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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
Tel:-08032424484

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2019 Election Campaign set to flag-off

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According to INEC’s timetable for the 2019 general elections, campaigns for national elections will kick off on Sunday, 18th November, 2018. State elections, which comprise Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will have its campaigns kick off on 1st December. These kick off dates will see Nigeria in full blast campaign, preparatory to national elections on February 16, 2019 and State level elections on March 2, 2019. Nigerians expect that the campaigns will be an opportunity for them to know those seeking to occupy the soon-to-be vacant positions of President, Vice President, National Legislators, Governors, Governors’ Deputies and State Legislative positions. Citizens expect that persons campaigning to fill these positions will justify through their campaigns, what they intend to do should they win elections. It is expected that the campaigns will afford citizens the opportunity of knowing the candidates and that they will make voting decisions based on the credentials of those seeking their votes.
Civil Society Organisations and election observers have indicated a preparedness to keep tab of the campaign promises made by candidates with a view to holding them to the promises made. It is also expected that candidates will make themselves available and ready to debate among themselves, in order for citizens to have a good understanding of what they represent.
INEC’s current figures indicate that 79 Presidential candidates and over 6,000 National Assembly candidates will be contesting the 2019 General elections.

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I’m Still Speaker Of Anambra State House Of Assembly – Maduagwu

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The Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu has debunked the news that she has been impeached by the House.
Speaking to journalists at a press briefing in her office on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Barrister Maduagwu revealed that the purported impeachment did not follow due process as no notice of impeachment was served her. According to her, those who perpetrated the purported impeachment did not meet two third majority of the House as required by the constitution. She mainted that Anambra State House of Assembly has thirty lawmakers and fifteen members of the House did not endorse the purported impeachment.
She maintained that she is still the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly.

 

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Araraume in trouble as INEC names Amuchie as Imo APGA Gov. Candidate.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has announced Stanley Amuchie as the authentic governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Imo state.
Amuchie’s name was pasted at the INEC office in the state on Friday 9th November 2018.
Sources revealed that the primaries that produced Stanley Amuchie fulfilled the INEC guidelines for primaries and was witnessed by INEC officials, hence the decision.
This is against widespread reports that Ifeanyi Araraume had emerged the governorship candidate of the party.


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There Was a Party: Who Has Jazzed APC

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By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me state once again that I have never been a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, but I was almost a fanatical supporter of its Presidential flagbearer, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2015 Presidential election. The reason was simple. We were mostly tired of PDP after wasting loads of opportunities in 16 years. Even hardened members of that Party would readily admit to their myriads of gaffes, faux pas, misfortune and misadventure which seemed uncontrollable over those unfortunate years, particularly in the last days of the Jonathan administration. Despite our strident pleas for sanity to prevail, the party pressed on with its crass arrogance that it can rule with impunity for eternity. For that reason, we desperately craved a change and the amalgamation, or cocktail, of political parties called APC was forged in that season of the rape of Nigerian people. With PDP’s unrelenting assault on the people despite the emergence of the mega political party called APC, that party became too attractive to ignore or resist and Nigerians openly welcomed the Party and its charismatic leader, General Muhammadu Buhari, as their saviour.

The choice of Buhari was both divine and coincidental. Many of those who had opposed and rejected him as an untouchable entity for various reasons which are now well known were forced to embrace him on his fourth attempt at seeking the Holy Grail of the Nigerian Presidency. Our theory was rather simple or too over-simplistic: the enemy of your enemy is your friend. At any rate, Buhari won and the rest is history.

The meat of the story is that the APC that took over from PDP under four years ago and what was envisaged by most Nigerians to be the beginning of unity of progressive forces has suddenly become the nightmare prospect of a party in disarray and almost in tatters. It is unbelievable that a party that came into power with so much promise and uncommon goodwill has virtually frittered away its humongous equity. It has become very tempting to see APC as a victim of hypnotism and jazz, a truly Nigerian phenomenon that besets some good ventures and deeds. In case you are not familiar with those terms in the Nigerian context, let me explain what I mean in a jiffy. I don’t know how much of superstitions still exist in our world today, but I think it is still big enough to affect the way we live, in Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular. Everything bad is attributed to evil machinations of the enemies and the devil. It’s so bad that if you have headache, your wicked enemies are said to be squarely responsible. To put it bluntly, someone must have used juju on you. Juju is supposed to be a kind of talismanic weapon capable of having devastating effect on the victim. Almost everyone believes in the efficacy of juju, including those who pretend to be holier than the Pope. That is why we hear of a lot of Islamic and Christian leaders paying nocturnal visits to the haunts inhabited by alleged practitioners of the dark and arcane art of Juju. Many tend to hate the concept of juju or traditional medicine, but deep down, they still feel it works wonders.

In our days as pioneer JAMBITES at the then University of Ife, from 1978, we decided to funkify the concept of juju or “oogun abenugongo.” As a student of Yoruba language and literature, we studied the cultural aspect of Yoruba in-depth and came to the conclusion that there were esoteric powers that exist with or without our knowledge. In order not to sound crude, we came up with the term jazz. It is difficult to know where it originated from. “You have been jazzed” was a popular cliché on campus. It was a way of telling you things were not normal with you or there is more than meets the eye in your matter. Some powerful enemies are on your case!

The matter of APC thus looks extraordinary. It is difficult not to imagine that APC has been jazzed, hypnotised, mesmerised or spellbound by some powerful, possibly extra-terrestrial forces and influences, walahi. They have apparently learnt no lessons whatsoever from our very recent history and the crisis that rocked PDP and brought it catastrophically to its knees and paved the way for Buhari to become President and the party to gain ascendancy at the centre. The current situation of APC appears abysmally worse than that of PDP pre-2015, when some influential leaders of PDP left the party and teamed up with others to form APC and then proceeded to work assiduously to change government. I can’t remember PDP breaking up to as many warring groups as there are in APC today. It is unthinkable that a ruling party facing major elections in barely three months from now would engage in this stultifying war of attrition. This is why many have come to the conclusion that some juju men and fetish women are working hard on bringing the APC government down at the polls next year.

Whenever the APC hardliners get some sober moment for reflection, they should please consider the following. It is doubtful if the APC has gained new members substantially since it came to power in 2015. As a matter of fact, it seems the party has lost control in many States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I have never seen members of a political party descend so viciously and violently against its party Chairman like they have done, and doing, to my former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who was only recently overwhelmingly supported, by the Governors of APC, as Party Chairman. No sooner than he took power than the bubbles began to burst. At the point Comrade came on board, it was as if the former Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun was the arch-enemy of the party he had helped nurture from infancy. Oshiomhole was the much needed angel of mercy and life-saver.

Uncle Adams settled in quickly, but not before he had fired darts at those he considered internal saboteurs. He embarked on a reconciliation process of party chieftains, an exercise at which the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had only just recently appeared to have failed woefully. Even Comrade Adams was unable to bring any camaraderie to the process and his undoubted efforts were not enough to stop party chieftains in the Senate, House of Representatives and Governors of some states from making a wholesale departure from the party that had suddenly become afflicted with the plague of carpet-crossing and defection. Whilst we thought that the party would quickly heal its near mortal wounds and come together in a show of unity we were to have our hopes dashed as very quickly the messianic party seemed to unravel like a ball of wool.

The crux of the matter was the party primaries which has led almost to a fatal implosion in the party. No zone appears to have been spared in this folly apart from the North Central zone of the country.

Perhaps the State that best demonstrates the massive problems facing the party in terms of a total lack of cohesion is Adamawa State, in the North East of the country, where the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari sought to install her younger brother, Mahmood Halidu, as the Governorship candidate of the Party for the State. She lamented the lack of transparency and deceny in the conduct of the party primaries which had been manipulated to give automatic tickets to anointed candidates despite the fact that other candidates had been encouraged to purchase nomination forms at exorbitant prices. She declared that this was not in consonance with the party’s change mantra or the perception of the new national chairman of the party, comrade Adams, who should have stood for the common man and fairness. She ended her homily to the party faithful by urging them to “vote wisely”, an apparent indictment of her husband’s party. It is a sad state of affairs when the President cannot hold the home front and the “other room” just months before the election and the condemnation of the party by the Wife of the President speaks volumes about the unity and preparation of the party for these pivotal elections.

Another calamity arose from the party primaries in Zamfara State in the North West Zone of the country. The situation got so bad that INEC declared that no primaries had been held in accordance with its guidelines and that no candidate of the APC would be eligible to contest the forthcoming elections for that reason. This position remains complicated and it is distressing that a party in power could not get its act together in such a crucial state and that by virtue of the intransigence of its party members in Zamfara State the PDP as the other leading party would clearly waltz its way into all the elective pisitions including that of governor, in that State. What a crying shame!

Also, in the North Western State of Kaduna, there is intra party feuding between the incumbent Governor, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and Senator Shehu Sani. The Senator had been in a running battle with theGovernor for a long time, but matters came to a boil with the conduct of the party primaries which naturally was skewed in favour of the Governor. The Senator who had stuck by the party when the gale of defections decimated the party’s ranks decided that enough was enough! He asserted that honour, integrity and internal democracy which he had believed would be the ethos and norm of the parry had been jettisoned and for this reason he resigned and has now joined the People’s Redemption Party to contest the election as the gubernatorial candidate of that party.

The misfortune that has befallen the APC arising form the party primaries is not limited to the Northern part of the country alone. The same situation has been replicated in equally pronounced form in Imo State in the South East Zone, Rivers State in the South South Zone and Ogun State in the South West Zone.

In Imo State, the incumbent Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is completing his second term in office decided that he would only hand over the mantle of Governor of the State to his son-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu rather than Senator Hope Uzodinma who is the preferred choice of the National Executive and the acclaimed winner of the party primaries. The National Secretariat kicked against this contending that Rochas himself had already been handed an automatic ticket as a Senatorial candidate of the party. There was no justification for imposing his son-in-law on the people of Imo State and the party has stuck to its guns. Naturally, Rochas has been insistent, pouring acidic vituperation and invective on the party executive and particularly the national chairman, Adams Oshiomole. However, it is noteworthy that the impasse has continued with the submission of the party’s candidates for elections into State offices and no candidate has been presented to INEC as APC Governorship candidate for Imo State.

Perhaps nowhere has the battle line between the party executive and an incumbent Governor been more starkly drawn than in Ogun State, in the South West of Nigeria. There Senator Ibikunle Amosun who is, like Okorocha, serving out his second term embroiled in a royal titanic battle with Prince Dapo Abiodun, billionaire business magnate and chairman of the Corporate Affiars Commission as to who will succeed Amosun as Governor of the State. Whist Abiodun has the full backing of Oshiomole and the party executive and ostensibly won the party primaries conducted by the National executive and observed by INEC, Amosun is standing staunchly in support of Hon. Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade, a federal legislator representing Ogun State in the House of Representatives. Akinlade, who had initially been declared as the APC consensus gubernatorial candidate by Amosun, subsequently won a direct primary election organised by the State Executive of the Party with the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, as the Chief Returning Officer. The insults, slurs and vitriol emanating from both camps are simply too venomous and considering these are members of the same party, the damage to the party is best left to the imagination. Abiodun and Oshiomole seem to have prevailed as it is Abiodun’s name that has been announced by INEC.

The debacle has reached comical proportions with some APC governors accusing Oshiomhole of fraud and corruption and the DSS which is in the control of the party arresting, detaining and questioning him over these allegations. Oshiomhole upon release travelled to the UK although his return to the country is said to be imminent.

Again, we pray that APC finds its mojo and resolves these intractable differences otherwise its fortunes will be non-existent at the polls next year.

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Breaking: INEC publishes Senator Uzodimma’s name as Imo APC guber candidate

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Senator Hope Uzodimma’s name has been pasted as the governorship candidate of the Imo state All Progreeives Congress, APC, in Imo state, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The name of Uzodimma, was pasted at the INEC, office along Portharcourt road in Owerri, with Akaolisa Cyprain Okechukwu, as his running mate.

Uzodimma’s name was displayed as the authentic governorship flag-bearer of APC, in Imo state  at about 07:52pm Friday  . This is coming about after 10 hours, INEC, pasted other governorship names of various political parties, excluding that of APC. A source told Vanguard that, “Immediately, the court struck out the order by the Okorocha’s faction stopping the name of Senator Uzodimma, from publishing as the candidate of the party. “The judgement was taken to the National headquarters of INEC, and an order was given that the name of Hope should be pasted immediately. “When the order came, to INEC in Owerri, the administrative head was not on sit but the legal adviser received the order from the National headquarters and he went on. “They have just acted not as in their own power but according to the power of the court.”

 

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INEC Releases List Of Governorship, House Of Assembly Candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has begun to release details of Governorship and House of Assembly candidates across states.

So far, it has released the list of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates for the Ogun State House of Assembly, as well as that of the Labour Party, LP.

 

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Nigerian Leader assures citizens of positive reforms

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President Muhammadu Buhari says government is doing its best to revamp all sectors of Nigeria.
He also lamented the mismanagement of resources Nigeria suffered in the past, in the hands of some of his predecessors.
“We are trying to organize the country. The extent of mismanagement we met when we came was mind-boggling,” President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
Receiving a group from the South-East part of the county under the aegis of One on One Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, the President said:

“Many times, I have spoken about the tremendous resources available to us between 1999 and 2014, and how it was frittered. If only they had used just 25% of it on infrastructure; road, rail, power, Nigerians would mind their own businesses, and not bother about whoever was in power. The casualty figure on our roads daily is simply scandalous. No wonder they are in opposition now, despite all the power they thought they had.”
The group, led by Chief Chido Obidiegwu, said it had keenly observed the strides of the Buhari administration nationwide, particularly in the South-East, “and it is now payback time.”
According to Obidiegwu: “We have seen the work being done on the long-abandoned Second Niger Bridge, roads are being constructed in many parts of the region, and we believe there is every reason to support you for a second term.”
Describing President Buhari as “the grandfather of war against indiscipline and corruption, nightmare of insurgents, Mr Food Security, consolation to pensioners, and Mr Frugality,” the group said it was going to mobilize South-easterners to massively vote for him, believing that one good turn would then deserve another in 2023.
The One on One Nigeria promised to mobilize youth groups, women, artisans, traders, religious groups to massively vote for President Buhari next year, adding that it had all it takes – “courage, drive, verve and vitality.”
Seven men and two women represented One on One Nigeria during the visit.

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APGA Primaries: Reconciliation Meeting Continues Today

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As the ongoing reconciliation meeting of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, enters the third day today, all aggrieved aspirants of
the party are hereby invited for continuation of their meeting with the Reconciliation Committee today by ten o’clock in the morning, at the Governorship Campaign Office along Awka-Enugu Express road.

In this same vein, meetings with all aggrieved aspirants will be concluded tomorrow, Thursday 8th November 2018, at the same time and same venue.

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Minimum wage: Atiku begs labour to shelve strike

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has urged the Federal Government and organised labour to go back dialogue on the ongoing demand for minimum wage by organised labour.
Abubakar made the call in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Paul Ibe on Monday in Abuja.
The former Vice President urged both organised labour and Federal Government to exercise restraint and avoid creating situations that will plunge the nation into deeper crises.
Abubakar implored labour to reconsider its stance on strike.
He encouraged both sides to go back to the negotiating table and reach an agreement.
“Our economy is already on its knees and escalation of this crisis into full blown industrial strike action may have dire consequences for our nation.”
Organised labour has planned to embark on industrial action from Tuesday in demand of N30,000 as new minimum wage.
The Federal Government offered to pay workers N24,000, while the states agreed to pay N22,500.

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Gana Seeks Donald Duke’s Disqualification As SDP Presidential Candidate

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A Social Democratic Party, SDP, presidential aspirant, Professor Jerry Gana and the Middle Belt Forum have kicked against the selection of Donald Duke as the presidential candidate of the party on the grounds that the process that produced the party’s flag bearer violated the constitution of the SDP.

Duke, a former Governor of Cross River State polled 812 votes to defeat his close rival, Prof. Gana, who polled 611 votes at the party’s national convention held in Abuja,
Gana, a former Information Minister, has approached an FCT High Court seeking the nullification of Duke’s emergence as the presidential standard-bearer of the SDP.
The matter, which was slated for mention on Monday, was stalled due to ill health of the presiding judge, Justice Husseini Baba.

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Obiano Wins Nigeria Presidency Award As Most Outstanding Governor On Workers Welfare

Akpokue Global : The Most Outstanding Governor On Workers Welfare ,labour friendly policies, prompt payment of wages and salaries, as well as commitment to human capital development. Congratulations , His Excellency .

 

Chief Chinedu Obidigwe ( Akaoma Jide Aku) The Federal House of Representatives Candidate of APGA Anambra East and West federal constituency

Winning Thursday with Michael Ebia : The Young Netpreneur for the Week

Winning Thursday with Michael Ebia

The Young Netpreneur

The Young Netpreneur for the Week is Michael Ebia , a graduate of Computer Science ,University of Benin and (MSc) Marketing , University of Salford UK , is CEO & Co-founder at ADE Digital a leading digital agency and product development company in Africa.

 

 

 

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2019 Election Campaign set to flag-off

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Goodluck Jonathan to release autobiography on his final moments as president

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Governor Willie Obiano sends early Christmas Gift

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Nigerian firm takes blame for routing Google traffic through China

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Obiano Commends Anambra Assembly for Overcoming Crisis

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Northern group to Atiku: Drop Obi or forget 2019

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DSS Denies Facilitating Kanu’s Escape from Nigeria

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APGA primaries: Oye urges aggrieved members to forgive party’s mistakes

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El-Rufai calls Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi a tribal bigot

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News Pictures Of The Day : Obiano visits Ooni of Ife, wife

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British govt informs Nigeria of plans to issue travel document to Kanu –Source

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Chinua Achebe : There was a Country- A Review

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APGA sets up reconciliation committee

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THE ROAD TO JUSTICE : THANK YOU COMMUNITY TOUR OF ANAMBRA SOUTH By Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

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Billionaire Atiku declares paltry N20m yearly income

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Just In: Labour Suspends nationwide strike

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How to Restructure Nigeria: Why, What, How and When

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Chimamanda calls Melania Trump racist

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