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Kalu Hails Confab C’ttee Proposal Of Additional State For South East

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orji uzor kaluErstwhile governor of Abia State and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has lauded the decision of the Committee on Political Restructuring of the National Conference to propose the creation of additional state in the South East geopolitical zone.

Kalu said if successful, the move would be one of the numerous steps that would heal the wounds of marginalization that had been inflicted on Ndigbo over the years.

In a statement on Sunday issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Oyekunle Oyewumi, the ex-governor hailed the committee chaired by Mukaila Muhammed and General Ike Nwachukwu, for such a laudable step, adding: “If the proposal is eventually approved, it will be a great relief for me as I have consistently canvassed this same position.

“There is no point having a union in which one out of six is considered the weaker or less privileged partner”.

The South East is the only region with five states.

Others have six states apiece with the exception of the North West, which has seven

In the statement, Kalu commended the government of President Goodluck Jonathan for building on the initiative to assuage the feeling of marginalization inflicted on the Igbo within a united Nigeria.

He said that one of such steps taken in the immediate past was the appointment of an Igbo man (Azubuike Ihejirika) as the Chief of Army Staff by the Jonathan administration. He noted that the failure to appoint an Igbo person to the exalted position of the Chief of Army Staff could only be interpreted to mean that the Igbo had not been forgiven for their perceived negative role in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war that took place between 1967 and 1970.

Kalu was quoted as having said: “Thirty-four years is long enough to forget any issue we have against ourselves. Now is the time to move on and forget our ill feelings towards one another.

“The National Conference Committee on Political Restructuring is giving us another opportunity to consolidate on this. We should not fail to take advantage of the opportunity”.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

Also Read: Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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