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As the race for Anambra State governorship election hots up, emerging political indices indicate that the Accord party governorship candidate, Dr.Godwin Maduka, is in pole position to brace the tape of victory on November 6, 2021. 


An analysis of all the governorship candidates taking part in the election, shows that Maduka is the closest to the grassroots, who constitute 80 percent of the voting population in Anambra State.

Since he emerged the governorship candidate of Accord party, Maduka has embarked on massive consultations, taking his message of "Mr Evidence", across the nooks and crannies of the State.


He has interacted with  elders, traditional rulers, the clergy, women, youths, men, the physically challenged and others across the various wards and local governments in the State.


His message has been clear and simple,  a better Anambra State, which he has proved capacity to accomplish considering how he singlehandedly built schools, hospitals, roads, security formations, and other forms of Infrastructure in his hometown of Umuchukwu.

This is why he christened his campaign slogan  'Mr. Evidence' to show proof of his capacity to transform Anambra State if elected governor.


The reponse that has trailed Maduka's campaigns and tours have been impressive and clearly indicates that he has emerged the choice of the majority of the people of Anambra State.

His campaigns have been trailed by encouraging response and overwhelming support by well meaning Anambrains.


"Dr.Godwin Maduka is the right man for Agu Awka. 


"He has shown evidence of what he can do if he becomes governor. 


"Let other candidates come forth and show us what they have done for their people before they tell us what they will do for Anambra people. He is the best alternative for the people"said a Physical Challenged Person in Aguata, who witnessed Maduka's campaigns your across LGA wards.






  

The CEO of Retina-AI Health Incorporation, Mr. Stephen Odaibo, has told how his brother mysteriously died in his sleep a week after winning a $125 million (N68,750,000,000) government contract in the United States.


NewsmakersNG’s checks revealed that the brother, identified as David Gbodi Odaibo, lived in Hoover, Alabama.


In a post on LinkedIn, Odaibo stated: “My brother, David Gbodi Odaibo, passed away yesterday. My heart is broken. He had a cardiac arrhythmia/heart attack in his sleep. He was fully vaccinated and did not have Covid. He and I were so close. He was only 42.


“David was kind, gentle, brilliant, and humble.


“He had a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and was a Kaggle Grandmaster, the highest attainable skill level in practical Machine Learning. He introduced me to Al.


“The algorithm he wrote for automatically detecting threats at Airports just won a $125 Million contract from Department of Homeland security about 1 wk ago. His code beat out companies backed by Billions of dollars. So, in the future when you safely fly the skies, please remember my brother David.


“Our hearts are broken. My poor parents, his wife, and two young children. His 4 siblings. We are devastated.


“David and I were tremendously aligned in our interests and would often talk for hours. Our connection was rare and precious. We ended phone conversations with “love you”.


“Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them.


“Though there may be sorrow in the night, joy comes in the morning. I’m comforted that David is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

 

The Presidency, on Tuesday, gave thumps up to Dr.Godwin Maduka for his exploits in the field of medicine, with specialization in pain management.


Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, commended the pain management specialist for his remarkable exploits in medicine.


Maduka is noted for setting up the gigantic Las Vegas Pain Institute in the United States with six medical centers and built the biggest 17 storey medical research facility in his hometown, Umuchukwu in Anambra State.

He is also notable Philanthropist whose Foundation has done remarkably well, in aiding and assisting the less privileged.


Maduka, alongside Rev Dr.Austin Epunam(JP) founder, Sweet Home Africa Humanitarian Foundation, who is also National Champion, OCI Foundation and PR expert, Mr.Alex Nwankwo, were hosted by Adesina at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, September 19.


The OCI Foundation is partnering Maduka's Foundation, for the "Arm Our Youths Health Campaign"

The visit took place prior ahead of the NYSC- NCS- OCI Foundation's One Day Seminar in Abuja scheduled for October 19.


Speaking during the visit, Dr.Maduka recalled how he met President Muhammadu Buhari in the United States when he hosted top Nigerian diaspora professionals.


According to him, he reciprocated Mr. President's invitation to come home to invest and support good governance through the Head of Nigeria's Diaspora Commission, Hon.Abike Dabiri

Speaking on his guber bid, Maduka said the people of Anambra State are in search of one who can deliver dividends of democracy to them.


He noted that he will not allow party politics to limit his vision and mission for the people of the State.


Maduka is the Governorship candidate of the Accord party in the Anambra State governorship election.


The election holds on November 6, 2021.


Dr. Maduka had lately engaged in broad consultations with top Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion, to proffer ways to move the nation forward and Anambra State in particular.


Before his visit to the Presidential Villa, he was also guest of Anambra top businessman, Arthur Eze at his Abuja residence, which had in attendance Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

 

At least three bodies were recovered Monday morning after a flood at Trademoore estate in Lugbe, Abuja.


Residents said the flood started in the early hours of Monday after a downpour.


Many houses, vehicles and other properties were also damaged in the flood.


Fire service and other safety officials from the Abuja administration were at the scene Monday morning when PREMIUM TIMES visited.


The estate witnesses such floods annually during the rainy season.






 

The Abia State government has vowed to shutdown markets and disband transport union across the state, specifically the ones its leaders failed to operate on Mondays.


The government said it’s counterproductive that markets are being Shutdown every Monday following an order imposed by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, across the Southeast region.


In a statement signed by the commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the governor said Abia will no longer sit and fold its arms and watch non-state actors destroy the economy and the security of the state.


The statement also described the sit-at-home order issued by the IPOB as an act of one “cutting its nose to spite the face”, adding that the order which instil fear in the people of Southeast has impacted negatively on the education of the school children who are billed to write the compulsory English examination of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September, 2021.


The statement read in parts.


“Our attention has been drawn to the lingering sit-at-home reportedly endorsed and illegally enforced by a group of hoodlums hiding under the identity of agitators in the southeast region to cause chaos in the State and we wish to state categorically that it is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instil fear in our people to the extent of negatively impacting the education of our innocent school children who are billed to write the compulsory English examination of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September, and on the rights of other law abiding citizens.


“While we do not begrudge any citizen the right to sit at home or go about their normal duties, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, we cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of our children jeopardized and the economic well-being of our people further wrecked over a matter we believe can be resolved judicially or through political negotiations.


“In the light of the above, government wishes to advice parents to ensure that their children go to the examination centres for their papers while teachers and examination supervisors are to ensure the protection of the children before, during and after the examinations.


“Other citizens are also encouraged to go about their normal duties without fear of molestation as necessary measures have been put in place to protect them.


“Our people are also hereby advised to promptly report any individual or group that attempts to harass, molest, intimidate or stop law abiding citizens, especially our school children, from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement to the police through the following numbers: 08035415405,

08079210003, 0807921000 and

08079210005.


“The leaders of all market and transport unions in the state are hereby advised to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed by their members for regular activities on Monday and beyond unless otherwise advised by Government. Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by government till further notice.


“As a responsible government, we will continue to explore all avenues to ensure peaceful resolution of the issues that have led to the agitations by the concerned non state actors but we will not shirk our responsibility to the majority of our people who are also suffering silently out of no fault of theirs.


“All security agencies in the state are hereby directed to fully deploy at all flash points on Monday and going forward as well as maintain regular patrols to ensure the safety and protection of law abiding citizens and visitors from any form of molestation.


“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be stated once again that we are committed to protecting all citizens and residents of the state including ensuring respect for their fundamental rights. We also recognize the fact that some may wish to voluntarily sit at home for any number of reasons, but those wishing to go out must also be able to do so without fear of molestation by anyone.


“Our people are wise and historically known to exercise wisdom in handling issues no matter the provocation. It is unthinkable that any Igbo man will want to cut his nose to spite his face especially in these circumstances that may adversely affect the future of our innocent children and we must all rise collectively to do the needful: protect our children’s education and ensure that those who may wish us evil as a people do not succeed in provoking us to destroy our means of livelihood at a time we are yet to recover from the economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 and EndSARS protests that necessitated the prolonged shut down of businesses only recently.


Recall that IPOB, in a statement on Friday through its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, had stated that the Monday, August 9th 2021, will be a total lockdown tagged: “Ghost Monday.”


The statement said that “Ghost Monday,” which would affect all economic activities including schools and marketplaces, would continue every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.


Consequently, IPOB through its Directorate of Service has cancelled the order, directing that sit-at-home will now be observed only on the day of Nnamdi Kanu’s court hearing.


But the order was flouted by the members of IPOB who insisted that the sit-at-home should continue, arguing that such order couldn’t have been issued by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu who has been held in the custody of the Department of Security Service, DSS, in Abuja.

Dr. Godwin Maduka's guber race has received a major nod, as former Governorship candidate of Accord Party, Mr.Alex Nwankwo has revealed reasons why he surrended the party's  guber ticket to Maduka.


Nwankwo had emerged governorship candidate of Accord party at the Primary but handed it to Dr. Godwin Maduka before the close of submission of names of candidates to INEC.

Speaking to newsmen in Awka why he handed the ticket to Maduka, he said Dr. Maduka's antecedents were some of his reasons he endorsed him for Accord party guber ticket.


He said Maduka is  the bridge between the young and the old,  who has  delivered dividends of democracy to the people even before he joined the governorship contest on the platform of the PDP.

He said "After my assessment of all the governorship candidates taking part in the governorship election,  Dr.Maduka stood out as a man that is capable, fit and proper to govern Anambra State"


He called on the good people of Anambra State to come out enmasse, support and cast their votes overwhelmingly for Dr. Maduka and the Accord party in the November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election.



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The Anambra state governorship election is heating up with the people of the state searching for whom among the multitude of candidates, is suitable to govern the State in the next four years as governor.


A careful observation of the activities of the candidates, show that the Accord party governorship candidate, Dr Godwin Maduka, is indeed very much in the contest, considering the overwhelming accolades and commendations that thas trailed his aspiration.

His ongoing tour to the wards and local governments across the State, where he is consulting the low and mighty in Anambra state, has been greeted with massive response and acceptance from the people.


As a respecter of the traditional institution, Maduka kick started his consultations by paying homage to the Igwe or Ukpo ancient kingdom and council of traditional rulers,where he received royal blessings to forge on with his guber aspiration.


Thereafter, he engaged in one on one interaction with men, women, youths, the physically challenged, traditional rulers, the clergy, several socio political associations across the state.

This has  endeared him to majority of the good people of Anmabra State.


Maduka and his running mate, Dr. Obi, like a Hurricane, are blowing the wind of change across the State.They are blowing the wind of restoration and hope for the people.


They are also building bonds of alliance, understanding and accord with the people of the State as the governorship election gets close. 

The Maduka train is on the move, with good spirited individuals of the state who believe in his capacity to govern the state, strongly aligning with his aspiration.


Mr Evidence, as called by his supporters, has already shown evidence of what he can achieve if elected governor of Anambra state. 


His hometown of Umuchukwu, which he transformed from rusty community to a model modern city,  is enough evidence for the people of Anambra State to see and believe what  Maduka can achieve if elected governor of the state come November 6, 2021









Of the numerous governorship candidates jostling for Agu Awka, as Government House, Awka is called, it is only Dr. Godwin Maduka that has maintained a steady pace in his quest to become governor of Anambra State.

Maduka is the governorship candidate of the Accord party.

His governorship ambition, like a sailor on voyage, has continued to sail on, despite the turbulence and the unsteady political climate in Anambra State.

Maduka's journey to Agu Awka, began in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where in controversial circumstances, the party's governorship ticket was handed to Valentine Ozigbo.

The Orumba born medical doctor was said to be the choice of the majority of over 3,000 statutory and ad hoc delegates of the PDP, but the unfortunately, the party did otherwise.

While the PDP in Anambra State has continued to grope in the dark, Maduka has found solace in the Accord Party, a political platform that is consistently earning support and followership across Anambra State.

He has remained one of the frontline governorship candidates in the contest, who has continued to earn enormous support across board  for his ambition.

From Orumba to Idemili to Awka down to Aguata, Maduka has consulted widely with key stakeholders, elders,  youths and women in the State.

These consultations has led to open endorsement and support for Maduka, who has also embarked on visits to the wards in the State.  

These visitations has translated to  enormous electoral  gains for Maduka, who has maintained a steady journey to Agu Awka.

Many argue that for Anambra State to soar, the State needs a vibrant leadership, a devoted and committed governor, who will reposition the State to realize it's full potentials.

Such a governor can only emerge from a peaceful political party, a party in accord with the people.

The Anambra Coalition for Justice and Good Governance, ACJGG, has advised those it described as enemies of progress, to desist forthwith from maligning the image and intergrity of Accord party governorship candidate in the Anambra governorship election, Dr. Godwin Maduka.

Maduka and 10 others were reportedly dragged to an Anambra High  court by some persons on false allegations of abduction.

In a statement in Awka, State Co ordinator, ACJJ, Ernest Okoronkwo, said the allegations are childish, and another clear desperation of some disgruntled politicians, who have resorted to smearing the image of Dr. Godwin Maduka.

He said the group is aware based on a survey it conducted that Dr. Maduka, is a major contender in the Anambra governorship contest, thus "some persons, uncomfortable of his soaring popularity and ability to win the Anambra governorship election are now afraid of his chances and have resorted to under hand practices, which include resort to image assassination"

"Dr.Maduka has done well for humanity through his many  philantropic acts, and this can be attested to by hundreds of children, youths, men, women, the aged across Anambra State,  who have benefited tremendously from his philantropic acts and activities.

The group promised to roll out it's drums of support for Dr.Maduka, ahead of the governorship election on November 6, urging the good people of Anambra State to ignore the ramblings of those afraid of Dr.Maduka's impressive run so far in the governorship contest.

 

A 14 Year old boy, Joshua Chimuanya Iheukwumere, has denied reports on the social media that he was abducted by Dr.Godwin Maduka and 10 others.


In a video where he made his confession, Iheukwumere refuted the abduction claims, saying he was rather sent to spy on Dr Godwin Maduka's brother, Igwe Barrister "Kenneth Maduka, the Paramount Ruler of Ancient Kingdom of Umuchukwu" by some  persons from Umuchukwu community.


He mentioned four persons, including Nwankwo Ikpo and Joseph Ahunaya, as those who sent him on the spy mission.


He revealed that he was disguised as a woman and a ladder given to him to climb into the residence of Igwe Barrister for the spying mission.


The video clip also revealed two men nabbed alongside the 14 Year Old boy.


Reacting to the video clip, the media office of Dr.Maduka, in a statement in Awka, said Dr.Maduka has been vindicated by the confession of the 14 Year old boy as seen on the video clip.


"This proves  that some desperate political actors can go any mile just to tarnish the image of Dr. Godwin Maduka because of his winning the Anambra State governorship election.


"Those he had lied and linked Dr.Maduka to non existent abduction of the boy are the ones who went to court with these false allegations.


"We remain hopeful that the learned Justices of the Anambra State High Court, will do justice to this matter now that the facts and evidence are clear for all to see"

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A cross section of Anambra people, have bared their minds on the forthcoming governorship election in the State, calling on governorship candidates of various parties to reveal evidence of their achievements or contributions to humanity and societal development.


Mr. Chuks Okonkwo, a businessman based in Awka  stated, it is only Dr. Godwin Maduka, who has shown evidence and capacity to perform in office, as governor of Anambra State based on his antecedents and evidence of what he has done for the society.


He said Dr.Maduka has shown capacity to provide infrastructure in the State, judging from the way he built key and critical infrastructure in his home town of Umuchukwu.


He said "Go to Umuchukwu. There, you will Maduka's evidence of what he has done. And that gives a clear revelation of what he will do or achieve if he is elected  governor.


"He built schools, roads, courts, police and security formations, judges quarters,  and to crown it all, the biggest and largest  medical facility in West Africa.


"That is evidence of his capacity to provide infrastructure for Anambra State when he becomes governor.


"Where are the evidence of other candidates? What have they done either in their home place or any where in the State.


An Awka based trader, Celestine Obigbo, concurred saying the criteria to elect a new governor of Anambra State is no longer by "blowing big grammar"


Obigbo said "In Igboland, there is a saying that says "Ahunaya ekwe, which means seeing is believing.


"We have seen what Maduka has done and that shows his capacity. It is evidence of what he has done and what he can do. 


"Other candidates should come  and tell us what they have done before they ask us to vote for them at the governorship election.


An Onitsha resident, Mrs.Cecilia Oduka, said the time has come for those who seek to be elected into public office  provide evidence or report card of their antecedents.


She said "This is the best yardstick to elect a new governor of Anambra State.


"We are fed up with big grammar and empty promises from those who seek for our votes.When they suceed,they forget all they have promised.


"What they have done, their antecedents and evidence of what they have done for the society and for the people of Anambra State, should be the yardstick to asses them before we vote for them


"Dr. Godwin Maduka has towered above all of them in this regard. There is evidence of what he has done and achieved for the society.

 

26th August,  2021


Governor Inuwa Donates Vehicles to Gombe Command of Federal Fire Service.


- CG Fire calls on other governors to emulate Governor Inuwa.


Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has donated two brand new and fully equipped hilux vehicles to the Gombe State Command of the Federal Fire Service in fulfilment if his earlier promise to support the Federal Fire Service in the State for efficient and effective service delivery to the people of Gombe.

This donations is coming less than two months after the governor promised the Controller General of Fire, Dr. Liman Alhaji Ibrahim at the occasion of the commissioning of a modern fire fighting truck deployed to Gombe state. At the  event the Governor promised to provide two hilux vehicle for the FFS State Command so as to boost their efficiency.


"You may recall that in July this year when we gathered here to commission the ultra modern fire fighting vehicle deployed to Gombe State, we pledged to support the service by providing them with these hilux vehicles that can be used to access hard to reach areas and as utility vans for staff and thank God we have been able to deliver on our promise today". The Governor said.

Governor Inuwa who also promised to provide a land for the Service at the heart of the State capital said  "Very soon like I promised, we will provide a befitting office in the heart of the metropolis where Gombe line is situated once the Gombe mega park is completed and the transport company moves out, the Federal Fire Service and indeed any other facility that will be useful centrally for the people to enjoy and benefit will be located within the centre of the capital city so that there will be access and service can easily get to the people whenever it is needed".


Speaking earlier at the occasion, the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr. Liman Alhaji Ibrahim, who was  represented by Assistant Controller-General in charge of zone I, Philip Odu, expressed his appreciation to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the prompt redemption of his pledge to provide the service with two hilux vehicles. The CG assured the Governor that the Federal Fire Service will ensure that the vehicles are  judiciously used for the benefit of the people of Gombe. 

The CG said, Governor Inuwa has set example for other governors to follow. He therefore used the opportunity to call on other governors to follow the example of Governor Inuwa while commending some governors who are already supporting the Federal Fire Service in their states.


The CG reiterated that the safety of lives and property of Nigerians requires synergy and collaboration, promising that the Federal Fire Service is always ready to partner with state governments and private organization to provide a safer Nigeria void of fire disaster.



SF Ugo Huan

Public Relations Officer

Federal Fire Service.

27/08/2012

 

By Dr. Emezie Madu


Association of past President General (APPAS) in a meeting with Dr. Godwin Maduka and his Deputy Sir Ken Ifeatu Obi Ksc on Thursday 26th September said Dr. Godwin Maduka’s antecedents is a proof to what he would do in Anambra State.


The President of APPAS, Mazi Omife Omife, Mbuze Mbaukwu asked for collaboration between Dr. Godwin Maduka and APPAS to guarantee a new Anambra State.

Deputy Governor Sir Ken Ifeatu Obi Ksc elaborated on the good will of Okosisi Orumba which makes him the best Governorship Candidate.


Earlier, Dr. Godwin Maduka promised to provide 21 emergency rooms and ambulances in every local Government to administer first aid on people suffering from heart attack and strokes as well as those involved in road traffic accidents.

In another development Restoration Party, led by her State Chairman, Chief Paul Asika collapsed its structure to support the Governorship aspiration of Dr. Godwin Maduka.


Dr. Godwin Maduka and his entourage also paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness Igwe Clifford Okeke the traditional ruler of nawfija community.


In the same vein, Dr. Godwin Maduka also held a meeting with stakeholders of Orumba South across party lines.

The clergy is not left out as Okosisi Orumba held a consultative meeting with Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo Bishop on the Niger, in Niger Diocese.


Its obvious that who is who in Anambra State wants Dr. Godwin Maduka to be the next Governor. The grassroots are with him also, he added.