The immediate past Representative of Ohaukwu/ Ebonyi federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Peter Oge-Ali, has said that the Igbos had fully embraced the All Progressive Congress.
Oge-Ali, who made the disclosure on Friday in Abakaliki in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria noted that the Igbos have realised the mistakes they made during the 2015 general elections.
The APC stalwart, who was formerly of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party, said that Igbos had realised that APC was the only realisable path to the country’s presidency in 2023. Oge-Ali said,
“During the 2015 presidential elections, the APC received less than 200 votes in the South-East Zone but the people have presently seen the importance of linking to the centre.
“This can only be achieved by identifying and voting for the APC because it is difficult to get the nation’s presidency without negotiation.
“The Igbos will have the bargaining power for the 2023 presidency if they vote for APC in 2019 and this is the message we are preaching to the people.”
Oge-Ali urged the Igbos not to vote for parties that assume regional dimensions because the possibility of getting the presidency in 2023 is real.
“They should massively vote for President Muhammdu Buhari for a second term in office because he is determined to correct the anomalies that have bedevilled the country.
“The president should be allowed to complete his eight years in office to adequately sanitise the country and set it on the path of greatness.
“Buhari’s works will not be appreciated presently but in the future with landmark achievements such as signing the Not-Too-Young to run law, financial autonomy to the legislative and judiciary, among others,” he said.
He urged the National Assembly to cooperate with the executive arm of government to ensure effective legislation and implementation of governmental policies and programmes.
“Both arms of government should cooperate instead of engaging in excessive squabbles but it should be understood that such situations are normal even in developed democratic settings.
“However, it shows that democracy is finding its roots in the country but the interest of the country should supersede other interests,” he said.
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The Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Gon Coulibaly, confirmed dead.
Mr Coulibaly, 61, died on Wednesday evening after falling ill at a ministerial meeting.
Furthermore, he recently returned from France where doctors treated him for two months for a heart ailment.
On Wednesday, he felt unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting.
He was taken to the hospital from there and died at the hospital; the BBC reported.
They had chosen Mr Coulibaly as the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election after Alassane Ouattara said he would not seek a third term in office.
APC will win Nasarawa Assembly bye-election says speaker
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) will win the Aug.8, Nasarawa Central House of Assembly bye-election in the state.
Abdullahi said this when he received Mr. Ismaeel Danbaba, the party’s candidate for the election, in Lafia on Wednesday.
He said that the victory of the APC at the poll would further consolidate its position as the ruling party as well as ensure peace, progress, and development in the state.
“I must say that your victory at the just concluded APC primary election shows your general acceptability by your people.
“Leadership is an act of God, it is not by power, strength, wealth, or any kind of favor, but the will of God.
” I want you to understand and appreciate what God has done for you and therefore, move to embrace all those that contested with you because we are all equal before the giver.
“So, carry all of them along and God will see you through, it will be a victory all through by his grace,
“Congratulations and don’t relent because it is not yet over until it is over,” the Speaker added.
Abdullahi urged stakeholders and people of the constituency to support the APC candidate to enable him to win the election without much hustle.
Earlier, Danbaba, solicited the support of the speaker, stakeholders, and other people of the constituency to enable him to win the election.
He pledged not to fail the people of the constituency if elected.
The Newsmen reports that INEC fixed Aug. 8 for the election following the death of Mr. Suleiman Adamu, member representing Nasarawa Central at the state House of Assembly on April 30.
JUST IN: Wike sacks perm sec for flouting COVID-19 guidelines
River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has sacked a Permanent Secretary, Mr Sunny Okere, with immediate effect for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the COVID-19 guidelines.
He said the sacked permanent secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the state Ministry of Health, who went to Oyigbo to enforce the established guidelines on public burials.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the governor spoke on Wednesday in a statewide broadcast.
Wike said his action against the permanent secretary would act as as a lesson to all other public officers who might wish to be irresponsible.
The governor also appealed to residents of the state to take personal responsibility to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
He said with the commencement of inter-state travels and domestic flights, residents must be cautious in relating with friends and relatives coming from heavily impacted areas like Lagos and Abuja in line with the established protocol of 14 days Isolation.
He said as at July 8, the COVID-19 samples collected were 4573; samples tested, 3871; total confirmed cases, 1235; discharged cases, 810; active cases, 382and total deaths 43.
“From the first days of this virus, we took serious measures and literally set the pace in our country to slow down the spread.
“We have noticed that most affected people are resorting to self medication instead of presenting themselves for treatment at the State’s Treatment Centres.
“Those who experience symptoms of fever, cough, loss of smell or taste and shortness of breath, among others should present themselves for appropriate treatment at the expense of the State Government.
“Furthermore, in the face of increasing infections and systemic risk to public health and safety, most residents have continued to disregard the mitigating protocols with reckless abandon.
“Public and private transporters, business owners and churches are refusing to adhere to the relevant protocols.
“Burial ceremonies are also reportedly being conducted in clear breach of the 50 persons maximum attendance limit such that a serving Permanent Secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the State Ministry of Health who went to enforce the established guidelines on public burials at Oyigbo”
He assured that government would decontaminate public schools to keep them safe for resumption in line with the Federal Government’s Guidelines.
He said the government was also appraising the prospect of opening markets as soon as it was satisfied that it was safe with appropriate guidelines on social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face masks.
Wike announced the setting up of a Joint Taskforce made up of security and civilian personnel to enforce the wearing of face masks.
He said that to sustain the progress made in the state, the State Security Council imposed a night time curfew from 8pm to 6am on Bonny Local Government and Onne Community in Eleme Local Government with effect from July 10, 2020 until further notice.
The governor assured all health workers, including doctors and nurses that government would continue to cater for their welfare as they continue to serve the state at grave risks to their own lives.
He added that government would not fail to do whatever it takes to slow down the spread of the virus.
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