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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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Why APGA As A Political Party Must Not Die (III) By Law Mefor

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Ndigbo, going by early census projections should number 30m and 50m globally. This population is more than the population of so many big countries like Argentina and Australia, to mention a few. We are therefore not talking of just an ethnic group but a whole race .

 

There is an important Igbo adage, which, translated, goes thus: who does not know where the rain started beating him will not know where he took shelter. The historical tour de force taken in these foursome treatises is to connect our past with the predictable future. Like Socrates said, an unexamined life is not worth living. Men of the future must not only understand their past but also the forces that forge the present.
Socrates’ claim that the unexamined life is not worth living makes a satisfying climax for the deeply principled arguments that Socrates presents on behalf of the philosophical life. The claim is that only in striving to come to know ourselves and to understand ourselves do our lives have any meaning or value. Ndigbo, going by early census projections should number 30m and 50m globally. This population is more than the population of so many big countries like Argentina and Australia, to mention a few. We are therefore not talking of just an ethnic group but a whole race that is so poorly organized politically and fragmented.
The resourcefulness of Ndigbo to survive and grow everywhere they find themselves has always attracted mixed expressions. They are described as ‘innovative’ and ‘entrepreneurial’ and at other times they are seen as ‘over-ambitious’ and ‘domineering’, especially by the other ethnic nationalities who tend to fear the fast pace of progress and success of Ndigbo living in their local communities.
Such oddities have made Ndigbo in Nigeria to be endangered species, more or less, grossly misunderstood and even sometimes dreaded by their neighbours. This is not wolf crying but a stark reality. Professor Chinua Achebe summarized it thus: “The one thing all Nigerians are united about is their hatred for the Igbo”. Even if Chinua Achebe was being a bit extreme, his remark is not far-fetched.
Many Igbos have tried to rationalize their existential threats away. Yet, these threats are mutative and clear and present dangers, and keep repeating themselves in many forms with their dangerousness remaining strikingly the same.
The most recent should be the Quit Notice given to Ndigbo living in the North by northern youths under the watch of their elders. Where the said Quit Notice was given was in an official facility and till date, there is no official disclaimer of the quit notice from the northern elders. Rather than call their wards to order, they gave tacit approval by acquiescing to the rascally call in both body language and not so muted declarations. It is their inordinate reaction to the unarmed struggle of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
After Nigeria’s independence, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe celebrating, said: my stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life’s work is done. My country is now free. On AIT, daily, Zik is featured still saying: “It does not matter to me who becomes Nigeria’s first prime minister… so long Nigeria is free, I am satisfied.” Soon after Zik made that historic declaration and the nation gained independence, he had cause to later lament against replacing British colonialism with indigenous colonialism championed by the Hausa-Fulani. Zik’s fear, which has been fully fulfilled, made nonsense of all his sacrifices to liberate and keep Nigeria one.
For me and to most Igbos, Zik and Ojukwu were possibly the greatest Igbo men that ever lived. Zik of Africa represents the ultimate urbane, cosmopolitan Igbo possibility, Emeka Ojukwu representing the zenith of Igboness and its can-do spirit. The inimitable Emeka Ojukwu, barely 33 then, particularly led Ndigbo and the old Southeast to resist extermination already being delivered to them in installments in pogroms repeatedly visited on them before the genocidal Nigeria-Biafra Civil War that claimed millions.
Frantz Fanon unforgettably said, each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.

George Orwell of the famous Animal Farm also said: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it”. But the truth, if carefully and objectively canvassed, can sometimes engage even a base mind. For truth to set Ndigbo free, they need to know which falsehoods have been holding them down. It is better canvassed even where its unpleasantness is the obvious result.
Of verity, only the truth shall set Ndigbo free; free from internal colonialism(as Zik feared) and free from economic dependence outside Alaigbo and from want and insecurity. Only the truth can bind their wounds and ensure an enduring, equitable and progressive polity, where the best can strive to become better and weak made strong and offered bragging rights of belonging to one of the greatest and biggest of the Black Race. The Nigeria project is still worth it and for Ndigbo to really have a usable stake in it; they have to be fully politically organized. APGA is that natural political platform.
The Igbo Presidency Project is also a political possibility, desired by so many but canvassed by so few, which is also possible only if Ndigbo are better politically organized. The perception held by Nigerians, especially those who fought in the Nigeria-Biafra war, is that the Republic of Biafra, as conceived and propagated by General Emeka Ojukwu was ingenious.
To some, it was also disingenuous and was nothing but a fiasco and a disaster, especially when factors like international alliances and big oil politics are considered. But fact is: it was a war for survival more than it was a war for territorial integrity. That is why Biafra is not dead at least as an idea; Biafra can never die. All Igbos are Biafrans regardless of what they individually antithetically profess for fear or for their private economy and security!
Gowon’s bland declaration of No Victor No Vanquished and the ambiguous and amorphous 3 Rs – Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction – proved to be mere lip service. The praying general even left out the most important R, namely: Reintegration. Ndigbo indeed need a political platform (APGA) to call their own if they will negotiate from a position of strength how best to weave and mesh again into Nigeria.
Instructively, on December 01, 2015, Vanguard newspaper reported the wartime Nigerian military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, as saying: “A Nigerian President of Igbo extraction is desirable in 2019, after President Muhammadu Buhari. An Igbo presidency will boost the unity of Nigeria”.
Another military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida had equally said in an interview about the same time that he would back an Igbo for the presidential seat if he finds a credible personality. The sincerity of these two eminent Nigerian leaders may be yet unascertainable but the issue they canvassed cannot be diminished or wished away. It is the main object of this treatise to point that APGA can serve as the bargaining chip in giving Nigeria a President of Igbo extraction.
Ostensibly, the Nigerian-Biafra Civil War, 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970, was a war fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. Within a year, the Federal Military Government surrounded Biafra, capturing coastal oil facilities and the city of Port Harcourt. The economic blockade imposed during the ensuing stalemate led to severe famine – accomplished deliberately as a war strategy as enunciated and promoted by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. To Awo, the resultant deaths of about 2 million Biafrans, mostly women and children who were never involved in combat, were justified. After all, according to him, in war, all is fair, even dying more from imposed starvation and diseases than from bullets and bombs!
Emeka Ojukwu became the embodiment of Igbo struggle for emancipation and thus became deified in the minds of his people. After the war, their survival spirit resurrected in Enugu Rangers Intl Football Club of Enugu. Rangers was more than a football team to Ndigbo and till today, that feeling lingers in the older generations. It was a rallying point for the defeated Biafrans and where they continued the war in other forms.
For good measure, just reminisce on the rapturous roars whenever Rangers entered the stadium in single file led by captain Christian Chukwu those days, those spotless all-white outfits giving a god-like aura. Such Rangers regulars like Ezeani, Damian Odoh, alias Araby Cho-cho, a hard-tackling defensive midfielder, Nwosu at left-centreback, Ihechukwu Ezidinmma, Mecha at left back, Ufele (RB) and Chukwu (RCB), the legendary Emmanuel Okalla was in goal to inspire confidence in Ndigbo of immediate postwar.
In midfield, the defensive anchorman was the powerfully built Nwabueze “Bulldozer” Nwankwo; the playmaker was Kendo Illodigwe; on right wing, Emeka Onyedika(built like a tank and mercurial at full darting touchline runs), on the left wing, Ogidi Ibeabuchi; Matt Obianika and Chimezie Ngadi were forwards. These men were more than footballers to Ndigbo those days and they left a legacy that helped Rangers to remain the only Nigerian team yet to go on relegation.
The only thing reminiscent of Rangers after the war was the coming of APGA. Somehow, because the PDP moored in the Southeast before it, the zone serving it as real anchorage has not fully materialized.
You can see that Emeka Ojukwu easily emerging and sustaining as the face and soul of APGA is rooted in its origin and essence and none other could have done it in his place even though he was not a founding member.
The clarion refrain, ‘APGA bu nke anyi’ simply means that APGA is the political party Ndigbo can truly call their own. It does not however make APGA an Igbo party per se. It is just a party where Ndigbo cannot be shunted out as they did to Dr. Alex Ekwueme and more recently, to Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, in the PDP.
The concluding Part Four is on the task before the Dr. Victor Oye APGA leadership, going forward. The wars of attrition and all the intraparty feuds have to stop to pave way for the urgent task of rebuilding the Party.


• Dr. Law Mefor, is a concerned APGA member; Tel.: +234-803-787-2893; email: drlawmefor@gmail.com.

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INEC Guidelines Controversy: Key Actors Suggest Way Out

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The controversy over Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the draft guideline for the 2019 election, rejected by sixty-one political parties has taken a new dimension as political players in Port Harcourt have expressed diverse views over the issue.

Some players from different political parties in rivers state expressed their views on the recent draft guidelines for the 2019 general elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which sixty-one political parties say were in conflict with the provisions of the 1999 constitution.
Some say in order to have free and fair elections, the obnoxious clauses contained in the guidelines, which do not promote free and fair elections must be expunged.
While others are of the opinion that the obnoxious are the product of the military that drafted the 1999 constitution and should be amended.

The politicians are of the view that the INEC chairman must summon an emergency meeting of all the party chairmen to resolve the grey areas contained in the guidelines in order to have hitch free polls.

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2019: Anambra Communities Urged To Vote APGA Candidates

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By EGBUNA AMUTA –

Communities in Anambra State have been urged to use the forthcoming general elections to show appreciation to the Obiano administration for its good governance and impressive delivery of democracy dividends.
The National Chairman of the Willie Obiano Support Group, Chief Jude Emecheta made the call during a meeting with some political groups in Awka.
Chief Emecheta, maintained that the community choose your project initiative of the State government is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, describing it as a clear evidence of the people oriented disposition of Governor Willie Obiano.

The National Chairman of the Willie Obiano Support Group insisted that the APGA government has impacted positively on the lives of Ndi Anambra.
On his part, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Media Mobilization, Mr Egbuna Amuta, enjoined the stakeholders to engage in relentless door-to-door campaigns to remind the State electorate of the numerous accomplishments of APGA government in the State since 2006.
Mr Amuta also stressed the need for steadfastness and strong ideological beliefs amongst party faithful in the country.
Other speakers at the meeting stressed the urgent need for massive grassroots mobilization by stakeholders for the success of all APGA candidates in this year’s general elections.

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Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has called on rivers people to vote out the non-performing APC federal government on February 16, so as to attract benefits to the state.

Speaking during a mobilisation meeting at unit 7 in ward 9 of Obio-Akpor local government area on Saturday, Governor Wike says, Rivers people across all the four thousand, four hundred and forty-two polling units in the state will vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar during the elections.

The governor also urged the people of the state to be alert at their respective units to ensure that PDP wins at all levels.

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Presidential Poll: We didn’t endorse Atiku – Ohaneze Ndigbo

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The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo has denied endorsing Atiku Abubarkar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 16 presidential election.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Chuks Ibegbu, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu at a media briefing to mark the second anniversary of the current executive of the organisation.
Mr Ibegbu said the clarification became necessary following misconceptions on the event of November 14, 2018 where some Igbo leaders endorsed the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar for presidency.
It would be recalled that some Igbo leaders had during a meeting in Enugu attended by Mr Abubakar and the national leaders of the PDP including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki endorsed Atiku.
Mr Ibegbu, however, clarified that the said endorsement was done by the friends of Mr Abubakar, adding that the organisation had not endorsed any particular candidate.
The deputy national publicity secretary said that the organisation needed to be circumspect, “as our children are in all the political parties.’
“It is erroneous to say that we endorsed Atiku. Ohaneze Ndigbo did not endorse anybody. That meeting at Nike Lake Resort was organised by friends of Atiku.
“However, due to our peculiar circumstance in the country, we will identify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria if voted into power,” he said.
He said the organisation would soon meet to take a holistic position on the 2019 general elections.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo has been canvassing for our people to identify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria.

“We still stand on that and in the next few days we shall meet to take a holistic position on the elections,” he said.
Mr Ibegbu noted that within the two years in office of the John Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndigbo, “we have given our modest contribution by re-jigging Igbo leadership and issues concerning our people”.
He said the current leadership of the organisation had built synergy with its affiliate groups with a view to achieving unity in the area.
He said the dexterity and leadership acumen of Mr Nwodo had positively affected the relationship between the organisation and other ethnic socio-cultural associations in the country.
“This has earned the president general an award as ‘Bridge Builder of the Nation’, which will be presented to him on January 17 by Daily Independent Newspapers,” Mr Ibegbu said.

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APGA Vice Presidential Candidate Chukwueke Knocks Federal Allocation Sharing Formula

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA in this year’s general elections, Chief Jerry Chukwueke, says the party has evidently proved its mettle in good governance and delivery of democracy dividends in Anambra State, pointing out that APGA has
the capacity to extrapolate the Anambra model to other parts of the country if voted into office.
Chief Chukwueke who stated this in Enugu, during a meeting with APGA candidates maintained that restructuring of the Nigerian-Nation for a return to true federalism would largely address the imbalance in the socio-economic development and growth of the country.

The APGA Vice Presidential candidate frowned at the sharing formula of crude oil revenues in the country, observing that the formula is stultifying initiatives, ingenuity and encouraging laziness among the country’s federating units and geopolitical zones.
On the perennial herdsmen-farmers clashes in some parts of country, Chief Chukwueke said APGA government would resolve the matter by encouraging massive establishment of cattle ranches in the country.
The Enugu State APGA candidates interactive forum with the party’s Vice Presidential candidate was equally addressed by the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Enugu State, Chief Emmanuel Nwakpa, the party’s candidate for Enugu-East Senatorial District Chief Uchenna Nwegbo, and his counterpart for Enugu-West Senatorial district, Chief Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu among others.

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and some leaders of their travelling theatre group took their troupe to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State yesterday. In their usual way, they spent hours in the sun, made a lot of noise, and left without making any statement worthy of note.
Like millions of Nigerians who are wondering how PDP got to this level of shamelessness, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is equally bemused by the manner the once boisterous political party degenerated into this current pitiful state.
It is shocking to see the few leaders of PDP who are still showing up in the public for campaign alongside the discredited Alhaji Atiku, standing before the paltry crowd in the Lokoja stadium, blowing hot air, stomping the platform, and making empty promises.
What did the PDP promise the people of Kogi State? Nothing. It is that bad. Understandably, it must have been a very difficult situation for the PDP leaders to face the people of Kogi State to ask for support to return to power. Perhaps, many of them must have travelled on the Abuja – Lokoja express road that was awarded in 2001 when Atiku was the Vice President. What explanation did they have for the Kogi people on why the less than 200 kilometres road was not completed for 15 years while the party was still in power? Did it worry their conscience when they sighted the Sukuk billboard on the road, showing how President Buhari is completing the project? Lest we forget, the Abuja – Lokoja road is one of the most important highways in this country. The road connects the South South, the South East, the South West and part of the North Central to the federal capital territory, Abuja. It has huge implications for the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of this country. This road became a conduit pipe for the PDP government to fleece this country of billions of naira every year, for one and half decade.
The Obajana – Kabba road was impassable for over a decade. It is although less than 60 kilometres, but it links the Kogi west zone to the rest of the country. Many PDP leaders who rode on the road to the rally in Lokoja must have been ashamed of themselves to see the road nearing completion under the APC administration. We hope Atiku and his other jokers found time to see the Itakpe – Warri railway project that was awarded over three decades ago, which the APC administration has just completed. Did they also see the Lokoja – Okene highway under construction?
The PDP needs to be reminded that while it has no antecedents of completing projects it inherited or initiated from 1999 to 2015 due to the rapacious disposition of its leaders, the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has made it a cardinal policy to complete abandoned projects it inherited and to start new ones that have high impact for the economy recovery of our country.
We know the PDP leaders didn’t have the time to visit the market women. They are not in the class of the people they would like to meet. For 16 years of their ignoble rule, they had nothing for these market women. Neither did they have for the farmers. We hope they will find time to visit these very important Nigerians when next their theatre group stage a drama anywhere in the country. We encourage them to learn from the APC government and take a few lessons from how the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been relating with the common people to feel their pulse. They should visit these people to see the impact the APC administration’s social investment programmes are making on the common people.
All the PDP leaders have been shouting is hunger everywhere they go. Nigerians understand clearly what this means. The APC administration has denied the pillagers who have found a home in PDP access to the resources of this country. In the past, during the unfortunate reign of PDP, it was the common Nigerians who were crying of hunger. As President Muhammadu Buhari noted, yesterday, during the inauguration of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, the leaders of PDP had become used to taking for themselves the resources that belonged to all of us. Each time these political marauders cry of hunger, this administration is reassured that we are doing the right thing. The era when people who are privileged to find themselves in public office abuse their positions with reckless abandon has come to an end. Public office shall never be a licence to our commonwealth.
Meanwhile, we join the people of this country as they wait for the next fallacious allegation the sinking PDP would make against our President, his family members, the Vice President, the national chairman of our party, and other notable members of our party.
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu
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All Progressives Congress (APC)

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Conduct Your Campaign Peacefully or Face Rejection, Obiano Admonishes Political Class

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has admonished political parties and their candidates participating in the forthcoming general election to conduct their campaigns peacefully or face humiliation by the people at the polls.
“Anambra State has gone far beyond the stage of violent politics and any person or group that attempts to bring back violence into the electioneering campaign or the body politic will be rejected outright by Ndi Anambra”, Obiano stated in an interview with the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, on his prognosis for 2019.
“Of course, one of the biggest challenges facing our state in the new year is to conduct a free, fair and transparent election, even though there will be no gubernatorial vote in Anambra State because we held ours last November 17 and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) swept the polls in each of the 21 local government areas in the state in an unprecedented manner.
“Ndi Anambra rose like one person against one or two candidates in the November 17 gubernatorial election who tried to introduce thuggery and violence in the campaign and they were consequently defeated right in their wards.
“Even a particular political party which threatened to destroy the three beautiful flyovers we built in Awka, instead of pledging to help build our beloved state if elected, infuriated our people by its utterances and they voted massively against it.
“Our people desire messages of hope and optimism rather than threats of destructions.
“Ndi Anambra truly abhor violent conduct by the political class”.
Analysts regard last year’s gubernatorial election in the state as the freest, the most peaceful and the most transparent ever conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
“There was no incident of violence before or during the election, nor was there any controversy after the result had been announced”, the governor recalled.
“The candidates who ran against me were compelled to accept, together with their parties, the outcome of the historic vote.

“They congratulated me in writing and at press conferences, and some were present at my second inauguration last March 18”.
Describing the sportsmanship exhibited by his political rivals as a remarkable departure from tradition, Obiano noted that in the past that elections in the state were the most intractable in the country’s courts and even culminated in the kidnapping of the state governor and mayhem lasting three days in the state by members of even the same party.
The governor revealed that the peaceful campaign for last year’s gubernatorial election was part of his strategy to make Anambra the first state for consideration by investors.
“Finance is a coward, and it goes to only places it is not likely to be threatened”, he declared, adding “as the state governor it was incumbent on me to lead by personal example, as the great Professor Chinua Achebe advised Nigerian leaders in 1983 when he published his famous political treatise entitled The Trouble With Nigeria.
He said that even though he is not a candidate in the 2019 general election, he is “obliged morally and legally to ensure that Anambra remains very peaceful and stable.
“Our reputation as Nigeria’s safest state, Nigeria’s most peaceful state and the state with the highest level of social cohesion has rekindled investor confidence in Anambra”, Obiano observed.
“The result is the unprecedented investments in the state running into billions of dollars in the last four years.
“Therefore, any attempt to thwart the social harmony in the state will be resisted by our people who will fight the anti-social forces with every drop of blood they have, including mobilizing electorally against the offenders and ostracizing them politically and eternally”.

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The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has maintained neutrality on his political stance as he says whichever party emerges victorious at the general elections would be supported.

The Emir stated this while receiving members of the state executive of the All Progressives Congress who paid him a courtesy call at his palace.
Briefing journalists after his meeting with the emir, the state APC chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa explained that the emir said he is a father to all and will not discriminate against any party. He also advised that politicians play by the rules just as the electorate should avoid crisis that could lead to mayhem before, during and after the elections.

He restated the fact that his executive is the recognized one as the court judgment only nullified the caretaker committee and not the duly constituted committee.
Bashir noted that the party campaigns will not dwell on name-calling but will be issue based.

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, retired General John Gbor, has vowed to swiftly defeat the Boko Haram insurgents and stop the herdsmen/farmers clashes in Northern Nigeria if elected into office.

General Gbor who gave this assurance in a recent interview with Channels television said his administration would accomplish the project without fear or favour.
He described Boko Haram insurgency as another civil war by misguided youths being sponsored by foreign based Islamic fundamentalist groups.
The APGA presidential standard bearer maintained that Boko Haram would be easily defeated if necessary logistic support was given to the military to motivate soldiers in battle field carry out their assignments professionally as they did in Liberia and Sierra Leone to end the civil wars in the two West African Countries.
General Gbor also said that Nigeria under his watch would work in synergy with neighbouring countries such as Chad, Niger and Cameroun to effectively vanquish and checkmate the Boko Haram menace.
The APGA presidential candidate also extolled Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for establishing what he described as “the best security infrastructure” among states in Nigeria as well as the West and Central Africa sub-regions.
General Gbor advised other state governors in the country to emulate the incumbent Anambra governor in the provision of good governance and delivery of democracy dividends to the masses, pointing out that APGA has used state to showcase what it would do for Nigeria when it takes over the mantle of leadership after this year’s general elections.
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