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IMO : LIKE LUKE CHUKWU LIKE EMMANUEL ORIE

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 The day was frigid. It was all windy, rainy and a bit dark. Hell was breaking loose. The Street was deserted. No taxi. I was really excited to see Johnson’s Toyota car come down the street so I could jump in and get the hell home from this meeting. However, Johnson (not his real name) didn’t stop. He did slowed and almost came to a stop but instead, he kept going much to my dismay. I was not sure why he even bothered pretending like he was going to stop. All that he did was get my hopes up and eventually piss me off. With no taxi and Keke around, I did the trekking, soaking wet, musing on Tuface Idibia’s you are my African Queen.

On getting to my place in Owerri that day,I met Mama B my neigbour outside her door. Mama B is 80years old to be précise ,yet bouncing like a woman in her 50’s . She was outside, speaking in her own way to her sea gods. With unknown algae, sand and incense; She prayed to her sea gods in a tongue that plants and whines. How many incense sticks was she burning? Na she sabi! I tried covering my mouth and nose with the sleeve of my jacket in an attempt to breathe somewhat normally. This did not help . Then my phone rang. It was Johnson. He apologized for not stopping to give me a ride. That he was rushing to the Imo State House of Assembly to see Hon Emmanuel Orie who asked him to come. Hon Orie is the member representing Ohaji/Egbema LGA in the Imo House of Assembly. Johnson an Engineer from Egbema told me that Orie saw him at a burial in Obeakpu-Egbema and invited him to Owerri saying he had something for him. On getting to Owerri , Orie instructed his Aide to tell him he was not around. He said before embarking on the journey he called Orie on phone that he was coming and he got the nod to proceed.

Several persons have alleged that the House of Assembly member is fond of making promises he never adhere to. That he is not a man of his words and he tells too many lies. That he is an expert at treachery as he does not keep to agreement and understanding. From a moral point of view, what’s wrong with deception is that it is a betrayal of trust. You cannot deceive someone unless they trust you, believing that you’re being truthful with them. When you succeed in deceiving them, you exploit that trust, using that person for your own ends. In every domain of life, such betrayals weaken or destroy the trust relationships essential to our vital institutions. The health of a democracy depends in part on the ability of its leaders to muster popular support for their policies, and that requires widespread trust in those leaders. In fact, the trust of constituents is one of a political leader’s most valuable assets. But lying to your supporters squanders that trust and diminishes your capacity to lead.

As citizens, we have a responsibility here too. We have to impress upon those who would lead us that we do care about truth and honesty and that losing our trust is an unacceptable cost of deceptive politics. First it was Luke Chukwu, now it is Emmanuel Orie . So like Luke Chukwu like Emmanuel Orie. Luke Chukwu was very deceitful, weak and unconcerned about the plights of Ohaji/Egbema. He had no shred of honour and lacked integrity when he was representing Ohaji/Egbema in the House. Mr Clement Maduka then Special Adviser to the Secretary of Imo State once described him as a shameless ingrate reminding him of how he was unconstitutionally foisted on his constituency.

 Now we have an Orie who churns out lies to his constituents daily and has no shred of honour.All the political appointments done so far in Imo, no reference is made to Hon Emma Orie for his state constituency. Indeed an elected representative!. Appointments will be flying all over yet our House member will be in the dark . Shall we because of the beauty of our girl friend,climb a pear tree that is protected with fetish objects ? God forbid. We must call a spade a spade. Hon Emma Oriel I must confess is not trying at all.

Schools, water, road and hospital rehabilitation in Ohaji/Egbema remain in their same dilapiladated state and Orie has not said anything about this. Ohaji/Egbema youths are jobless and Orie is doing nothing about it. He has not attracted a single state or federal job for any member of his constituent. All he does is to post fake request for CV’s for jobs on Facebook . He should tell us who and who he has attracted jobs or political appointment for since he was sworn in.

His presence in the House of Assembly is meaningless for the State Government continue to punish his constituency with denials, underdevelopment and pains. He has not condemned in any form, oral or written in any media, the incessant violations of the law establishing ISOPADEC (law no. 13 of 2010 as amended). Spurious nominations for appointments are made for the ISOPADEC Governing Board without due regard to the provisions of the law as earlier quoted. Even in NDDC Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta don’t have a representative currently. Like Sample Ekwe would say ‘ e dey pain me gaga’.

We are angry we are from the oil area and the oil companies in our area are refusing us jobs, we are angry with the irritating pain of driving on potholes riddles roads in Ohaji/Egbema month after month and year after year and angry with the no power supply to Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta for 6 years now, the unbearable experience of lack of potable water in many parts of our area. Where are the jobs for the youths? What is Orie saying about all these? I kept my pen under my bed for one year and did not say a thing. But not anymore! I am hot with anger. Just like Luke Chukwu, Orie will not avert or postpone his date of reckoning with the Ohaji/Egbema people. He must change now.

 Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

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Anniversary: Obasa Congratulates Buhari, Sanwo-Olu

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The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has congratulated both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their fifth-year and first-year in office respectively.

Obasa in his congratulatory message to mark May 29, 2020, the day President Buhari and Governor Sanwo-Olu were inaugurated to their respective offices for their fifth and first terms, said both have kept faith with the people.

“The President has been able to pull the country back from precipice that it was almost falling in 2015.

“Today, in the areas of insecurity, economy and war against corruption, the country may not be where it should be, but it has certainly left where it was five years ago.

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“Your purposeful leadership in the last five years has steered the country in the right direction,” the Speaker said.

Obasa also used the occasion of the fifth year anniversary of the president to thank him once again for signing the Executive Order 10, which grants financial autonomy to state legislatures and state judiciaries.

“Let me also use this occasion to congratulate our governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his first year anniversary in government.

“You have proved to the doubting Thomases that you are actually the man for the job,” he said.

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Obasa said Governor Sanwo-Olu came prepared for the job with his six-point agenda referred to as THEMES, which is an acronym for, Transportation and Traffic Management; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st century economy and Entertainment and Tourism.

“Mr. Governor’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic which has been applauded both nationally and internationally is also a true testimony your leadership qualities.

“On behalf of members and staff of Lagos House of Assembly, I wish both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a resounding success in their remaining years in office,” Obasa said.

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#SouthernKaduna: ‘I’m Am Not Your Governor-Hadiza El-Rufai Fires Back

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Hadiza El-Rufai, the wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has replied to those who criticised her for celebrating her Twitter followership.

Recall that the woman had been slammed for not commenting on the lingering crisis in Southern Kaduna but coming on Twitter to celebrate having 80, 000 followers.

Reacting to her critics, Mrs. El-Rufai fired a silent, but powerful salvo, telling her critics that she is not their Governor. According to her, she is only married to a governor but is not part of the government.

”Did any of you see “First Lady” in my bio? My TL is for language, humour and other light-hearted issues. I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor I’m not a part of government. I swore no oath,”she tweeted

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Edo Women Endorse Gov. Obaseki For Second Term

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Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gotten the endorsement of women in the state for a second term in office, ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election.

Declaring their support for him in a press conference, Market women from the eighteen Local Government Areas of Edo State, a coalition of Professional Women, female teachers from across the eighteen LGAs, Female leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress and Female political office holders all said they are contributing their quota towards the purchase of the 22.5 million naira APC nomination form to enable the governor have a second tenure.

Leader of the market women association in the state, Madam Blacky Ogiamen, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin City while speaking to journalists, after a meeting of the leadership of market women associates from the 18 local government areas.

According to her, Obaseki has performed more than they expected.

She said: “We want to appreciate Governor Godwin Obaseki, for the job well-done. Before he came into power, our former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the patron of the market women then, told us categorically that if we give our support to Obaseki as Governor, that he will do a lot of projects, of which Obaseki is doing now.

“We are solidly behind him; we are ready to support him for another four years. We will contribute our widow’s mite to buy his form so that he will complete his two tenure as Governor of Edo state.”

On why they decided to join forces to ensure the re-election bid of Obaseki, Ogiamen said Obaseki has performed beyond what former Governor Adams Oshiomhole promised them while introducing him to market women.

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According to her, Obaseki has not in any way disappointed his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole and since he did not disappoint Oshiomhole, God will not disappoint him.

“He is not a noise maker, he is a man of peace. We will support him to win Edo state for APC,” she declared.

Meanwhile at a meeting called at the instance of the State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Dr Mrs Aisosa Amadasun, the APC Woman Leaders from the eighteen LGAs in Edo State and female political office holders also endorsed Governor Godwin Obaseki for a second term in office.

The State Organising Secretary of the Party, Dr Aisosa Amadasun said they represent the interest of all women in the APC in Edo State as well as that of the over 460 female political appointees whom the governor had appointed into office since the inception of his government over three years ago.

The Acting State Woman Leader, Mrs. Maimuna Momodu in her address said that women had never had it this good in Edo State and that like Oliver Twist they want more, and this can only be possible if Governor Godwin Obaseki is given a second tenure.

Also a coalition of Women Professionals among them leaders and members of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Association of Private School Proprietors, Association of Female Pharmacists, Association of Women Engineers, National Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, female leaders of the NLC and the TUC in the State, and members of the Idia College Old Students Association addressed a press conference in which they threw their weight behind Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.

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Spokesperson the Coalition, Reverend Mrs. Helen Atekha Odemwingie said they have decided not to be left out in determining who becomes the next governor of Edo State.

She said “we stand up this morning to endorse our Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu, we are women and we have feeling and this passion in us for every child, we see him as our own. You see the way he has been honouring us, we have decided to contribute to the purchase of his ticket.

However representatives of female teachers of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) from across the eighteen Local Government Areas, staged a presentation for the governor in which they declared their support for his re-election bid.

Dressed specially for the occasion, bearing A4 size papers indicating each local government represented, the teachers said “on behalf of the extraordinary, 11,000 trained, digital and dynamic teachers of the eighteen local Government areas of Edo State, we like to affirm our support for our amiable and dependable, able and diligent, innovative and trust worthy, dynamic and forward thinking, Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the wake and see Governor for a second term. As you stand out to represent our people, we the female teachers of Edo state are solidly behind you. Go forward!!!

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