sustain the economy of Nigeria, considering the proximity of Onitsha market considered to be one of the biggest in West Africa. According to him, been established in our dear state with Dr Uma Ukpai Polytechnic as the latest. “our plan is to build a state with the necessary skills and manpower that will attract industries and development,” he said. The Governor also commended the renowned Evangelist, Rev. Uma Ukpai for the Giant step in establishing a tertiary institution in the state. “Let me also thank Rev. Ukpai for responding to our call and plea to our people to bring their investment to the state, because we know that when our people invest at home, it will attract investors from outside the state to come also,” he said. abandoning the port for over six years after its completion and inauguration, was an invitation to self-inflicted hardship, adding that shippers in the area had become impatient over the neglect of the port. He said: “Shippers in the South-East are begging President Muhammadu Buhari to gazette this port and include it into the global shipping map so that customs and relevant sister agencies can move in immediately to enforce economic activities. “Apart from the revenue and jobs that the port can create, there will be massive development of inland waterways of host communities as well." I won't be part of any peace talk until FG reverses proscription of IPOB—Nwabueze ...as IPOB visits him to apologise over Enugu ECA meeting incident By Chimaobi Nwaiwu NNEWI—A renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze has said he will not be part of any kind of peace talk until the Federal Government reverses its proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and have it removed from its list of terrorist organisations. Prof Nwabueze also warned the Federal Government to be careful in treating the issues of IPOB and other pro-Biafra groups, as the agitations are still being spearheaded by the youths. He stated this when the leadership of IPOB visited him in his Kosisieme Family Estate residence in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State, to apologise to him and the leadership of Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, for disrupting their meeting in Enugu on February 27, 2018. Also represented during the visit was Secretary General of ECA, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, Mr. Obi Thompson of World Igbo Congress, WIC and a member of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Chijioke Aguocha. The reverred professor of constitional law said that “if the injustice being meted by the Federal Government on IPOB is not addressed, it will get to the stage when it will become an all embracing Igbo movement, that elders like me will take over the agitation and it will spell doom for the country.” Prof. Nwabueze said that “the injustice meted on Ndigbo and everything concerning them in Nigeria, justify the agitation by IPOB,” adding that "injustice against Ndigbo, dates back to 1965 when the Governing Council of University of Lagos, dominated by the Yoruba attempted to illegally remove a Vice Chancellor of Igbo extraction of the institution, Prof. Enyi Njoku. “I still remember the story of University of Lagos when on 2nd March 1965, then I was a lecturer in the newly established University of Lagos, when Governor Okezie Ikpeazu with Rev Dr Uma Ukpai at the maiden matriculation ceremony of Dr Uma Ukpai Polytechnic, Asaga Ohafia, Abia State. Buhari’s anti corruption war, all talk without action—MASSOB ...accuses him of rewarding corrupt officials of his government By Chimaobi Nwaiwu N NEWI—THE leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB has described the anti corruption war of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as all talk without action, saying that under the Buhari administration, the country has witnessed the greatest height of corruption without those involved being punished. MASSOB said the administration of President Buhari instead of punishing corrupt people in his administration, rewarded them, patted them on the back and gave them soft landing while their cases die natural deaths. MASSOB in a statement by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu said: “Since the inception of democratic rule in Nigeria, the country has never been run in such a high magnitude of illiterate tribal domination and corrupt tendencies. “The Buhari administration has shown to the world that he is a resolute promoter of Islamic fundamentalism. He has also proved to be a radical and stubborn enforcer of the grand command of Islamic domination ordered by Uthman Dan Fodio. "Records have it that former President Olusegun Obasanjo sacked his IGP Tafa Balogun for corruption; backed the impeachment of the then Senate President, Adolphus Wabara for alleged corruption; sacked his own ministers, Fabian Osuji, S.M Afolabi, Hussein Akwanga, Tim Menakaya, for alleged corruption, just as he sacked Mrs Mobolaji Osomo for alleged administrative infraction. “The same way, late former President Umaru Yar’Adua sacked Mrs Adenike Grange as Minister of Health for alleged administrative infraction. “It is on records that former President Goodluck Jonathan also sacked Senator Stella Odua for alleged corruption..., but President Buhari is patting on the back, soft landing and rewarding alleged corrupt officials with more appointments. they attempted to remove Prof. Enyi Njoku as the Vice Chancellor and I said no, we will not accept that. I mobilised all the university students and lecturers in protest and the university was closed down for a whole session. “We fought the Federal Government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa to a stand still. I was arrested and sentenced to six months imprisonment by a Yoruba Magistrate for leading the protest and we appealed the judgment and a Sierra- Leonian Judge, J.S Taylor threw the judgment away and reversed my six months imprisonment and I regained my freedom and there was jubilation everywhere in Lagos by Ndigbo. He berated the Buhariled Federal Government for proscribing IPOB when organisations and associations like armed herdsmen, whom he said had massacred and slaughtered many Nigerians and are still killing people, have not been proscribed or declared a terrorist organisation. “I will not be part of any kind of peace talk until the IPOB is deproscribed, until the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation is removed. If the Federal Government has the courage to meet these two conditions, okay. We can talk peace and I will be there. If not, then count me out. "IPOB is only agitating for Biafra and self determination; they have killed nobody. On the contrary, IPOB members have been killed and are still being killed by the Federal Government's troops," he said. Earlier, IPOB in a letter of apology presented to Prof. Nwabueze and the leadership of Eastern Consultative Assembly and read by its African Representative and Nigeria Coordinator, Mr. George Onyeibe, said: “With a deep sense of responsibility, we have come today to apologise to our highly esteemed leader, father and elder, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, who was inadvertently embarrassed by angry brothers and sisters at the ECA event at Universal Hotel Enugu on Tuesday 27th February, 2018. “It is ironic that the most credible and inspiring leaders who command our respect were all gathered there on that fateful Tuesday. The long exploitation and oppression caused our reaction because we have had enough of Nigeria and its injustices."
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