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A former Governor of Abia State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the Igbo can be sure of producing the country’s president in 2023 if they support the re-election bid of President Mohammdu Buhari in 2019.

Kalu urged the Igbo to wake up and learn from their past political experience, adding that the future of the tribe in Nigerian politics is brighter now than it has been in the past with the APC.

Kalu spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Sunday shortly after attending the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, St. Peter’s Parish 2017 Annual Harvest and Thanksgiving Service on Abiriba Street, Umuahia.

Maintained that producing an Igbo president is a task every true Igbo indigene must key into, adding that the APC is the best platform to achieve the dream.

He said: “The future of Ndigbo is the brightest today in APC.

“Once Buhari finishes his second tenure, I’m assuring you that either I or any other Igbo man stands a better chance of becoming the president of Nigeria.

“The right thing to do is to work for the presidency.

“We don’t need other thing than the office of the president.

“If you see what I have done in our villages as governor, you will know what will happen if somebody like me becomes the president.

“You know that the entire Nigeria will be developed.

“The future is very bright and Ndigbo will enjoy being in APC.

“That is why we are working very hard to win the Anambra State election and will win the State.

“It is possible to have Orji Kalu in Aso rock, if I am alive and in good health.

“I’m very capable to be president because I understand macro and micro economics of Nigeria.

“I don’t even see any Nigerian more capable than I am to run for the office and work for the people.”

Kalu disclosed that the APC-led Federal Fovernment is already reconstructing the Uzuakoli/ Bende Ohafia Road in the State through his intervention.

He said: “When I was governor, I was busy maintaining that road.

“It is a State Government road.

“But when I left office, it was overlooked and the road became deplorable.

“So I appealed to the Federal Government for an intervention on that road and they are doing rehabilitation work now.

“The rehabilitation is not being done by any member of the National Assembly.

“It was by my request.

“I told the federal authorities that I can’t go to my village anymore and I’m a member of the ruling party because I had once spent over five hours on the road because of its deplorable state.

“I showed Mr. President the pictures and he ordered for immediate rehabilitation of the road.

“We are doing the road to help the people so that our can be happy and stop working on their vehicles all the time.

“That’s what good governance is all about.”

The ex-governor added he tarred almost all the lanes in Umuahia, some roads in Aba to make life easier for people, saying: “It is just that people have refused to acknowledge what is right and good and unless Abians come up to speak the truth we might not see a better day because you cannot hide the truth.

“When I was governor, I gave free education, I gave free medical services, I built roads, and paid workers.

“Paying salaries was a sacrifice I made to help our people.

“It looked like it was an easy thing, but people have realized that it was not an easy job.

“It takes a man with a high level of discipline to be able to do it.

“It takes a good manager and administrator to achieve that and it is really open today and people can see the difference.”

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BREAKING: APC Releases Approved Mode Of Primaries For 36 States, FCT

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The All Progressives Congress has released the approved mode of primaries for each of its 36 states chapters and the Federal Capital Territory.

The mode of primaries was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday, which also banned the Adamawa State Executive Committee of the party from conducting the elections.

It accused the state executive of bias in respect of a governorship candidate.

Contrary to the earlier directive of the party that direct primaries must be used for all levels of election ahead of the 2019 elections, some state governors kicked against it.

At a meeting last week between the governors on the platform of the Progressives Governors Forum, led by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and the leadership of the party, headed by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party soft-pedalled on its earlier position.

In the statement by the party on Tuesday, Nabena said the National Working Committee of the APC approved the mode of primaries for the September 29, 2018 governorship primary elections scheduled to hold across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

ABIA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ADAMAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

AKWA IBOM: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ANAMBRA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAUCHI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAYELSA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BENUE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

BORNO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

CROSS RIVER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

DELTA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EBONYI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ENUGU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

EKITI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

GOMBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

IMO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

JIGAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KADUNA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KANO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

KASTINA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KEBBI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KOGI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KWARA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

LAGOS: DIRECT PRIMARIES

NASARAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

NIGER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OGUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ONDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OSUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OYO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

PLATEAU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

RIVERS: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

SOKOTO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

TARABA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

YOBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ZAMFARA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

FCT: DIRECT PRIMARIES.

Nabena added: “The National Working Committee (NWC) has banned the Adamawa State Working Committee from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the governorship primaries holding in the State.

“This is due to the fact that the Adamawa State Working Committee was prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant.”

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Ogun 2019: Adebutu Emerges Sole Governorship Aspirant Of PDP

Peter Okunoren

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The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rural Development, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu has emerged the sole governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ogun State.

Adebutu, who represents Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency, was screened with other governorship aspirants from the South-West zone in Ibadan last weekend by the Honourable Austin Opara-led screening committee.

The scion of the billionaire business tycoon, Sir Kensington Adebutu had been the leading contender for the governorship seat in the state in the last three years and a major financier of the party.

Signposting the development as a sign on unity in Ogun PDP, he said “this is a phase in the journey to making life meaningful to our people in Ogun State, a journey that will lead to good governance of our dear state”

The screening exercise also had aspirants from Lagos and Oyo states in attendance, including the PDP candidate in the 2015 election in Lagos, Chief Jimi Agbaje and Chief Deji Doherty; Senator Ayo Adeseun and Seyi Makinde who are aspirants from Oyo State.

The PDP primary is scheduled to hold on Friday, 28th September, across the states of the federation.

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Osun 2019: Omisore ‘Agrees’ To Work With PDP, Adeleke

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The Senate President and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, campaign council for the Osun State governorship election, Bukola Saraki has disclosed that the 2018 Osun governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore has agreed to work with the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the rerun election billed for Thursday, 27th September 2018.

Saraki disclosed this after he met with Omisore in Ile-Ife.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the governorship election in Osun state “inconclusive” after a thin margin between scores for two main contenders.

Rerun elections slated for September 27 in Osun are to hold in seven polling unit across four local government areas.

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