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Governor Uzodinma calls for support for people who align with APC

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Governor Hope Uzodinma has expressed the need for people from the South-East region of the country to align with the ruling party. 

Speaking after Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uzodinma stated that people from the South-East who join the ruling party should be encouraged. 

He further stated that Umahi did not join the APC because of his personal presidential ambition as being speculated by many. 

Uzodinma said; 

” What we are doing in the South East as a party is carrying the message of the party.

“Before this time, some of us believed that we should have marketed the ideologies and policies better than the past leadership did.

“What we are trying to do is to explain to our people the need to see that this Nigerian project belongs to all of us, and if you jump out of the train, don’t accuse anybody of pushing you out of the train.

“It is not about whether you want to be president now or not; you don’t get presidential ticket by the market square, it is the decision of the political party. You must be loyal to your political party.

“So I know that my brother Umahi is politically strong in the Southeast and joining APC would add to the value of the party in my region, but he never told me he is coming because he will be president.

“I want these people who want to cause confusion and create bad name for Umahi to run away from that point and then encourage our people who have decided to align with the ruling party.

“Before 1999, in the First Republic, we had NPC going into alliance with NCNC for government to be formed. Zik became president, though ceremonial, and then NPC produced the prime minister.

“Even in the Second Republic, for proper democracy to be marketed, we went into alliance NPN. In that alliance, the Southeast produced the vice president in the person of Chief Alex Ekweume, and Ume-Ezeoke as speaker of the House of Representatives. So we were better.

“The meaning of power is proximity to the source of authority. Every ethnic zone wants to come close to the centre. Even if you are not the head, you can be the neck or shoulder.

“We want to be part of that body called Nigeria, and that way, we will move in a very united manner.

”I told you after I won my election that part of my job is that I will deploy political evangelism and convince my people to join our party because our programmes are very bright.

“So now we are gradually making success. Today it is Ebonyi, who knows who it will be next? My hope and prayer is that before the end of this year, two more governors will join APC. God helps us and it works, I am home and dry.”

Countering the claim of the APC having an agenda of turning Nigeria into a one-party state, the Imo state government stated that the nature of party politics is working consistently to get more people into its fold.

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Omotola reacts to affair rumor with Adams Oshiomhole, demanding evidence

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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, A strong Nollywood star responded to an affair story with Adams Oshiomhole, the former National Chairman of the APC.
A blogger named Gistlover, previously reported that Omosexy is romantically linked as fondly dubbed by fans and politicians.
The movie star renounced the blogger’s claim by posting onher Instagram page on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

The Actress demanded that the blogger behind the story produce evidence to the alleged affair. [Instagram/OmotolaJalade :“I ordinarily don’t do this but after thinking about it thoroughly and seeking advice I have decided to! So.this Blog ran this story and people started coming to my page.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

I’ve always known there are people who are sick and will tell you stories that have Never happened but to publish that on a platform as big as Instagram? You must be held accountable,” she wrote.

“I have demanded they FINISH and PROVE THIS STORY … problem is, this blog is hiding under anonymity! ( faceless blogging ) There are more credible blogs out there … follow blogs with accountability.”

“Can everyone who loves me and what I have stood for all these years pls 1. Report this page 2.Report this page 3. Report this page And to those of you who are addicted to cheap gossip.

 If you’re not interested in damaging ppl unnecessarily then demand a proof of sabbath this Story! I’m giving this 24hrs! Thanks.”

This post came barely after 24 hours Gistlover posted a photo of the Omotola and Oshiomole with a very attractive caption.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

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“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

The star actress asked her followers to boycott and report the Instagram page of Gistlover for corrective actions.

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico, has died at 71 years old

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The former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico has died.

The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Erico’s death on Thursday.

A statement from the NFF quoted Erico’s family members as saying that the former assistant coach of Super Eagles complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, “only to be found dead in his bed at dawn” on Thursday.

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“It is another sad day for Nigerian Football. Erico was among the very best of Nigeria’s international goalkeepers and also served the country with fervour and diligence as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles between 2001 and 2002.

“He will be sorely missed. We pray that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and also grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Born Joseph Bassey Eric in the Odukpani local government area in what is today known as Cross River State, Erico belonged to the cast of the very best goalkeepers in the history of Nigeria’s senior team, and served at the same period as the revered Emmanuel Okala and Eyo Essien.

He made his debut for then Green Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (which Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept goal in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, where the Eagles finished third – the first time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON. Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania just before the team flew to Ethiopia.

Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’(Beautiful Game) for his preference for fluency and expression in the rhythm of play of his teams as a coach, Erico was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals tottered badly under Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere. With three matches left in the campaign and a must-win mandate for all, the trio got the job done and qualified Nigeria for Korea/Japan.

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They also led the team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali early 2002.

With his death on Thursday morning, it means all members of that historic triumvirate have now passed on.

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Few months to 2023 Primaries: Okigwe zone yet to produce a Senator as Uzodinma, Ibezim Surrender to Supreme court

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One year to the build up to the 2023 elections, Imo North is yet to produce a senator to replace their late Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This is seen as Governor Uzodinma and Senator Araraume have surrendered their battle over the APC candidate for the said election to the Supreme Court which is yet to fix a date to hear the suit following controversies over the APC primaries.

Uwajumogu who died on the 18th December 2018 was buried early 2020 yet the zone has stayed without a senator.

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Senator Araraume, one of the contestants to the APC primaries had dragged Ibezim to court, challenging his declaration by INEC as the candidate  of the party.

Few days to the APC primaries, the High Court upturned the candidature of Ibezim and replaced him with Araraume.

In same vain, Ibezim appealed against the lower Court’s judgment and at the Court of Appeal which Araraume appealed against at the Supreme Court.

At the time of filling this report, the Supreme Court has not fixed date to hear the suit between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim.

Some of the stakeholders in the zone have not  ceased to regret the non representation of the zone at the Senate getting to two years after the death of the former Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an act which they described as a set back to the zone.

The situation is more worrisome as INEC has already fixed October 2022 for the primaries ahead of 2023 elections.

The implications of Okigwe having no Representative as its senator include that as the matters are still pending in courts, the tenure of any person that finally gets in as a senator drastically reducing and that would also affect the entire Okigwe Zone and Imo State in general.

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