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Udom’s Aide Disappears with N31m Students Money – By Mfon Udoumo

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There are strong indications in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, that the thirty-one million Naira promised Akwa Ibom students to stage a solidarity rally for the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, may have grown wings.

And the Governor’s Special Assistant on Students Matters, Aquilla OtoObong Akpan, may know where the money may be hiding.

While many accounts claim that she may have run away with the money, others state that Governor Emmanuel may have made a bogus promise and did not give her the money to share to the students, resulting in the mayhem unleashed by aggrieved students around Government House, Uyo, and adjoining streets on Thursday.

The botched solidarity rally which descended into wanton break down in law and order, and touts and youths joined the protest, bringing vehicular movement and business activities to a standstill. Innocent commuters were disposed of valuables, vehicles were vandalised and many students sustained different levels of injuries.

Yesterday, the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) released a statement, signed by the state chairman, Iniobong Okopido. calling the rally “shameful and outrageous” and blaming Governor Udom Emmanuel of “refusing to honour his pledge to pay the students N31 million for marching on the streets of Uyo for him.”

Okopido stated:,”The governor has shown for the umpteenth time that he is not only devious and deceitful, but is bereft of any iota of honour. We ask these students to take all legal steps, including a protest march to government house, to recover their money.”

The students bemoaned their treatment in the hands of the governor, stating that Udom Emmanuel has shown “flagrant disregard to students, education in the state and the future of the youths of Akwa Ibom State.”

The APC statement said that faced with “a flagging campaign and facing an imminent defeat at the polls, Udom Emmanuel routinely pays youths, women and even cultists to walk the streets, wave leaves and carry banners in an apparent show of solidarity with him. In many of his rallies, hired women in uniform are always abandoned at the campaign grounds, without as little as a bus fare back home.”

Okopido added: “It took the skilful intervention of the police to avert bloodbath yesterday… We call on our former governors and eminent citizens of our dear state to rise in unison and condemn… this.”

Yesterday, faced with mounting suspicious and accusations, Aquilla resurfaced, stating that: “students who came for the solidarity march were duly accredited according to their various institutions. The sum of 31 million naira was given to the students by the Governor, with the instruction that it should be shared per local government, making it a million naira each.”


 

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Abia: Uche Ogah as a Liberator – By Chima Adiele

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A new lease of life is no longer a distant dream for the people of Abia state.Their liberation from the shackles of desperate poverty and mindless deprivation is now a matter of weeks. Come March 2nd, 2019, Abians will file out in their thousands to cast their votes for Uche Samson Ogah, the man with the midas touch who is waiting in the wings to rescue them from decades of mal-administration. Enemies of change who had fervently hoped that the little internal disagreement in the Abia chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC will stall Ogah’s march to the Government House are surly disappointed. They probably can’t fathom why APC as a party is sticking to the industrialist as its gubernatorial candidate. They had hoped that the party would cave in and impose a candidate with no vigour and rigor to deliver the desired change to Abia.

In Ogah’s candidacy, the PDP meets its waterloo. The era of dishing out half truths and bare face lies to the people, wrapped in the garb of campaign promises, is gone. As the APC gubernatorial candidate flags off his campaign for the exalted office of governor of Abia state, he will lay bare, PDP’s abominable 20 year sins against the long suffering people of Abia. Abians have resolved to dismantle PDP in the state. They are no longer prepared to be led by the nose. The scales have fallen from their eyes and they have seen through 20 years of misrule, of looting, of unfulfilled promises and of underperformance. Abians yearn for a new lease of life; they yearn for Ogah, the embodiment of the much awaited new beginning. Enthusiastic mammoth crowds that throng Ogah’s campaign rallies bear undeniable testimony to Abians’ fervent prayer for March 2 to come fast.

An industrialist who sits atop a flourishing conglomerate with diversified business interests, Ogah is a job and wealth creator with close to 50,000 employees on his pay roll. As Governor, he will replicate what he has been doing as a private businessman on Abia. He will decouple Abia from federal allocation by investing in Agro-allied industries and manufacturing. This way, human capital development is achieved and jobs made available for thousands of graduates in various fields Abia produces every year. With increased Internally Generated Revenue, IGR driven by massive industrialization, Ogah will set Abia on the path to becoming an economic giant and God’s own state will shake its self off the inelegant sobriquet of ‘Civil Servant state’.

At a time crude oil is going out of currency as a global money spinner; at a time even massive oil producing countries, and back home in Nigeria, oil producing states, are charting new economic future that does not have the black gold as its centre anchor, what Abia needs is a governor who is not only a wealth creator but an employer of labour to drive an economic policy that ensures that the state’s economy is completely decoupled from the crude oil-induced monthly federal allocation. It’s doable and the cap perfectly fits Ogah for the onerous task. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah is imbued with the necessary leadership ingredients required of anyone who wants to lead a highly resourceful people like Abians. These are lacking in the current leadership for a leader must be ready at all times to identify and show empathy for the people. It would appear that John Mason saw through the heart of Ogah when he, Mason said that “the true measure of a person is in his height of ideas, the breadth of his sympathy, the depth of his conviction and the length of his patience”. The burden of the people, Ogah sees as his; their cries pricks his heart and their pain, pains him more.

This explains why Ogah’s philanthropic gestures, his humanist bend resonate throughout Abia state.

For example, his foundation, the Uche Ogah Foundation, founded in December, 2001, has provided economic and medical succor to many in Abia State and different communities across the nation.

In the last couple of years, Ogah has also offered scholarships to many students across the country in addition to sponsoringfree medical services in different parts of Nigeria.He has equally built and equipped a number of modern hospitals in his native community, Uturu and other communities in Nigeria.Ogah also partnered with a number of medical centres, including the Hopeville Rehabilitation Centre, to fabricate artificial limbs and calipers for people with a disability.

He has also instituted a chair at the Abia State University and is building a 5,000 capacity auditorium in the same university.

Abians are in unanimity that Ogah is a liberator and shackles breaker who is needed more than ever before to free Abia from misrule and inhumanity. And they eagerly wait to crown him their next governor, via their votes on March 2nd.

As Uche’s campaign train hits nook and crannies of Abia state, one thing which is self evident and glaring is: This time around, the voices of the civil servants and pensioners who are owed salaries and pensions will be heard loudly and clearly; and that will be voices of rejection of their oppressors. And voices of generality of Abians denied economic opportunities and good standard of living by a rudderless, inept leadership will be loudly heard too. In unison, the voices will speak, through the power of the ballot, and proclaim Ogah the right man for the job.March 2nd is a date with history for Abians.

Adiele writes from Umuola, Aba.

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IG orders immediate disbandment of FSARS

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Osinbajo orders immediate review of SARS operations

 

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS.

He announced this in Abuja on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers.

The SARS will now work under the direct supervision of the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the federation, the latest directive says.

The IGP Special Investigation Panel and IGP Special Tactical Squad were both established by the immediate ex-IGP Ibrahim Idris.

Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad confirmed this on social, “The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad. Details @PoliceNG.”

 

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Obasanjo is a lair & will fall from everyone’s esteem for writing lies against Buhari –Presidency

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The presidency has described the 16-page letter written by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo against President, Muhammadu Buhari as lies.

According to the statement from the State House, “the publication of this tissue of lies against the President, Obasanjo, not the President will fall from everyone’s esteem.”

” We are unable to get the words to describe a 90-year old liar, except to say that by the publication of this tissue of lies against the President, he Obasanjo, not the President will fall from everyone’s esteem”

See the statement below…

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