Barely ten days to the December 5, 2009 local government election in Enugu State , the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign train moved to Nkanu West and Enugu South local government areas to solicit the support of the peoples of the area during the election.
The state governor and leader of the party in the state, Mr. Sullivan Chime, led the campaign train to the areas and formally presented the party’s chairmanship flag-bearers and councilors to the electorate.
Addressing party supporters and stakeholders at the headquarters of Nkanu West Local Government Council, Agbani, Governor Chime, thanked the people for their support to his government and the party, which he described as total and very encouraging.
Governor Chime specifically thanked the traditional rulers and PDP major stakeholders in the area for the mature way they handled major political issue in the area and appealed to them to give their support to the new chairmanship candidate of the party in the area, Mr. Ekene Okenwa, and those for the councillorship positions.
He told the people that the PDP-controlled government of Enugu State believes in consultation and was always ready to carry everybody along, adding that the party would not take it kindly with any elected officer who fails to live up to the expectations of both the party and the people.
Also at Enugu South council area, Governor Chime praised the outgoing chairman,
Mr. Sam Ngene for his good works and urged the new chairmanship candidate for the area, Mr. Ndubueze Okafor, to do more and improve on what his predecessor achieved.
The governor equally thanked the people for their support to his administration and PDP so far and appealed to them to translate the support into action during the forthcoming December 5 local government elections in the state.
He, therefore , used the occasion to assure the people of the state that the PDP government in Enugu State would not disappoint them but will continue to do its best to meet the expectations of the electorate and the people of the state.
Also in his speech, the state chairman of the party, Chief Vita Abba, told the people that the current PDP in Enugu State believed in genuine election devoid of any manipulation or thuggry.
Chief Abba therefore called on the peoples of Enugu South and Nkanu West to come out en-masse and show their support by casting their votes to the party that cares for their welfare.
The chairman told the people that the PDP umbrella is big enough to accommodate everybody and welcomed all those who decamped from other parties to join PDP at the rallies.
He told the people that all the PDP candidates for the election were tested and trusted people who were ready to carry everybody along and also give their best to the people.
The two members representing Nkanu East and West and Enugu North and South federal constituencies at the House of Representatives, Princess Peace Nnaji and Prince Ofor Chukwuegbo, respectively, in their separate speeches thanked the governor for his good work in the state especially in the areas of infrastructural development, road construction and environmental sanitation, saying it has transformed the state capital.
Princess Nnaji and Prince Chukwuegbo described their chairmanship candidates Messrs Ekene Okenwa and Nwabueze Okafor as those who can deliver and appealed to their people to give them their total support by voting them into office come December 5 this year.
They, therefore, charged the chairmanship flag-bearers to see the entire council areas as their constituencies and to see the need to consult with elders and stakeholders and carry everybody along in the scheme of things.
At Nkanu West Council areas, solidarity messages came from the state secretary of the party, Engr. Dons Ude, Mr. Nana Ogbodo, Chief Onyemuchi Nnamani, Mr. Ude Okoh, Chief Mike Onu and Igwe Gabriel Nnaji, among others.
In their goodwill and solidarity messages, they thanked Governor Chime for his good work, for the appointment given to their sons and daughters, his timely intervention at the Eke Agbani Market problems, and advised him to be mindful of those they described as sycophants and gossips.
They used the occasion to draw his attention to some of their problems including poor road network, especially the collapsing Amodu bridge and lack of water supply and appealed to him to come to their aid.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
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.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
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.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
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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