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South-East news August 13, 2017 7 Anambra: APC clears Uba, 11 others for gov primary Olusola Fabiyi T he All Progressives Congress has cleared all the 12 aspirants who picked nomination and expression of interest forms POLITICS to take part in the party’s governorship primary in Anambra State. The Chairman of the APC Screening Panel, who is also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, on Saturday, said all the 12 aspirants were eligible to contest the governorship primary. The primary holds on August 19 in the state. Ajayi spoke while presenting his committee’s report, adding that all the aspirants did well and were capable of leading the party in the state. Northern elders unconcerned about anti-Igbo song — Ohanaeze Tony Okafor and Chidiebube Okeoma T he Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Saturday condemned a newly-released anti- Igbo song circulating in the northern states. Ohanaeze said the song signalled the beginning of a national catastrophe. The Igbo group described the hate song as despicable and disappointing. In a statement by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the group said it was unfortunate that ‘‘prominent leaders in the north allowed this development to flourish without reproach.” The statement partly read, “The Arewa youth have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature. The toleration of their criminal conduct has portrayed the Government Federal as biased and unfair. Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the North is conversion. It amounts to daylight robbery of lawful property. “It is surprising that a hate song calling for more hatred has been allowed to fester. Yet no one is arrested. All the orders of arrest from Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police seem to be ambivalent and unreal. The youth meet freely with northern governors and leaders, showing that they enjoy their support. “This development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which, if not nipped in the bud, will snowball into incalculable POLITY damage to our continued existence as a country. Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the North (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach. Ohanaeze gives notice to the Federal government to deal with this situation decisively or forever be held responsible for the consequences this abdication of responsibility provokes.” Meanwhile, wife of the Acting President, Dolapo Osinbajo, has advised pro- Biafra agitators to pray for Nigeria’s unity rather than seek secession. Osinbajo noted that secession won’t help any of the geographical zones. She spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Friday during the inauguration of a non-governmental organisation, Elfreeda Foundation, founded by Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, daughter of Governor Rochas Okorocha. She maintained that the unity of the country was non- negotiable. She said, “Our nation needs love now more than anything else. I encourage the people of Imo State to show an example of this love, which I see in them, to the rest of the country. This is not my first time in Imo State. Each time I am here, I see peace everywhere. This state is a house full of many people. I say to this house, peace be unto it. “Love never fails. I have a request that is deeply rooted in the bible. Love your neighbour as you love yourself. It is a selfless request because it entails loving everybody, irrespective of religion or tribe. And this is what Nigerians should be doing now.” Osinbajo’s wife said the foundation would put smiles on the faces of millions of less privileged people. In his speech, Okorocha noted that despite the current difficulties, the country was marching towards the path of T he Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, on Saturday, said it is impossible for the church to vet donations made by individuals to the church. The Director of Communications of the archdiocese, Fr. George Nwachukwu, said that it would amount to an effort in futility if the church begins to screen donations made to the archdiocese by worshippers. He said, “We are not vetting donations to the archdiocese. The people are many. We have politicians and other people making POLITY donations. It will be very difficult to vet them.” Asked if the church would return any donation if it realises that the source of the money was not genuine, Nwachukwu said only the apex leadership of the church could respond to that. The cleric, however, said that the diocese was more interested in winning souls for God. “Donation is secondary. What is primary is winning souls for the kingdom of God. Structures and infrastructure are not ultimate and as such, the archdiocese is more concerned with winning souls,” he added. Speaking with journalists shortly after he received his clearance certificate, one of the aspirants, Senator Andy Uba, promised to support the APC whether he wins the party’s ticket or not. Uba said the current governor of the state “must pack his bags and go because APC must rule in Anambra.” Uba, who was elected to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, defected to the All Progressives Congress during the 12-months crisis that rocked the former ruling party. He vowed not to return to the PDP even if he loses the primary. Agbaso, who addressed the convention, said he was committed to making APGA a truly national party. He said the par ty would work hard to retain Anambra State later in the year and also win elections in other states in the country. “I will bring change that will make everybody envious of the party. I am not running for any position in Imo State again. My job is to see that all our candidates vying for various positions in future elections emerge victoriously. “There is no reason why APGA cannot control the South-East. In November, APGA will win Anambra State. In 2019, all the South- East states will be delivered to APGA. The same will happen in Plateau and Bauchi states,” he said. APGA expels Oye, Maku, others Chidiebube Okeoma T he leadership tussle rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance has taken a different dimension as a faction of the party led by Chief Martin Agbaso has announced the immediate expulsion of Victor Oye from the party. At a special national convention of the party held in Owerri on Friday, the Agbaso-led faction also expelled a former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; a former Deputy National Chairman (North), Alhaji Adamu, his counterpart for the South, Mr. Uchenna Okogbue, and other former members of the national working committee of the party. The party chieftains expelled were alleged to have committed gross misconduct. The convention confirmed the nomination of Agbaso as the authentic national chairman of the party as well as the nomination of Alhaji Ahmed Musa as the party’s Why we can’t vet donations from worshippers —Catholic church Tony Okafor and Chidiebube Okeoma greatness. Okorocha urged Nigerians to advance the unity of the country instead of talking about war and secession. He stated that many great countries of the world had passed through the current challenges Nigeria is currently confronting. The governor said patriotism and speaking the right words made the difference. said all the He aspirants complied with the guidelines and signed an undertaking, in which they stated that they would support whoever emerges as the party’s candidate. The National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, who congratulated the aspirants for being competent to stand for the primary, added that an appeal panel may be set up if there was any need. He said, “So far, we have not received any report of violence against all the aspirants. We urge you to carry on. We are very hopeful that one of you will eventually emerge as the next governor of Anambra State.” However, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, on Saturday, described the report that a suspected drug baron allegedly built three churches for the community as an eye-opener to the church. He said churches should be careful about receiving donations from the public. He said, “You know I have been preaching about a modest way of life, but with the Ozubulu killings, I think we should be more careful with the people we deal with. We may start screening some of them now, though you know it will be impossible to get all information about every person.” POLITICS national secretary. Jerry Obasi was confirmed as the deputy national chairman (South), Ike Nkolagu as the national vice-chairman (South-East), Prince Adesina as the national vice chairman (South-West), and Steve Ahaneku as the national legal adviser of the party.