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Imo Guber: Nwandu, Nzenwata, Others Instrumental To APC’s Triumph

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By Uche Onyeali

Close watchers and followers of political activities in Imo State, especially last Saturday’s off-cycle gubernatorial election, have recounted how key figures from Ihitteafoukwu community, including Dr Okwudiri Nwandu and Chief Francis Nzenwata, played pivotal roles in securing a sweeping victory for Governor Hope Uzodinma.

A public commentator, Dim Emeka Obasi, who narrated this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the ancient town of Ihitteafoukwu in Mbaise, historically a stronghold of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, witnessed a significant political shift, as Nwandu, a respected philanthropist, rallied the bigwigs in the community to garner grassroots support for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate in the election.

Obasi said Nwandu’s strategic leadership and unwavering commitment contributed significantly to APC’s unprecedented success in Ihitteafoukwu, breaking a two-decade-long allegiance to the PDP.

He said Nwandu’s influence was amplified by a collaborative effort with other distinguished sons of Ihitteafoukwu including Chief Ethel Ugwu, Chief IG Okafor, Tony Anakani, Chief Francis Nzenwata, Adauctus Onuoha, media mogul, Obasi among others.

Obasi said their collective efforts, alongside numerous party faithful, booth leaders and APC leaders from other wards, proved instrumental in delivering a resounding victory for Uzodinma.

Expressing gratitude, Dr Nwandu acknowledged the dedication of the team, stating that, “I sincerely cannot thank these men and women enough who diligently worked tirelessly to ensure the victory of our amiable governor. May God crown our hard work with his enduring blessings.”

He added that the success story of APC’s triumph in Ihitteafoukwu and Mbaise reflects a strategic collaboration and a departure from decades-long political affiliations, marking a new chapter in the political landscape of the region.

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NYSC Urges Corps Members On Peaceful Co-Existence

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….As Abia Swears-in 1,698 PCMs


Joel Ajayi

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed has advised Corps Members to live in peace with one another, make new friends, and use the opportunities of the service year to foster national unity and integration.


He gave the advice in his address to the 2023 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Corps Members during his visit to Abia State Orientation Camp in Umuna, Bende Local Government Area of the State.
General Ahmed said the Scheme was established to foster national unity and integration, hence the need for all serving and prospective Corps Members to key into the NYSC project for national development.


Speaking further, the Director General warned the Corps Members against night traveling and also traveling without obtaining permission from the Scheme. He warned that unauthorized traveling attracts sanctions in line with NYSC bylaws.


The Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti in his address at the Swearing-in Ceremony urged the Corps Members to utilize the abundant opportunities around them to develop themselves and also use them to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the State.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Nwobilor Ananaba promised his continuous support for the NYSC in Abia State.


He advised the Corps Members to abide by the tenets of their Oath of Allegiance and conduct themselves as good ambassadors of their families, institutions, and NYSC during and after their service year.


In her address, the NYSC Abia State Coordinator, Mrs Dick-Iruenabere Ufoma urged the Corps Members to participate fully in all Orientation Camp activities, as they would serve as veritable tools in the dissemination of information and aid the implementation of the laudable policies of the State Government.


“The NYSC Management will give you the necessary support to make the desired impact. The Scheme also aims at inculcating discipline in our youths and instilling in them the spirit of patriotism and loyal service to the nation.


You must obey all camp officials and no form of insubordination, truancy, including drug abuse and secret cult activities will be tolerated in camp and throughout the service year”, she said.


During the ceremony, the Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Lilian Abai represented by Justice Anya Benson administered the Oath of Allegiance on the 1,698 Prospective Corps Members made up of 891 males and 807 females.


General Ahmed, who was among the dignitaries that witnessed the Swearing-in Ceremony was accompanied by the Director, Special Duties, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, and Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa.

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