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Don’t allow your image to be smeared – Anambra tells EFCC
South East

Don’t allow your image to be smeared – Anambra tells EFCC

By: Awesome Ekene The Anambra State government has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to allow its image to be dragged to the mud by selfish politicians. The advice followed purported sponsored media reports claiming that the anti-graft commission has placed Governor Willie Obiano on its watch list. A statement from the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba regretted that the ongoing drama was in bad taste, insisting that the Commission did not serve the Governor any notice nor invited him for questioning. The statement reads, "Nigerians were dismayed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) went a new low on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, when it sponsored media reports claiming that it has placed G...
Obiano, Soludo’s defection to APC rumor childish – APGA
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Obiano, Soludo’s defection to APC rumor childish – APGA

By: Awesome Ekene The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has described as childish and lie from the pit of hell alleged plan by the incumbent governor of Anambra State , Willie Obiano, and the Governor-elect of the state, Prof Chukwuma Soludo to dump their party for the All Progressives Congress (APC). The National Co-ordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, who refuted the story on Monday at a press briefing in Awka, said Obiano had never promised anybody that both of them would join APC if Soludo won the election. It was rumoured shortly after the November 6 governorship poll that Obiano and Soludo would dump APGA for APC as one of the conditions given to them by powers that be to allow a free and fair poll in the state. Besides, Obiano had paid a visit to...
Obiano’s N1m reward to woman who rejected N5,000 bribe commendable – Group
South East

Obiano’s N1m reward to woman who rejected N5,000 bribe commendable – Group

A women empowerment and advocacy group, African Women Forum for Good Governance (AWFG) has described as commendable the N1million reward by Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano to Mrs Eunice Onuegbusi for rejecting a N5,000 bribe during the just concluded governorship election in the state. Onuegbusi, a native of Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state, seen in a viral video where she vehemently rejected the offer and insisted on voting according to her conscience was rewarded with a cash sum of N1million in appreciation of her forthrightness. The group's founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Justice Chinwe Iyizoba, while reacting to the development, said there were other exemplary women like Mrs Onuegbusi in the state and Nigeria at large. She said, "One of th...
Obiano hails IPOB over sit-at-home cancellation
Anambra 2021

Obiano hails IPOB over sit-at-home cancellation

Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has commended the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for not only rescinded its decision to prevent people from voting in the election but also urged voters to come out in droves. Obiano made the commendation in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, The secessionist group had called off its earlier one week sit-at-home order slated from November 5 to 10, 2021, citing intervention of elders, traditional and religious leaders, as well as appeals by mothers who earned their daily living from proceeds of their businesses as reason. The governor requested registered voters in the State to turn out not only in large numbers for the Saturday gubernatorial election in the state but do so e...
Soludo solution to Anambra problems – Chiwetalu Agu
Anambra 2021

Soludo solution to Anambra problems – Chiwetalu Agu

Nollywood veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu has described Candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as the solution to Anambra problems. He said success of President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration had been attributed to Soludo. Agu spoke in Awka during an interactive session Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano had with State workers at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka. He said, "I worship Soludo like an idol. Soludo is the solution to Anambra problems. ``The success of President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration has been attributed to Soludo. He managed the economy of Nigeria and will consolidate the economy of Anambra State." Earlier, the governor recalled that his administration had fulfilled his 2014 Campaign promises to the work...
Anambra declares Thursday, Friday work-free days
Anambra 2021

Anambra declares Thursday, Friday work-free days

Anambra State Government has declared Thursday and Friday as work-free days to enable civil servants prepare for the Governorship election Governor Willie Obiano made the declaration during his interactive session with State workers, at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka. ``It is to enable you, the workers to travel to your various voting places ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.’’ Obiano recalled that his administration had fulfilled his 2014 campaign promises to the workers and had improved the working condition of the civil service. He said, "Saturday, Nov. 6 is the election, I urge you to come out en masse to exercise your franchise. The State is safe in all ramifications. Cast your vote to continue enjoying the prompt payment of salary and other benefits. "Soludo knows how...
BREAKING: Uneasy calm in Anambra over plot to suspend planned Airport inauguration
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BREAKING: Uneasy calm in Anambra over plot to suspend planned Airport inauguration

There is palpable anxiety in Anambra state following alleged plans by the federal government to suspend the planned opening of the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger airport for commercial operations. Reports have it that the Nigeria’s National Security Adviser has directed Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to suspend the planned opening of the airport citing security reasons. Anambra state government has been advertising heavily the airport’s opening. Sources say that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the centre, including the party’s candidate for the November 6, 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election, Senator Andy Ubah lobbied and prevailed on the Presidency to scuttle the opening of the airport. The Da...
BREAKING: First Commercial flight to land on Anambra airport Saturday
South East

BREAKING: First Commercial flight to land on Anambra airport Saturday

The first commercial passenger plane would land at the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri on Saturday, October 30, 2021, Governor Willie Obiano has said. The governor who disclosed this to newsmen, said the epoch making event would signal the commencement of commercial activities at the airport which was wholly constructed by the state government under his leadership. According to him, the airport which took 15months to construct with state resources, and without the state borrowing from any financial institution would ease the sufferings of travellers, traders and other businessmen and women in nearby Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka and other towns in the state. He added that the citizens and other visitors who had for long endured the difficulties of both local an...
Anambra poll: Double the 12,000 votes you gave me for Soludo – Obiano begs Idemili voters
Anambra 2021

Anambra poll: Double the 12,000 votes you gave me for Soludo – Obiano begs Idemili voters

Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano has appealed to people of Idemili North Local Government Area of the state to double the 12,000 votes they gave to him during his second tenure governorship re-eelection to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA's governorship candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo. Obiano made the appeal while addressing stakeholders and electorate in the council area during APGA's campaign tour of the area, The governor who is also the National Leader and Board of Trustees Chairman of APGA, thanked Ndi Idemili North for supporting his administration all these years, even as he recalled that they had given him the 12,000 votes during his re-election and asked them to mobilize more votes for the present APGA candidate. Former National Chairman of APGA, Senator V...
Obiano asks prisoners to vote for Soludo as he promises amnesty to them
Anambra 2021

Obiano asks prisoners to vote for Soludo as he promises amnesty to them

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised to grant amnesty to deserving inmates in the Correctional Centers in the state through the recommendation of the Controller. He made the promise while attending the 68 birthday anniversary of Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province His Grace, Valerian Maduka Okeke. He charged the intimate to ensure they vote for Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the APGA candidate, in the forthcoming governorship election, who he said, will create more jobs that would meaningfully engage them and debar them from criminal activities. The governor congratulated the Prelate on his birthday anniversary and wished him many more years of glorious service in God's vineyard and service to humani...
Revealed: Obiano’s wife to join APC soon
Anambra 2021

Revealed: Obiano’s wife to join APC soon

Defection of the Deputy Governor of Anambra state, His excellency Dr. Nkem Okeke from All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA to the All Progressives Congress APC has been described as a welcome development by the Gubernatorial candidate of APC, Senator Andy Uba, adding that wife of governor Willie Obiano, Ebelechukwu would soon join APC, the band wagon. He attributed the current massive defection from APGA, PDP and others to APC to bad leadership by the APGA - led government. He said, "The massive defection which warranted the defection of the deputy Governor Nkem Okeke to the mass movement party, APC is as a result of leadership by the APGA - led government. I assure you that Governor Obiano's wife will soon join APC". "I urged you Anambrarians to vote APC into power come November...
Anambra Deputy Governor’s Aides deny him, reject APC
Anambra 2021

Anambra Deputy Governor’s Aides deny him, reject APC

Following the recent cross-carpeting of the Deputy Governor of Anambra state Dr. Nkem Okeke, from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), some senior aides attached to his office have refused to leave the party with him. The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that the aides of the Deputy governor have restated their loyalty to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his party, APGA. Barely one month to the Anambra governorship election, Dr. Okeke in a shocking move on Wednesday dumped the party on whose platform he became the deputy governor and moved to the APC after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. But his senior aides who spoke to journalists at the office of the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Primus Odili, expres...
Defection: Obiano deputy’s impeachment unnecessary – Adinuba
Anambra 2021

Defection: Obiano deputy’s impeachment unnecessary – Adinuba

The Anambra State Government has described as unnecessary impeachment of the deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, who recently dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the All Progressives Congress. The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, who stated this in a telephone chat, said the state governor, Willie Obiano, was not taking his deputy's defection seriously. He said, "There are no plans to initiate impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke. "Though his defection is morally and legally wrong, Governor Obiano is not taking that seriously because Okeke has no electoral worth. Besides, the governor is not a vengeful person."
Apologize to Anambra for shunning S’east govs’ meeting – APC tells Obiano
Anambra 2021

Apologize to Anambra for shunning S’east govs’ meeting – APC tells Obiano

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State has asked Governor Willie Obiano to apologise to the people of the state for absenting himself from the security meeting of South East Governors in Enugu state. The party described the governor's defense over his failure to attend the meeting as an election-specific lameduck excuse. In a statement from its Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, APC challenged Obiano to commence rebuilding of the state security architecture, expressing hope that the situation would not deteriorate. The statement read in part, "The spirited defence put up by the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Affairs, Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, for Obiano's failure to attend an emergency security meeting of South East Governors in Enugwu is an ...
APC lambasts Obiano for placing campaign above govs’ security meeting
Anambra 2021

APC lambasts Obiano for placing campaign above govs’ security meeting

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra state has slammed Governor Willie Obiano for placing campaigns for his successor above security meeting by governors of the five South East states in Enugu. The party said his absence in the meeting suggested a "fresh ideas about what the other sources of the violence we are shamefully seeing in Anambra State could be." In a statement from its Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, APC reminded Obiano that he remained the father of the state and urged him to manage to get over the weight the office has placed on him. The statement reads, "Yesterday, Governor Willie Obiano led the campaign trail of his party to Anambra East and Anambra West Local Government Areas of Anambra State as reported. "He also held a meeting of Ward Chairmen ...
Anambra killings: Obiano announces N20m bounty for informants to perpetrators
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Anambra killings: Obiano announces N20m bounty for informants to perpetrators

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has condemned in very strong terms, the violence that has been witnessed in the in the past few days. Obiano, in a broadcast to the people of the state announced a N20m reward for any useful information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of these heinous attacks on our State. He said he had conducted extensive security meeting and have directed all Security Agencies to step up and confront the monster ravaging the state. Obiano also charged those involved in the state security architecture to take the threat very seriously and boldly rise to confront same. Gov. Obiano said, "From the briefings I have received from Security Commanders, Offices of some political parties, branded campaign vehicles and individuals occupying them have...
Ghost Mondays: Obiano threatens banks, markets, transport leaders
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Ghost Mondays: Obiano threatens banks, markets, transport leaders

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has warned that any bank operating in the state that fails to open on Monday, 13 September, 2021, will be closed for one week. The governor further warned that if such banks fails to open for the second consecutive week, they will be shut down permanently. The governor spoke during a meeting on Friday with members of the State Security Council comprising all security outfits in the state, heads of all bank branches, market and transport leaders in the state. He said his government is deeply concerned about the economic implications of the Sit-at-Home order on the state. According to the Governor who stressed that the sit at home compliance affects the Gross Domestic Product, GDP and economy of the state, "banks that don't comply with the d...
Obiano’s ban on Keke,Okada and shuttle-buses comes into full force
South East

Obiano’s ban on Keke,Okada and shuttle-buses comes into full force

By: Chuks Collins, Awka The ban on use of motor cycles (Okada), tricycles(keke) and the shuttle buses for commercial transportation across Anambra state has come into full force. The state governor, chief Willie Obiano who announced the sweeping ban through the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu at the weekend had noted that, "in view of the need to improve security in the State and address observed incidents of crimes using Trycycles, motorcycles and shuttle buses, the State Government after due consideration, wishes to direct as follows: " The earlier ban on the use of motorcycles in greater Onitsha and Awka areas during the day and night, remains in full force. Any motorcycle found within these areas will be impounded and forfeited; "The use of m...
37 APC, PDP, APGA aspirants jostle to replace Obiano
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37 APC, PDP, APGA aspirants jostle to replace Obiano

…as countdown to June primaries kicks offBy: Chuks Collins, Awka As the June countdown for all party primaries for the coming November 6, 2021 Anambra Governorship election kick off, and with the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Labour Party(LP) and others parading more than thirty-seven very qualified, able and capable aspirants, a top favorite, Dr George Nnadubem Moghalu has described the array of aspirants as cheering bundle of talents. Moghalu who is running on the platform of the APC saw “this large turnout of very credible and qualified aspirants jostling to lead the state as a clear indication that democracy is working in our state. It goes also to show that Anambra has an abundance of human c...
PDP frowns at forceful deduction of workers’ salary in Anambra State
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PDP frowns at forceful deduction of workers’ salary in Anambra State

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has frowned at the forceful deduction of workers salaries in Anambra State. The chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu flanked by Hon. Christian oKeke, Nnamdi Nwangwu and other party executives while addressing a press conference at the party secretariat in Udoka, Awka expressed shock that the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA controlled government can be so insensitive to the plights of civil servants in the state. "Anambra State under the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano has practically been run underground. The level of infrastructural decay in our dear state is unprecedented and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) controlled government is unperturbed. "It is on record that Anambra State Civil Servants belong to the c...
Obiano imposes curfew on Anambra communities over violence
South East

Obiano imposes curfew on Anambra communities over violence

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has imposed a three-day curfew on Umeri, Umuoba Anam and Aguleri communities in Anambra East local government area of the state after two people were killed in violence on Saturday. The governor, who announced the development in a statement in Awka, said the curfew would run from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., effective from Saturday. An unspecified number of people were also injured in the clash caused by a disagreement over a piece of land belonging to one of the communities. Four vehicles were burnt, and several buildings torched during the clash. A resident, who spoke to journalists under the condition of anonymity, said the age-long war between Aguleri and Umueri was ignited by a land dispute. The spokesman of the Anambra State p...
PDP berates APGA government over sale of State assets
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PDP berates APGA government over sale of State assets

The Anambra State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) controlled government in the state for selling the state assets. The Publicity Secretary of PDP in Anambra State, Mr Nnamdi Nwangwu in a press release said that it is really unfortunate that most of the landmark properties of the state are being sold to APGA officials. Nnamdi Nwangwu Nwangwu made special reference to the Anambra State Commissioner quarters which the APGA controlled government has sold out. "It is now apparent that the APGA controlled government has demonstrated that they don't have stakes in Anambra State by selling off the common wealth of the state. It is only prodigal son that wastes the inheritance left behind by the progenitors. "We hav...
Housing: Anambra commissioner hails firm for keying into Obiano’s ‘think home’ philosophy
South East

Housing: Anambra commissioner hails firm for keying into Obiano’s ‘think home’ philosophy

Anambra State Commissioner of Lands, Bonaventure Enemali has commended the GSS Group for aligning with the 'think home' philosophy of the Governor Willie Obiano-led administration. Enemali who stated this while flagging off the allocation of plots in Dubai Estate in Awka, the state capital, said he was elated by the 30 hectare-land estate with its prospective features, describing it as one with exceptional class. He stressed that the firm was committed to delivering quality and affordable accomodation to the people of the state, urging residents to maximize the opportunity offered by the facility to acquire properties in the estate. He said, "I must commend the innovative acumen of the GSS Group Chairman, Arch. Chukwudi Ezenwa. He's indeed one of the best realtors in the state. ...
Work free day in Anambra Monday as Public servants, others mark Zik’s Day
South East

Work free day in Anambra Monday as Public servants, others mark Zik’s Day

The Anambra State Government has declared Monday, November 16, a work free day in honour of Nigeria’s first president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, who was born on November 16, 1904, in Zungeru in today’s Niger State. Acccording to a statement issued by theCommissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, all government offices, except those which provide essential services, would not open for business, just like the organized private sector and open markets in the state. The statement recalled that Monday public holiday was the second time the State would observe Dr Azikiwe’s birthday as a work-free day since Governor Willie Obiano announced the annual observance in January, 2019. The statement read, "Governor Obiano has, meanwhile, reiterated his call on the Federa...
Fish out bad eggs among you or risk ban – Obiano tells keke operators
South East

Fish out bad eggs among you or risk ban – Obiano tells keke operators

Anambra state Governor Willie Obiano has regretted the increasing cases of crime in the state being perpetuated with tricycles operators popularly known as Keke riders. Obiano who raised the alarm through the Secretary to the state government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu while interfacing with the operators at Dr Alex Ekwueme square, Awka, urged them to join the ongoing ATMC registration in the state. He further directed the operators to identify the bad eggs among them or risk being banned by the government. He said, "The registration will aid easy identification, security reports recieved over the last few weeks, indicate that keke are used to commit crime including kidnap activities, shooting, pilfering, among others, which has increased. "Governor Obiano is not prepared to jeo...
Obiano’ N200m compensation for EndSARS victims commendable – Ohaneze
South East

Obiano’ N200m compensation for EndSARS victims commendable – Ohaneze

Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, has commended the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano over the payment of compensation of #200m to victims of EndSARS protest in the state. Obiano had during his 2021 budget presentation to the State House of Assembly on Tuesday, announced the setting aside of a sum of N200m for payment of compensation to victims with proven cases of gross human rights violations, torture and deaths from the protest in the state. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Okeke-Ogene praised the governor for his proactive measures in handling the protest as well as sustained efforts in containing the activities of hoodlums who took advantage of the protest to wreck havoc in the state. He advised the youths to always resist atte...
2021 budget: N200m earmarked for SARS victims as Obiano presents N143.65bn estimate
South East

2021 budget: N200m earmarked for SARS victims as Obiano presents N143.65bn estimate

Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has presented a budget estimate of N143.65bn to the Anambra State House of Assembly for the 2021 fiscal year. The 2021 budget estimate projected a recurrent expenditure of 39.5% (N56.77bn) and a capital expenditure of 60.5% (86.88bn). Presenting the budget estimate themed: 'Economic Recovery and Consolidation' at the House of Assembly Chambers, Obiano declared that the budget would help to sustain and maintain the achievements of his administration. He said the budget had a provision of N200m for the compensation of residents of the state who have proven cases of gross human rights violation, torture and death from activities of the defunct SARS in the state. He said, "This budget is based on realistic projections of all sources o...
Obiano refutes FG’s claim of building airport in Anambra
South East

Obiano refutes FG’s claim of building airport in Anambra

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has dispelled Federal Government's claim of building an airport in the state. The governor through a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, said the government had received series of calls since the claim by the Federal Government which had gone viral. He said the refutal of the claim became necessary "for purposes of historical accuracy." The statement read in part, "Anambra State Government officials have since early this morning(Tuesday) been inundated with inquiries by Nigerians throughout the country and beyond about a supposed claim by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, before the Senate Committee on Aviation yesterday (on Monday) that the Federal Government is building 10 airp...
#EndSARS: Anambra schools, offices open as Obiano lifts curfew
South East

#EndSARS: Anambra schools, offices open as Obiano lifts curfew

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has directed all educational institutions to resume normal activities following the lifting of curfew imposed last week in the wake of the havoc visited on the state by gangs of arsonists. He also directed civil servants in the state to return to work. In a statement issued by theCommissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor however advised citizens and organisations to watch out for elements, especially those from outside the state, who might want to cause trouble in our place. The statement read, "Following a great improvement in the security situation in Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano has lifted the curfew imposed on the state with immediate effect. "Consequently, all educational instituti...
Obiano declares 24hr curfew, earmarks N200m compensation for SARS victims
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Obiano declares 24hr curfew, earmarks N200m compensation for SARS victims

Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has announced a 24hour curfew in the state. The curfew, acccording to insider source takes effect from 8pm on Thursday. The governor also earmarked N200 million compensation for families and victims of disbanded SARS/police brutality, upon recommendation by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry. The statement read, "Gov Obiano declares 24 hour curfew, starting from 8pm today. All Schools and markets closed. All social gathering at 8pm closed "He earmarks N200 million compensation for families and victims of disbanded SARS/police brutality, upon recommendation by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry."