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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme SAP Okechukwu a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja saying that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country I watched with rapt attention but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry LCCI last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme SAP s Pocketbook of 1986 The former Vice President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme akin to SAP proponents of yore Whereas one is not against private sector partnership however what we have in surplus are rent seekers and scanty industrialists Therefore I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose he said Okechukwu added Recall that when they came to power in 1999 the Peoples Democratic Party PDP with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation NCP dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance NICON Hilton Hotel Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies For instance Niger Dock a profitable pre privatisation company has 6 000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1 72 billion proceeds allegedly missing Secondly NICON one of Africa s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December 2005 With an asset base of N46 9billion gathered over a 52 year period of operation 30 branches and six regional offices it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC If you ask me His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party and drop Sen Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria s Odinga Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme SAP Okechukwu a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja saying that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country I watched with rapt attention but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry LCCI last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme SAP s Pocketbook of 1986 The former Vice President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme akin to SAP proponents of yore Whereas one is not against private sector partnership however what we have in surplus are rent seekers and scanty industrialists Therefore I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose he said Okechukwu added Recall that when they came to power in 1999 the Peoples Democratic Party PDP with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation NCP dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance NICON Hilton Hotel Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies For instance Niger Dock a profitable pre privatisation company has 6 000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1 72 billion proceeds allegedly missing Secondly NICON one of Africa s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December 2005 With an asset base of N46 9billion gathered over a 52 year period of operation 30 branches and six regional offices it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC If you ask me His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party and drop Sen Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria s Odinga Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG
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    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan, a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP).

    Okechukwu, a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, saying that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country.

    “I watched with rapt attention, but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry (LCCI) last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP)’s Pocketbook of 1986. “The former Vice-President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme, akin to SAP proponents of yore.

    “Whereas, one is not against private sector partnership; however what we have in surplus are rent seekers, and scanty industrialists.

    “Therefore, I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP’s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose,” he said.

    Okechukwu added: “Recall that when they came to power in 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation (NCP) dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance, NICON Hilton Hotel, Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies.

    “For instance, Niger Dock a profitable pre-privatisation company has 6,000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia, today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1.72 billion proceeds allegedly missing.

    “Secondly, NICON one of Africa’s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December, 2005. With an asset base of N46.9billion gathered over a 52-year period of operation, 30 branches and six regional offices, it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry, but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management.

    “I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook.

    Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply.

    Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation.

    ” Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party, before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election.

    “I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC.

    “If you ask me,His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party, and drop Sen. Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria’s Odinga.

    “Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for,” he said.


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  •  The Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says the 2023 general elections in Nigeria will mirror many aspects of the recent presidential poll in the Republic of Kenya among which are electronic transmission of results and expected outcome In a statement on Sunday Okechukwu said the crisis of confidence and mutual suspicion dogging the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP where the national chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu received a controversial vote of confidence from the party s National Executive Committee NEC He regretted what he called the comedy of errors and odd consensus in PDP caused by the unholy alliance between the duo of Ayu and the party s presidential candidate former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to breach the PDP s constitution and by extension the power rotation gentleman agreement that holds Nigeria together According to Okechukwu what Ayu succeeded in doing by retaining the imbalance between the North and South in the PDP and arrogantly refusing to step down from his party s high horse chairmanship is simply to wilfully coronate Abubakar as Nigeria s 2023 version of His Excellency Raila Odinga You will note that after all both Atiku and Raila share a lot in common former Vice Presidents and serial presidential candidates Indeed Ayu has by his nepotism has given us impetus to from henceforth with no harm meant address Nigeria s former Vice President as His Excellency Atiku Odinga he declared The APC chieftain narrated how most patriotic Nigerians waited with high expectations that the 79th PDP National Executive Council will take a profound decision aimed at redressing the North South imbalance by placating the betrayed members of its Southern bloc with the chairmanship But having superimposed nepotism and arrogantly breached PDP Constitution Ayu and Atiku rather propelled the tokenism of swapping the ceremonial BOT chairmanship which was akin to telling a child at a village ceremony that since plates to serve rice have finished he should open his palms to collect his portion Okechukwu stated Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said that PDP has finally convinced Nigerians that they are neither prepared nor interested in building a harmonious united and progressive country Atiku and Ayu have regrettably painted PDP in opaque colour of party of share the money stomach infrastructure and rent seekers by placing their personal interests above national unity I dare say that by this unholy divisive alliance PDP has manipulated itself out of contention for the 2023 general elections hence the Odinga insignia he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ayu crowns Atiku as Nigeria’s Raila Odinga, says VON DG
     The Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says the 2023 general elections in Nigeria will mirror many aspects of the recent presidential poll in the Republic of Kenya among which are electronic transmission of results and expected outcome In a statement on Sunday Okechukwu said the crisis of confidence and mutual suspicion dogging the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP where the national chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu received a controversial vote of confidence from the party s National Executive Committee NEC He regretted what he called the comedy of errors and odd consensus in PDP caused by the unholy alliance between the duo of Ayu and the party s presidential candidate former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to breach the PDP s constitution and by extension the power rotation gentleman agreement that holds Nigeria together According to Okechukwu what Ayu succeeded in doing by retaining the imbalance between the North and South in the PDP and arrogantly refusing to step down from his party s high horse chairmanship is simply to wilfully coronate Abubakar as Nigeria s 2023 version of His Excellency Raila Odinga You will note that after all both Atiku and Raila share a lot in common former Vice Presidents and serial presidential candidates Indeed Ayu has by his nepotism has given us impetus to from henceforth with no harm meant address Nigeria s former Vice President as His Excellency Atiku Odinga he declared The APC chieftain narrated how most patriotic Nigerians waited with high expectations that the 79th PDP National Executive Council will take a profound decision aimed at redressing the North South imbalance by placating the betrayed members of its Southern bloc with the chairmanship But having superimposed nepotism and arrogantly breached PDP Constitution Ayu and Atiku rather propelled the tokenism of swapping the ceremonial BOT chairmanship which was akin to telling a child at a village ceremony that since plates to serve rice have finished he should open his palms to collect his portion Okechukwu stated Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said that PDP has finally convinced Nigerians that they are neither prepared nor interested in building a harmonious united and progressive country Atiku and Ayu have regrettably painted PDP in opaque colour of party of share the money stomach infrastructure and rent seekers by placing their personal interests above national unity I dare say that by this unholy divisive alliance PDP has manipulated itself out of contention for the 2023 general elections hence the Odinga insignia he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ayu crowns Atiku as Nigeria’s Raila Odinga, says VON DG
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    2023: Ayu crowns Atiku as Nigeria’s Raila Odinga, says VON DG

    The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON),Mr Osita Okechukwu says the 2023 general elections in Nigeria will mirror many aspects of the recent presidential poll in the Republic of Kenya, among which are electronic transmission of results and expected outcome.

    In a statement on Sunday, Okechukwu said the crisis of confidence and mutual suspicion dogging the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where the national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, received a controversial vote of confidence from the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

    He regretted what he called the comedy of errors and odd consensus in PDP caused by the unholy alliance between the duo of Ayu and the party’s presidential candidate, former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar, to breach the PDP’s constitution and by extension the power rotation gentleman agreement that holds Nigeria together.

    According to Okechukwu, what Ayu succeeded in doing by retaining the imbalance between the North and South in the PDP and arrogantly refusing to step down from his party’s high horse chairmanship, is simply to wilfully coronate Abubakar, as Nigeria’s 2023 version of His Excellency Raila Odinga.

    “You will note that after all, both Atiku and Raila share a lot in common – former Vice Presidents, and serial presidential candidates.

    Indeed, Ayu has by his nepotism has given us impetus to, from henceforth, with no harm meant, address Nigeria’s former Vice-President as His Excellency Atiku Odinga,” he declared.

    The APC chieftain narrated how most patriotic Nigerians waited with high expectations that the 79th PDP National Executive Council will take a profound decision aimed at redressing the North-South imbalance by placating the betrayed members of its Southern bloc with the chairmanship.

    “But, having superimposed nepotism and arrogantly breached PDP Constitution; Ayu and Atiku rather propelled the tokenism of swapping the ceremonial BOT chairmanship, which was akin to telling a child at a village ceremony that since plates to serve rice have finished, he should open his palms to collect his portion,” Okechukwu stated.

    Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC)said that PDP has finally convinced Nigerians that they are neither prepared nor interested in building a harmonious, united and progressive country.

    “Atiku and Ayu have regrettably painted PDP in opaque colour of party of share the money, stomach infrastructure, and rent seekers; by placing their personal interests above national unity.

    I dare say that by this unholy divisive alliance, PDP has manipulated itself out of contention for the 2023 general elections, hence the Odinga insignia,” he said.


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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON has cautioned Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers against losing out in the current political permutations in the country Okechukwu said this in a statement in Enugu on Friday According to him my take is that Wike is enjoying the moment or what one could easily dub Wike s Wave Methinks it is better enjoyed abroad with less distraction Is it not Nollywood characteristic that he Wike met with the leading big three presidential candidates Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of APC Peter Obi of Labour Party and lastly Atiku Abubakar of PDP My candid advice is that he should not make the mistake of rewarding Atiku Abubukar who betrayed the South and by extension Wike who could have won the PDP presidential primary election This is same Atiku who cruised to victory when only northerners contested in 2018 in Port Harcourt will deliberately rubbish the rotation convention of president from north to south and south to north which governed the 4th Republic Nigeria from inception in 1999 The grave danger of Wike making the gross mistake of going back to Atiku who is now the new sheriff in charge of PDP take my bet is that he will definitely suffer from dagger s syndrome he said Okechukwu also a foundation member of APC alleged that dagger s syndrome would be the fate of Wike if he dares to pull back his dagger which has been drawn therefore he either aligns with Tinubu or Obi According to him on whom between them to choose it is left to his inner circle Each has his own advantage For Asiwaju he will harvest from our APC spread For Obi his constituents and allies maybe more comfortable The truism is that patriots of both north and south are not so happy with the betrayal of the rotation convention by Atiku this made a lot doubt his proclamation of being a unifier He is not a unifier for a unifier cannot breach the constitution of his political party and the federal character principle enunciated in 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Beware of dagger’s syndrome: VON D-G cautions Wike
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON has cautioned Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers against losing out in the current political permutations in the country Okechukwu said this in a statement in Enugu on Friday According to him my take is that Wike is enjoying the moment or what one could easily dub Wike s Wave Methinks it is better enjoyed abroad with less distraction Is it not Nollywood characteristic that he Wike met with the leading big three presidential candidates Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of APC Peter Obi of Labour Party and lastly Atiku Abubakar of PDP My candid advice is that he should not make the mistake of rewarding Atiku Abubukar who betrayed the South and by extension Wike who could have won the PDP presidential primary election This is same Atiku who cruised to victory when only northerners contested in 2018 in Port Harcourt will deliberately rubbish the rotation convention of president from north to south and south to north which governed the 4th Republic Nigeria from inception in 1999 The grave danger of Wike making the gross mistake of going back to Atiku who is now the new sheriff in charge of PDP take my bet is that he will definitely suffer from dagger s syndrome he said Okechukwu also a foundation member of APC alleged that dagger s syndrome would be the fate of Wike if he dares to pull back his dagger which has been drawn therefore he either aligns with Tinubu or Obi According to him on whom between them to choose it is left to his inner circle Each has his own advantage For Asiwaju he will harvest from our APC spread For Obi his constituents and allies maybe more comfortable The truism is that patriots of both north and south are not so happy with the betrayal of the rotation convention by Atiku this made a lot doubt his proclamation of being a unifier He is not a unifier for a unifier cannot breach the constitution of his political party and the federal character principle enunciated in 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Beware of dagger’s syndrome: VON D-G cautions Wike
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    Beware of dagger’s syndrome: VON D-G cautions Wike

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), has cautioned Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, against losing out in the current political permutations in the country.

    Okechukwu said this in a statement in Enugu on Friday.

    According to him, my take is that Wike is enjoying the moment or what one could easily dub Wike’s Wave. Methinks it is better enjoyed abroad with less distraction.

    “Is it not Nollywood characteristic that he (Wike) met with the leading big three presidential candidates – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of APC, Peter Obi of Labour Party and lastly Atiku Abubakar of PDP?

    “My candid advice is that he should not make the mistake of rewarding Atiku Abubukar, who betrayed the South and by extension Wike, who could have won the PDP presidential primary election.

    “This is same Atiku who cruised to victory when only northerners contested in 2018 in Port Harcourt, will deliberately rubbish the rotation convention of president from north to south and south to north which governed the 4th Republic Nigeria from inception in 1999. “The grave danger of Wike making the gross mistake of going back to Atiku, who is now the new sheriff in-charge of PDP, take my bet, is that he will definitely suffer from dagger’s syndrome,” he said.

    Okechukwu, also a foundation member of APC, alleged that dagger’s syndrome would be the fate of Wike, if he dares to pull back his dagger which has been drawn; therefore, he either aligns with Tinubu or Obi. According to him, on whom between them to choose, it is left to his inner circle.

    Each has his own advantage.

    “For Asiwaju, he will harvest from our (APC) spread.

    For Obi, his constituents and allies maybe more comfortable.

    “The truism is that patriots of both north and south are not so happy with the betrayal of the rotation convention by Atiku, this made a lot doubt his proclamation of being a unifier.

    “He is not a unifier, for a unifier cannot breach the constitution of his political party and the federal character principle enunciated in 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.


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  •   FESTAC 77 at 45 VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria VON has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation CBAAC in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977 VON s Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao Director General CBAAC who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday in Abuja This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC 77 has been slated to hold from Dec 5 to Dec 11 with the theme Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation Reliving the Memories of FESTAC 77 Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation s full support and participation He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website Earlier Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC 77 45 and to request for VON s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing Sh however sought VON s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre s Black and African Hall of Fame where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC
      FESTAC 77 at 45 VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria VON has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation CBAAC in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977 VON s Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao Director General CBAAC who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday in Abuja This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC 77 has been slated to hold from Dec 5 to Dec 11 with the theme Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation Reliving the Memories of FESTAC 77 Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation s full support and participation He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website Earlier Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC 77 45 and to request for VON s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing Sh however sought VON s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre s Black and African Hall of Fame where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC
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    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC

    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria (VON) has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation (CBAAC) in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977.VON’s Director-General, Mr Osita Okechukwu, made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao, Director-General, CBAAC, who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday, in Abuja.

    This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC”77 has been slated to hold from Dec. 5 to Dec.11, with the theme “Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Reliving the Memories of FESTAC”77”.

    Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC’s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON.

    He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation’s full support and participation.

    He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website.

    Earlier, Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC’77 @ 45 and to request for VON’s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing.

    Sh,  however,  sought VON’s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December.

    Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre’s Black and African Hall of Fame, where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff.

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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s presidential bid in the 2023 poll will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4 as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South is intended to unite the country After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country he said Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo s statement on the matter I am very much aware that it s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule Obasanjo had stated Consequently Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum Buhari former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader Pa Ayo Adebanjo Gov Wilson Wike Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum Buhari Obasanjo Adebanjo Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north The Northern electorate are very sophisticated they voted for Zik Abiola and Obasanjo Truly take it or leave it Governor Nyesom Wike s main grouse is Atiku s violent breach of PDP s Constitution manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election the Enugu APC chieftain said He added These unifier patriotic forces won t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention and division of north and south Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007 instead of Umaru Musa Yar Adua Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south Atiku has the freedom to cherry pick the laws and convention of his fancy however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier because he failed to adhere to federal character principle which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally This is the yard stick of measurement of character Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen Alhajis Abubukar Rimi Umaru Shinkafi Adamu Ciroma Dr Sola Saraki et al who for equity unity fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999 They placed the unity of Nigeria above self Looking forward to the coming general elections Okechukwu declared Please don t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons One is that Atiku violently breached PDP s Constitution which expressly provided for rotation of power This places in doubt his unifier claim he said Okechukwu added Secondly he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north Then it was the turn of the north not now Thirdly in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt He was the main beneficiary Fourthly Senators Ayu and Adamu both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP amp APC respectively anchored on the sure foot Turn of the South He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy Okechukwu said that Obasanjo s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s presidential bid in the 2023 poll will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4 as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South is intended to unite the country After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country he said Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo s statement on the matter I am very much aware that it s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule Obasanjo had stated Consequently Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum Buhari former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader Pa Ayo Adebanjo Gov Wilson Wike Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum Buhari Obasanjo Adebanjo Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north The Northern electorate are very sophisticated they voted for Zik Abiola and Obasanjo Truly take it or leave it Governor Nyesom Wike s main grouse is Atiku s violent breach of PDP s Constitution manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election the Enugu APC chieftain said He added These unifier patriotic forces won t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention and division of north and south Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007 instead of Umaru Musa Yar Adua Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south Atiku has the freedom to cherry pick the laws and convention of his fancy however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier because he failed to adhere to federal character principle which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally This is the yard stick of measurement of character Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen Alhajis Abubukar Rimi Umaru Shinkafi Adamu Ciroma Dr Sola Saraki et al who for equity unity fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999 They placed the unity of Nigeria above self Looking forward to the coming general elections Okechukwu declared Please don t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons One is that Atiku violently breached PDP s Constitution which expressly provided for rotation of power This places in doubt his unifier claim he said Okechukwu added Secondly he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north Then it was the turn of the north not now Thirdly in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt He was the main beneficiary Fourthly Senators Ayu and Adamu both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP amp APC respectively anchored on the sure foot Turn of the South He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy Okechukwu said that Obasanjo s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG
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    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential bid in the 2023 poll, will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North.

    Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

    He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors’ letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4, as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South, is intended to unite the country.

    “After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.

    “It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party.

    We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country,” he said.

    Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo’s statement on the matter: “I am very much aware that it’s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria.

    I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders.

    I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate.

    “It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule,” Obasanjo had stated.

    Consequently, Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum, Buhari, former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Gov. Wilson Wike, Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South.

    “My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum, Buhari, Obasanjo, Adebanjo, Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south.

    “It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north.

    The Northern electorate are very sophisticated, they voted for Zik, Abiola and Obasanjo.

    “Truly, take it or leave it, Governor Nyesom Wike’s main grouse is Atiku’s violent breach of PDP’s Constitution, manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines.

    “My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election, ” the Enugu APC chieftain said.

    He added: “These unifier patriotic forces won’t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament.

    ” Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for, the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos, if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention, and division of north and south, Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007, instead of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. “Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south.

    Atiku has the freedom to cherry-pick the laws and convention of his fancy; however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier, because he failed to adhere to federal character principle, which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally.

    This is the yard stick of measurement of character.

    “Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen – Alhajis Abubukar Rimi, Umaru Shinkafi, Adamu Ciroma, Dr Sola Saraki et al, who for equity, unity, fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999. They placed the unity of Nigeria above self.

    “Looking forward to the coming general elections, Okechukwu declared: “Please, don’t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons.

    One, is that Atiku violently breached PDP’s Constitution, which expressly provided for rotation of power.

    This places in doubt his unifier claim,” he said.

    Okechukwu added: “Secondly, he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north.

    Then it was the turn of the north, not now.

    “Thirdly, in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field, when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt.

    He was the main beneficiary.

    “Fourthly, Senators Ayu and Adamu, both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP & APC respectively anchored on the sure foot – Turn of the South.

    ” He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South, “which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy.

    ” Okechukwu said that Obasanjo’s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.


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  •  Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears But I know that in the fullness of time contrary to the speculations of spin doctors they would not vote for the former Vice President he said He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023 Our first slogan in APC is change Our mantra is change We will not remain static never We will change whatever is not working All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party the PDP Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim ticket if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku my answer is Capital No No matter what they know he is bringing nothing new to the table Find out Northern Christians do not trust Atiku They know his cherry picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention They also know his ambivalence on religion as demonstrated in the late Deborah s imbroglio in Sokoto which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian Secondly they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together Okechukwu said The Enugu APC chieftain added As a matter of fact without being personal one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF May one ask is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees Thirdly they re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP s Constitution For Atiku rotation convention is north south geopolitically benched only when he wins the president If he fails as in 2019 the rotation convention goal post must be shifted It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018 Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP Hence breached Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach Yes faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion so is rotation convention which bonds north and south and cements inclusion and corporate existence This is why I continue to salute APC s Northern Governors majority of whom unlike PDP s Governors by this noble patriotism restored equity natural justice and national loyalty in our clime If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south to be honest there wouldn t be the imperative of APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket They cannot benefit from their negligence I stand to be contradicted Okechukwu stated emphatically On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister was more powerful than Vice President when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently how powerful Abba Kyari of blessed memory was as Chief of Staff to the President Therefore Christians nationwide should give APC another chance He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed tribe and tongue I maintain that the next APC s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter In fact it is only President Buhari s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98 of abandoned and ongoing roads rails and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria both at federal state and local councils for over five decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG
     Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears But I know that in the fullness of time contrary to the speculations of spin doctors they would not vote for the former Vice President he said He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023 Our first slogan in APC is change Our mantra is change We will not remain static never We will change whatever is not working All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party the PDP Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim ticket if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku my answer is Capital No No matter what they know he is bringing nothing new to the table Find out Northern Christians do not trust Atiku They know his cherry picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention They also know his ambivalence on religion as demonstrated in the late Deborah s imbroglio in Sokoto which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian Secondly they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together Okechukwu said The Enugu APC chieftain added As a matter of fact without being personal one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF May one ask is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees Thirdly they re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP s Constitution For Atiku rotation convention is north south geopolitically benched only when he wins the president If he fails as in 2019 the rotation convention goal post must be shifted It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018 Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP Hence breached Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach Yes faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion so is rotation convention which bonds north and south and cements inclusion and corporate existence This is why I continue to salute APC s Northern Governors majority of whom unlike PDP s Governors by this noble patriotism restored equity natural justice and national loyalty in our clime If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south to be honest there wouldn t be the imperative of APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket They cannot benefit from their negligence I stand to be contradicted Okechukwu stated emphatically On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister was more powerful than Vice President when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently how powerful Abba Kyari of blessed memory was as Chief of Staff to the President Therefore Christians nationwide should give APC another chance He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed tribe and tongue I maintain that the next APC s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter In fact it is only President Buhari s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98 of abandoned and ongoing roads rails and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria both at federal state and local councils for over five decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG
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    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu, says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

    Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

    Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket, Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears.

    “But I know that in the fullness of time, contrary to the speculations of spin doctors, they would not vote for the former Vice President,” he said.

    He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today, they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023. “Our first slogan in APC is change.

    Our mantra is change.

    We will not remain static, never.

    We will change whatever is not working.

    All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party, the PDP.

    “Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket; if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku, my answer is ‘Capital No’.

    No matter what, they know he is bringing nothing new to the table.

    “Find out, Northern Christians do not trust Atiku.

    They know his cherry-picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention.

    They also know his ambivalence on religion, as demonstrated in the late Deborah’s imbroglio in Sokoto, which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian.

    “Secondly, they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas’ DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry.

    Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together,” Okechukwu said.

    The Enugu APC chieftain added:“As a matter of fact, without being personal, one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse, that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF).

    “May one ask, is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn’t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for?

    Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees?

    ” “Thirdly, they’re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP’s Constitution.

    For Atiku rotation convention is north-south geopolitically benched, only when he wins the president.

    If he fails as in 2019, the rotation convention goal post must be shifted.

    “It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018, Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt.

    “But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention, arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP?

    Hence breached Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution.

    Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach.

    ” “Yes, faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion, so is rotation convention which bonds north and south, and cements inclusion and corporate existence.

    This is why I continue to salute APC’s Northern Governors, majority of whom unlike PDP’s Governors by this noble patriotism, restored equity, natural justice and national loyalty in our clime.

    “If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south, to be honest there wouldn’t be the imperative of APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket.

    They cannot benefit from their negligence.

    I stand to be contradicted,” Okechukwu stated emphatically.

    On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government, Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight, assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President.

    “We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister, was more powerful than Vice President, when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently, how powerful Abba Kyari (of blessed memory) was as Chief of Staff to the President.

    Therefore, Christians nationwide should give APC another chance.

    ” He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu’s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State, describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed, tribe and tongue.

    “I maintain that the next APC’s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration, contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood.

    ” He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter.

    “In fact, it is only President Buhari’s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98% of abandoned and ongoing roads, rails, and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria, both at federal, state and local councils for over five decades.


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  •   The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable transparent and efficient But in a statement on Thursday Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006 were allegedly stolen under his watch The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation s number two citizen Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo s testimonies on Atiku his ambivalence on late Deborah s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47 32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them Thus violently breached Section 162 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which states Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly he said Okechukwu added One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development but poverty creation According to Okechukwu His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC s honeypot is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before Recall that Atiku had in his statement said I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable transparent and efficient The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision But today I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made Atiku added that I hope I ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world class company in the mold of the NLNG Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil where Nigerians and institutions will invest in NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
      The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable transparent and efficient But in a statement on Thursday Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006 were allegedly stolen under his watch The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation s number two citizen Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo s testimonies on Atiku his ambivalence on late Deborah s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47 32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them Thus violently breached Section 162 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which states Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly he said Okechukwu added One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development but poverty creation According to Okechukwu His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC s honeypot is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before Recall that Atiku had in his statement said I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable transparent and efficient The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision But today I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made Atiku added that I hope I ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world class company in the mold of the NLNG Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil where Nigerians and institutions will invest in NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
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    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu

    The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday, the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable, transparent and efficient.

    But in a statement on Thursday, Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President, wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku’s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006, were allegedly stolen under his watch.

    The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation’s number two citizen.

    “Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo’s testimonies on Atiku, his ambivalence on late Deborah’s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement.

    “How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts?” “One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47.32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them.

    “Thus, violently breached Section 162{3} of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which states, “Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” he said.

    Okechukwu added:”One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation.

    “The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock, Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development, but poverty creation.” According to Okechukwu, His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC’s honeypot, is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts.

    He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before.

    Recall that Atiku had in his statement said:“I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable, transparent, and efficient.

    The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision.

    “But today, I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made.” Atiku added that, “I hope I’ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world-class company in the mold of the NLNG, Aramco of Saudi Arabia, and Petrobras of Brazil, where Nigerians and institutions will invest in.”

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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON has applauded Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for picking Sen Kashim Shettima as his All Progressives Congress APC running mate for 2023 presidential poll Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday On the choice of Distinguished Sen Kissim Shettima as Vice Presidential Candidate methinks it is an excellent joint ticket An excellent joint ticket because Shettima is transparent man of action and capable as Asiwaju pointed out He did well as governor of Borno and did a good pick as a successor in the person of Prof Umara Zulum On the issue of Muslim Muslim ticket as a Christian one would had preferred Muslim Christian ticket however there was the likely input of Northern Governors who are staunch supporters of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu he said Okechukwu added And as a veteran politician Asiwaju must had weighed all the options among which is competence capability and reliability and sterling qualities must had guided his choice The good news is that both are moderate Muslims not ultra Muslims NewsSourceCredit NAN
    VON DG applauds Tinubu on choice of Shettima as running mate
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON has applauded Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for picking Sen Kashim Shettima as his All Progressives Congress APC running mate for 2023 presidential poll Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday On the choice of Distinguished Sen Kissim Shettima as Vice Presidential Candidate methinks it is an excellent joint ticket An excellent joint ticket because Shettima is transparent man of action and capable as Asiwaju pointed out He did well as governor of Borno and did a good pick as a successor in the person of Prof Umara Zulum On the issue of Muslim Muslim ticket as a Christian one would had preferred Muslim Christian ticket however there was the likely input of Northern Governors who are staunch supporters of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu he said Okechukwu added And as a veteran politician Asiwaju must had weighed all the options among which is competence capability and reliability and sterling qualities must had guided his choice The good news is that both are moderate Muslims not ultra Muslims NewsSourceCredit NAN
    VON DG applauds Tinubu on choice of Shettima as running mate
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    VON DG applauds Tinubu on choice of Shettima as running mate

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) has applauded Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for picking Sen. Kashim Shettima as his All Progressives Congress (APC) running mate for 2023 presidential poll.Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the APC said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. “On the choice of Distinguished Sen. Kissim Shettima as Vice Presidential Candidate; methinks it is an excellent joint ticket.“An excellent joint ticket because Shettima is transparent, man of action and capable as Asiwaju pointed out. “He did well as governor of Borno and did a good pick as a successor in the person of Prof. Umara Zulum.“On the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket, as a Christian one would had preferred Muslim-Christian ticket; however there was the likely input of Northern Governors who are staunch supporters of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.Okechukwu added: And as a veteran politician Asiwaju must had weighed all the options among which is competence, capability and reliability and sterling qualities must had guided his choice.“The good news is that both are moderate Muslims, not ultra Muslims.”NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Alhaji Nura Kangiwa the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR has called on Nigerians to promote local foods and cuisines in order to attract foreign investors Kangiwa made the call at a dinner in Abuja on Saturday night to mark the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day which had as theme Placing Nigerian food on International Map According to him food tourism is a critical sector which will attract investors to Nigeria The population is growing we need to improvise ways of providing food to the world so as to avoid starvation But we should be responsible in promoting tourism to avoid endangering the environment There are some endangered species no matter how much you desire eating them you have to put into consideration that you are not forcing them into extinction So you have to have a rethink on refraining from eating them An example of such is the bush meat which is going into extinction It is time to put ourselves together and see how we can have an alternative he said Kangiwa also stressed that celebrating Gastronomy Day revolves around creating employment through food production and promoting responsible consumption The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day ended with awards given to key players in the tourism industry Some of the NIHOTOUR fellowship awardees were Chief Nike Okundaye an adire textile designer and Mrs Ifeoma Anyanwutaku the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture Others were Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka Osolo of Isolo Alhaji Samaila Mera Emir of Argungu and King Appolus Chu Oneh Eh Nchia X of Eleme Kingdom among others Among dignitaries at the occasion were Mr Buki Ponle Managing Director of NAN Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director National Film and Video Censors Board and Mr H E Cui Jianchun the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria Others were Mr Otunba Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture and Mr Osita Okechukwu Director General of Voice of Nigeria Highlights of the event were the unveiling of NIHOTOUR logo for the Gastronomy Food Festival as well as presentation of prizes to winners in the cooking competition www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How to attract investors through promotion of local foods-NIHOTOUR boss
     Alhaji Nura Kangiwa the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR has called on Nigerians to promote local foods and cuisines in order to attract foreign investors Kangiwa made the call at a dinner in Abuja on Saturday night to mark the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day which had as theme Placing Nigerian food on International Map According to him food tourism is a critical sector which will attract investors to Nigeria The population is growing we need to improvise ways of providing food to the world so as to avoid starvation But we should be responsible in promoting tourism to avoid endangering the environment There are some endangered species no matter how much you desire eating them you have to put into consideration that you are not forcing them into extinction So you have to have a rethink on refraining from eating them An example of such is the bush meat which is going into extinction It is time to put ourselves together and see how we can have an alternative he said Kangiwa also stressed that celebrating Gastronomy Day revolves around creating employment through food production and promoting responsible consumption The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day ended with awards given to key players in the tourism industry Some of the NIHOTOUR fellowship awardees were Chief Nike Okundaye an adire textile designer and Mrs Ifeoma Anyanwutaku the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture Others were Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka Osolo of Isolo Alhaji Samaila Mera Emir of Argungu and King Appolus Chu Oneh Eh Nchia X of Eleme Kingdom among others Among dignitaries at the occasion were Mr Buki Ponle Managing Director of NAN Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director National Film and Video Censors Board and Mr H E Cui Jianchun the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria Others were Mr Otunba Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture and Mr Osita Okechukwu Director General of Voice of Nigeria Highlights of the event were the unveiling of NIHOTOUR logo for the Gastronomy Food Festival as well as presentation of prizes to winners in the cooking competition www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How to attract investors through promotion of local foods-NIHOTOUR boss
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    How to attract investors through promotion of local foods-NIHOTOUR boss

    Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has called on Nigerians to promote local foods and cuisines in order to attract foreign investors.

    Kangiwa made the call at a dinner in Abuja on Saturday night to mark the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day which had as theme: ” Placing Nigerian food on International Map.”

    According to him, food tourism is a critical sector which will attract investors to Nigeria.

    ” The population is growing, we need to improvise ways of providing food to the world so as to avoid starvation.

    ” But we should be responsible in promoting tourism to avoid endangering the environment.

    ” There are some endangered species, no matter how much you desire eating them, you have to put into consideration that you are not forcing them into extinction.

    “So you have to have a rethink on refraining from eating them. An example of such is the bush meat which is going into extinction.

    ” It is time to put ourselves together and see how we can have an alternative,” he said.

    Kangiwa also stressed that celebrating ‘Gastronomy Day’ revolves around creating employment through food production and promoting responsible consumption.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day ended with awards given to key players in the tourism industry.

    Some of the NIHOTOUR fellowship awardees were Chief Nike Okundaye, an adire textile designer and Mrs Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture.

    Others were Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, Osolo of Isolo; Alhaji Samaila Mera, Emir of Argungu and King Appolus Chu, Oneh-Eh Nchia X of Eleme Kingdom among others.

    Among dignitaries at the occasion were Mr Buki Ponle, Managing Director of  NAN, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board and Mr H.E Cui Jianchun, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria.

    Others were Mr Otunba Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture and Mr Osita Okechukwu, Director General of Voice of Nigeria.

    Highlights of the event were the unveiling of NIHOTOUR logo for the Gastronomy Food Festival as well as presentation of prizes to winners in the cooking competition. www.nanews.ng


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  •   The Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says that the just concluded All Progressives Congress APC national convention has proved nay sayers wrong and those that thought that the party will implode Okechukwu a foundation member of APC told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that the party emerged stronger and united after the very peaceful convention held for two days in Abuja He said that the recent move by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu APC presidential flag bearer to personally visit other aspirants that contested with him with the message of APC won is already bringing all members together The convention remains one of the best I have personally witnessed in my over 40 years of political career The presidential primary was peaceful transparent and clean devoid of ethno religious and sectional sentiments APC did not implode as predicted by nay sayers and other people who had predicted that we would disintegrate at the end of the convention The convention had a marvelous and excellent outcome as we hoisted the national unity flag in the presidential primary convention While our party s presidential flag bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won as a pan Nigerian candidate and not on sectional or ethno religious inclinations he said Okechukwu also commended Tinubu and every member of APC for a well deserved victory at the convention I must also commend northern governors and political stakeholders who insisted that the rotation convention between the north and south should be maintained in order to engender national unity he added NAN
    APC more united after national convention – Okechukwu
      The Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says that the just concluded All Progressives Congress APC national convention has proved nay sayers wrong and those that thought that the party will implode Okechukwu a foundation member of APC told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that the party emerged stronger and united after the very peaceful convention held for two days in Abuja He said that the recent move by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu APC presidential flag bearer to personally visit other aspirants that contested with him with the message of APC won is already bringing all members together The convention remains one of the best I have personally witnessed in my over 40 years of political career The presidential primary was peaceful transparent and clean devoid of ethno religious and sectional sentiments APC did not implode as predicted by nay sayers and other people who had predicted that we would disintegrate at the end of the convention The convention had a marvelous and excellent outcome as we hoisted the national unity flag in the presidential primary convention While our party s presidential flag bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won as a pan Nigerian candidate and not on sectional or ethno religious inclinations he said Okechukwu also commended Tinubu and every member of APC for a well deserved victory at the convention I must also commend northern governors and political stakeholders who insisted that the rotation convention between the north and south should be maintained in order to engender national unity he added NAN
    APC more united after national convention – Okechukwu
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    APC more united after national convention – Okechukwu

     The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, says that the just-concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention has proved nay sayers wrong and those that thought that the party will implode.

    Okechukwu, a foundation member of APC, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that the party emerged stronger and united after the “very peaceful” convention held for two days in Abuja.

    He said that the recent move by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, APC presidential flag bearer to personally visit other aspirants that contested with him with the message of “APC won” is already bringing all members together.

    “The convention remains one of the best I have personally witnessed in my over 40 years of political career.

    “The presidential primary was peaceful, transparent and clean, devoid of ethno-religious and sectional sentiments.

    “APC did not implode as predicted by nay sayers and other people who had predicted that we would disintegrate at the end of the convention.

    “The convention had a marvelous and excellent outcome, as we hoisted the national unity flag in the presidential primary convention.

    “While our party’s presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won as a pan Nigerian candidate and not on sectional or ethno-religious inclinations,” he said.

    Okechukwu also commended Tinubu and every member of APC for a well deserved victory at the convention.

    “I must also commend northern governors and political stakeholders who insisted that the rotation convention between the north and south should be maintained in order to engender national unity,” he added. (

    (NAN)