… Arthur Eze, a politician in good weather —Ngige
… Ngige, an ant in human flesh —Arthur Eze
By Chioma Gabriel and Victor Young
The showdown between Anambra billionaire Prince Arthur Eze and Labor and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige is gaining ground and both face the slightest provocation.
The confrontation that began with the visit of 12 monarchs from the state of Anambra to Aso Villa, at the behest of the billionaire businessman and without the approval of the Anambra state government, to see President Buhari and thank him for his progress in development in the southeast, it is improving. its price in the relationship between the duo.
The monarchs, in addition to not being able to see the president, returned to face the suspension of the state governor, Willie Obiano, who felt insulted for not having been informed about the trip to Abuja.
One of the suspended monarchs was Igwe MacAnthony Okonkwo from Alor where Dr. Ngige also came from.
Following the suspension, Ngige had expressed unwavering support for the suspension of their traditional ruler and even urged that monarchs, including their patron, be banished.
But Prince Arthur Eze blamed Ngige on the call to banish the monarchs, saying the call has no legal or constitutional backing, adding that “As a minister, Dr. Ngige should know that no section of the Nigerian constitution empowers a state governor to banish or trample on the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian citizen enshrined in the Nigerian constitution. Any governor who tries to heed Dr. Ngige’s call should certainly take action that is against the letters and spirit of the Nigerian constitution. “
The confrontation has not abated as they beat each other. “
Arthur Eze, a politician in good time —Ngige
Labor and Employment Minister Senator Dr. Chris Ngige yesterday reprimanded Prince Arthur Eze for criticizing him for his advice that the 12 traditional rulers suspended by the Anambra state government should be relocated from their communities to avoid brokenness of peace.
Ngige described Prince Eze as “a good-weather politician” who befriends “any government in power” and uses his wealth to intimidate, oppress and brutalize oppressed people in the Anambra state communities, which border his hometown Ukpo on his land grabbing spree. “
Ngige said: “Arthur Eze is a politician in good time, a political traitor and an apostle and commander-in-chief of the members of ‘any government in power’ (AGIP) in Nigeria.”
In a statement from his media office signed by Emmanuel Nzomiwu, the Labor Minister explained that as a former governor and elder of the state, he had only advised the Anambra state government to relocate traditional rulers out of its domain for administrative and political reasons. security.
According to Ngige, “When government officials and, in this case, these traditional government certified rulers are suspended from their posts, they cease to perform the duties of the office and therefore should not be allowed to visit or threaten who carry out their functions. functions by continuing to visit the office, whether in the palace or elsewhere.
“Much more importantly, those suspended traditional rulers have begun to experience violent protests, demonstrations and calls for their total dethronement in their respective communities of Abacha (Idemili North LG), Alor (Idemili South LG), Aguleri Enugu Otu and Mkpu Nando-Otu Aguleri, both at Anambra East LG and many other places, which raises security concerns. ”Ngige said.
“These two reasons are very compelling and serious enough for the Anambra state government to relocate these people, especially that of the Ngige community, Alor, which was never crowned by the Abinithian community but was imposed by the government of the Peter Obi’s Anambra state to the Alor community in retaliation and punitive action for his loss of the 2011 senatorial election to Ngige, who defeated and crushed his candidate, the late Dora Akunyili, sponsored by the then Obi Anambra state government ” .
The statement noted that “there is no time when Ngige, as a man of law, requested the banishment of Arthur Eze, an act that would have gone against the principles of the 1999 constitution, as amended.
“Arthur Eze had sabotaged the Anambra state government by gathering a group of disgruntled people, some credulous and even unrecognized traditional rulers for ‘a thank you visit’ on behalf of the southeast when in reality, no traditional ruler of Enugu, Ebonyi , Abia and Imo States, was at their motley gathering of Ezes. The president of the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers was not present, as was the president of the Southeastern Council of Traditional Rulers. It also did not involve or inform the federal ministers of the southeast, not to mention those of the state of Anambra, not even out of courtesy. “
The statement also disproved the claim that Ngige lived at FESTAC before Arthur Eze rented him a decent apartment in Lagos and helped him trade in his Volkswagen car.
“In 1980, he was already living comfortably in farm 1004, National Assembly wing, Victoria Island, after being transferred from his temporary accommodation at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, where he stayed when he arrived in Lagos as a corps physician. youth. doctor.
“Rather, it was Prince Arthur Eze, a family friend since 1967, who moved out of his older brother’s house in Kirikiri to sit with him (Senator Ngige), he (Arthur) had returned from the US. In 1979 trips of commerce, purchase and sale (attack of Afia) to London, in the United Kingdom “.
The statement held that the Minister was involved in the growth of Arthur’s small business in the early 1980s, from buying and selling T-shirts, women’s pants and bra, to the VHS cassette business, even as he provided him already their young business partners shelter and food every time they returned from business trips from London to Lagos. He also introduced him to many VIPs from where his business transformed from supplying VHS cassettes to NTA and Anambra TV to building TV stations in the 80s.
“Therefore, it will be unnecessary to talk about worldly things like cars and home. For now, the Minister is a very busy person with state duties and generally shouldn’t waste precious time responding to these innocuous vibes, but to clarify the facts, Arthur Eze is still your friend, but you should pay attention to the advice given to you. by sincere friends like Ngige and other members of the Eze family, who should refrain from partisan politics like other high-flying businessmen, like Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Femi Otedola and the president of the BUA Group , Alhaji Samad Rabiu, whom he claims are his contemporaries, and they face their business and establish industries that can create jobs for numerous unemployed, especially young people in Anambra State, thus lifting these Nigerians out of poverty through creation jobs, which is the main agenda of this administration.
Instead, in the last decade she had used her money for unsuccessful political endeavors, victimization, oppression and tyrannical behavior towards oppressed people from neighboring communities in Abba (the hometown of award-winning creative writer, Chimamanda Adichie), Abagana, Ukwulu , Nawgu, among others, where he has involved people in the acquisition of land by force, arresting and detaining people from the area at will on trumped-up charges, and igniting and fueling disputes over royalty in many areas as he is currently doing in the kingdoms of Awka, Alor and Ukwulu. to name a few.
“Given that his style of politics is that of a political renegade, especially when everyone vividly remembers his appearance in January 2015, at a TAN rally in Enugu, shouting ‘Jonathan for President for Life’, it is abhorrent that at the same rally he summoned Ngige and the then APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari appoints, claiming they were arrowheads from the Boko Haram party, APC. Later, when Buhari won the presidential election and Jonathan lost, Arthur turned around to claim full love and loyalty to Buhari in September 2015. “
Ngige, an ant in human flesh —Arthur Eze
Also yesterday, the media management of the leading oil merchant and industrial magnate Prince Engr Arthur Eze responded to Dr. Chris Ngigie’s call to banish him and the monarchs who went to Abuja.
The statement said that Nigige by accident of history became the minister of Labor, Employment and Productivity.
“We would have treated his rant like the rant of an ant that, according to all social and political equations, is an inconsequential product of history.
However, we are tempted to add a voice in light of his undeserved portfolio as a minister in a government that has been hailed as the best in Nigerian history under the able leadership of our much-loved President Muhammadu Buhari.
“One would have thought that anyone holding such a respectable position as Ngigie should be a person with a healthy mind, articulate, well educated and with a broad knowledge of contemporary issues in the orbit of partisan politics in the country.
“One wonders how a minister and a former governor can wake up from their slumber at night and start asking the governor of a state to banish traditional rulers whose only offense is that they made a trip to Abuja to congratulate their boss, the President, for the magnificent work you are doing for the people of your geopolitical zone. “
The statement further read: “Dr. Ngige, as a minister, did not take the time to study the underground colorations that the state government gave to the trip for political reasons.
“The fact that you have been involved in a serious crisis of traditional leadership in your community for the Igweship is accepted, but this should not cloud your sense of judgment for making calls that have no legal or constitutional backing.
“As a minister, Dr. Ngige must know that no section of the Nigerian constitution authorizes the governor of a state to banish or trample on the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian citizen enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
“Any governor who tries to heed Dr. Ngige’s call should certainly take action that goes against the letters and spirit of the Nigerian constitution.
“It is now clear that the induction course on mandatory labels that is generally organized for appointed ministers was started for appointees belonging to Dr. Ngige’s rugged class.”
The statement said that for Dr. Ngige to ask for the banishment of a man of the stature of Prince Engr Arthur Eze not only in Nigeria but around the world is, to say the least, more irresponsible, insensitive, contemptuous and unseemly of a minister. accidental.
“It must be remembered that had it not been for Arthur Eze’s benevolence, Dr. Ngige would not have been able to leave his old two-room apartment in the village of Festac a few years ago and move into a decent apartment in Lagos. It should also be mentioned how Arthur Eze helped to change his Volkswagen car that he uses in Enugu and is today a resident of rats and cockroaches on Ogui Road, Enugu.
“Let us note that if Chris Ngige makes any more unpleasant statements against our director, we will have no choice but to publish some facts and materials at our disposal that will surprise Nigerians in the person and individual known as the minister of labor.
“Arthur Eze’s personality is a globally recognized profile for reasons of philanthropy, industrialization, business acumen, economic vitality and political sagacity.
“I have instructed my Media Directorate not to respond further or dignify the tirades of Dr. Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s most unfortunate and accidental minister, with an answer because I should not expect respect from the one who once dragged his biological father to court. I think that his irresponsible behavior with both the National Assembly, his Alor community and the public as minister is genetic since he also lacks social behavior and public decorum.