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Despite our tragedy, Abia PDP’s victory assured – Ikpeazu *Hosts NWC condolence delegation



The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has assured the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and across the country that the party remains strong, viable and united even as they mourn the death of the governorship candidate, the Late Professor Eleazar Uche Ikonne.

The Governor made these remarks on Monday while receiving a delegation of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on a condolence and solidarity visit to the state at the Government House Umuahia.

Governor Ikpeazu stated that the death of Ikonne was a huge setback for the members, but that the party remained blessed with sufficient resilience and strength to deal with the setback and bounce back to win the 2023 elections.

Ikpeazu, who thanked the leadership of the party for their show of support and solidarity with the Abia State chapter at this trying moment, assuring that the the members would rise from the ashes of the current despair to record a massive victory at the elections, adding that the PDP remained the party of choice in the state.

He used the opportunity to inform the delegation that the State Caucus of the party met on Sunday and agreed to retain the zoning formula which would lead to the emergence of the new candidate from Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area (LGA), the home LGA of the deceased.

Ikpeazu, who told the delegation that the PDP remains the largest reservoir of human resources in the politics of the state, noted that virtually all the governorship candidates of the other parties, were former PDP members, with many of them leaving the party few weeks ago on account of their personal ambitions, which he said, ran contrary to the position of the party, assuring the delegation that the PDP would win all elections in the state.

The leader of the delegation and Deputy National Chairman, North of the party, Umar Damagum, had told the governor that the delegation was in the state, first to condole with him, party members and the entire people of Abia State on the death of Professor Uche Ikonne and, the flagbearer of the party in the forthcoming elections in March.

He described Ikonne as an accomplished intellectual and experienced administrator whose emergence as governor would have led to the fast tracking of development in the state, while extending the sentiments of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, whom he said, were deeply pained by the sad development, as the deceased, shared several developmental ideas with them.

Damagum, who said that no one could question the decision of the Almighty God to call anyone home at any moment, and that the party must take up the challenge and win the election as a fitting tribute to the memory of the late party candidate, stated that the PDP had all it took to raise a replacement immediately, urging the party faithful to remember that only one person could be elected as a replacement.

While presenting an official letter of condolence from the party’s National Headquarters to the governor, and assuring that the NWC would work closely with the state chapter of the party to hold peaceful and credible primary election next Saturday, he explained that but for the party’s rally at Zamfara State on the same day, the entire membership of the NWC would have been in the state to show support and solidarity.

Other members of the delegation included the National Secretary of the party, Senator Sam Anyanwu and the National Legal Adviser, Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN.

Deputy Governor Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe, PDP Board of Trustees member and former Deputy Governor, Eric Acho Nwakanma, members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Party led by the State Chairman, Asiforo Okere and other key stakeholders of the party were part of the event.

A statement by Ikpeazu’s spokesman, Onyebuchi Ememanka, said the delegation later met with party leaders and other stakeholders from across the State at the Banqeut Hall of the Government House before their departure.



Obi to Nigerians: Don’t be despaired, your mandate won’t be lost



The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi says he is aware of some evil designs against himself and his supporters in the coming months.

The former Anambra State governor disclosed this in a statement released on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, May 29, 2023.

The release of the statement coincided with the inauguration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Nigeria’s President at the Eagle Square in Abuja.


I am aware of some evil designs being hatched against me and my supporters in the coming months. Efforts will be made to taint my image. Campaigns of calumny are being perfected to defame my character and diminish my hard-earned integrity.

— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) May 28, 2023

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For all Nigerians, this is a time for deep reflection. It is also a time to re-examine our assumptions, even as we reaffirm our hopes. Let us calmly review our aspirations, in order to recalibrate our expectations and pin down the causes of our missed opportunities and disappointments.

We stand at that critical moment in time when, as a people, we must collectively come to grips with the reality of our injured destiny as well as the reasons for that injury. It is for us to reassess our plight as a young democracy and identify clear pathways to a better and greater future for us all. As we await the verdict of the election tribunal, I urge all Nigerians to use this opportunity to renew their commitment to the Nigerian ideal. That ideal remains noble and worth every sacrifice we can make.


Nigeria remains our only patrimony and it is a patrimony we must protect, rather than violate. We have no other nation but this, so let us remain committed to rescuing and rebuilding it.

The judiciary is part of the democratic enterprise and a critical governance tool for determining the propriety of the decisions and actions of every citizen and every institution of state. To that extent, and for that reason, I urge everyone to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves.

We expect that the Nigerian judiciary will use the election cases now before it to reaffirm its independence and integrity. It has to do so, for all our sakes and for itself.

Nigerians must, therefore, remain peaceful and law abiding. No matter the depth of anyone’s reservations about what is going on in the polity today, no matter the real and imagined provocations, and no matter the disagreement out there, we should remember that this will not last forever.

I remain committed, and untiring, in my determination to work with like-minded fellow Nigerians to end the curse of missed opportunities and squandered hope that has become our lot here.

I will never shrink from that original commitment, because I firmly believe that we must change from the present politics of criminality, and corruption, in order to make a new Nigeria possible.

I call on fellow Nigerians, especially the youths to remain steadfast, calm, patient, and peaceful. Our journey may be long and difficult but it is worth it in every way. Victory is assured.

We have to work together to move our beautiful country from corruption and criminality to a center of productivity rather than aimless consumption.

I am aware of some evil designs being hatched against me and my supporters in the coming months. Efforts will be made to taint my image. Campaigns of calumny are being perfected to defame my character and diminish my hard-earned integrity.

These schemes will aim at degrading our support base and confusing the public. But, no evil campaign will alter the substance of my character; nor diminish my patriotic commitment to a better Nigeria. It is about the future of our youths. it is about ending the Years of Locust.

In all of this, I thank Nigerians, our great party (LP) and the media. The latter, as the Fourth Estate of the realm, has remained a trusted ally.

This Estate must continue to guide our people on the immense promise of a future in a new Nigeria.

God bless Nigeria and protect the troops keeping us safe in this season of vaulting insecurity.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. –PO


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Tinubu will unveil Ministers in two months *He’ll be different – Faleke



James Faleke, lawmaker and Secretary of the now defunct All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APC-PCC), has revealed that President Bola Tinubu would unveil members of his cabinet within 60 days.

Channels Television, which quoted him as saying on Monday, at the inauguration of of Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as president and vice-president of Nigeria was underway at the Eagle Square in Abuja, said the President, would , unveil his cabinet as soon as possible.

Faleke, who promised that the new President would bring a different approach to power, was quoted as saying: “Of course, within 60 days, that’s what the law says. He can announce anytime but I just know he must do it within 60 days.”

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Tinubu: My stand on corruption, insecurity *How I’ll banish poverty in Nigeria



Eradication of terrorism, waging war against corruption and battling the crippling poverty in Nigeria, would form the fulcrum of a new Nigeria President Bola Tinubu, says he would strive to put in place as his new government began hours ago after assuming the reins of power as the 16th President, after Muhammadu Buhari handed over to him at an elaborate ceremony at the Eagle Square, Abuja, on Monday.

Vowing to  defend Nigeria from all forms of terror, as well as end extreme poverty in the country, Tinubu, told Nigerians: “I will do that through job creation and food security and end to extreme poverty. I will ensure that corruption is tacked by strenghtening anti-corruption agencies.”

He also promised that his administration would discourage corruption through the introduction of a credit culture, stating: “Our government will continue to take proactive steps such as championing a credit culture to discourage corruption while strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the various anti-corruption agencies.”

It was also on a day the President, who had during his presidential campaigns, promised Nigerians that he would remove subsidy on petroleum products, made good his words by announcing suspension on them, adding that the era of payments on fuel was gone, as the 2023 Budget made no provision for fuel subsidy “and more so, subsidy payment is no longer justifiable.”

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