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AIF Media Performance Evaluation:Hon Vivian Okadigbo – Member House of Assembly, Oyi constituency.

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Hon Vivian Okadigbo – member House of Assembly, Oyi  constituency.

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Hon Mrs Vivian Okadigbo is the daughter of former attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, late Chief Clement Akpamgbo from Enugwu-Ukwu.

Her mother is from the family of the late Chief K.O Mbadiwe. She is married to the younger brother of former President of the Senate, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo.

Presently, she is the member representing ndi Oyi state constituency at the Anambra state House of Assembly.

She was elected into the House of Assembly in 2011 under the platform of PDP. She later decamped to APGA and got reelected in 2015. This is her 2nd term of 8 years in the state Assembly.

Hon Vivian Okadigbo is a failed lawmaker. There is nothing on ground for ndi Oyi to discuss her represention positively.

She was reelected in 2015 because ndi Oyi said, “we shall vote anything APGA, nkea bu nke anyi”. But the game has changed. The Oyi state leaders of thought are no longer comfortable with her representation. She has been told to “quit or run and lose”.

But as a smart lady, she is set to create political brawl in the area. She has perfected plans to run for the House of Representatives. She has made enough money to throw around and buy delegates.

Her plot from AIF Media investigation is to cling unto the Reps ticket to a point that the governor or APGA leadership will have to seek for an amicable resolution. And at that point she will stick for either Reps ticket or return ticket to the state Assembly.

However, the political leaders in Oyi are already ahead of her game plan. A stakeholder in APGA within the constituency who spoke to AIF Media said, ” Vivian should stop seeking elective position in Oyi or Oyi/Anyamelum federal constituency. She is no longer married to our brother Henry from Ogbunike. She should return to Enugwu-Ukwu and challenge Dozie Nwankwo, that’s her new constituency due to her new status.”

Continuing, the APGA leader said, “we ve met, she can’t fool us again. For 8 years she has no projects anywhere in Oyi, so where are the constituency project funds?”

Vivian Okadigbo has become very unpopular that APGA will lose and get humiliated should the party handover her ticket for either Reps or state Assembly to her.

Despite her failed performance and poor representation, Vivian Okadigbo believes that she has a way of returning to power. She believes “na o ga esi na enu welu APGA ticket”, whatever that means AIF Media will keep trace to that boast.

Now that ndi Oyi have asked her to return to Enugwu-Ukwu if she must contest, will ndi Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia constituency welcome her into their political family, AIF Media will keep you updated on the powerful political intrigues going on in Oyi.

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On differences within the Nigerian Left

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By Edwin Madunagu

For almost a year now, since I resumed writing for publication in the media, I have deliberately referred to the Nigerian Left—my primary concern in this ideological and political enterprise—as if it were a homogenous or monolithic entity. But I know that most of my readers know, as much as I do, that the Nigerian Left—described here as the aggregate of Nigerian Marxists, socialists and pro-people radical democrats—is neither homogenous nor monolithic and has never been.
Even the Marxist group, the ideological core and the most self-conscious subgroup of the Nigerian Left, is far from being homogenous or monolithic. It has been defined, in part, by many differences, some major, some relatively minor. The question then is why I have continued to give this “false” impression of homogeneity and monolithism. I shall, in the present piece, attempt to answer this simple, but important question. This will lead me to a presentation, in summary form, of the differences I had “pretended” did not exist or had vanished or had dissolved.
I had written the preceding 25 or more articles as if differences did not exist or no longer existed in the Nigerian Left as the first step of a tentative new way of promoting internal unity in the movement. Put more directly: I have been presenting all fractions and factions of the movement with verifiable historical facts, analyses and basic common tasks whose critical adoption, I believe, can begin or significantly advance the project of unification. The common basic tasks which, as we may recall, include the drafting of a people’s manifesto, seeking political alliances, constructing a research and coordinating centre and establishing a journal, have all been informed by our experienced and lived differences, past and current.
The articles in which I had more blatantly “pretended” there were no longer differences or major differences in the Nigerian Left can be partially listed, for reference. They include: Murder of a leftist-feminist (8/12/2017); Drafting a people’s manifesto (21/2/2018); Further notes on people’s manifesto (27/2/2018); Between history and current demands (14/3/2018); The Left and election 2019 (22/3/2018); Restructuring: Propositions summarised (12/4/2018); In this 20th year of “democracy” (13/6/2018); Notes on political alliances (4/7/2018); Further notes on political alliances (13/7/2018); Revisiting “the people’s revolution” (3/8/2018); To Samir Amin, a personal tribute (27/8/2018); Revisiting “democracy and dictatorship” (13/9/2018).
From these articles a not-too-young Nigerian Leftist can recall specific issues, which have divided the Nigerian Left for a very long time—at least since the First Republic (1960-1966). Some of them have been substantially resolved, transcended, eliminated or transformed by history; some are not now active because of the decline in Leftist political activism; some others are still active; and several others have now been sharpened by history.
The issues, randomly listed, include: Reform or Revolution; the National Question; type of organisation (vanguard, mass or combined formation); strategy for revolution (bourgeois/electoral politics or armed struggle); modes and forms of open popular–democratic struggles; the women’s question (that is, feminism); principles, rules and methods of organisation; “permanent revolution” or “revolution-in-stages”; the places and roles of the working class, intellectuals, the peasantry, the de-classed masses and the “middle” strata; principles and structures of governance after victory; democracy and dictatorship in the organisation and in the country; concept and reality of capitalism and imperialism.
In trying to properly formulate, organise and classify these differences or areas of differences I would like to tentatively adapt the French Marxist philosopher, Louis Althusser’s categories—determinant and dominant—which he employed in the analyses of factors and contradictions in social formations. But I would add a third category, secondary. Thus, a difference in the Nigerian Left will be described as determinant if it goes to the very roots and foundations of Leftism. An actually-lived illustration would be a consistent anti-working class ideological or political inclination in a Leftist group.
A difference will be described as dominant if, not being determinant, is serious enough not only to deeply or violently divide the movement politically but can set Leftists and leftist groups in armed conflicts against each other—each side fighting alone or in alliance or in combination with non-Leftist or anti-Leftist forces. An actually-lived illustration is the experience of the Nigerian Left during the Crisis and Civil War (1966-1970). Another illustration is the range of positions and attitudes in the Nigerian Left in the current period on the National Question— from “fiscal federalism”, through “restructuring” to “self-determination”.
Finally, a difference will be described as secondary if it is neither determinant nor dominant but is capable of leading to factionalism and significant weakening of the movement’s overall effectiveness, influence and authority. Secondary differences appear mainly in organisation, administration, discipline, methods, attitudes, tactics and other spheres that are often collectively regarded as “subjective”. A current illustration of secondary differences, which may grow into dominant differences, is the range of attitudes in the movement on the question of alliance with, or membership of, ruling class political parties and groups.
As further elaboration, I would like to present, at this stage, fragments of what I said on the subject of Left Unity in my 2016 book of six essays, The Nigerian Left: Introduction to History. In the third essay, on pages 75-79, I listed some “dangerous ideological trends” and proposed that their existence had led to differences that had, in turn, constituted “the greatest obstacles to the development of a unified strategic focus within the revolutionary movement”. The trends included: Infiltrationism, Putchism, Opportunism, Proprietorism and Sectarianism. They can all be classified as secondary differences.
Infiltrationism, according to the 2016 book, is the “belief that any type of ‘state power’ can be used by socialists to build socialism; this explains the adherents’ insistence on the primacy of ‘capture of state power’. This dangerous trend—which is a strange combination of revolutionary impatience, loss of faith in the masses’ capability and opportunism—leads, in practice, to the denial of any need to create a separate socialist organisation. Putchism, on the other hand, is “the search for the ‘quickest road’ to socialism, and hence, the reduction of socialism to technical, not political and ideological project”.
Opportunism as I defined it, is “essentially the adoption of the socialist platform, not for the promotion of the working people’s struggles for power and socialism but for the purpose of personal promotion and enrichment, as a bargaining weapon with the Nigerian bourgeoisie and the bourgeois state”.
Proprietorism “is not opposed to Left Unity in the absolute sense; it accepts unity provided it takes the form of enlargements of the adherents’ groups and the retention of the adherents’ leadership positions”. Sectarianism “is the perpetual incapacity to transcend, or the permanent and conscious embrace of, primitive and localised organisational work, perpetual lack of an overall national revolutionary perspective.
Let me end these notes by repeating the core of the proposal I made in the piece, In this 20th year of “democracy” (13 June 2018): A small ad-hoc group of serious and committed Nigerian Leftists should volunteer and select themselves and prepare, for the Nigerian Left, a draft people’s manifesto, a draft programme and structure, and a draft memorandum on participation in electoral politics. The group should then convene a “unity conference” and present the three documents. The next stage will be dictated by the proceedings and outcome of such a “unity conference”.
It is, however, necessary to insist that to be able to move the Nigerian Left forward in the sense of history, individual contents of the draft documents may be tentative, but should not be ambivalent on any major concrete question before the nation, before the masses or before the Nigerian Left.


*Edwin Madunagu is a mathematician and journalist who writes from Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

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Okowa Urges Political Appointees To Give Their Best To The People

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DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has charged political appointees to always give their best in rendering services to Deltans.
The governor gave the charge Friday  in Asaba at the swearing-in ceremony of two new members of the State Executive Council: Hon. Freeman O. Fregene and Mr. Julius Takeme, three members of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission – DESOPADEC: Hon. Ejaife Odebala, Hon. Mofe Pira, Hon. Talib Tebite and Dr. Samuel Ochonogor Ossai as Executive Director, and the inauguration of Mr. Kelly Oghenekevwe as member of Delta State Internal Revenue Board.
According to Governor Okowa, “I expect that those appointed to serve in various capacities, should give their best to the entire State; in your various portfolios, we expect you to serve with integrity, devotion, commitment and accountability.”
“It is our expectations that you will provide fresh ideas and new drive to support the government in consolidating our programmes and projects, while moving the politics of Delta State to a higher level of humility, justice and harmony as you serve our people,” he said, adding, “I want to remind the new appointees that your assignment will be especially challenging, as we seek to accomplish most of our projects and other commitments under a disciplined financial regime and urgency, especially as the seasons of expectations of our citizens, active politics and attendant elections begin to accelerate.”
He used the occasion to also call on all Deltans to actively participate in politics, stating that Deltans should be conscious and at all times, stand for transparent, free and fair elections, where every vote counts.
While congratulating the appointees, Governor Okowa urged them to inject fresh and productive ideas into the Ministries, Commission or Board they find themselves, stating, “I urge all those sworn-in or inaugurated today to bring with them the desirable winning attitude, ingenuity and deep insight in the handling of your various assignments; these are the only ways you can assist this administration leave a desired legacy of service in Delta State, while also endearing yourselves to our people.”
“We are approaching the twilight of our first term in office; we have before us, many urgent challenges arising from the committed pursuit of our projects and programmes, including the inevitable pressures of politics as we are getting deep into the electioneering season; but, we need not be derailed in our commitment to our economic agenda,” he admonished.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Hon. Ejaife Odebala thanked Governor Okowa for the appointment, expressing delight that they have been chosen to be part of the team that was working to positively change the lives of Deltans.
He assured the governor and all entire Deltans that they will discharge their duties meritoriously to the benefits of the people.

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The Nigerian Tragedies: Buhari’s Hubris and Atiku’s Nemesis

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Nigeria is nominally a democratic nation with a totalitarian character. There is a growing public wariness and scepticism about the usefulness of our brand of democracy. Buhari, Atiku, Jonathan, Obasanjo, Tinubu, Amaechi, Ganduje are no longer names of persons in the Nigerian socio-political space but are metaphors of the geometric sum of the tragedies that have befallen the nation-state since its birth. Sadder than these tragedies are the camps of ever-bickering orators of frivolities defending these indefensible tragedies. The Greek mythology of Hubris and Nemesis is very instructive in exploring the current deadlock of choice between Buhari and Atiku.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Hubris is a dangerous cocktail of overconfidence, overambition, arrogance, excessive self-regard and pride fuelled by power and success. When found alongside contempt for the advice and criticism of others leads to catastrophic consequences. The myth recounts how, in order to escape from imprisonment on the island of Crete, the master craftsman Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings made from feathers and wax. The wings gave Daedalus and his son Icarus the godlike power of flight. However, the young, ebullient and overconfident Icarus ignored Daedalus’ warnings not to fly too high. He did. And the ferocious sun’s heat melted the wax holding the wings together and Icarus plunged to his death. This is the reckoning meted out by the goddess of retribution and vengeance, Nemesis.
Nemesis is the retribution for unbridled arrogance. It fulfils the humbling role against excessive self-importance. It is the unavoidable consequence of not heeding the voice of moderation and critics. A positive self-image is psychologically healthy, so too is self-confidence, proper ambition and authentic pride. These are crucial qualities for any successful leader. However, these qualities could easily morph into excesses, and when it does, the retribution served by Nemesis is likely to be severe. These patterns embedded in the logic of myth links Hubris and Nemesis. So too are the dynamics of two compatible contradictions in our political space: Buhari and Atiku.
General Buhari never changed. A convert to democracy? not really. He is still the same dark and implacable military, austere and obstinate oligarch, and pathologically incapable of casting off his impulsive cronyism. His legacy as an icon of democracy is no longer secure. He represents a pretension towards an arrogant form of godly integrity, divisive, power-hungry, vengeful, with a morbid messianic sense of self. Buhari sees himself as a virtual messiah or saviour who is on a jihad of anti-corruption and has a fate, destiny, or mission that is historic, both timeless and time-changing in its ramifications. Despite his inaugural mantra of “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” he remains a seriously polarizing personality. He offers his supporters something great and attractive to love- his integrity. And then offers them too something great and attractive to hate- his opponents. Buhari’s body language insists and demands unlimited power and unquestioned loyalty, in a manner that combine military discipline and religious devotion. His cult-like following is unmistakable, though blindly. He is intolerant of both domestic rivals and international assessments. He only appears humble before selected audiences -religious visitors and when in foreign lands. Retribution against perceived chosen enemy clouds his sense of justice and fairness. Meanwhile, he seeks through his handlers to blame, shame and attack his chosen enemies and perpetually passes the buck and accuse others as the reasons for the nation’s weaknesses and failures to live up to its hopes and capabilities. Buhari and his team came under the pretext of confronting the tri-headed monster of Corruption, Insecurity and Unemployment. The presidency is still in denial over the worsening state of things. Buhari rode to power in 2015 on the wealth from corruption, sponsored with stolen monies, flew on campaign travels on private jets of those who defrauded this nation and he is now surrounded and attended by a huge number of criminal politicians who defected from PDP and elsewhere. The anti-corruption lens seems selectively clouded. Or how deep or shallow is the depth of Buhari’s integrity? All critiques of Buhari is corruption fighting back or fake news. This government seethes with contradictions, blatant propaganda and pass lies off as reality. There is the need for internal rethinking and rejigging of APC’s objectives.
In Atiku, Buhari meets his nemesis. Atiku lives in a bubble of grandiose aspirations. A dream of personal glory hinged on a glorious redemption of the nation from its pasts. He believes the redemption of the country would correct the over-rehearsed narrative of corruption about him. His special future destiny is in overcoming this past history. In redeeming the country, he hopes to redeem his self-image. The best way to do this is to play the victim. Tell the sellable story of rising from grass to grace that most Nigerian youths can relate with and picture themselves in: ‘the-poor-child-hard-work-successful-business magnate myth’.
The greatest source of revulsion against Atiku is his penchant for corruption and the much-investigated case in the US. Yet he is loved and cherished for his metropolitan outlook, moderate religiosity, investments in education and local businesses, philanthropy and celebrated business acumen. Under the sacred names of democracy and capitalism, Atiku and his conniving associates raped and mercilessly pillaged the wealth of the nation. Atiku in his exalted place as vice president made himself a conduit for fraud and corrupt practices running into billions of traceable monies and millions of hidden properties and assets. One core competency of Atiku was his compulsive disposition in profiting from the undervalued and mis-sold strategic national assets in the name of privatisation. Atiku’s gobbling up of precious national assets, obscene money laundry and dubious air of duplicity is to be feared.
As a result of all these Atiku has developed a vengeful animosity towards his most powerful enemy- Obasanjo- who has historically made him a scapegoat of corruption for all the rot in the Nigerian socio-political landscape. Obasanjo has always stood in the way of Atiku’s aspirations and potential for future greatness. Now that the controversial reconciliation and political re-alignment midwifed and supervised by the interreligious bigwigs has taken place, the Atiku’s hour of political grandeur seems set on the right road. Atiku has tried to ameliorate his integrity-deficit by patching himself up with Peter Obi.
The contest for 2019 election has begun. The soul of the nation has once more been auctioned to the highest bidders. We are now spectators in the forging of our national destiny and future.
Since clinching the PDP presidential ticket many of Atiku’s speeches have caused positive stir nationwide as Nigerians are supporting the idea of True Federalism. But we must beware of the emotionally enthused and bandied slogans. Besides Buhari’s integrity welding mantra and Atiku’s true federalism brandishing catchphrase, we must give the other presidential candidates serious considerations and a chance. While Buhari is megalomaniac, indifferent, incapable of compassion and self-righteous, he is always finding justification for his actions. Atiku is manic, guilty ridden, a victim of the system, sympathetic and seeking endless ways for reparation and acceptance. Buhari is slow-thinking, indecisive and incompetent. Atiku is smart, cunning and informed. I believe strongly that none of them will be able to proffer solutions to our national malaise, there are now artefacts of intellectual analysis.
Now Tweets, Facebook posts and commentaries are inundated with orators of frivolities, grief-stricken and abusive rhetoric, the cynics are having a field day, peppered vexations of shallow permutations, the mass of younger Nigerian have taken on the unpaid and unrewarded job to bawl and bark and bray relentlessly against each other. In this pandemonium, the plight of unpaid workers, the sufferings of the unemployed, the shameful indignities meted to pensioners, the ongoing pillaging of the state, the needless interreligious and ethnic bloodbaths, kidnappings and daylight robberies, horrible and inaccessible roads, a comatose education system, the death-serving health system and a lack of national organising myth and direction are swept under the rug of amnesia. We need a robust space for civic engagements. A national discourse curated by the men and women on the streets. Not the two national choirs of greed.
Until then, are we trapped in this self-defeating vicious circle of God, Greed and Glory? Buhari/Osinbajo: die-hard Northern Muslim, former military general and no-nonsense czar and a pastor, serious-minded ivory tower-type intellectual and Western Christian versus Atiku/Obi: moderate northern Muslim, business tycoon, consummate politician and an impeccable, playful intellectual of the babel of the marketplace and disinterested Eastern Christian. Religion, ethnicity and oligarchy: these lies do not bind. The national glue is too watery to bind us in freedom, peace and unity. The national eagle does not fly, it is a phantom bird.
The Nigerian pretend version of democracy encircles us today like the coil of a Python from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries, Mahatma Gandhi once said. “I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.” This is a fitting battle cry for the next generation. This must become the contemporary outlook of the Nigerians of the future. I too will wrestle the snakes. Buhari, Atiku, Jonathan, Obasanjo, Tinubu, Amaechi, Ganduje and their likes are the disappointing pasts we must flee from. Someday, the testaments of these self-serving political gladiators will be given a place in the dustbin of history, as an abomination worthy solely of an autopsy in the study of socio-political and aesthetic pathology.
As we catch our breath from the shocking revelation of Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano State stuffing his babaringa with bribe money; Nnamdi Kanu, the Moses of a new exodus of IPOB is seen sticking his head into the Walling wall in Israel. Welcome to Nigeria where hubris and nemesis thrive.

Arise, O compatriots!


Michael Achile Umameh

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WHY NDI IGBO MUST IDENTIFY AND MAKE EARNEST SACRIFICE TO SUSTAIN APGA

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By Bro Machi Pius Igwe

On many occasions I have wanted to write on this subject matter but have chosen to keep a sealed lip, why? Because they say that silence is golden though there is limitation and moderation to everything under the earth. It is said that a closed mouth is a closed destiny and that “Ekwu ekwu mere onu ma anu anu mere nti”. That is why I have taken my time to set down this set down now especially when there are many diverse views and opinions and divisions within the ranks of our great party.

Of all the political parties in Nigeria, it is only APGA that has been identified as Igbo party and the only party that have represented Igbo ideology of “Onye aghana nwanne ya”. APGA was founded by Chief Chekwas Okorie in 2003 and was betrothed to Gburugburu Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, yes I chose that word “betrothed” because Ojukwu did a lot, made dauntless life daring sacrifices to enhance APGA, to give it a national face but the incidental politicking of Igbo enwe eze has been the greatest challenge facing APGA till date. It is of note that the great Ikemba even though he was loved and respected so much as though he is a god amongst Igbos could not garner tangible votes in his both 2003 and 2007 presidential election outing as the party flag bearer.

APGA AND NIGERIAN MONEY POLITICS:-At least the party has shown that if it is financially boosted it could challenge to carve out national chunk out of Nigerian’s political equation. This experiment was tried and it succeeded in both Imo and Anambra where APGA has won both gubernatorial and senatorial election in past and presently. In Anambra in 2003 Peter Obi was given APGA ticket because he proved that he has the capacity to fund his election including flexing muscles with Ubah brothers who calls the shots in Anambra Politics back in those days. Repeatedly, again in Imo in 2011 APGA prove doubters wrong when incumbent Gov. Rochas Okorocha show up with the needed capacity, collected APGA ticket and went on to defeat the then incumbent Gov Ikedi Ohakim in the Imo gubernatorial election. If not because Rochas Okorocha greedily left with APGA mandate to APC, a combination of Imo and Anambra would have expanded APGA to Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi and beyond the southeastern region. But our politicians have continuously refused to identify with APGA thereby restricting the party to local league as a one state party. You can agree with me now that had we have people like Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Bisi Akande (of Igbo extraction) amongst others, APGA would have grown as big as PDP and APC. On several occasions victory has been snatched from APGA simply because capacity is lacking and the party would be bullied to sulk and accept defeat even with glaring victory. Typical example is the 2003 gubernatorial election that was clearly and expressly won by Peter Obi but was snatched and manipulated in favor of Sen Chris Ngige. Only God and much needed capacity guaranteed Obi his mandate back in a very prolonged legal battle in the election petition tribunals. The same way many APGA candidates were massively voted by the people who see APGA as the only Igbo party but in each occasion results are manipulated to favor the highest bidder in ruling party.

APGA AND SEVERAL LEADERSHIP TUSSLES:-I have come to understand that many flamboyant politicians of Igbo extraction who are members of the ruling parties have on many occasions sponsored leadership and legal tussle within APGA. The very reason Chief Chekwas Okorie the founder of the party left his party and formed UPP, it has been from one court case to the other, from one injunction to another order of mandamus. But in view of all these the party has been like a cat with nine lives that it survives all those legal arsenals being hurled at her. Throughout the reign of Peter Obi as Anambra Governor, it has been from one legal tussle to the other; between Chief Maxi Okwu vs Victor Umeh & others which Victor Umeh came out victoriously then during Governor Willie Obiano it has been Ozomkpu Victor Ike Oye vs Ochudo Martins Agbaso and others which Victor Oye also came out victoriously recently. Now it is believed and proved to be of a truth that these legal tussles are being instigated and financed by greedy and selfish southeast politician who fears that success of APGA to challenge for national political participation may impact negatively in their political interest and domination in the southeast.

APGA AND GRASSROOT DEVELOPMENTAL INITIATIVES:-It is without doubt that the leadership of Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano of Anambra state has opened a new elevated and coveted page for APGA in not only Anambra but also in Abia, Imo, and Enugu however every success comes with challenges. Willie the working governor immediately he assumed office initiated his much talked about COMMUNITY CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT INITIATIVES which he used to take development to the rural areas and projects also largely undertaken and executed by grassroot contractors. This scheme did not only take development to the downtrodden and forgotten but was able to raise new contractors and new millionaires, new financial capacities and empowerment in Anambra State. Willie Obiano the master strategist used the community choose your project to touch communities, touch lives and advanced industrial capacities within our people. How? Because it worked in Anambra other states like Enugu and Ebonyi are emulating our working governor. For this singular reason alone, there has been influx of members into APGA in Enugu, Abia and Imo that now it become difficult for the party to handle. That is why I earlier said that success always come with challenges. While in place like Imo, Abia and Anambra many of the APC and PDP aspirants are drawn from many bulks of unpopular candidates APGA has to choose from multiple capacity aspirants (some were even incumbents) who came to contest under APGA. APGA buzi party BULU EBU…!

APGA AND THE FALL OUT OF ITS RECENT PRIMARIES ACROSS STATES:-There has been outcry from the just concluded APGA party primaries that it needed urgent attention however thank God that the party leadership has been working round the clock to address the situation to bring everyone under one page. In fact I was telling concern party faithful that this is the most trying time for the party and indeed a time to know those who believe in the party ideology and principle of ONYE AGHAKWANA NWANNE YA! People’s confidence, faithfulness and commitment to the party have been tried and lots could not be able to stand the trials that we even hear of the formation of New APGA in IMO. Well people are totally entitled to their reaction whenever they felt offended or pushed to the wall but like I have told many aggrieved members that in such circumstances one must take some quality time to think before acting because any action taken in haste may later be regrettable. We should remember that prior to 2015 election, lots of PDP members fell out with the then party hierarchy and staged a walkout including OBJ who openly tore his PDP membership card out of annoyance and in protest. Barely 3years after taking such drastic decision that led to PDP losing the later presidential election and gubernatorial election in many states those that left the party now regretted and returned back to PDP. This is after they have gifted victory to this perceived clueless administration of Presudent Muhammed Buhari and APC. Not only that PDP suffered but even Nigerians has suffered, hungry, naked, and sick, many died (some even ended up committing suicide). The developmental progress of APGA in Anambra (and Imo before Rochas decamped to APC) cannot be sacrificed on the altar of selfish revolution. There is need for patience, calmness while the leadership of the party is afforded all the time to initiate reconciliation for all the aggrieved members to return to one fold of a bigger and stronger APGA.

THE URGENT NEED FOR CALM, PATIENCE AND RECONCILIATION IN APGA:-I was very delighted when I stumbled on Senator Ifeanyi Ararume’s facebook wall lately and read for myself his calls and moves for reconciliation in Imo APGA. The National leadership of the party should not hesitate to reach out to all aspirants that lost in the just concluded primaries and ensure they have a round table discussion with them (even those that were somehow disqualified or not cleared at the dying minute to contest). With the spirit and principle of ONYE AGHANA NWANNE YA it should never be winner takes all in APGA, there should be some compensatory roles for those that lost out during the primaries and all of them should be brought together to work for the success of the party. I am calling on aggrieved aspirants to hold their peace and learn from Prof Chukwuma Soludo, Yes! He came with all humility to contest under the party in 2013 but the tides favored Chief Willie Obiano as it does many of the party candidates now, lots of political prostitutes left APGA then, but Prof Soludo being wise, patient and decisive so he stayed back and worked tirelessly for the party! We should know that there is a reason for everything that happened and we should leave that in the hand of God whether we believe or not. President Buhari was not a Christian but he contested for president 3times and failed till he won in 2015! Late President Nelson Mandela of blessed memory is another typical example of patience and success of struggle in that he spent 27donkey years in prison but still came out to become South Africa’s president and delivered his nation from the curse of apartheid! Alh. Atiku Abubakar contested Gongola State gubernatorial election in 1991 and won against Dr. Bala J Takaya of which was truncated by IBB June 12 1992 election annulment and Gen Sani Abacha’s subsequent military takeover, he tried again in 1999 and won but was chosen as OBJ’s running mate and bequeathed the governorship seat to Boni Haruna. We all know how many times now Atiku Abubakar has contested for presidency and lost. He was able to pick PDP ticket recently and may emerge winner come 2019…. What do we learn from his resilient attitude? That he who fights and run away, lives to fight another day! That patience pays and that we cannot gain much with political grandstanding or creating rancor and division here and there within the same house we have suffered much to build.

THE WAY FORWARD AND WHY NDI IGBO SHOULD EMBRACE APGA:-I have been attacked severally by those that felt they have been robbed and cheated by APGA and have every reason to set the house on fire but I said wait, calm down, think twice before you act further. It is however possible to drag a horse to the river but almost impossible to force the horse to drink water. I am calling on all warring parties and members of this great party to sheath their swords. Lot of impunities and election irregularities worse than APGA’s has happened in many political parties over the years and lately but it was considered very wrong and unfounded that such should be discussed in the open. These are internal party affairs and should be handled within the party and the party’s decision should be considered paramount and binding on all members. Even though the issue of political decampment has become the most shameless and regrettable aspect of Nigerian’s democracy that people joins party without even understanding the party’s ideology. APGA’s slogan said “BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER” meaning that as Christ told Peter that he must forgive his brother 70X7times to show that he loves, this also should be practiced and applied to APGA members! This is the time to identify true APGAns, those that really understand and are ready to live by the principle of “ONYE AGHAKWANA NWANNE YA” meaning as APGA member, you must strive to forgive and “BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER” not like Cain who as result of rejection or loss killed his brother Abel in cold blood and was asking God, “AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?”. What I noticed of gun trotting and cult clashing incidents lately was never the party’s ideology! The party APGA was built on love and must be sustained thus! Those that came into the party violent inclined should be told that APGA is all about peace, love and togetherness!

MY CONCLUSION:-I will use this medium to call on all APGA members, all southeast religious leaders, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and other Igbo socio-cultural organization to pray and make possible sacrifice for the survival and expansion of APGA! The same way AD identified with Afenifere (the AD too had issues but Yoruba leaders intervened and ensure peaceful resolution and truce) back in those days should APGA be considered as the only party that have projected and defended Igbo interest. Apart from prayers that I have suggested, our leaders must reach out to the leadership of the party for a possible truce and thereby chart a way forward! APGA against all odds is still the only tangible and sustainable legacy Ojukwu left for the Igbos and it will be calamitously shameful if we cannot but make sacrifice to sustain and grow this progressive conscious political party beyond regional supremacy! It was AD that metamorphosed to ACN while APP transformed to CPC and both gave birth to the present day APC, If APGA is supported to takeover Imo and Abia where they presently fielded formidable candidates with dreaded structures; I can see uhuru and good tides ahead for the party. I am calling on all Igbos to think twice, never give in to sabotaging tendencies and stand with the party and we are going to get it right in many Igbo states as we have done in Anambra just very soon.

Bro Machi Pius Igwe.
Media consultant,
PR Manager, political analyst and social critic
writes from Awka Anambra State.
Email: machipiusigwe@gmail.com
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Fear Grips Imo APC-Okorocha Abandons Rescue Mission APC Faction Aspirants

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Palpable fear has enveloped the Rescue Mission political Group in Imo State as their mentor and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has ran to an Abuja based High Court to safe-guard the APC Orlu Senatorial ticket which he claims to be in possession of.
To the shock of many, Governor Okorocha who due to his attitude towards the Judiciary, is seen as no conformists to laws of the land, this time eventually ran to the protection of Court over the contentious Orlu Senatorial ticket.
In a suit between Rochas Anayo Okorocha the claimant/Applicant with All Progressive Congress APC, and INEC as Defendants, the Governor asked the Court to “restrain the 1st Defendant/Respondent whether by itself, its Executive, Agents, Servants, Privies, Representatives, Nominees and/or any other person or persons howsoever described from Substituting the claimant/Applicants name or removing or changing his name with any other winner of the primary election for Imo West Senatorial District”.
This application in Abuja High Court by Okorocha has sent jitters down the spines of Okorocha’s fellow Aspirants under the camp of the Rescue Mission Group, otherwise called “Agburu”.
Why Okorocha moved fast to institute this injunction barring any other fellow access to the Orlu APC Senatorial ticket is an indication and fear that his name could be substituted with that of another by INEC and APC.
However, by going to Court without the notice of some Okorocha’s loyalists who are also Aspirants has raised questions among the Rescue Mission Aspirants.
Those said to be confused with Okorocha Court application include Senator Nnamdi Obiaraeri, who is relying on Okorocha for Okigwe Senate seat, Hon Chief Chike Okafor putting his trust in Okorocha for a second term for Ehime Mbano/Obowo/Ihitte Uboma Federal Constituency Seat, Chief Kingsley Uju for Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta, Oru West Federal House.
For over a week now, Okorocha has relocated to Abuja to fight for the Imo APC Governorship ticket, which he thought was reserved for his son inlaw, Chief Uche Nwosu, but being challenged by Senator Hope Uzodinma.
However, while in Abuja, Okorocha was said to have realized that his own ticket was at risk too, hence he quickly ran to Court.
But Okorocha in the process, has left his lieutenants confused, as he could not act as a Leader by jointly applying for a litigation that would have also protected those in Rescue Mission fighting to be candidates of APC.
Trumpeta learnt that Okorocha may have sought for the Court action to protect his Senate ticket when it became clear that APC may decide to give automatic tickets to its serving legislators, which may include, Senator Hope Uzodinma assuming he loses the APC Governorship ticket in Court.
Therefore, Okorocha ran to Court to safe-guard his own ticket abandoning the rest of his flock.
Trumpeta learnt that Senator Ben Uwajumogu is likely to pick a return ticket for the Okigwe Senate Seat, leaving Obiaraeri to clutch the sticks, Hon Nana Opiah is tipped for a Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Seat, and Kingsley Uju sacrificed, and Hon Emeka Nwajiuba, said to be a close ally of President Buhari has been reserved for the Ehime Mbano/Obowo/Ihitte Uboma ticket, with Chike Okafor the loser.
Therefore, in the case Uche Nwosu loses Imo Governorship ticket to Hope Uzodinma, it means Okorocha would have sacrificed his “Boys” while his Orlu Senate ticket is secured.


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Tambuwal appoints 25 commissioners

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Thursday forwarded 25 names to the state Assembly for confirmation as commissioners.
Tambuwal in a letter dated Oct. 18, read at plenary said, “I am pleased to forward to the House nomination for appointment as commissioners and members of state executive council.
“The nomination is in line with section 192 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
“The nominees are selected after wide consultations within the specter of our society and in conformity with section 14 (4) of the Constitution.”
Tambuwal further stated that the nominees are persons of proven integrity with good track records in their various vocations.
“I am confident, they will bring to bear, their wide experience in propelling the formulation and execution of government policies and programmes for the overall development of our state.”
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, who presided over the sitting announced that the nominees will be screened on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Tambuwal dissolved the state executive council on July 4, 2018.


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Rabiu Kwankwaso, a senator form Kano State, has disassociated himself from the viral video indicting the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje of allegedly collecting 5million dollars as bribe.

Two different video had earlier emerged online of the current Kano State Governor receiving bribe from contractors in the state.
Following the emergence of the viral videos, Malam Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for Information, earlier claimed that that Jafar Jafar, Publisher of Daily Nigerian, was working with Kwankwanso.
Senator Kwankwaso insisted that he has nothing to do with the publisher.
The senator made it known via a statement by his spokesperson, Hajiya Binta Spikin.

The statement reads, “Everyone knows that Jafar Jafar is an independent journalist and his medium, Daily Nigerian, is also indepen-dent.
“There is no any kind of deal between Jafar and Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso. So if they are suspecting anything, it is left for them to prove it by bringing forward their evidence.”

 

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Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu: Which way APGA? (1)

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By Emma Okocha

“Female monarchy is against the will of God… God has revealed that it is more than monster in nature That a woman should reign and bear empire above man.”
– John Knox, the first Blast of the Trumpet against the monstrous government of women

Scottish author John Knox was not alone in his opposition to the realm of Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) archetype, and the first feminist of the liberation of feminine power. Her epochal reign had paved the way in the mind of mankind about the capabilities and possibilities of women that culminated in the modern women’s right movements. Indeed, in 1570, Pope Pius V had excommunicated Elizabeth and theoretically deposed the Queen issuing numerous decrees calling for her death. Ten years later, in 1580, the Vatican put out a contract on Elizabeth’s life and, in the words of the Papal Secretary, it decreed that “whosoever sends her out of the world with the pious intention of doing God service not only does not gain sin but gains merit.”
The APGA was founded with the express approval and blessing of the Ohanaeze when the African Philosopher King and constitutional expert, Professor Nwabueze was the Secretary General and Dr. Pius Okigbo away from the limelight controlled the Ohanaeze. Dr. Okigbo was the only Igbo in those days who could look General Ojukwu in the face and tell him to either calm down or go to hell. When before the Oputa Panel arrived Enugu and the Odumegwu was not going to take the lead witness stand, Okigbo advised Nwabueze to unleash the best of the Igbo to take the stand and call Ojukwu’s bluff. There were luminaries: the late Barrister Ikeazor, Philip Umeadi, Mbazulike Amaechi, Professor Anthony Modebe, who staggered the panel’s secretary, Father Kukah, when he thundered, “I am Professor Anthony Modebe, a 1958 Professor Modebe, a 1958 Professor of Agricultural Sciences, University of Ibadan. All the Nigerian problems started before me in Ibadan.” Father Kukah asked him to repeat his opening statement. “You are Professor Modebe and in 1958 you were already a professor at the University of Ibadan?” After the productive outcome of the Ohanaeze testimonials at the Opute Panel, Justice Ozobu, Prof. Nwabueze Ohanaeze leadership added another feather to their cap when it received the APGA proposals asking for Ohanaeze’s blessing and support to form a party that would fly and protect Igbo interests in the Nigerian federation. Ohanaeze, led by Professor Nwabueze, would prefer Ohanaeze was out of politics. When the proposal was forwarded to the Ohanaeze Strategic Committee, headed by Senator Uche Chukwumerijie, an unrepentant Ojukwu student, and before we made our recommendations, I had argued that we would be in a better position and APGA would gain a lot if the Strategic Committee would in the first place define what’s the Igbo primary interests as a contending and cooperating group in the Nigerian federation. Initially, late brilliant Clem Nwankwo was intellectually on my side and we went to work. That sojourn was aborted and the whole Ohanaeze deliberation was sent to ecstasy when the name Odumegwu Ojukwu was announced as the presidential candidate for the APGA organization. Nwabueze, true to his principles, packed his bag and baggage. Dr.Okigbo, like many others, abandoned Nwabueze and rooted for Odumegwu, and General Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was never a member of the Ohanaeze for the third time in his memorable life, was crowned King of the Igbos (ps. see details in Emma Okocha, The Jews of Africa).

Under Ojukwu, the APGA didn’t need any seawide manifesto to reach their base. Ojukwu without any more tommyrot was everything, including the symbol and the platform of the party. When the Odumegwu took his last salute, the APGA had shrunk and it looks now that the Igbo party is losing its people, and in a federation of dwindling expectations the other prominent groups have been able to stabilize, employed accepted political parties, to hold fast, claim their territories and whether by their own brutal demands or by their own strategic alliances protected their own at the centre.
In an era of voter apathy, why is the third biggest party in Nigeria hunkered down in Anambra and on one hand allowing its secretarial in Abuja to be overtaken by defecting former members of PDP?
Who is APGA’s presidential candidate and why a retired Nigerian Army General?
Why is APGA not preparing to run and win elections in friendly base environment like in Delta State, especially in Anioma areas?
Why has APGA up till now no scientific policy paper for Biafra?
Why is the APGA headquarters not sited at Aba the soul city of the Igbos?
Why has the APGA allowed the Igbo mammy water, the fair lady, whose beauty like Helen of Troy caused Kings and Princes to go to war, why has the party following her Senatorial bid stood akimbo and allowed her name and her golden Odumegwu Ojukwu status and legacy defamed and put to shreds?

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Ekiti State Governor, John Kayode Fayemi has announced his first set of appointments.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the Governor names Abiodun Oyebanji as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
The Governor also appointed Biodun Omoleye as Chief of Staff to the Governor, While Yinka Oyebode is named Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

Adebayo, and was Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning during Fayemi’s first term.
Omoleye, a former University administrator and former Chairman of Ijero Local Government, had also served as Special Adviser in the Governor’s Office.
Oyebode, a seasoned journalist served as Chief Press Secretary to the Governor during Fayemi’s first term. He later served as Special Adviser on Media to him when he was Minister of Mines and Steel Development.
The appointments are with immediate effect.

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APC Insists On Fielding Candidates For Zamfara

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has insisted that it would field candidates for all position in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections despite the disqualification by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The party was reacting to the statement by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday that the Commission stands by its decision to bar it from elections in Zamfara State.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Lanre Onilu, said it would go ahead to submit list of candidates from the state.

He assured that the APC would meet the October 18 deadline for the submission of candidates for the 2019 elections for all states including the FCT.
According to him, there would be no need to resort to legal clarification, as the law on the submission of candidates was very clear.

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