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New democratic revolution will sweep away bad leaders – Peter Obi support group



The leadership of the Peter Obi Grassroots Movement, POGM, has called on the Nigerian electorate to embrace the presidential project of the Labour Party Candidate, saying the new democratic revolution will sweep away all the bad political leaders that have remained a cog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress, come 2023.
The group said with the imminent revolution, “the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain”, expressing concern over the alarming spate of corruption and insecurity in the country.
Coordinator of the group, Mazi Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, MNSE, who spoke at a one-day summit organised by the group in Enugu, said “fellow labourers in the lord’s vineyard, in line with our national anthem, we are here today to ensure that the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain”.
He posited that only the Labour party standard bearer, Mr. Peter Obi and his running mate,
Datti Baba-Ahmed have answers to  numerous problems confronting the nation.
According to him, “Nigeria is a great but benighted country, a giant, crippled by corruption and inert leadership.  “Nigeria, a country that had a television station before France courtesy of Awolowo’s Western Nigeria Regional Government, is today jostling for the prize of the world’s poverty capital,” Oji lamented.
He equally expressed worry over the high rate of insecurity currently ravaging all parts of the country.
He noted that “today, Boko Haram which used to be associated with Maiduguri, at the fringes of the North East has now spread across Nigeria and is now in Abuja, the nation’s capital, leisurely striking at targets in our country’s epicenter.
“Yet, the president and commander in chief of the Nigerian armed forces, General Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd travelled to Liberia to deliver a lecture on security.
“In the face of the threat of impeachment by Nigeria’s senate, he approved funds for the purchase of vehicles for security in Niger Republic. Bikonu (Please), is Buhari a citizen of Nigeria or Niger?
“Indeed, Nigeria is like a ship headed towards the precipice.  Peter Obi is the captain who shall rescue this ship from capsizing.  Obi-Datti ticket under the banner of the Labour Party is the only solution. Labour party is ideologically the right vehicle for this project, being a party of the working class – the proletariat, not the bourgeoisie.
“However, naysayers claim he has no structures, that Obidients are only making noise online. We are therefore here today to make a bold statement: We are obedient structures, we are everywhere, in Aso Rock, in all the State Government Houses and the National Assembly. Due to God’s love for Nigeria, come 2023, Obi-Datti shall be in Aso Rock. – Na we dey here.
“Since Obi has chosen the Labour Party as the vehicle for this mission, those wishing to be players in this project have come on board the LP. Others can stay back in PDP and APC and still support this patriotic project.”
Continuing, Mazi Oji said: “Again, I urge us all to realize that as labourers in this Pan-Nigerian project, we are fighting for ourselves and the unborn generation.
“Contrary to Bola Tinubu’s tragic statement, emanating from a Freudian slip, the Nigerian working class, those who own LP shall neither labour in vain nor till death. Rather, this democratic revolution shall sweep away all those who have remained a clog in Nigeria’s wheel of progress.
“What shall we tell our heroes past, if we miss Obi? Ndigbo, what shall we tell Ikemba, Dozie Ikedife, Eze Ozobu, Ekwueme, Ibiam and Nnam Ukwu Ndubuisi Kanu?
“Finally, remember, ‘Doomed is the nation whose thinkers are gluttons’. Let nobody purchase your future with pieces of silver, our political leaders are gluttons but our PVC is the weapon to change this narrative and the time is NOW!”
Chairman of the occasion, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Chris Chukwu, (Rtd) in his speech, said, “Some of us have not been too politically active, may be because we are not financially flamboyant Generals,”, stressing that the current transformation being led by the Labour Party Presidential candidate has necessitated their active  participation.
He said: ”I think Peter Obi is pulling out some of us. What do you think? Even if you are blind or deaf, even the baby in the womb in Nigeria now knows that there is a spirit of transformation, there is a spirit of revival, there is a spirit to rescue Nigeria from chaos.
“Being Obidient has become a household slogan. We have been told how the movement of Obi and Datti is making waves across Nigeria.”
While thanking the organizers for conferring the association’s Patronship on him, the retired Air Force General promised to do his best to live up to expectations.
He said: “Everything rises and falls with leadership, Nigeria is like a vehicle, smoking rickety vehicle about to knock engine. It’s like a ship about to sink but the captain does not know what to do. In my own constituency, it’s like an aircraft battered in the air, only waiting to crash and the pilot does not know what to do.
“In this predicament, like I said everything rises and falls with leadership, it can only take a man who knows what to do to salvage the situation. That ship needs a new captain who will save the ship from sinking. Peter Obi is that captain.”
The retired ace fighter pilot further noted that the essence of the summit was to mobilize support en masse for the Peter Obi Presidency, which he described as a “divine project”.
“We need to rescue our nation from those who have led us astray. We should therefore put hands together and register in the Labour Party, LP with a view to voting for Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, it is a divine movement.
“Peter Obi’s emergence is Prayer answered for Nigeria. If God answers your prayer, he opens a door for you but it’s left for you to take a step into that. Today, let us take the decision to enter that door that God has opened for us through Peter Obi,” General Chukwu told the participants.
Also speaking, Enugu State Chairman of Labour party, Barr Casmir Agbo, decried the terrible state of infrastructure in Enugu State after twenty three years under the control of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying the state was in dire need of change.
He observed that the bad leadership foisted on the states by the ruling parties should be blamed for the suffering in the land. “Why are we suffering? Don’t call Buhari, it’s because we have bad Governors. We are to be blame for our woes. Time has come for us to make the right choice to liberate the states and the nation.”
Highlights of the event was the conferment of the association’s grand patron on Chief Tony Okeke, Chairman, Zodiac Hotels,  Barr. Agbo, the Enugu State Chairman of LP, and AVM Chris Chukwu, (Rtd).
The ceremony equally featured cutting of the 61st Birthday cake in honour of the LP presidential flag bearer, Mr. Obi.

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Supreme Court to deliver judgement on Kogi APC guber primary Oct 23



• Usman Ododo and Smart Adeyemi
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, adjourned an appeal filed by Senator Smart Adeyemi against the judgments of the lower courts, on the Kogi APC Governorship primary election, to October 23, 2023, for judgment.

Adeyemi had filed a suit at the Federal High Court seeking to nullify the primary election of the All Progressive Congress, which produced Usman Ododo as the party’s flagbearer for the state’s governorship election slated for November 11.The case was dismissed by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal for lacking in merit.

The apex court, while hearing his appeal, on Thursday, told his lawyer, Musibau Adetumbi, SAN, that his client was appealing against concurrent findings of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, which stated that primary elections were held in Kogi State but that he had failed to challenge these concurrent findings.

However, the appellant’s counsel said he would go ahead to argue the appeal.

The Supreme Court therefore adjourned the appeal to October 23, 2023, for judgment.The representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress and Usman Ododo include Chief Anthony Adeniyi (SAN) Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN) and M.Y. Abdullahi, SAN; respectively.

The Court of Appeal had, on August 18, 2023, held that the appeal argued by Adekunle Otitoju on behalf of Adeyemi was completely bereft of merit.

In a unanimous judgment of a 3-man panel of Justices of the Court, Adeyemi was said to have failed to establish all grievous criminal allegations made against the conduct of the primary election by APC and its leaders.

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50 poisoned at wedding party



No fewer than 50 people were poisoned at a wedding in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk due to spoiled food, local media reported.

According to the report, the incident occurred in the town of Hawija, west of Kirkuk, the capital city of the cognominal province.

The provincial health chief, Ziyad Khalaf, said some of the cases were mild while some were serious.

He added that all the patients have received the necessary medical treatment in the hospital.

The incident came a day after a deadly fire ripped through a wedding hall in a predominantly Christian town in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Make a difference in Niger Delta, Ogbuku charges new directors



The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has enjoined the newly promoted Directors of the Commission to make a difference in the discharge of their duties and take the Commission to greater heights.

Ogbuku, who gave the charge at the closing session of a two-week course on Leadership and Performance Management for directing staff of the NDDC in Abuja, said that the provision of quality services to the people of the Niger Delta was a collective responsibility and should be given priority.

According to him, the reason for sending the new Directors for training was to ensure they took the administrative knowledge acquired back to the Commission in order to make a difference for the overall benefit of the region.

He said: “We are supposed to be training and retraining our staff. This is just the beginning. I want the directors to take back the knowledge they have gained to others in the NDDC to better appreciate their roles and understand the expectations from them.

“We want to do things differently. We want to improve on our services. We want to take up challenges. We want to start with the staff first to ensure that all the staff are properly trained and they understand their roles.”

Ogbuku urged the directors to ensure they utilised the experiences gathered from the training to improve the administrative processes in NDDC to ensure that things were done differently.

He said further: “As new directors, you need to understand your roles and understand your boundaries. You also need to understand your strengths and understand when to use them and when not to.

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“You need to understand that you are public servants and not civil servants. So, these are some of the things we thought you ought to be equipped with.”

“Over the years we have seen a situation where the staff of the NDDC seem to act as politicians, but as directors who have been inducted into Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), I believe that you are not only going to be ambassadors of NDDC, you are also going to be worthy ambassadors of ASCON,” he said.

He stressed that his expectation was to work with directors who understood that they were career civil servants, and aspiring to get to their peak as professionals, not those who want to be nepotic or tribalistic.

Ogbuku noted that directors should be wary of their actions, adding that some of their actions could mislead their subordinates who are looking up to them as role models.

In her address, the Director General of ASCON, Mrs. Cecilia Gayya noted that training was essentially an activity that was designed to make an employee more efficient and productive in the performance of their functions.

She said that the focus of training was to ensure efficient and effective application of knowledge, skills and attitude for improved performance, noting: “The programme was carefully designed and implemented to provide the needed knowledge, skills and capacity to adequately and promptly discharge their responsibilities and thus, make meaningful contributions towards the attainment of the mission and vision of the NDDC.

“The conscientiousness with which you participated in this programme for the past two weeks is a testimony to your preparedness for the challenges ahead and thus gives us hope that this training will impact positively on your performance, especially as you rise higher in the strategic realm of the management of the Commission.

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