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August 14, 2018

UPP Chieftain wants Imo Assembly members recalled

  …Says impunity getting out of hands The Deputy National Chainman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Ejike Uche, has called on the various constituencies in Imo State to set in motion the machinery for the immediate recall of the members representing them in the Imo State House of Assembly. Addressing journalists in Owerri, Sir Ejike Uche, popularly known as Dimkpasaa said the ongoing impeachment process against the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere and the resurrection in the Imo State House of Assembly of a bill to okay ranching and other infractions, are indications that the House members are representing…

Cloning of PVCs – INEC raises the alarm

INEC raises the alarm over cloning of PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised the alarm over the attempts by unscrupulous elements to clone Permanent Voter Cards. INEC said this in a statement by its Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, on Sunday. The commission, however, said there was no cause for worry as it was nearly impossible for PVCs to be cloned. The statement read in part, “INEC has received reports of attempts to clone Permanent Voter Cards and sell them online. We wish to assure the public that the commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral…

Buhari’s buccaneers for 2019 Presidential election (1)

  All those, including the monarchs of the South-east of Nigeria, as reported in the media, who egg on President Muhammadu Buhari to run for the presidential seat in 2019 are his buccaneers. They are of divers categories. We shall treat them in three distinct categories. The monarchs are in the first. They are toothless bull-dogs. They can bark furiously. But they can’t bite. By their positions, they are not supposed to support any political party. Their utterances give considerable credence to the popular saying that Igbo enwegh eze. And by the way, their stools seek, strive, strain and stagger…

APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

Why the North will still vote for Buhari in 2019 – Bishop Kukah

Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

  The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the socio-economic situation in the North, President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance and the forthcoming 2019 elections. You were one of those who vehemently opposed Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency from the outset. How would you describe the quality of leadership in Nigeria in the immediate past era? Vehemently opposed to Buhari? Where did you get this from? I think you were sold this dummy in the heydays of ecstasy, frenzy and euphoria of the Buhariphilia, who jumped out of every corner of Nigeria believing that their redemption was…

2019: Why I want to come again – Buhari

  President Muhammadu Buhari says he has too many unfinished business to complete and that majority of Nigerians like him. That is why he is coming out again in 2019. But this decision has angered many people. Buhari made his declaration for a second tenure during a meeting with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) , Monday, and reiterated it two days later, in London, when the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Justin Wellby, paid him a courtesy call. “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run…

2019: We’ll resist rigging in Imo – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that the era of rigging or writing fictitious results is over, stressing that the party will never allow that happen again. Chief Charles Ezekwem, Imo State Chairman of PDP gave this warning during a press briefing in Owerri, March 8. “We must ensure that the people’s will prevail contrary to the scheming and expectations of the APC,” he said. The PDP boss alleged that the APC in Imo State was working assiduously on how to subvert the will of Imolites in 2019 having become very unpopular because of its gross mal-administration and…

Voter’s Card: Catholic Bishops go tough

  In a bid to tackle voter’s apathy so endemic especially among the faithful, the Catholic Church has hit the ground running ahead of next year’s General Election. Speaking at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held at the Catholic Secretariat, Abuja, the bishops gave strict instructions to the faithful to register to enable them to obtain the permanent voters card, (PVC), without which they would not be eligible to vote. The Bishops seem to have taken to heart the criticism that many people in the church do not vote or…

Take heart, God hasn’t abandoned us – Archbishop Obinna tells Ndi Imo

  Traumatized people of Imo State, especially those whose means of livelihood have been hampered, disorganised or business locations inconvenienced by the dispossession, dislocation and demolition inflicted on them, have been told to take heart, as God has not abandoned them. These words of consolation were contained in the 2018 Lenten message to Christ’s faithful and Imo people by His Grace, Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri titled: “Take heart God cares for you” – A message of consolation… in the face of our people’s agony and groans. The message was read in all parishes in Owerri…

Archbishop Obinna Condemns nepotism, family succession in Imo

  … Talks tough on PVC In the wake of bad governance and nepotism that have become the order of the day in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha  led administration and worsened by the news making the rounds that the governor is planning to plant or impose his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as governor in Imo State come 2019, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has urged Christians in general and Catholics in particular to go and get their PVCs (Personal Voters Card). The Archbishop made this call at…

Okorocha lists qualities of his successor

Rochas and Uche Nwosu

… Promises to build more statues … Cancels 3-day work policy Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said anybody who is going to succeed him as governor, must not be proud, arrogant vindictive, greedy and narrow minded or clannish. He reiterated that he “will not support the aspiration of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the governor of the state in 2019. He also ruled out the possibilities of his immediate predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim succeeding him because “if he is re-elected, his mission would be for vengeance.” Okorocha, who stated this yesterday during an interactive session with newsmen in the state…

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

  Prayer for “credible, less-greedy political candidates for good governance and people-caring services in view of the 2019 general elections,” was among 10 special intentions, Catholics in Owerri Archdiocese put before God during a Rosary Procession and Holy Mass held at the Eucharistic Congress Podium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, January 19, 2018. Other intentions are: – Peaceful, non-violent politicking among politicians and the electorate in this 2018 transition year to the year 2019. – More honest worship of God in spirit, truth and justice, in Church, Government, business and society at large; with rejection and renunciation of idolatrous practices and…

Ararume – A Political Style So Alluring

Ararume - A Political Style So Alluring

  Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume is the Chief and arrowhead of Destiny Organization. His fascinating leadership style is so attractive, enticing and magnetic that it is difficult to resist being part of his moving train. His followers over the years have seen in him a sober, almost self- deprecating attitude on his part as undeniable humility. He does not live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectation. As a celebrated realist, he does not intend to abandon Nigeria and seek out a more comfortable corner of the globe which someone else’s intelligence and labour have tidied up. He wants…