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Abia South senatorial zone: I will give quality representation, declares Wabara, APC candidate

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Sir Marc said his decision to represent Abia South in the red chamber was informed by the need to make positive impact on the fortune of his constituents.

Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia

The battle for who occupies Abia South Senatorial seat in 2019 is surely gathering momentum. This is even as one of the prominent contenders in the contest, an All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Marc Wabara, prepares to kick-start his campaign.

The contest, political observers say, might be the most contentious since this is the first time in the history of Abia South senatorial battle; three major political parties are participating.

The parties are: the All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It will therefore be a departure from the past, when one candidate will have the privilege and opportunity of being voted for, just because he hails from the zone and was unanimously chosen by the people.

The question on the lips of everyone is who among the likes of Sir Marc Wabara of APC, Chief Chris Nkwonta of the APGA and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of PDP will emerge winner of the election?

Speaking on Abia South Senatorial contest, Sir Marc, one time Chief Executive Officer of the defunct Hallmark Bank, said that his decision to represent Abia South in the red chamber was informed by the need to make positive impact on the fortune of his constituents.

He further said that, as a respected financial expert and former gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the PDP, he believes strongly that his experiences and skills would be deployed to serve Abia South Senatorial District meritoriously, as well as Abia State and Nigeria at large, having cut his teeth in politics for over a decade now.

According to him, the large image of the incumbent senator of the district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, is a huge task to confront considering that apart from the fact there are four councils in his part of Ngwa land, compared to where he (Wabara) comes from, which has two councils, the political experience which Senator Abaribe has garnered for over 12 years may not play out in his favour because the people need change urgently.

“I am aware that the challenges facing me are very daunting having come from the same council with the APGA candidate, Chief Nkwonta, who is a business mogul that got familiar with the political terrain of Abia South when he contested for the Senatorial position in 2015 but lost to Abaribe.

“But in my own political permutations, the two are no threat to my candidature because today’s politics, people no longer look at parties but personalities that will deliver to them the dividends of democratic principles.

“For now, the politics of rotation in Nigeria and Federal might stand in my favour because the people of Ukwa know that it is their turn to produce the next Senator since Abaribe, an Ngwa man has occupied the seat for 12 consecutive years. He is not the only person with the wherewithal as far as that position is concerned, and the people are not happy that only an Ngwa man is there where there are so many qualified people in Ukwa land, and myself being one of them.

“I will redefine representation in Abia South Senatorial zone, so that my constituents will enjoy the benefits of democracy and good representations, because my representation at the senate will be selfless, robust and effective, as I am particularly committed to initiating and promoting bills, aimed at tapping fully, the homogeneous human and material resources of the people of Abia South zone.

“My victory in the 2019 elections for Abia South Senatorial zone is rest assured and non-negotiable, and I must keep to my promises to make Abia south great again. I am unshakable because I have God on my side”, Wabara said.

He further noted that it was poor representation that brought about insecurity in the zone, promising that his emergence in 2019 will put insecurity in the zone to the annals of history.

He said that as a former successful Bank Chief Executive, he made indelible marks in the management of financial institutions, explaining that good representation is about having the interest of the people at heart , which he noted, he had from time.

On his plans for women and youths, Wabara said “I would target legislation that foster gender mainstreaming and youth empowerment as well as ensure that government policies and programmes which specifically target women and youths are fully implemented and effectively monitored. It was the zeal to continuously serve humanity that changed my trajectory and this saw me into politics on the platform of PDP, but today, I am in APC with a message of service to my people”.

He said that it was his early understanding of the virtues of hard work and discipline that made him traverse corporate world without hiccups and today he has come into politics to perform the same feat.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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