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#AnambraDecides2017: Bianca Ojukwu celebrates APGA victory in ward


Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of late Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, expressed joy over the victory recorded by the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, incumbent Governor Willie Obiano, at the polling units in her ward, Umudim Central School, in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.

A breakdown of results collated after voting in the ward is as follows:

APGA – 261
APC – 98
PDP – 80

“In my area, naturally, APGA is winning, and I believe we will go on to win the election,” an elated Bianca Ojukwu said.

It would be recalled that son of late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Jnr., recently threw his weight behind APC candidate, Tony Nwoye.

It appears APGA’s win in the ward is also personal victory for Mrs. Ojukwu.

At Bozimo’s Burial, Jonathan Warns Against Infighting among Ijaws



Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, friday again warned against internal wrangling among Ijaw people, noting that as a people who are few in population, any fighting within the ethnic group would spell doom.


While calling on the people to “stop destroying” themselves, the ex-President who spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, while paying his last respects to Chief Gordon Bozimo, noted that it was in the interest of the Ijaw to unite.

Bozimo, who died in June in the United States at the age of 67, was a foremost Ijaw leader, former member, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a one-time Chairman of the National Youth Service Corps Board, (NYSC) and Chairman, Bank of Agriculture (BoA).

‘’We must stop destroying ourselves as a people. We are not too many. Things are quite challenging.

”Sometimes, you need to wear the shoes to know where they pinch. I believe that working together, helping ourselves collectively, we will be able to solve some of our problems,” Jonathan said.

He added that the late Bozimo was a politician who did not believe in assassination of people’s character, noting that though he might disagree with people politically, he usually worked towards what he believed in.

He said with the passing of Bozimo, the Ijaw nation had lost somebody quite unique, quite patriotic, quite committed to the development of the people.

”At the political level, Bozimo was like a political giant among a few elders that were in the Peoples Democratic Party in terms of his national connections and he was committed to the party.

”In fact, he played a key role in ensuring that I became a running mate to Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and also the victory of Alamieyeseigha in 1999 elections.

”Since then, I have been close to Bozimo, even through turbulent periods. The state has always passed through a fever. In fact, politics is about interest”, the former president said.

In his comments, Governor Seriake Dickson described Bozimo as a true Ijaw son who gave his best to the service of the nation.

Dickson called on the people of Bayelsa to uphold a new Bayelsa where honour and respect for one another would be the watchword.

”All I want to say is that everyone of us should key into this new Bayelsa where we honour and respect one another, work together and stop running down one another.

”Today is not a day of long political speeches; today is not a day for politics no matter the temptation. Today is a day to celebrate unity; it is a day to honour one of our departed leaders and fathers and to remind us how much we all stand to gain working together, respecting one another, honouring one another.

”In the past six years, unknown to a few people, you have a new Bayelsa founded on solidarity, not a Bayelsa where you stayed away and begin to promote needless discord and issues for no reason, or for some selfish reasons.

“You have a new Bayelsa here where we do our bits and support and encourage ourselves the little way we can.

”I found Bozimo a most congenial gentleman, a very intelligent man but a man with keen sense of political strategies, the likes of him, will take time to get”, the governor said.

#AnambraDecides2017: Drama as PPA governorship candidate in Anambra election meets empty polling station, voters express anger

Many voters who had arrived the unit remained stranded and insisted that the election in there area must be extended beyond the legal time for the exercise. The materials reportedly arrived the unit five hours late. 

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 However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports a massive turnout of voters in various polling units in the three senatorial zones of the state. The media organisation said voters were seen in most of the polling units visited as early as 7.30 am waiting to be attended to by the electoral officials. Security officials were present in all the polling units visited, the report indicated. 

It added that in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, the country home of Willie Obiano, the governor said he was happy with the massive turnout of voters. Obiano, who is also the candidate of APGA, urged the people yet to come out to do so, noting that effective participation by the people was the only way they could support the advancement of democracy. On his part, the candidate of the APC, Dr Tony Nwoye, also confirmed the turnout was high and impressive. 

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The turnouts were also high in Oyi, Orumba North and South, Awka South local government areas as well as Onitsha. However, the exercise in some of the areas was reportedly affected by late arrival of materials. The report said at Aroma Junction, Agu Oka Polling Unit 004 in Awka South Local Government Area, Mr David Anyamele, a local election observer, described the exercise as peaceful and smooth. But the turnout at the Fagge area of Onitsha was not very impressive. 


Igwe Nneamaka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, said that the poor turnout in Onitsha was because majority of people working and doing business in the city were not residents of the area. “Most of them live in Nkpor, Obosi, and Idemili areas, but only come to Onitsha to work and do business. “The Obi in Council had earlier met and directed the town criers to go round the various communities and announce to the people to participate in the election,” Achebe said. 

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#AnambraDecides2017: Yul Edochie denies stepping down


Nollywood actor and Democratic People’s Congress, DPC, governorship candidate for the Anambra election, Yul Edochie, has denied endorsing Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor of the state.

Mr. Edochie said on Twitter he was still in the race after reports surfaced Saturday afternoon claiming he had stepped down for Mr. Obiano.

Mr. Edochie said a video appearing to show him backing Mr. Obiano was shot two years ago.
He threatened legal action if the footage was not removed.


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The governorship election in Anambra is expected to be a close contest between four leading candidates.
However, there are 37 candidates in the election including five women.

Voting has ended at many polling centres and counting has commenced.

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