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OROGUN INDIGENES, APC, EXPOSE FALSEHOOD ABOUT PDP’S CLAIM OF 5, 000 DECAMPEES, SAYS OKOWA’S GOVT. NOT EXISTENT IN COMMUNITY 

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Contrary to the claims by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s media aides that thousands of persons decamped from the All ProgressivesCongress, APC to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, investigations by our reporter show that what happened at Orogun on Saturday October 14 was simply a ruse.

While one of Okowa’s media said there were five thousand APC decampees, another said three thousand. The factual distortions first established the falsehood and propaganda inherent in the claims.

It was also gathered that only a handful of persons numbering about fifty were at the purported crossover ceremony and it was a HIRED CROWD from neighbouring communities, certainly not from Orogun. The other persons who formed the gathering that gave the false impression that thousands decamped, were actually Okowa’s followers who followed him all the way from Asaba.

A massive crowd of loyalists and party faithful who thronged the streets of Orogun and marched in unison to pay a solidarity visit to the Senator representing Delta Central in the Nigeria Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in his residence in Orogun, just days after the purported decamping of the so claimed 5, 000 APC members decamping to PDP, effectively put a seal on the lie and affirmed once and for all that Orogun was and still is for APC and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was fully on ground and in control.

 

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Eyewitnesses said people in Orogun could not have trooped out, talk less of decamping to PDP on the said day. Feelers from the community show that the people are angry with  the government of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who they allege has done nothing to improve their lives, either through empowerment or provision of social infrastructure.

According to them, the Okowa administration is virtually non-existent in Orogun and its environs as the past two years of his administration has left the people in the worst forms of neglect and frustration.

Fuming, a youth of the community, Sunday Umukoro said, “if the cheap propaganda by Okowa’s incompetent media aides was concocted to embarrass our own Senator, the plot was a woeful failure”

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According to him, on that same day as early as 7 o’clock in the morning, to the pleasant surprise of Omo-Agege, the people of Orogun community made up of three villages, not wanting to associate with Okowa who they heard was heading their way for the said decamping, gathered in Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s house in solidarity. Men and women, old and young were all there in thousands from dawn to dusk.

Another member of the community who responded to the inquiries of our Correspondent, said the decamping story does not in any way affect the confidence in Senator Omo-Agege. “Obaisi did not even notice them. We were all at the Urhobo House in Ughelli where he once again carried out a highly successful empowerment programme for the people of his constituency. He gave tricycles, sewing machines, block moulding machines.

Why would he be worried over the infinitesimal movement of someone who was never a registered member of the All Progressive Congress? Or the coming of the Governor who the people shunned his visit to stand with their own with all joy?”

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Moving to Orogun community, according to our reporter who visited as at 5pm, hours after Governor Okowa had gone with his entourage, the people were still singing and dancing at the compound of the Senator.

When a dancing youth was asked questions on the purported decamping of 5,000 people, he replied, ” pictures do not lie! You have seen all of us here uptil this moment. Let them show you the pictures of the said Orogun people”.

An APC faithful, Evangelist Felix Ogbajini challenged the Governor to invest his time in more ‘fruitful’ ventures other than the “arranged” decampees.

“Rather than bandying lies, we strongly advise the Okowa’s spin doctors to worry about his battered credibility, clannishness and corrupt leadership.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on his own should in all sincerity be concerned about how to provide Deltans with good governance and delivering the dividends of democracy. Delta state has a lot of challenges especially under him. For example, the issue of the blank 2017 budget is there waiting for him to address.

Ogbajini alleged that the present state administration has impoverished Deltans more than ever experienced, in spite of the Governor’s prosperity for all mantra. He said Okowa should be worried that the people are lagging far behind even with the funds that have come into the state within the last two years.

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“Okowa should be taking a trip round the state to see the death traps the roads he claimed to have worked on with billions of naira have become, not this dance of shame in Orogun with his sycophants.

Has he given a thought to the minds of the people over the sale of Delta Line, stopping of scholarship, WAEC fees, nonpayment of salaries, using of DESOPADEC as a conduit pipe etc? He should if he hasn’t”.

On his part, Senator Omo-Agege who appeared unperturbed by the story,  assured the people of Orogun and all Urhobos of Delta Central Senatorial District, that he will continue to provide vibrant, effective and result-oriented representation.

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DUMO LULU-BRIGGS BAGS “EXTRAORDINARY LOVER OF HUMANITY” AWARD FROM HERITAGE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION, DEDICATES HONOUR TO RIVERS PEOPLE

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Distinguished Rivers born philanthropist and well respected socio-cultural advocate, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs has been conferred with the highly coveted ‘Extraordinary Lover of Humanity’ Award by the prestigious Heritage for life Foundation, the globally recognized Non-Governmental Organisation, founded for the sole purpose of enhancing the progression and the appreciation of the arts and culture in Nigeria, with the main objective of educating and mentoring the younger generation and creating a global atmosphere where they can thrive and reach their full potential.

The award ceremony took place on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Muson Centre, Lagos State, Nigeria and Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, decked out majestically in his now synonymous and resplendent traditional Woko attire with Bowler hat to match, received the meritorious Award with great humility, from the Chairman of the Event, a distinguished industrialist and role model, as well as a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom) and an award honouree of the Foundation himself, Dr. Christopher Kolade, CON.

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A congratulatory statement issued by the Grand Rivers Alliance, GRA, a pan-Rivers State socio/political group, and signed by its Chairman Rt. Hon. Iyk Oji, JP, warmly felicitated with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, whom the group described as, “our brother, friend and leading chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC Rivers State, on his meritorious award as “Extraordinary Lover of Humanity”, by the Heritage For Life Foundation.”

According to the statement, the group said that, “We are happy that the selfless philanthropy of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has received the recognition of the Heritage for Life Foundation…The fact that our own Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs has been so recognized and deemed worthy of such a prestigious award by an organization whose vision is to build a true legacy by which future generations would be raised and nurtured into worthwhile adults in a vibrant society, did not come to us as a surprise, as we have followed his impressive trajectory of uncensored philanthropy, humanitarian deeds, youth empowerment and knowledge based initiatives over the years, with satisfaction.”

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The statement which further expressed the profound appreciation of the group to  the Heritage for Life Foundation for identifying the sterling qualities of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to confer him with the award and honour, equally prayed that the good Lord will always bless the distinguished business mogul and frontline Rivers politician with grace, guide and protect him at all times, enlarge his coast with greater wisdom, humane kindness and divine abundance and give him a long, prosperous and fulfilled life, as he continues to touch lives, spread joy and bring hope for the peoples.

Expressing his gratitude for the prestigious award by the Heritage for Life Foundation, the award recipient, in a statement issued by Uche Woke, his Special Media Assistant affirmed that, “Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs appreciates the honour and has extended his heartfelt thoughts of goodwill to Rivers sons and daughters who are struggling through thick and thin to make a living and to the wives of God, the windows. He prays God to instil in all men the spirit of love, oneness and empathy and to remind us to always be of help to the needy. God bless Rivers State, God bless Nigeria and God bless you all,” the statement concluded.

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Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, with the conferment of this prestigious award, joins a distinguished list of outstanding and legendary Nigerians, whose names and great deeds have already been etched in the annals of the country’s chronicles, including Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth), Chief Obafemi Awolowo GCFR (Former Nigerian Nationalist-Posthumous), Chief H.I.D Awolowo (Posthumous -Matriarch of the Awolowo Dynasty), Chief (Mrs.) Leila Fowler (Proprietress, Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls), Otunba (Dr.) Micheal Olasubomi Balogun CON (Group Chairman , First City Group Limited), Chief Henry Kanu Offorny OFR (First African Executive Director of shell production Nigeria -Posthumous) and Dr Felix Ohiwerei OFR (Former Chairman of the Nigerian Breweries), all of whom have been past recipients of the ‘Extraordinary Lover of Humanity Award’   over the years.

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FINANCIAL RELIEF AS NWAOBI GIVES SCHOLARSHIPS TO 24 INDIGENT UNDERGRADUATES ** RECEIVES 5009 RETURNEE POLITICIANS TO PDP IN ANIOCHA NORTH

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Joy laden with emotions, praises and prayers were part of actions that culminated in the ecstatic moment when Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi, Member representing Aniocha North Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, doled out millions to give scholarships to 24 indigent and less privileged undergraduates of Aniocha North origin, studying in various tertiary institutions across the country.

Nwaobi, alongside the Chairman of the occasion who doubles as the Delta North Senatorial PDP Chairman, Chief Moses Iduh, presented the cheques of N100,000.00 each to the beneficiaries at the Oligbo Royal Palace ground, Issele-Uku, venue of the presentation of cheques to beneficiaries of 2017 edition of Hon. Emeka Nwaobi’s Scholarship Scheme, which held on the 7th of October, 2017.

In an emotion stricken appearance, one out of the 24 beneficiaries who responded with thanks to Hon. Nwaobi’s gesture, Miss Bidokwu Juliet, said, “Hon. Emeka Nwaobi has lifted a major burden of school fees and purchase of books from our parents. The scholarship of N100,000.00 to us will go a long way in paying school fees and solving other major academic challenges like accommodation and text books. It beat my imagination when I heard I was selected without being a member of a political party or having anything to do with politics. We are grateful, and it is our prayer that God will replenish him and keep him victorious in all his endeavours”.

nwaobi2The Chairman of the Day, Hon. Iduh posited that he was not surprised at what Nwaobi could do as someone who is Godly and passionate about turning around the fortunes for the downtrodden.

Iduh clearly stated that Nwaobi has done more than enough, as he continued to hold sway  in the House of Assembly, adding that God can never make mistakes having divinely returned his mandate to him.

The Chairman affirmed that Nwaobi had performed based on the giant strides evidence on the ground and had been able to attract state government’s presence to Aniocha North to the extent that almost all the communities are developmentally touched.

Overwhelmed by the accolades and intermittent ovations for him, Nwaobi returned all glory to God, the giver of power and grace.

He said that the scholarships scheme for the indigent in the society was part of what he promised God that he will continue to do from inception as a Member of the Delta State House of Assembly, stating that in spite of economic recession and loads of pressures he would not deviate from that divine agreement he entered into with God.

The man popularly referred to as the ‘Oji Chukwu Bulu-Uzor’ said, that since he has been working in line with that divine agreement to use his monthly salaries in feeding indigent people in Aniocha North Constituency, God has also given him the grace to sustain his scholarship scheme for the less privileged undergraduates from Aniocha North, which he said is part of his empowerment Programmes.

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Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee for the Actualization of Hon. Nwaobi’s Scholarships Scheme for 2017, Monsignor Buchi Aninye, represented by Prince Dr. Henry Emelue who is also a member, has commended the Honourable Member, while giving account of their unbiased work.

According to him, “It is exciting and heartwarming to know that 24 students of Aniocha North origin, studying in various tertiary institutions have been carefully selected and will today receive the sum of N100,000.00 each to assist them in the pursuit of their education. The beauty of it all is that no town in Aniocha North is left out. The recipients of this award should therefore justify this kind gesture by studying hard to excel in their various fields of studies”.

In another development, over 5000 politicians defected from APC and Accord to PDP. It was a moment of truth as the returnees, mostly youths and non-indigenes across the local government area, regretted their decisions for leaving PDP and pleaded for amnesty.

The defectors through their leaders, Mr. Chukwunweike Okeleke a.k.a Anwi for the youths and Mr. Oliver Akubueze for the Non Indigenes affirmed their resolve to work in harmony with the PDP leadership to forge ahead politically and support the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the Member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi beyond 2019.

They confirmed that after a passionate appeal to them by Hon. Nwaobi to come back to PDP with a view to supporting the re-election of the Governor in a landslide for second tenure and having seen the manner in which he was attracting development to Aniocha North, they had no other option but to take a step of faith and return back to the PDP their original home.

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“We are pleased with Hon. Nwaobi and Governor Okowa for the monumental projects they are daily citing in Aniocha North. We were deceived into leaving PDP, but we have now learnt our lessons. In the same vein, we have abandoned Accord and APC and returned to the true and sincere party, PDP. On this note, we hereby endorse Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi for second terms in office”, the two defecting leaders chorused.

The occasion was massively attended by both party leaders and members across the local government area. Meanwhile, various groups from various communities of the LGA came with their dance groups to appreciate Hon. Nwaobi and Governor Okowa for the developmental presence of government in their areas. Of particular mention were the people of Ukwu-Nzu who came specially to show appreciation to the duo of Okowa and Nwaobi for turning the gory looking Ukwu-Nzu road to a city class reference point.

Reported by Chijioke Ugbolue

THE ASABA MASSACRE: IN SEARCH OF HEALING AND FORGIVENESS 50 YEARS AFTER

 

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On October 5, 1967, during the bloody civil war, federal troops occupied the peaceful town of Asaba, Nigeria, on the west bank of the Niger River. They accused the people of supporting the retreating Biafran army and for two days rampaged the town killing hundreds of innocent, unharmed citizens.

At the crux of this genocidal act, on Saturday, October 7, 1967, thousands of the people of Asaba, came together screaming ”One Nigeria, One Nigeria,” believing a show of support for the Nigerian government would pacify the situation. Instead, after the separation of the women and children from men and adolescent boys, the bullet-hungry soldiers gathered the male folks in the centre of the Ogbe-Osowa village and turned their machine guns on them.

More than 700 died with many seriously wounded. Most families could not retrieve the bodies and the dead were buried in mass graves. At the end of that week, more than 1000 civilians were killed, raped, molested, threatened and Asaba laid in ruins. Many fled never to return until the war ended in 1970.

Colonel Murtala Mohammed was the commanding officer of the 2nd division which was responsible for the legendary beating back of the Biafran Army from the Mid-West Region, as well as crossing the River Niger and linking up with the 1st Division which was marching down from Nnsuka and Enugu.

Whether Murtala ordered the massacre or not, it was his division and must therefore take full responsibility.

The casualties were not soldiers or combatants. They were not caught by friendly fire or accidental discharge. They were gathered together and gunned down in what remains one of the most callous incidents of the Nigerian Civil War.

The males who survived the war were those who were sick or too old to come to the square, those who were lucky during the shooting and those who escaped.

 

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Interestingly, the Asaba story was never told as the starving children of Biafra dwarfed the gory event in Asaba.

After the soldiers left, leaving blood and death behind, the stinking unidentified bodies were buried in a mass grave by the lucky survivors.

For decades, Asaba has lived with this horrific and traumatic experience in silence. Most Nigerians have never heard of the fate that befell Asaba people on October 7, 1967. Ironically, those who led this massacre rose to become national heroes, with monuments named after them and beautiful stories told about them.

It is therefore pathetic that those who murdered unarmed civilians in Asaba have never been reprimanded in life or in death, neither has the Federal Government of Nigeria admitted that its troops murdered its citizens, who pledged unflinching loyalty, without provocation is a dent on Nigeria’s image and a shame to a country ”where peace and justice” is supposed to reign.

We must know our history.

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DELTA PDP ROLLS OUT TIME-TABLE FOR COUNCIL POLLS, OFFERS FREE NOMINATION FORMS TO FEMALE ASPIRANTS, LOBBIES FOR MINIMUM OF 3 AUTOMATIC COUNCILLOR-SHIP SEATS FOR WOMEN IN EACH LGA

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Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has rolled out its time table for the forthcoming Delta State Local Government Council elections, offering free nomination forms for intending female aspirants at all levels and lobbying for at least Three (3) automatic councillorship seats for women in all Local Councils in the state, amongst other highlights.

These were some of the disclosures made by the Delta State Chairman of the PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, while briefing the press on the level of preparedness of the party for the council polls, at the party’s Secretariat in Asaba, on Friday October 6, 2017, even as he added that the party had decided to take a prompt lead by rolling out its time table and stipulated fees for nomination forms for its Chairmanship and Councillorship Aspirants, following the recently released time table for the State Local Government elections by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission DSIEC, which slated for the 6th of January 2018 as the date for the Council polls.

According to Esiso, the decision of the Delta PDP to offer nominations forms at no cost all to all female aspirants was to encourage full participation of women not only to participate actively in the electoral process but to also seek for elective positions at the third tier of government in the forthcoming coming local government elections, without fear of intimidation or being discouraged by the cost of purchasing the forms for the elections

Olorogun Esiso said whereas the women aspirants are to get the forms free of charge, their male counterparts will however get the chairmanship forms at one million naira only (N1, 000,000) and councillorship two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000) adding that sales of forms to aspirants will commence from Tuesday 10th – Tuesday 17th October, 2017, while screening of aspirants have been slated for Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st October, 2017.

Giving further details on the Party’s arrangements for the LG Polls, the Delta PDP Chairman emphasized that, Councillorship Aspirants would be screened at the Senatorial Secretariat of the party in the respective Senatorial zones, while the Chairmanship Aspirants will have their screening at the party’s headquarters Asaba, adding that the Councillorship primaries would hold on 25th October at the Senatorial zones, while the Chairmanship Primaries would hold on 26th October at the Party Secretariat in Asaba.

Olorogun Esiso said that the run-off primaries has slated for the 27th October, if the need arises, while October 28th has been fixed for the consideration of appeals to be conducted by an Appeals panel, which will be set up by the Party for that purpose.

Reiterating that there would be no imposition of candidates on the people, even as he assured that the Party would provide a level playing field for all contestants to enable the party select the best to fly the PDP flag at the council polls, Esiso was also quick to affirm that nobody has been anointed for the election a any level, even as he urged stakeholders of the party in the various local government councils, to also consider three women for the councillorship positions in each of the local government areas.

Responding to the recent development of mock primaries conducted by the PDP across all the LGAs in the state, the Chairman said, “it is true that for the past two months, some form of exercises have been takIng place in the various wards and local governments to select candidates for the party. We decided as a party that we should use our head, do some thinking and come up with a novel idea considering two things; One, that the money paid for the forms is not refundable and because it is not refundable, let us avoid the old practice when we allow everybody that want to aspire to come here and buy forms.

“Secondly, that the process was to forestall incidences that may cause rancour in the party after the primaries due to the huge amount paid for the purchase of forms.”

Esiso further stressed that the party had, in view of these considerations, directed ward leaders to lobby all aspirants for the different positions on the need to allow only one person to pick up the nomination form, adding that the same applied for chairmanship aspirants were the LGA leaders were directed to play their role in limiting the purchase of the party’s ticket to just an individual, by conducting a process where whoever emerged would be the choice of the people. He however noted that the outcome of the exercise does not erase the intent to contest the party’s primaries by individuals who were not satisfied with the process.

“This does not preclude any other person from coming to buy the form, we will not stop you from buying forms, when that is done, the party will conduct primaries in that ward or Local Government Area. That is to Say that they did not agree in that Local Government area or ward and on the 25th and 26th we will conduct primaries for them.” he assured.

“It will be noted that when aspirants emerge as the Party’s Candidate after the primaries, they will then proceed to acquire DSIEC form of which the price is yet to be revealed. What we are doing is the internal affairs of our party and our arrangements for the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state. DSIEC has released the time table for the elections and we have set down our own guidelines for our members in accordance with our party constitution,” he said.

While praying that there will be no cause for members to be so aggrieved after the primaries to decamp other parties and emphasizing that Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff was still a member of the PDP as far as he was concerned, Olorogun Esiso however pointed out that the PDP was one big family where disagreements were bound to occur and while assuring that the party was working according to its constitution and not influenced by any actions elsewhere, in its bid to carry all its members along, waxed biblical by saying that, “Out of every 12, there must be a Judas”

He noted that, “What we are doing has nothing to do with what the DSIEC is doing. DSIEC will conduct an election for the whole state and will set out its own guidelines for all the registered political parties and not for PDP alone. It has already fixed a date for the polls so we are preparing for the elections,” he concluded confidently.

 

With the PDP Chairman at the briefing were members of the State Executive Committee of the Party including the State Publicity Secretary, Chief Ifeanyi Osuoza.

OJOUGBOH’S LIES WON’T DISTRACT OKOWA – Aniagwu

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We are very much aware that as the 2019 Polls draw near, the likes of Cairo Ojougboh who obviously are intimidated by the modest achievement of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa even in the midst of national recession would resort to outright blackmail.

Governor Okowa has made it clear that he and his team shall remain focused and committed to the delivery of programmes of Government as spelt out in the SMART agenda.

But for the records lets make it clear that the Delta State House of Assembly, in February 2017 passed the 2017Appropriation bill of N294, 457, 40, 477 billion.
The break down shows recurrent to be N158, 030,660,828 Billion while capital is N136, 443,379,649 billion.

The passed budget showed an increase of over N23 billion from the initial amount of N270, 910,982,233 presented by the Governor to the assembly in November 2016.

 

The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Erhitiake Ibori, who presented the report of the budget before it was passed had this to say “the committee received and collated inputs, observations andrecommendations from the various sub-committees and considered them one after the other, which were used in arriving at certain decisions as proposed estimates were reduced to certain areas to effect increase in other critical areas of specific needs”.
According to her, “the reasons for the increase in the budget size stems from envisaged increase in accruable income from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), owing to the global oil prices increase.
Hon. Erhitiake also attributed the increase to the Senate approval of USD 44.5 per barrel at N305 exchange rate which is at variance with the state USD 42.5 per barrel at N297 exchange rate in Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) document”.

 

The Governor signed the passed budget into law on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at a brief but impressive ceremony at the Exco chambers of the Government house, ASABA.

Governor Okowa has strictly implemented the budget in accordance with the estimates earmarked by the lawmakers.

CHARLES ANIAGWU

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA

OCTOBER 4, 2017

CAIRO OJOUGBOH WRITES OPEN LETTER TO PRES. BUHARI, ACCUSES OKOWA OF RUNNING DELTA WITHOUT BUDGET

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An open letter to Buhari on how Okowa is running Delta State without a budget

4th October, 2017

Mohammadu Buhari (GCFR)
President Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Aso Villa,
Abuja.

AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA MOHAMMADU BUHARI (GCFR) ON THE ISSUANCE OF A BLANK BUDGET BY THE DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO THE GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE.

The above subject matter refers;

Mr. President, it is with heavy heart distress and grief that I write you this letter, Mr. President; I am an Indigene of Agbor, Ika South L.G.A of Delta State, former member of the House of Representatives, former Presidential Liaison Officer to the Senate and SSA to the President, former National Vice Chairman South South of the PDP and immediate past National Deputy Chairman of the PDP. This is to bring to your notice the hydra headed corruption and malignant impunity that is currently dancing and celebrating in the Delta State House of Assembly.

Mr. President, ten (10) members of the Delta State House of Assembly informed me (in strict confidence; that their names and families be protected) of the high level of fraud that is currently ongoing in their legislative House where they ply their trade as Law makers. According to them they were emboldened when they learnt that I had left the PDP on 16th September 2017 and they felt the urgent need to now confide in me that I have left the PDP.

The very important issue at hand is that the members confessed to me that up till 3rd day of October they have not seen, sighted or read a copy of the Delta State 2017 budget.

The Hon. Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Sherrif Oborevwori signed only the last page of the budget and returned same to the Government; the Government then fills in the blank arbitrarily and apportions appropriation at will.

The Chairman of the Appropriation Committee of the Delta State House of Assembly and the entire members have not sighted the budget break down and estimates as the conventional practice, the actions of the Speaker with the active connivance of the Government amounts to issuance of a blank 2017 budget and appropriation for Delta State.

Mr. President, I dare any member of the Delta State House of Assembly to produce a copy of the approved budget estimate signed by the Chairman Appropriation Committee, the Clark and the Speaker, let any member display same on any website.

Mr. President, I had the opportunity to speak with Prof. Sam Oyovbaire on issues of impunity and corruption in Delta State. For your information Prof. Sam Oyovbaire presented Dr. Okowa to the Urhobo nation and Okowa was accepted by the Urhobos due to the person of Prof. Sam Oyovbaire.

I told Prof. Sam Oyovbaire that he has a name and integrity to protect, that he should disassociate himself from the mess going on in Delta State.

I therefore in all humility call on Mr. President who is credited by the International Committee not to own a single house and bank account outside Nigeria, who won the presidential general election against an incumbent President due to your anti – corruption credentials to kindly deploy your good offices to cause a thorough investigation into the fraud currently in Delta State through the Blank Budget and appropriations issued by the Delta State House of Assembly by the anti graft agencies.

Mr. President, I am 58 years old, a soldier of truth, if I cannot stand to defend my people on matters of this nature and injustice, then I will not be fair to my God and conscience. It is most excruciating and painful that our hard earned State resources are being stolen in broad day light.

DEMANDS

Mr. President, I humbly on behalf of the good people of Delta State plead and solicit of you to passionately cause and direct the relevant Government Agencies to investigate the above allegation against the Delta State House of Assembly.

I want to assure you, as the 2019 general election draws near, that over two (2) million votes are at stake in Delta State, your reward for addressing the fraud in Delta State shall be total unequivocal support for you and your Government and your Great Party the APC.

Mr. President, Delta State is dying. Kingly direct the EFCC, DSS, ICPC and Code of Conduct to investigate.

Kindly accept the assurances of my highest esteem.

Truly Yours,

Dr. Cairo Ojougboh