Chief Promoter and Founder of Afa Igbo Efuna Movement, Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, on Monday, formally declared his intention to contest the Anambra State 2021 Governorship election.
The oil magnate who represents Anambra South in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly made the declaration during a ‘Thank you’ rally hosted at the DCC Field Nnewi.
While thanking the people of Nnewi North for electing him Senator in 2019, he formally informed them that he will run for Governor in the November 2021 election.
A similar rally is billed for Ukpor, Nnewi South on Wednesday April, 21.
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah is running under the platform of the Youth Progressives Party, YPP.
Before he officially declared his ambition the well-loved senator has secured blessings of elders, stakeholders as well as those that matter in the state.
The oil and gas top player, however, has to battle a lot of challenges to realise his lifetime desire.
Apart from his relatively unknown political party, The Young Progressives Party, YPP, it the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano , may also constitute a clog in the wheel of Ubah’s dream, though he has no constitutional right to contest any more.
A source revealed that the founder of Capital Oil is also aware of the mountainous task before him and he has prepared to surmount it.
In the past years, he has proven to his detractors that he is indeed a cat with nine lives.
The more they try to bury him, the more he sprouts like a seed in a well fertile land.
The billionaire, who sits atop many businesses across the country in the past, has faced many challenges that would ordinarily consume a lily-livered.
But the Nnewi born senator has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is indeed a warrior and a master of the game.
Even though he is a lone fighter, many of his enemies are never his match.
Since he was declared winner in the senatorial district , the billionaire has fought so many battles within the state and outside.
But he emerged victorious in all the legal battles so far.
He remained unstoppable in his quest for the number one job of the state come November, 2021.
As many are aware, this is not the first time the Nnewi born billionaire politician would spring up even when many have written him off politically.
Shortly before he won his senatorial election, it appeared that the oil magnate had been so unlucky politically.
Naysayers thought the billionaire has hit cul-de-sac in his political journey, which started from All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and has taken him to two other political parties, Labour Party and then Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
In November 2017, Ubah dumped the PDP to return to APGA. Ubah was allegedly promised the APGA Anambra South Senatorial District ticket and before the party Senatorial primary, the businessman was the frontline aspirant.
With the assurance, in return, put everything into supporting the party.
But a few hours before the primary, despite his immense contributions in consolidating and sustaining the party both in the past and in the present, APGA leadership announced the disqualification of Ubah on the pretext that he did not apply to obtain for the party waiver.
This, it was gathered, left Ubah heartbroken as he had spent so much to assist the party while hoping that the party would pay him back with the much coveted senatorial ticket.
The businessman was distraught over the betrayal by the party leadership after all he had done to keep the party alive and moving.
He was responsible for the payment of rent for all the offices of APGA nationwide. He was said to have also provided the needed logistics to sustain the party leadership during the days of Senator Victor Umeh’s leadership struggle with former Governor Peter Obi. He was also part of those who assisted Governor Willie Obiano to return to power by delivering his Anambra South during the Governor’s 2017 re-election campaign.
Despite the disappointment, the wealthy businessman was not keen in leaving the party; he wanted to stay within to right whatever wrongs he might have been subjected to.
But he was literarily forced out of the party before he joined YPP.
In the opinions of many, it was a wrong move but he shocked many bookmakers when he emerged victorious at the poll, thereby putting an end to the career of the two political brothers and gladiators in the state-Chief Chris Uba, the senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP and Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
This has left the two brothers in political wilderness and will never forget him for the rest of their lives: he shockingly demystified them and made their political dynasty crumble before their very eyes.
Oyetola To Aregbesola: We’re Proud Of You, You Performed Well As Gov, You’re Doing Well As Minister; Those Calling For Nigeria Break-up Ignorant, Says Aregbe
The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola has stated that the state is proud of its former Governor and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Oyetola spoke in Ilesa on Saturday, 5 June, 2021 at an event marking the 64th birthday celebration of the Minister.
He noted that the former Governor of the state performed very well while ruling the state and still performing as the Minister Of Interior.
Oyetola who was represented at the event by the state Commissioner for Political Affairs and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr Taiwo Akeju, said: “You performed very well in the State of Osun and you are performing well as the Minister of Interior. We are very proud of you.”
The events celebrating the 64th birthday of the Minister included the presentation of a book titled “The Rauf I Know “, written by a journalist, Mr Dayo Olanipekun. Mr Olanipekun covered him as state house correspondent for the Broadcasting Corporation of Osun State (OSBC) in his two terms as governor.
Speaking later, Ogbeni Aregbesola warned that it would take 50 years for Nigeria to recover from another civil war.
He therfore warned Nigerians to desist from any act capable of threatening Nigeria’s unity, describing those calling for the separation of the country as ignorant.
Ogbeni Aregbesola said: “Those calling for Nigeria’s break-up are ignorant. Every Nigerian should work for Nigeria’s unity and development.
“It will take Nigeria 50 years to recover from civil war. Whoever likes women and children should not support, but rather condemn any call of separation and conduct capable of threatening Nigeria’s unity.
“Nigeria is a country created by God for us and for the black race.
“I am not saying everything that is happening in Nigeria is good. We should treat the problems and challenges facing Nigerians, not calling for her break-up. Decapitation is not the antidote for headache”.
Aregbesola also declared support for a new caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Osun Progressives (TOP), saying that he is in support of any move to consolidate progressives legacies in the State of Osun, strengthen the party from the polling units, wards and local government levels and strengthen internal democracy in the party, which are clearly stated in the objectives and mission of TOP.
In his address, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, said that Aregbesola’s legacy in the development of the State will forever linger in the sands of time.
The Ooni of Ife who spoke via Zoom noted that the State of Osun and its people cannot forget Aregbesola as his achievements are beyond what anyone can rubbish.
“We will forever remember him. Your work will never cease to reflect in the sands of time. It is during his tenure that landmark achievements occurred in Osun which we cannot forget.
“We can never forget you. Your achievements are beyond what anyone can rubbish. We are proud of you and what you represent.”
The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who delivered a lecture titled “Power is responsibility” at the event, urged Nigerian political leaders to be responsible with power.
Oloyede who was represented by Dr Wahab Oyedokun, tasked politicians to operate with ideology that address people’s yearnings.
Speaking at the event, Chief Mrs Tokunbo-Awolowo Dosumu, daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said Aregbesola is among the few Nigerian politicians that identify with and promote Awolowo’s legacy.
According to Dosumu, Aregbesola has always been committed to all the activities of Awolowo Foundation, describing him as an exemplary leader.
Politicians, traditional rulers, trade union groups and people from all walks of life from the state and across the country graced the occasion, while others spoke via zoom.
UPDATED: NECO Registrar died of heart failure, not assassinated – says Official
The Registrar of National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof. Godswill Obioma has been confirmed dead.
The late NECO Registrar reportedly died on Monday night in his sleep in his Minna residence.
The Director, Human resources of the examination body, Abdul Mustapha confirmed the death of the NECO boss, he dismissed viral media reports that Prof. Godswill Obioma was assassinated, says he died in his sleep as a result of heart failure.
Mr. Mustapha disclosed communication from Obioma’s second son, Prince Godswill Obioma, informing him of the death of his father thus:
“Mustapha K. Abdul (Director Human Resource Management, NECO),
“Dear Sir, this is to formally inform you that my father, Prof. Godswill Obioma, the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO passed to eternal glory yesterday 31/5/2021 after a brief illness.
“We request that you kindly notify the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Council of this development.
“We shall keep you duly informed.
“Prince Godswill Obioma the 2nd, for the family.”
The release of the conversation between the deceased son and Mustapha contradicted some reports in some online and social media platforms alleging that the NECO boss was assassinated in his Minna residence by some unknown gunmen.
INSECURITY: Arewa Consultative Forum directs Northerners to boycott Southeast
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has directed Northerners to boycott traveling to Southeast as a result of the level of insecurity in the region.
The warning under the guise of a statement was issued by the National Chairman of ACF, Audu Ogbe, on Monday, May 31. He expressed concern over increasing attacks and killings of northern residents in the southeast or those visiting the zone. He said the travel advisory was issued while taking into cognizance the killings of northern leaders in 1966, which he said triggered the events that led to the civil war.
“ACF issues a very strong advisory to all northerners who may wish to travel to the southeast. Northerners should weigh the importance and necessity of such travels. Unless such trips are absolutely necessary and of compelling nature, like matters of life and death, they should not be made.”the statement in part read
The travel advisory comes barely 24 hours after former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, was murdered by IPOB members in Imo state.
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