Elder statesman, chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has urged the governors of the southeast zone to take the project of the second Niger bridge and the Enugu airport seriously.
Iwuanyanwu while speaking to our correspondent in Owerri yesterday advised the governors to seriously monitor the projects which he described as very important to the zone.
He is also optimistic that the project would be completed following the commitment of president Muhammodu Buhari.
According to Iwuanyanwu “I believe it is realisable and I believe Buhari’s government has shown commitment than any other government, I don’t have any doubt that the present government is serious about it .
The elder statesman described the second Niger bridge as an important gateway to the people of southeast and Africa as a whole.
“it is a very important bridge to everybody not only to southeast but to the whole of Africa , it will be a gateway to anybody who wants to travel to other parts of Africa. Iwuanyanwu said.
He continued “I want to congratulate Buhari for the effort his government is making, also on Enugu airport he approved N10 billion , the important thing is to make sure the contractors are doing well .
“I want the governors of the southeast to be interested in the construction of the second Niger bridge and also the Enugu airport , out of respect he has for us he approved N10 billion, I expect the five southeast governors not to just watch but to monitor physically the projects so that if there is any problem they can report to leaders of Igbo land” Iwuanyanwu stated.
BREAKING: Ondo Assembly Suspends Deputy Speaker, One Lawmaker
The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji has been suspended.
Ogundeji was suspended alongside another member of the House, Hon. Adewale Williams.
The two lawmakers were suspended by the leadership of the House on Wednesday during plenary for unruly behaviour.
The affected lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi.
Recall that the Political fireworks began on Monday in Ondo as lawmakers in the House of Assembly commenced impeachment processes against the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.
A total of 14 lawmakers supported the impeachment, nine lawmakers kicked against the impeachment while three lawmakers stayed away from the drama.
The deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi was said to be served a notice of impeachment.
In the impeachment notice signed by the 14 lawmakers, they accused Ajayi of gross misconduct, abuse of office with action likely to bring down Ondo state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments, carrying out actions on Sunday 2st 2020, likely to cause breach of peace in reference to 1983 political crisis with the intent to incite the citizens against the government of Ondo state and endorsing publications dated Tuesday 23rd June 2020 maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of government of cash inducement.
The lawmakers also said there was a petition from the Ondo chapter of the APC on Ajayi’s defection to the PDP, having sworn in as the deputy governor on the party’s ticket with Mr. Governor for a four year term.
EFCC Is Being Ran By An Inside Cult Called ‘The Magu Boys’ Or ‘The Chairman Squad’ — Shehu Sani
Shehu Sani, the former senator representing Kaduna central has reacted to the ongoing investigation against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu who was suspended on Tuesday July 7.
In a Facebook post the former Senator shared, he accused Magu of running a “cult” in the agency. Sani alleged that the select team of ”vicious and cruel” officers known as “the Magu Boys” or “the Chairman Squad”, operate exclusively and with impunity and only report directly to their boss.
He added that he believes a lot of revelations will be coming out from other marginalized and honest officers in the anti-corruption agency.
Contrary to the facade you see from the Outside,the EFCC has been run by an inside cult called “the Magu Boys” or “the Chairman Squad”:They are a select cream of vicious and cruel officers who operates exclusively and with impunity and only report directly to their boss.The inside cult is the dark and immoral aspect of the agency engaged in persecution,blackmail,frame ups and cruelty.The cult has been the wheel behind the ordeal of their embattled Boss.Until they are rooted out from the agency also.I believe a lot of revelations will be coming out from other marginalized and honest officers in the so called anti corruption agency.!
2023 Presidency: Exercise Caution —Minister Tells Ndigbo
The South-East geopolitical zone must avoid associating the desire for the 2023 presidency with their region to avoid putting off other regions that could support them, a minister of Igbo extraction has warned.
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, urging Ndigbo to exercise “caution” in its quest for Igbo presidency.
According to him, other ethnic groups that had produced Nigeria’s president never associated it with the name of their tribes.
Nwajiuba advised Ndigbo to put forward a presidential candidate with national appeal to stand a realistic chance of producing Nigeria’s president in 2023.
The minister added that in no previous election was the Igbo barred from vying for the nation’s highest post.
Nwajiuba said, “Anybody talking about Igbo presidency should be careful because there was never a time we heard about Hausa presidency. When the Yoruba were contesting, we did not hear of Yoruba presidency, why is our own different?
“Remember that before Obasanjo won in 1999, he contested for the ticket against Ekwueme. There was never a time we as Igbo did not contest in the primaries, the only thing was that we were not voted.
“There is no time people involved in politics will cede a position to anybody. Up to 2015, the only tribe that did not contest for the APC primaries is the Yoruba, is it not true? The North West ran, North East ran, North Central vied, South East vied.
“If Owelle Rochas Okorocha had defeated Buhari in the 2015 APC primaries, are we going to be talking about Igbo presidency now? But what is important if the Igbo want to become president, it’s not for you to say it’s your turn.
“Anyday you bring out an aspirant that is acceptable to other Nigerians, that is the day you indeed want the position of president in Nigeria. All you need is majority. Buhari won the APC primaries with 3,886 votes.
“That’s what we counted, I was a returning officer in that election. Kwakwanso came second, then Atiku, Rochas, then Nda-Isaiah. I can still recall these things.
“So there was never a time it was ceded to Buhari. The people that voted for Buhari outnumbered others in that primaries. So when we bring out an acceptable aspirant, he will eventually win. That is what you are supposed to start searching for now. Even if the Igbo cry from now till thy kingdom come, if they don’t bring out a person that is acceptable to other Nigerians, nothing happens.”
Nwajiuba noted that in 1998, Dr Aex Ekwueme was on course to win the PDP ticket until Senator Jim Nwobodo came into the picture and shared the South East’s votes.
To avoid a similar situation in 2023, Nwajiuba said, the South-East must go on soul-searching and consultation to produce a candidate that will be acceptable by all and sundry.
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