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Nsukka: Protest rocks over alleged poor performance of federal lawmakers

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There was uneasy calm at the Nsukka Local Government headquarters of Enugu State on Monday following a protest by Enugu North Senatorial District Women Forum, ENSDWF, over an alleged poor performance of some federal lawmakers from the area.

The women group numbering over 700 challenged Senator Chuka Utazi, representing the district in the National Assembly, and Dr. Pat Asadu, of Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency in the House of the Representatives to sit-up from their poor performances and deliver dividends of democracy to the people of the area.

Some inscriptions on their placards read “Sen. Chukwuka, stop Bible quotation, show us your achievement.

“Pat Asadu, stop using our children to achieve your selfish political interest, enough is enough. “Pat Asadu, show us your achievement after 18 years in NASS,” among others.

It was learned from the spokesperson of the forum, Mrs Victoria Ugwu, that the women were not satisfied with the performances of the lawmakers in the district.

“We are carrying out this protest so that they will know that we are not happy with their performances. We want them to sit up.

“Asadu has spent over 16 years in House of Representative but there is nothing to show for it in the constituency.

“We will continue to pray so that they will sit up, by bringing development and providing employment to our children, “she said.

At the time of filing this report, no official of the council was on hand to address the women forum as they quietly dispersed.

However, in a swift reaction, the women from Uzo-Uwanui Local Government Area, where Senator Utazi hailed from, who are also members of the forum, spoke through their coordinator, Mrs.Elizabeth Eze, disassociating themselves from the protest.

According to her, “What happened today was an ambush because we gathered here for our normal monthly prayer only to see some women protesting against our representative in national assembly which was never planned for.

“There was never a time we discussed in our forum that we will protest against federal lawmakers or anybody on Monday in Nsukka,” she said.

When contacted, Sen Utazi directed our correspondent to speak with his Personal Assistant, Alphonsus Ezeugwu, on the issue.

Ezeugwu said it was unfortunate that some misguided women in the district had hijacked the forum for their political interest.

He added that Utazi would continue to offer quality representation to the district as no amount of blackmail would stop him from the good work for the good people of Enugu North Senatorial District.

“I am not surprised some people in the district are already playing 2023 politics.

“I commend Uzo-Uwani Councilwomen for condemning the protest in all its entity,” he said.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from Mr Pat Asadu’ was not fruitful as calls and text message sent to his mobile phone were not replied as at the time of this report.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm

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School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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A three-story building belonging to a private school in the Ejigbo area in Lagos state collapsed on Saturday, September 19.

The affected school, Excel College, which is located at 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus-Stop, collapsed at about 8.15 am. So far, there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate the structure before the collapse.

 

School building collapses in Lagos (photos)School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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Edo election: I’m disappointed, says Obaseki after voting

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission should have prepared better for the election.

Obaseki spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

The governor lamented that he stayed for over one and a half hours in the queue.

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election said he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and a half hours in the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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