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Delta 2023: Your Aspiration Is Personal, Not Ijaw Agenda, IMG Warns Guber Aspirants

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*Says They Are Merely Exercising Their Rights To Freedom of Expression*

The Ijaw Mandate Group (IMG), a socio-political group of the Ijaw nation, has stated that the personal aspiration to be governor of Delta State by some individuals of Ijaw extraction did not make it an Ijaw agenda.

The group made this known in a press statement by Hon. Andaye Dagidi, Coordinating President of IMG and Famous Ofurobiri, after their meeting at Ughelli Garden Motel in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, said that no single Ijaw person or group of persons could claim to be more Ijaw than any member, supporter and follower of IMG.

They stated that whether one was aspiring to become the governor of Delta State in 2023, supported or followed, did not add up to making any Ijaw aspirant projecting an Ijaw agenda.

According to the statement, “an Ijaw had aspired and contested to be Governor of Delta State previously in 2015 without Ijaw support because it was not yet the turn for Delta South Senatorial District, where Ijaws belong, which still subsists and is valid till 2031, a salient and incontrovertible rule of PDP.”

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“It is therefore erroneous to consider the self-seeking the adventure of some individuals in their quest for the governorship seat in 2023 as Ijaw Agenda. It is inappropriate and a fallacy of the highest order; they are merely exercising their rights to freedom of expression, which is sacrosanct to all,” it added.

“The IMG will continue to canvass, propagate and articulate our position across the nooks and crannies of Ijaw Land, which is considered by the group as a proper and perfect Ijaw Governorship Agenda in Delta State in 2031, which actually begins in earnest from 2023 by our support for Delta Central Senatorial District, thereafter for power to rotate to Delta South Senatorial District in 2031, where our own agenda shall be properly situated and easily realised,” it explained further.

“It is worthy of note that IMG is not, and will not, in any wise speak for the INC, the only mouthpiece of Ijaw people in Nigeria and the Diaspora as it is being misconstrued and canvassed in certain quarters and circles. Rather, we have the guaranteed rights of freedom of association and expression, to wittingly express our own desires to agitate and canvass the yearnings and aspirations as a group and as Ijaw people, which exercise we shall continually do without fear of being cowed or intimidated by anybody or group of persons since our agitations do not fall short nor constitute a contravention or a breach of the public peace,” it maintained.

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Address Violent Crises In Ogwuaniocha Community, Federal Lawmaker Appeals To Soludo  

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Member of the House of Representatives for the Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, has urged Governor Chukwuma Soludo to make deliberate efforts to resolve the communal conflict in the oil-rich Ogwuaniocha community that resulted in the abduction of the traditional ruler, who has yet to be released since 2021.

Ogene urged the Governor to use his authority to convene a panel of inquiry to address the violent conflict and put an end to the community’s years of lawlessness, fear, reprisal killings, and criminal activity.

According to him, the community’s social and economic activities have stagnated since 2021 as a result of the intractable clashes.

In a trending video, Ogene lamented that the Anambra State government, since the Chief Willie Obiano administration, has treated the crisis in the oil-rich community with veiled disdain, even though the community generates the majority of the oil revenue that the state currently enjoys as an oil-producing state.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Renewable Energy, also revealed that he had written to the state governor earlier in February, drawing his attention to the lingering crisis that has resulted in the eviction of over 5,000 residents of the community from both their homes and farmlands by criminal gangs who have now taken over Ogwuaniocha and its environs, causing untold hardship and increased criminality in the locality.

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Ogene, who is also the Secretary of the Southern Caucus in the 10th House of Representatives, also requested that the state government convene an urgent panel of inquiry to address both the security and sociological aspects of the crisis.

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Ondo Guber: Female Aspirant Challenges APC Members To Elect Capable Candidate

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to elect a competent candidate for the party as they vote in the party’s governorship primary on Saturday.

Dr. Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo made the call on Friday while speaking to journalists in Akure, the state capital, ahead of the party’s primary.

She stated that the people and party members have everything they need to select a competent candidate capable of running the state’s affairs without regard for sentiments.

Waheed-Adekojo, as a result, presented herself as the most qualified candidate to lead the party and the state in transforming the country’s socioeconomic landscape.

She stated: “I am running to raise the standard of living of the people of the state and to keep the party from losing Ondo state to the other party in the upcoming elections because I am a grassroots woman, and I can tell you all that the music has changed.

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“Our people want a woman, they want change, and the good people of Ondo state are ready to come out in force to ensure that I win the governorship in the upcoming election in Ondo state.”

“I have always believed that the governorship ticket should not be given as compensation or based on arbitrary zoning arrangements, but rather as an assurance of the candidate’s ability to provide visionary and inclusive governance that will contribute to wealth creation, agricultural, rural, and human capital development.

“My appointment as state governor will also create opportunities for both women and youths, in line with our dear President’s agenda of institutionalising 30% women and youth participation in governance.

“I can see women saving this country; being the wives of elected or appointed political office holders is insufficient. I believe it is beneficial to have spouses who are very supportive of their husbands in many ways.

“Our women must believe that their gender is free, and we must not limit that freedom. Under my administration, I will ensure that the deep seaport serves as a catalyst for the state’s socioeconomic development and propels it towards the desired prosperity.

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You Betrayed My Trust, NNPP Founder, Aniebonam Tells Kwankwaso

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Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) founder, has described Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s attempt to hijack the party structure as a betrayal of trust.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Aniebonam stated that he provided Kwankwaso with the party’s platform to achieve his political goal of becoming Nigeria’s president on a plate.

 

Aniebonam stated that he single-handedly registered and nurtured the NNPP from 2002 to 2022 when Kwankwaso and his team approached him to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 general election.

 

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He stated: “Buba Galadima led a delegation to Anambra, including Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and Prof Sam Angai, to plead with us to accept Kwankwaso into the NNPP.

 

“After the talks, I called Kwankwaso and, after questioning him about his intentions for Nigeria, I offered him the NNPP platform as the party’s sole candidate.”

 

“I believed Kwankwaso was unaware of the party’s internal crisis until he appeared openly on live television, displacing the NNPP’s new logo and flag and mutilating its constitution.

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“It is upsetting, and if I remain silent any longer, it will not be in the best interests of the party’s soul as its founder and, eventually, board chairman.

 

“The party’s constitution states that the founder is a life member of the board, and even though I am alive, my brother and good friend Kwankwaso, for whatever reason, is destroying the party I built from 2002 to 2022 when he joined us to run for president in 2023.”

 

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According to him, I founded the party 22 years ago, and Kwankwaso wants to hijack it even though he is not a member of the board of trustees or the party’s leader.

 

He stated that he founded the NNPP after establishing the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), and that NAGAFF served as the NNPP’s parent body.

 

Aniebonam recalled Kwankwaso and others being expelled from the party for anti-party activities. Still, as a life member of the board with inherent powers, he would forgive him if he repented his actions.

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“The kangaroo convention, despite a court order, is null and void because a Federal High Court in Abuja ruled yesterday that the NNPP issue is an internal crisis that is not justiciable.

 

 

 

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