You can’t rule in 2015, NANS tells APC, others, endorses Jonathan, Olejeme
The rising political profile of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other opposition parties in the country is coming under serious threat from Nigerian students.
The students who are bent on truncating the attempt of the parties to occupy the presidential and governorship seats in some states, Friday, advised Nigerians not to vote for opposition parties in 2015.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) vowed to make Dr. Goodluck Jonathan president through the ballot box in 2015.
“History will be repeated in 2015”
The association also urged the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to field the chairperson of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme as the party’s candidate for the governorship election in Delta State.
The call was made at the inauguration of the Nigeria Students Transformation Vanguard which preceded the 2014 annual convention of NANS in Asaba, Delta State. The event which was attended by over ten thousand students also had the National leadership of NANS, zonal leaders of NANS, joint campus committee chairmen, over 150 students’ union presidents and 16 former presidents and senate presidents of the association.
Describing the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) President, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo commended Mr. President for contributing greatly to the development of the country.
The association listed education, youth empowerment and the infrastructural development of the country as areas where Mr. President excelled.
On Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, the association said “Having screed all the aspirants that have come out till date in Delta State, NANS has come to the conclusion that Dr. Ngozi Olejeme appears the only aspirant whose interest, integrity and reputation tower far above others”
Emphasizing Olejeme’s contributions to the development of the Students movement in Nigeria and her untiring commitment to youth development in Delta State, the association said Dr. Olejeme identified with the Programmes of the union and the struggle for better education in Nigeria.
Not unmindful of the criticism that may emanate from the decision of the association, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo challenged those not happy with the decision to come out to debate with key members of the association on the achievements of past leaders and the current president.
The association also dismissed other aspirants eyeing the presidential seat.
“They cannot contribute to the development of Nigeria”
He mandated the Transformation Vanguard to collect the signatures of ten million volunteers. He also enjoined the various chapters to commence door to door advocacy of the Goodluck Transformation Agenda.
Olejeme has no official Facebook account, says Ben Atu
The Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has no official Facebook or any other social media account, says Ben Atu
A statement from the office of the Director of Communications of You and I Foundation today disowned a group known as Friends of Olejeme.
“We have come to discover that Akpoduado Igho Precious and others are using different Facebook accounts with the name ”Juliet Ngozi Olejeme” with her picture to collect money from people in the name of conferenceat the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, empowerment form and employment opportunities” the office stated.
Describing them as scammers, the statement advised Nigerians at home and abroad, particularly skilled workers, not to fall prey to the antics of these criminal elements.
It appealed to the police and other security agencies to investigate the matter.
“They must identify those behind Column Trust Limited. They must find the owner of First Bank of Nigeria Plc Savings Account Number: 3077979761 and the users of these mobile numbers; 08122606953, 08116905821, 07068942071”
I’m sure of winning the guber race, says Olejeme
The Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme weekend declared that she would break the jinx and emerge as the first elected female governor in Nigeria.
Addressing party faithful, community leaders, youths and women in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, Olejeme said her governorship ambition was virtually signed, sealed and delivered.
Promising to alter the political arithmetic in the state, Olejeme said “I am prepared for the 2015 governorship race”.
“God has programmed a woman to occupy the Delta State governorship seat in 2015. It is a mandate from God. He is going to put a woman on that seat come May 29, 2015. He will stop at nothing to ensure that I win the primaries and the 2015 governorship election.
Stressing that what a man can do, a woman can do better, Olejeme said at the critical moment, other aspirants would support her.
“No shaking. Other aspirants are my brothers. I respect the men but when the chips are down, they will support me”
What remained, according to the NSITF boss was her inauguration.
Olejeme who also reflected on the roads taken, the paths not explored, what need to be done and her place in the road ahead, promised to manage the wealth of the state efficiently.
“We will end this journey in victory in 2015. We will add value to the state. We will make Delta State better. We will provide sound education, basic health care facilities, potable drinking water, efficient transport, urban and rural connection facilities and other basic services” she promised.
Armed with the right statistics and information on the needs of the people, Olejeme reaffirmed her stance to ensure that numerous Deltans are employed.
Olejeme who was in Delta Central to map out strategies for the forthcoming elections met with PDP stakeholders from Delta Central political zone and You and I coordinators in the 25 local government areas.
Olejeme remains the most credible- Urhobo leaders
The political atmosphere in Delta State weekend became charged as prominent Urhobo leaders named the Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme as their choice for the 2015 governorship election.
“Olejeme remains the most credible candidate from Delta North. She is a reliable leader and has all it takes to lead Delta State to success. ”the leaders said.
Reading from a prepared text on behalf of Uvwie leaders, Comrade Chidi Udensi said Olejeme handling of the affairs of NSITF was an indication that she would better the lot of Deltans if elected governor.
“Olejeme has the pedigree required to make a good governor. If she could diligently develop NSITF, a fit that has been commended by political and economic leaders in Nigeria and abroad, she should be given the opportunity to use her wealth of experience to lead the state to the Promised Land”
They urged Delta North political and community leaders to unite, set aside their political differences and support Olejeme.
They also appealed to Itsekiri, Ijaw and Isoko leaders to support her.
“We are aware of other aspirants vying for nomination in the PDP, particularly Urhobo sons.
Responding, Olejeme promised to address Urhobo interest in the next political dispensation.
“You will have a say in the running of government. It will be a government of the people, by the people and for the people” she promised.
In attendance were Chief Udensi, Ighomrore Tony, Obilobi Joseph, John Uyarogho, Patience Onokeate, Kingsley Abugewa, Patricia Idjerhe, Dafe Obakponuta, Emmanuel Taire, Ejoke Idesoh, Ighomrore Victor, Charity Ileleji and Anthony Emewakeme.
Others include Chief Famous Enuiroro, Chief Queen Ologitere, Chief Kate Esigie, Ejiro Esuovwa, Igho Oruke, Chief Michael Eshenake, Moses Emabamike, Success Satini, Frank Abugewa, Wilson Jokoh, Dada Alamudo and Elohor Kimini.
Ughelli South Leaders declare support for Olejeme
Top political leaders in Ughelli South Local Government Area Friday took a decision to mobilize their people for the chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme
In a meeting with Olejeme in Otu Jeremi, headquarters of Ughelli South LGA, the leaders said they could not afford to stand by and not support a worthy cause.
“We believe this can further benefit us the more having seen what she has been able to do for us under the able and achieving administration of President Goodluck Jonathan” former vice chairman of Ughelli South Local Government Area, Chief Francis Aguonigho said.
Using such indices as network of influence, state wide acceptability, human and material resources and others, the leaders said Olejeme’s governorship was an idea whose time had come.
They also reaffirmed their position on power shift come 2015, praising the aspirant for her efforts at charting a new course for the state
“She has the ability to run an administration that will carry every interest along. She has a well-articulated programme”.
Olejeme in her response commended the leaders for endorsing her.
“I am humbled by the confidence reposed in my leadership. By the Grace of God, we will advance toward our vision of a united, prosperous and peaceful Delta State. I will provide quality leadership for all”
She also promised to mobilize the greater majority for development.
“We will create stability through the promotion of harmonious ethnic co-existence. We will give our elders a pride of place. We will provide good roads, water and employment. We will revitalize state industries and attract more industries. We will give security attention” she added.
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY UNIT
Protest in Delta State over INEC’s exclusion of Ewuru
The people of oil rich Ewuru town in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State trooped out in their thousands Monday to protest the exclusion of the name of the community from the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and the Electoral Register.
They also accused politicians and their acolytes from the neighboring communities of plotting to destabilize the community.
Chanting solidarity songs, the protesters condemned the balkanization of the people into political units that places them in disadvantaged positions.
They called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega to correct the flaws in the Permanent Voters’ Card and Electoral Register.
Some of the placards read: “Are we now part of Isheagu” “Is Ewuru not in existence”
Secretary to His Royal Majesty, G. S. Onyeweuwa I, JP, Obi of Ewuru, Dege Chukwuka said His Royal Majesty would take up the issue with the state and federal authorities, saying there was no reason for such alleged ill-treatments against his community.
The monarch who was responding to youths, elders and women of the community when they protested to his palace stated that there was no reason whatsoever for the name of the community to be excluded from the electoral register and permanent voters cards.
He promised that he would take up the issue with the highest authorities in Nigeria and hoped that at the end of his meetings with those in authority, the situation would definitely change.
The monarch lamented the plot to marginalize and disenfranchise his people and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to save the situation.
The monarch who also commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration for its effort in developing the state, advised politicians, particularly those in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his area to field only responsible and accountable individuals in the fourth coming local government elections.
“Political leaders should not work for those with selfish agenda. They should not field those working against the interest of the community” he advised.