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Ex-Abia Speaker Dumps PPA For Labour Party

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Former Speaker of Abia State House of Asembly, Sir Stanley Ohajuruka, has dumped the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PP A) for Labour Party (LP).

   Ohajuruka, elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the PPA in 2007, stormed out of the party after last Tuesday’s Governorship primaries won by the immediate past Deputy Governor, Comrade Chris Akomas, describing the exercise as a sham.

   At a town hall meeting with his supporters at his Aba Road Campaign Office Wednesday, Ohajuruka,_who currently represents Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal

Constituency, said he would now pursue his Governorship ambition on the platform of the LP.

He said he chose LP because the party has no godfather in Abia and was free from any external influence, unlike PPA where he said the out come of the primaries was influenced by external forces.

Ohajuruka  added that what happened at the PP A congress was allocation of votes and positions, saying ,that anything that is fraudulent would  never produce good result.         

According to him, he called the town hall meeting to intimate his supporters of the            development and to seek their input on which political party they should join to realise their ambition.

“In the face of challenges, we have decided to take the bull by the horn. We are coming from a high moral background to show leadership by example

“We have examined the manifesto of other political parties and we found that of the Labour Party more appealing. Other parties are making moves to adopt us but we prefer the LP because it is a party for the masses .

“In LP, there is no godfather or any external influence. This is the new face of a new political machinery . We call ourselves the Integrity Group. This is a total departure from the past,” Ohajuruka told his supporters, adding that he would now freely pursue his agenda to liberate Abia.

Also speaking, Chief Obi Aguocha, another Governorship aspirant on the platform of the PPA, told the meeting that Ohajuruka and himself have quit BPA and were looking  up to their supporters to point to which direction they should go, saying that their politics  would be based on integrity.

Ohajuruka Campaign Organisation Director, Chief G. C.Onyemaobi, described LP as a virgin ground and enjoined supporters to spread the good news at the grassroots to enable Ohajuruka realize his Governorship ambition.

Meanwhile, Akomas has extended his hands of fellowship to Ohajuruka, asking him not to dump PPA but join hands with him to liberate the state, saying that he was a “party flag bearer and a team leader.”

“Please, don’t go to anywhere. PPA is our family. Let us work out modalities and forge ahead. We are all one formidable team. I most humbly appeal to you to give us the opportunity to do well for Abia together.

“In this race there is no victor, no vanquished, only a flag bearer/team leader. God will surely bless you as you put your experience and expertise towards the emancipation of Abia State,” Akomas appealed to those who lost to him”,

Reacting to the defection of Ohajuruka to Labour Party despite his appeal, Akomas said that” it was his right but I have appealed to him to remain so that we work together to save the state. It is unfortunate that he is taking that decision, but I will continue to appeal to him.”

Akomas polled 2,188 votes to beat Ohajuruka, who polled a total of 629 votes. Other aspirants who participated in the election were Dr. Max Nduaguibe who scored 74 votes and Mr. Obi Aguocha who polled 27 votes. There were a total of 149 void votes.

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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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