Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, disclosed her political agenda for 2019, yesterday.
In a series of tweets, Mrs. Ezekwesili said her political agenda for 2019 would be to stop the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from winning state and national elections.
She said it is time to end the reign of the status quo.
The former minister, who is also co-leader of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, said in her tweets that the essence of her new agenda is to “disrupt and end the political and governance, stagnation and retrogression that our cyclical low equilibrium political Russian roulette has cost our country and people. Enough is enough,” she said, through her Twitter handle: @obyezeks.
“My political agenda is simple. I shall actively campaign against APC and PDP in the 2019 general elections except in rare cases where they field new minds, with a strong record of public interest. I shall actively campaign for the best candidates of all other parties in the elections.
“My individual effort to campaign against APC and PDP in the 2019 elections may not amount to much but, it is, at least, a definite expression of my personal conviction.
“My conviction is that it is time to end the tyranny of rulership of a wicked minority political elite class.”
The APC ended PDP ‘s 16-year rule of Nigeria on March 28, 2015. But, President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC, have been severely criticised as being incapable of tackling the country’s many challenges, including the killings perpetrated around the country by different groups other than Boko Haram.
The former minister described the APC and the PDP as twin brothers.
“This, for me, is the #YearOfTheOfficeOfTheCitizen when all citizens lift their red card. Whether many other citizens feel the way one feels about our political statusquo does not matter. Standing up for what I believe is what one was raised to epitomise. It is sickening to watch the repetition of similar pattern of bad behaviour by our political class. Enough!
“I hope my political agenda for 2018 is clear enough to the twin parties of APC and PDP… Mock it. Attack it. Disdain it. Do whatever. Yet, it shall prevail. Why? The universe is tired of you,” she said.
I’m One Of The Good Things That Have Happened To Imolites — Gov Uzodinma
Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has stated that he is one of the good things that have happened to the people of his State.
Uzodinma said this while speaking about his plans for the people of Imo state, as his four years tenure begins.
The governor revealed that he is well experienced in governance, and promised not to lead the state into an accident.
“One of the good things that have happened to my people is Hope Uzodinma, a driver who has learnt how to drive, unlike someone else who is trying to drive a vehicle with a learners permit. An accident is not going to be a surprise when with such person.
“The Imo people will get freedom, that sign of relieve would now relax our brain into agreeing that we can now move as a state. I have a team preparing the road map for development and environment where people can feel safe to go about their business. I am not going to office to do trial and error.”
BREAKING: Akpabio Dissociates Self From Rerun In Essien Udim
Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio has dissociated himself from any happenings at the rerun election in Essien Udim local government area.
Akpabio said his decision and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress(APC) to stay away from the supplementary election was sacrosanct, and therefore should not be linked to the exercise in any way.
The minister was responding to insinuations in the social media linking him to pockets of violence and irregularities at the rerun in his area.
A statement issued to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, said, “The news flying about linking Senator Godswill Akpabio to any rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area is fake.
“It is well known that because of higher national responsibilities as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio had withdrawn his candidature from the said election. He was replaced by the APC with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.
“The other candidates who were scheduled for the elections, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen and Rt. Hon Emmanuel Akpan have written to announce their withdrawal from the elections.
“And just yesterday, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon Ini Okopido at a widely publicized press conference announced that the APC will not participate in the rerun elections.
“So on what basis would any sane human being link Senator Akpabio to whatever is happening in Essien Udim Local Government Area.
“As I write Senator Akpabio is not even in Essien Udim. He’s in Uyo. He has no interest whatsoever in what is going on there and had advised his supporters to heed the call of the State APC and boycott the elections”, he said.
Ekong in the statement said reliable information indicates that there is a plot by the PDP to use it’s thugs to cause mayhem and link it to Akpabio, who is not even at Essien Udim.
“We have however gathered that PDP some sponsored thugs were planning to carry out a sinister plot during the rerun elections and link it to Senator Akpabio. Security agencies should be on the watch out for miscreants and sponsored thugs, apprehend them and visit the full weight of the law on them.
“We urge the general public to ignore infantile propaganda linking Senator Akpabio to anything that is going on in Essien Udim LGA in the name of rerun elections”, he maintained.
Atiku: Wike Lobbying To Join APC — Rivers APC Leaders Allege
The major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area (PHALGA) of Rivers State have accused Governor Nyesom Wike of desperately lobbying to join the APC, since the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not allowing him (Wike) to take over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
They also disowned ‘the foot-soldier’ of Wike in APC, Igo Aguma, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, who hails from Ward 2 of PHALGA, accusing him of being a mole and a traitor, who had been pursuing personal interest.
The PHALGA stakeholders of APC, yesterday during a news conference, after their crucial meeting at Orogbum Civic Centre in Ward 2, Ogbunabali Road, Port Harcourt, insisted that the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, a former Rivers governor, remained the leader of the main opposition party in the state, with the members completely loyal to him and the APC.
The six-page communique was read by the leader of APC in PHALGA, Nnamdi Wuche, a lawyer, who was accompanied by a former member of the Rivers House of Assembly, Victoria Nyeche, and other critical stakeholders of the party.
The communique read in part: “The leadership of APC in PHALGA hereby dissociates the chapter from the reckless, ill-conceived and malicious conduct of one Igo Aguma against the leader of APC in Rivers State (Amaechi) and the APC. We wish to state that Aguma’s reckless behaviour in recent times came to us as a rude shock. Consequently, we hereby disown Aguma, Lasbry Amadi and their cohorts.
“We know as a fact that the Minister for Transportation has favoured Aguma in the areas of political appointments, contracts and financial support. It beats our imagination that the same Aguma will unleash such attacks on his benefactor (Amaechi) on the pages of newspapers.
“Aguma’s sojourn and success in politics were made possible by the Minister for Transportation through his appointment as the Commissioner for Sports in Dr. Peter Odili’s government. Aguma’s commissionership slot, otherwise known as ‘compensation slot,’ was given to his father, the late Sir Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma. Aguma’s presence in the 5th and 6th National Assembly as a member of the House of Representatives was also made possible by Amaechi, whom he now desperately seeks to destroy.
“Aguma has nothing to offer other than his desperation to destroy the APC in Rivers State, to pave way for his sponsor, Governor Nyesom Wike, who is desperately lobbying to join and take over the APC in Rivers State, which machinations we are now determined to nip in the bud.
“Aguma’s penchant for betrayal, insubordination and disloyalty to party leadership is legendary and dates back to the 2011 general elections, which ultimately led to his replacement by Hon. Ken Chikere. Rt. Hon. Amaechi remains the leader of APC in Rivers State, as severally acknowledged by Aguma and his cohorts.”
The former member of the House of Representatives (Aguma), while reacting yesterday evening through his media aide, Minikwu Samuel, described Wuche and other stakeholders of APC in PHALGA as impostors.
Aguma, who described himself as the leader of Rivers APC Third Force, alleged that Wuche and others who were at yesterday’s news conference were Amaechi’s praise singers.
He said: “APC in Rivers State, from the units to the state level, is structurally dead and non-existent in any way, executive and leadership-wise. APC in Rivers State has no functional executive at all levels known to law or the constitution of the party. The tenure of the former leadership of the party at all levels in Rivers state has elapsed. Congresses that should have produced a new set of executives, in line with the party’s constitution, have not been conducted and matters related thereto are proceeds of judgment of the Supreme Court and current litigation, which I (Aguma) am prosecuting.
“I wish to renew my call to the APC leadership to follow the constitution of the party and save Rivers APC from destruction by Rotimi Amaechi. This I state as a law-abiding member of our great party.”
Aguma also maintained that he remained a bonafide member and a statutory executive committee member of the APC from Ward 2, Unit 25 in PHALGA.
Wike’s reaction was sought through Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, from 4:13 p.m. yesterday, through text and WhatsApp messages, which he read, but he declined to react.
Calls were then put to the MTN line of the former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers Council (Nsirim), from 5:25 p.m., but the line was later switched off.