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[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - Counsel to The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Olalekan Ojo, has faulted major areas of the report submitted to the coroner by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG).
 
During the cross-examination of the witness from the BCPG, Mr Oreoluwa Fadayomi, Ojo noted that most of the conclusions of the body in its report were not based on fact or evidence but on mere suspicion and speculation.
 
Citing an example from the report, Ojo noted that the body’s conclusion that the building likely collapsed due to the weakness of the beams arose from its investigation at the site of the building of materials suspected to be remnants of the collapsed beams, six months after the incident. To this, Ojo pointed out to the coroner the invalidity of such a weighty conclusion since it was based on assumptions.
 
Additionally, the report had alleged that The SCOAN employed one Engineer Akinfenwa as a structural engineer, a claim Ojo denied, challenging the association to produce a copy of the document which proved their assertions.
 
Ojo told the coroner that there was need to ensure accuracy and fairness in the submissions of all witnesses as contradictions could mar the fact-finding essence of the entire inquest.
 
Fadayomi admitted the BCPG could have carried out better investigation on the collapse of the guest house if its members had visited the scene earlier.
 
"If I had visited the scene earlier than the time I did, I would have had a better material to carry out a better investigation into the incident,” he said, adding his investigation was only done in March 2015, six months after the incident.  
 
“As at the time I got to the scene of the failed structure, the members of the collapsed building were already disjointed," he told the court.
 
Having picked hole in many areas of the BCPG report, counsel to The SCOAN, Olalekan Ojo asked for the court’s permission to allow him and his client to present more witnesses to react to the BCPG report.
 
However, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe said there was no time for such, adding that the inquest has allowed enough time to witnesses and therefore would not allow any new witness with a view to drawing the curtains on the inquest in May before the inauguration of the new government-elect.
 
Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe therefore adjourned sitting to Friday, April 24, 2015.

 
Nosa Osazuwa ( Email: nosa.osaz@gmail.com ) reports from Lagos, Nigeria.
 
*Photo Caption - Rescue workers Tuesday September 16, 2014 search for survivors in the rubble of Synagogue Church of All Nations  (SCOAN), Lagos- Nigeria collapsed building.  The building collapsed September 12, 2014.

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[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - An explosives expert and researcher, Mr. Biedomo Paul Iguniwei has tendered a research paper requested by the coroner before the Lagos court investigating the cause of the collapsed building at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) last year.
 
In the research paper, which was equally made available to newsmen, Mr. Iguniwei still insists that the building collapse was caused by an infrasonic weapon fired at the church by the aircraft that hovered over the building several times.
 
Arguing that the position of the Lagos State Government which tends to support structural defect as cause of the collapse is baseless, he observed that scientific evidence coupled with the CCTV footage of the collapse suggest the building collapsed due to high energy infrasound absorption.
 
“The Lagos State Government has been pushing the reason for the collapse as foundational, structural defects or poor construction standards used by the church engineers. However, having looked at all the reasons adduced, personally visited the scene of the collapse and analyzed the video footage of the preceding moments before the collapse of the structure, it was deduced that the collapse resulted from high energy infrasound absorption by the building leading to a high energy resonance of the constituent atoms of the building”.
 
Mr. Iguniwei further supported the infrasonic weapon theory thus: “All other options being put forward were eliminated scientifically, creating a mystery surrounding the collapse of the building. The foundation failure option cannot hold scientifically because upon inspection of the foundation pads of the building, it was observed that the foundation pads are still intact with no stress or cracks on the steel and concrete pillars protruding from the earth. Additionally, the CCTV footage showed a collapse that is not consistent with other known buildings that have collapsed as a result of structural failure.”
 
Based on the aforementioned factors, Mr. Iguniwei concluded thus: “As it is, it can be concluded scientifically that there were no explosives in the building when it collapsed upon the post-blast analysis done. It can also be true to safely say the building didn’t come down as a result of foundational or structural failure. Thus, the only reasonable explanation for the cause of collapse is the use of an infrasonic weapon on the building”.
 
Meanwhile, the BCPG witness, Engineer Oreoluwa Fadayomi has admitted there was an error in his report. The submission arose from the revelation that the report he based his findings upon via email were not actually genuine documents as submitted by the church.
 
Having adopted the paper by Iguniwei, the coroner adjourned proceedings to Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

 
Nosa Osazuwa ( Email: nosa.osaz@gmail.com  ) present at the court proceedings reports.

 
*Photo Caption - Mr. Biedomo Paul Iguniwei

[ Masterweb Reports: Odimegwu Onwumere reports ] - Renewable energy is taking domination in Nigeria with the country targeting to accomplish 7 percent renewable energy use by 2025. With the aid of solar energy, the country is working to provide power security to about 160 million of her population and boost her economy.  
 
 
The solar energy project is however unlocking the country’s economical and industrial potentialities. It is also attracting more foreign investments, new-fangled scientific breakthroughs. Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said that the effectiveness and deliverance of substitute energy technologies have to be taken improvement of.
 
 
Experts have been encouraging the authorities, noting that energy, which stimulates growth, is the bedrock of any economy. Even small and medium scale enterprises need energy if they must develop.
 
 
With the once over-dependence of Nigeria on gas to provide national grip is today being substituted with solar energy. Nigeria’s plentiful renewable energy resources that were once neglected have become amongst the economic pillars of the country in the areas of solar energy, biomass, wind energy, micro hydro-energy, hydro energy, biomass and biofuel, and others.
 
 
The Nigerian authorities have reckoned with the fact that one of the advantages of renewable energy is that it can be decentralized and, private investors encouraged into it. Specialists have been saying that government cannot do everything alone and that its investment is not sufficient, hence the need for private investment and other sectors to invest in renewable energy.
 
 
Professor Titilayo Kuku of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, stated, “Promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Nigeria will address the challenges of power in the country. Green energy/renewable energy are cleaner sources of energy, and therefore are sustainable forms of energy. Renewable energy can continuously be harvested because they are inexhaustible in supply and have been considered by most developing countries as an essential component of extending access to affordable energy.”
 
 
Electricity grid
The Federal Government has to increase 2,483 megawatts (MW) to Nigeria’s electricity grid from renewable sources before the end of the year. While making a presentation on the draft policy, the Director of the Electrical Inspectorate Services (EIS) of the Ministry of Power, Abayomi Adebisi, said that the 2,483MW was targeted for this year.
 
 
This, he added, was for a short term mark while 8,188MW and 23,134MW were medium and long term targets for 2020 and 2030 respectively. In the policy, it has become manifest that the ministry of power promotes renewable energy nonstop. Adebisi has though said that renewable energy is predicted to contribute about 1.3 per cent of Nigeria’s energy.
 
 
In the same vein, Professor Kuku extolled the invention of renewable energy owing to the crisis facing the country’s electricity generation. In his voice: “With the current generated capacity of about 4,000MW for a population of about 160 million, with energy per capita of 30 watts, the country is in dire straits regarding energy sufficiency with the attendant consequences on all developmental indicators of employment, growth, production, cost of production, security, general wellbeing, among others.”
 
 
Individuals and groups support renewable energy
Governor of Lagos State, Fashola has been fighting to protect the environment and stop the resultant effects of climate change. He has been encouraging the residents of Lagos, to use alternative energy sources. The state government had entered into optional sources of energy, which is seen in its solar-powered street lights project.
 
 
The governor through one of his Senior Special Assistant on Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Fouad Animashaun, at the opening of the fourth Alternative Power Exhibition in Lagos, said that science had afforded substitute alternatives for establishment of energy without obliterating the environment.
 
 
“We have the renewable lanterns, renewable cookers; these are developments that will help reduce hazards to our environment. Solar energy is going to be very useful. This is a good time to get one solar product in our houses,” he said.
 
 
Because of the highlighted importance of renewable energy, the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Plc, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), supported Lagos renewable energy project by funding 2,500 rechargeable solar lamps for distribution to school children.
 
 
The bank’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Ikechukwu Kalu, said: “We have participated in this renewable energy project in partnership with the Lagos State Electricity Board because the project is in line with the moral direction of giving back to society, which we share with the Lagos State Government. At FCMB, we believe that the communities in which we operate must benefit from our presence.”
 
 
It was said that Kalu had the perception that the rechargeable solar energy lamps will not only support the beneficiaries in their quest for knowledge, which will eventually lead many out of the vicious cycle of poverty, but also provide opportunity for students to be introduced to the essential paradigm of renewable energy and environmental sustainability.
 
 
The General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board, Mr. Damilola Ogunbiyi, said: “Our aim in providing solar lanterns to school children is to enhance their efficiency and promote studying habits in them. We see FCMB as not only our bankers, but also as our energy development partners in this laudable initiative.”
 
 
The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), said it will execute the Global Environment Facility (GEF) sponsored project aimed at promoting clean technologies and renewable energy in the country in June. Mr. EtiosaUyigue of GEF/UNDP said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in February, that it will put into practice the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in June. This project was said to be sponsored by UNDP, aimed at promoting clean technologies and renewable energy in the country.
 
 
Call for more funding
“GEF is sponsoring the project with about 4.4 million dollars, but we are looking at compliment funding from private investment. This is because for every GEF project, there must be a counterpart funding from the government or any other investor.
 
 
“For the counterpart in this project, we are looking at 150 million dollars from private investment. This is to serve as catalyst to private investment in the renewable energy sector within the next five years in terms of generating electricity,” said Uyigue.
 
 
One of the Directors-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Malam Abubakar Muhammed, called for more funding for renewable energy projects at all levels. Muhammed made the call in Akure when 50 trainees under an NDE programme were receiving starter tools for business in solar energy technology.
 
 
Represented by Mr. Kunle Obayan, the Director in charge of Small Scale Enterprises in NDE, Mohammed, said, “We believe that the trainees in renewable energy will transform their knowledge to discovering new sources of energy and create employment potential for others.
 
 
“Especially, solar energy is capable of generating employment in geometrical proportion; in design, harvesting, installation, and maintenance of solar energy gadgets.’’
 
 
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Another said that it is Solar Station Nigeria Limited: A Nigerian solar energy provider that provides energy solutions to people all over West Africa, with services that include planning of the systems, installation services, provision of solar battery equipment, sales, supplies and support services.
 
 
A public affairs analyst, Felix Okoli in an exposition on Wednesday July 9, 2014, said, “Personally, I use a Foldable Solar panel which I hang on my window facing the Sun and this cost me $60 (about N10200). I've also seen solar mobile chargers which are meant for just charging mobile phone batteries and those ones cost about $30 (N5100). In order to power my TV with a Solar panel, I would probably need a 100 Watt Solar energy and that costs about N25, 000 ($150) in the Nigerian market.
 
 
“The bottom-line is that the Solar panel you'll need would depend on how much power you need. Solar panels are categorized based on their power output. A 100 Watt Solar panel will cost more than a 10 Watt Solar panel and it continues like that. One of the first things to calculate before deciding on the type of Solar panels you want to buy is the Watt-Hours. This is basically a calculation you get by multiplying your Watt (Power) requirement by the number of hours you want those Watts.”
 
 
According to Okoli: “Let us assume you want to power your TV with a solar panel, one of the first things you’d need to find out is the power requirement for your TV; you can look at the back of your TV to confirm it.
 
 
“Let's assume it is 300 watts and you need to power it for at least 4 hrs. It then means that the Watt-Hours is 1200WH. The next step is to finding a Solar panel that can supply at least 1200 Watt-hrs and this power is normally going to be stored in a deep cycle battery.”
 
 
He continued: “Solar Panel Power = 1200WH/ (4hrs*0.85) (where 0.85 is a common factor that allows for natural heat loss), Solar Panel Power = 353 Watts or just 400 watts. You can simply get a single 400 Watt Solar panel unit, 4 units of 100 Watts Solar panels or 2 units of 200 watt Solar panels. You are also going to need a battery to store the power which the solar energy has generated and a 12V Deep cycle battery would do. Based on our power requirements of 1200WH, a 100AH 12V battery will be able to supply a total of 1200AH for the 4 hrs.”
 
 
Prices of some solar products in Nigeria were given by Okoli as follows: “80W solar panels: N38, 500; 130W solar panels: N62, 000; 140W solar panels: N67, 000; 160W solar panels: N76, 000; Grundfos Sqflex solar pumps: N230, 000.
 
 
“A professionally designed 1200 watts true sine wave inverter, for a solar power system with one-year warranty costs about N120, 000. Good sealed maintenance free Inverter batteries for a solar power system can cost up to N50, 000.”
 
 
According to Okoli, the pros of solar power systems include: energy from sun is free; zero emissions; Solar Power Systems offer silent operations; zero/reduced electricity bills; the cost of running solar power systems are low; solar panels last for up to 30 years with minimal maintenance cost.”
 
 
Odimegwu Onwumere ( Email: dear4editor@gmail.com Tel: +2348057778358 ),  Poet/Writer, reports from Rivers State, Nigeria.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 21st April 2015)-By Section 22 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, with its last amendment in 2011; the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Chapter (Two) and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the People. By Section 39 (1) of the same Constitution, every person shall be entitled to the freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference. By subsection 2, without prejudice to the generality of subsection 1 of this section, every person shall be entitled to own, establish and operate any medium for the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions. The Freedom of Information Act of the Federation of Nigeria 2011 is also derived from the two sections above particularly the latter.
 
The summation of the foregoing is that the media has constitutional responsibility to hold accountable at all times all authorities and persons in Nigeria as it concerns honoring sacred obligations imposed on all authorities and persons by the social contract. In doing this, the media is barred from reporting and upholding falsehood and propaganda. In order not to do this, the media is foundationally armed with investigative and analytical journalism. Corporate integrity of the media is at stake the moment it dwells into and institutionalizes falsehood and propaganda. The constitutional rights above do not in any way empower the media to report falsehood and propaganda with intent to mislead the general public and their government as well as to afflict Nigeria with social divisions and confusions.
 
One of the failures inherent in the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria is media falsehood and propaganda as well as sectional reporting and coloration of social, economic and political issues along ethno-religious lines. The media in Nigeria no longer enjoys a national outlook. It is now a weapon for the promotion of sectional politics and propaganda. Of the whole segments of the media in Nigeria, the print segment is the most decayed. Ethics of the media profession have departed most of the print media houses in the country.
 
The kind of falsehood; likewise propaganda making the newspaper headlines in Nigeria in recent times is shocking and alarming. For the purpose of promoting sectional politics and divisions, some newspapers in Nigeria have thrown decorum and integrity into the wind. The recent bold headline in the Punch Newspaper: “Jonathan Probes N2 trillion PDP Campaign Funds” still shocks Nigerians and the international community. Though the Presidency has rubbished the falsified news story and its publishers, but it is still shocking as how the publishers of the story came about that highly fabricated figure. Our questions are: How much is the federal government budget of 2015? How much of the budget is for capital expenditures? And how much is for recurrent expenditures? If the capital expenditures of the budget take less than N1.5 trillion, then where do N2 trillion cash campaign funds come from? Can monies meant for wage bills and overheads be melted into N2 trillion liquid cash for poll campaign funds?
 
As if that was not enough, another recent Newspaper headline alleged: “$20 billion missing oil money found in a Zenith Bank Account”. Again, we ask: can a whopping sum of $20 billion or N4 trillion be validly lodged into a single account of a commercial bank? What are the total assets of the Zenith Bank PLC? Is it possible for an individual to have stolen $20 billion and lodged it in a single Zenith Bank account?  
Further, another misleading and highly fabricated news story alleged recently as follows: “N30 trillion oil money missing under President Goodluck Jonathan-Soludo”. We dare ask again:  How much were accrued to the Federation Account from oil since 2011 under President Goodluck Jonathan? Is the Federation Account not different from the Account of the Federal Government? How much was the share of the federal government from the total oil earnings since 2011? How much did the 36 States and the FCT get? What about the 774 Local Government Areas, special agencies and the oil producing States? How much did each of them receive? How much did Nigeria as a whole derive from oil production since 2011 and how much went to the oil production companies and other technical partners?
 
The truth is that the news items under reference are not factually grounded and real in any bit. For instance, according to factually indisputable report of the Vanguard Newspaper of 13th January 2013, of the sum of N80 trillion shared from the Federation Account and spent by the three tiers of Federal, State and Local Governments between 2005 and 2013, a period of eight to nine years, the Federal Government got N30, 121 trillion with over 60% of it spent on recurrent expenditures. This gives annual average of N3.6 trillion. So even if it is correct to say that the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan has spent N4 trillion in the past five years from its own share of the Federation Account since 2011, the total figure is still N20 trillion. So, where did the N30 trillion missing oil money under President Goodluck Jonathan come from?
 
In summation, it saddens our heart to note that media falsehood and propaganda are on rampage in Nigeria and  the age-long integrity with which the likes of Punch Newspaper is known for particularly during the inglorious epoch of the military is seriously under threat. The consequences of the media in Nigeria resting on falsehood and propaganda are very disastrous for the country’s democracy and international image. The stakeholders in the country’s media industry must act fast before it is too late. The wide readership and followership enjoyed by the media particularly the print will also extinct unless the bad trend is reversed very urgently.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has condoled with the family of late Senator Uche Chukwumerije on the sad loss of their father and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, the Governor expressed shock over the death of the celebrated Senator and statesman who passed on at the Turkish Hospital, Abuja, of lung cancer. 
 
According to him, the late Senator would be remembered for his invaluable contributions on the floor of the Senate as well as his efforts in building a strong and united Nigeria. 
 
Governor Orji said the late Senator Chukwumerije would be remembered for his outspokenness and fearlessness in national discuss, adding that apart from distinguishing himself in many fields, he carved a niche for himself both as a politician and statesman. 
 
The Governor said that though the late elder statesman was sick for sometime he never expected that he would die at this time, describing his death as monumental loss to Abia and Nigeria at large. 
 
He prayed God to grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
 
*Photo Caption - Late Senator Uche Chukwumerije

[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] -Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed the contentious issue of xenophobia in his church service on Sunday 19th April 2015, a subject gaining worldwide attention after the recent spate of violent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa.
 
In a short message televised live on popular Christian station Emmanuel TV and subsequently posted on Joshua’s social media accounts, the cleric called for Africans to unite.
 
He said that each country has peculiar challenges, adding that as South Africans are battling xenophobia, Nigerians are faced with the menace of Boko Haram.
 
“The wound of one should be the wound of all,” the cleric preached. “Whatever happens in any African country, we should come together – what can we do? We should see it as if it happens in our own country.”
 
Joshua likened the African continent to a human body comprised of many parts, each important for successful functionality. “In the body, if anything happens to a part of it, the whole body will feel it,” he described.
 
Joshua frowned on the plans of several countries to repatriate citizens scared of the xenophobic violence. “Why can’t we come together and redeem our continent,” he asked.
 
"Africa, unite," he passionately encouraged congregants and viewers alike. "We have a common enemy – satan! We have one enemy camouflaged differently, uniformed differently.”
 
The cleric also declared that God was in ‘control’ of the volatile situation in South Africa and the xenophobic violence was ‘over’. 
 
Nearing the end of the service, Joshua was presented with a branch of an olive tree allegedly plucked from the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, Israel.
 
Ronny Levy Musan, an Israeli expert, said it symbolised the forging of a relationship between The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) and the holy land, after which Joshua announced to viewers he would soon begin to hold ‘revival’ services in Israel.
 
According to him, this would provide Christians an opportunity to not only receive prayer but visit holy sites within Israel to inspire their faith.
 
Joshua, who is renowned for his alleged prophetic abilities, later prophesied that a president would be ‘rushed to the hospital’, causing panic in the affected nation. He called on congregants to pray every Tuesday.

 
 
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: chuk.njoku@gmail.com ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.

 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Njoku reports ] - Despite the shortcomings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the South East geo-political zone has always viewed the party as its own. The zone has not only embraced the party in totality; it has also ensured that no other political party survives there besides the PDP.
 
Although the return to democracy has given room for a multiple party system, making it possible for politicians of Igbo extraction to own and fund political parties, such development has not in any way changed the belief the Igbo have in the PDP.
 
They have always used their votes and support for the party to propagate virtues of the PDP. For instance, in 1999, the South East was among zones of the country that gave their total votes to former President Olusegun Obasanjo (then of the PDP), enabling him win the presidential election.
 
It is on record that that same year, PDP controlled the entire South East states, as candidates of the party won the governorship elections of their various states.
 
The development was the same for the party in the zone in 2003, 2007 and 2011. In fact, in 2011, the zone posted one of the highest votes it has put forth in history.
 
Although the voting pattern of the country changed in 2015, making it impossible for bloc votes from the zone to salvage President Jonathan, the candidate of the PDP at the election, the voting pattern that determined the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre does not appear in the reckoning of the South East as political miscalculation.
 
Pundits see the defeat of the PDP by the APC even after the South East massively voted for the party as a “temporary setback”, which should be overcome with time. Sounding rather unperturbed by the development, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said the voting pattern adopted by Ndigbo since the inception of democracy, some 15 years ago, was borne out of deep love for the PDP, as well as a desire to deepen democracy.
 
“It has nothing to do with the occupant to the office, as we believe that we are a part and parcel of the PDP. It is our duty to propagate the party to enable it serve the purpose for which certain best brain of Nigerians gathered to ensure it came on board in 1998,” Ohanaeze said.
 
Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Joe Nworgu, told The Guardian that it was misleading for anybody to think that the voting pattern, which incidentally failed to vindicate the South East will launch the zone into political oblivion. He said: “There is nothing wrong with the voting pattern adopted by Ndigbo since 1999.
 
We have decided to put all our eggs in one basket, as part of effort to grow democracy and sustain the overall development of the country. All we wanted is the presidency of this country, as well as play the big role, which we are known for in politics.
 
It is the PDP that has offered the platform for Ndigbo to achieve their dreams.” Going memory lane and explaining why Ndigbo will not abandon the PDP, Nworgu said the Igbo presidency dream became a reality when former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, ran in the primary of the PDP that eventually was won by Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, after he (Ekwueme) had midwifed the G-34 group that eventually metamorphosed into the PDP.
 
He said: “For the Igbo man, Ekwueme was the hero of that struggle that brought democracy in 1998 through the G-34. It was natural for him to emerge the presidential candidate of PDP, and that gave Ndigbo hope that they have come back fully into Nigerian politics.
 
They supported Ekwueme’s bid for presidency, when non-believers in equity and Nigerian unity truncated Ekwueme’s bid by dusting up an ex-prisoner whom they hoisted on the nation as PDP presidential candidate.
 
Ndigbo went back to square one. But at that point in time, the Igbo states had already voted for the governors of the PDP.
 
The gubernatorial election of that year came before the presidential election. This means that anybody from PDP became governor riding on Ekwueme’s back.” Although the turn of events has pushed the PDP into opposition, Nworgu said notwithstanding the development, the party is the only veritable platform that could offer Ndigbo opportunity for their presidential aspiration.
 
As such, he said Ndigbo will present a candidate for the presidency of the country in 2019 through the PDP and would rely on the strength of the party in the South East, South South and Middle Belt, and progressives in the South West to make it happen.
 
“Ndigbo still have love for PDP, in spite of gaining nothing from Obansanjo’s eight years. We are PDP, and we will remain in PDP because it is our party.
 
Opportunists will disembark, but men of character will stay put. PDP lost a contest not a war; there are sufficient principled persons in the PDP family that can regenerate it into a formidable party. Ndigbo must not allow the party to be hijacked by other interest groups.
 
They should firm up solidarity with the South South, Middle Belt and progressive elements from the South West, led by the Afenifere. The slogan must be restructuring of the country for progress. So, those who believe this must stand up and be counted.
 
The beauty of democracy is that there must be vibrant opposition political parties,” he said. Nworgu said: “Ndigbo have no regret that PDP lost and it is not a miscalculation. We will come home and re-strategize in the next four years. There must be an Igbo presidential candidate in 2019 in the PDP.
 
Ndigbo must be in the PDP to build the party through which they will vie for presidency in 2019. The Igbo are not factored at all in the APC contraption and that is why they will not vote the party. “Given the same scenario, Ndigbo will vote PDP again and again.
 
If it means putting our eggs in one basket, so be it. The truth is that our future lies with the PDP. People should just understand it the way it is and play the politics the way it should be.
 
Nobody should further our pain as a people by the vocation we have decided to play in politics.”   Reminded that the PDP has not made much impact in Igbo land, even with all the support the zone has shown, Nworgu said:
 
“The real people that formed the party were edged out for sojourners,” adding: “The top brass Igbo people that gave Nigeria PDP have been edged out after Obasanjo’s exit, and those who have taken over seem not to know why the party was formed, and the brains behind it.
 
That is why we must stay put and discountenance what has happened at the centre in the present election as a temporary setback, to enable us recover the PDP again.”
 
Former Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Prof Elo Amucheazi, said he did not understand how the voting pattern adopted by the South East since 1999 should elicit interest to the point that other Nigerians will want the zone to pay dearly because of the victory of the APC at the presidential election.
 
Like Nworgu, he noted that PDP had dominated in South East, South South the Middle Belt and other parts of the country, stressing that the party has become the “identity of the people of this area”.
 
He said: “South East and South South have always voted PDP. They have always remained in PDP. North West was ANPP and now APC.
 
Others were a kind of mixed grill. There has been this alliance in the past between the West and North; this had been the case even with the Action Group, the NCNC and others, whereby no single party that has won in an election formed the government.
 
“The South East has willingly expressed their wish by the way they voted. The South South has done the same, the South West, Middle Belt and North Central and others have also expressed their wish through their votes.
 
What I think has happened here is that religion and ethnicity, among other factors, came into play by the pattern of the voting. It really shows the sympathy each region holds for one another.
 
“Having observed this, to forge a country that should be appreciated by all, there is need for the incoming government to form a government of national unity embracing all shades of opinion, irrespective of party affiliation, to enable us deepen our democracy and move forward.
 
“It is not a question of South East not voting for APC or South South rejecting the APC. A good politician is one that sees every part of the country as his constituency.
 
Come to think of it, if there was the rejection of APC here by the South East, it means that whoever is the leader of the party must work hard to convince the people of the zone on why they should accept the party and own it the way they have done for the PDP.”
 
Amucheazi noted that irrespective of his defeat at the election, President Jonathan has preserved the unity of the country, stressing that he did not do it by creating a divide between the PDP and others.
 
He said that Nigeria is not a country of two nations, and as such, every leader must work to have the best brains in his administration.
 
A Political Scientist and university lecturer, Dr Jonas Okwukwe, said the South East’s voting pattern could be used to negotiate for the political future of the zone, if it is sustained.
 
Tracing the dynamics of politics in the country, he said the implication is that the PDP has a strong support base in the zone. He said: “I do not think it should be a matter of the principle of federal character, which I know has been seriously violated in the country.
 
We know that each state is required to contribute at least one minister to the cabinet, but it is the prerogative of the President to issue their appropriate ministries.
 
He might decide to allocate to them portfolios that may belittle the zone. However, for him to woo Igbo support, he will like to allocate to them juicy ministries.
 
“I have also heard about the fact that the zone did not produce a senator in the election, which could automatically have given it the presidency of the senate.
 
That, to me, is a loss. But since it did not happen, the APC should now concede and compensate the zone with other equivalent positions in the government. The truth is that the South East is an integral part of the country and has contributed its quota to the growth and development of our democracy. It should be compensated adequately.”
 
*Photo Caption - Dr. Joe Nworgu, Ohanaeze Secretary-General