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2023: Gov Ikpeazu’s kinsmen insist on retaining power, reject deputy governorship position



The people of Ukwa La Ngwa extraction of Abia State have resolved to retain the governorship seat of the state ahead of the 2023 general election.

We gathered that incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu hails from the extraction and is currently serving a second term in office which will end on May 29, 2023.

Rising from its inaugural meeting held in Okpuala Ngwa in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state, the people of Ukwa La Ngwa bloc who spoke through their Elders’ Council as contained in a communique issued to newsmen during the weekend in Umuahia, the state capital, also resolved that no son or daughter of the area should accept the position of deputy governorship from any party.

The communique signed by the leaders of the Elders Council, Dr. Max Nduaguibe and Chief Eric Acho Nwakanma, quoted the people of Ukwa La Ngwa as insisting on steering the governance of Abia for 16 years likewise the Old Bende extraction that took their turn.

They posited that the last two governors of the state, before the emergence of the current Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu in 2015 were from Old Bende, and each of them took an eight-year tenure, making it a total of 16 years by the area.

They further hinted that after the eight-year tenure of the incumbent governor, who happens to be from the old Aba zone, the zone would retain the governorship seat for another eight years, to make up for the 16 years tenure that was consumed by the old Bende bloc.

The people of the Ukwa La Ngwa extraction called for support from other parts of the old Aba zone to achieve the cause.

Harping further on the resolution of Ukwa La Ngwa bloc during an interview with newsmen, the member representing Isiala Ngwa North state constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Ginger Onwusibe, stated that the old Aba zone do not want the deputy governorship position, stating that 36 deputy governors can not be equal to one governor.

The Abia lawmaker called on all parties in Ngwa to keep up the agitation for power to remain in Ukwa la Ngwa land, adding that they should use every energy, as well as anything they could afford to drive the process of retaining power for 16 years, just like the old Bende bloc.

Onwusibe further added that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has performed excellently, compared to other past governors in the state.

In the same vein, a socio-political group, the Abia North Citizens Forum (ANCF), has stated that the use of threat and intimidation to stop some people from pairing with some others as deputy governorship aspirants is cheap and cowardly.

The group explained that Abia State has three senatorial zones and is structured on a tripod, warning that any attempt at returning to the regional arrangement amounts to a deformation of the tripod.

Recall that Abia State as created has three senatorial zones which are, Abia North, Abia South and Abia central with representatives in the National Assembly.

The Abia North Citizens Forum (ANCF), gave the warning in a statement signed by its Chairman, Amb. E. O Philips and issued on Sunday.

It partly stated, “the various critical meetings held by well-meaning Abians that led to the ceding of Abia governorship seat to Abia South in 2015 and 2019 was a product of concession and consensus-based on an agreement that the rotation principle was irrevocable.

“It is preposterous for any zone to renege on the said agreement. Any attempt being conceived in whatever form by any party to the agreement is not only a betrayal of trust, a dog eating its trust or tantamount to changing the goal post at the middle of March which is unethical and unprofessional.

It is only natural, fit and proper for the ration principle to take a natural course by returning to Abia North, now that the circle would be completed by 2023”.

Expressing concern at the current exchange of political brickbats by politicians and groups over who succeeds him in 2023, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had in a release by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, made it clear that he is still in charge of the State and will not be stampeded out of office by people who want to alter the natural order of things.

While the Governor appreciates the rights of persons and groups to canvas their political ideas and preferences, he warned that timing is critical in these permutations and that there could only be one Governor at any particular time.

The Governor added that his preoccupation now is how to continue to deliver more people-oriented infrastructural projects for the people of Abia State, strengthen trade and commerce and keep our people safe, noting that the question of who succeeds him is definitely not what he is thinking about at the moment.

He appealed to politicians not to allow their rhetorics about 2023 threaten the peace and tranquility we currently enjoy in Abia State, and advised them to pray to God to give life and good health ahead of the politics of 2023, because only the living and the healthy will play politics by that time.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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