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Okorocha Mulls New Party, Says APC Was Hurried Arrangement To Take Power

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Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a “hurried arrangement”.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Monday, Okorocha said the ruling party could have been better but that some people hijacked it and became “lords”.

The former governor of Imo state said progressive-thinking citizens must come together to make Nigeria work.

“The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians, to make the country work,” he said.

“APC was a hurried arrangement formed to take power when the then government was drifting. APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party, people who came for a congratulatory message, hijacked the party and became lords.”

According to him, political parties in the country do not have ideologies and are only a vehicle to power.

“The issue is not about APC or PDP. It is beyond political parties. We are talking about the character of the politicians. Political parties in Nigeria don’t have any ideology – it is just a vehicle to come to power,” the lawmaker said.

“So, what we have is not the ideal thing. We have so many people who are not interested in working for the nation.”

The senator said President Muhammadu Buhari could have performed better if he had surrounded himself with good people.

“For instance, if President Muhammadu Buhari had surrounded himself with good people, the story would not be the same today,” Okorocha said.

“We have bad people in APC, just as we have them in PDP and that was why I made the call in Rivers state that the good ones should come together to lead the people.”

The senator added that all zones must be allowed to produce a president.

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Banditry Becoming An Industry, Benefiting Some People —Senate President Lawan

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, lamented that banditry was fast becoming an industry and that quite a number of people were benefitting from the ugly situation.

Lawan, who spoke after the confirmation of the service chiefs, described the situation as unacceptable and asked the new military generals to stop the ugly trend.

The newly confirmed service chiefs are, Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao as Chief of Air staff.

They replaced the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Lawan asked the new service chiefs to take the war to the bandits and insurgents and dislodge them in their strongholds.

He said, “A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away on motorcycles is not accepted.

“Kidnapping without a trace is not acceptable. Something has to be done because, apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.

“Let me also advise the service chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the army, the air force, they are supposed to have complementary roles.

“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs following the consideration of the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation.

Lawan, had on Wednesday, penultimate week, referred the request of the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the Committee on Defence.

Lawan, gave the committee, led by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary.

The Senate confirmed their appointments both at the committee of the whole and at plenary on Tuesday following the Wamakko report’s consideration.

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Popular Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie Loses Mum

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Popular Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has lost her mother, Grace Ifeoma Adichie. It was gathered that her mother died on Monday, however, the cause of her death is still unknown.

Her mother’s death comes more than eight months after the author had lost her father, James Adichie, who died after a brief illness.

The deceased couple are survived by six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda, and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren.

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Drama As Sowore Appears In Court With Personal Babalawo [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

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Sahara reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore has caused a stir as he appeared at the magistrate court in Abuja with a “Babalawo” in tow.

It was gathered that Lawyers, journalists, and other court personnel were left shocked by the former presidential Candidate’s choice of association.

“The Gods are angry”, Sowore could be heard saying to his entourage while awaiting the presiding judge on the matter.

Recall A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja had fixed March 2 for the trial of the activist and four others for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance.

Sowore had been accused of carrying placards and calling for a forceful revolution. He was eventually granted 20 million naira bail after which he regained his freedom.

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