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APC Congress: No room for imposition in Enugu – Onyeama, Chime




As the All Progressives Congress, APC, begins its elective congresses, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, assured on Sunday that no one will be imposed on the party members at any level in Enugu State.

TIM NIGERIA reported that the party had rolled out a time table for the conduct of congresses, with the ward election coming first, after which the local government and the State elections would follow.

At a meeting he convened on Sunday for members of the party in Enugu West Senatorial Zone, Onyeama said the decision of the people would be respected.

The minister, who lamented that crisis had crippled the party for years, said this was the time to get it right.

“It is important we have unity of purpose, we have our individual ambitions, it is expected, but it should not be totally about individuals.

“I don’t believe in imposing opinions, views, or preferences. We have to try, to have a transparent, open system.

“You are all very important personalities, and stakeholders, so, this is an opportunity to hear from you, let it be consensual, divided we will all fall.

“APC has been looked upon as a joke in the State in the last 5-6 years. APC in Enugu State has faced so much crisis but this is not time to apportion blames, we have to move forward,” Onyeama said.

While pleading for a peaceful process, he noted that, “we can disagree but we should not make ourselves disagreeable. On the issue of zoning and the rest, I hope we can find some form of consensus going forward.”

Speaking on a similar note, a former Governor of Enugu State, Barr. Sullivan Chime said if the party failed to get it right this time, the effect would be disastrous.

“The ward elections will take place this month and as a party, if we fail this time around, everyone should go and find something else. If we must achieve anything in 2023, the time is now.

“We must change, we can’t win elections like this, that’s the problem of PDP, it happened to them in 2014, when many governors left, it is happening to them again.

“So, there is no doubt about what will happen in presidential election, APC will win that easily, what we are talking about is State.

“What can we do to move this party forward? As a former Governor, our experience that moved our party forward, there were many demi-gods in PDP, but all that changed when we came, we gave everyone opportunity to participate, imposition disappeared, we allowed the people to choose and come and tell us, those who knew nobody became somebody, people had opportunity to contest without godfathers.

“That’s the type of politics we played, without bitterness, but the type of politics in APC is strange to me, so much acrimony,” he said.

Chime advised that to move the party forward, “we should get brand new faces as members of the party executive at all levels in the State, all those who have held one position or the other should give way.

“I don’t think we can move forward with any of the factional leaders, we want the camps to disappear, we don’t want camps, factions again.

“We should not impose things on people, a lot of people will identity with us. If we are presenting someone as chairman of the party in the State, we must get someone with credibility and clout, character, ready to absorb insult, let’s leave personal interest, let’s eschew personal gains.”

The former Governor, who backed zoning of political positions, urged the party members to “look at it objectively, not to favour anybody, it appears there’s understanding in the State. Let the thing be going round, bitterness will just die, if it is the turn of a particular zone, the others should be patient.

“It is very easy for APC to win elections in Enugu State, anyone saying Enugu will remain PDP State doesn’t know politics, there is nowhere APC cannot take.”

TIM NIGERIA, however, reports that some other stakeholders at the meeting are not disposed to zoning of any position.

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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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