2015: APGA Reschedules Primaries

APGAThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has rescheduled its activities for the conduct of its primaries to select its candidates for the 2015 general elections.

In a statement, the party says its ward congresses to elect ad-hoc delegates earlier scheduled to start on the November 12 has now been shifted to November 25, 2014.

While the House of assembly Primaries earlier fixed to start on November 20th has been shifted to commence on December 3. the house of representatives primaries earlier fixed for November 26 has been shifted to December 4.

The Senate primaries earlier slated for December 1 was rescheduled for December 6 and the governorship primaries earlier fixed for December 6 was rescheduled for December 8.

PDP Slams APC For Not Accepting Outcome of Ekiti Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the National leadership of the APC for not accepting the processes and outcome of the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election which was roundly and overtly won by the PDP candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the position of the APC national leadership over an election widely accepted as one of the freest, fairest and most credible elections in Nigeria, and in which their candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi had also conceded defeat, demonstrates their ‘preference for anarchy and blind homage to nihilism and destruction of the democratic order”.
“The APC has once again confirmed that it is nothing but a chaotic organization, totally averse to democracy and orderliness. It has shown that it is a party of desperate,  frustrated and violent individuals promoting a Janjaweed ideology.
“This is a party that is fully aware that it was trounced in all the local governments of the state and even lost in the polling units and wards of its campaign Director-General and that of its Deputy National Chairman, yet it is bent at fomenting trouble to disrupt the peace in Ekiti State apparently out of frustration that it did not get the chance to rig the polls.
“We restate our commendations to security agencies for the roles they played in maintaining law and order and providing level playing ground for all parties before, during and after the election. 
“However we wish to alert of an orchestrated plot by the APC to now use the instruments of wild allegations and spurious claims to set the stage to unleash mayhem on Ekiti state using imported armed thugs. We therefore urge Nigerians to note this and hold the APC responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti State,” the party said.
The All Progressives Congress had announced plans to challenge the infractions on the rights of members of the party during the election in Ekiti state.Rising from the inaugural National Working Committee Meeting of the party, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Lai Mohammed said the party is heading to the law court in order to ensure that “these unconstitutional acts are not repeated in subsequent elections, especially that of Osun in august and next year’s general elections”.The party said it believes that the events leading to the election in Ekiti negates the principle of a free, fair and credible election as the federal authorities tilted the election in favour of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Anambra Poll: PDP NWC Backs Nwoye’s Suit Challenging Result

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has restated the commitment of the National Working Committee (NWC) to abide by laid-down electoral processes and the rule of law which forms the fulcrum of the party’s participation in elections across the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday said that the NWC is in total support of the suit filed by its candidate, in the November 16, 2013 Anambra governorship election, Comrade Tony Nwoye, challenging the result of the poll.

It described the action of the candidate as a “step in the right direction and an acceptance of the directive of the National Working Committee, earlier communicated to him to pursue the mandate in accordance with established democratic procedures and rules”.

“The PDP is totally committed to democracy and electoral processes as stipulated by the constitution and laws of our land. This explains why we remained steadfast to the processes outlined for the Anambra governorship election and the reason for our earlier stand and directive to our candidate and members to participate in the Supplementary Election as directed by INEC.

“As a party committed to strengthening the institution of democracy, we believe that due process must be followed at all times to allow the laws and electoral rules run their full courses without any interruption. It is in this regard that we commend our candidate for conforming with the ideals of our great party in seeking redress at the right time and through the appropriate democratic channel”,  the statement said.

Expressing optimism that “justice will prevail at the end of the day”, the statement said that the PDP “remains impressed by Nwoye’s credible outing, resilience and grass root appeal which brought him to the forefront in the race, despite having only two weeks to campaign”. It therefore charged all PDP members close ranks and remain focused in supporting the party and the candidate.

The statement also urged the people of Anambra State to “continue to resist attempts by the APC to turn the state into a theatre of violence and bloodshed, typical of desperate politicians and bad losers who do not have the interest of the people at heart”.

It further observed that the Anambra election and others so far conducted have shown that the PDP is still the preeminent party with genuine followership across the country, irrespective of its challenges and the heinous designs by enemies of democracy to weaken its support base.

Noting that it remains the “only party committed to national interest and unity”, the PDP said that it will continue to uphold the principles of justice and equity and ensure good governance for the welfare, prosperity and happiness of all Nigerians across board.

Anambra Election: Ubah Gets Accelerated Hearing To Stop Supplementary Election

The candidate of the Labour Party in the November 16 governorship election, Ifeanyi Ubah, has secured court order for accelerated hearing in a case against INEC, challenging the legality of Saturday’s supplementary election in Anambra State.

In a suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, by his counsel, Olagoke Fakunle, Mr. Ubah is seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining INEC from conducting any further governorship election in Anambra State, until the court has reviewed the processes towards the poll.

According to Mr. Fakunle in a letter intimating INEC of the suit, supplementary election is not known to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, and the electoral umpire need not go ahead with the supplementary election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had rejected earlier calls by the Labour Party candidate, and his counterpart from the All Progressives Alliance (APC), Chris Ngige, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Nwoye, for an outright cancellation of the November 16 election.

The supplementary election is slated for Saturday, November 30.