Al-Mustapha Weeps Over Insecurity In Nigeria

Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late General Sani Abacha could not hold back his tears over the state of security in Nigeria.

He broke down in tears on Saturday when he received a coalition of northern Christian women at his residence in Abuja.

“What Nigeria wants now is leadership. We have to get out of where we are and people will come and use the name of religion to say ‘Because he is a Muslim, he can not be this; because he is a Christian, he can not be this,'” the presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) said at the meeting.

“These are ingredients that killed Nigeria yesterday that they are also using to kill Nigeria tomorrow. We can’t accept that. I am seated next to you; you are my sister. Amongst you are mothers. We would die protecting you.”

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He says the country is being taken for a ride.


He also accused some unnamed persons of trying to destroy the country.

“We as a country have been taken for a ride. God Almighty exposed some of us, almost as teenagers, I was 19 years old when I began to know power play in Nigeria,” Al-Mustapha added. “They are only interested in destroying us the more and people don’t understand.”

He thanked the delegation for the visit and for having confidence in him.

The delegation’s visit was to assure the host of their support in the forthcoming general elections, owing to their belief that he has the capacity to address the insecurity in the north.

Abacha’s Ex-Aide Al-Mustapha Wins AA Presidential Ticket

A file photo of Hamza Al-Mustapha


A former aide to the late Sani Abacha, Hamza Al-Mustapha, has emerged as the presidential flag bearer of the Action Alliance (AA) for next year’s election. 

He got 506 votes to defeat his only contender, Samson Odupitan, in the party’s presidential primary held in Abuja on Thursday.

Two other aspirants, Felix Osakwe and Tunde Anifowose, stepped down from the contest to support Al-Mustapha.

While 972 delegates were billed to vote in the election, 851 were accredited out of which 721 votes were cast.

In his acceptance speech, Al-Mustapha, who thanked AA’s electoral committee for the successful poll,  also lauded Odupitan for not withdrawing from the race.

“I also commend Mr Odupitan for contesting because if everybody withdrew, there won’t be a victory as we have seen today,” he added.

He also called on members of the party to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) to ensure the AA emerges victorious in next year’s exercise.

Also speaking during the event, the National Chairman of the AA, Kenneth Udeze, congratulated Al-Mustapha and other aspirants. He called on members of the party to rally around him to make the party victorious.

Uche Nwosu Asks Supporters To Work With Uzodinma For Greater Imo

Mr Uche Nwosu.


The Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in last year’s election, Uche Nwosu has directed his supporters and party members to work together with Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Nwosu gave this directive on Tuesday during a meeting with members of his party in Owerri, the state capital.

The AA candidate who is also the son-in-law of ex-governor Rochas Okorocha said he and his supporters across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state have accepted the Supreme Court ruling that led to the emergence of Uzodinma as the new governor.

Speaking concerning his membership in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nwosu explained that he is back as a member.

He noted that there is no more division within the party. He said further that he believes with the right support, Uzodinma will deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

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His remarks come two days after Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) declared his support for the new administration.

Araraume noted that the people of the state have suffered hence the need for the people to help the current administration in its quest for good governance

AA Confident Of Victory In Imo Governorship Election

Imo AA Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu


The chairman of the Action Alliance party in Imo State, Uchendu Ahaneku is confident of victory in the forthcoming elections.

He said the governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu, will emerge victorious in the election considering the acceptance of the party and integrity of the candidate.

Mr. Ahaneku stated this when the campaign train of the AA Governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu visited Owerri west and Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state.

During the campaign, the governorship candidate promised to construct more roads and complete all on-going road projects in the area.

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He promised to rehabilitate all the bad roads in the area and also construct new ones for the people of the area especially roads in Orogwe and Nekede communities.

The campaign train later moved to Owerri Municipal council where he commissioned a building built for the traditional rulers in the local government by the Action Alliance House of Assembly candidate, Lugard Osuji, before moving to the field for the rally.

He solicited for the support of the traditional rulers and promised to ensure job creation if elected as Governor.

The high point of the rally was the defection of some members of APGA and ADC in Mbaitolu who promised support to the ambition of Action Alliance candidate, Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha’s Son-In-Law Uche Nwosu Dumps APC For AA

Uche Nwosu


Mr Uche Nwosu, the Son-in-Law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Action Alliance (AA).

Mr Nwosu, who is the immediate Chief of Staff to Governor Okorocha, made the announcement on Tuesday at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

His announcement follows a battle over the choice of candidate to fly the party’s flag.

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After losing to Senator Hope Uzodinma, he blamed the loss on the alleged failure of the party’s leadership to grant him the ticket.

Nwosu however, remains optimistic that he would become the next Governor of the state and succeed Okorocha in 2019.

Court Refuses To Make Interim Order Against Use Of Card Readers

card readersA Federal High Court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has refused an application brought by four registered political parties, seeking to restrain the electoral commission from using Smart Card Readers in the conduct of the general elections.

The United Democratic Party, Action Alliance, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria and Alliance for Democracy filed the suit.

The parties, through their counsel Alex Iziyon, told the court that the proposed use of the readers was contrary to the provisions of the constitution, as well as the amended 2010 Electoral Act.

In the suit, the political parties challenged the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to introduce a process not specifically provided for in the constitution, as it prepares for the rescheduled polls.

Mr Iziyon told the court that the Electoral Act, in section 52(1), prohibited electronic voting, but that the electoral body had gone ahead to introduce electronic voter’s card reader.

The counsel urged the court to temporarily restrain the INEC from implementing the use of the card reader machine in the forthcoming elections, pending the determination of the suit.

He further urged the court to bridge the time within which INEC would be allowed to file a response, in view of the nature of the case which according to him had a robust electoral jurisprudence.

In his ruling on the exparte motion, the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, noted that the political parties had shown that they had legal rights, showing that the case is triable, but observed that the parties would not suffer any irreparable harm if the electoral body is given the opportunity to be heard before the interim orders being sought could be granted.

Consequently, the court declined to make any interim orders against INEC on the proposed use of the Smart Card Readers.

However, it abridged the time for INEC to file its response to four days, after receiving court papers on the matter.

Hearing on the substantive motion on notice was thereafter adjourned until Tuesday, Mar 10.

INEC To Test Card reader

In a statement on Monday, the INEC said it will conduct a field testing of the functionality of the Smart Card Readers to be deployed for the accreditation of voters on Election Day. The General Elections was re-scheduled for March 28 and April 11.

According to the Commission’s Decision Extract issued on February 26 and signed by the Director of the Commission’s Secretariat, Ishiaku Gali, the field testing will take place in two states of each of the six geopolitical zones of the federation.

He said the testing would take place simultaneously on Saturday, March 7.

The states selected for the exercise are: Ekiti and Lagos, South West; Anambra and Ebonyi, South East; Delta and Rivers, South South; Kano and Kebbi, North West; Bauchi and Taraba, North East; Niger and Nasarawa, North Central.