2015: Agbaso Returns to PDP, Declares for Imo Governorship

Amby Uneze in Owerri

Former leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Chief Martin Agbaso has formerly returned to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with a vow to deploy all within his reach to ensure victory for President Goodluck Jonathan who he described as having performed so well for the country.

Agbaso who was the winner of the 2007 annulled governorship election in the state, however declared formally, his intention to run for the governorship of the state under the umbrella of the PDP in 2015.

At the official ceremony marking his return to the party at the crowded PDP State Secretariat along Okigwe road, Owerri yesterday, Agbaso expressed gratitude to the leadership of the party at the national and state levels for moving the party to greater height through the many transformational projects embarked upon by the various PDP led states and at the national level.

He noted that it was through the party that he could realise his ambition, stressing that the role he played in 2011 governorship election by championing the victory of the incumbent Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha was indeed very regrettable.

“I must tell you today that I apologise to PDP and the entire Imo people for bringing in the man I did not know too well to govern the state. Today you can see that he had failed Imo people”, he said.

via 2015: Agbaso Returns to PDP, Declares for Imo Governorship, Articles | THISDAY LIVE.

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Ojukwu knew Obi would dump APGA – Obiano’s aide

“At that point, Ikemba raised his head and asked Obi if he was sure he would not leave APGA and he answered yes. Ojukwu repeated the question two times and this made Obi to swear with a bible he was holding that he would never leave APGA to any other party.

“Ojukwu asked this the question because he suspected that the former governor would dump APGA as soon as he (Ojukwu) was no more. It was unfortunate that he he did not keep to that promise.

“He (Obi) once said that leaving APGA to PDP was like going to Iraq, adding that by eventually joining PDP, he is in Iraq and he knew the consequences.

“He also said that it was unfortunate that the former governor castigated Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for leaving APGA when he too was planning to do the same thing as soon as he left office.

“Obi also said that it was because of the former governor that APGA lost all the senatorial seats in 2011, particularly that of Anambra Central contested by the late Professor Dora Akunyili.

He said further: “He did not want Akunyili to be in the senate because of his own ambition of going to the senate in 2015. If he wanted Akunyili to go to senate, why did he take her to the Head Bridge Drug market, Onitsha to campaign knowing the role Akunyili played in fighting fake drug producers in that market as the director general of NAFDAC?

via Ojukwu knew Obi would dump APGA – Obiano’s aide – Vanguard News.

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Five Reasons Why Brazil’s One-time Frontrunner Marina Silva Tanked 

3. Silva lacked the resources of the PT and the PSDB.

Though it offered more institutional support than the Green Party in 2010, the Brazilian Socialist Party faded in contrast to the funding and power of Brazil’s two leading parties, Rousseff’s center-left, governing Workers Party and Neves’s center-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). The two parties controlled 13 governorships among Brazil’s 26 states and federal district going into Sunday’s general election, and they constitute two of the three largest parties in Brazil’s National Congress.

Moreover, both Rousseff and Neves had the support of a handful of leading regional and other shape-shifting parties in Brazilian politics. Most importantly, Rousseff, like Lula da Silva before her (and the PSDB, when it was last in power) benefitted from the institutional support of the amorphous Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), which formed to promote democracy during Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship and now exists as a non-ideological amoeba most attuned to maintaining a foothold in Brazil’s power structure.

Though the Brazilian Socialists were probably helpful in boosting Silva to victory in Pernambuco (one of two states that Silva won, along with Acre in the northwest), where Campos served as governor until earlier this spring, the party didn’t have the kind of infrastructure or machine that could reasonably compete with either the PT or the PSDB.

4. Silva didn’t maximize her support among Afro-Brazilians.

In contrast to Barack Obama, who depended on the backing of African-Americans for his historic 2008 presidential election (and even more in his 2012 reelection), Reuters’s Brian Winter reported earlier this week that Silva trailed among Afro-Brazilian voters, noting that it was a missed opportunity for Silva to appeal to working-class and poorer voters:

Brazilians overwhelmingly shy away from speaking about race, preferring to speak in terms of class instead. Over the centuries, more than 10 times as many African slaves were brought to Brazil than to the United States. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish the practice, in 1888. Today, blacks are more than three times as likely as whites to suffer from extreme poverty.

Asked in an interview with Reuters last week what it would mean to be Brazil’s first black president, Silva replied: “Not just (that) … I’d also be the first environmentalist. I’m very proud of my identity as a black woman,” she continued. “But I don’t make political use of my faith, or my color. I’m going to govern for blacks, whites, (Asians), believers, non-believers, independent of their color or social conditions.”

Silva’s strongest supporters in the 2010 election were urban, upwardly mobile professionals — she won the Distrito Federal (Federal District) in 2010 (though Neves narrowly defeated her there in the 2014 race).

5. Evangelicals just don’t constitute a majority in Brazil.

via Five Reasons Why Brazil’s One-time Frontrunner Marina Silva Tanked | Kevin A. Lees.

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Brazil election heats up as Silva accuses Rousseff’s party of smear campaign

For instance, the PT used its superior advertising time, party organisation and funding to paint Ms Silva successfully as a friend of banks and big business – in stark contrast to her humble life story as a former illiterate rubber tapper.

Her proposal to give the central bank formal independence to reduce political interference was depicted by the PT as designed to empower the banks to set high interest rates and literally take food from the tables of poor families.

Ms Silva alleged more controversially that the PT also mobilised an army of “commissioned” government workers to attack her on social media. These are public servants hired outside the normal structure of the bureaucracy who are usually considered more vulnerable to dismissal – in theory making them more pliable to their political masters’ demands.

“They received an order to post five items a day on social networks in favour of Dilma or against me, saying whatever barbarity,” Ms Silva said.

via Brazil election heats up as Silva accuses Rousseff’s party of smear campaign – FT.com.

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Stewardship: Where did Kalu go wrong?

Kalu has told the world in the series and before that anyone with an evidence that he pilfered any public funds should come forward, but none. Hence, all the noise by traducers in respect to this, is today taken as a mere rumour, brickbat and wicked.

No one is coming forward with genuine evidence, but gossip and blackmail. So, Kalu is innocent of all the rumours of corruption and nuisance that we have been deafened with.

A clear conscience, they say, fears no accusation. Kalu has cleared the air. I must say that the propaganda that has incited the public in thinking that Kalu is corrupt was the make-believe stories that have always come from the government in Abia State against Kalu.

This government has taken to blackmailing Kalu as one of its tools to blacklist oppositions. But at a point, the same government that has been blacklisting Kalu today is the one that is being led by Chief Theodore Orji, (his Chief of Staff then), a man whom at a point, Kalu said that nothing mattered to him, than to seeing that he was released from the prison.

And it came to pass, against the thinking of those who were against the government in Abia State from 1999-2007, who wanted the present governor to be in the prison until the date for his inauguration was over.

Maybe, the ‘corrupt’ that this government is saying that Kalu is, was that he personally char-tered a flight to take Chief T.A Orji from Lagos to Umuahia to prepare his inauguration – a few days away – when it was obvious to Kalu through information on his table that a man he has expended his wealth and energy to campaign for the election he won, was to be re-arrested after he was released from prison.

Kalu did not dump Orji who was so dear to him in the plane; he accompanied him on the flight from Lagos, where Orji was released from prison to Owerri, where Kalu had thought that Orji was safe. Kalu returned to Lagos the same day.

When he returned to Lagos, he declared that the release of Orji from prison was the happiest day in his life.

So, where did Kalu go wrong against Orji that the latter’s government continues to persecute him unjustly to the extent of blackmailing him left and right without an iota of retrospection that the governor was a member of the political ‘building’ that Kalu once built?

via Stewardship: Where did Kalu go wrong?.

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Aba, Orji Kalu And The Rest of Us | Masterweb Reports

From 1999 to 2007 Aba lost its splendor, it lost its shine; it lost its beauty and became blemish. Aba declined so retrogressively that to rebuild it will take years to do. Orji Uzor Kalu’s administration encouraged the building of illegal structures such as shops, kiosks, motor parks, mini markets etc on the drainages, open spaces etc, including the Aba big gutter.

His government then perfected the process of the blockage of the sanitary lanes which the military administrations before it started with the connivance of some dubious landlords and traders on the pretext of building more shops in the city and giving traders spaces to do business. The result was the colossal collapse of the fabrics of the town. Its aesthetics declined tremendously.

It turned out that what the drainages would have accommodated if they were open and scooped became the burden of the roads. Both the streets and roads suffered high degree of corrosiveness. His attempt to reconstruct and rehabilitate some of them was comical.

The roads he tried to reconstruct or rehabilitate failed the test of road standard and quality. And because of their structural dubiety, Aba residents dubbed the roads he built in the city; “Dubai Roads” in derisive reference to some inferior goods (particularly shoes) were imported from Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirate.

It is ironical that the same man that laid the foundation for the present decay of Aba municipality under his watch as governor is the same man shouting blue murder against Gov Orji, who has carried out a lot of interventions to reclaim the city, preparatory to its holistic reconstruction.

Under OUK Aba ceased to have pipe-borne water. Other infrastructures like electricity that existed before he found himself in the apex political seat of the state were neglected. Certainly, Aba was worse under OUK.

Roads such as: Ohanku, Obohia, East, Azikiwe, Ama Ogbonna, Ama Ikonne, Faulks, School, Clifford, Cameroon, Danfodio, Etche, Ulasi, etc were impassable before he exited in 2007; thus making him one of the most hated political office holders at that time.

via NewsReel 20/10/14 – Aba, Orji Kalu And The Rest of Us | Masterweb Reports.

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Why I’m quitting as legislator —Ihedioha

I do not intend to come back to the Legislature. I’ve done three terms on the floor of the parliament…I’ve served as a member, Chaired a Committee and served as Chief Whip of the House. Today, I’m sitting as the Deputy Speaker of the House and also a presiding officer. So, I think I’ve served my bit.

via Why I’m quitting as legislator —Ihedioha.

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How To Stop Snoring And Sleep Well Again (Scientifically Proven)

Snoring causes a person to wake up throughout the night. For most, snoring is simply a case of having to move your body from a bad position into one that’s more comfortable to breathe in.

But for the 18 million people in the United States suffering from OSA, snoring is their body’s cry for help. Throughout the night people with OSA literally stop breathing.

They stop breathing because the muscles in their mouth, jaw, and throat relax, blocking the free flow of air in the airway. These moments of suffocation can last for up to an entire minute.

A person with OSA wakes up hundreds of times during a single night as their bodies try not to suffocate. Snoring is their body’s only way to get enough air to breathe.

The result is that when people with OSA get out of bed in the morning, they feel like they haven’t slept at all. And it’s true—they have not had a full sleep cycle.

Not only are their bodies exhausted, they have opened up an entire range of new health problems that are associated with this extreme sleep loss, including heart attacks, depression, strokes, memory loss, acid reflux and diabetes.

In the past, there weren’t that many treatment options available for people with sleep apnea. They could go and get an expensive diagnosis, and then drop several thousand dollars visiting a sleep clinic that would require an annoying overnight visit. One of the possible outcomes for such patients would be having to strap themselves into a CPAP breathing device for the entire night—that’s one of those breathing masks attached to an explosive tank next to your bed. Or worse, they would have to undergo a painful and invasive surgery.

Luckily, all that has changed!

Now there is the chin strap by MySnoringSolution. It’s a comfortable and affordable treatment for OSA that keeps your breathing passages open while you wear it in bed. This treatment method has been found to be effective in a recent study at the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and it is clinically tested and doctor approved. It works by keeping the jaw and tongue from loosening up, thereby keeping the airway unobstructed. Made from lightweight materials with the sleeper’s maximum comfort in mind, the chin strap has helped thousands get the sleep that their bodies have always needed at night.

via How To Stop Snoring And Sleep Well Again (Scientifically Proven).

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MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize speech 50 years later: Is it still relevant? | theGrio

“I don’t think his vision has ever been more relevant,” says Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate who served in Iraq and now teaches and writes books about peace. “The problem is, people don’t realize how prophetic King was.”

Chappell, the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, which seeks a world without nuclear weapons, says a close examination of King’s life and work shows he predicted today’s protests over income inequality and trillions of war dollars drained from America’s budgets.

“He realized that American military intervention is not only harmful to people around the world, it’s also harmful to the American people,” Chappell says.

The peace prize for King, then just 35 years old, honored a Southern preacher whose philosophy, courage and oratory galvanized the civil rights movement, on whose behalf he said he accepted it. It gave a unique international recognition to the movement’s accomplishments at a pivotal time.

via MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize speech 50 years later: Is it still relevant? | theGrio.

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Beyoncé, Jay Z reportedly renew their vows despite divorce rumors

Beyoncé and Jay Z are still “Crazy in Love,” well at least they are according to new reports.

People has released an exclusive story that the king and queen of everything recently renewed their wedding vows.

“They did have major problems,” a source told People. “But they worked it out and they’ve renewed their vows.”

The source went on to confirm that the happy couple has been searching for a new home in Paris over the past few months.

via Beyoncé, Jay Z reportedly renew their vows despite divorce rumors | theGrio.

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