vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Clark’s residence invasion:Nobody can intimidate Ijaw nation—Dickson •As Clark condemns lopsided appointments in NNPC By Samuel Oyadongha Y GOVERNOR ENAGOA— Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has described the police raid on the Abuja residence of Ijaw leader, Pa Edwin Clark, over alleged gun-running, as a failed bid to intimidate the Ijaw nation. The governor, who maintained that nobody can intimidate the Ijaw ethnic group, insisted that the Ijaw voice would sustain its outcry against injustice and inequality in the country. Dickson in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, during a solidarity visit to Chief Clark, in Abuja, said: “As you already know, you and I have been talking about this unfortunate incident, I have made it known, our utter disappointment with the action of the police for which was clearly an unnecessary and condemnable act of intimidation of the family of our leader at the age of 92.” In the governor’s entourage were Senator Ben Murray Bruce; former Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Muktar Shagari; former Senate Chief Whip, Senator Stella Omu; former Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Boladei Igali, and four-time Minister, Alabo Graham Douglas. Dickson eulogised Pa Clark for his leadership style, courage, firmness and commitment to the cause of the Ijaw nation. He said if the unfortunate invasion of the residence of the elder statesman was meant to intimidate the Ijaw nation, the evil plot had failed. He said: “We know that no weapon fashioned against our leader, our people will stand. If this was targeted to intimidate our people, it has failed. The spirit of the Ijaw nation cannot be intimidated, the Ijaw spirit is indomitable. “That is what you have shown and taught us all these years. We admire your courage, your strength of character, which personifies the indomitable spirit of our people. We know that this will not sway you. In this nation, the Ijaw spirit cannot be intimidated. The Ijaw voice will continue to be heard.” Clark condemns lopsided appointments in NNPC Earlier, Clark who had narrated his ordeal to the Flooding: NEMA moves to tackle impending disaster in Rivers By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT— National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has moved to put contingency measures on ground to cushion effects of flooding and other disasters in Rivers State. This followed the prediction that there will be heavy flooding in parts of Rivers among other states in the country from this month. Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, at a two-day coordination meeting of stakeholders in disaster management, organised by NEMA South-South zone, with support from Mustafa Meihaja, Director-General of the agency, Zonal Director of NEMA, Dr. Martins Ejike, noted that the body was ready to tackle disasters in the state. Ejike said the essence of the meeting was to coordinate the different delegation, said that the police would have denied the raid if not for the timely arrival of a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali to his residence. He said that he had to calm Niger Delta youths who converged on several cities to react angrily over the incident. Clark condemned what he described the continuing marginalisation of the Ijaw people in the oil sector, especially in the area of appointments in Nigerian agencies and ministries in disaster management and give each of them responsibilities to handle, should the flooding occurs. However, the Rivers State government has said it was prepared to handle the predicted 2018 flooding in parts of the state. Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Emergency and Relief Services, Mr Chris Berewari, said the state had commenced sensitisation of residents of flood prone communities. VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018—13 National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. He said: “NNPC is the engine room of the oil industry. You (Federal Government) appointed nine people, six of them from the North, one from the West, one from the South-South. Also 36 senior managers of NNPC and 17 from the South, and you don’t want me to talk about it. That is nonsense.” He also wondered why junior police officers, who acted on directives from the authorities to raid his residence, were dismissed for carrying our orders from superior authorities. TRAINING: From left, Head, Strategic Partnership, Microsoft Africa Initiative, Soromfe Uzomah; beneficiary, MTN-Microsoft Training, Comfort Anorue; SME Segment Management, Bridget Enuma; Facilitator, MTN-Microsoft Training, Michael Olafusi, and beneficiary, MTN- Microsoft Training, Yinka Shittu, at the MTN-Microsoft Training for SME, in Lagos. GMoU: 438 Itsekiri youths begin entrepreneurship after training By Onozure Dania WARRI — NO fewer than 438 youths of Itsekiri extraction, drawn from the over 20 Itsekiri communities of Chevron Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, under Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, IRDC, are to begin full scale entrepreneurship after successfully undergoing intensive training. The youths were trained in hair dressing, hotel and catering services, information communication technology, tailoring and fashion design, tinsmith and installation, welding and fabrication, electrical as well as inter-locking stone and kerb and received sewing machines among others. Chairman of IRDC, Amb. Austine Oniyesan, at the graduation ceremony and presentation of starter packs to the trainees, described the event as first of its kind in the history of IRDC. Stressing the need for the graduands to continually learn and improve themselves, Oniyesan noted that the current leadership of IRDC would focus its attention on massive job creation in Itsekiri communities under the Chevron GMoU, through mega projects that will be sustainable. General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, PGPA, Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, Mr. Esimaje Brikinnin, who was represented by Area Manager, PGPA Field Operations, Sam Daibo, expressed delight that Itsekiri RDC was back, vibrant, united and ready to add value to people’s lives in its member communities. NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 2019: Ex-banker battles Akpabio for APC ticket By Harris-Okon Emmanuel UYO—A former banker, Otuekong Iniebehe Okorie, has challenged Senator Godswill Akpabio for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial seat at the National Assembly on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC. Okorie, who was apparently on the verge of securing the party’s nod until Akpabio's defection, which had changed the political calculus in the district, has promised effective representation if given the mandate. The aspirant said the interest of the party was paramount, expressing optimism that the party will pick him as its standard bearer for the 2019 senatorial election, as he called for a level playing 2019: I won’t renege on one term promise — Ojougboh By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha OLEH—DELTA State gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, has promised not renege on his promise to govern the state for a single term if given the mandate in the 2019 general election. He also urged warring factions in the party to sheathe their swords in field for all the contestants. He said: “The primary election has to be free, fair and credible. If you defeat me in a free and fair primary, I will work for you and the party, but if you win in a primary election that is not free and fair, you are on your own.” He assured that as a loyal party man and a firm believer in the principles of President Muhammadu Buhari, he will not stop supporting the programmes of the party, adding that the party in Akwa Ibom has opted for the direct primary system. According to him, APC will form the next government in the state in 2019, adding that with the right candidate and right approach, the party has what it takes to defeat the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel. Insecurity/economy: MNG vows to support PDP in 2019 By Festus Ahon A S A B A — MOVEMENT for Nigerian Greatness, MNG, yesterday, lamented the insecurity and the “downward movement” of the country’s economy under All Progressives Congress, APC, and vowed to throw its weight behind Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 general election. The group, in a statement by its National President, Mr. Collins Oniobo, said: “There is no gain-saying that Nigeria was better off with the PDP than with the current APC-led Federal Government. “Nigeria is now a country of lawlessness where anything goes. Public officers now make comments capable of heating up the polity without being sanctioned. More so is the partisanship of public institutions such as Police andEconomic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. “Such nefarious actions are very unhealthy for democratic growth and development. Look at the killings going on in the country, especially in the Middle Belt. What about the unemployment rate? The N- Power programme has not employed up to three million Nigerians yet over eight million Nigerians have lost their jobs since the inception of this administration. “Nigeria cannot continue under this condition. Recourse to the above mentioned reasons is the basis for pitching our tent with the PDP. We want to use this medium, therefore, to call on all PDP leaders, faithful and enthusiasts to work assiduously for the reemergence of the party come 2019.” the build up to the 2019 polls, saying: “We need to be united in order to secure victory in the elections.” Speaking at Oleh and Olomoro, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state during his consultation visit to the leadership of the party in the Isoko nation, Ojougboh said he was out to complete the next four years of Delta North and allow the governorship to move to Delta Central senatorial district in 2023 in the spirit of fair play and equity.
14—VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Bianca gets royal blessing to contest senatorial election chance to contest. • As Intersociety begs APGA, Obiano to give her nomination as mark of respect for Ojukwu Intersociety urges By Nwabueze Okonkwo & Chimaobi Nwaiwu O NITSHA—THE debate on whether Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the late Igbo leader and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is qualified to contest the Anambra South senatorial election in Anambra State or not, based on the fact that her paternal home is Enugu State, has drawn the ire of some notable Igbo personalities, including the traditional ruler of Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Rowland Odegbo who gave Ojukwu's widow his royal blessings yesterday. This came as the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, said All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will put their names in the good books of history if the wife of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu is fielded by the party as its candidate for Anambra South Senatorial district for the 2019 election. Igwe Odegbo while welcoming Bianca in his palace at Nteje, during the celebration of his annual new yam cultural festival, prayed for her success in her senatorial ambition and blasted those making such insinuations that Bianca who hails from Enugu State cannot contest an election in Anambra State for lack ing sense of reasoning. According to Odegbo who was a one-time deputy governorship candidate in Anambra State, under Pastor Nicholas Ukachukwu's gubernatorial candidacy, “it is senseless for anyone to bring such a debate into our political life at this stage because once a woman is married to any state, she has automatically become more indigenised to that particular state than even her paternal state of origin.” He therefore urged APGA to disregard such a debate and possibly nominate Bianca as their candidate for the senatorial contest to keep Ojukwu’s spirit alive because she tried her best in taking good care of her late husband before his demise. The monarch prayed God to strengthen her and give her the courage to fight the political battle and possibly win, as it would help to boost the morale of Ndigbo who are regarded as sons and daughters of the late Biafra war lord. He said that for Ojukwu to have read in the Oxford University and thereafter used his father’s riches to fight for the liberation of Ndigbo was enough to earn Bianca the senatorial seat as part of the immortalization processes of her husband, adding that she should be given a APGA, Obiano to give Bianca senatorial ticket Meantime, Intersociety in a statement signed by its Board chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi and Head Democracy and Good Governance, Chinwe Umeche, titled "Ojukwu’s Big Shoe: History will positively remember Governor Obiano if Bianca Ojukwu is fielded as APGA Anambra South Senatorial candidate in 2019 general elections” said: “Fielding the lateBiafra warlord’s wife as the candidate of the party for election to the senate will gladden the heart and attract open commendation for the party and Governor Obiano from Intersociety, Anambra state, Anambra South Senatorial district and the South East in Disregard IPOB's sit-at-home, Police tell banks in Enugu By Chinedu Adonu E NUGU—ENUGU State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, has called on banks, other financial institutions and residents to ignore the sit at home call by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation. Danmallam made the assurance yesterday in Enugu during a meeting with the Enugu Bankers Forum, an umbrella of banking practitioners comprising all banks in the state. The meeting was called on the side-lines of the proposed sit-at-home being AWARD: From left—Engr John Ediale, an alumnus of the Yaba College of Technology, YCT, in 1947; Pa George Okufi, former Rector, YCT; and the Rector, Engr. Femi Omokungbe, at the Alumni Lecture and presentation of Distinguished Award of Excellence, in Lagos. contemplated by some unpatriotic members of the public under the aegis of pro-Biafra groups on September 14 throughout the South-East. It was gathered that the sit-at-home as proposed was meant for law-abiding members of the public especially within the South-East not to come out on Sept. 14. Danmallam also assured residents and banks in the state of his command’s resolve in partnership with other sister security agencies and relevant stakeholders to continue to ensure a safe and secured state, pointing out that the negative move was the handiwork of mischief makers. According to him, “there was nothing to worry about before, during and after Sept. 14 concerning the alleged proposed sit-athome being contemplated by some unpatriotic members of the public masquarading themselves as pro-Biafra groups. “Security operatives of the command in partnership with other sister security agencies have put modalities in place towards fishing out those in this habit. “I assure you that there is no cause for alarm as people are enjoined to go about their normal lawful businesses before, during and after the said date,” he said. The commissioner assured of adequate security to carry out their banking businesses and other lawful businesses without fear of any molestation by any person or group of persons. NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 We’ve informed NEC on indirect primaries—Imo APC ...says only Okorocha's son-in-law has picked form By Chinonso Alozie OWERRI—THE mode of primaries for Imo State All Progressives Congress, APC, has continued to generate reactions just as the Imo state chairman of APC, Mr Daniel Nwafor yesterday said the National Executive Council, NEC, was aware of the decision on the adoption of indirect primaries in the state. Nwafor spoke in Owerri at the state secretariat of APC in a meeting with stakeholders of the party. This is coming a day after the Imo Allied Forces called for direct primaries in the state. Nwafor said: “We have communicated to the National Executive Council of APC, the decision of the SEC adopting indirect primaries for the party. It is a decision of the APC stakeholders. “Let me also tell you that it is only Uche Nwosu we are aware that had picked the governorship form under APC from Imo State. Daniel argued that some people who were calling for direct primaries as against the decision of the State Executive Council, SEC, are not members of the party. “Hope Uzodinma is not a member of APC. The ward chairman of Omuma where he came from has not informed us that he has registered with them, likewise the LG chairmen. Even Hope has not declared on the floor of the senate. “We warn senator Hope Uzodinma to stop parading himself as a member of APC as he is yet to be recognised at the ward and local government level of the party.” EFCC loses bid to revoke Kalu’s bail Innocent Anaba LAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Monday, rejected an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the revocation of the bail granted a former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Kalu. Trial judge in the matter is Justice Mohammed Idris. EFCC’s counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had prayed the court to revoke the bail granted to the former governor while responding to a request by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche, SAN, for an adjournment of the alleged fraud case against his client due to his absence. Explaining the reason behind the unavailability of Kalu in court, Monday, Chief Uche told the court that he (Kalu) had travelled out of the country for a surgical operation in Germany. He said: “My lord, at the last hearing of this matter on July 31, 2018, we did inform the court that the first defendant (Dr. Kalu) had an appointment for a surgical operation which was scheduled for the 2nd of August, 2018, in Germany. “Incidentally, the first defendant was unable to get a flight out to meet up with the appointment. The Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Mario, thereafter, went for his summer vacation. However, from the communications we have, the only available date for the surgery is today (Monday). We have already made out a letter attached to which are the correspondences fixing the appointment since last week Friday. Help stop bloodshed in the North, Uwazuruike begs Ango Abdullahi By Chidi Nkwopara OWERRI—An appeal has gone to the convener of the Northern Elders Council and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi, to “help stop the bloodshed in parts of Northern States”. The protagonist of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, made the passionate appeal when he played host to Professor Abdullahi in his Owerri residence. “There is no doubt that a lot of senseless bloodshed is still going on periodically in the North today. Only sadists and possibly, the perpetrators of the damnable act will be happy to kill, maim and destroy precious human lives with reckless abandon”, Uwazuruike said. According to BIM leader, he was constrained to start agitating for an independent Biafra when he could no longer bear the way Ndigbo were being killed in parts of the country and their hard earned properties either looted or destroyed. “I must explain that why I started the agitation for Biafra was because the lives and properties of our people were not and are still not safe in the North. Lives are wasted as if it no longer has value”, Uwazuruike explained. “What matters to me, as always, is the safety of life and property of Ndigbo," he added.