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INEC Charged On Free, Fair Elections

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been warned to conduct a free and fair governorship election in Anambra State come March 2010, or face the consequences of their action.
The national chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, who handed down the warning in a chat with newsmen in Enugu shortly after attending the Anambra State Peoples Assembly (ASPA) meeting held at the old Awka District Hall, Enugu , vowed that any attempt this time around by INEC to impose an unpopular candidate on the people of Anambra State would be vehemently resisted by the people of the state.
Describing the forthcoming 2010 governorship election in Anambra State as an acid test for the survival of democracy in Nigeria, Chief Umeh reasoned that it is the constitutional right of the people of Anambra state to choose who their governor would be.
According to him, it is equally the right of the people of Anambra State to choose who their Senators, House of Reps. Members, State House of Assembly members, local government chairmen and councilors, among others would be, adding that “Nobody would choose these people for us any longer.”
Continuing, Chief Umeh said: “And that is why it is important that those charged with the responsibility of mid – wife elections in Nigeria should concede this right to the people of Anambra State. Nobody should do it for us. The build up to this election is already worrisome”.
INEC, he said, has no option than to conduct a credible election in Anambra State in 2010. Our people are strong willed people. We have been taken for a ride for too long and this is the first time our people are coming out to say that we wouldn’t have it any more the way it is going. So it is better INEC reads the mind-set of the people of Anambra that at this point in time nothing will be acceptable to the people of the state except a free and fair election in 2010.
Maintaining that a lot of programmes are being put in place, such as voting education and mandate protection, Chief Umeh who was not interested in any particular party, but interested in peace and unity in Anambra State noted that with the partnership “which we are putting in the state right now, by December this year, I am sure it would have become obvious to INEC that it is only a credible election that can stand in Anambra State in 2010.”
Hear the APGA chairman: “We are determined to mobilise town unions, the institutions operating in the state, including the churches. We are going to mobilise everybody to ensure that this time around, democracy must be given its correct meaning in Anambra State. Myself, you and others will be allowed to vote for somebody who will be the governor and those votes must be made to count. It would be terrible if INEC decides not to do the right thing”, he further warned.
Chief Umeh further revealed that the Elders forum in Anambra State has also set up a free and fair election committee, pointing out they are equally meeting at their own level with a view to ensuring free and fair election in the state in 2010.
“Everybody is thinking about how the people of Anambra State will be allowed to freely elect a governor of their choice. What we don’t want in Anambra State any more is the imposition of somebody who will be our governor. We don’t want people to decide for us. The people of Anambra State should be left to decide for themselves who will be their next governor”, he stressed.

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Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room

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The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”

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Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill

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The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.

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2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.

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