Abia Tribunal Judgement: Attorney-General Cautions Parties On Reactions

Abia Tribunal Judgement: Attorney-General Cautions Parties' ReactionsThe Abia State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Umeh Kalu, has called on those faulting the tribunal judgments to refrain from it and seek redress in the Appeal Court.

Mr Kalu condemned the actions of political parties who alleged that the tribunal justices were biased, describing it as an ungodly and unruly move to misinform the public.

He urged all those who felt that the tribunal judgment went contrary to their wish to proceed to the Appeal Court and keep their supporters away from causing damages.

The Attorney-General warned that the rule of law against such actions would be applied.

The leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) had claimed that the judges of the Abia State governorship tribunal were bias.

APGA maintained that they were prepared to fight to recover their mandate, using every available means in the judiciary.

Members of the legal team of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had described the verdict as legal, standard and arrived at after due analysis of the evidences and witnesses brought before the tribunal by the petitioner and respondents.

They, therefore, called on the APGA to refrain from such malicious propaganda.

Abia Governor-elect Promises To Carry All Along In Policy Making

Okezie IkpeazuAbia State Governor elect, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu has thanked residents of Abia State for their support and promised to run an all inclusive government where every citizen would be carry along in the policy making.

Mr Ikpeazu disclosed that there would not be any discrimination in governance and therefore called on all the politicians in the state to join hands together in building Abia State and ensure that their agenda and vision are cued to service of the people and the country at large.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Mr Ikpeazu, who contested on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Mr Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.

The result was declared in the early hours of Sunday after the supplementary election of Saturday.

Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.

INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

Abia State is one of the state where supplementary governorship election was held on Saturday after election of April 11 was declared inconclusive by INEC.

Other States are Imo and Taraba State.

Army, Police Quel Clash Between APGA And PDP Supporters

policeA combination of the Army and police personnel have quelled a clash between the supporters of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

Hundreds of supporters of both parties stormed the vicinity of the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in anticipation of the outcome of the final results and announcement of the winner of the governorship election.

Reports say the clash, which was believed to have been caused by arguments from both camps, was contained by security agencies deployed to the INEC office.

Two people sustained gunshot injuries, while 4 cars were damaged in the process.

Despite the early intervention, there are fears of possible violence in the aftermath of the announcement of the final outcome of the election.

APC, PDP Call For Cancellation Of Anambra State Assembly Elections

Lagos PDPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State on Tuesday called for the cancellation of the just concluded governorship and state house of assembly election in the State.

Both parties are alleging that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) colluded with the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission to rig the election.

Both parties made this claim after several complaints have trailed the House of Assembly election in the state.

In a world press conference in Awka, the state capital, the Anambra State APC Chairman, alongside some of the candidates, condemned the exercise which he said was characterized by violence and massive rigging.

He accused the ruling APGA of masterminding the entire alleged fraudulent act and called for the immediate cancellation of the election.

The PDP on their part accused the state governor, Willie Obaiano, of hijacking the entire process through deployment of the entire security agencies.

However, all the accusations were dismissed by the National chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, who alleged that the APC and PDP have long expired in the state, adding that the victory of APGA in the state was well deserved.

Similarly, the Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, maintained that results of 25 seats announced had no issues but the five remaining seats had been rescheduled for the 25th of April.

The APC has also threatened to register its grievance with the Election Petition Tribunal (EPT), if the elections are not cancelled.

The Victor Umeh-led APGA won in 25 constituencies while INEC declared the remaining seats inconclusive.

2015: APGA Will Unseat Imo State Governor – Party Leaders

APGA LogoThe leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has said it will produce leaders to fill the various political positions in the State despite the presence of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress.

APGA leaders made this known at the sensitisation tour organised to garner support in Ngor Okpala local government area of the state. They advised citizens to put into good use the opportunity provided by the 2015 general elections to elect credible leaders and promised to sweep out the current governor, who belongs to the APC.

Party faithful, young, old, men and women had gathered at Umuneke Ngor Community in Ngor Okpala local government area for the first APGA sensitisation rally in the area by chieftains of the party at the state level.

While addressing the crowd of party supporters a chieftain of the party and former Minister for Interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho, who recently joined the party from PDP, said one of the major problems of democracy in the state is because electorates have refused to cast their votes wisely and also protect their votes, he said such attitude had given rise to bad leadership and unemployment in the state.

He further stated that the choice of political platform or party no doubt plays a major role in changing the lives and well-being of citizens through a well cut out mass oriented manifestos just like the All Progressive Grand Alliance. He enjoined the people to identify with  APGA in the next election as it remains the only party that can tackle the problem of poverty, insecurity and unemployment in the state.

Some other prominent members of the party in Ngor Okpala local government area including Blyden Amajirionwu said APGA is a popular and traditional party and the only party that will give a level playing ground to politicians as well as deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

 

 

 

APC Plans To Boycott Council Poll In Anambra

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will not take part in the January 11 local council election in Anambra State, eastern Nigeria.

One of the political party’s leaders in the State, Senator Chris Ngige, said that the decision was based on the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had planned to give the same voters’ register his party was contesting in court with INEC to the state’s electoral body.

“The same voters’ register used in the governorship election that we are contesting in court is what is expected to be used for the local council polls. “As I speak we have three versions of the voter’s register from the INEC. None of the three versions is good,” Ngige said.

The state governor, Peter Obi, who is of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, said that the election would be free and fair, but some other parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are sceptical about the credibility of the process.

They have expressed fears that the election might be postponed for a fourth time in 12 months.

The PDP leader in the state, Ken Emekeayi, called for compensation from the electoral body, insisting that the postponements of the election had cost them money.

Chris Ngige’s party had boycotted a rescheduled election in the State’s governorship election held in November claiming that minors were registered for the election.

They had presented an alleged voters’ register to the Channles Television showing pictures of minors.

But the electoral body said that minors were not registered for the election.

 

Nominating A Candidate Is An Internal Party Affair – Umeh

The Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh has said that the process for nominating a candidate to represent a party during an election is an internal affair of the party; stating that the court cannot have a say in it.

Speaking on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, Mr. Umeh explained that the party had to screen aspirants who were interested in contesting for the party’s ticket and unfortunately the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo was part of the people that were not cleared, revealing that Soludo took the party to court and the court dismissed the case.

Mr. Umeh mentioned that it’s the subjective decision of the party that will determine who will qualify for the primary election, he said “if the party looks at the aspirants and screens them within its own criteria and judgment, the party has the right to say these are the people they consider viable to go for the election on its behalf”.
He added that the people that were not cleared were given reasons why they weren’t cleared.

He debunked the allegation that the governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi is trying to impose the former governor of Central Bank as his successor, stating that “it is not the case”.

Labour Charges INEC To Register More Political Parties

The Assistant Secretary General of the Labour Party (LP) and Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu on Wednesday called on the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  not to limit the registration of political parties in the country.

 

Aremu, who made the call while addressing journalists in Ilorin, said that it is “in order not to disenfranchise Nigerians from forming associations”.

He  also commended the electoral conducting body for the registration of All Progressive Congress (APC) but challenged the commission to desist from limiting the number of political parties in the country adding that the country still has room for more parties.

Also contributing, the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2011, Muhammad Lade announced that the party in the state had fully merged with the new registered APC in order to forge ahead and have strong political base in the state.

Okwu Elected As New APGA National Chairman

Delegates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) today elected Mr. Maxi Okwu  as the National Chairman of the party  .

The delegates were acting on the order of the Enugu High Court that a convention be held. They converged at the Women Development Center, Awka to elect national party officials.

This may have laid to rest issues that would have affected the party’s outing in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

The convention was attended by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, and former Information Minister, Dora Akunyili among other stakeholders of the party.

Chief Maxi Okwu, who polled 790 votes as against his closest rival who secured only 90 votes, is expected to pilot the affairs of the party till the next four years.

Some of other national officers elected include Alhaji Sigir Maidoya,  Secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Massala, National Vice-Chairman ( North), Chief Chris Uche,  National Vice-Chairman (South), Dr. Elijah Onwuka , National Vice- Chairman (South-East), Alhaji Tijani idris, National Vice-Chairman (North –West), among others.

The other two factions led by Governor Rochas Okoroch of Imo state and former party chairman, Victor Umeh, stayed away from the convention.

 

 

 

APGA Dissociates Self From Newly Formed APC

Chieftains of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) have disassociated themselves from the merger talks with some opposition political parties in the country.

A member of the party’s board of trustees, Dr. Tim Menakaya and the deputy national chairman of the party, Chris Uche, in a separate interview said the party has not taken a decision to merge with any political party and is not participating in it.

They said Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state who attended a meeting with other opposition parties did so in his private capacity and did not have the support of the party.

Four leading opposition parties, including APGA, had merged into the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, 6th February 2013.

Buhari, Fayemi Say New Party Gearing Up For 2015

Nigeria’s former Head of State, and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections, retired General Muhammadu Buhari says the formation of the new opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), is geared towards mobilising Nigerians for 2015.

General Buhari told journalists in Abuja that the focus of the new party is to have a strong opposition force in the next general elections.

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi also describes the merger as a rescue mission.

Nigeria’s four main opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) – have announced their merger to challenge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 election.

PDP Congratulates Opposition Party

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the opposition parties for their successful merger and formation of a new political party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In a press statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said as the biggest party in West Africa, it welcomes the development as an indication that the nation’s democracy has come of age and is deepening.

The statement added that with the formation of the APC, the PDP and indeed all Nigerians expect to see robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance.

“We congratulate the opposition for their successful merger and the formation of the All Progressive Congress. This is yet another victory to our democracy. It shows that our democracy has come of age. We hope that from now we will see robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance,” the party said.

The party charged the opposition to use the vehicle of their new party to challenge PDP elected and appointed officers to debates on government projects and achievements so that at the end of the day, Nigerians will benefit from the nation’s political developments.

The PDP, however, said as a ruling party that is committed to the stability and development of the country, it will not dwell on the shortcomings of the merger arrangement but will continue to focus on the welfare of the people.

Merger Will Not Affect PDP – Gov. Abdulfattah

In the same vein, the Kwara State governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has stated that the new party poses no threat to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking on a monthly programme called ‘Governor Explains’, Governor Ahmed noted that it is normal for political parties to form alliance, adding that the ruling party is not threatened  but would rather become stronger as a result.

Governor Ahmed called for the formation of ideologically driven political parties to enhance the country’s political and democratic system.

Also reacting to the allegation by the opposition that he plans to waste the state’s resources to purchase aircrafts for the Aviation College, the Kwara State Governor explained that the Federal Government is to facilitate an export-import loan from China spanning 25 years for the purchase of the 15 aircraft, for the training of pilots to meet international standards.

He stressed that the government will not touch the loan as the Office of the Vice President will collaborate and take delivery of the aircrafts which will be delivered to the school.

The Niger State governor and member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Muazu Babangida Aliyu has also lauded the merger by opposition parties. He said that a strong opposition is what the nation needs at this time.

Opposition Lawmakers Back Merger, Warn PDP

However, opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives have sounded a clear warning to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying the merger of opposition parties signal the emergence of a new dawn for the country.

After a short meeting, the lawmakers said they want to confirm their support for the merger to give Nigerians confidence that help was on the way.

The lawmakers also stated that they have been working together as a united opposition on several bills as seen in the emergence of speaker Aminu Tambuwal, against the wishes of the PDP and the executive.

They called on President Goodluck Jonathan to quickly sign the 2013 Budget into law, as allowing the parliament to override his veto is not a good way to foster good legislative executive relationship.

INEC condemns suspension of APGA chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared as unconstitutional the purported suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh and the National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.

The duo were suspended by members of the National Working Committee of the party led by Alhaji Sadeeq Massala.

In a letter signed by the secretary to the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaigama, the Commission also declared that the Massala group does not have the authorization to hold a NEC meeting as was held on July 16th, 2012.

The Commission further declared that it cannot stop the National Chairman of APGA from convening a proper meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party.

The letter, addressed to Chief Umeh and dated July 26th was a response to several letters from the party inviting the commission to observe the events that have taken place in the party in recent times.

The party has recently been embroiled in a leadership tussle after some members of the party declared a vote of no confidence on Chief Umeh.