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Did Anambra Record 53.7% Poverty Rate Under Peter Obi? [SEE DETAILS]

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On April 19, 2023, a Twitter user, @PastorMarvy claimed that Anambra recorded 53.7 per cent poverty rate when the Labour Party  presidential candidate, Peter Obi was the governor of the state.

@PastorMarvy said this while reacting to a tweet from Obi where he promised to work to mitigate poverty starting from northern Nigeria.

Obi served as the governor of Anambra from March to November 2006, February to May 2007, and June 2007 to March 2014.

The tweets reads:  “The guy that had a 53.7% poverty in a population of 4 million as governor of Anambra state wants to pull 128.1 million Northerners out of poverty. This is why many countries sees us as Jokers because what is giving that guy the audacity?” (SIC).

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The tweet has generated over 50 retweets and likes as of April 22, 2023.

He later tweeted the photo of President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote and BUA Group chairman AbdulSamad Rabiu with a caption that reads :

These are the people Peter Obi wants to pull out of poverty.”

THE CLAIM

Anambra recorded 53.7 per cent poverty rate during Peter Obi’s era as the governor of the state.

THE FINDINGS

Findings by FactCheckHub show that the claim is TRUE.

Poverty is generally defined as a state of being poor.

The 2010 Poverty report by National Bureau of Statistics captures poverty rates across Nigeria based on three different approaches namely: Absolute Poverty Approach, Relative Poverty Approach and Dollar per day.

According to the report, which documents the average poverty headcount rate across Nigerian states, Anambra recorded 53.7% poverty rate between 2009-10 when Obi was the governor of the state.

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Between 2003-2004 before Obi became the governor, the poverty rate in the state stood at 41.4% meaning that the figure increased by about 28% under Peter Obi.

FactCheckHub could not access the poverty report for the period when Obi left the office in March 2014 because the National Bureau of Statistics did not release subsequent poverty reports until 2020. The report shows that Anambra’s poverty rate reduced to 14.8% in 2019.

THE VERDICT

The claim that Anambra recorded a 53.7% poverty rate under Peter Obi’s leadership as the governor of Anambra state is TRUE, according to data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics.
Source: FactCheckHub

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Tinubu To Unveil Aba Power Plant Monday

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Barring any last-minute change in plan, President Bola Tinubu will on Monday, February 26, inaugurate the Aba-based Geometric Power Plant.

The President is also expected to inaugurate another set of three roads rehabilitated by the administration of Governor Alex Otti.

The roads are: Omoba, Jubilee and Queens Streets all in Aba.

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In a press statement released on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu said, “Unarguably, this is Mr President’s first commissioning of a road constructed by the current set of Governors in Nigeria. It equally marks the 9th road being commissioned in Aba since Dr Alex Otti took over the reign of power in the state eight months ago.

“This exercise is in addition to the commissioning of the Geometric Power Plant in Aba on Monday, February 26th by Mr. President; a power plant that will provide uninterrupted power supply to Aba and its environs.”

The statement enjoined citizens and Aba residents “to troop out en masse to witness the epoch-making events.”

Tinubu, in October 2023, approved more than 260 road repairs in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.

Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.

However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.

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He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.

Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”

Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

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“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”

He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.

Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.

 

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CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday

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The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.

The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.

Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.

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According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”

When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution

 

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