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Dear Mr. Ogeah, I am constrained to respond to your statement in page 12 of “Vanguard” of Tuesday June 12, 2012 urging Deltans to be patient with Uduaghan. I must confess that very many of us have refrained from responding to your very many falsehoods fed to Deltans, this in the belief that you are almost like an alien who has little or no understanding of the issues your position has constrained you to address – a position to my mind, you were never prepared for in the first place. I decided to do this today because you chose a sacred day like June 12, a day I believe that people like you contributed significantly to truncate to insult our sensibilities. More so, it has been said that “to leave an error un-refuted will lead to an intellectual immorality”. 
 
I sincerely believe that apart from the deliberate attempt at impoverishing and pauperising Deltans, you and your co-travellers in the Uduaghan cabinet may have thought that all Deltans have suddenly lost their sense of reasoning when you said that “the governor was not interested in playing to the gallery to win cheap popularity but has a vision to provide for the people, projects with longer gestation period that would impact positively on the present and future generations to come”. 
 
I find it very disturbing that the people we thought we could trust can hoodwink their principles to the extent of allowing principles to play robot to the samba dance of opportunism. I believe that it is important to just let you know that Deltans are not as gullible as you people think we are. 
 
On a very serious note Mr. Information Commissioner, can you summon the Asaba people that live in DLA road, Okelue Street, Ebenuwa street, Maduemezie Street, Odiachi Street, Chukudumebi Street, the street by Sizler’s, Parkinson Street, Nmunkwo Quarter in Asaba, the street behind Zenith bank in Ezenei Avenue, and all the adjoining roads off the popular Nnebisi Road and tell them to be patient at a time that many of them cannot drive their cars to their homes? Can you say that to the school children who have to almost walk naked out of their homes because of the large pools of water that has taken over their streets? How about the angry car owners whose meager salaries now go to the mechanic who has to fix their cars every now and then because of the high degree of dilapidation of the streets under review?
 
Can you go to the streets of Agbor and tell the residents of the town now turned to an ancient city to be patient with a government that has demonstrated its clear lack of focus on how to address the infrastructural challenges of the State? Can you say that to the people of Ika South that live in Aliagwu, Ewuru, Aliagwai, Ozanogogo, Oyoko, Obi Ayima,Obi-Agbor, Ekuku Agbor, Abavo Central and Igbogili communities who cannot drive their cars to their communities because of the high level of dilapidation of their roads and with every other infrastructure in a state of disrepair? 
 
Are you aware that there is no access road in the entire Kwale town once the rain comes? Do you know that you cannot get to Ogume through Kwale once the rains are here? Do you not know that a journey from Obiaruku to Eziokpor is reminiscent of the route Okonkwo took on his trip to his mother’s kinsmen in Chinua Achebe’s famous book, “Things fall apart”?
 
Do you realise that the Oko communities just a few kilometres from Asaba are still wallowing in anguish, neglect and reckless abandonment with all their roads crying for attention? Do you know that if this government was focused enough to construct a road from Oko to Abala, that the trip to Aboh from Asaba would have been reduced to barely 20 minutes?
 
Can you stand before the people in a town hall meeting in Warri City or Udu LGA and urge the slaving mass of the people swimming in the artificial rivers in their streets to be patient with this administration and hope to escape without being lynched? Mr. Ogeah, as commissioner for information, how many times have you gone round the State to get firsthand information on the challenges in every city, town and village? How many times have you commissioned people to carry out perception analysis of the government that you speak for? I believe that to come out every now and then to peddle falsehood and say only things that will suit the hearing of your paymaster is to say the least a total disservice to the people of this State whom you claim to serve. 
 
Does a serious Governor need 8 years in office before constructing street roads that are less than 500m? Can Mr. Ogeah show Deltans the projects the government has on ground as pointers to their plan to build for the future? Can a governor who has not been able to meet the needs of the present generation, dream of meeting the needs of the future generation?
 
Perhaps, we may need to ask if the Mariam Babangida Road is the example of the projects signposting Uduaghan’s dream for a greater tomorrow. There can be no greater testimony of the type of vision the governor has for the State than the quality of job done on that road built only in 2008 but yet has become completely comatose. Mr. Ogeah, does the Ughelli - Asaba dual carriage way awarded in 2008 have a completion date? Maybe it is a project for the future.
 
The Governor would need to take a trip to other States just within the South- South Region to see how not to govern a people. It is painful that the other South- South Governors Mr. Ogeah is vilifying as executing only short term and quick fix programmes have put in place solid strategies for the development of their States. Do we need to mention that Gov. Oshiomole has turned around the infrastructure in the nooks and crannies of Edo State? How about Godswill Akpabio who within his first four years in office has turned every town and village around, with the quality of the infrastructures competing with those you will find in Europe. Do we need to mention Hon, Rotimi Amaechi who stunned the nation with his unending list of high impact projects (completed and commissioned) and achievements in every sector in his State during the BRACED Commission summit hosted by this State!
 
Do we need to inform you Mr. Information Commissioner, that, the people in Ogwashi Uku are living in the brinks as there is no potable water and electricity? Does it occur to you that this state of affairs will have a very negative impact on the quality of graduates from The Polytechnic at Ogwashi Uku. Will it require a million years for a serious government to put in place a strategy to address these two all important basic necessities of life and for once rescue the Ogwashi Uku people from this anguish? 
 
I challenge you to open the gates of the Delta Broadcasting Service and DRTV in Asaba and Warri respectively and allow Deltans an unfettered access to the State media and see if you can escape with your half truths reminiscent of the propagandist agenda’s of the military dictatorship in Nigeria.
 
Let me conclude by letting you know that come what may, the Uduaghan administration shall come to an end in 2015 and when that happens you will become a stakeholder like us. I sincerely hope that you will not say that you were only doing your job?
 
Chuks Erhire
Delta Rescue Mission  
 
*Photo Caption - Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anambra State governor Peter Obi says he has laid a proper foundation for the solid growth of the state from a near zero situation when he assumed office six years ago, pointing out that only those residing in the state can assess his performance within the period.
 
Gov Obi who spoke at an interactive session with newsmen in Awka was reacting to a question put to him on the issues raised by former FCT Minister El Rufai in a national daily concerning governance in Anambra State.
 
El Rufai had in the said publication stated among other things that Anambra was the poorest state in the country, educationally backward, lacked priorities and suffered from poor infrastructural development.
 
But Obi told probing journalists that only those who had not been to the state and who had poor knowledge of the state’s recent history could say that. According to him his government had nothing to hide and had always been open to assessment which was why the state became the first in the country to hold peer review mechanism where it threw its doors open to independent assessors.
 
‘We need people to help to assess and validate what we’re doing. We’re on course and we’re doing the right things,’ Obi stated, noting what was happening now was not a surprise as those who lived off the old order were averse to the changes he was introducing and so were kicking against it.
 
The governor recalled some of the revolutionary strides of his administration which include the state having the best road network in the country and the education and health sectors receiving unparalleled development. He particularly recalled the handover of schools to their former missionary owners and the take-off grant of N6b for their infrastructural development, a feat that was replicated in the health sector with handover of hospitals to mission schools. He regretted that some people preferred to sit in the comfort of their homes to comment on what they did not know and not making effort to know.
 
On sports development he said the state’s fortunes had been witnessing a steady rise in recent years at sports festivals due to the state government’s conscious sports development strategy aimed at spotting and grooming young talents to stardom. ‘The emphasis is on the youth; not on adults and we’re marching towards a situation where the state will recapture its lost glory,’ Gov Obi stated.    

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Friday, June 15, 2012: In this photo, AFP captures a naked African female migrant described as a prostitute in a series of raids by Israel’s immigration police aimed at rounding up and deporting illegal African immigrants. The scene was recorded on Tuesday near Levinsky Park, in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv, where thousands of migrants reside. The question urgently begging for an answer is why was the woman not allowed to put on clothes before her arrest.
 

Israeli authorities on Monday [June 11] rounded up dozens of African migrants slated for deportation, most of them from South Sudan, as the government weighs tough penalties against Israelis who help illegal aliens.
 
The Population and Migration Authority said in a statement that officers arrested 45 migrants from South Sudan, along with three Nigerians, two Ghanaians, two Chinese, one from Ivory Coast, one from the Philippines and one whose nationality is being checked.
 
Israeli public radio said that in at least two cases, during early-morning swoops in the Red Sea town of Eilat, women with young children were picked up as they walked on the streets and were driven away.
 
Journalist and rights activist Toni Lissi told army radio that suspects in the town were picked up on the street, in banks, at their places of work and in door-to-door searches.
 
"The people arrested were taken on buses to detention centres. Their mobile phones were confiscated," she said.
 
"Other immigrants are hiding in their homes, not daring to go out until things calm down,' she said.
 
An Israeli court on Thursday ruled that the lives of an estimated 1500 migrants from South Sudan are no longer at risk in their homeland, clearing the way for their mass expulsion.
 
Israeli daily Haaretz said that a government committee on legislation had approved submission of draft bills which would raise the maximum penalty for Israelis who employed, housed or transported around the country illegal immigrants to five years in prison from two at present.
 
The bill is expected to go to parliament for a preliminary reading this week.
 
The interior ministry says that approximately 60,000 African immigrants have entered Israel illegally, including those from South Sudan, with which Israel has friendly relations.
 
AFP

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Governor Obi took a swipe on the newspaper report credited to Barr. Sullivan Chime, Enugu State Governor that Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was dead. Obi said that APGA was more of mass movement that would not die by mere pronouncement. "Just like the Mosaic law was engraved in the hearts of the Jews, APGA is engraved in the hearts of our people", he said.

On the crisis in APGA, Obi said there was no crisis in the strict sense of the word, but a normal disagreement inherent in organizations populated and manned by the imperfect sons of Adam. "What we are witnessing is a minor understanding which we will get over. People and organisations come out of such stronger and more promising and such will be APGA", he said.

On his optimism about APGA, he said that APGA governments were delivering democracy dividends to the people and as such the party would remain the toast of the people.
 

 

 

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It is really difficult to understand the motives of Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the newly assumed do-gooder of the Nigerian polity, for his back page column in the ThisDay of last Friday, June 8th, which he entitled Anambra’s Budget of Misplaced Priorities. According to him, he had previously embarked on the analyses of the 2012 budgets of the other South East states. While it might not be apposite to query what might have warranted this sudden interest of Mallam el-Rufai in the affairs of Igbo people, many of whom he had maliciously and deliberately done in, when he destroyed and appropriated their property and means of existence in the FCT which he re-allocated to himself, his family members and friends, as it is his right and preserve to write on anything that catches his fancy.
 
 
However, querying eyebrows must be raised when he, in the process of discussing the socio and political economy of the area and one of its components, he takes a jolly ride on a road of abuse, distortion of facts and deliberate lies. By tarring Anambra State, its people and governance in such malicious and putrid brushes as he did in his said article, it would be foolish of him to believe that he would go unchallenged.
 
 
On the surface, el-Rufai, gave the impression that he was engaged in an intellectual and analytical treatise, by as usual, employing statistics and data which are not worth the pieces of paper on which they were issued. This is by the very fact that Economics is “a science of the commonsense”, and in daily socio-economic issues that govern human existence, you can tell a blind man that there is no oil in the food, but you definitely cannot tell him that there is no salt there.
 
 
In order to arrive at his real mission of insulting the people and leaders of Anambra State, El-Rufai, back-grounded his treatise with certain tendentious, but highly naive fallacies that he tried to pass off as facts, having laced them with statistics whose veracity fly in the face of commonsense, and which expose at the same time the woeful capacity of the institutions from which such statistics and date emanate. For instance, El-Rufai claimed that the poverty and unemployment levels in Anambra State are crying to the high heavens for deliverance.
 
 
In his words, “unemployment rate in Anambra is among the highest in the South-east zone, at 21.3 per cent, it is higher than the national average of 21.1 per cent”. Because unemployment is always associated with poverty, he then further posits that, “the incidence of poverty in the state is very high – actually disappointing”. He argued further with his weird statistics that, “the South-east has a food poor incidence of 41.0 per cent of which 60.9 per cent is absolutely poor, while 66.5 per cent is relatively poor and 56.8 per cent live under a dollar a day. Anambra has a poverty index of 22.8 per cent, the third highest in the zone, and shares the sixth lowest position in Nigeria with Rivers State which also has 22.8 per cent. About 47.6 per cent of the state’s population is core poor, 45.0 per cent is moderately poor and only 7.4 per cent of the state’s population is classified as none poor.”
 
 
As to Mallam El-Rufai, the spectre of the poverty of Anambra State must be driven home, for whatever reasons, so he lamented what he saw as the paucity of natural resources in the state, and that where they exist in any quantity, they are not exploited, like the oil deposits which he claimed are found in where he described as Ebenebe Ridge. According to him, “Anambra State is not much endowed with mineral resources and the few known to exist are not exploited”. Added to what he saw as the high criminality and dire security situation in the state, El-Rufai, in his copious crocodile tears, urged Anambra and its neighboring Igbo states to “ address the security challenges arising from violent crimes and kidnapping that has scared the elite and investors from the state.”
 
 
El-Rufai’s motives got a bit clearer when he inferred that this ‘sore’ state of affairs in Anambra State are in place or exacerbated by what he saw as the inability of the administration of the Mr. Peter Obi to rise to or overtake those calamitous situations in his state. That motive could not be hidden right from the title of his piece which indicated that the budget made and being executed by the government of the day which places extreme premium on all-round development of the state and its citizens, as misplaced.
 
 
But then, it is not easy to understand Mallam Nasir el-Rufai without understanding the duplicity of his personality and his character as a man whose ego is inversely proportional to his diminutive stature. It beggars understanding as to why el-Rufai suddenly wants Nigerians to start seeing him as the conscience of the public after his dubious performance as the minister of Federal Capital Territory. This is a man who was found guilty of a Senate committee of terrible and unspeakable fraud and told not to hold public office for the next ten years. But then, all that has to wait till the wrap up of this piece, when we shall see what all this has to do to the man’s current quixotic efforts.
 
 
Even if El-Rufai who claims to be a wizard in any new field he blunders into, including when he was undergoing tutelage in development studies during the Obasanjo era when he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, all who have amply extolled the management capacity of Governor Peter Obi and have often given an imprimatur to his development strategies. In fact, el-Rufai is an artful manipulator who twists any position he finds himself, including writing a column in a flagship newspaper, to claim laurels which he does not deserve in any form. I have no business defending Governor Obi, but being the governor of my state at a time when I am well appraised on the situation in my state, as well as the motives of the writer are suspicious, there is no way I can stand by and watch an El-Rufai drag my state, its government and pride to the mud.
 
 
If El-Rufai had ever physically gone to Anambra State, he would have understood the idiocy of the statistics he employed to interpret what he describes as the ‘poverty’ of the people and the state of Anambra. It has been said that there are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. El-Rufai has proven to be the master of all the variants of lies. Even while informed Nigerians look on, El-Rufai lies about poverty in the state where the per capita standard of living is about the highest in Africa. He describes Anambra State as a ‘rural state’ with a high level of unemployment even as he refuses to acknowledge that more than three-quarters of communities in that state have installed electricity and other forms of amenities by themselves. These are people who build their own roads, secondary schools, hospitals and cottage industries and where no Anambra indigene has been stopped from going to school on account of financial difficulties.
 
 
This is a state where every village has assumed or is assuming an urban status, even as the entire state is growing into a one-town community. If one is driving through the state, it would be difficult to know when one has entered the next local government area. This has been made even more possible through the network of road which has linked or is linking every hamlet in the state. While it is true that the road construction feat was started by Dr. Chris Ngige, it would be stupid not to acknowledge that it was Mr. Peter Obi who has linked all the parts of the state through his array of road networks and bridges which have reached areas which had never dreamt of road communications in their lives. Incidentally, those areas are mostly the hitherto locked out and obscured food baskets of the nation.
 
 
El-Rufai talks about poverty of Anambra people because in his immaturity, he sticks to the classroom definitions of poverty where he divides the amount someone earns over the number of days in the month. That being so, he himself must have been a very poor man too, because hardly can the take-away pay of any public official in Nigerian take him home, and so, if he could garner estates and mansions all over Abuja and the world with his earnings as a minister, then he needs account to Nigerians. Having said so, my people in Anambra State are very communally minded people and as he even acknowledged, we are among Nigeria’s most successful Nigerians materially and professionally. In our system, we speak of “Aku luo uno” doctrine, which translates into the fact that we export all our fortunes home because that is only where we consider them secure and safe from such haters as el-Rufai and friends. They should understand that unlike where he comes from, Igbo fortunes spread to kinsmen.
 
 
El-Rufai might have thought that he succeeded in his ploy, alongside other Igbo haters like Obasanjo, to impoverish Igbo people by destroying all their properties in Igboland and allocating them to his people and himself. It must have been a very sad fact to him that he hardly succeeded and that must have been why he rued, that ’75 percent of the property in Abuja belong to Ndigbo and that FCT qualified to be described as the sixth South East State”. Does El-Rufai know that Anambra investors own about half of those Igbo investments in FCT, and not any of them had stolen the money with which they invested?
 
 
It is foolish to speak of misplaced budgeting in Anambra State because the government of the day did not put more funds in areas that El-Rufai, in his myopia, was informed by his ‘researchers’ to be more beneficial to the people. How is the man supposed to know where the eyes and priorities of the people lie? While the ANIDS development philosophy of government is geared towards spreading investments to all the crannies and circumstances in the state, Anambra people do not expect to be spoon-fed by any government; that is why the likes of El-Rufai would never understand that the so-called unemployment does not mean to an Anambrarian what it means to el-Rufai’s fellow Kaduna citizen. In fact, an Anambra person is not very hot about being employed by the government, as in fact, the concept of Olu Oyibo is not often a very attractive option. In fact, when el-Rufai believes that the government misplaces its priority when it invests less in agriculture than in education or roads, it clearly means he does not understand the Igbo persona.
 
 
It is needless to inform el-Rufai that our people are entrepreneurs and expect the government not to meddle in their lives more than it should. They just expect the government to equip their schools with good teachers and facilities. I did not say that we expect the government to build schools for us because we, have built them through our missions and communities and up till early this year, when Governor Obi handed over more than 1000 primary schools and many secondary schools to their owners, people had grumbled over government messing up things in those schools. A community that built and equipped secondary schools as out 177 communities had done could not be regarded as poor by any stretch of imagination, no matter what the crooked statistics say. In the same token, we expect the government to build our roads and provide policemen and other security officials to watch over and secure our lives and property. And should the appropriate government believes that means doing us a lot of favour, we strive to provide it for ourselves, as we did with the Bakassi Boys.
 
 
It is those states where beggars move around in droves and constitute a menace to daily life that are really poor. Poor people beg; in Anambra, the only beggars we have speak el-Rufai’s language.
 
 
In the next part of this article, I will strive to educate el-Rufai and his misguided analysts on the true nature of the Anambra person when it comes to industry, commerce and entrepreneurship that has made the state the destination of choice by an array of investors, who are genuine and well-meaning. I will also elaborate on the falsity of el-Rufai’s thesis as it concerns the exploitation of natural resources, so as to show how shallow those analyses have been relative to my state.
 
 
It surprises me that a man who flaunts several exposures forgets that in today’s world, intellectual property avails more than all the coal and gold that is under the feet. For, how did Japan become the world’s second largest economy without any discernable natural resources? It might interest the likes of el-Rufai, whose intellect is often questionable, to become aware that the best resource of Anambra State is their bold and bright people, who dare wherever and whenever the need arises.
 
 
I will also make an expose to debunk the wishful thoughts of the el-Rufais of this world that Anambra could be deterred by such bogus analyses of jaundiced writers who are seeking undeserved relevance and attention. I will do that by exposing the fallacies in El-Rufai’s analyses of Anambra’s political economy, concentrating on such factors as his take on criminality, natural resources and the way our people view the current efforts to open Anambra to the world to which our people have always looked. After that, those who do not know el-Rufai as many of us do, would start to have a clearer inkling into the man whose stock in trade is to run with the hare and chase with the hound…
 
So Nasir el-Rufai, keep your powder dry.
 
 
Uche Ezechukwu
 
*Photo Caption - Mallam El-Rufai

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In his back page column, hardly does he write without mentioning the name of Jonathan. He has since extended it to those he perceives as close to him. The likes of Dr. Okonjo Iweala and Prof. Barth Nnaji have come under attack from his rude fist. It has become the madness of Rufus about Naevia. Rufus thinks of nothing else, talks of nothing else; and if Naevia did not exist, Rufus would be dumb. In what has turned into his usual pilgrimage of vituperation, he has often described the president in words that question his maturity.
 
His last piece of June, 8, 2012 entitled Anambra’s Budget of Misplaced Priorities was another piece that sought to stand logic, deep thinking, mature approach to issues and objective appraisal on their heads. I will take the issues he raised seriatim.

 
I do not have any problem with his voyage into history. Indeed, the basic facts about Anambra, both old and new and other related facts are among the treasures of history which children learn in elementary social Studies and Geography.

 
First of all, he talked about Gov Obi reading Philosophy, which to my mind only invoked the feeling of “ no wonder the man thinks critically.” He talked about the Gov. as enjoying the title of being the youngest Chairman of Fidelity bank. When I checked his profile, I found out that Obi was also a Director in two other financial institutions and three other quoted companies by the virtue of his investment in Nigeria and the UK. El Rufai ought to know that being the Chairman of a bank is not a title in the manner he talked about it, it was earned. It takes people having confidence in one to make him a Chairman or a director in reputable companies. Has he forgotten that from one small bank, he raised it to one of the most efficiently managed institutions in the country. In spite of his surefootedness in the financial world, he went to Anambra to contribute to good governance rather than sit in Abuja and see everything with negative prisms.

 
El Rufai lamented that Anambra is witnessing increasing crime rate, infratsucture deficits, a number of strikes over minimum wage, higher tax burdens, and exodus of the elite, among other challenges. This is the height of unfairness.

 
Anambra today, from the reports of security agencies is among the safest States in the country. Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi chapter said so after their last meeting and commended the Governor for tremendous improvement on security. When the Ag., Inspector General of Police visited Anambra State, he said so and even went ahead to commend the Governor for his extra efforts at securing the State. “Many times he was in Abuja, he would visit me on how to secure his people,” the IGP said. In any case, States that have commercial value are more prone to crimes. In the past one year, Anambra has not witnessed bank robbery.

 
Before Obi came to office, Anambra did not have any relationship with security agencies as various militia groups were in control. Bedlam actually took over and reduced the State to the “Hobbesian State of nature.” Security agencies did not receive any form of support from the Government, but today Obi has donated in excess of 300 vehicles, communications gadgets and offered other forms of logistical support to them. Just last month, he announced that within the next one week, that he would buy security vehicles for each of the 177 communities in the state. These communities receive 500 Thousand Naira quarterly for security.

 
Because of the stability the State is enjoying under Gov. Peter Obi, many Ambassadors such as those of the USA, Russia, EU, China, Denmark, Canada, South-Africa, among others have visited the State. Many development partners that were not in the State are all there now.

 
What should worry El Rufai about security is the suicide bombing his brothers and sisters have introduced into the country.

 
El Rufai talked glibly about deficit in infrastructure in the state. When Obi assumed office, the State did not have Govt. House, Governor’s Lodge, State House of Assembly among other infrastructure burnt down at that time. Today all those things are in place. It was Obi that built the first Secretariat in the State, the first library, the first Business Park, the first mini stadia among other firsts.

 
On roads, he has done over 600 kms of roads in six years. Anambra is unarguably the state with the best network of roads in Nigeria. There are local Government Areas in the State such as Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru and Ayamelum that are enjoying road facilities for the first time since the State was created.

 
El Rufai’s reference to Anambra witnessing a number of strikes over minimum wage is laughable. How can one strike be called a number of strikes? When a little research will show him that Anambra is among the very few States that are actually paying minimum wage and the first to start paying in the South-East. In any case, Rufai’s own State is yet to commence paying.

 
In one paragraph he talked about Anambra’s high tax burden, while in another, he talked about Anambra as having not enhanced her capacity to collect its taxes. This is reminiscent of his contradictory nature. I know in some States in the South-East business have been closed down due to tax issues, but not Anambra.

 
El Rufai said that unemployment in Anambra was among the highest in the region. This is far from the truth and nonsensical. In the entire South-East, Anambra hosts more non-indigenes. Some towns now have more people from Ebonyi State than their own people. People flock to places that have more economic value, just like many people are desirous of moving to Abuja.

 
On the exodus of the elite from the State, it used to be the case in the past, not any more. Those relocating today are those that used to feed on the resources of the State, but are now prevented from doing so. The Phase two of Ngozika Estate made up of about 1000 units of houses have been completely bought by people desirous of re-locating to the State, including victims of bombing by El Rufai’s brothers and sisters.

 
“The incidence of poverty in the State is very high,” thus spoke El Rufai. He went on to quote faulty statistics that has been adjudged as incorrect for so many incredibilities such as showing Anambra people to be poorer than the people from Yobe, Taraba and Sokoto. Immediately after that publication, i met the Gov. Who said it was faulty and that he had already brought it to the attention of the Ministers of Planning and Finance and the Vice President at National Economic Council meeting.
 

The poverty Profile Report of National Bureau of Statistics as published in the Punch newspaper of February 14th, 2012 showed that Anambra State, with a poverty rate of 22% is the least poverty-stricken State. Long before that, the former Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to a former President on Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, on the 31st of August, 2010, at the flag-off of the Payment of Poverty Reduction Accelerator Investment and Second Phase of the Care of the People – COPE, Programme by Governor Peter Obi said the Governor was over fighting poverty and wished other Governor could push as hard as he does. Hear Mr. Kpakol: “Gov Obi was the first Governors to visit my office to discuss how to fight poverty in his State and remained determined and dogged by initiating effective economic empowerment programmes.”
 

El Rufai lamented that under Obi, there is no effort to expand the productive base of the economy of the State. This is pure incestuous analysis. Since Anambra was created, Obi has done more to expand the productive base of the economy of the State. On the 22nd of May, 2012 Obi held the last in the series of routine meetings with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi Chapters. The meeting is held routinely for exchange of ideas between MAN and Gov. Obi concerning their activities in Anambra State. He is the only Governor that does so with the body. The Chairman of the Association, Dr. Chike Obidigbo said Governor Obi had performed beyond expectations in fulfilling the promise to empower and encourage indigenous manufacturers.

 
 
Anambra today has special funds in the Bank of Industry for manufacturers. El Rufai can verify this. Obi laid the foundation for the construction of Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, built the road into the place, supported it until completion and invited the president for its commissioning. He has since inception ordered and paid for vehicles of over 2 Billion Naira. The last batch of 600 vehicles paid by Anambra State is yet to be supplied.

 
 
Cutic cable based in Nnewi recently thanked Gov. Obi for constructing road int their company. He has visited Chikason, Orange drugs and other manufacturing companies in the State.

 
 
Today, SABAmiller, the second largest brewer in the world with the market capitalization of close to 50 Billion Pounds, twice bigger than the MTN, will commence production in Anambra. According to the Operations Director of SABMiller for West Africa, Simon Harvey, Obi was instrumental to SABmiller investing in Anambra State. The State under Obi invested over 2 Billion Naira in the facility. Chief Executive Officer SABMiller PLC worldwide, Mr. Graham Mackay, commended Gov. Peter Obi for making their investment in the state a reality. He said that what initially attracted them to Anambra was the presence of a strong government.
 
I am aware that two other big companies are also investing in the State. With over $250 Million foreign direct investment in Anambra State, I do not know any State that achieved the same.

 
It is on record, and I challenge El Rufai to verify it, that Anambra State has more bank branches than the entire South-East put together. Since Obi became Governor these branches doubled. What this shows in practical terms is that businesses thrive more in Anambra than in those other places. In 2006, Anambra had about three good hotels, today there are about 30. In appealing to statistics that suit his fancy, he suffers from the “fallacy of biased statistics.”

 
In holding that Anambra has many unexploited natural resources, El Rufai is making the same old mistake peoples of the world are no longer laying emphasis on. Japan has no natural resources neither does Singapore. The best resources any people will have are the human resources. For many years, Anambra was on the precipice. The basis of the Obi administration is re-building the human infrastructure. The fact that Obi administration is re-building the human infrastructure does not mean it is unmindful of natural resources in the State.

 
 
To show you that El Rufai is only a pseudo researcher, he said that Government was not doing anything about the large deposit of crude oil in the State. What should be noted here is that Orient Petroleum was formed in 2001. They achieved nothing until Gov. Obi developed interest in it. This much was revealed by the Chairman of the company, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, who thanked him for his commitment to the project. He did so many things for them, including Anambra State investing 4 Billion Naira. As we speak the State Government has commenced the construction of the road leading to the facility for over 1 Billion Naira. What else does El Rufai think a concerned government should have done?

 
 
Until Obi, secondary schools in the State, even those designated as science schools did not have functional laboratories. Today schools are rehabilitated on a massive scale and provided with boreholes, buses, INTERNETS ( supplied and installed by Galaxy), built Microsoft academies and is building Cisco Villages in the 21 local Government Areas in the State, among others. To tell you how committed he is to education, he has visited over 200 primary and secondary schools in the State, including those in my town, as no other Governor has done in the past.

 
 
To show commitment to education, when it was clear that fallen standards were because of takeover of schools for over 40 years, he returned the schools back to their Church owners. Besides still paying the salary of teachers, he set aside 6 Billion Naira for them this year to rehabilitate the schools. For this gesture he was heavily commended by the highest Church hierarchies. The results of the return of schools are manifest as standards have gradually started to rise. This year alone, Anambra did not witness cases of Exam malpractices. A visit to some of the schools handed over, such as CKC, QRC and DMGS would tell the story.

 
 
Anambra remains one of the most educationally advanced States in the country. JAMB is one education body that has maintained clear statistics since it was established in 1977. Their statistics show that Anambra is usually among the first three in terms of number of applicants. The 2012 statistics show that Imo came first, followed by Delta and then Anambra State.

 
 
Before him, the State University did not have any infrastructure, today it has changed. At the Anambra State University he has constructed the Faculty of Law building, the Administrative Building, the Faculty of Management Sciences, the School Library, Faculty of Mass Communications, Faculty of Biological Sciences, among others.



 
 
In 2009, when Universal Basic Education Commission reviewed the performances of States on Education, Anambra was the no 1 in the entire South-East. By picking one statistics that may not be favourable to the State and ignoring others, El Rufai is guilty of the fallacy of improper statistics.

 
 
At the last World Bank Spring meeting 2012, Gov. Obi presented what the State is doing on education, he was lavishly commended.

 
 
Writing on health, El Rufai’s headache was not what was achieved in that sector or what the sector used to be and what it is now, but the fact that only 1.4 Billion was budgeted for it. Let somebody tell him that everything is not captured in the budget and our health sector is one good example. Anambra State teaching Hospital with over 18 giant buildings is above that amount even as the State enjoys assistance from development partners that are not captured in the budget. Facts on ground show that before this government, no heath institution in the State was accredited, today two hospitals are accredited and many institutions such as the College of Heath Technology, Obosi and the College of Nursing and Midwifery in Nkpor, School of nursing, Iyienu and many others are all accredited. Hospitals have been built and rehabilitated, hospital equipment have been procured, various health programmes are implemented.

 
 
This year, for example, the Governor is funding 10 hostels in various missionary owned hospitals such as Our Lady of Lordes, Ihiala; Water side, Onitsha; School of Midwifery, Adazi, but they are not captured in the Budget. He attracted the new Maternity Complex at Waterside; the construction is on-going. This year, Borromeo hospital Iyienu and Adazi got over 500 Million attracted by Government from development partners which are not captured in the budget.

 
 
The above is also applicable in the water sector where he lamented that the State Government budgeted only 800Million Naira. Anambra is working on many water projects with support from development partners and in such a situation, will a wise man not put more money in sectors that do not enjoy the same support, for example, the EU, UNICEF and MDGs are all assisting in the water sector. Last year, MDGs did 6 major town water schemes; this year, they are doing 8. UNICEF is providing water to 30 communities in Ogbaru, etc.

 
 
In Agriculture, the same scenario is playing out. There are sectors that are best developed with the involvement of the private sector. El Rufai presided over privatization and ought to know that many things are better privately- driven. What Government is doing in Agric sector is to encourage private enterprises. Just recently, the State secured 1 Billion Naira loan for farmers. We also have projects such as FADAMA where government is committing close to 1 Billion Naira. It is not for nothing that Anambra FADAMA 111 is regarded as the best in the country by the World Bank.

 
 
On roads and erosion, El Rufia is not even worth listening to. Today, Gov. Obi is working on over 27 erosion sites, either on-going or completed. Some of them are at Ebenebe; Umudim, Nnewi; Umuchiani, Ekwulobia; Umuchu; Umeze Uga, among others.

 
 
Disguising as a genuinely concerned crusader, El Rufai advised the government of Peter Obi to cut down on the size and cost of Governance. The sad implication of this is that Obi spend more money on governance. It is this singular line that exposed him as being after something else. How can somebody say this about Governor Obi? Obi has successfully cut the cost of governance in the State by 40%. Each year, he under utilizes the money for his office. In terms of security vote, it has remained the same since 2006 shortly before he became governor, in spite of the fact that he does visible, verifiable things with it.

 
 
By El Rufai’s viewpoint, he was being true to character. The opportunist and an inconsistent character that he is, he once considered Atiku a saint only to treat him as a sinner when the chips were down. Today, he speaks about him unrestrainedly, the same for Gen. Buhari, late President, Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua. Shall we sample him using just Yar-Adua?

 
 
“Yar'Adua comes from a tradition of high reverence for public service. I knew him more than three decades ago. While I was entering Barewa College , he was in the final year. Then, he was our House Captain, a leader right from his school days. I put my name and credibility on the line to say that Yar'Adua is the most honest governor in Nigeria. This can be judged by his achievements. People have to review what Governor Yar'Adua has done in the last eight years. Then, they will discover he has done excellently well unlike most of the state governors we have in the country today.” This is El Rufai, when he was campaigning for him to become President. When Yar’ Adua failed to appoint him a Minister, he described him in terms fit for renegades, calling him a complete failure both in business and governance. He spoke about his irresponsible smoking habits, his insubordination to school authority and many more.

 
 
Whenever something is at stake El Rufia takes leave of his reason and acts unbecomingly. What he is doing in Anambra State is trying in his own little way to deal with APGA government in the State since his party, CPC and ACN are discussing about going into alliance .

 
 
It is strange that Thisday newspaper, in its collective wisdom said in its paper of May 31, 2012 that Obi is the 4th best performing governor in the country. For El Rufai to still go ahead and write his piece means it is either Thiday as an institution is right and El Rufia wrong or vice versa.

 
 
If we turn away from this gale people like El Rufai enjoy raising, we find quieter but more inspiring scenes: Peter Obi clearing the arrears of pension, building over 20 bridges as nobody has attempted doing in the Sate, recording breakthroughs in erosion control , sustaining the culture of prudence being among the four States said to be financially sound. What else do you expect from him? This is perhaps the reason why he told me that he did not read the articles of people like El Rufai, who believing themselves to be geniuses lack the humility to understand the essence of things.
 

Valentine Obienyem
 
*Photo Caption - Mallam El- Rufai

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Ikenna Sampson)
 
THE ILL-FATED FLYING COFFIN
 
Whose faces are the pretty charm? Gone through this ill-fated harm, Like the burnt woods in the farm, As if it was in their daily plan, But then lies roasted from the jam.
 
Imagine the times of their departure As they walk into the ill-fated coffin, To migrate from the homely resident shores Farewells and smiles were hands and faces, Waving as they fly to seek western places, Then the ugly scene claimed their faces.
 
What caused it and from whose authority? That was supposed to be their security. Who would have stood to sight this stains? As efforts were made but all in vain, But then, all had been eaten by the flames, Leaving us with a constant rain of pain, As we watch roasted bodies as the remains.
 
My cries for the victims and their misfortune All lost on the quest for pleasures and fortunes. My cries for their families now painfully insane, All married to an ugly hollow piecing pain. I shed the tears of our heart broken nation, For gone are our likes the children of the nation.
 
I cease to watch the pictures of this gloom That keeps me wakeful in tears in my room. The pretty faces which to us are dear, Now no more, and it’s hard to bear. But one thing makes me not to ponder, Even when all day long I still wonder, That the almighty God will grant them rest in his arms And give us strength to bear the loss and the harm. May their gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
 
(IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF DANA PLANE CRASH VICTIMS)
 
Ikenna Sampson ( samsilverson@yahoo.com )

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Eddy Aghanenu)
 
The N7.4billion spent on demolishing hills at Asaba Airport is still generating controversy. Government officials and government apologists have been defending the controversial expenditure.
 
Government officials have been singing discordant tunes on the expenditure. Some have reduced it to ethnic sentiments in order to win support from the people while others say it was part of the overall budget for the airport project and not a new one.

 
Let it be known that nobody has ever questioned the location of the airport in Asaba. It was a well conceived idea but poorly and abysmally executed. The airport is meant to boost the economy of the state. It is also meant as attract investment to that part of the state while also benefitting from the ever busy commercial city of Onitsha. The hospitality sector will thrive the more. In essence, the Asaba airport is meant to enhance the economy of the state and help in creating employment.

 
No one too has looked at the airport from an ethnic colouration. Delta Central already has an airport in Osubi near Warri, which serves the need of Delta Central and Delta South. So an additional airport in Delta Central is out of the question.

 
What Deltans are quarrelling with is the cost of the project. Having spent over twenty billion naira (N20billion) in the airport project without an end in sight, Deltans are querying the wisdom behind spending an additional N7.4billion in demolishing hills at the airport. This is the grouse of Deltans. The airport project is now the goose that lays the golden egg for the looters of the state treasury. This is what government and government apologists have refused to talk about. If there is transparency as claimed by Delta State government, how come no one knows the true cost of the project? Why are they hiding the cost of the project which so far is the most expensive in the country?

 
Eminent Deltans including “Vanguard” Publisher, Chief Sam Amuka have questioned the wisdom N7.4billion in demolishing hills while there are more pressing needs in the state. A report in the “Vanguard” says “ PUBLISHER and Chairman, Vanguard Media Limited, Mr. Sam Amuka, Thursday charged Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State to tackle the security challenges facing the state. He also asked the governor to explain why over N7.4 billion would be spent on clearing mountains of sand at the Asaba airport, saying Deltans need to know to be more informed on the matter”. M.A Mukoro, Esq, of Delta Rescue Mission (DRM) calls the expenditure “financial recklessness and executive irresponsibility”.

 
It is only a clueless government that will spend such an amount of money in demolishing hills when students’ bursary are not paid. Where are our priorities?

 
In a well attended Press Conference in Asaba, a few days before the BRACED Commission Summit, the Commissioner of Economic Planning gleefully announced to the whole world that “Delta State government on Tuesday said it has approved the contract for the demolition of hills surrounding the Asaba Airport to allow for bigger aircrafts to land.
Commissioner for Economic Planning, Kenneth Okpara, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, stated that the contract was initially awarded to one firm at the sum of N7.4 billion. Okpara stated that the demolition of the hills became necessary so that “special and bigger” aircrafts can start landing before the commencement of the South-south Economic Summit scheduled for April ending.
 

“The President is coming to the summit and we want him to land here in Asaba and not in Benin,” he stated, adding that “we have just ten days to put the airport in proper shape because that is one of the conditions given by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for bigger aircrafts to land.”

 
The opposition to this development reverberated all over the state. The state government was going to spend N7.4biilion in ten days to demolish hills at the airport so that President Jonathan’s aircraft could land at Asaba was something the citizens of the state could not understand. This excludes the billions that would be spent in hosting the delegates. This is happening in spite of the myriads of problems confronting the state. To Deltans, it was unacceptable.

 
This opposition to this wasteful expenditure led the state government to look for ways of managing the situation and diffusing tension. From the Governor’s explanation it became more difficult to know the truth of this N7.4billion. In a forum in Warri “Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan says the ongoing expansion of the Asaba International Airport was aimed at meeting the requirements of the Aviation regulatory authorities to enable bigger planes land at the airport.
 
“Speaking in Effurun while responding to the issue raised over the airport by the publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka at an on-going retreat tagged ‘Landmarks and Legacies’, Governor Uduaghan said with the success so far recorded in the use of the airport by smaller planes, people are now anxious to see bigger planes land at the airport.
 
According to him, “We are on target to make the Asaba International Airport meet the required standards set by the aviation authorities and we are doing everything necessary to ensure that larger planes can land there”.
 
Continuing, he said, “there is so much pressure for bigger planes to start landing at our airport and we needed to speed up the pace so that when the regulatory authorities come, they would see that we have done all we need to do”.
 
The Governor clarified that the regulatory authorities requested that the hills around the airport must be reduced as one of the requirements to be met before approval can be given to enable bigger planes land at the airport.
 
The Governor added that the demolition of the hills had nothing to do with the visit of dignitaries to the recently concluded South South Summit at Asaba.
 
In his words, “the contract to bring down the hills around the airport was not awarded because of the South South Summit, the contract had been awarded from the onset but the contractor was slow, so because of the time frame, we had to engage two other contractors to fast track the completion of the work”.
 
Explaining further, Dr. Uduaghan said the ongoing work to demolish the hills is at no additional cost to the total project sum as it was conceptualized from the beginning.”

 
The governor’s explanation raised more questions. Was N7.4billion awarded for the demolition of hills at Asaba Airport? Was this amount not too high for such a project? If actually, the demolition of the airport was not for the presidential jet to land and not for the summit, how come the rush to demolish the hills in ten days before the commencement of the summit?

 
All Deltans are asking is for the government to honestly tell them the truth about this project and other projects in the state. It is only when this trust have been built that the citizens of this great state will become more responsive to the government.

 
Threatening Deltans that “the governor has many powers; he can do whichever thing he likes. The governor has powers to demolish any house and he has power to even kill, whatever you can think of...” will not make Delta State a better place. Deltans never elected anybody to kill them but someone that will improve their lives. Any unconstitutional means used by any elected official to suppress the will of the people will be resisted. In any case, history has never favoured any despot.

 
The only way that Deltans will stop question the actions of government is when there is good governance and provision of dividends of democracy. Let us discuss on ideas that will move the state forward and not threats. Let there be fertilization of ideas in the state.

 
Meanwhile, what is the truth about this N7.4billion?

 
Eddy Aghanenu 
Delta Rescue Mission

 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Mark Clint)
 
 
Biafran Activist and a Gay Joshua Odeke is Billed for forced deportation today, 7th June, 2012 (Home Office Ref O1151115)
 
Joshua Odeke (a Biafran activist and a gay) who is due to be forcibly removed to Nigeria on charter flight PVT090 on 7th June 2012.
 
Joshua fled Nigeria due to his political activities there, namely his involvement with the non-violent Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), which campaigns openly for Igbo tribe freedom and an independent state. Joshua is deeply worried about returning to Nigeria because both his father and brother were killed by authorities because of their involvement with MASSOB.
 
The Nigerian State is strongly opposed to MASSOB; since its formation in 1999, members of its supporters have been arrested and detained for months, and suffered ill-treatment whilst in police custody. Despite their commitment to peaceful protest, the police regularly fire tear gas and live ammunition at MASSOB rallies and demonstrations, and Human Rights Watch has reported incidents of members being killed by police, with women included amongst the victims. Just last month of May 2012, a number of MASSOB members were jailed for wearing Biafran T-shirts and others were killed in another incident this year. The links to these evidences are seen below:
 
http://dailypost.com.ng/2012/05/09/six-massob-members-jailed-in-asaba-for-wearing-massob-uniform/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=six-massob-members-jailed-in-asaba-for-wearing-massob-uniform and http://dailypost.com.ng/2012/02/11/blood-bath-troup-kills-2-massob-members-apprehends-58-others/
 
In addition, since being detained Joshua has admitted that he is bisexual. As a bisexual or gay man Joshua is in real danger if he is returned to Nigeria, where the criminal code punishes consensual gay sex with up to 14 years in prison. Moreover, in Muslim states applying Sharia law, homosexual sex among men is punishable by death by stoning.
 
If returned to Nigeria, Joshua would be faced with a terrifying choice: to risk persecution by the Nigerian Security Forces,jailed or tortured if not killed.The Nigerian government has officially enshrined in her constitution a jail term of 14 years imprisonment and it is worst in the 12 Northern states that have officially enshrined sharia law where same sex relationship is punishable stoning to death or death by stoning.This inevitably has made internal relocation to anywhere in Nigeria impossible as there is no protection for Joshua.
 
What You Can Do To Help
 
Please, help stop this planned forced removal of Joshua Odeke to Nigeria by writing the Secretary of State for Home Department (SSHD), Theresa May to cancel his removal directions and allow Joshua to return to safety in Glasgow. If you do, please remember to quote Joshua’s Home Office Ref: O1151115.
 
***Home Secretary’s Contact***
Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office,
2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 7035 4745
 
Emails: mayt@parliament.uk
Privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
UKBApublicenquiries@UKBA.gsi.gov.uk
"CIT - Treat Official"
 
2) Email/Fax Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister: Ask him to intervene with the Home Secretary Theresa May to stop the continued detention of Joshua Odeke and grant him leave to Remain in the UK as he would be harmed, tortured, imprisoned if not killed in Nigeria if removed. If you do please remember to include Joshua Odeke’s Home Office Reference: O1151115 in all your correspondence.
 
Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister's Office
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AS
Correspondence Section:
Tel: 020 7276 0527
Fax: 020 7276 0514
Email: pscorrespondence@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
 
Please, do notify Joshua’s campaign groups and supporters of actions you have taken: The Unity Centre: info@unitycentreglasgow.org And joshuaodekecampaign@yahoo.co.uk
 
Mark Clint can be reached at markclint2000@yahoo.co.uk
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Emmanuel Uzor) 
 
The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has warned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh over attacks on the family of the late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. 
 
According to the MASSOB leader, “we warn Chief Victor Umeh to desist from dragging the name of Ojukwu in the mud. In as much as we are not interested in Nigeria, we will not fold our hands and allow anybody to degrade Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s family.”
 
Chief Uwazuruike further said “Chief Umeh has no right whatsoever to stop or persuade people not to attend a meeting in Ojukwu’s house. Ojukwu is highly revered in Igboland, his image and personality should not be dragged into selfish and rancorous politics.”
 
MASSOB also warned the APGA national chairman “to stop using Alhaji Shinkafi to insult Ojukwu’s family or we shall strip him naked and ostracize him for dragging Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s family name in the mud.”
 
All efforts to get Chief Victor Umeh’s reaction proved abortive as all calls put through his mobile phones were not responding as at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Parks and Markets, Chief Sylvester Nwobu Alor has said APGA has died under the leadership of Chief Victor Umeh.
 
Addressing journalists yesterday, Chief Nwobu Alor said the party died even before the death of the former Biafran warlord and leader of the party, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Nwobu Alor blamed the development on poor leadership. According to him, the party, under the leadership of the embattled National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh had not faired well, adding that the party had come to total collapse which only complete restructuring could save.
 
“All I am saying is that only a restructuring of APGA is good enough and it is being accepted by the generality of the people that we need to put APGA back on track because it is almost dead having lost almost all the seats in the National Assembly, the party is as good as dead.”
 
Nwobu Alor also accused the national leadership of trying to deceive the generality of the people that all was well with the party while “the party is dead and it died even before Ojukwu, so nobody should believe the death of the party began when Ojukwu died.”
 
On the recent meeting held in Ojukwu’s residence in Enugu, Governor Obi’s uncle maintained that the aim of the meeting was to brainstorm on possible ways of restructuring the party so that it could win elections in different parts of the country.
 
*Photo Caption - Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, MASSOB Leader.