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Abia Rally: Okorocha advises Nd’Igbo against regional politics

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has advised Nd’Igbo to avoid playing primitive, regional and clanish politics.
The Governor also said that all but only two current Governors in Nigeria are already in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Okorocha was speaking on Tuesday at the Umuahia Township Stadium during a mega rally organized to welcome defectors from other parties to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the Governor, Ndigbo played “bad politics” in 2015. He said that God had provided a second chance for the tribe to correct their political mistake of the past by ensuring President Muhammadu Buhari is returned to power in 2019, as according to him, that is the only way the Presidency could come to South East in 2023.
Urging Ndigbo to avoid playing primitive, regional and clanish politics as such would do them no good, the Governor also advised them to emulate the South West which had long keyed into the national politics.
On support for President Buhari by Nigerian Governors, Okorocha disclosed that all but only two current Governors are already in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) even though some of them are yet to declare publicly.
Okorocha expressed conviction that APC would win landslide even in opposition strongholds in 2019 as so many of the Governors had secretly started working for APC waiting for the opportune time to make formal declaration. He enjoined Abia APC members to stop casting aspersions on Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu as he might as well be on his way to APC.
In his speech, former Abia Governor, Orji Kalu promised to put everything he has to bring Abia to APC.
He noted that the state needed “to be liberated from bondage”, adding that the party would deploy “federal might” to resist thuggery and any attempt to rig APC out during the 2019 polls.
Highlight of the rally was the defection of four members of the Abia State House of Assembly to APC.
The decampees include, former Speaker Martins Azubuike (PDP); Solomon Okogbuo representing Bende South (PDP); Theophilus Ugbaja representing Ikwuano (APGA); and Ikedi Ezekwesiri (APGA) Umunneochi state constituency.
Others are Chief Uche Ogah; DIG (retd) Azubuike Udah; Charles Nzechi; the immediate past General Manager of Abia State Environmental Management Agency (ASEPA) Iyke Apugo; and Maj. Gen. Ogbonna Okoro (retd.).

NPower 2017: Pre-selected candidates begin verification in Imo

Candidates who applied for the 2017 N-Power programme and were pre-selected, have commenced physical verification in Imo State.
Physical verification is a critical component in onboarding selected beneficiaries who have been notified of their selection status into the N-Power programme. The essence is to ascertain candidates’ age, gender, current residential address and Local Government Area, academic qualification, NYSC discharge status, employment status and disability status.
The exercise was monitored in the state by a team led by the Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr Nazi Njoku. Other members of the team are Felix Obioha – NPower official from Abuja and the representative of the State Focal Person, Stanley Okehie.
In Owerri Municipal Council secretariat where the exercise is taking place for pre-selected applicants resident in the state, candidates were falling over themselves in an attempt to be verified first. It took the concerted efforts of officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and N-Power officials monitoring the exercise to maintain orderliness.
The Community Mobilization Officer (COMO), Mrs Nkechi Ogazi while briefing the monitoring team members, expressed happiness over the large turnout of candidates and regretted her inability to control the surging crowd.
Verification officers comprising of four beneficiaries of the programme in 2016, were dutifully scrutinizing the documents of each pre-selected candidate, which they said, is the first step in the verification exercise.
In Owerri North Local Government Council, the story is not different as candidates gathered in a very rowdy session waiting for turns.
A pre-selected candidate in the area, simply identified as Victor, said he was hopeful of receiving his December stipend once he scaled through the physical verification stage.
Recall that a total of 60,283 candidates applied from Imo state out of which 9,497 were pre-selected.

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