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Anambra APC fires Publicity Secretary for congratulating Soludo

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Winner of Anambra Guber election, Charles Soludo 

The Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has sacked its publicity secretary, Okelo Madukaife.

The state chairman of the party, Basil Ejidike announced this at a press conference in Awka, the Anambra capital on Sunday.

He said Madukaife who was suspended in June this year had continued to parade himself as the publicity secretary to the extent that he appeared on national television recently to congratulate the All Progressives Grand Alliance governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.

Ejidike said, “Okelo was suspended in June this year. We were surprised that he has continued to parade himself as the publicity secretary of the party. That ought not to be.

“On behalf of APC Anambra State, we wish to clearly state that Okelo Madukaife is no longer a member of our party and so he can’t be or function as the publicity secretary of our party in the state.

“Anybody dealing with him as a member of APC or publicity secretary of the party is doing so at their own risk.

“We wish to state categorically that as far as the Anambra governorship poll is concerned, we have not congratulated anybody.”

He added, “But we are aware that since June, he has been raining abuses on our party.

“Okelo was suspended since June following his involvement in anti-party activities. He has been replaced by assistant publicity secretary, Nonso Chinwuba. Okelo does not belong to the party.”

Describing the election as fraud, Ejidike said the party was studying the situation with a view to approaching the court about the outcome of the poll.

Reminded of the congratulations issued to Soludo by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Director General of the National Inland Waterways, Chief George Moghalu(all members of the APC in the state), Ejike said they did that as individuals and not as officials of the party.

When contacted on the telephone, Madukaife said he remained the state’s publicity secretary.

“As I’m talking with you, I’m still doing my work very effectively, discharging my duties as the publicity secretary of the party in the state. So, I don’t know what you are talking about.

“Maybe I should see everything he said so that I reply once because our party cannot be sold to anybody. Our position that there were no governorship primaries in Anambra as stated by our chapter remains firm, fixed and unshakable. It’s the truth registered in the minds of all members of APC in the state.

“But I need to see what exactly Ejidike is saying before I can make one word. Ejidike is on his own. The whole chapter has discovered that he is a sellout who collected a lot of money to sell our primaries out. I don’t want to miss one word in what I’m replying, that’s why I said I would want to see what exactly he said because we have been managing him for the sake of our own image,” Madukaife said.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after attending EXPO 2020 in Dubai

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after attending EXPO 2020 in Dubai

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned to Abuja after participating in the EXPO 2020 held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Buhari arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday afternoon and was received by top government officials.

The President, who left the country last Wednesday, attended Nigeria Day and participated in a trade and investment forum at the EXPO 2020 in the Middle Eas nation.

READ ALSO: Buhari woos foreign investors in Dubai

At the event, he stressed the need for world leaders to work together and reinforce partnerships to limit the catastrophic consequences of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the world.

He also met investors and assured them of improved business climate, especially as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) comes into full effect.

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C’River 2023: Did Sandy Onor just declare his intentions? – VIDEO

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Did Senator Sandy Onor just declare his intentions to run for governor of Cross River State in 2023? Well, let’s find out.

As 2023 draws close, political statements with intentions have flooded the political space, with Cross River State, in particular, being the most flooded. Earlier, it was a political brouhaha as concerning zoning – where to zone the next Governorship position to; whether North, Central or South. Friends became foes, enemies became friends and so on as many political bigwigs made their statements.

It was also alleged that several political heavyweights in the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts of the state are interested in the Diamond Hill Seat. The Southern Senatorial District politicians, who claimed it’s their turn to run aren’t left out anyways.

However, on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the Harvest and Thanksgiving Service officiated by Rev. Fr. Francis Agantem Eworo at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Iyamoyong in Obubra Local Government Area of the State, Sen. Sandy Onor, Senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly made a statement that seems as if he is eying the State’s Government House, Calabar.

Onor said: “Obubra people and Iyamoyong people, in particular, open your eyes properly and stand by the people who speak the truth and who will help you politically. The time for deceit is gone”.

READ ALSO: Calabar-Ogoja Accord and Power Rotation in Cross River State

From the above statement, one may suggest that he is gathering support ahead of 2023 – even though he didn’t say it.

The Lawmaker also took time to tell part of his success story and how it started. He said: “In 1976, I was admitted into St. Brendan College, Iyamoyong, Obubra; we were in the forest but we bin sabi book too much. This big head wey I get so, na book fullam”.

He mentioned what he has done and intends to do for the community. “In politics, I have a deep feeling for Iyamoyong, very soon, I am sure a very big ICT (Information and Communication Technology) will be open here. I made provision for two; one for Holy Child Secondary School in honour of my wife, which has been done and the other one will be done in St. Brendan.

“In our first budget year, we tried to grade the Iyamoyong road, by the grace of God, we will be in a position very soon to tar the road”, Onor said.

Earlier speaking, Rev. Fr. Eworo admonished politicians to be of good behaviour and lead the people well. He also urged the people not to collect chicken-change but rather vote for who can alleviate their problems, during the forthcoming elections

Sen. Onor, however, made a donation of two million naira (NGN2,000,000) for the building of the new St. Patrick Catholic Church.

The event was attended by several political heavyweights of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and All Progressives Congress(APC), including former Governor Liyel Imoke, Sen. Jarigbe Agom, Senator representing Cross River North; Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo, Member representing Obudu/Bekwarra/Obanliku Federal Constituency; Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams, Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Hilary Bisong, Member representing Boki II State Constituency and several others who also made their donations.

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APC sweeps Ekiti local council election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 35 chairmanship seats in Saturday’s local council election in Ekiti State.

The Chairman of the State Independent National Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), Justice Jide Aladejana, who announced the results of the election on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, said the APC secured 176 out of the 177 councillorship seats declared by the commission.

Aladejana said the commission had postponed the councillorship election in Erinjiyan ward after violence broke out during the poll in the town.

He commended the security agencies, the commission’s staff, and the electorate for the successful conduct of the election.

READ ALSO: APC Ekiti governorship primary marred by violence, suspended indefinitely

The election was held across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 19 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Six other political parties participated in the election while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the exercise.

The parties that took part in the poll were the Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), APC, National Rescue Movement(NRM), and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

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