NASS Leadership: Umuigbo Progressive Network Canvasses Support For Ahmed Lawan

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President in the 9th assembly.

The lawmaker representing Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State, and as well the Senate Leader in the 8th assembly was recently endorsed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the statement signed by the National Coordinator, Barr Oscar Obi, KSM, the group stated that its decision to endorse Senator Lawan for the position of President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly is hinged on his cognate experience.

According to the group, the senate leader possesses unequal qualities and high commitment to good governance more than any other contenders for the post.

“Senator Lawan has been in the National Assembly for almost 20 years. This is a lawmaker that has served in the House of Representatives for eight years and in the Senate for 12 years. He has been a true progressive, and has always worked for the ordinary people.

“Senator Lawan has the capacity to lead a Senate that will work with the Nigerian people; this is a legislator that has supported entrepreneurship and business to grow and thrive for employment to boom. His people-oriented Bills and Motions have paved way for a vibrant economic development in the country.

“We believe that with Senator Lawan as Senate President, the 9th Senate would assist the country by helping President Muhammadu Buhari achieve his agenda in the areas of security, economy, job creation and anti-corruption battles.”

The group further urged leadership of the APC to zone the post of Deputy Senate President to the South-East geopolitical zone, where at the moment there are two APC Senators – Sen. Benjamin Uwajimogu (a ranking Senator) and H.E, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, stressing that the party is governing over the entire country and not some groups of interest.

“The APC Zoning formula should manifest principles of federal character anchored on equity and justice. We strongly appeal to the party to be democratic by showing equity in the distribution of Principal offices. The Southeast mostly made up of Igbo are formidable part of the tripod that forms Nigeria.

“The minimum that the Southeast should get should be the Deputy Senate President,” the group said.

Furthermore, the group pleaded with Distinguished Senators-elect from the South East and other geo political zones to rally round Senator Lawal and support him for the position of Senate President irrespective of their party affiliation. This it said is the beauty of democracy the nation’s forefathers fought to achieve.

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Okigwe Senatorial Rerun: Umuigbo Progressive Network Urges Okigwe Electorates To Vote APC’s Senator Uwajumogu

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has urged the people of Imo North Senatorial District to troop out to vote Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu in the re-run election scheduled to hold on Saturday March 9.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Tuesday declared the senatorial election in Imo North National Assembly election in the senatorial district inconclusive due to alleged violence, ballot box snatching and other irregularities.

The group, in a statement signed by the National Co-ordinator, Barr Oscar Obi, KSM, appealed to electorates in Okigwe North Senatorial district to vote Senator Uwajumogu as the fate of an Igbo Senate Presidency is dependent on his re-election.

“This is a special appeal from the entire Igbo region to the good of people of Okigwe to vote Senator Uwajumogu, so as to get the Senate Presidency. We believe the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is ready to make an Igbo man the Senate President, but this cannot happen if we do not re-elect a ranking Senator of the party – Senator Uwajumogu to represent Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

“Re-electing Senator Uwajumogu will mean having something more than a governor in our district,” he emphasized.

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Umuigbo Progressive Network Passes Vote of Confidence, Endorses President Buhari For Second Term

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has endorsed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari into office for the second term.

President Buhari is contesting the 2019 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group, in a statement signed by the President-General, Barrister Oscar Obi, KSM, stated that it arrived at the conclusion after a deep analysis and critical review of the President Buhari’s achievement in the last three years.

According to him, no other President in the history of the country has in all sincerity, given priority to the south-east and south-south other than President Buhari.

The group maintained that it was convinced that there is no candidate at this period that can match the credentials of Mr President and urged Nigerians, old and young, to support the Buhari re-election project for him to consolidate the successes so far made and reposition the nation for the future generation.

“Under President Buhari, we have 69 ongoing road and bridge projects which are spread across the five states in the South East, and are now in different stages of completion.

“Some of these projects are the Emergency Repairs of Failed Section in Umuahia-Ariam-Ikot Ekpene Road; rehabilitation and reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriageway; rehabilitation of Onitsha bound Carriageway of the Onitsha-Enugu road; emergency repairs of Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru road; rehabilitation of old Enugu-Port Harcourt road; emergency repairs of Onitsha-Owerri road; rehabilitiation of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road,” Oscar said.

“Do also recall that in October 2018, President Buhari approved the payment of pensions to Biafran war veterans, a gesture which brought hope and joy to many homes in the south east. More so, the appointment of our sons and daughters to hold key economic position shows how much President Buhari loves the people of the region,” the statement added.

Among other achievements of the Buhari’s administration listed in the press stament include the ongoing construction of the Second Niger Bridge which will connect Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State, across the River Niger.

“In October 2018, the federal government announced that it has raised $177 million for Ogoni cleanup. We will never forget how Ogoni was destroyed over the years by oil leaks leading to the destruction of surrounding waters and farm lands with no government attention. Our suffering and lamentation however came to an end when President Buhari awarded contracts to 21 firms for the cleanup exercise.

“We can’t but thank the Buhari’s administration for the completion and commissioning of Zik’s mausoleum in his country home, Onitsha. This is a project that has been abandoned for more than 20 years but President Buhari kept to his promise and completed the mausoleum. We see this as an immeasurable honour to Anambra people and the entire South-East people.

The group, in the statement further disassociated itself from the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and passed a Vote of Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“It is appalling to see the sister socio-cultural body, Ohaneze-Ndigbo derail from the path of history and political tradition. This is a body known to align with the government at the centre. Resting on the excuse that Alhaji Atiku picked Peter Obi as his running mate when under same party for past decades, the region was deprived of meaningful infrastructural development – this is disheartening and unpleasing.

“We should begin to ask our leaders who were part of the 16 years of PDP what they did with the resources allocated to them. Not one of them rehabilitated or constructed new roads. All our Primary Health Cares and institutions were left in deplorable state; abandoned projects filtered everywhere across the region with many villages cut off from the city due to erosions, and were not fixed until President Buhari assumes office.

“What happens to Ndigbo declaring total support for one of their kinsmen, Dr Kingsley Moughalu, a brilliant substantive Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP)?

“While they are at their voyage of no return, we the UPN have endorsed President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo for continuity. Both have been able to provide security for all Nigerians and leadership in all sectors of the government.

“Our own endorsement is established on the fact that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are men of integrity who possess the commitment to lead a government with firm knowledge and competent management of Nigeria’s economy.

“President Buhari and his Vice, Osinbajo, have in their three and half years eliminated kidnappings in the Nigerian political space and bombing of pipelines; these two men belief in free and fair electoral process as shown in the last Anambra Gubernatorial election.

“We endorse President Buhari to continue the fight against corruption and we have no doubt that these two men will rebuild Nigeria, setting the pace for the country of our dream,” the group noted.

Umuigbo Progressive Network further applauded President Buhari for extending the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) to the region where about 15,000 young people are beneficiaries.

The group stressed that it would do everything within its power to ensure that President Buhari wins all the South-East and South South States in the presidential election.

“The era of putting all our political eggs in one basket is long gone. We shall work for the completion of President Buhari second term in office in order to pave way and take the country to the next level,” it added.

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