Labour Party in Abia State says the Peoples Democratic Party-led Abia State Government is incompetent and not capable of protecting the goose that lays the golden revenue eggs in the Ariaria International Market, Aba.
The Deputy Governorship candidate of the party in the 2023 general election, Ikechukwu Emetu, stated this Tuesday evening at the Ariaria International Market, Aba, while inspecting the damages caused by flood and commiserating with traders who lost goods worth billions of naira following Saturday’s torrential rain that over flooded the A-Line section of the market.
Addressing the traders, Emetu described it as “painful to see you trade under the mess around.”
He further lamented that, “Abia is God’s Own State, but I see nothing godly about this place. We are tired of being overtaken by other states. Go to Ebonyi State and see what international markets in other states look like. Is our God different from that of Ebonyi State?
“These people are criminals. You pay your taxes and levies and don’t see what you pay for. It is a mess that Ariaria is like this. What is the essence of your paying? It is painful that the destruction of goods happened, but it is a collective problem.
A good government should make sure that those who pay taxes should be happy. It is funny to state that those affected should not pay taxes, but for how many years?”
He added, “Ariaria International Market is too rich to take care of roads in Aba which is less than 6 kilometres round. Ariaria is an International Market, but I don’t see anything international about it. The market is in a mess but people are still collecting money from traders there. It is a shame.”
He warned the traders that after the rains, dry season will come, stating “they may come to patch the A-Line road. After that, the rains will come again and destroy your goods more. Are you not tired?”
He pleaded with the traders not to forget what is happening now with their goods, disclosing that “Ngwa road, Ariaria and other roads in Aba are in a mess”.
Addressing the press later, Emetu said, “Traders pay over N21,000.00 each every year in addition to other levies. It is disheartening that after payment, the government will subject them to an unhealthy environment.
“This is due to incompetence on the part of Abia State Government. Dr. Alex Otti has the solution to these problems when he becomes the governor”.
Also speaking, the LP candidate for Aba North and South, Emeka Nnamani, described the flood problem in Ariaria as “due to lack of planning without high necessity for flood control and it appears that there is no government presence in that area. It is too appalling.
“The opportunity to change their work is in their hands”, he said and urged them to make the right choice by voting for Labour Party.
Recounting his ugly experience, a trader, Anyanwu Augustine, said the Saturday rain destroyed about 8,000 pairs of shoes worth about N6 million, while another is recuperating in a hospital after he lost about N1.6m worth of books that Saturday.
Sources said a customer paid him for the books and he packaged them for onward delivery but lost them to the flood and fainted on hearing the news.
Islamic Cleric Justifies APC Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket
An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Daimagoro, has said that there is nothing wrong in the pairing of a Muslim candidate with another Muslim deputy candidate adopted by the All Progressives Congress in its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
Danmaigoro, while speaking at a prayer session organised in honour of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, in Ilorin on Monday cited the recent election of two Christians as governor and deputy governor in Osun State, which he noted as an attestation to the propriety of the Muslim- Muslim presidential ticket of the APC.
Danmaigoro noted that the people of Osun State jettisoned religious sentiments by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party’s Christian-Christian ticket in the governorship election.
“If there is nothing wrong in the people of Osun State voting for the PDP’s Christian-Christian ticket, then there is nothing wrong in Nigerians supporting the presidential candidate of the APC and his running mate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kassim Shettima who are both Muslims.
“What should be paramount in the minds of Nigerians is the election of capable hand as the nation’s next president and Tinubu has all it takes to make Nigeria great again,” the cleric said.
Though the event was meant to mark the birthday of a former Commissioner in the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commision, AlhAbdulHameed Sambo, it was turned to a prayer ground for both Governor AbdulRazaq and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.
Dignitaries that graced the event included the special Adviser on Strategy to Kwara State governor, Saadu Salahu; a former state lawmaker, Barr. Bamidele Aluko; the chairman of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki; APC stalwart, Alh. Baba Adefalu; Brigadier- General Agbabiaka; and a retired permanent secretary in the state, Alhaja Mopelola AbdulRahman; amongst others.
Adeleke Makes First Appointments As Osun Governor
The newly sworn-in Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, made his first appointment as he named Rasheed Olawale as his Chief Press Secretary.
Adeleke also approved the appointment of Kazeem Akinleye as his Chief of Staff and Teslim Igbalaye as the Secretary to the State Government.
The appointments, according to the governor, take immediate effect.
Adeleke, who was sworn in on Sunday froze all government accounts and also reversed the state’s name from the State of Osun to Osun State.
The ‘Dancing Senator’ as he is called accused his predecessor Gboyega Oyetola of taking some malicious actions against him including the appointment of permanent secretaries.
Adeleke thus ordered the “immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions. Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets. An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after the 17th of July 2022.
“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, Osun State. All government insignia, correspondences, and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the governorship election in July floored Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who sought reelection as governor. The PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 local government and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC candidate has since dragged the winner to the election tribunal over alleged electoral malfeasance.
BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy
The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.