[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has inaugurated a 7- member reconciliation committee to reach out to aggrieved members of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state after the recent party primaries.
The committee which is headed by former National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor has the task of bringing genuine reconciliation of all aggrieved members of the party at all levels across the state. Inaugurating the committee at the executive council chambers of Government House, Umuahia, Governor Orji who said the task before the committee is extremely urgent charged them to ensure the completion of their assignment within two weeks.
He said that the tension generated by the recent primaries of the party requires seeking amendment to keep the party united and stronger, hence the need to harness the followers.
The aim of the exercise, he said, "is to manage all avoidable lapses and resolve them amicably."
He stated that in elections some are bound to fail but that that should not affect the peace in the state and stressed that he is committed to peace.
Responding on behalf of the others, the chairman of the committee, Prince Ogbulafor commended the Governor for his peace initiative and pledged to support him to achieve his aim in record time.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] – Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA), an association of Abia indigenes in the United States commenced their Abia 2014 free Health Fair and Medical Mission on December 15 after lengthy preparations stretching over seven months. Their medical team comprising of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals are visiting locations in the three senatorial zones of the state where they diagnose and treat patients. The team is divided into three groups namely Team Alpha (to cover Abia Central), Team Delta (to cover Abia South) and Team Omega (to cover Abia North). Patients needing surgery from all centers are....... Read More
*Photo Caption - Dr. Christian Ike, ASNA National President
[ Masterweb Reports ] – General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), 72-year-old Nigeria former military ruler will run against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 presidential election as he clinched All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket after an all-night vote by 7,214 delegates at the party convention in Lagos. Buhari came in first with 3,430 votes, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar second with 954 votes, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso third with 974 votes, Governor Rochas Okorocha got 624 votes to place fourth and Sam Nda-Isaiah, Publisher of Leadership Newspapers 10 votes to come fourth. Sixteen votes were declared invalid and voided.
Atiku Abubakar, Buhari’s most prominent challenger conceded defeat as his votes soared towards 3,000. "Congratulations General Buhari. The delegates have spoken, you fully deserve the victory," Atiku posted on his Twitter account.
President Goodluck Jonathan, 57, Wednesday night, won the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket at the party’s convention. Masterweb was on ground to cover the convention and would publish a report soon.
*Photo Caption - General Muhammadu Buhari (retd)
[ Masterweb Reports: Madubuko Hart reports ] - In what was misconstrued as an “Open Letter to the President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan: Call T.A. Orji Of Abia State To Order” but rather a slight to the exalted office of the president, a faceless and
relevance-seeking organization called Human Rights Organizations’ Coalition of Nigeria (HUROCON), wrote that the president should call the cheerful governor of Abia State, Chief T.A Orji, to order.
And you may ask why. It is obvious that the group is envious about the many projects that the governor has been executing in the state, hence the call that he should be advised against that move so that whoever that would succeed him would have some projects to do.
The waste-of-time called a petition was published by one of the trendy online publications.
Those who have been following the governor would attest to the fact that he has been following equity and justice in the state to give every section in the state a fairplay and level ground.
But the group wrote: “The bird-eye view of the just concluded Ward Delegate Primaries in Abia State revealed schemes overtures for the continuity of T.A. Orji in Power in Abia State and worst still, for the entrenchment of Orji political dynasty in Abia State.”
In essence, this is an oversight of the group, because the governor never imposed any delegate against another in the state. Unmistakable is that before the emergence of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the PDP’s governorship flagbearer in the state on December 8 2014, neither the governor nor his government said that they had an anointed candidate. They allowed the people to make their choice, and here is Dr. Ikpeazu.
It is the ruse of the opposition and detractors alike to say, “Dr. T.A. Orji will go to the Senate, displacing Distinguished Senator Nkechi Nwogu. Dr. T.A. Orji Jnr, the son of T.A. Orji will go to Abia State House of Assembly to become the Speaker. Dr. T.A. Orji Mrs., the wife of T.A. Orji called Odochi Orji, the First Lady of Abia State, will go to House of Representatives. Dr. T.A. Orji brother from Obingwa, the son to the Sister of T.A. Orji married to an Ngwaman, will become Governor of Abia State.” These are mere propaganda. Nwogu the group was talking about quietly withdrew her intention from contesting in the PDP governorship primaries because she loved peace and had always exhibited that. So, what was the group writing about?
It would behoove on the president to note that some groups and persons who are into this invective against Governor Orji are just envious about his achievements in the state and they are doing everything they could to discredit him and his government. The truth is that the governor is open to all just as he is open to his family members. He had nothing against any contestant before, during the primaries and after. Let this type of “an open letter” not be given the attention it does not by any means deserve.
Hart reports from Lagos, Lagos State.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Chuks Ibegbu reports ] - I read with great concern the write-up entitled above from one Yusuf Jubril in the Vanguard Newspaper of 5th December, 2014.
The writer wrote characteristically like a typical 'Born -to-rule' actor from the North. His effervescent pooh pooh is one of the reasons why this country has remained where it is today. He is one of the zealots that want the status quo to remain in Nigeria just to satiate their insular and domineering tendencies.
Though President Goodluck Jonathan is not necessarily my fan, nor do i cherish the lack of internal democracy in the PDP, as witnessed in the last congress it held across the country, I am disturbed that the kind of mindset Yusuf displayed is still extant in Nigeria today.
Rather than addressing issues that bother on good governance which every Nigerian desires, this micro chauvinist took all his time to pillory the entire South and reel our tons and tons of what he claimed the North posses over the South.
He encaged himself in that same faulty analogy and analysis some of his colleagues with the same mindset and mentality in the North have often bandied about -- such controversial issues as the North being more populated than the South, the middle belt christains not relevant in the Northern calculus, and allotment of divine right to leadership to the core North, whatever that means, the North being benevolent enough to have allowed power to go down South in 1999 etc.
He also used perjorative words on Gen Aguiyi Ironsi, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and some past Southern rulers whom he considered incompetent against his saintly past Northern rulers of Nigeria. What a warped reasoning. Is he from the moon if I may ask. He now exhibited that posturing some of his types and ilks up North are known for and which has never helped matters ----' Buhari in concert with Bola Tinubu will win in 2015 so that their God-given right to rule other Nigerians forever will not be disrupted again.
This is the kind of reasoning and posturings that make some of us that have some liking for Buhari's disciplined mien to shudder and rethink. If Buhari by any modicum of chance comes to power in 2015 it appears that the dyed in the wood rabid chauvinist like Yusuf would dictate and define the trajectory of power and governance then and one can imagine what will happen to those he now disdain. These are the kind of people that will hold Buhari in bondage and see everything only through the prism of the the core North and not even the entire North.
This is the burden, and a big one that Buhari must unfortunately bear and which will be a serious minus to his Presidential bid despite his taciturn mien.
Even if one does not cherish the present happenings in the country, any discerning mind would see why an unbiased Nigerian(North or South) would rather President Jonathan is re-elected in 2015 than a regime change that would only emphasis and heighten North /South and religous dichotomy.
Part 2 to be continued
BY CHUKS IBEGBU
A PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLITICAL ANALYST
REPORTS FROM ABUJA
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State government says it is committed to the security and welfare of National Youth Service corps (NYSC) members deployed to the state.
Governor Theodore Orji stated this at the Government House, Umuahia, when he received in audience the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC), Brig-Gen Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, who paid him a courtesy visit.
According to Governor Orji, corpers' safety is a priority of the state government, adding that the government is doing everything possible to make the NYSC camp at Umunnato in Bende Local Government Area conducive for the corps members.
To that end, he said that extra buildings were constructed at the camp to accommodate more corpers being deployed to the state.
The Governor stated that the government has been up and doing in the area of accommodation, mobility and logistics and assured the NYSC Director-General of the continued cooperation of the state government.
Governor Orji said that the NYSC in Abia State has done well while the state government has partnered well with the scheme.
He congratulated the new DG of the NYSC on his appointment and expressed confidence that he will do well.
Earlier in his speech, Brig-Gen Olawumi thanked the Governor for the assistance the scheme is getting in the state to make the camp conducive for corps members and ensure the safety of corpers.
He said that he was in the state for the swearing-in of Stream 2 of Batch C corps members deployed to the state and assured the Governor of the continued partnership of NYSC with the state in areas requiring the skills of corps members to foster development in the state.
*Photo Caption - NYSC members at a parade
[ Masterweb Reports ] - A man sometimes is ensnared by the words of his mouth. Differences in tongues, mispronunciations and misunderstanding of the similarities of certain words have landed people into trouble in the past and continues unto present time. In the Holy book, the mispronunciations of the word “Shibboleth” as “Sibboleth” costed the lives of 42,000 Ephraimites. (Judges 12:6) refer. Not quite long ago, a group of travelers from Nigeria who identified themselves as Tivs from Nigeria at the busy London Heathrow Airport were mistaken as thieves from Nigeria by the Heathrow airport immigration officers. The incident which looked like a pelicula started when the passengers who were traveling as a group for an event in London arrived at the immigration control and was asked for identity. The leader of the group responding said, we are Tivs from Nigeria and we are going for an event in London. The immigration officer who was startled asked, you are thieves from Nigeria? And they responded in affirmative. Immediately their travel documents were collected from them and they were taken for further interrogation.
The immigration officers wasted no time to contact the Nigerian Embassy in London informing them that they have in detention a group of thieves from Nigeria and they should come and take custody of them for appropriate measures to be taken. The embassy officials arrived, but to their amazement discovered that the detained travelers were free and innocent citizens of Nigeria from the Tivi clan of the Northern region of Nigeria. And the British immigration officers were meant to understand at last that they were not thieves but Tivs.
Such drama or incidents may occur due to words classified as, Homophones by linguistic scholars. Homophones are words that have different spellings, different meanings, but the same pronunciation. It is well known that several people, tribe and nations cannot pronounce certain letters. The sound and letter ‘R’ cannot be pronounced the same, but is pronounced as ‘L’ by certain people and that could cause embarrassment or problems especially to some travelers who pass through the eye of the niddle at foreign immigration control points. The group of Tivs from Nigeria were not thieves. But the Holy book says, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”. (Mt.12:37) Refer.
Report By -
Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain).
*Photo Caption - London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The South East Governors' Forum ( SEGF) has commiserated with the family members of the victims of last Friday's Kano Central Mosque bombing that claimed over 200 lives.
The forum also strongly condemned the "senseless attack on innocent worshippers."
Chairman of SEGF and Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji who conveyed the condolences of the forum in a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, also commiserated with the people and government of Kano State over the unfortunate incident.
The Forum described as "barbaric and incomprehensible" the activities of those behind the bombing "whose mission and agenda have no trace of sanity".
The South East governors also described as "the height of profanity and disdain for God", the killing of worshipers at the place of worship.
"Anyone that has the temerity to kill a worshiper before his God for whatever reason or cause has no regard for God and can never claim to be fighting for Him as Boko Haram wants us to believe".
The governors called on Nigerians to be united and close ranks with the federal government in the war against insurgency.
They also tasked security agencies to remain committed in the fight against the insurgents, expressing confidence that Boko Haram menace would soon be history.
The South East Governors further called for more prayers by various religious groups in the country for divine intervention in the wicked plots of Nigeria's enemies to distablise her through insurgency.
They also appealed to the international community not to sit idle and watch Nigeria tackle her security challenges alone before the situation gets out of control.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its six geopolitical zones, including South East (SE) Region.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has expressed shock over the death of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, who died at the age of 66 in a South Africa hospital after long battle with a brain related illness.
Governor Orji in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, described Ambassador Ashiru's demise as a big loss to the country.
The Governor who described late Ashiru as a consummate diplomat, said Nigeria has lost an outspoken career diplomat whose contributions to national development and diplomacy were very outstanding.
He extolled late Ambassador Ashiru for laying the needed groundwork which saw Nigeria being elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations security seat in 2013.
According to him, the former Foreign Affairs Minister played a key role in the diplomatic face-off between Nigeria and South Africa in 2012 over the deportation of 125 Nigerians for not possessing valid yellow fever vaccination certificates. Both countries later resolved their differences.
The Governor consoled members of his immediate family, state, the country and all those affected directly or indirectly by his death to take solace in the fact that he died a committed Christian.
*Photo Caption - Governor Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Hida Ifeoma Ifegwu reports ] - The publication of a withdrawal letter from Orji Uzor Kalu, addressed to The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria as borne on page 9 of The Sun newspaper November 24, 2014, was no surprise to all watchers of Orji Uzor Kalu former Governor of Abia State.
From previous experiences, controversy is his other name. Truth and lies do not make any difference. For him you can always be reminded of the mantra of the three witches in Macbeth, ‘fair is foul and foul is fair.’ If he did not venture into politics, a profession in drama and comedy would have been more lucrative. According to one American, Kalu is a drama queen as he displays swinging moods. In most of his
activities, he proposes and disposes. His reign in Abia was characterized by policy summersaults and he was little bothered by the consequences.
Is it not said that a bad workman quarrels with his tools? While he was Abia Governor, he changed deputies like handkerchiefs. A certain Nigerian leader described deputies as spare tyres, but we know that vehicles have only one spare and Kalu used more than one spare tyre while in office. If not for a good Chief of Staff as he had then, he would have been stranded in many political routes.
Kalu wrote on Tuesday in the Daily Sun, alleging among other things that he was withdrawing from the Senatorial race due to T. A. Orji’s machinations to stop him. To curry favour and incite, he listed names of aspirants that T.A. has deceived into running for governorship while he had somebody in mind. Among these is Senator Abaribe, a man Kalu did all he could to decimate politically, including many sponsored impeachment moves while he was Kalu’s deputy governor. If Abaribe believes this, he would believe everything.
In January, we woke up to read in The Sun of January 19, 2013, the splash that Orji Uzor kalu has been readmitted into PDP Abia State. To embellish these were photographs and registration number 9787945, purported to have been issued by Chairman of Ward A. In the said Sun newspaper report of Saturday, January, 2013, an elaborate registration process of how Kalu came back to PDP was made
manifest. Within the PDP leadership in Igbere ward A, Bende Local
Government Area where he comes from and the control registers of Dr. Emma Nwaka, State chairman of PDP, kalu’s name was boldly missing as a PDP member. He took the joke too far when he was constantly seen at Wadata House in Abuja. Abia elder statesmen and stakeholders in their largest numbers including Gen. Ike Nwachukwu, Ojo Maduekwe, V. Ogbulafor, Mao Ohuabunwa, Senator Abaribe and others registered their protest for which Orji attack dogs in the Sun, especially Ebere Wabara, took the eggheads to the cleaners calling them all kind of names for
registering their protest.
They argued that it was kalu’s right as a Nigerian citizen as guaranteed by the constitution to indulge in freedom to associate and be associated with by others. The Abia PDP postulated that they collectively have the same constitutional immunity to choose whom to associate with as there are some political lepers whose presence may lead to epidemic infections.
Recently, Kalu, the dramatist played this to the fore when he announced to whosoever would listen that he has been given a waiver to contest and a special screening arranged for him. PDP and Kalu watchers got a thriller on Tuesday Nov. 25th, 2014, when his bombshell of a letter demanding a refund and alleged Chief T. A. Orji as the culprit over his woes.
Kalu would never stop with such thrillers. Kalu has shown through many ways that he is a killjoy and very unpredictable. He knew that he was not a registered member of PDP. His destabilizing roles are known as the hand that spoiled the broth wherever. Last year precisely in April 2013, Kalu toured the Southwest, visited and emphatically endorsed APC candidates Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, urging their people to reelect them as they have performed. The shocking aspect was his presence in Osun April 5, 2014, while PDP was
holding her primaries. Were these acts of a good PDP member?
Kalu may still run for Senate, after all PDP is not the only party. Chief T. A. Orji is not in PPA as to stand on his way. He claims to be a master strategist and elections are won with votes.
This should be a good lesson to many marooned politicians who have recently been getting assurances of support and finance from Kalu. The much he can do is to volunteer free newspaper pages and unqualified promises.
On other developments, Kalu is a political poacher. An APGA/PPA amalgam in Abia may be appealing as he would easily cajole Alex Otti to take him seriously. One Udensi he has been propping has pulled some unknowns to PPA, seriously afraid of Guber Otti. This may not be unconnected with Kalu's so called withdrawal.
Ifegwu reports from Umuahia, Abia State.
*Photo Caption - Orji Uzor Kalu