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Vote Me in and Say Goodbye to Insecurity, Atiku Tells Imo Citizens, Vows to Resuscitate Businesses



Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised business and trade will pick up again if elected in the presidential election slated for February 25th, 2023.

The former Vice President made this known at the PDP’s presidential campaign rally which witnessed large supporters of the party at the Dan Ayam stadium in Owerri, Imo state.

He said, “For me it is homecoming to imo again. The first Chiefaincy title I got in southeast was in Imo state.

Atiku said in appreciation, “I gave airport to the community I belong to. So, If I become the president, imo is the president”.

On insecurity, the PDP Presidential candidate noted that if elected he would sit and dialogue with agrieved individuals to resolve the insecurity problem in the state.

“If you elect me, I will seat with stakeholders and sort out the issue of insecurity. If you elect me, business and trade will pick again. This is part of my policy document. There will be no need for any young man and woman not to have anything to do. We will provide an environment where things can work.” The former VP stated.

The Adamaea born politician and former VP reiterated his stance on restructuring when he said, “We will work with National Assembly to ensure powers are devoluted to all parts of the country. As the chairman said, we are capable of bringing stable development to this state as we have done before and we would do it again. Look at me, I am still strong and I can do it.

While delivery his speech, the crowd was heard chanting Atiku! Atiku! Atiku!

Responding, Atiku said “As I see you like this, I don’t feel like leaving you. God bless you all and bless Nigeria.”

On his part, Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorcha Ayu warned that the party will lot tolerate division in the party. He assured the people that if Atiku is elected he will bring development to the state and tackle insecurity.

“I brought the good people of Imo a goodnews. The state is PDP state. The last election uou won. Since 1999, the state has always been a PDP. All that left including Rochas Okorocha were all PDP. We must ensure unity to win. We won’t tolerate division in the party. We must work together and produce the president on the 25th February. Everyone must mobilize everyone. Once you win ghe presidency, we will take Imo back.

“If you vote Atiku, he will bring security and development to the state. Vote a person who understands the country and know how to tackle insecurity.”

“Igbo people are prosperous people and we will support the youths and women.” Ayu said

Earlier in his address, Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Ifeanyi Okowa who address the multitude in Ibo to the delight of the gathering, said “The Imo youths have shown they are ready to vote for the PDP. I am impressed by the numbers.”

Okowa noted that has entrepreneurs, Imo youths will benefit immensely from the PPD.

He said, “Atiku will set aside $10bn to support small business across the country. He told the large crowd.”

The DG, PDP Presidential campaign council, Gov Aminu Tambuwal while addressing the corpus ealier, said “Atiku is very familiar with the issues of Imo state, southeastern states and Ndigbo. He is here seeking your support to recover this country from
Insecurity, poverty and economic woes. If you vote for him you will be convinced that Atiku is the only candidate that can set Nigeria to the path of greatness.”

Earlier, Former Governor of Imo state, Chief Emeka Ihedioha told the people that a vote for Atiku will ensure their vote is secured and no one would steal their mandate again.”

“if we vote Atiku nobody will steal our votes again. Under 7 months, I paid all pensioners owed, restore good governance. I ask you to transfer the love you have for me to my boss, Atiku Abubakar, the former Deputy Speaker said.

Other present at the rally included Governor of Edo state , Mr Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Akwa Ibom state, former governor of Abia Theodore orji and many other party bigwigs.

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Akpabio Commits to Collaboration with Tinubu, Governor Umo Eno




The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has stated his commitment to working closely with Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Governor Umo Eno to ensure the delivery of democratic benefits to the people of Akwa Ibom State.

Akpabio stated this in his country home, Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, while briefing his constituents on the journey so far as their representative in the red chamber.

He assured the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District of his commitment to their welfare in appreciation of their total support for him, President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in last year’s election.

The Highpoint of the constituency briefing was the distribution of over 10,000 bags of rice and other essentials for his constituents from the wards, to the local governments.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Jackson Udom, quoted Akpabio as saying, “I am here once again, to thank you for standing by me, our President and the party, before, during and even after last year’s elections. I have come to say thank you and also bring Renewed Hope to you all.

“As the President is doing his own, the Senate President is also doing his bit and being complemented by the state governor, Akwa Ibom would be the better for it. We have finished elections and politics, we are now into governance. The governor of the state must touch you, because he is the governor of all the people in the state irrespective of political affiliation.

” As I am touching you now from the political angle, I will also touch the state without any political party affiliation. Most of the projects we are putting in place would be used by people resident in the state. Relax, things are getting better.”

The former Governor of the state, assured his constituents that his current position as the Senate President would be used for the development of the state in collaboration with the President and the Akwa Ibom State Governor.

Hear him: This Senate President is not the one that would be fighting the state government. I will collaborate with , I will collaborate with , to make the state better for us all. We cannot be out of government for a long time. You have to go to a government that carries you along”

Akpabio promised to work for his constituents and Nigeria with all his strength, noting that, “as the President of the Senate, I am for the Southern region and the entire country. I may not come here regularly to tell you what I have been doing for you, but you will be feeling the impact on way or the other. Our unemployed youths would be gainfully employed. I will construct a mini stadium in all the local governments in the district, for our youths to develop their sporting potentials. ”

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Akwa Ibom Government Invests N112 Billion in Road Infrastructure Projects





“Since May 2023, Akwa Ibom State Government Invests N112 Billion in Road Infrastructure”

Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga disclosed this when he presented a breakdown at the State Executive Council meeting in Uyo.

He revealed that 39 new road projects have been undertaken with N78.77 billion released to fund them, while old projects have been funded to the tune of over N30 Billion, with an additional N12 Billion recently released by the Governor.

Details of the Exco meeting were made public by the Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong.

The Executive Council also approved the increment of pension for pensioners who retired before 2012, effective April 2024.

Following the ongoing harvesting of fruits, milling will soon commence at the Dakkada Global Oil Palms.

The Managing Director of the Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation, Pastor Imoabasi Jacob announced this during his presentation at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Umo Eno.

Two projects executed through the Direct Labour Agency have been completed with 19 other ones ongoing.

The Director of Operations of the Agency, presented a status update on the projects under their supervision, also disclosed that 31 of the 100 initial ARISE Compassionate Homes will be completed and presented soon.

The Council was also briefed on the progress at Ibom LED, where 800 people have been trained and N400m has been approved to fund the grant of N500,000 to each of the participants, which will soon be done.

The Governor charged all the Executive Council members to ensure that all the projects and programmes under their supervision are people-centric from ideation to execution. He advised that project monitoring should be ramped up to ensure quick completion.

Major Highlights of the meeting are as follows:

√Status update on Food sufficiency received; proposal on increased cocoa, rice production & Ibom Model Farm submitted by HC for Agriculture & Rural Development

√Presentation of proposal by MD, AKICORP on Ibom Towers, FalconNext, Landmark Beach Resort.

√Dakkada Global Oil Palms Ltd ready to commence milling of ongoing harvested fruits

√Confirmation of N400m disbursed at N500,000 each to 800 IBOM-LED trainees in two batches

√Briefing by HC Works & Fire Service on N112 billion disbursed by the Governor for road infrastructure since May 2023, with 39 new road projects receiving N78.77 billion & N30 Billion for old projects, with additional release of N12 Billion

√Presentation by HC Culture & Tourism on tourism blueprint for proposed development of Tourism hubs at Ikot Abasi, Itu, and Oron

√ Two projects ready, 19 ongoing through Direct Labour Agency on 1 Project per Local Government Area; 31 ARISE Compassionate Homes nearly completed

√Approval for increment of pension for pensioners who retired before 2012, effective April 2024.

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Oyo Prince Encourages Peace and Continued Charitable Acts Among Muslims




Prince Afeez Siyanbola Oladigbolu, the grandson of the 40th Alaafin of Oyo and the youngest contender for the Alaafin throne, is calling on Muslims in Oyo State and across Nigeria to uphold peace and carry forward the spirit of sacrifice and kindness observed during Ramadan.

Prince Oladigbolu made the call in his Eid-El- Fitri message where he bemoaned the state of affairs in Oyo Kingdom.

According to him “We don’t have an Alaafin and we also currently do not have a Chief Imam. The two vacuums remain unfilled due to the passage of HRM Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and late Mashood Adebayo Ajokidero and this requires urgent attention because of the leadership gap it has caused in Oyo.

“The absence of the Alaafin has led to a state of stagnancy since Oba Adeyemi joined his ancestors in April 2022, while our spiritual growth has not been at its highest without a Chief Imam”

The young prince challenged Muslim leaders and communities to be fervent in unstoppable prayers for Almighty Allah’s intervention in the affairs of Oyo town, the State and Nigeria.

He also used the opportunity to urge the youths to be calm, stay away from violence and embrace hard work.

In his words ” Violence leads to crime , while crime leads to jail”

He further also advising youths to abstain from being used against the government, noting that nobody or group of people have the capacity to fight the government at any level.

” If the political behaviour of any candidate is not going down well with you, wait for the next election and vote such a candidate out. That is the civil way to react.

” Violence, insults, and most especially curses on our leaders are not options we should explore and will not change anything. Let’s pray for them so that they can always fulfil their campaign promises.

The former Mariner and real estate Entrepreneur also extended some assistance to senior citizens to commemorate the season.

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