People Living With Disability Root For APGA’s Frank Nweke Jr.
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Enugu State chapter, has lauded the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Frank Nweke Jr. for specially inviting and according them equally special recognition at the occasion of the unveiling of his manifesto on Saturday at the Kobb Civic Center, Polo Park Enugu.
According to the Enugu State chapter Chairman of the Association, Onyebuchi Mbah, that laudable gesture by Frank Nweke Jr. amounts to the sort of inclusiveness they have yearned for over the years. More so, APGA has chosen to carry them along not only in terms of governance but also in the process of election.
In his words:
“We are glad to see APGA as a party that recognizes persons with disabilities in the state. That is why we are here. We have not had it this way, that a political party would deliberately involve persons with disabilities, identify with them and be able to carry them along in such a manner. That is why we are excited.
“We know Frank Nweke Jr. We heard much about him during his days in Abuja as a federal minister. Having him in Enugu as a guber candidate is not a new thing to us because his name has been out there in the public. We know him from the fact that ever since he came into Nigeria politics till this very moment, we have never had of any corruption allegation against him. That alone goes a long way to tell you that he is a man of character and a man that can be trusted having been tested at that federal level.”
Stressing that Nweke Jr. has all it takes to lead Enugu State come 2013, Mr. Mbah added that part of the groups advocacy is to seek out the party with the right ideologies on issues affecting peoples with disabilities. They seek one who would give them a voice in Enugu State government, who would recognize persons with disabilities, not on the charity based approach, but on the human rights based approach that would accord them equal rights as full citizens of the state like every other person in the society.
There is no doubt they have found such person in Frank Nweke Jr., the governorship flag-bearer of APGA, the political party of the people – nke a bu nke anyi.
Abia Police Decry Attack On Officers
The Abia State Police Command has alleged that an attack on their men by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra resulted in the death of five members of the terrorist group.
The claim is contained in a statement by the Command’s PRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, on behalf of Police Commissioner Mustapha Bala.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that five members of the group were shot dead in Osusu Aba on Friday as they were on a procession across Aba.
Some of the residents said the group was protesting peacefully without disturbance.
An eyewitness, Chinomso Aka, said the group was protesting continued detention of the group leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday when the incident happened.
Meanwhile, Bala said, “On March 31, 2023 around 11:45am, policemen in show of force within Aba metropolis came under attack by proscribed IPOB/ESN members.
“They were armed with petrol bombs, machetes, battle axes and other dangerous weapons.
“The attack was repelled by the police operatives with minimal casualties while majority of the hoodlums scampered for safety.
“However, normalcy has returned in the area.”
The Command, therefore, warned any person or group intending to scuttle the relative peace enjoyed in the state to rethink such an idea.
Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.
He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.
Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts
Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.
Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.
The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.
In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.
Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.
He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.
Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.
He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.