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Why The Oppoaition Is After ABS Managing Director

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By Ekene Okoye

 

Politics is a game of vast possibilities, but in Anambra State, the Light of the Nation, it is more an unending war of attrition. Hence, you would often hear warnings that the faint-hearted should beware of Anambra politics.

This much is already at play in the state with the 2017 gubernatorial election fast approaching. Prominent sons and daughters of the state interested in upstaging the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano, are fast amassing their troops in various formations intent on outwitting each other. Unfortunately, some persons who had no business getting mired in the vortex of the Anambra political cauldron have become

cannon fodders. One early victim is Nze Uche Nworah, the managing Director

of Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS).

 

Who is Nze Uche Nworah? The Enugwu-Ukwu born technocrat with over twenty-years post graduate experience in marketing communications and project management had worked previously as a banker and as marketing honcho with telecoms giant Globacom prior to his current stint as MD of the now revitalized ABS, which prides itself as the heartbeat of the East.

A goal-getter and performance driven gentleman, Uche, is unarguably one of the beacons of what is now known as the Willie Effect and the successful turnaround stories in the new Anambra.

 

In furtherance of his agenda to reposition and rebrand Anambra State,

Governor Willie Obiano set out early in his administration to rekindle the spirit of community and excellence amongst the people. Today it is common to hear the term “Ndi Anambra” as against “Anambrarians,”as well as many singing the state Anthem with glee.

The transparent process of expressions

of interest that preceded the recruitment of professionals to revive two moribund state media organs (ABS and National Light) are intrinsic in the positive outcomes we now know as the new Anambra.

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A brief insight into the state of ABS before Mr. Nworah would help put the issues in perspective.  As at 2013, I was one of the victims of a purge at ABS.

Being new and trying to find my way around broadcasting I was suddenly yanked off alongside 250 other staff described by then Commissioner for Information, Chief Joe-Martin Uzodike, as “dead woods” that had nothing to

offer.

Though I moved-on, my interest in ABS and its affairs never waned.

Truth be told, the place was practically dead, with a compound over-ground with weeds and no functional studio. The station had no reach and hardly stayed on air. It was referred to as “Arooma Radio Station.”

 

Enter Nze Nworah as MD in 2014 with private sector transparency and can-do

spirit, and the rest is history. ABS is now living up to its name “The

Heart-beat-of-the-East.” The staff are experiencing a rebirth with training

programmes never heard of before Obiano government held almost every

quarter. Now digitalized with wider reach locally and globally, and a new

television station under-way, ABS has given Anambra State government and

the communities a renewed voice amidst sea of private sector stations funded by individuals with political ambitions. Any wonder then why Uche is a target for vilification.

 

Often ‘things you don’t need in life target you the most.’ Mr. Uche Nworah

never imagined that being professional at his job could attract the level

of envy and controversy that suddenly came with the widely acknowledged

Miss Anambra pageant now in its first year. The success of Miss Independent

ABS pageant actually made the state government hand the franchise of Miss

Anambra to the station. Unfortunately the pageant managers were called to

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answer for the conduct of their former beauty queen who was allegedly involved in lurid sex video shoot.

 

Much has been said about that unfortunate incident, but many who work or associated with ABS or are residents in Anambra and are sufficiently interested may know the real truth. It is now obvious that a section of the people may have been misled by pure twisting of the sex video story on social media in effort to smear Mr. Nworah as head of ABS and get him sacked. Of course there are many inside ABS who are not happy with the new order because they see the man as an outsider. But at the same time not

even this disgruntled group can wish away the progress the station has

made. These are persons who have become willing tools in the smear campaign and blackmail.

 

Now the facts are emerging that Mr. Nworah and the pageant managers had

nothing to do with the sex tape controversy. If anything, they merely gave the former beauty queen a soft landing when she should have been dethroned even if at the tale-end of her reign.  Unfortunately, political opposition

saw a chink in the ABS and by extension the armour of the Obiano administration and pounced to exploit the situation and the hapless former beauty queen. Now that the security agencies are handling the matter, it behooves the conspiracy theorists and the opposition to let Mr. Nworah be.

Like the late Zufilkar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan said before his crucifixion, Mr. Nworah “has not done nothing unworthy in mortality,” and should not be crucified for the sins of another just to get at Obiano.

Ekene writes from Nawfia;ekene1970@gmail.com

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Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Judgement On Bayelsa State***Slams N10 Million Cost On Lyon’s Legal Team

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The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the application for review of an earlier judgment which sacked David Lyon, as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

 

Delivering its judgment, the Supreme Court upheld its sacking of  Lyon who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the gubernatorial election.

 

It also sacked the deputy governor-elect of the state, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, while dismissing the application for review of the judgment.

 

Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment stated that the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

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The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Recall that Lyon was sacked by the apex court on February 13, barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili nullified Lyon’s election on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to aid his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in State.

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Subsequently, the court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.

This was sequel to a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Douye Diri, against the APC candidates and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.

 

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Kano State Government Bans Street Begging By Almajiris

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Street begging by Almajiri has been banned by the Kano State government.

This is as the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje-led government tries to sanitise its education system.

The ban was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the governor’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar.

According to Anwar, the move was to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education in the state.

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Governor Ganduje says defaulters of the new ban will face the full wrath of the law, adding that henceforth, Almajiri teachers must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.

“If almajiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state,” the statement noted.

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“When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents or guardians. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court to face the wrath of the law,” Governor Ganduje stated.

 

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Judgement Review: Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment On Bayelsa State Today

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Judgement in the applications for a review of an earlier judgement declared in the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election will be given today.

The Supreme Court had earlier received two applications requesting its review of its judgement of February 13.

Recall that the judgment led to the sack of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, David Lyon and saw the appointment of Senator Duoye Diri as governor-elect.

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Led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a seven-man panel of the apex court disclosed its readiness to give judgement shortly after hearing the two applications for review of the poll filed by the APC and its governorship candidate at the poll, David Lyon.

Lyon was represented by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), while the APC was represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

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