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Rumble in Abia over alleged failure of Deputy to inform Gov. Ikpeazu of ambition

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The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Obasi Okibeh, has made clarification on issues surrounding the 2023 gubernatorial bid of his principal, Ude Oko Chukwu.

The position of the Chief Press Secretary was contained in a statement he issued on Tuesday in Umuahia, Abia State.

This comes on the heels of exchange of political brickbats by stakeholders and groups in Abia State over allegation the State Deputy Governor failed to inform his boss, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, about his intention to succeed him before joining the 2023 governorship race.

Last week, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Abia State, Onyebuchi Ememanka, had during a live radio programme, claimed that Chukwu did not inform his boss of his intention to run for the office of Governor of Abia State in the upcoming general election in 2023.

But dismissing the outbursts in the release issued to newsmen, Okibeh maintained that the state Deputy Governor visited his boss and duly informed him about his ambition to succeed him in come 2023.

According to him: “We would have not bothered to join issues with the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor who obviously did not consult with his boss in making such unfounded statement meant to incite hatred and portray a non existent feud between the Governor and his Deputy.”

Okibeh, who described Chukwu as a man of repute of humility and loyalty, could not have made known his governorship ambition without the knowledge and approval of his boss, and further described Ememanka’s claim as prosperous.

The release partly said: “However, details of the private discussion may not have been made available for Governor’s aides including Ememanka to feast on.

“The Deputy Governor even did not fail to further let his Boss know  of the day of his formal declaration at the State PDP Secretariat in Umuahia.”

  – Chijindu Emeruwa

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2023: Female presidential aspirant promises to resuscitate Better Life project for rural women

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A female presidential aspirant on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Cesnabmihilo Aken’Ova, has promised to re-introduce Maryam Babangida’s Better Life project for rural women, if elected.

The aspirant disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after meeting behind closed doors with former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State capital.

Aken’Ova disclosed that during her meeting with the former military president, they both discussed how she would bring back the Better Life Programme that was aimed at empowering rural women.

“Baba is very excited that there is a woman from Niger state that is running for presidency; he admired the courage, prayed and gave me his blessings.

“We recalled the past when he was the president, the legacies he left behind and the legacies left behind by the late Maryam Babangida for women and he said “I will support you in any way I can.

“We talked about the legacy Maryam Babangida left behind, her project better life for rural women that the programme coordinated and impacted on women.

“It is that project we are going to revive, we will visit women in rural areas and ensure the programme is back to life and it will be a way of celebrating the memory and legacy of Maryam Babangida,” she said.

She called on women to support her aspirations as their own, to enable revival of the legacy left behind by Maryam Babangida.

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Primaries: Only three adhoc delegates qualified to vote — PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has said that only the three adhoc delegates elected earlier on will be allowed to vote at its upcoming primaries.

This was confirmed again in a statement by its National Organizing Secretary, Hon. Umar M. Bature, on Friday.

Bature said: “By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.

“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming Primaries and National Convention of our great Party, the PDP are the three (3) AD-HOC Delegates per ward, elected at the Ward Congresses and one (1) National Delegate per Local Government, elected at the Local Government Area Congresses.

“Furthermore, the NWC wishes to inform our Party members that the State Houses of Assembly Primaries to elect our State House of Assembly candidates, earlier scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 will now hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 8:00am to 12 noon; while the House of Representatives Primaries to elect our House of Representatives candidates will also hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2:00 pm.

“All aspirants, critical stakeholders, leaders and teeming members of our Party should please take note.”

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