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2023: ‘I need only Six Months to fix Nigeria’ -Bar. UJU Kennedy

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***Promises to take 75 percent of Nigerians out of poverty

A female Presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Barrister Uju Kennedy Ohanenye has promised to fix Nigeria in six months if she is elected

Speaking during her declaration she also promised to take 75 percent of Nigerians out of poverty.
According to her, “The new Electoral Act as amended has provided a window of opportunity for women to participate.
“It has given me opportunity to make my intentions clear about my long term ambition”.

“We have seen flags flown at half mast, laying of wreaths and seen widows whose dreams were shattered because the bread winner died due to cruelty and anger of an unknown enemy”.

“What I aspire to do under the present circumstances is to apply the wisdom of motherhood and the bravery of a gallant officer in handling the crisis situation, to return the country to a new normal ” she said.

“Whenever women lead from the front in the corridors of power they resonate excellence and doggedness, and it has been proven in developed countries in Europe, Asia and even here in Liberia.
“I have the burning desire to help my country achieve that because we have great potentials and a huge population”.
The philanthropist said,
“I have built numerous health centres, provided capital to young people and women in local communities and provided access through direct labour under my watch.
“It might surprise you that these roads which serves as feeder roads, were done using cheap labour at the grassroots; we have them as engineers and all they need is to identify and empower them, and billions saved for other purposes”.

“We have large potentials of youth population in remote and urban centres ready to work and be counted. Look, I have a plan to convert these young people into self made engineers and scientists in Six (6) months if voted as your President. It is achievable if you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve”.

Barister Uju Kennedy may have drawn the ire of members of the national assembly when she saolid ” I don’t want to be stampeded into voicemail or subjective approach, I am the type that wants to get things done without prejudice. Besides, staying in that chamber limits my capacity, because I have already impacted on people in almost every state of the Federation from what God has blessed me with. They are the reason why I am coming out. I have footprints almost every where in the six geo political zones of the country. Go find out! “.

“I have properties in many places, and chains of business which gave me wealth. I beleive with the same mindset, I can transform through innovation and technology our economy from being a dumping ground for developed economies, to become the business capital of the world.
“It’s a matter of vision and strategy. I call on my party APC to give me the ticket and see wonders I can create”.

Our nation according to her is “going through a turbulence, the healing process should begin immediately.
“We are loosing men in the frontline of battle zones due to the prolonged fights against terrorists and bandits, it is affecting marriages and men are becoming very few as against our ladies staying single for a longer period in search of men.
“It is a period of emergency which requires an experienced politician to conduct a total surgery so that we can upturn these ugly scenarios”.

She cautioned politicians and decision makers not to be “too obsessed with power, but rather focus on good governance and service delivery in order to redeem our battered image by unknown enemies”.

A good leader according to her “Gets out there and listen to people, draw out and learn from them. They never criticise openly nor loose temper.
“You get this wisdom from women especially now that we are in an era of arrested development”.

“Mr President is doing all within his capacity to lead from the front and position the nation on the path of growth and prosperity. We have the global citizen, Amina Mohammed, there is the Amazon there, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, we have Akinwumi Adesina performing wonders whom President Buhari gave his total support.
“It is time he considers me as a tool to complement his efforts”.

“I am not merely asking for power to bully people around, no. I want to help us get things done with speed and precision. That is my vision for my beloved country and I can see a new APC emerging with the new chairman at the helm of affairs”. She concluded.

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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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