Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constituency: The Role of Legislative Leadership in Nation Building

(Being a Speech presented by Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh at a Consultative Briefing & Official unveiling of his Legislative Agenda, Campaign Website and NUJ Correspondents Chapel Media Parley, January 7 – 2023) Historically, the journey to nationhood from state requires transformative leadership that can forge a nation out of distinct ethic groups. Without suchdeterministic leadership available, citizens will continue to see themselves as members of clans, religion, and ethnic groups first before nation states. This is the bane of African states in the so-called bottom billion that is populated by disease, hunger, violence, and despondency. This bottom billion is the failure of humanity. Our own Chinua Achebe affirmed this when he concluded some decades ago that Nigeria’s challenges are simply the failure of Leadership. Nation building ultimately depends upon the choices made by political leaderswhich ultimately influence how […]

Nigeria doesn’t need colourless president that changes like weather – Ikpeazu

Nigeria doesn’t need colourless president that changes like weather – Ikpeazu –Gives reasons for supporting Wike Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has said that Nigeria does not need an unstable character as a President, but one who can take a firm position on matters to move the country forward. Ikpeazu who made the assertion Friday in Umuahia, when he received in audience, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who came to consult with him and Abia delegates on his presidential ambition. Gov. Ikpeazu described Wike as “a firm character that Nigeria needs at this critical period to move forward”. He said he was not ashamed to associate with Wike’s presidential project because he was fully convinced that based on the antecedents of the Rivers’ Governor, he would deliver. His words:” I’m not ashamed to be associated with […]

2023: PDP Shifts Dates For Primaries

2023: PDP Shifts Dates For Primaries The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has adjusted the dates for the party’s primaries ahead of the 2023 general election. The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Hakeem Amode, made this known in a statement in Lagos State. According to him, the new date of the party’s primary for the State Houses of Assembly and the House of Representatives seats is now May 22. Meanwhile, the primary for the Senate remained May 23. He urged the party members and members of the public to take note of the new dates. The party had, before the latest adjustment, put its House of Assembly primary for May 21 while the House of Representatives was fixed for May 22. Meanwhile, the earlier adjusted dates of the primaries for the Senate […]

Biafra exit: ‘We stand by Baba-Ahmed’, Northern Elders reply Ohanaeze

Biafra exit: ‘We stand by Baba-Ahmed’, Northern Elders reply Ohanaeze By i-Turning Point Reporters The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on Friday, said the comments by its spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, on the secessionist agitation by some Igbos were “authorised and represented its position”. The Forum stated this in a statement in response to calls by the spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, this week, for Baba-Ahmed’s arrest on the grounds that the broadcast by his NEF counterpart has become a threat to peace and unity of the country. Baba-Ahmed, in a widely-circulated broadcast video which was recorded in Abuja nearly a year ago, said, “If secession is what every Igbo wants, and this is what the Igbos want, the nation should not fight a war over it”. He went further to call on the northerners resident in […]

I’ve no apology for being ‘mad’ about Nigeria ― Obasanjo

By James OgunnaikeFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, declared that he has a “mad passion” for Nigeria. Obasanjo, who stated this when he played host to a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Hayatu-Deen at his Penthouse residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, said, he has no apology for being mad about Nigeria “because I have no other country I can call my own and I have no other country I can go to and say yes, I have come to live here.” The former President lamented that the current situation in Nigeria is not only agonising for him, but for other Nigerians who also desire a better Nigeria. He noted that, Nigeria requires a leader who has passion, innovation and vision for the country, […]

2023: Ebonyi 4 Commissoners resign To Pursue Political Ambition

2023: Ebonyi 4 Commissoners resign To Pursue Political Ambition By Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki Ahead of the 2023 general elections,four commissoners in the Ebonyi Executive Council have resigned their appointment to contest for various positions in the State. The state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Executive Council’s weekly meeting in Abakaliki, the State Capital. Orji said that the council received a report on such members” resignation in pursuit of their political aspirations and therefore accepted the resignations. “The concerned members include: Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, former Commissioner for Capital City and Urban Development and Chief Emma Uguru, former Commissioner for Lands and Survey. “Mr Pastor Eze Nwachukwu, former Commissioner for Inter-Party Affairs and Mr Ukie Ezeali, former Commissioner for Business Development also resigned,” he […]

2023 Guber: Ezeh Appeals To Ebonyians Against Vote Selling

2023 Guber: Ezeh Appeals To Ebonyians Against Vote Sellin By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki Ebonyi State Governorship aspirant under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) Dr. Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh has called on Ebonyians to desist from highest bidder politics of selling their votes to wrong people who place them on perpetual hunger and poverty. This is even as he charged them to check track records of every candidates vying for one political position or the other before voting them into offices. Ezeh made this known on Monday ,2nd May, 2022 during an interactive forum with members of the Civil Society Organization, CSOs in Abakaliki. He described those who engage in violence during politics as weak and urge the people to speak and stand for the truth, while enjoining all to investigate every candidate to help curb corruption in the […]

Ebonyi 2023: Eze Oketa Gives Clarification On Nwifuru’s Endorsement

–As Nwankwo, Ogbaga condemned move By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki Traditional ruler of Nkaleke Echara Autonomous Community and national president Oha Izhi, His Royal Highness, Eze Sunday Nkwegu Oketa Tuesday said the decision to endorse the speaker of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru as the sole gubernatorial candidate and successor of Engr David Umahi is to reduce tension in the 2023 general election. This is coming as the governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) Engr Fidelis Nwankwo condemned the action of the traditional rulers who according to him should be non partisan and embrace all parties. According to Engr Nwankwo,”Traditional rulers are the custodians of traditional Institutions instead of being partisan Politicians who are endorsing a candidate from a particular political party for election”. “Also Traditional rulers suppose to be faithful father […]

Ebonyi 2023: Ex-Senator, Ucha, Joins Gubernatorial Race

By Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki The Former Senator representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District in Ebonyi state, Sen. Julius Ali Ucha, Wednesday, declared his interest to run for the governorship position of the state under the platform of All Progressives Congress APC come 2023 The Senator disclosed his intention to join the Gubernatorial race when he led his supporters on a courtesy visit to the State Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress APC at the party office in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Ucha, who was the pioneer Speaker of Ebonyi state House of Assembly and two term Senator representing Ebonyi central zone, pledged to sustain and maintain the standard of infrastructural development put in place by Governor David Umahi’s led administration as well as embark on massive human resources and empowerment with emphasis on education, agriculture, health among others. “I […]

2023: Ex-Health Minister Declares Interest for Ebonyi Guber

By Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki The erstwhile Minister of State for Health and the former campaign Director-General to the sacked Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Fidelis Nwankwo has declared interest to run for the governorship position of Ebonyi State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP come 2023. The former Minister made his official declaration at his campaign office, Tuesday in Abakaliki, the State capital. Addressing his party supporters numbering over 5000 the governorship hopeful, announced that his declaration to become the next Governor of the State was to right the wrongs of the previous administrations in the State. He noted that he would champion the course of relocating the displaced Ebonyi traders in the various market places, including the Old Abakpa market and building material respectively. The Governorship aspirant who had his slogan as the power I […]