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2023: Northern Elders, Retired Generals, Religious Leaders Tip Peter Obi For Victory, Says Uzodike



By Chuks Eke

Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, Anambra State Coordinator of Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Council, has expressed optimism that with the massive support being given to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Ahmed across the country, the sky would surely be their limit in the 2023 general elections.
Uzodike who made the observation at a town hall meeting organized by members of the Labour Party, LP in the Obosi electoral ward, in conjunction with Peter Obi support groups at Obosi in ldemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state, said he was impressed by the accolades being given to Obi in the core north and middle belt by these northern and religious leaders during his consultative forum with them.
Uzodike who has a chieftaincy title of Dike Udo Awka-Etiti,
therefore charged members of the labour movement in Obosi ward and beyond, both those who are still in other political parties to fuse into the labour party and join hands in ensuring a resounding victory for Obi and the party during the elections.
According to Uzodike, “If I tell you the calibre of personalities in the core north that have given their blessings to Obi, you will be marvelled. But I will not stand here to mention their names for some reasons best known to me. All you need to do is to muster your own support and see what will happen during and after the elections”.
He disclosed that some of the northern elders, retired generals and religious leaders have even told Obi that his victory and ascendancy to the Presidential seat would mark the real end of the civil war because all forms of agitations would come to an end, more so when it is quite obvious that the Southeast geopolitical zone deserved to take the slot at the presidency this time around.
He also quoted some of them as saying that with Obi on the seat, those who destroyed Nigeria would turn round to rebuild it, even as he said they assured Obi that his labour would never be in vain, adding that he should prepare himself for the arduous tasks ahead as the next president of Nigeria because of his humility, intelligence and focus on Nigeria’s prosperity.
Earlier in their introductory remarks, the chief hosts of the town hall meeting, Chief Hyman Udemba (Akamkposi Obosi) and Chief Chidebe Umolu (Akpeh Obosi) disclosed that no fewer than 2,500 supporters of Obidient movements have so far decamped from other political parties to the Labour party and are now scrambling to get the party’s membership cards so as to integrate themselves fully into the mainstream of the labour party movement.
Udemba and Umolu who were highly elated by the presence of prominent political heavyweights at the town hall meeting which took place at Chief Umolu’s residence told the audience that they were mandated by the Labour party leadership to leave their respective abodes in Abuja and Lagos and relocate to Obosi to coordinate the activities of the party in their respective wards to ensure victory for the party.
Udemba and Umolu who were invested in patrons’ positions of the Labour party in the Obosi ward, expressed optimism that Obi would win the election because of his wide range of acceptability by the mass movement.
They, therefore, urged all Obosi sons and daughters to jettison every other political party that usually lures them with peanuts and join the Labour movement as according to them, when the chips are down, a labourer would be rewarded accordingly.
According to Udemba and Umolu, “from all indications, this contest is divine and already ordained by God Himself in the spiritual realm but it is the responsibility of the labour movement to work assiduously for the victory to manifest in the outward realm”.
In his speech, a prominent member of the labour movement and retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, Celestine Okoye, recalled that he had worked for other political parties in the recent past and discovered that they were a bundle of liars with queer characters, adding that his decision to join the labour movement was born out of his belief that Peter Obi’s victory would bring the dwindling fortunes of this country back to life.
Okoye who has a chieftaincy title of Ozo Abilikete of Awka urged all the Obidient movements to collapse their structures into the labour party as the vehicle with which they would convey Obi to victory and through which they would be recognized at the time of reckoning.
Anambra State Chairman of the Labour party, Chief Ugochukwu Emeh commended all the party faithful and all the Obidient movements for their efforts so far and urged them to redouble their efforts towards the actualization of the visible victory for Obi in particular and the party at large.
Emeh, therefore, charged all and sundry to ensure they arm themselves with their PVCs in preparation for the voting exercise since according to him, the only instrument they have to actualize this victory which he said has already been designed by God is to cast their votes on the election day.
Others who spoke at the event were the labour party candidate for Idemili North state constituency, Kingsley Udemezue; Archbishop Eugene Nwabueze of the Peter Obi Solidarity Movement; Rotarian Chukah Ifekandu, state/local government coordinator of Peter Obi/Datti Yuseful Movement, as well as Hon. Mark Osakwe, chairman of the party in Idemili North local government area.
Chairman of the party in Obosi ward, Chief Justin Amechi Ezenwabude and a woman stakeholder, Nneka Ugwunze (Ijele Nwanyi) who identified Udemba as a political strategist and Umolu as a renowned economist, expressed satisfaction that their arrival in labour party has added a new dimension to the prospects of the party in Obosi Ward.
They noted that the duo are men of integrity and are widely respected with a high level of followership in Obosi and neighbouring communities.
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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States



The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.

“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”


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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life



Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.

While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”

Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks



The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.

DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.

ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

  • Source: Independent


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