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Anambra Guber: Kalu harps on unity of purpose ahead of November poll



Former Abia State governorship aspirant, Chief Emeka Kalu has harped on the need for a unity of purpose in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the November 6 governorship election in the state.

The PDP chieftain urged aggrieved aspirants and members of the party not to abandon the former ruling party but work towards its success and her flag bearer in Anambra, Mr.Valentine Ozigbo.

Recall that the former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation PLC, (Transcorp), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, was elected the Governorship candidate of the PDP in Anambra State.

It was gathered that Ozigbo polled 62 votes out of the 218 votes cast in the governorship election primary held last Saturday in Awka. He defeated his closest rivals; Dr Obiora Okonkwo who polled 58 votes and Senator Uche Ekwunife who polled 44 votes.

There was also another primary election by a faction of the party led by Chukwudi Umeaba, where Senator Ugochukwu Uba was elected as the candidate.

While speaking through a press statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, Chief Emeka Kalu, who doubles as the National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party Coalition (PDPCO), insisted that only renewed unity of purpose coupled with vigorous campaign can convince the electorate that PDP is bent on developing Anambra if elected in November.

He reminded the aggrieved aspirants that abandoning the PDP is evidence of disloyalty and gross anti-party activity that make one lose the trust and confidence one enjoys from the public.

He further called on the party candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, to see this opportunity given him to run for the office as a people-oriented mandate and not his personal cleverness.

Kalu added that the party was working out modalities to ensure the desired change for development in Anambra is achieved through the forthcoming gubernatorial poll.

In party politics, you can’t predict the mind of men because interest is always their focus and today, it is noticeable that some contestants of the ticket had felt being cheated and then arranging their personal belongings to leave the party like an aggrieved woman whose husband had been up mercilessly.

We are all hereby advised to join hands together to ensure that this great party does not lose the general election,come 6th November, 2021. I strongly advise that all stakeholders must drop their grievances and work together as a united body to support the candidacy of Mr.Valentine Ozigbo who emerged the flag bearer of the party. This unity of purpose will make other parties who are mocking PDP to see the common love and solidarity in us and know that PDP is bound to take the day.

The flag bearer must see this opportunity given him to run for the office as a people- oriented mandate and not his personal cleverness. Ndi Anambra wants Change for development and that is why we are here today working out modalities to ensure that the Change desired is achieved.

Aggrieved aspirants abandoning the party is evidence of party disloyalty-gross anti party activity that makes one lose the trust and confidence one enjoys from the public. We must carry out campaign and youth mobilization in a way that convinces the electorate that PDP is bent on developing Anambra and protection of lives and properties.

“I also encourage him to run an inclusive government when elected into office and ensure he leads Anambra state to a great glory of excellence,” he said.

Reacting to the outcome of the primaries, on Monday, Senator Uche Ekwunife, one of the governorship aspirants in the just concluded primaries of the PDP for in Anambra State, has conceded defeat and congratulated Ozigbo on his emergence as the flag bearer of the party.

The federal lawmaker in a statement commended the party leadership led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and those who played a part in the electoral processes culminating in the primary election.

Ekwunife also appreciated all delegates, supporters and stakeholders who participated in the election processes for their commitment and support.

She expressed immense gratitude to her campaign team and the various support groups and individuals within and outside the state, who keyed into his vision to reposition the state towards the path of economic prosperity.

The Anambra Senator however reiterated her unshaken desire to seek ways to address the developmental challenges of the people and ameliorate the sufferings of millions of Anambrarians.

In a related development, the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP in the South East, Ali Odefa has said with the conclusion of the exercise and the election of Ozigbo as the candidate, the party will embark on a fence-mending mission to ensure that all aggrieved members dropped their grievances and support Ozigbo in the November 6 election.

He also said the party will return to the drawing board now and re-strategize for the forthcoming election.

Odefa assured that the party would stop at nothing to win the November 6 election in the state.

He spoke shortly after the announcement of Ozigbo’s victory at the primary election of the party in Awka, Anambra state.

He spoke shortly after the announcement of Ozigbo’s victory at the primary election of the party in Awka, Anambra state.

TIM NIGERIA gathered that the just concluded primaries conducted by the PDP in Anambra State ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial produced two candidates Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba following lingering factional crisis in the state chapter of the party.

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“We will dialogue with IPOB, others”___Tinubu



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

We’ll talk with IPOB and others. Tinubu guarantees



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

Tinubu, who was in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on Thursday to meet with trade associations and the private sector, said his government will also establish industrial hubs across the country and modernize existing ones to put the country on the path of industrial growth.



He stated that only peace can ensure a return on investment, and that his government would be made up of people from all walks of life who would discuss grievances with all groups in order to find a peaceful solution.



I guarantee you that my government, our government, will be made up of people from all over the country who are eager to discuss their grievances with any group in search of a peaceful solution.






READ ALSO:Obi leads Atiku,Tinubu in a recent pre-election poll.





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Festus Keyamo: Federal Government Cannot Borrow N1.1 Trillion to End ASUU Strike



Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said on Friday that borrowing money to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ months-long strike was unrealistic.

He made the remark during an appearance on one the television channels.

“Should we borrow to pay N1.2 trillion a year?”

“You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you hostage and then blackmail you into borrowing N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be around N6.1 trillion.” And you have to build roads, health centers, and other sectors.”
The Minister urged parents throughout the country to petition ASUU.

“Those who know them, like the President said the other time, appeal to their sense of patriotism,” he said.

“Let them go back to school.” They are not alone in Nigeria. They are not the only ones who benefit from federal funds. The nation cannot come to a halt because we want to meet ASUU’s demands.”

ASUU’s Demands

On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike.

On March 14, the union extended the strike for another two months in order to allow the government to meet all of its demands. On May 9, a 12-week extension was announced.

The union has been on strike since May 9, vowing to continue until its demands are met.

Academics want better working conditions, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.

One point of contention for academics is the non-payment of N1.1 trillion in university revitalisation funds.

However, the Federal Government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, citing low oil prices during the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

According to reports, the agreement was reached in 2009.

Another issue is the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The University Transparency and Accountability Solution was proposed by academics as an alternative payroll system (UTAS).

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VP Yemi Osibanjo Thanks everyone after a successful surgery



Following his recent successful surgery, vice president Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Nigerians and everyone.

Prof. Osinbajo had surgery on Saturday, July 16, at the Duchess International Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Vice president thanked Everyone for their well wishes and prayers on his behalf during his surgery.

He also expressed gratitude to the doctors, and nurses who cared for him, stating that their services were exceptional.

The Vice President’s full statement is included below.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone for your well-wishes and prayers in the aftermath of my surgery.”
And a special thanks to the incredible team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and management at the duchess of international hospital in Lagos for providing such excellent care.
“God bless you all”

Osibanjo’s remarks come just days after  wished the vice president a speedy recovery
The President thanked God for such successful surgery and prayed for Professor Osinbajo’s quick recovery in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina
He also praised the medical staff at the Duchess international hospital in Ikeja, Lagos for “competence and a job well done”

SEE ALSO : Osibanjo: Poverty Will Skyrocket Should the Country Breaks-up


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