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Barrister Chinedum Elechi, immediate past Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly and a one time Executive Chairman of Ukwa West Local Government Area, in this interview with ADIELE GOSPEL in Umuahia, expresses confidence that Governor Theodore Orji will uphold his promise to handover to Ukwa/Ngwa zone in 2015.

ARE you convinced of the promise by Governor T. A. Orji to handover to a candidate from Ukwa Ngwa in 2015?
Governor T. A. Orji is a man of his words. For us, the people of Ukwa Ngwa Zone (Abia South), it is a welcome development. As the immediate past Deputy Speaker of

Dr. Joe Odumakin is the president of Campaign for Democracy (CD), a pro-democracy group advocating for good governance. She is also the founder of 'Women Arise for Change Initiative,' an advocacy platform that engages the women in programmes with the view to raising their consciousness to participate not only in government and the electoral processes but also in other sectors of the society where the women folk are increasingly being ignored. In this interview with PETERCLAVER

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Comrade Rasaq Olokoba is the General Secretary of the Coalition of Odua Self Determination Groups (COSEG), the umbrella body for self determination groups in Yoruba land. In this interview with PETERCLAVER EGBOCHUE, he argues that there should not be restrictions in the national conference and that it should be people-oriented. He also disagrees with the president on 75 per cent majority decision and that representations should be on the basis of ethnic nationalities.

WHAT do you make of the modalities recently released by the Federal Government as regards the national conference?
The clamour for a national conference has spanned over decades and as such there is need for us to sit down after this long period of time. We don't have the hope

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