MINISTER of Labour and Employment and one of the founding members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in South East, Senator Chris Ngige, weekend, explained that some of the chieftains of the party in the zone did not attend the defection rally of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State because they were not invited.
Recall that many prominent members of the APC from South East were reportedly absent at the defection rally by Governor Umahi, who had last week dumped his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling APC.
The Ebonyi State Governor had served as the State Chairman of PDP for many years and later became Deputy Governor from 2007 to 2015 before emerging as the governor in 2015 and was also re-elected in 2019 on the same party platform.
He accused his former party of not being fair to South East by not zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the zone which is believed to be the stronghold of PDP since 1998.
It was argued that out of the three geopolitical zones in the South, South West through former President Olusegun Obasanjo had occupied the highest political position of the land for eight years, the South-South through former President Goodluck Jonathan also was at the helm of affairs of the country for about six years, remaining only the South East.
Umahi said for equity, fairness and justice, the PDP should zone its presidential ticket for 2023 to South East even as it has been rumored that the APC was considering the zone for its presidential slot.
However, at the defection rally in Abakeliki, the Ebonyi state capital, most APC stalwarts from the zone were conspicuously absent thereby fueling the speculation that there is a crack within the party’s family in the zone.
Asked why South East APC leaders were absent at the rally, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Ngige said, “We didn’t attend because we were not invited, the answer is simple and shot.”
Also asked whose responsibility it was to invite them, he said, “It is a party thing, either the governor who is coming into our party will invite us or the Caretaker Committee leadership will invite us, neither of them invited us.”
Reminded of the alleged crack in APC family in South East because of the insinuation that the Caretaker Committee plans to consider Umahi for the party’s presidential ticket, hence the absence of the leaders, Ngige denied of knowledge of any crack within the APC family in the zone.
He said, “Is there any crack in a family that somebody maybe is eating food and didn’t invite you to dinner, it is a rally, it has nothing to do with the welcome reception by the Caretaker.
“Maybe they felt most of us were busy. I am busy with ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) problem as you know and labour issues, maybe that was why they didn’t invite me. Even if they invited me, exigencies of duties wouldn’t have allowed me to go. So, there is no crack.”
Asked whether Governor Umahi did not meet with the party leaders in the zone before his defection, the Minister replied, “That is the question you should ask the governor not me.”
It was reported that neither the Senate Whip, Orji Uzor-Kalu, who is the highest APC political office holder from the zone, nor the former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was a foundation member of the party, Senator Ngige and the Ministers from the zone attended the defection rally.
Iran has announced it will not accept preconditions from a new Joe Biden administration over its nuclear programme unless the US returns to it’s 2015 deal signed by the Obama administration but discarded by Trump in 2018.
After Trump scrapped the deal, he then reimposed strict economic sanctions against Iran, targeting the country’s oil and financial sectors.
Tehran has since exceeded limits to its nuclear activities set under the deal, raising suspicions that it could be using the programme as a cover to develop a nuclear bomb.
But the Iranian government insists it’s nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
The Iran Nuclear deal signed by the US, EU, Iran, China and Russia was designed to constrain the programme in a verifiable way in return for sanctions relief.
Biden said he will open talks with Iran when he takes over the White House in 2021. He promised to resurrect the Iran Nuclear deal and lift sanctions if Tehran returns to “strict compliance with the nuclear deal”.
But Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister has rejected Biden’s plan saying the US had its own “commitments” that must be implemented.
Addressing a virtual conference hosted by Italy on Thursday, December 3, Mr Zarif said the US had been “in grave breach” of a UN resolution endorsing the nuclear deal when it abandoned it, describing the Trump administration as “a rogue regime”.
“The United States must stop, the United States must cease its violations of international law,” he said. “It doesn’t require any negotiations.”
Mr Zarif went on to say that the US was “not in a position to set conditions”.
Biden said to the New York Times this week it was “going to be hard” but “the last goddamn thing we need in that part of the world is a build-up of nuclear capability”.
On Wednesday, December 2, Iran’s parliament passed a bill that would prevent UN inspections of its nuclear sites and require the government to resume enriching uranium to 20% – well above the 3.67% agreed under the deal – if sanctions were not eased within two months.
Uranium enriched to a much higher level can be used in a nuclear bomb, though once 20% has been achieved it is technologically easier to reach that required level of purity.
Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had more than 12 times the amount of enriched uranium permitted under the Nuclear deal agreement
Bulldog has reacted to viral assertions that he has been sacked by Shatta Wale for the second time.
News went rife days ago that Lawrence Asiamah Hanson aka Bulldog has been sacked for the second time by dancehall artiste Shatta Wale.
This information came from an unconfirmed report of a Facebook post of one social media user with the handle Gizo Gh.
See what he wrote;
Following the intelligence, social media went buzzing leaving netizens shocked and asking questions about the possible deed that might have warranted his dismissal.
Let me take you through a bit of Shatta Wale and Bulldog. In 2015, Shatta Wale kicked out Bulldog from his team stating that he wasn’t adding anything to the team and just enjoying his money.
Bulldog and his Bullhaus Entertainment label in quick response released a press statement to announce the official termination of their contract with the dancehall artiste.
However, Shatta Wale in 2018, signed a deal with Nana Appiah Mensah’s Zylofon Media as at that time Bulldog was the artist and repertoire for the label which meant that he was supposed to work with Shatta Wale.
This reignited their strong and enviable working relationship and even though the Zylofon label is currently crisis-stricken, the two continued working until now.
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Well, days after staying in silence Bulldog has reacted to these claims by Gizo after a fan asked him on social media to confirm the news.
In answering, Bulldog rubbished claims. Though he never stated categorically he has been sacked, his response to the questions sighted seemingly predicate that rumours going round has no truth in it.
See the convo that ensued between himself and a User;