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Umahi Revalidates APC membership, says South East must return to mainstream politics

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi has performed the APC Registration, Revalidation Exercise in his Onuofukuru polling unit in his country home, Umunaga Uburu, once again giving reasons for his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The Governor who was accompanied by the former National Vice Chairmam of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also a pillar of APC in the South East, Deacon Austin Umahi, reiterated that joining the party at the centre shall bring more dividends of democracy to the people.

According to him, the people of the southeast region have had enough of being at the periphery of national reckoning and have therefore taken the decision to move to the centre and be part of the decision making process.

He therefore urged those fanning embers of hate and discord and enemies of peace in the state to turn a new leaf, adding that his administration is unwavering in its commitment to bequething to Ebonyi State the best records of develoment in quality and in quantity.

Also speaking during the event, the former National Vice Chairman of PDP, Chief Austin Umahi who also performed his registration/Revalidation excercise, said the decision to move to the party at the centre, (APC) was borne out of the dire need to reposition South East to its usual political culture of national mainstreaming in political governance.

Meanwhile, Governor Umahi has been vindicated in his reasons for joining APC as many Igbo leaders are throwing their weight behind APC saying that Ndigbo in the history of political develoment have never belonged to a Minority Party.
One of such leaders is Executive Secretary, National Council for Democratic Development (NCCD), Prince Nwaeze Onu.

Onu, a former senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ebonyi South in the 2019 general election, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, described as “bold and patriotic” Governor Umahi’s decision to join the All Progressives Congress.
According to him, by joining the APC from the opposition PDP, the governor has set the pathway for the South East into the mainstream national politics and enjoined other governors from the zone to follow suit.

The statement read in part: “National Council for Democratic Development (NCDD), a socio-political advocacy group, having watched keenly, recent political developments, has cautioned politicians of Southeast extraction to avoid making the call for the emergence of the next president from the zone a sectional agenda as they need other zones to achieve the feat”.

“We also call on the Southeast stakeholders to build the APC as a strong brand and use it as a launch pad to achieve their dream of producing the next president,” noting that the zone has a great future with the APC because President Buhari has been fair to the zone, and as such he deserves massive cum genuine support from the zone”

Referring to the groundswell of support the defection of Governor Umahi has elicited among the leaders of the South East region, Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Orji Uchenna Orji s described the governor as a leader who has seen the future.

According to the Commissioner, by taking the bold step to build bridges between the zone and other parts of the country, Chief Umahi was living with the dreams of the sage, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe whose political ideology was that of integration.

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Aspirant Confirms Receiving Refund From Delegates After Losing Primaries 

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Adam Namadi, son of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, has confirmed receiving a refund from delegates after losing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives ticket for Kaduna North Federal Constituency.

Reports earlier emerged that drama ensued when Namadi who allegedly gave each delegate N2 million and promised to add N1.5 million if given the ticket, asked them to refund the money.

Reacting, in a statement on Wednesday, the former aspirant justified his action, saying “there was nothing dramatic about the request, and it is unfortunate the media has been purporting it as such”.

According to him, there was an agreement between the delegates and stakeholders in the constituency prior to the primary election that those not favoured by the outcome of the election should be refunded.

He said, “Delegates themselves are aware of the directives given by the major stakeholders of the PDP in the Kaduna North constituency, that any sums given to delegates by various aspirants for their support should be returned to those unsuccessful in their primary elections.

“This was done to encourage delegates to vote for the aspirants based on their qualities and not just their perceived spending power and to hold them accountable for the candidates they put forth.

“As a mark of respect for that agreement, some delegates in the Kaduna North constituency started to reach out to the unsuccessful State House of Assembly aspirants whose elections were held before ours, followed by my fellow contender, Shehu Usman ABG and I.

“Therefore, I am not acting in isolation or making any ludicrous demands.

“I take their decision in good faith and will continue to labour with the PDP and do all my best to protect its good fortunes”.

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“Absolute Agony” says Alex Ferguson, As He Presents Manager of the Year Award to Jurgen Klopp

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Sir Alex Ferguson joked that it was “absolute agony” to have to present Jurgen Klopp with the trophy named after him at the League Manager’s Association (LMA) awards last night.

Liverpool boss Klopp was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Reds to League Cup and FA Cup glory, plus second in the Premier League and this weekend’s Champions League final.

Klopp was presented with the Alex Ferguson Trophy by the man himself – who admitted, with tongue in cheek, that doing so was especially painful.

Watch: Ferguson in “agony” as he honours Klopp

Why would that have pained Ferguson?

As manager of Manchester United, Ferguson made them undisputed kings of English football, overtaking Liverpool as the club with the most national league titles – as the Scotsman once put it, knocking them off their perch.

The balance of power has shifted in recent years, however, with Ferguson retiring and Klopp being appointed at Anfield, with the German bringing consistent domestic and European success back to Liverpool.

United have not won the Premier League since 2012-13 – Ferguson’s last season in charge – or any trophy at all in the last five seasons, while Liverpool won the league in 2019-20 and the Champions League the year before.

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Nigeria lauds improved collaboration in AFI Region, signs MoU with Sierra Leone, Rwanda

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MINISTER of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has commended International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) stressing that it’s leadership stance in collaboration has led member states of the African Indian-Ocean ( AFI) region to pool resources in resolving challenges and enhance safety in the Sub-region.

Sirika made this known at the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May where the nation signed Memorandum of Understandings, (MoUs) with Sierra Leone and Rwanda for technical support to enhance safety and security of Civil Aviation in the region.

According to him, ICAO’s leadership has set the bar for Member States to collaborate in resolving challenges particularly in the area of enhancing safety in our Sub-region.

He explained that one of the outcomes of such collaboration is the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa, which metamorphosized in the West Africa region into the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO), in Abuja, which is hosted and substantially funded by Nigeria stating that this organisation has continued to support the Member States in improving their safety oversight capabilities and human resource development.

On the MoUs, Sirika said they will aid to strengthen safety and efficiency of the sector as well as cooperation in the region.

The Aviation Minister stated that, aviation being an enabler and a positive factor for growth, development and robustness of the economy, informed the sector to enter into partnerships with other countries.

From left, Commisioner Banjul Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Engineer Charles Irikefe Erhueh with Minister of Aviation, Nigeria, Senator Hadi Sirika and Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Engineer Akin Olateru at the opening ceremony of the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May

“This is the only way to continue to make these initiatives relevant and sustainable, while contributing to the strengthening of safety, security and facilitation in the region, bearing in mind that a safe, secure and efficient air transport system is a natural impetus for socio-economic development of the region and a means to support trade and tourism”.

The MoUs were signed by the Nigeria’s Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu and representatives of the two countries at the opening ceremony of the Conference in Abuja.

Explaining further, the NCAA Director General, Captain Nuhu said, the partnership with the two African countries is to assist each other where there are gaps or deficiencies in the system, adding that no civil aviation authorities globally have the capacity to do everything.

The experience of the last two years, Captain Nuhu emphasized has underscored the fact that overcoming challenges and achieving meaningful growth in the industry, can only be done through cooperation, collaboration and co-ordination amongst stakeholders.

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