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Anambra 2021: The Nwankpo (ADC) elements startling other candidates




Anambra and her people have a date with history on November 6. By all standards, the election is poised to defy all odds, because there are so many issues at stake. The situation of the Nigerian state, riddled with crippling economic indices as well as the heightening insecurity which, surprisingly has started plaguing the South East zone, are great factors to consider.  On the other hand, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, whose members are squaring up with the Federal Governed, to make sure the election is truncated is another issue of utmost concern. Although an appreciable air of uncertainty hangs in the air, concerning the election on November 6, many Anambra people are willing to come to the polls to enthrone a breath of fresh air as regards reins of power in the state.
Going by the interactions with the common people, it is easy to understand what the voting pattern will look like. The ruling class has taken the people for a ride for too long and they intend to prove to that class with this election that power actually belongs to them. After decades of promises at both the state and federal levels, the people of Anambra seem determined more than ever to take their pound of flesh from the so-called big parties, who are the architects of the economic woes plaguing them. Not minding that they have been moving from town to town, hosting political jamborees, the people see such age-long methods as covert deceit, decorated with empty promises, and this has prompted majority of the citizens to be seeking credible options that could assuage their misery.


It is common to feel the pulse of the people from the streets of Anambra. Today, it is common to hear that the north has planted some candidates in some parties with a view to having a grip on the people of Anambra and her resources in fulfillment of the Islamisation project being financed by the Arab League. It is also common on the streets to hear of inexperienced puppets of a former governor, who would not be able to take his own decisions without getting approvals from his godfathers. In another development, Anambra people are also talking about some candidates who are heavily indebted to banks and are seeking the mandate to become governor in order to raise funds to offset their debts. The streets of Anambra will also tell you about a certain candidate that is so impressed by his educational attainment that he thinks he is the only wise man in the state, in spite of not being able to attract enough empowerment for his people when he was almost at the helms of affairs in the country’s fiscal directorate.
The people on the streets know them all and are willing to battle them to a standstill during the polls.

But the emergence of Akachukwu Nwankpo is breaking barriers. His aspiration according to the common people of Anambra is fast forming a bridge between the upper class and the commoners in the society. While his party, African Democratic Congress is seen a breath of fresh air populated by young Nigerian professionals at home and abroad, the party in Anambra State has innovated a politics of inclusion with the ‘Umunna Revolution’, which it unveiled at Awka recently.

Understanding the Igbo concept of Umunna and the sort of enormous power it wields, will give an insight into what this method is capable of doing at the polls. Umunna reverberates as the building block of any clan and inspires togetherness and common destiny. This is what the ADC is bringing to the table of governance after it had painstakingly galvanised about 1.6 million eligible voters on this platform with the common belief in rescuing Anambra from the claws of hawks, who have a tainted history of usurping powers by hook, crook and also abductions.
While explaining the Umunna Revolution, the Nwankpo Campaign Office illustrated it thus: “Democracy is still the way forward but governance must match democratic ethics to make it worthwhile for the people. I have a strong conviction that every society must evolve a system that works for it and adapt it for the wellbeing and harmony of her people. In Nigeria today, it appears the beauty of democracy starts and ends at the Government Houses. Umunna Revolution therefore, not only aims at bringing governance down to the grassroots but down to every family, so that the geese and the ganders can be equally treated.”


When one brings all these factors into play, it becomes obvious that the only remaining candidate, untainted and formidable is Akachukwu Nwankpo. And this will come to play on November 6, all things being equal.


Ogene Ndigbo


Anambra Independent Media Support AIMS



Queen Josephine Steps Down as Chairperson Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Wives Association after years of meritorious service



It was a moment full of emotions, celebration, and expressions of love and gratitude as the tenure of the Queen of Twon Brass Kingdom, Her Royal Majesty Dr. (Barr) Dame, Evangelist Josephine Diete-Spiff, came to an end as the Chairperson of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Wives Association (BSTWA).

Queen Josephine, who also doubles as the President of the Niger Delta Royal Queens Initiative, subsequently handed over the Secretariat to the new leadership after occupying the Royal position for eight (8) years, from 2014 to 2022. The Royal Queens in Bayelsa State described her tenor as incredibly impactful and the best in leadership ever seen.


She spoke during the handing over ceremony at the Traditional Rulers Council office complex in Yenagoa on Thursday, April 22, 2022. Queen Diete-Spiff expressed her profound gratitude to their Excellencies Senator Henry Seriake Dickson and Senator Douye Diri for their benevolence, adding that she stayed in office for eight years instead of the usual four years by God’s providence.

She also thanked and appreciated the Royal Queens of Bayelsa State for their support throughout her tenure as the Chairperson.

Queen Diete-Spiff said, “I have called this meeting to let you know that I am stepping aside; my tenure ought to have ended four years ago, but by God’s providence and the pleasure of their Excellencies, Senator Seriake Dickson and Senator Douye Diri to whom I am grateful, I have stayed this long as Chairperson of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Wives Association. I have occupied this position for eight years.


“Thank you, my Queens. I appreciate you all for the period you served with me and the support you gave me. I cannot thank you enough. My special thanks to our Secretary, Her Majesty Tecy Diongoli, for her kindness, for being fantastic at her job, and for superbly holding her position. For without her, the ride would have been more turbulent.

“I thank you all who showed up today and those who gave their apologies because of the short notice. Your collaboration made things easy for the secretariate. The association could not have functioned without you because if meetings and programs are called and no one shows up, there will be no leadership. I urge you to give the same support to the new Chairperson of our organization because the administration cannot be offered in isolation from the people. Meanwhile, I appreciate you all for all you did that made my tenure as Chairperson of BSTWA successful.

“Going forward, as the President of the Queens of the Niger Delta, I hope to still carry you, my Queens, along with me at that level. As Bayelsa Queens, you all will still be part of our occasions, programs, and events. So, I am still with you all, a part of you. After all, I am a Bayelsa woman, I am a Bayelsa Queen.


“Nonetheless, I am still here to encourage the new Chairperson if she desires, and I pray that you all will also give her the needed support. If you ever need any advice or need my collaboration, please don’t hesitate to call me. I will be glad to give you as much support as you require.”

Highlighting her legacies while in office, the Twon Brass Queen said she created a slogan and an anthem for the organization, instituted a constitution and registered the organization in the state as a social and developmental organization.

According to her, she enlarged the organization from only first-class to include other classifications, giving every Royal home recognition in the organization, instituted a financial system, dress code that befits Royalty and held seminars and conferences that taught the Queen ethical behaviour, trade, self-esteem, self-reliance, public conduct, harnessing peaceful domains, supporting women and children development.


The Royal Queen further noted that she created government recognition for the organization, gave widowed queens a pride of place by retaining their recognition in the organization, supported Queens that needed legal, financial, and social help, free and gave some disadvantaged children from their domains free scholarship to study in her school.

She instituted and formed the Niger Delta Royal Queens Initiative, where she is presently the pioneer President and caters for widows and the physically challenged through her foundation and office.

In a goodwill message, Secretary BSTWA, HRM Queen Okpoitari Diongoli, said the Royal Queens feel so bad that Queen Josephine is stepping aside, adding that they know the great impact she has created in their lives.


“We are grateful for your support, showcasing us as royal queens of Bayelsa State. Your coming on board made the state government recognize the Queens. Ordinary, before now, the queens are never invited to State events and programs, except they attend with their husbands, their King. But today, the reality is different, as the Queens are now rightly recognized.

The Queen of Ikianbiri in the Bomo Kingdom, HRH, Dr Justina Lere Zalakoro, noted that Queen Josephine is a woman that wants every other person to have the knowledge she has and appealed to her to always guide the new Chairperson on areas she may miss.

She said, “We pray that you stay much longer, but it is not within our reach to say so. You carried us along; you exposed us. Those of us that were in the Creeks without anybody knowing us, you brought us out, and today, we are recognized in the state.


“We have made many friends outside the state. Especially me, I have up to five queens from other states as friends. It is your doing. The ideas you brought, the knowledge you gave us, we shall continue with it and learn from you.”

In her speech, the Queen of Anyama, Ogbia Community, HRH Queen Pat Agala, said that all the good works Queen Josephine had done for the Royal Queens of Bayelsa State cannot be overemphasized, adding that God is lifting her higher as she is leaving as the Chairperson.

“We appreciate you for making us to feel like somebody in the society, for making our husbands to love us the more. These days, our husbands are no more going out with friends because you brought us out; you made us to know our rights, teaching us how to dress, personal conduct, and how to speak in public.


“You never segregated anybody; you never discriminated against anybody. You didn’t look at our status, but you loved us. You believed in us; you worked with us”, she added.

Also, the Queen of Gbarain kingdom, HRM Queen Faye Frank Okiakpe, said that Queen Josephine had been a good chairperson who made herself available for the queens to have access to and has treated everyone equally.

“I know with the testimonies of her works, she will be a great leader to the whole Niger Delta, and I know she will do well, she emphasised.”

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