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Probe Chime’s Administration, Enugu APC Tells Ugwuanyi

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Ifeanyi-Ugwuanyi-Sullivan-ChimeThe All Progressives Congress in Enugu State has asked the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to probe his predecessor, Sullivan Chime
Chime is reportedly one of the ex-governors currently being investigated by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, following petitions against him.
In one of the petitions, a former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ray Nnaji, who also went to court to compel the EFCC to investigate Chime, accused him of misappropriation, forgery and criminal conversion of public property, during his tenure in office between 2007 and 2015.
Already, some of Chime’s closest associates, including his former Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, and a former Managing Director of the Enugu State Housing Development Corporation, Chief Ifeanyi Asogwa, have been interrogated by the EFCC.
However, the Enugu APC, which was giving its assessment of Ugwuanyi’s first 100 days in office, said he ought to have probed his successor.
The party’s publicity secretary, Mrs. Kate Ofor, urged Ugwuanyi to join President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption by probing Chime’s administration.
She also urged Ugwuanyi not to overlook the corruption allegations against Chime just because he (Chime) endorsed him as his successor.
“He (Ugwuanyi) has turned a blind eye to the anomalies of the past government, premised on the obnoxious impression that he (Chime) put him into power.
“Today, the only electronic medium for community broadcasting, the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, has been leased to an individual who jettisoned the entire indigenous workers in the place and runs the system according to his whims and caprices.
“Immediate past governor Sullivan Chime sold virtually every piece of space in Enugu State. The Enugu International Conference Center, which could have been a beehive of activities, has been sold by Chime. It is expected that Ugwuanyi should join the anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government and correct the abnormalities of the past government”, she said.
Ofor pointed out that Ugwuanyi’s administration was yet to take off and faulted a series of ‘thank you’ visits the governor paid Chime during the period.
According to the APC, “The government of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is not yet organised. The governor spent the first half of his 100 days in office paying homage to his predecessor whom he believed put him in power. This is against the principle of democracy, which is about the electorate voting their choice into power.
“Although 100 days is not sufficient to assess the success or failure of any government, it is long enough for people to understand the man who is at the head of the government.
“The body language of the governor has not indicated readiness to move the state forward”.
Ofor said Ugwuanyi should move beyond road construction and address youth unemployment and challenges in the education system.

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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.

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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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