The immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has lamented the humiliating treatment meted out to him by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in spite of his sacrifices and financial contributions to the party.
Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that he got evil reward from APC for his commitment to the course of the party, especially in the South East.
He noted that he had to go contrary to his kinsmen and political associates just to ensure that the party was placed on a sound footing in Imo and in the South East, but was surprised that he rewarded with suspension.
“If you recall, I was called all sorts of names like ‘Okoro Hausa’ and that I was building mosques and all that were associated with it.
“But I kept deaf ears because I felt that I was on the right course with my people.
“I was instrumental to bringing Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC and he cannot deny that fact.
“I took the troubles of APC in the South East and the APC I see now can easily tell Gov. Emeka Ihedioha to come to its fold if only he can fight Rochas.
“That is really an unfortunate situation and it has weakened my spirit and my faith to the party because I thought we are family working to advance the course of this nation.
“But the way it is going, it does not look like there will be a solution. And there seems to be silence everywhere.
”I don’t even know my stand about my suspension because for some time, I don’t know what is happening in APC.
“But for the silence all over, it just looks as if it is normal.
“So, I am just waiting and thinking of what next to do but I am still a member of APC and I love the party and will support it,” Okorocha said.
PDP congratulates Okowa, Ikpeazu on tribunal judgments
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday hailed the upholding of the elections of Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state by the governorship elections petition tribunals in the two states.
It also said the verdicts have placed a seal on the acceptance of the governors as demonstrated in their landslide victory at the March 2019 governorship elections in both states.
Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement to TIMELY POST.
The opposition party also said the report of celebrations in the states at the breaking of the news of the verdict is a testimony that indeed justice was upheld in the rulings.
Parr of the statement reads, “The party notes that just like other governors elected on the platform of the PDP, Governor Okowa and Governor Ikpeazu stand out in their commitments towards developing their states, particularly the massive
infrastructural projects in key sectors including, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, education among others despite prevailing challenges.
“The PDP urges the governors not to relent but continue in their commitment in delivering on their mandates for the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP”.
Kaduna cleric Sheikh Gummi, dismisses 2019 general elections as worst ever
A Kaduna State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gummi, has described the last general elections as the worst ever in the history of Nigeria.
He explained that the video evidence made available show that few hundreds of people generated millions of votes.
Sheikh Ahmad Gummi made the expression when he hosted the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry, Jos and the Convener For the Movement of Initiative of a Brighter and Better Nigeria, Prophet Isa elBuba at his residence in Kaduna, said,
“The last election was the worst ever to be conducted in the country.
“We invited INEC, APC, PDP and told them this is what we will do to stop rigging in 2015.
“When the election came, we realized we were handicapped because Nigerians were ignorant, but they failed to realise that Nigerians can create an independent polls.
“In 2015, we saw that INEC was not ready for a flawless election. Then another government came with mantra of change and anti corruption. I expected 2019 election to be neat, but I found it to be the worst I have ever witnessed.
“Many people came to me from all over the country, some came with video and told me those millions of votes you see is coming from just a few hundreds.
“When the results were announced, they said, we told you. So what is the card reader meant for? How can you say you are fighting corruption and you are riding on corruption to come back and create economic damage that will take maybe 40 years to correct.”
Speaking earlier, Prophet el-Buba commended Sheikh Gummi for being a leading light in the present generation on issues that are national importance.
He noted, “I really want to commend you for standing out to speak the truth not just to authorities but also to the followers.
“With situation of things in the country, we need to pull our minds together and salvage the country.
“We cannot afford to continue to leave the control of things in the hands of politicians, if not it will continue like this.
“I have traversed the whole country and discovered that the north is worst. Things are degenerating the more, the poverty is unbearable.”
Reps tell Buhari how to reduce unemployment
The House of Representatives, Thursday called on the Federal government to bail out failed companies in order to tackle the rising unemployment.
The decision followed a motion of urgent importance moved by James Faleke.
Leading the debate on the motion, Faleke said that the motion becomes important in the face of growing unemployment in the country.
“My concern Is the number of graduates we are producing yearly, over 1.3m without opportunity for job. This is why some people are being lured into criminality, not that they want to be engaging in criminality, but out of nothing to do, they resort to criminality.
“If government can identify 100 companies and approach banks and get loans. This will help to reduce Nigerians traveling to other African countries for job,” he said.
Speaking in support, Emeka Azubogu from Anambra state noted that there will be need for holistic review of the economy.
” We need a knowledge based economy, there are already existing policies that we need to rejig. There are many incentives by the CBN. There are facts we need to look at holistically. I also thank the president for the Economic Advisory council.”
Shehu Koko from Kebbi State, while supporting the motion called on the federal government to improve power.
He said,” Know that President Olusegun Obasanjo recapitalised banks, I Know that President Buhari bailed out states, if we bail out failed companies, we will generate jobs, however, if the issue of power is not addressed, we will not make any progress.”
Opposing the motion, Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos countered the motion, calling for a review of the reasons being the failure of the sector.
I will not support the idea of bailout, before now those industries were working, why are they not working now?
“Number one, power and number two is premium, If they can improve on premium, that will be better than bailout, and power is just like blood in the body, if there is no blood, the body can not function.”
The motion was subsequently passed after it was put to vote by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and referred to committee on industry.
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