Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to make winning trophies a habit as they head back to Istanbul — the scene of one of the club’s greatest triumphs — to take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.
The Anfield club memorably defeated AC Milan on penalties to win the Champions League by the Bosphorus back in 2005, and now they face Chelsea in the Turkish city after becoming European champions for the sixth time in June.
The traditional curtain-raiser to the European season may not be taken entirely seriously by everyone, but neither club will turn their noses up at the chance of lifting more silverware, with Liverpool having just ended a seven-year trophy drought and Frank Lampard eager to kickstart his Chelsea managerial career.
The clubs have already won the competition four times between them, but nine of the last 10 winners of the Super Cup have come from Spain.
Among the other protagonists on Wednesday will be Stephanie Frappart, with the French official becoming the first woman to referee a major men’s match in European competition.
Frappart will nevertheless be happy to stay out of the limelight once the match at the Vodafone Park, home of Besiktas, kicks off, with Liverpool favourites against a Chelsea side reeling from their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in their Premier League opener.
– Alisson blow –
After losing on penalties to Manchester City in the Community Shield, Liverpool began their league campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win over Norwich City with Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi all scoring.
However, that result was somewhat overshadowed by the loss of Alisson Becker, with Klopp confirming the formidable Brazil goalkeeper will be out for a while with a calf injury.
“I don’t want to make now (an) exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see,” he told the club’s website.
Spaniard Adrian will deputise in Alisson’s absence, and Klopp is hopeful his team can build on their win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid.
“Stay greedy. That’s very important — I have no doubt about that, but it’s clear that we have to do that,” Klopp told UEFA.com when asked how his side could build on that success.
Reds fans will also be tempted by the possibility of a third successive Champions League final appearance, back in Istanbul at the end of the campaign.
Equally, they will hope the Super Cup can be the prelude to their side finally going all the way in the Premier League.
“We don’t want to just stop at the Champions League, that’s all we’ve won as a group of players,” Andy Robertson told the club’s website.
“We want more but we know how hard that’s going to be. This is our next opportunity to do so and it’d be great if we can take it.”
– Chelsea reeling –
Chelsea secured their place in this fixture thanks to their comprehensive victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final, but much has changed since then.
Coach Maurizio Sarri and star player Eden Hazard have left, and club legend Lampard is now in charge, handed the reins at Stamford Bridge despite just one season’s managerial experience in the second tier with Derby County.
The prospect of winning a trophy in just his second competitive match with the London club will be an enticing one, although they could be forgiven for coming into this match with a sense of trepidation after their hammering at Old Trafford.
It will be interesting to see if Lampard keeps faith with the likes of youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham here.
“We know that we can improve. We have to face it, take responsibility and move forward. We have a trophy to fight for on Wednesday against a good team and we have to be ready for it,” Cesar Azpilicueta said after Sunday’s defeat.
One week after Sunday alldaygist published a story in which investigation revealed that no fewer than One 133 highways across Nigeria are under kidnappers and bandits siege, some victims, in this package, speak on their harrowing experiences on some of the roads.
Only last Wednesday, 28 travelers along one of the fingered roads, Ikere Ekiti – Akure road, were abducted by gunmen. This happened four days after the Nigerian Army claimed to have deployed drones in Ekiti and Ondo states to fish out kidnappers terrorizing the two states.
The survivors’ stories: Bandits on 133 highways Dr. Adole Omale, a senior lecturer at Baze University, Abuja, narrates his traumatic experience after he was captured by some gunmen on the highway around Ajaokuta while traveling from Abuja to his village in Benue State.
The former President of the Student Union Government at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria claims he spent four days in the kidnapper’s den before he was released after his family paid N2million ransom to the kidnappers. Tell us your experience in the hands of highway kidnappers. I was kidnapped in Ajaokuta, Kogi State while on my way to my village.
It was a Monday. Normally I travel through Makurdi to Ookpa in Ogbadibo local government area of Benue State. But the shortest route is Lokoja through Aloma junction to Otukpa. On this particular day, I was traveling with my niece, a painter and a tiler. I left Abuja at about 8 am and got to Lokoja at about 10 am. I did one or two things in Lokoja and continued on my journey.
After Ajaokuta Steel Complex, I noticed some men ahead of us dressed in military camouflage. I wondered what such a large number of military personnel were doing in the middle of nowhere. As I approached them, I discovered that one of the men in military uniform was hooded, so I slowed down. Immediately, I started hearing gunshots around me.
I looked at the rear viewing mirror and saw another group of about ten men in military uniform. I informed the people in the car that we had a bad company. I pulled to the side of the road and parked the car. The two groups in my front and the rear started to approach me. I handed over my car key to them when they got to where we were parked. They ransacked my car and took whatever they wanted. One of them tugged at my niece and said he had found a wife.
I intervened and pulled my niece away from them. Some of the men dealt several blows on me until their leader asked them to stop. The leader commanded my niece and the painter in my team to run away. When my niece and the painter had run away, I and the tiler were handed over to a group of ten and we were commanded to follow them into the bush. We trekked for more than two hours and anytime I enquired where we were going, they would hit me with the butt of their guns. We trekked until we got to a stream where we were asked to sit. It was at that stage that I was told that I had been kidnapped. After waiting for a while, we started moving again.
What I noticed was that they were very organized. Anytime we approached a major road, we would be asked to jump across. I guess they wanted to obliterate our footsteps so that whenever anybody wanted to trace them, he will be lost. We followed cow routes majorly. We trekked from the around 1 pm when we were kidnapped to about 8 pm when we got to a small rocky place. I told them I wanted to speak with my wife. After a while, they brought biscuits and water. Then we rested for a while and started trekking again until we got to our final destination.
I was told to call my people to arrange an N100million ransom. I explained to them that I was a lecturer and that there was no way I could mobilize that kind of money. I was subjected to serious beating for saying I did not have that kind of money. They asked me how much could I bring? I told them I could mobilize N1m. At the mention of N1m, they gave me more beating. They asked me to tell my wife to pick my car at the police station and sell it. They informed me that the police had come to pick my car and that at least the car was worth more than N2million.
What I found very curious was that though most of them appeared to be illiterates and spoke mostly Fulfulde, one of our abductors appeared well informed. He hacked into my phone which had a password and read my messages and Facebook posts. He asked me my views about religion and politics. I told them I believe there is only one God and everybody worships Him. We talked about politics and they lamented how their people were suffering because of government neglect. After much argument, they accepted that I should arrange N2million.
They told me that they were not looking for people of my type but big-time Igbo businessmen who don’t waste time in bringing the money once they are kidnapped. They said they would have released me but it was against their tradition because once you were in their custody, you must pay the ransom On the third day, my people had raised the N2million ransom money and set out from Abuja to Lokoja.
On getting to Lokoja, my brother who was bringing the money called the kidnappers but they told him that since it was already dark, he should sleep in Lokoja because they don’t operate in the dark. I was scared that another group of bad guys may steal the money from my brother but they assured me that they were in charge of that area. So I was breathing fast until the following daylight.
Barely five hours a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of $8,435,788.84 (Eight Million Four Hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Eight Dollars Eighty-Four Cents) and N9.
1billion (Nine Billion One Hundred and Eighty Five Million Three Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand Three Hundred and twenty Five Naira Fifty Three Kobo), traced to the wife of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pleaded with the National Assembly to invoke its power under sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to recover cumulatively the sums of N26.7trillion, $322m, and N500 billion allegedly missing under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch.
Buhari In a statement signed by kola ologbondiyan, the Party’s publicity secretary, obtained by Vanguard, PDP urged NASS to investigate the widespread insecurity, economic depression, treasury looting, abuse of office and violations that stamped the Buhari-led administration since May 2015.
The statement reads thus: “We urge the federal legislature to protect the interest of millions of suffering Nigerians by invoking its powers under sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to recover the over N14 trillion stolen by government officials and leaders of the APC in the last four years.
Buhari’s London trip: APC, Presidency seeking to vacate the 1999 constitution. The PDP holds that legislative action has become imperative, as the @MBuhari Presidency has failed to give a cogent explanation on the alleged looting of over N9 trillion through sleazy oil contracts as detailed in the leaked @NNPCgroup memo; a situation that directly points to officials culpability.
Nigerians also want the @nassnigeria to investigate the issues surrounding the reported stealing of N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil using 18 unregistered companies, as well as the alleged looting of over N2.6 trillion in the shady oil subsidy regime. The @OfficialPDPNig urges the @nassnigeria to also investigate the alleged siphoning of $322m repatriated funds as well as the trillions of naira stolen under shady projects such as the ‘tradermoni’ project, among others.
The party notes that only recently, the wife of Mr. President, @aishambuhari, raised the alarm that over N500 billion meant for poverty alleviation under the @OfficialAPCNg-led government did not get to the designated beneficiaries.
The @OfficialPDPNig holds that the humongous looting under the @MBuhari administration is directly responsible for the economic hardship Nigerians have been subjected to in the last four years. Our party, therefore, urges the @nassnigeria to save the nation by recovering and channeling the stolen funds towards the welfare of Nigerians, while the culprits face the law.”
The Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on Tuesday, said that he discovered his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, has left bitter legacies, people of the state would not want to be associated with.
Ihedioha and Okorocha The governor’s Chief of Staff, Chris Okewulonu, through his Media Adviser, Kennedy Eweama, spoke in Owerri, while reacting to a claim by Okorocha, that the Ihedioha’s government has launched destruction of his (Okorocha) legacies.
Ihedioha insisted that he would follow due process in addressing what he said were the “problems” created by Okorocha as it regards any form of mismanagement of the state resources, adding that by Okorocha’s policies and programs the people of the state, were further impoverished in eight years. Nursing school students fault Okorocha’s aide on invasion, He said that his priority in the rebuild IMO project, included ending the eight years traumatic experience of IMO people in the hand of Okorocha, by reviving and making functional all sectors of the economy of the state, in order to boost the revenue generation of Imo state.
He started by saying “Okorocha’s statement is a calculated and cheap gimmick aimed at distracting the governor in order to cajole him into succumbing to the baseless accusations of a witch hunt by his predecessor so as to create a leeway for him to escape accounting for his eight years of horrific stewardship as governor of Imo State. “In this case, Okorocha only left sordid and bitter legacies IMO people do not wish to be associated with. Therefore, there is nothing that could be called Okorocha’s legacies worth destroying.
It is a well-known fact that Okorocha is being haunted by his inglorious activities as governor of Imo for eight wasted years.
Governor Ihedioha is very busy seeking for ways of addressing the multi-faceted socio-economic and political quagmire Okorocha’s glaring eight years of misrule has foisted on the state, such that he has no time to bother himself with Okorocha’s pettiness and empty lamentations.
He continued: “It is ludicrous that Okorocha has now begun to hallucinate and see the apparition of Governor Ihedioha even in his dreams when in actual fact, the governor has left him to the judgment of rule of law and Imo people.
It is axiomatic that only the guilty are afraid and that accounts for Okorocha’s panicky disposition and mental state at the moment. “As a Democrat, Governor Ihedioha would allow probity, accountability, due process and rule of law to prevail in addressing the multi-dimensional problems associated with Okorocha.
Okorocha never foresaw himself abdicating the seat of power in IMO. He was very boastful and believed Imo was a conquered territory by him. He embraced the leadership philosophy of discredited African despots and unleashed the same on Imo people.
It was his view that “The tide has divinely changed and he is now afraid that his past perfidious deeds are fast catching up with him, hence he sees Governor Ihedioha’s apparition everywhere he goes. “Instead of being sober and show remorse for the psychological and economic trauma he caused IMO people, Okorocha still wants them to continue clapping for him. That is unbridled arrogance.
A call on Nigerians to repent, plan well to abolish corruption.
According to Philip Emeagwali, the Onitsha born computer wizard, and founder of internet service who based in America. The problem of Africa is consuming what they cannot produce, and producing what they cannot produce.in other words, Africans have a conspicuous problem of lack of proper planning on how to live well.
It is a popular saying that lack “if you fail to plan, you have to plan to fail ” since the exit of the colonial masters, African leaders fall short of good plans towards liberating the continent from the shackles of poverty, hunger, disease, and suffering. Nigerian even as the giant of the continent is a typical example of African failure.
As noted, the failure Nigerian is not unconnected with a lack of proper planning. since nigerian’s independence 1960, the leaders of the giant of Africa had consistently failed to look ahead, see ahead and plan ahead with a view to dodge devil’s lies and put the country in a strong and stronger position to face the challenges of a developing nation.
Since the decade of the 1970s Nigerians never surmounted any challenge disturbing the country. Take the following examples: first is education. As the population of children increases, the need to provide quality education overwhelming the country completely. Today Nigerian has the highest number of out of school children in sub-Saharan Africa.
On the other hand, some Nigerian parents prefer to export their children to foreign countries where they could access quality education.
Secondly is human health. From the decades of 1970 health challenges overwhelmed Nigerian completely following the outbreak of diseases like malaria ,sexually transmitted diseases,diabetes,hypertension,cancer ,stroke and many others in epidemic proportions .today there is no hope in sight for quality health care delivery in Nigeria in the next fifty years except a drastic action is taken as a matter of urgency. Thirdly is the bad road encircled the nation. From the decade of the 1990s, the volume vehicular movement increased and thus, the road was overstretched into dilapidation and total collapse. Roads built in the 1980s are no longer memorable because there was no plan for maintenance. Nigerian is struggling with terribly bad roads at this age when road transport is no longer a popular means of transportation fourth is electrical. As the volume of electricity consumption increased, Nigeria was again overwhelmed because there were no plans for sustainable improvement of the existing facilities and development of new source.fifth is the economy because the oil which is the country’s main source revenue is surplus in the market, the country’s economy doomed into recession. these woes bedeviling the country subsequent upon corruption and lack of proper planning. The question now is what is the way forward the answer is for people to repent, dig deep in thinking and plan well in acting.we have to think and look beyond the box normal people should cease be docile and stereotype.
The truth at the moment is that the normal things we do day by day, our normal lifestyle and dealing have failed to take us where we belong. The box which includes the institution we confine ourselves and various levels of leadership that drives us has failed to take us where we belong. The box and normal have failed to galvanize us into a cohesive force for national development and nation building.
Signs of our failure are as clear as crystal, and the world is watching with keen interest to see how far we can go in devising means to make things better for the nation and the people in it. We are the ones to do it. We should not expect the savior from the moon. Addressing the African Union(AU) in Ethiopia, Obama told us that Africans should end corruption, poverty, and suffering in Africa. because we are the champion of our own cause.
A Nigerian most profitable and remarkable actress named tonto dike said she was born and brought up in portharcourt river state, into a large family. she’s not only an actress though equally a model, movie producer, and a benevolence creature. actress tonto dike said she was born on 9th June 1985, and she’s currently 34 in 2019, she added that they were 7 in their family, two who are from her stepmother, while five from her own biological mother. she stated that she is the third child of the family and she is tender age when her mother passed on.
according to what tonto dike said, she said although that her mother died, she never felt being cheated nor pondering about her mother’s demise, because her stepmother was treating her equally with her own children. she declared her stepmother as the best mother who God just sent to take care of her as if she knew that her mother will die so sudden. Tonto dike said that she later proceed her education into her native community where she obtained her primary and secondary school certificates, first school living and ssce respectively. then she moves on to the University of science and technology, to study petrochemical chemical engineering, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.
Tonto dike said she has this passionate passion for acting which made her to take part in new reality show, that occur one time ago,which is a talent show organised by Nigerian movie industry to know who they will enroll in Nollywood industry,though she didn’t win,but yet she made her self in due to the kind of love she has for play and movie, even the day of the show, most Nigerians love her personal position in the movie, she evenly received a special trophy from the producer and was liked by the producer, which she later got connected to movie industry
ACTING CAREER OF TONTO DIKE
she said that after she was officially enrolled in Nollywood, that her first movie was “Holy Cross” which she featured peter edochie and gym ikechukwu
in 2011 tonto dike showed up “dirty secrete” which broadly bring her to the limelight, she features late, Muna obiekwe. her movie gone viral on the internet, which made most nigerians to like her explicit movie plays.
so far on tonto dike filmography, she has acted more than 30 movies in the nollywood industry, which featured almost Nigerian talented and most prominent actors and actresses in Nigeria, her countless service made her prominent in the eyes of beholders.
PERSONAL AND MATRIMONIAL LIFE OF TONTO DIKE
Tonto dike and her personal life have become an unbearable thing that has broken her early marriage to one Olusegun Obasanjo.
Tonto dike got married to Churchill in Lagos state, Churchill is a nephew to formal Nigerian president Mr. Olusegun obasanjo.. they both got married in Lagos state where they did their marriage and other activities that followed up, though unfortunately, things did not go well, on account of misunderstanding that rose between both of them, which made tonto dike divorce him and remained unmarried, however she gave birth to a baby boy named king Andre churchil
although according to the report that wreck their marriage, Tonto dike said that her husband Churchill was the cause of their marriage break up, she said that Churchill never truly love her, that he legally married her because of her wealth and popularity she contrived to acquire. she openly said that Churchill does beat her up every day, and there was a day she was severely injured by churchil, which made her to spent thousand of a penny for her medication.she also added that Churchill was responsible for the STD that she had earlier.
Tonto dike said that Churchill cheats on her, and he is also abusive to humanity, she hated him so much for everything he does.report said that Churchill denied tonto dike access from seeing her son king ardre, and it pains her so much for not seeing her own son which she loves so much.
THE SURPRISING MESSAGE I SHARED TO DEADBEAT DADDYS AROUND THE UNIVERSE
tonto said that she had a message for the dead beat daddy, she broadly said that 16th June marks the day which fathers celebrate their day with a plague of joy and merriment, she said happy fathers day to all the dads in this planet earth’
Tonto dike said that while she was busy sending messages on Instagram and all the social media at large, that she saw a message coming from her ex-husband Churchill, and she discovered that the message was composed for her son king and her husband himself with lots of photos which he uploaded on social media.
the divorce between these two has taken the overall pages in tabloid and some blog website at large over several years. Tonto dike said she made outrageous claims against her husband which made him be mad at her’
tonto said she had this strange feeling that her ex-husband Churchill is an internet fraudster and equally a ritualist, she made a clear video where she reveals their matrimonial problem on how her marriage turns from good to bad, from excitement to sorrow, that she never expected this kind of marriage lifestyle, that had it been she knew that churches this nefarious, she ought not to marry him, she added the kind of suffering she passed before the birth of their son king church.
she said that even before she gave birth to the king, that she had suspected Churchill to be a YAHOO boy, not until she came back from London where she gave to his son.
on a very good day, when she came back from work she heard an odd noise coming from Churchill room, because he is living in penthouse while she is living under, so she went upstair to know what is happening in his husband’s room, because she knew that Churchill did not suppose to be at home in that time of the day. so when she opened her husband door, she saw a man wearing a red garment all over his body, a laptop and different types of candles with flames of fires, though she was not frighted about what she saw,instead she started laughing just to end up everything,but yet Churchill gave her a beaten of her life.
HOW I HAD RECENTLY CELEBRATED MY 34TH BIRTHDAY WITH MY SON ANDRE, TONTO DIKE SAID
marking it 16th June 2019 tonto dike had recently celebrated her 24th birthday with her son king Andre and friends who appreciated to be present at the venue where all the activities took place,Tonto dike wore a sexy garment that showed off her sexy body, with her son whom she dressed in a transparent and addressable attire, which almost attracted the attention her guests. my 34th birthday is a wonderful and most profitable because I received a lot of gifts and well-ornamented cakes from my friends and well-wishers.
am so excited, and I wish all my birthday lifetime shall remain the same, and may redeemer grant my companions success.
WHAT A HUGE SHAMEFUL THING I HAD GOTTEN TO MYSELF, TOOTOO DIKE SAID
Tonto dike had said earlier about her self-esteem on how she feels regarding how men are, and their personalities at large, she said that men are evil, and can never tell you the real fact behind them, until the day the egg spills, she openly said that she’s shameful, and regrets why she accepted Churchill olakunle at the first place.
had it been that future tells how it would be, I shouldn’t have done that kind of mistake. Tonto dike said that most of these Nollywood actresses had found it difficult to get married,which if they see any dude that ask their hands in marriage, they will jump in without doing some finding to know actually the full background of the family they are entering until they see the ugly side of the matrimonial life, when she will be maltreated and embarrass and show it up in social media for public caricature.
she said, that she was lured by Churchill to marry him when he had given her a substantial fallacy about his cunning profile, not knowing that the man is a yahoo man who claimed to have own many companies and industries in Lagos Nigeria.
dike reportedly said that she paid for their wedding traditional marriage which took place in Lagos,even the hostel were lodged that she paid for it too, she loudly said that she is responsible for her son school fees and clothing, that since Churchill is caring for his own biological son, that she will change his son surname to her own maiden name.
HOW I SWITCHED MY NAME FROM TONTO DIKE TO KING TOTOO WOW—TONTO DIKE
I have ultimately switched my name from tonto dike to king tonto, she said, that she has officially switched her name from tonto dike to king tonto which had announced in social media with her new name. she said that she is no more tonto dike olakunle Churchill but king tonto, that everyone should refer her like that, I cannot stay and bear a shameful name of that lier Churchill.
HOW GRACE AMA DRAGGED ME, SAYING THAT AM INDISCIPLINE AND IMMORAL
Ama grace has finally disgraced me before the individual to purposely wreck my image and dignity, and even on social media at large. Ama grace said that I am not qualified to be called a celebrity that is a disgrace to the human race, that am immature, immoral and indiscipline, she bluntly said all those things because of one a man on facebook called mike nliam who blasted a company makes tonto dike his ambassador, due to the kind of comment people were making on facebook respecting what happened that made ama grace to abashed me.
IMAGINE BOBRISKY SAID HE CAN KILL FOR ME
Tonto dike said that Idris okuneye, popularly known as brobrisky, have cried out for the kind of love that he has for her on public figures which have gone viral on Facebook. She said that bobrisky has been showing care and affection ever since he knew him, that he has been sending her pictures on snap chat, Facebook, Instagram and even videos of his attires and booty body. Tonto dike have said numerous things about what bobrisky hah said regarding her beauty.. he said baby you are my everything, without you am nothing, you are just like a twin sister to me and very bright like me.
TONTO DIKE VOICED OUT HOW SHE WAS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH MIIKE AMOKACHI
Totoo has finally said that she had gotten a new lover in Nigeria which has driven a lot of joy and happiness toward her. Mike amokachi who is a prominent and popular international businessman who is also known as a bull. Mike amokachi had been in a romantic relationship with her, to the extent that they showed it off in a Chinese restaurant in Lagos state where they danced and rocked together in a romantic way, tontoo said that ever she had broken up with Churchill olakunle, that she had been at ease since then, until she met with mike amokachi who showed her affection on how it used to be in relationship, which made her develop this feeling toward him.
HOW I SAVAGED NIGERIAN COMEDIAN FUNNY BONE FOR DARING TO COUNCIL ME ABOUT CHURCHIL OLAKUNLE
Tontoo dike said, imagine a whole nigerian comedian funny bone advising me about my ex husband churchil olakunle. Tontoo dike said she had declared publicly and on social media about her husband,that he can’t even last longer on bed, that he’s suffering from premature ejaculation,that ever she had married him,that she had not enjoyed long lasted love affair with him, which had made him lonely for a long time.
She openly said that Churchill olakunle is the son of the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo’s gardener. Which irritates funny bone that made him attack tontoo, while tontoo dike replied back by insulting him, giving him all sorts of name. tontoo said that her husband is an imbecile who kept on approving interview to wreck her personality.
Nigerian actress tontoo dike told funny bone, where is that your stinking mouth when her husband came and married her together with Azuka, approving interviews every four days.
Governor, Willie obiano of Anambra state avowed commitment to provide sustained security in the state and logistics support to the security agencies as well as a continuous review of strategy by the state commissioner of police Samuel okuala, have ensured total security of the state. the new Onitsha area commander, Abubakar Yahaya, told newsmen in Onitsha during the weekend that they have been able to achieve this degree of security in the state Onitsha it’s environed due to the logistic and moral support of governor willie obiano to the security outfits in the state particularly, the police. Yahaya who is an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) said the support of the commissioner of police who has consistently reviewed strategy put in place to meet security challenges and make necessary adjustments have equally helped in ensuring that criminals are kept in check.
He said given the unique and strategic position of upper iweka, they have put in more policemen especially undercover agents to secure the area and ensure that travelers are not molested by hoodlums.
The area commander noted the modest achievements they have recorded including the renovation of his office within so short period, was by sheer hard work and God’s grace, saying that he puts his boys on toes to ensure that no nook and crannies in the area command were left unguarded.
He also lauded the partnership with the people of Onitsha and its environs, saying in this ember month, the Anambra state command has set up operation keep moving for all vehicles in all the roads in the state not only to congest the roads but also to discourage criminals from taking undue advantage of congestion on the roads to strike.
This operational order for ember months has continuously been hammered that all sons and daughters of Anambra state are free to come home for their Christmas and new year.
He, however, said that they are not static but proactive measures to surprise the criminals, by engaging in a materialized parade, stop and search, through which they detect and arrest offenders.
The cp has continuously hammered it. All sons and daughters of Anambra state are free to come home for their chrismas and new year.in this area command, it is comprehensive policing he said.
He warned the members of neighborhood watch in the state who go out of their mandate to bear arms, that they have no right to bear such arms as well as arrest, detain, torture and dabble into civil matters, stressing that they have hammered on that in their interface with them.
He said although there have been positive changes, there have been cases of neighborhood watch operative abusing their mandate, resulting in murder cases, in which arrests have been made items recovered and the state criminal investigation department is handling the cases.
He, however, denied any knowledge of the torture intimidation and indiscriminate arrests by his men, stating that there has been no official report to his office of such case so far,I have no official report of what you are alleging,the victim should report to me or to the divisional police officers(DPO)and equally prove their cases beyond every doubt.
since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, zoning political offices to a particular place by political parties have been fully part of democracy in 1999, two leading political parties, the people’s democratic party PDP and the all people’s party APP zoned the office of the presidency to the southwest.at that point ,PDP and APP considered moving the presidency to the southwest to appease the Yoruba region following the death of MKO Abiola who died while on struggle to president the following June 12 1993 president election which Abiola claimed that he won but victory was denied by annulment election by General Ibrahim Babangida, the military head of state then.
like the abiola factor, there are other factors that naturally propel political parties to practice zoning notably among the factors is marginalization. zoning is tacitly accepted to checkmate marginalization and ensure fairness and equity in the system.at the presidency should be allowed to move across the six geopolitical zones as the office is not the birthright of any zone, at the state levels,some states embraced zoning allowing the office of the governor to rotate across the three senatorial zones of the state; Enugu, for instance, is a leading light in this direction.
the PDP as the ruling party in the coal city-state allowed zoning to prevail giving room for all the senatorial zones of the state to take a shot at the lion building.
the all progressive congress APC also zoned the governorship election seat to nsukka senatorial zone in 2015 by nominating okay ezea from igboeze south local government area as its standard bearer. ezea eventually lost to Ifeanyi ugwuanyi the candidate of PDP from udenu local government area.
However, unlike Enugu, some states are seriously contending with the issue of zoning and rotation of power one of the states is Anambra state. Although the light of the nation, the state is on the part of zoning at the moment the issue is on the card ahead of the 2017 governorship election in the state.
It is not clear whether zoning will stand the test time and fully take its cause considering the interest of political gladiator gunning for the governorship seat from various parts of the state.
In 2013 former governor Peter Obi pulled the trigger to move the seat to the north using his incumbent powers and might ,Obi put it to the leadership of all progressive party grand alliance APGA, that it should be fair enough to zone the office of governor to the north being the only senatorial zone that yet to taste the government house in awka.
According to the former governor, it is fair to have somebody from central succeed him after his eight-year reign and considering the fact that two former governors namely chukwuemeka EZEIFE and clement chinwoke mbadinuju were from south ,it is fair for the people from north to produce the governor in 2013,That was how Willie obiano emerged the candidate for APGA and subsequently became the Anambra governor.
The PDP, either by omission or commission also went to Anambra north to raise its candidate for the 2013 contest.
The party brought out former state chairman of the party who was also a former president of national association Nigerian students NANS comrade tony nwoye to face to face abiano and others at the 2013 governorship poll.
The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria ACN which joined other parties that eventually metamorphosed the APC settled the central zone by nominating senator Chris ngige for the 2013 battle.
Ahead of the 2013 contest the issue of zoning and rotation of power appear to be at stake more than ever,While the ruling party APGA has stuck its neck on north and thus rooting for governor obianor’s second term in office ,nobody knows where the pendulums of the other notable parties the PDP and APC would swing.
With the names of senator andy uba and Walter ubaka Okeke from south, former road safety chief and one time aviation, minister osita chidoka from central and others being linked to the 2017 race under the platform Alex obi ogbolu an outstanding governorship aspirant from Onitsha under the PDP with in-depth knowledge of Anambra challenges and solutions will have senator uba Okeke chidoke and others to contend with for the PDP ticket. Dr ogbolu, a product of UNILAG, who is on his third missionary journey in the race having run for it in 2010 and 2019 respectively is banking on zoning to clinch the PDP ticket.
On the part of APC, there are names such as senator Uche ekwunife from central with George muoghalu and barth nwibe from south.with these names and possibly others on the card for the APC ticket, the issue of zoning and rotation of power would be a daunting task in APC. two politicians Dr. Chike Chike obidigbo an industrialist who was a functional candidate of APGA in 2013 governorship race and tony nwoye are said to be eyeing the APC ticket for the governorship race from the north. Either of this two could coast hoDr obidigbo,who is equally the proprietor of osisioma foundation and a champion of zoning who recently dumped APGA for APC with some members of his foundation has severally said that it is unfair for ndi Anambra to allow central zone to take a total of eleven years, allow the south to take seven years and not allow the north to take its full share on the seat.
AMATAS voice gathered that obidigbo’s defection to APC may not be unconnected with his desire of a sound candidate for the party from the north for the 2013 race. Followers of the umunya born industrialist is rooting for his candidacy in APC as such would guarantee the issue of zoning and rotation of power in the party.
Another factor that cannot be overemphasized on the issue is the interest of former governor of the central bank of Nigeria CBN chief is not linked yet with any party for 2017 race, he remains a bride and one may not be surprised if one the notable parties goes for his hands in marriage race.
A competent source confides to the AMATAS voice that APGA stakeholders from old aguata which included aguata orumba north and south local government area may approach soludo to plead with him me with the APC ticket if the party decides to go north on the principle of zoning and rotation of power.
His excellence governor obiano announced huge project after rain halts
as the 2017 governorship election season in Anambra state approaches, the re-election hopes governor willie obiano at the weekend received a major boost with an endorsement by all the communities in the old aguata region. the endorsement handed down to him at a grand reception organized in his honor by these communities at ekwulobia town stadium, aguata council area saw the communities that were drawn from aguata, orumba north,orumba south ,part of aniocha and Nnewi south council at state, and control more than 40 percent of the total population of the entire state speak in governor willie obiano favor in unison.
the governor was also conferred with the chieftaincy, by the traditional ruler in the region at the occasion .it was well attended by all the big wigs in the region including the formal Nigerian vice-president of the nation Alex ekwueme,former governor ,doctor chukwuemeka ezeife amongst others
it was also used to honor eminent dons and daughters of the region who distinguished themselves in various sphere of human endeavor.
the visibly elated governor thanked the people immensely for the honor and their support towards his administration .he restated his commitment towards fulfilling his social contract with ndi Anambra state.
governor obiano declared that the state government will commence aggressive and nefarious construction of roads in the roads in the rain recedes.
the former governor, doctor ezeife, in his remark commended the governor for his impressive security initiative which has made the state the safest in the country.
he also praised his coordinated approach toward development and stressed the need for people of the region in particular and the general to be united so as to remain a formidable force to reckon with in the political arena.
the chairman of the reception organizing committee, chief Titus anigbogu said the ever marks a milestone in the quest for political equity in the state, adding that the governor has justified the mandate given him by ndi Anambra despite prevailing harsh economic times and as such deserves a second term in office.
a member of the state assembly representing aguata one constituency, Dr ikechukwu the provost, nwafor orizu college of education,nsugbe, Dr ego Eugenie and a community leader from achina, chiefdom Eze in their comments observed that such events which organized and rewards excellence and service to humanity. will guarantee that the reign continues to produce persons of integrity in the future.
Overbearing state govt interest blamed suspended indefinitely
For the second time in five days, the effort by members of the inter-party advisory council (IPAC) comprising of the Anambra state chapter chairman of the various registered political parties to elect a new executive to oversee its affair in Anambra state was bitterly stalemated.
The council which hitherto had two parallel factional executives when the executive at the national level broke into two irreconcilable factions shortly after the 2015 general elections, had attempted last Friday, Sept 23, 2016, to bury the hatchet without success.
The move, according to the spokesman and chairman of the people’s democratic party PDP, prince ken emeakayi was because of the national executive structure.
But at the follow-up meeting held at best western hotels awka sept 27,2016, to mend fences and patch things up, the party chiefs differences appeared unresolved, hence settling for 7-man interim executive while the election was postponed indefinitely.
An unconfirmed source alleged that the all progressive grand alliance (APGA)led state government’s moves to muscle the council into acting its script was the reason for stalemate.
Though the state chairman of the APGA, chief Norbert obi at the meeting, he remained taciturn about the deliberations. He was however nominated to head the interim executive alongside six others including chairman of the hope democratic party, chief Sam oraegbunam, and a Nollywood star who is the chairman of the advance Congress for Democrats (ACD), Obiageri Kate Okafor. The source noted that the posture has shown that both officers would not be running for the next IPAC chairman, especially chief obi, who political watcher noted have not been taken into confidence in the scheme of things by the gov willie obiano administration. He was described as a mere paper chairman who was dumped the way the former state chairman of all progressive Congress (APC) Chief Amaechi obidike who resigned his position to help build the obiano leadership .but had been ignominiously relegated to near oblivion.
In a resolution readout to journalist shortly after the meeting, the PDP chairman, the prince ken emeakayi revealed plans by the council to organize political summit the state soon.
He stated that the meeting resolved also to postpone their election indefinitely to enable members to do deeper and wider consultations with their individual parties structures and followers.
He said that the unification of the two former factions had been achieved, but that there was still need for all go back for wider consultation before the election holds.
The members of the interim management team included Norbert obi, Kate Okafor, Akudo chinwendu, Peter okala, Bartho igwedibia, Chief Sam oraegbunam, and Nelson ihenatuorah. Those appointed into the committee for the proposed political summit include emekayi, Barr Emeka ibe of APC, luke ezeanokwasi of the Labour party, omeife omaife,ikechukwu nwekwe, Dr. Sylvester igwilo, and Mr onuka. Describing the day’s deliberation as peaceful fruitful and interactive,emeakayi denied the allegation that there were moves imposed anyone on them, and there was no issue of misappropriation of any money, claiming he was hearing it for the first time