34—Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 Polls: APC probes poor outing in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—THE Anambra State branch of All Progressives Congress, APC, has set up a committee to find out reasons for the party’s abysmal performance in the last general elections in the state. The party also plans to rebrand the branch, starting with a summit to be attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s only senator-elect in the South East geo political zone, Orji Uzor Kalu. Recall that in the presidential election, APC scored a scandalous 33,000 votes and did not win any seat in both the state and national assembly polls, despite the array of prominent politicians of Anambra State origin in the party. The state chairman of APC, Chief Basil Ejidike, at the inauguration of the committee, which has Chief C.J. Chinwuba as the chairman and Chief Peter Ogbuka as secretary, mandated it to find out the roles played by every stakeholder, including the national, state, local government and ward leaderships of the party, the party’s agents in the elections, security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the exercise. Ejidike said: “The fact finding committee will deeply probe what happened before and during the last general elections, which saw our party lying prostrate and without anything to show for its existence and participation in the elections. “Therefore, we want to know the roles played by members for and against the interest and success of the party before and during the elections. If you succeed in your assignment, then it means that APC is on the path to progress in Anambra State.” Delta'll witness amazing devt under Okowa —UNYM By Simon Adewale THE National President of Urhobo National Youth Movement, UNYM, Mr Alex Idu has congratulated Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on his re-election for a second term in office. While addressing newsmen in Ughelli, Idu said that Okowa had shown great zeal and capacity in the development of the state since assumption of office as governor, stating that his re-election is indeed a recognition by Deltans for Okowa’s deeds that delivered the dividends of democracy to the people. He noted that the landslide victory and massive vote from the electorate in Ughelli and Delta State for Okowa is an expression of appreciation for the numerous projects and performance of Okowa during his first term; that Okowa should accelerate the infrastructural development and human empowerment in appreciation for his mandate. Idu expressed hope that Delta State would witness amazing developmental activities and empowerment during Okowa’s second term; that Deltans have made a good choice by casting their votes for Okowa. Airport road construction: FAAN urges air travellers to leave home early By Samson Echenim THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has advised air passengers to leave their homes early, owing to the ongoing reconstruction of the road leading the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The airport authority said the advice became necessary due to the traffic gridlock experienced by road users along airport road. "The authority appeals to passengers that leaving their homes early will ensure they get to the airport in good time and go through all check-in formalities with ease," FAAN said in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu. While apologising for the inconveniences encountered by passengers due to the situation, Yakubu said FAAN had mobilised security agencies to ensure that the situation was effectively managed. IMO: PDP vows to probe last-minute employments, establishment of new institutions by Okorocha By Chidi Nkwopara OWERRI—Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has kicked against what it called “illegal establishments, upgrading of institutions, looting of government property and backdating of employments,” by the outgoing Rochas Okorocha administration in the state. The state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Damian Opara, expressed the party’s position in a press statement at the weekend, in Owerri. “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State Chapter, has been drawn to the recent pronouncements by the outgoing Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, concerning the purported establishments and upgrading of certain institutions in the state. “They include the College of Education, Ihitte-Uboma; Imo State Polytechnic, Ehime Mbano; Imo State University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise; Imo State University, Faculty of Engineering, Onuimo; Imo State Polytechnic, Orlu Campus (TESAC); Imo State College of Education, Ohaji/Egbema, and the purported appointment of heads of these non-existing institutions at the twilight of his administration.” The PDP urged Imo people to disregard such pronouncements, pointing out that “such pronouncements have no basis in law and may have been done in the usual practice of the outgoing governor, without due processes.” The PDP further noted that just a few weeks to the end of Okorocha’s administration, “he has employed more workers than he had ever done during the eight years he wasted as the governor of Imo State”. The party alleged that Okorocha employed and backdated letters of employments given to individuals who hitherto had no service to render to the state ministries, agencies and parastatals. “In one agency alone, the managing director purportedly employed 300 persons in the guise of doing surveillance duties and backdated their employment letters. The above scenario has been going on virtually in all g o v e r n m e n t establishments across the state, including state owned tertiary institutions. The looting of government property has been going on daily. Government vehicles have been auctioned at give-away prices and property worth millions of naira that belongs to Imo people have been carted away”, the PDP alleged. While viewing the above actions of Governor Okorocha as “immoral, criminal, unwarranted, unlawful and laden with evil intentions”, the party also reiterated that “the incoming PDP administration under Emeka Ihedioha shall do the needful by making sure that these illegal actions of Governor Okorocha are reversed.” 5 IPOB members arrested for attacking police station in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu A WKA—ANAMBRA State police command has arrested five persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who allegedly attacked and burnt a police station in Ajali, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state. Those arrested were Abuchi Nwogwu (21 years), Okwudili Nwanne (42), Maduabuchi Obia (22), Chukwuedozie Orah (30) and Ekechi Chukwuemeka (30), who the police said, all hailed from Ndikelionwu in the same local government area. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Amawbia, said they were nabbed by the police Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, after what he called ‘an aggressive manhunt of perpetrators’. According to the CP, the suspected IPOB members attacked the Ajalli Police S-East group calls for inclusive govt By Ebele Orakpo C ONCERNED citizens and representatives of the National Eastern Mandate, NEM, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to zone leadership positions to qualified members of the party from the South-East zone, to acknowledge their effort and also to prevent the contravention of Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. While congratulating President Buhari on his victory in the last presidential election, the group noted that more easterners voted for him in 2019 than at any other time since 2003. They reminded him of his victory speech where he stated that he would run an inclusive government, saying that “a committed and loyal ranking APC Senator from the Eastern zone should be considered for leadership VISIT: From left— Osita Aboloma, Director General, S t a n d a r d s Organisation of Nigeria, SON; Senator Sam Egwu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry; and Senator Barnabas Gemade, during a courtesy visit of the committee to SON's laboratory complex at Ogba, Lagos, as part of its oversight functions. Division and set ablaze the station, three police patrol vehicles and other exhibits. He also said the suspects equally carted away three AK 47 rifles from the division’s armoury and injured the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, who was on a visiting round at the time. Dandaura said that upon interrogation, the suspects took police operatives to their hideout where one of the AK 47 rifle with breech number KO 358792 was recovered, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigations. in the interest of political unity and stability in the nation. In a release made available to Vanguard, the group called on the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to “resist all pressure and ensure that all who were declared winners (not under duress) by INEC are issued their Certificates of Return without further delay."
Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 — 35 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 OBSEQUIES FOR LATE MRS ODINKALU Bishop Augustine Ukwuoma, Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, at the funeral mass for late Mrs Odinkalu, mother of Prof Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC. To his left is Rev. Fr. Obinna Odinkalu (deceased's son) and Rev. Dr. Ozioma Onyima, Parish priest, St. Joseph's Parish, Umuhu-Okabia, Orsu LGA, Imo State. Governor-elect of Imo State and former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha (middle) with Livy Uzoukwu, SAN (left) and Chidi Odinkalu. Emeka Ihedioha with Rev. Fr. Odinkalu. ( T O P ) : C h i d i Odinkalu with his wife, Mrs. Iheoma Obibi Odinkalu. (LEFT): Lawrence Wilbert, President, Unity Schools Old Students Association (right) and C h i d i Odinkalu.