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Infrastructure Decay In S/East: Igbos Not Benefitting From Loyalty To PDP, Says Oyegun



Odigie-Oyegun1The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has after taking a careful review of infrastructure in the South-East, come to the conclusion that Igbos have not benefited from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government despite their avowed loyalty to the party.

He, therefore, expressed optimism that the South-East people will look at their environment very seriously and vote against PDP in the forthcoming elections, for taking them for granted.

Oyegun, who said that the APC had made tremendous progress in the area due to the laudable performance of Governor Rochas Okorocha in office in Imo State, regretted that the people of the South-East have suffered inhuman treatment following the infrastructural decay in the area occasioned by years of neglect by successive PDP-led administrations.

He said: “May be few leaders of the zone are benefiting but it is obvious that the people are suffering.

“The South East case is a bit peculiar because they have always been part of the federal system, that is their history, whatever excuses people may give. But we are beginning to tell them that that kind of unending loyalty makes them lose respect, as they are being taken for granted. They are not getting anything from the Federal Government. May be few of their leaders are, but most of the people are not.

“The Onitsha to Enugu Road connecting the whole of the South East is almost impassable. Take the Port Harcourt axis too. The only motorable road there is from Onitsha to Owerri. So, what are the people getting? The Niger Bridge has been launched three times. It has been awarded many times. I don’t know if the first load of sand has got there yet, to start building the foundation. So, what are the people getting for this loyalty?

“We are bringing this to their attention. We are beginning to get positive vibes. Of course, the crisis bedeviling the PDP in that area, we are capitalizing immensely on that. God is working for the Igbos, so we expect the results to be better now than before. The South East is not benefiting from this blind unyielding loyalty”.

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  1. domjay

    January 2, 2015 at 11:47 am

    APC you talk too much like kids,try and grow up.

  2. kk

    January 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Who is oyegun to speak for southeast. Let him go and sleep. Who even imposed him to APC. We benefited more from JONATHAN. You can sway the southeast by this cheap sentiments if yours.

  3. Triumphant Oghre

    January 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    It’s annoying that once you are not from Yoruba and you are from the South of Nigeria you are automatically classified as an Igbo! I am an Urhobo and very proud of the Urhobo nation. By the way, we have Ijaw, Kwale, Itshekiri, Isoko, Edo, Ishan, etc tribes in the south too. They are not Igbo. The autonomy of these tribes should be respected. I have been with people from the North and West of Nigeria who do not know that apart from Igbo and Yoruba, there are other tribes in the South. These people need educating about their neighbours!The classification needs to stop. Igbo man be Igbo man and Urhobo man be Urhobo man o. The Urhobo man is not prepared to loose his identity o. Olorun ma je!

  4. nmekamegbulem

    January 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Who made Oyegun the mouth piece of the Ibos? What has Edo benefited from Nigerian government since 1960? All this years, it was the hause/fulani that was in charge, yet Benin city and it’s environs remained a jungle.Oyegun should go to the north to witness the infrastructural development
    there, it’s possible through the one sided infrastructural approach of the Hausa/fulanis which his boss “BUHARI” is part of it.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC



PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola



You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu



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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