Maku Tells Journalists To Engage More In Investigative Journalism

Labaran-MakuFormer Minister of Information Labaran Maku, has called on Journalists in Nasarawa state to imbibe the spirit of investigative Journalism.

He believes that investigative reporting is the only solution that relieves the people from the clutches of misrule.

The state governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) challenged the press to exhibit the courage and habit of rural Journalism instead of focusing on issues that has to do with the government alone.

“Investigative reporting is the only tool that can keep those in the helms of affairs on their toes; this will help people at the grassroots whom have been excised from day to day livelihood” he said.

“Investigative journalism will help the citizenry to know what came in and what goes out of the state” Maku stressed.

Furthermore, he expressed displeasure with the way reporters give prominence to government activities.

“Move to the grassroots and report activities there, do not give priority to government activities and proclamations alone”

He also tasked the press to create awareness in the cause of their reportage, stating that scores of communities are disconnected from government presence.

Abia APGA Sacks State Chiarman, Ehiemere

apga-2Majority members of the Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and the State Working Committee, have resolved to sack the State Chairman, Augustine Ehiemere, over alleged gross misconduct.

The party passed a vote of no confidence on Mr Ehiemere, for alleged abuse of office and breach of the constitution of the party, by purportedly rendering a total of 10 million Naira without the State Working Committee (SWC) seeing a copy of the said account.

The secretary of the party, Sunday Onukwubiri, while speaking to Channels Television in Umuahia, hinted that the party has resolved that the chairman be removed immediately.

According to Mr Onukwubiri, Ehemiere violated the rules of the APGA by hijacking the national party guidelines for the conduct of party primaries, which states that party primaries shall be conducted by the congress returning party chairmen, in all the local government areas of the state.

While calling on the national leadership to instruct the financial secretary of the party to render an account of the sale of the nomination forms, Elder Onukwubiri said that the embattled chairman had ridiculed the party and brought its image into disrepute therefore, “he must face the consequences and step down, pending the hearing and determination of the allegations”.

“You cannot make impunity a culture, in as much as APGA is talking about change, especially attitudinal change, it is this attitudinal change that has eluded the chairmanship status in our party.

“Can you believe that a single person can make an account of 10 million Naira without the involvement of the SWC? We finished our primaries, both counsellorship and chairmanship, and there were petitions and reports.

“From the end of the primaries till when the lists were submitted to Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), we have never been able to sit on the petitions, and what is the implications, if those people accuse you of being partisan? how would you exonerate yourself?

“On the last day that we were expected to submit the list of the successful candidates to ABSIEC, the chairman, the financial and organizing secretary, disappeared from the office, it was on information that we gathered that they were at a hotel in Umuahia writing names of people.

“That is why we said, No! Enough is enough, we have passed a vote of no confidence on the state chairman, and it has no effect on the party movement and nomenclature,” the Abia APGA secretary said.

He, however, assured the members that the suspension of the state chairman would not affect the Local government election, as the party is ready to take the seat in the 17 local government areas of Abia State.

Edo APC, PDP Trade Words Over Post Election Protests

Edo Governorship Election, PDP, APC,The contention between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State over the seat of power seems to be far from over even with the conclusion of the 2016 governorship election in the state.

The two parties are again divided on the issue of protests over results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in favour of Godwin Obaseki of the APC.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, Mr Obaseki polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

Before the declaration of the election result, the PDP and another opposition party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), raised concerns over the credibility of the election.

Voting in the election had ended early, with political parties expecting that collation of results at local government areas and subsequently at INEC Headquarters in Benin would begin early, but there were delays at the local government councils, resulting in a long wait by reporters at INEC’s office.

The PDP at that point claimed that INEC and the ruling APC were planning to rig the election at the collation centre.

APGA’s candidate, Osaro Onaiwu, on his part, called for a total cancellation of the election results, saying there were irregularities.

After the results were announced on Thursday, some supporters of the PDP held protests, claiming that the result of the election was manipulated.

The opposition party had expressed its readiness to go to the Tribunal to contest the result of the election.

The APC had dismissed the allegations, calling the PDP a ‘bad loser’.

Obiano Promises To Tackle Akpo Community’s Infrastructural Challenges

anambra state, properties destroyed, Ukpo, Abagana, land disputeAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured the people of Akpo community in Aguata Local Government Area of his commitment to tackling some of the critical infrastructural projects in the community.

He believes such projects will make life more meaningful for them, but said it would begin as soon as the Federal Government released the 4.5 billion Naira it owed the state.

The Governor spoke on Saturday during the grand reception organised for him by the Akpo people where they also give an overwhelming endorsement to his leadership style and pledged their support for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

They said his political party was the vehicle for onward transformation of Anambra state beyond the governor’s first term in office.

It was like a homecoming for Governor Obiano, when he arrived in Akpo community.

Exchange of pleasantries with the chieftains of the APGA was a spectacle to behold, as happiness and laughter flowed freely.

The excited traditional ruler, red cap chiefs and the members of the community, who trooped out in their hundreds to welcome the Governor in his maiden visit to their community also enjoyed a fair share of handshakes of love from him.

Traditional dancers and Akpo Choir with a special anthem also joined in welcoming the Governor.

In an address of welcome, the President General of the town, Mr Godwin Ezeno, congratulated the Governor for the mile stones he had achieved in his quest to transform Anambra State within two years as well the vigour with which he had pursued his four administrative blueprint of Agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas and industrialisation.

For this, they endorsed him as the best and pledge loyalty and support for him and APGA, as the 2017 governorship election in the state approaches.

The people appealed to the Governor for intervention in road construction, renovation of the community’s secondary school, rural electrification, as well as government appointments.

They showered the Governor with gifts and for a practical show and proof of support to the Governor by Akpo people, a certificate of endorsement was also presented to the Governor.

The highly elated Governor assured Akpo community of his commitment to ensuring that immediate intervention came in road infrastructure and the renovation of their school as soon as the Federal Government released monies it owed the state.

Governor Obiano commended the residents of the community for choosing agriculture and for the 20 million Naira project the state government would undertake in each of the 177 communities of Anambra state.

In his reaction to the development, the former National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, expressed joy at the turn of event in Anambra State and said it was a clear indication that APGA government was working to bring the dividends of democracy to the people which is commendable.

The Akpo community declaration of support for Governor Willie Obiano and APGA is coming on the heels of several other communities’ declarations which have positive implication on the fortunes of the present administration as the 2017 governorship election beckons in Anambra state.

APGA Claims APC Plans To Rig Edo Governorship Election

APGA-2The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Edo State, south-south Nigeria, is alleging that there are indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to rig the September 10 governorship election.

Addressing reporters on Saturday the governorship candidate of APGA in the state, Osaro Onaiwu, said he would reject any result from Edo North Senatorial District, claiming it would be compromised.

His allegation follows attack on some members of APGA by suspected political thugs on Friday after addressing a campaign rally in the ward of the APC Deputy governorship candidate, Philip Shuaibu, in Etsako West Local Government Area.

Onaiwu, who frowned at the development where security official on his convoy was seized and assaulted by the thugs, commended the military personnel at Igarra Road for their timely intervention to save the situation.

The APGA governorship candidate further urged all political parties in the election to call their supporters to order and play by the rules of the game.

He further stressed that politics was not a do or die affair.

INEC Ready To Conduct Area Council Elections In Abuja

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has put all necessary logistics in place for the area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The electoral umpire gave the assurance on Tuesday, at a meeting between the Commission and stakeholders in Abuja.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, said that there would be a curfew from 9:00am till 4:00pm on Saturday, April 9 in the FCT, as part of measures to ensure a credible electoral process.

Mr Yakubu also revealed that the INEC plans to conduct re-run elections in Usuma ward of Bwari Area Council on Saturday April 16, in line with directives from the court to include the All progressive Grand Alliance in the re-run election.

DSS Frees Victor Umeh

Victor-Umeh-APGAThe Department of State Services (DSS) has released the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh.

The APGA leader was arrested at his Aguluzigbo country home in Anambra State at about 9:00am local time on Thursday and taken to Abuja.

Confirming his release, the party’s Deputy Secretary, Mr Jerry Obasi, however, alleged that the arrest was politically motivated by Mr Umeh’s opponents in the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.

Mr Umeh arrived into the warm embrace and rejoicing from family members and political associates.

He told Channels Television that the secret service inquired several issues from him, ranging from situation in the south-east region and some statements attributed to him.

The DSS has not given reasons for Mr Umeh’s arrest.

 

Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Begins Sitting

akwa ibom-benue, tribunal-sarakiThe Kogi State governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday commenced proceedings.

The tribunal headed by Justice Alima ‎Mohammed, however adjourned the sitting of the tribunal to 4thof march for pre-trial hearing to enable parties in the suit to exchange briefs.

In his petition, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Representative James Falake is asking the tribunal to declare him governor.

According to Mr Faleke, the governor did not participate fully in the polls as such he cannot be given the privilege of becoming the governor.

The immediate past governor, Captain Idris Wada on his part is asking the tribunal to set aside Governor Yahaya Bello’s election because he was not validly elected.

According to him Mr Bello is an interloper who did not participate in the election.

Other parties in the case, the Progressive People Alliance (PPA), Labour Party (LP), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), are all asking the tribunal to set aside the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.

APGA Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling On Party’s Leadership

APGA-2The members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) on Saturday celebrated the January 15 Supreme Court Judgment which affirmed the authenticity of the present leadership of the party both at the national and in the state.

Awka, the capital city of Anambra state came alive, with pomp and excitement, as the leadership and members of the ruling APGA celebrate.

The ceremony began at the state Secretariat of the party in Awka.

It was a display of excitement by the people, with the National Chairman of the party, Mr Victor Oye, announcing the supremacy of APGA as a political party that would overtake every other party considering its clean bill of sanity.

At the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano also addressed the victory train, who stormed the premises, with victory dance, assuring them that the issue of faction had finally been buried in APGA, with unity enthroned.

The party anthem was rendered with all sense of loyalty and dignity and then the handover of a copy of the Supreme Court judgment by the National Chairman to the Governor who thereafter lifted the hearts of the party faithful with words of encouragement, urging them to stand tall as a new dawn had broken in APGA.

The achievement of no faction in APGA by the January 15 Supreme Court’s judgment is a strong statement for the party to rise and grow stronger and with its weapon of unity conquer any opposing force of other political parties that are yet to experience unity in their fold especially in the next election in 2018.

Abia PDP Raises Alarm Over Justices Of Appeal Court

pdpThe Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Senator Emma Nwaka, has raised an alarm over the justices of the Court of Appeal which are drawn from a particular division.

Senator Nwaka, on Tuesday described the situation as unusual and worrisome.

He appealed to the President of the Court of Appeal handling the governorship matter to look into the panel set up, with a view of drawing justices from various divisions.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), however, seemed not to be perturbed because of their firm belief that efforts are being intensified by the leadership of the party to get them the desired victory at the Court of Appeal.

APGA Rejects Abia State Governorship Tribunal Judgement

APGA in Abia StateThe All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has rejected the judgment of the Abia State Governorship Petition Tribunal that upheld the election of Okezie Ikpeazu.

After the judgment was delivered on Tuesday, the National Chairman of APGA, Mr Ike Oye, said that the party would “appeal to the highest court of jurisdiction until we reclaim our mandate”.

Mr Oye, however, urged all APGA supporters to remain calm and law abiding.

It was wild jubilation at the court premises and in the streets of Umuahia, the capital of the state, shortly after the Tribunal ruled in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Candidate, Ikpeazu, striking out the petitions filed by APGA and its candidate, Alex Otti.

To forestall any break down of law, security were all on standby before the judgement was delivered.

The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Emma Nwaka, said the Tribunal’s judgment was a justification of the votes cast by Abia State indigenes during the April 2015 governorship election.

Abia Government Frowns At Protest Against Tribunal Judgement

Abia Government Frowns At Protest Against Tribunal JudgementsThe Abia State government has warned the opposition party to refrain from making unguarded statements that are capable of inciting the public and heating up the polity.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, Godwin Adindu, said that the attempts and actions of some elements, especially the major opposition party in the state to malign and assassinate the integrity of members of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the state is totally uncalled for.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) supporters had protested in Umuahia, Abia State capital in south-east Nigeria against the outcome of some of the Election Petition Tribunal judgment.

Describing the judgment as an ‘injustice and rape to democracy’, the angry protesters carried placards with various inscriptions – “God, come to our rescue”, “We want justice”, “APGA leaders, can you recover our mandate” – as they marched to the APGA Secretariat.

The Chairman of the party described the judgments as an injustice to democracy with a promise that the leadership of the party would reclaim their mandate.