Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has advised people to prioritise equity in a way that equal treatment will be given to all.
Umahi said this in Abakaliki on Sunday during an interdenominational thanksgiving church service to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence and 26th anniversary of the state.
The governor reiterated that in the interest of peace, fair play and justice, Ebonyi North senatorial zone should be allowed to produce the next governor of the state.
He said that power should return to the zone in the aforesaid order for integrity.
Umahi also urged people to play down on party politics, describing equity as quality of being fair and impartial.
“Anything that is not a product of equity or fairness is bound to fail,” he said.
Umahi stressed the need to show gratitude to God and people who had made impact in the society.
He commended the founding fathers, elders, council and past governors for their support to the growth of the state.
The governor also commended his wife, Mrs Rachael Umahi and the state Chairman, South-East, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Father Abraham Nwali, for their contributions to the development of the state.
Earlier, Nwali, also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious and Welfare Matters, called on people to show gratitude, as it increased happiness.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary celebration.
Umahi made the felicitation in a goodwill message he sent to the President and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Saturday by Mr Chooks Oko, Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Strategy.
Umahi thanked Nigerians for the sacrifices they have been making to ensure the unity of the nation, despite daunting economic and security challenges in parts of the country.
“As we mark this symbolic celebration of Nigeria at 62 and Ebonyi at 26, we have the honour to convey our profound felicitations to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
“We thank God for the unity of purpose and shared vision in our democratic journey as an independent nation.
“We congratulate fellow Nigerians for their commitment toward a progressive Nigeria, despite daunting challenges,” he added.
The governor, while recalling the various fruitful sacrifices of Ebonyi founding fathers for the creation of the state, paid glowing tributes to them and prayed posterity to reward them accordingly.
“We specially felicitate with the good people of Ebonyi on this remarkable moment of the celebration of our emancipation as a people that were once criminally neglected.
“Our founding fathers passed through thick and thin to give us freedom and a sense of hope.
We, therefore, pay homage to them as the standard bearers of the vision we share for the development of our state,’ he said.
The governor who clarified that the gamut of extraordinary achievements of his administration was in line with his convenant with God, assured that he would scale up delivery of democracy dividends within the remainder of the lifecycle of his administration.
“Our stewardship is inspired by our covenant with God to make the state one of the best economies of the nation.
“By God’s grace, we have remained faithful to our promise to deliver transparent and God-fearing governance that is based on integrity and dignity.
“We value and cherish the collaborations that stimulated our achievements and we therefore, use this medium to convey our deepest appreciation to all who stood by us,” he added.
Umahi wished Nigerians and Ebonyi residents a memorable Independence and creation anniversary celebration.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has described the judiciary as an imapartial arbiter in human conflicts.
Umahi made the remark in a reaction to Friday’s judgment of an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, which confirmed him as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial District.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr Chooks Oko, he further described the judiciary as forthright and dependable.
“The court with this judgment has once again asserted its inviolate position as the hope of all seekers of justice,” the statement read.
Umahi expressed gratitude to God for the judgment and thanked his constituents for their show of solidarity to him.
“I thank them for their prayers, steadfastness and goodwill, which culminated in this victorious judgment.
“I beckon on stakeholders of the district to collaborate with me to win the election and also deliver other candidates of the party in the elections.
“I vow to represent the district equitably and advance the cause of Igbos and disadvantaged Nigerians,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Court dismissed the appeal filed by Mrs Ann Agom-Eze, challenging Umahi’s emergence as the APC candidate for the election.
The court also set aside the judgment of the Federal High court and all the orders it made.
It also held that the lower court was wrong to uphold Agom-Eze’s counter-affidavit and failed to uphold the primary election of June 9, 2022, where Umahi was elected as the APC senatorial candidate.
It maintained that Umahi’s election was not challenged by anyone within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 constitution.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released a 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign to be headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the list of members of the council released in Abuja on Saturday,Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Abdullahi Adamu, its National chairman, are to serve as deputy chairmen of the council .
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director General with James Faleke as secretary of the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy director-general (Operations) while Hadiza usman is the deputy director-general (Admin).
The 422-man campaign council has Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), as Vce Chairman and state Coordinator.
Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa-Ibom Governor, is vice chairmen (South-South and Uju Kennedy, the former female APC presidential aspirant is vice chairman South-East. Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa is the Regional Co-ordinator and Chairman for North and his state, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, regional co-ordinator South and Ebonyi; Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River is regional director South-south and Ebonyi.
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu is zonal co-ordinator for South-West and Ondo State; Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello is the zonal co-ordinator for North-central and his state.
Gov. Muhammed Yahaha is zonal co-ordinator for the North-East and Gombe and Gov. Bello Matawalle is the zonal co-ordinator for the North-West and Zamfara.
The list showed that all APC governors are co-ordinators of the presidential council in their respective states and where there was no sitting governors of the party, its governorship candidates were the co-ordinators.
Others appointed were Gov. Yahaha Bello of Kogi as National Youth Co-ordinator, Felix Nicholas, Deputy National Youth Co-ordinator; Festus Keyamo, spokesperson, Chris Tarka, deputy secretary, Gov. Kayode Fayemi is the Co-ordinator for Ekiti State and Adviser Foreign Affairs.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan is made Senior Adviser on strategic planning, Femi Gbajabiamila, Adviser on Legal Matters, Aliyu Wamako, former Sokoto State Governor, Adviser on Special Duties.
Rotimi Amaechi, is adviser on infrastructure; Ibikunle Amosun, adviser on contacts and mobilisation; Dele Alake, Adviser on Media, Communications and Public Affairs.
Others are Abdullahi Ganduje, adviser politcal affairs and Kano coordinator; Nasir El-rufai, coordinator, Kaduna State and senior adviser, policy, strategy and enforcement and Abdulrahaman Danbazzau adviser, strategic engagement.
Faleke, Secretary to the council, advised all nominees to pick their appointment letters on Monday at the APC presidential campaign office.
The PCC with its many directorates would be inaugurated on Sept. 26 at the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Office in Abuja
The Ebonyi Government says it will soon embark on the distribution of free cellophane bags to 5,000 households as part of its waste management strategies.
The Commissioner for Environment, Grant and Donor Agency, Dr Richard Nnabu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki.
Nnabu said that the intention was to reawaken the consciousness of residents toward effective waste disposal.
He further said that the initiative was to sensitise the public on the need for a clean and healthy environment.
He urged the residents to support the initiative to ensure proper refuse evacuation and management.
“The essence of the waste bags is to sensitise the people and encourage them on bagging of waste to avoid possible epidemic.
“We are expecting to reach out to 5,000 households with the bags.
“Health is wealth and health is anchored on environment.
“If your environment is not safe, your health is not guaranteed.
“If our environment is clean, our health is guaranteed,” the commissioner further said.
He said that the state would resume the state-wide sanitation exercise on Saturday, after some years.
He commended Gov. David Umahi for adopting and funding the waste bag distribution initiative.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has said that the inauguration of the newly elected Local Goverment Chairmen and Councillors did not breach the Constitution.
Umahi said this on Thursday during the ceremony held at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, Abakaliki.
He spoke against the backdrop of a Federal High Court judgment of Aug. 25, which nullified the July 31 council elections.
The court held that the exercise contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act. The State Government, however, announced on Aug. 30 that it had secured an Ex-parte Order, which enabled it to perform the inauguration.
He, therefore, said that the inauguration was carried out within the ambit of the law.
“I am obedient to the laws of Nigeria.
“And if it was possible for me, I would elevate the Attorney-General and Commissoner for Justice, Mr Cletus Ofoke, to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“I sought for his legal opinion on the matter and he gave me an impeccable opinion.
“I was not disobedient to such opinion based on the fundamental and constitutional provisions of the country.
“I, therefore, while congratulating the new chairmen, congratulate the judiciary and rule of law,” the governor said.
He described the APC as a party that rewards loyalty and delivers democratic dividend to the people.
He said: “Seven of the outgone chairmen are flying the party’s flag for the state House of Assembly and House of Representatives in the 2023 General Elections.
“The rest have been appointed as Senior Special Assistants to the Governor.
“The other 11 Vice Chairmen have been appointed as State and Local Government Advisory Council members.
” He admonished the new chairmen to live up to their responsibilities.
He further charged them to inaugurate their Legislative Councils on Sept. 2. In a remark, the Attorney-General and Commissoner for Justice justified the inauguration.
He said it was in line with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, especially those covering Local Government Area (LGA).
In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of Ezza North LGA, Chief Moses Nome, expressed gratitude to the government and people of the state for giving them the opportunity to service.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APC clinched the 13 chairmanship and 171 councillorship seats in the election.
However, some members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council boycotted the polls due to the N1 million and N200,000 nomination fees charged for the chairmanship and councillorship seats, respectively.
The group, thereafter, approached the court to nullify the outcome of the polls in a suit No. 1512022. Meanwhile, NAN reports that the governor also on Thursday launched the 2022 Ebonyi empowerment programme.
He also swore in a new Acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Patrick Uhuo.
The Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has emerged ‘Best Governor of the Year’ in the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards.
Zulum defeated three other nominees, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to emerge winner in a 14-day public online voting by Nigerians.
Zulum polled 1,028,469 votes, while his closest rival, Umahi polled 707,245 votes, Wike had 506,518 votes while Makinde came distant fourth with 249, 615 votes.
The Prestigious award, endorsed by the African Union, African Film Institute, would be presented on Nov. 5, in Abuja.
Zulum, who was elected governor in 2019 and was described as a revolutionary governor, who becomes one of Nigeria’s most accomplished leaders within a short period of time.
The prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding impacts of leaders across both the public and private sectors in Nigeria.
It promotes outstanding leaders and personalities whose impacts have been felt in Nigeria’s political, social and economic spheres.
The Award also lauds excellence, achievements, performance, humanitarian activities and philanthropic gestures.
The 2022 edition, the fourth edition would be graced by former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, and key personalities in both the public and private sectors.
A Federal High Court in Abakaliki Thursday nullified the July 30 Local Government Area (LGA) Elections in Ebonyi.
The exercise, which was swept by the All Progressive Party (APC), was conducted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC).
It took place in the 13 LGAs and 171 wards in the state.
However, some members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) boycotted the polls due to the N1 million and N200,000 nomination fees for the chairmanship and councillorship seats, respectively.
The group, thereafter, approached the court in a suit No. 1512022 to nullify the outcome of the polls.
In a judgment, Justice Fatun Riman, declared the elections “null and void.
” Riman described the exercise as undemocratic and unlawful.
Speaking with newsmen after the judgment, the Counsel for the petitioner, Mr Mudi Erhenedi, hailed the court for its “sound judgment”.
Erhenedi said that it was unlawful to conduct the LGA elections “without availing the petitioner with the exact laws meant to regulate the exercise”.
He said: “There are a lot of other issues that are not in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 as Amended.
“The Act says, ‘the procedures for conducting elections into the local government areas by state electoral commissions must comply with that procedure for the election’.
“My position now is that my clients demanded to be availed with this law.
“We wrote to EBSIEC, the House of Assembly and INEC but they refused to provide us with the extant law.
“The law can guide any of the contestants to know when going within or against it during such election,” Erhenedi said.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Roy Nweze, could not be reached for his reaction to the judgement.
Meanwhile, in a reaction to the judgment, Gov. David Umahi urged the law-abiding residents of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses peacefully.
The reaction is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr Chooks Oko, and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki.
“Our lawyers will study the judgement to determine the best way forward.
“My belief in the judiciary as the bastion of justice and equity remains unshaken,” the statement added.
The Federal Government has advised households in Ebonyi to switch from using “dirty” fuels, such as kerosene and firewoods, to the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Mr Dayo Adeshina, the Programme Manager of the National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan, gave the advice on Thursday in Abakaliki during a two-day sensitisation and awareness campaign in the state.
Adeshina said that Ebonyi was one of the 12 pilot states selected for the programme.
According to him, the Federal Government plans to capture over 30 million households in the switch from dirty fuels to LPG.
“This sensitisation is important so that citizens of these pilot states can effectively assimilate the message.
“We are targeting the state governments, LPG industry stakeholders and the people,” he said.
Adeshina said that the Federal Government realised that for the switch to be effective, certain interventions must be provided to actualise desired goals.
“People who cut trees for firewood and use kerosene should have cylinders and stoves, if they should switch to LPG.
“The Federal Government has pledged to inject between five to ten million cylinders within one year and this is very encouraging.
“We are also considering factors which cause increase in the price of the product and decide to domestic the process by encouraging local production.
“There should be reduction in export from some corresponding producers as the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Ltd. has applied to domesticate production.
“There are ongoing discussions with several independent producers as the focus in the past was exportation but is presently domestication,” Adeshina said.
In a remark , Gov. David Umahi thanked the Office of the Vice President, which coordinates the programme, for selecting Ebonyi as one of the 12 pilot states.
Umahi, represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, expressed the hope that the programme would help check the rate of mortality traceable to the use of dirty fuels.
“Household pollution has been blamed for chronic heart diseases, such as stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer, amongst others.
“The LPG, apart from providing clean cooking fuel for households, preventing avoidable deaths, among others, is a panacea for boosting the nation’s economy, which is in urgent need for diversification,” the governor said.
He expressed the state government’s readiness to identify with the campaign because of its health and economic benefits and saving the ecosystem from further depletion.
“I have noted with keen interest, the expected outcome of the LPG expansion programme which would ensure massive job and expanding our Gross Domestic Product through skills transfer,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were tutored on ways of achieving the desired switch to LPG in the state.
Ebonyi donated N18 million to families affected by the collapse of a building at Eke-Aja Market in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
Dr Monday Uzor, Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, stated in Abakaliki on Tuesday that families of those who lost their lives received N3 million each.
“Those who sustained injuries received N2 million each,’’ he stated.
He quoted the deputy governor who represented Gov. David Umahi at the occasion as saying that government empathised with victims Three persons are still receiving treatment at a hospital in Abakaliki, the deputy governor said.
“It is our prayer that it will not happen again in any part of the state.
“Once in a while we find ourselves in an inexplicable circumstance but we should regard it as an act of God, which no man can control,’’ Igwe said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the building collapsed on May 20. Igwe encouraged beneficiaries to make judicious use of the monies to cushion the effects of the unfortunate incident.