Thursday, 19 September 2013

Mourinho: Blame me for Chelsea’s defeat

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he should take the blame for his team’s Champions League 2-1 defeat by Basel.
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Oscar put the home side ahead but Mohamed Salah equalised for Basel and Marco Streller headed in a late winner.
“When we lose I don’t speak about the players or individuals, I speak about my responsibility. I am responsible.”
New signing Samuel Eto’o started and Demba Ba was a second-half substitute, with Fernando Torres not on the bench.
“I’m happy with the three strikers for the rest of the season. The players are good players and good professionals, and try their best every day and every match. The happy moment will arrive.”

My freedom plan for Anambra — Ubah

GOVERNORSHIP candidate of Labour Party, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah has promised to create 40,000 jobs before his first 100 days in office, if voted into power.
Speaking at the flag-off of his gubernatorial campaign at the Holy Trinity Centenary field, Onitsha, recently, Ubah, in his speech titled: “My freedom plan for Ndi-Anambra”, pledged to initiate strategic leadership skills for the benefit of Anambra people.
According to him, “our beloved state, Anambra, is as of today, at a critical state of development and what is required now, more than ever before, is business acumen and strategic leadership skills to transform it for the benefit of the greatest number of our people both at home and in the Diaspora.”
He said, “I promise you, Ndi-Anambra, to create 40,000 jobs before my first 100 days in office as the Governor of Anambra State.  I have already developed a master plan for the creation of these jobs, both in the public and private sectors of the economy.
Ifeanyi Uba
Ifeanyi Uba
The youths and women will take centre-stage in my efforts to create jobs for our people. Women will be empowered financially and otherwise so that they can establish their own business endeavours. My government will provide financial assistance to the youths in the 21 local government areas to set up and grow their own businesses.
“Furthermore, I will encourage the State House of Assembly to enact a law to enhance the capacity of our women and youths to have easy access to bank credits with which to co-operatively participate in the establishment of small and medium scale industries.”
Speaking on his plans for the education sector, he promised to ensure that no Anambra child of school age will be denied functional education as a result of the inability of the parents to pay for his or her education, especially at the primary and secondary school levels.
“I will, no doubt, end the many years of the non-employment of teachers in our schools, as well as introduce a new teacher’s salary scale (TSS) to enhance morale and improve the productivity of teachers in the state.”
On his plans to create a conducive environment for business, he promised to establish the Anambra State Business Development Agency to provide advisory, financial and logistic support to “our youth apprentices to start their own individual enterprises after acquiring the necessary trading skills from their business masters.
“The agency will help to package Anambra State businessmen and women to enable them access both local and international credit facilities and support.  The agency will also provide support to patent holders and manufacturers so that they can set-up businesses in Anambra State, and in the process, offer employment opportunities to our people.”
To reduce crime rate in the state, the governorship hopeful said: “I will implement a comprehensive security plan to tackle the root causes of insecurity in the state, as my government will focus more on preventive and pro-active measures in the fight against crime.
My government will implement massive job and employment programmes to keep the youths off the streets by meaningfully engaging them permanently. Furthermore, my government will enhance the capacities of the law enforcement agencies and our local vigilant√© groups to detect and fight crime by introducing the use of modern technology, especially in intelligence gathering; detection of crime; reporting crime and tracking criminals, as we will partner with relevant agencies and telecommunications operators to set up hotlines to enable our people report crimes and volunteer information to aid investigations.”

No deal with Jonathan – G7 Govs, Baraje

ABUJA —  STRONG indications emerged, yesterday, that an end to the lingering political quagmire rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not in sight as the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction accused the party National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur of not being serious with peace moves. This came just asthe nPDP said that it has not entered into any deal with President Goodluck Jonathan.The group, therefore, urged Nigerians to ignore what it described as “the tissue of lies and propaganda from the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur faction of the party on the outcome of our meeting with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa last Sunday, September 15, 2013”.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Baraje-led leadership stressed that if there was any serious commitment on the part of Tukur, there will be no caretaker committee for Kano State chapter which was designed to humiliate Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a few hours after the Sunday peace meeting with President Jonathan.
The Baraje-led nPDP in its statement said: “We have read various misleading accounts of what transpired at that meeting between our progressive governors – Gov Kwankwaso of Kano, Gov Wamakko of Sokoto, Gov Amaechi of Rivers, Gov Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Gov Nyako of Adamawa, Gov Ahmed of Kwara and Gov Lamido of Jigawa with President Jonathan on how to resolve the self-inflicted crisis in our party.
“We wish to specifically urge Nigerians and our supporters to ignore the concocted tales of Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum. Akpabio lied by claiming that we have accepted that President Jonathan should contest the 2015 presidential election and that most of our demands are being met. The fact of the case is that no agreement has been reached on any of the issues we tabled before the President and until we see results, Nigerians should ignore the present efforts by the Tukur camp to deceive them.
Kawu Baraje
Kawu Baraje
“On whether President Jonathan should contest the 2015 presidential election or not, we wish to say that we have a mechanism and system of electing our flag-bearers for any election and until the time to choose the party’s presidential flag-bearer comes, any speculation on this is just a mere academic exercise.”
Tukur not ready for peace
Accusing Tukur of not being serious with peace moves, the nPDP said: “Meanwhile, we have been vindicated in our claim that Alhaji Tukur and his faction are not serious about their purported search for the return of peace in our party.
Just few hours after Sunday’s meeting between the progressive Governors and the President, Tukur’s faction once more showed its disdain for peace by unilaterally setting up a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of our Kano chapter.
This was done without recourse to either the leader of the party in Kano State, Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso, or other stakeholders of the party from Kano. This illegality is a clear violation of our party’s constitution and was hurriedly done just to spite Gov. Kwankwaso, the Party Leader in the state.
“We hereby urge our people in Kano State to ignore this illegality as we have set in motion the machinery to organise a proper election as stipulated by our party’s constitution.
“We are still at a loss why Tukur and his cohorts do not want peace to reign in PDP but no matter the odds, we are very determined to ensure that peace is restored to our party with the prayers of Nigerians.
“Along this line, we once more appreciate the efforts of our Party Elders to resolve the current crisis bedevilling our party and wish them success irrespective of the evil designs of Tukur’s faction to elongate the crisis for selfish reasons.”
G-7 govs set fresh hurdles for Jonathan
Meanwhile, a reliable source present at the meeting held last Sunday between the Presidency and the aggrieved PDP governors, dubbed the ‘G7’, told Vanguard that the governors wanted to use the ‘simple hurdle’ to test the sincerity of President Jonathan and the leadership of the party towards resolving the crisis rocking the party.
According to the source, the governors are waiting to see if the President would seek their inputs in the selection of ministers from their respective states to replace the ones sacked by him last week.
A governor, who was at the Sunday meeting told Vanguard, yesterday, that they doubted the sincerity of the President to involve them in the search and selection of new ministers from their respective states, given the way the former officials were sacked by him.
The governor pointed out that their scepticism over Jonathan’s adherence to the ceasefire announced last week, stemmed from the fact that the President was fond of using and dumping those who work for him, citing the experience of five former PDP governors, whom he relied on to win the 2011 Presidential election, to buttress his point.
The governor said: “We don’t really believe that the President is serious about peace because he can easily change his mind after an agreement.
“Look at what he did to the former governors of Gombe, Oyo, Ogun, Nasarawa and Bayelsa, whom he relied on to win the last election and you will understand what we mean.
“Before the election, the President had pleaded with the affected former governors to mobilise support for him to win the poll in return for the offer of some juicy appointments.
“But unfortunately, once he (Jonathan) won the election, his promise of  appointing some of the former governors as ministers and ambassadors was jettisoned and many of them are angry with him today for failing them,” the governor pointed out.
Another governor, who attended the peace parley with Jonathan last Sunday noted: “We cannot just trust them and go to sleep while the Presidency and the Tukur-led PDP are fast restructuring the party in our states under the guise of peace.
“We have given them some tests to determine how sincere they are in putting an end to the crisis rocking the party,” the governor said.
It was learnt that the governors had already mobilised majority of their senators, who are still loyal to them, to watch out for the list of ministerial nominees from the affected states and block their nominations should the President unilaterally appoint them without involving them as critical stakeholders.
Reacting to a question on Jonathan’s second term bid, one of the governors made it clear that they were not opposed to his second term bid as long as he complied with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the party in going about it.
“What we are saying is that the President can contest if only he meets the provisions of the law. That is what we are saying and nothing more.
“If he is qualified to stand election in 2015, so be it. But if doing so contravenes the law, he should take the necessary step,” the source advised.
Vanguard learnt the G-7 group was convinced that except the crisis in the party was amicably resolved and they and their supporters carried along, it would be very difficult for Jonathan to be re-elected in 2015.
It was also learnt that some aggrieved political leaders would soon approach the Supreme Court to clear the air on the suitability or otherwise of Jonathan’s bid to contest the 2015 election.
The aggrieved governors had last week met with President Jonathan and the leadership of the PDP at the Presidency Villa on Sunday for many hours in what was described as a ‘make or mar’ meeting to sort out the crisis in the party.
At the end of the meeting, the two parties agreed to observe a three-week ceasefire and report back on October 7, 2013.

Friday, 13 September 2013

How I was tricked into a pornographic movie – Charles Inojie

Popular comic-actor, Charles Inojie is still wondering how he was tricked into featuring in that lewd film titled ‘Calabar Girl’ directed by  Jerry Don Nwachukwu. The film was produced by Divine Ezeibekwe and banned immediately after  it was released sometime in May, this year by the National Film and Video Censors Board. Charles recounts the story of how he got involved in the production.  He also talks about the coup that catapulted him to the top while working  as an Assistant Director under Lancelot Imasuen among other issues. Excerpts:
A  comic-actor!
Do you know that I am not aware that I am a comedian?  There are places I visit today and I tell people that I am not a regular comedian;someone you see and you start laughing or someone who is ever ready to act as a clown when the occasion does not call for it. I see myself as a very serious person. I see myself as a good actor.
If I do comedy roles well, it is only  because that is where I have probably, been most tested and again not a function of any kind of training I had. Except that I probably just have it in me. I believe that my late grandmother had the strongest sense of humour that I ever found in anyone and I benefited generously from her talent. Maybe, I am one of those you would say are naturally gifted as humourist.
School of hard knocks
I hate it when I hear people say, I am self -made. There is no one on earth that is self made otherwise people like us are not supposed to be where we are today. When I picked my bag one morning  and told my father I had secured admission into the University of Port Harcourt , the man only  laughed at me. We were living in Ogun State then, and I  hail from Edo State .
*Charles Inojie
He said, ‘you did not try to gain admission into the now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma  or University of Benin so that your  financial challenges could be better courtailed . But now that you are going to UNIPORT, would help come your way?’.
In school, it was just me and my closest neighbour which is poverty. When I woke up in the morning, the first person that told me good morning was poverty. But I think, God gave me a special grace. Beyond all these travails, there was always a point I wanted to get to, and that was to graduate from the university at the end of the day.
I graduated from the University in 1999, and in  2000, I was already on set with Lancelot Imasuen as an Assistant Director. I was part of the productions he did in the early 2000, such as Last Burial, Isakaba, August Meeting  and many others. Therefore, I would say joining  Nollywood was not as difficult as it has been for most of my colleagues. This is because I had someone who provided the platform for me to launch my acting career.
Beyond that, when I became a full-fledged director,  I had the producers to contend with, who were always driven by the passion to expand their profit margin. I am a gift from God because in spite of all that I passed through, one happened to be one of the  very few people who have enjoyed prime patronage and I thank God for His mercies.
Relationship with Lancelot Imasuen
That is another story altogether. I was telling some of my close friends recently that Lancelot is my friend  because a lot of people believe that  we are brothers. I actually met Lancelot in 1992, at UNIPORT where we sat for the entrance examination for the Certificate Programme in Theatre Arts. He was in the company of another friend of ours known as  Kennedy Ovbiahon who’s now late.
After sitting for the qualifying examination, we returned to our different locations and later had to meet again  when we were offered admission.  Lancelot was as poor as I was, while on campus.  It was only  natural for us  to  share the same apartment in school. And since  then, we have been good friends.
Joining  Nollywood
We have made some humble contributions to acting. As a matter of fact, my very first movie as a full- fledged director was titled  Police Recruit, then Two Bad Boys. I shot back to back for OJ Productions. I also played one of the lead roles then.  Thereafter, I starred in Tortoise, another movie produced by OJ and directed by Adim Williams. I was an Assistant Director in that film. At the time, the three lead roles were given to John Okafor, Okey Bakassi and Victor Osuagwu.
charles-Onojie2As a second year student in 1997, I had done a movie with Adim also directed by Lancelot Imasuen. It was a comedy titled, The Year 2000. Adim played the lead role while  I had about 12 scenes. Adim asked me to play the role but the producer did not want me. But when the flick was released, it was a big hit. The film that gave me my break was when I played the role of Mr. Dumbra in Corporate Maid.
Venturing  into acting
I am a very shy person. I am not one of those who would have ended up as an actor. I am a great lover of literature. The late Professor  Bode Osanyin of the University of Lagos then had a place in Ijoko, Ota in Ogun State called Writers Resort. What the Resort does was to invite literary enthusiasts, writers, poets, dramatists and literary critics to a retreat.
The guest reader for the month would read his poems or plays and respond to questions from the gathering.  Being fresh from secondary school  then,  I and my friend, Malik Ibitoye, now a journalist, would make it to the literary gathering. This particular month, late environmentalist, Ken Saro Wiwa was hosted by the resort.
Before then, Bassey and Company, a popular soap opera was already a rave on television and Saro Wiwa was already making  waves on the international scene with his Ogoni struggle. Saro Wiwa was large and because we have read some of his plays, the enthusiasm to meet him was very high. Usually, we went to the resort that fateful Saturday evening,  arrange the chairs  and cleaned the environment. Late Professor Bode  Osanyin urged us to stage a short play for Wiwa. Initially, I refused to be part of the play, preferring to do something different.
But somehow, I was encouraged to be part of the short play.  Immediately, the last scene was over, I ran backstage to hide myself.  While I was hiding,  they invited me back on stage. But  lo and behold!  Saro Wiwa singled me out and asked if I had acted before, I replied in the contrary. He asked what I was doing, I said I was a  Jambite and wanted to read Law.
He asked if I had secured admission, I said I was waiting for my JAMB result. He reasoned that it would take about eight to 12 months and he advised me to enroll for Certificate programme that would last for 10 months. When we left, Malik and some of my friends encouraged me to do so. That was how I secured an admission to do certificate programme in UNIPORT. While doing the programme, I discovered I had only come face to face with my destiny. So, I did not spare any  time to seek admission for a full time degree programme.
Growing pot belly
In fact that is the more reason we have to thank God for Osofia’s life, if not, people would still believe that big tummy is part of the requirement for one to become a comedian. Osofia has been able to proof that you don’t need to have a big tummy to be a successful comedian. It was common problem most of us had to contend with then but thank Gos Osofia has proven it has nothing to do with it.
I cannot stab myself in the stomach to reduce it but I discovered that it is easier to acquire it than to shed it.
Starring in “Calabar Girl”movie
This is what I cannot even explain. Some time ago, a  senior colleague of mine invited me to be part of his new production. For over 15 years, he has not shot a single  movie as things  were really rough for him. He was staging a comeback and needed my support. I have known him for several years and as an undergraduate,  storming Lagos those days to attend auditions, he was one of the foremost directors in  Nollywood then. There was no way I could have refused to support his return to the industry.
That was how I ended up starring in that movie. To  win my sympathy, he narrated how a marketer once rejected  his film simply because he did not feature regular faces in the film. I appeared in few scenes in the movie which was shot in three days. I have no idea whatsoever regarding  what lewed scenes he had previously shot.
In fact, I’m yet to understand why he decided to shoot such movie. I think he took his desperation too far. I’m  surprised that he used my face to promote pornography because the very day I saw the movie jacket, I knew something was wrong with it. There was no way I could have been part of the movie  if I knew from the out set that what he has shot was something close to an adult film.
Wife’s reaction
I thank God that I married my friend. I try as much as possible to be truthful to my wife. She saw the movie and  got convinced that my character  was not in any way connected with those dirty scenes in the movie. In fact, she has nothing whatsoever to be angry about.
What I learnt from the project
What I have learnt is that next time, I should be wary about  who comes to ask for my help in disguise. Next time, I would insist on  seeing  the previous script before accepting to be part of any make-up scenes in a movie.
Meeting my wife
I met my wife the way other people meet theirs.
Marriage experience
Marriage is wonderful. I was talking to one of my senior colleagues the other day and I told him, I now know why he wanted me to get married. I think I am a better person now than before. Things that you would ordinarily react to are things you now take a second look at. Marriage has calmed me down. I am a lot more mature now and I am happy.

Sudden weight loss: ‘I am not sick,’ cries Ngozi Ezeonu

Former plus sized Nollywood actress Ngozi Ezeonu has reacted to rumours making the round that her weight loss is health related; insisting she only worked on her body.
For days now, the actress has been posting pictures of herself on Facebook clearly showing that she had lost an incredible amount of weight. Her fans (turned doctors) have diagnosed all manner of illness to this regard.
*Ngozi transformed
*Ngozi transformed
Ngozi in a swift reaction has refuted the claims. “I will really appreciate it if some people will stop insinuating that I’m sick just because I worked on my weight. Please o I’m not sick. Wish us well instead of sickness or death. Thank u’, she wrote on her Facebook page.
Fans may have reacted this way following a similar incident recorded with another plus-sized Nollywood actress Ngozi Nwosu who had stepped out late last year for weeks looking all slim and trim provoking similar rumours of illness which she had bluntly denied before eventually admitting.
Ngozi Nwosu was suffering from heart and kidney related ailments and had eventually cried to the public for help.
Ngozi Ezeonu, however, insists this is not her case.

Genevieve Nnaji dazzles at Toronto Int’l film festival

…as NFVCB takes Road show to Canada…
Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji posed for the cameras in a white jumpsuit by Nigerian designer Andrea Iyamah, during the premiere of ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ by The Orange Prize-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, in Canada.
She was spotted alongside Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Boyega among others, at the Winter Garden Theatre.
The controversial film will make its African debut as the opening movie of the 3rd Africa International Film Festival holding in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State from November 10 through 17. (AFRIFF).
The Toronto International Film Festival ends on September 15. Director of the film, Biyi Bandele disclosed that the film has been selected to open the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, which opens on September 17. He hinted that the Nigerian premiere would be at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), which holds in Calabar from November 10.
At the festival, NFVCB set up an event using the platform of its International Roadshow to interact and support the bold initiative by the producers of the film. The event was graced by Nigeria High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe (CFR).
‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ was announced on July 23 of this year as one of the films on the official selection of TIFF, the largest film festival in North America and probably the most influential of all the festivals.

How to explore the good of Geese farming

These days when governments are beginning to direct attention to agribusiness in order to provide enough food and create wealth for its growing populations and more importantly create more jobs for the average unemployed youths in Africa.
In the same vein, many developing countries now recognize the importance of livestock in integrated production systems to provide the sustainable increase in food necessary to feed their rapidly expanding population. Geese farming fits well into such system and are especially well adapted to the humid tropics.
Arinze Onebunne, Geese farmer
Prince Arinze Onebunne, Geese farmer
They can provide healthy meat and eggs from natural grazing and seems to be more resistance to diseases than other avian species. Yet, even given these advantages, geese farming has remained a neglected species. Geese play an important role in small-scale farming system as an economic and ecological alternative for weed control and as guard animals.
Raising geese
The production of this animal gives farmers a big chance to increase their income and offers an alternative to chicken and also a means of addressing poverty. It is for these advantages that Jovana Farms launched a nationwide initiative to promote farming of Geese, Ostrich, Quail, Mushroom, Grasscutter, Antelope, Rabbit, Snail, etc.
According to the Managing Consultant/CEO, Jovana Farms, Prince Arinze Onebunne,Geese farming can commence even with a unit normally called a foundation stock, which is sold for between N40,000 to N60,000 depending on the specie. He said, a unit comprises 2-males and 6-females.
Therefore with N65,000 you are already in good business. It may interest you to know that at Jovana Farms we have for sale fast growing species of geese and other animals including large quantity of quail and geese eggs.
“Geese are found all over the world, but at present, Geese farming is economically important only in Asia, America, some parts of Africa and Central Europe.
Breeds of Geese
“Some European breeds, such as the Emden and Toulouse, have been introduced into tropical developing countries with notable success. Moreover, Chinese geese which are widely kept in South-East Asia, seem to be especially promising for small-holders.
They are very good layers, active foragers (making them economical and useful as weeders), and the most alert and “talkative” breed and they produce the leanest quality white meat”.
Geese as a multipurpose animal
“Small-scale animal farmers subsist mainly on the product of their own farms, scarcity of land, labour and capital obliges them to reorient their livestock production towards species that are cheap and easy to maintain and that provide animal protein as well as cash income.
Geese are particularly well suited to such systems. Mature geese are independent, larger than other poultry species and thus less vulnerable to predator when kept in small flocks and allowed to roam the farmland, field or backyard.
They are adept scavengers, requiring less attention than any other domestic bird. Geese adapt easily to captivity if small quantity of supplementary feed are provided to boost their rapid growth. Thus, requiring little extra work, these animals supply nutritious meat, huge eggs and rich fat for cooking, as well as soft down and feather for bedding, clothing, upholstery, which makes them particularly appropriate for providing farmers with a supplementary income..

Lady Gaga confirms she’s bisexual

Lady Gaga confirms she’s bisexual

Who suspected Lady Gaga is into women? I didn’t! She revealed yesterday on “Watch What Happens Live” that she’s had sex with women in the past. Lady Gaga said:
“Well, I’ve taken a few dips in the lady pond. I like girls… I know people think I just say things to be shocking, but I actually do like p**sy. It just depends on whose p**sy it is.”
Gaga also revealed the craziest place she’s had sex, talked about using the drug Molly and revealed her favorite “Real Housewives” stars during in the sit-down. Check the video after the cut…

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Mimiko, Nwanyanwu, others storm Anambra for Ubah’s campaign kick-off Thursday

GOVERNOR of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, and the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, are expected to lead other chieftains of the party to Anambra State for the kick-off of the campaign of its governorship candidate, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, billed to hold Thursday at the Basillica of the Most Holy Trinity Centenary field, Onitsha.
  The outing, which has been tagged a ‘mega rally’, promises to be an eye-opener to other parties and candidates in the forthcoming governorship election. Ubah’s home-town, Nnewi, Awka, Nkpor, Ogidi, Onitsha and other neighbouring towns, including Asaba, have already been bubbling in the last few days as virtually all the hotels were said to have been fully booked. Eateries and souvenirs sellers have also been busy with new stocks and designs.
  It was discovered that airlines that hitherto operated only one or two daily flights to and from Asaba, Owerri and Enugu airports have made special arrangements to accommodate more flights at the three airports for the week because of the “Ifeanyi Ubah magic.”
  The state chairman of LP, Chief Sam Oraegbunam and the party’s member in the House of Assembly, Emeka Anohu, described Ubah as “a political enigma, resourceful, active and energetic world citizen.”
  In introducing him, the chairman said “we are bringing out a very youthful, energetic, resourceful and successful young man who has already made his mark in the world, not just in Anambra and Nigeria. He is the quality material we are bringing to transform Anambra State; to give the state and her residents the desired and required leadership it has lacked in the past 19 years of existence.”
  Oraegbunam said he would like to see a sweeping victory at the polls for him as he displays unassailable credentials in most areas currently troubling the nation today, including industrialisation, job creation, philanthropy and transformation of social infrastructure. He, therefore, wants Ubah’s administration, if elected, to focus his first one hundred days in office on tackling insecurity, youth unemployment and revive the education, agriculture and health sectors as well as embark on massive social infrastructure renewal that, according to him, have been neglected to rot and decay completely by successive administrations in the state.
  Anohu said the LP administration would be the greatest value added to the lives and existence of the citizens of the state.
  He reiterated that Governor Mimiko has continued to cart away awards after awards by various world bodies who have literally adopted him as the yardstick for what Millennium Development Goal (MDG) should be. Mimiko’s examples have been documented as the standard now being exported to other developed and developing nations. The lawmaker said that is what the Ubah’s midas touch has come to unleash on the state.
  Ubah had noted that with an experienced and widely travelled medical doctor, Emeka Eze, a scion of the Eze N’Ukpo Dynasty, as his running mate, they would synergise ideas with other equally well-meaning citizens to take the state to the next level in a record time.
  Ubah said he was very contented that God transformed him from his parents’ native thatch house, near penury to a level that ranks among the best among his peers.
He said he clearly understands the challenges facing most households in a state where good inter-connectivity roads, jobs, potable water, healthcare, agriculture, electricity, sanitation and proper planning are clearly non-existent, because he had been there.
  Ubah said with the LP administration in power, every citizen would be part of governance and leadership in the state because everyone has some useful contributions to make always in the development and progress of the state.
  His running mate, Eze, noted that “in the heat of the Boko Haram menace in the northern parts of the country when indigenes of Anambra State and environs became the only ones neglected and abandoned to their grave fate after other states had evacuated their people, it was Ubah who sent in two aircraft to airlift the surviving Anambra indigenes and others out of danger zone. He had on a number of times used his rich contacts and connections to intervene on behalf of Anambra and Igbo people anywhere in the world without prompting.”
  Eze pointed out that just like Ubah stated, he had done a lot as an individual, but would do so much with the leverage of an office as a governor. He said it was the reason the LP logo remains human beings, unlike others with inanimate objects. He, therefore, urged the electorate to support and vote the LP massively for the total transformation of the state.
  The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Patrick Obianyo, appealed to the people of Anambra State to give full support to the LP so as to benefit from the transformation plans of Ubah.
  Nwanyanwu said the Mimiko example in Ondo was just a tip of the iceberg to what the party is bringing to Anambra State. He said that LP would never support any form of inhuman treatment or treating any one as a second class citizen, including deportation in one’s own native country. He sees it as a terrible policy.