The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has roundly condemned the recent terrorist attack on a Catholic Church at Owo in Ondo State.
In a statement released yesterday and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Barrister Tex Okechukwu, the party wondered why any right-thinking persons should embark on such a heinous and inhuman act against innocent worshippers.
It expressed angst at the unfortunate development and charged security agencies to unmask those behind the attack and deal decisively with them to serve as a deterrent to those planning to polarize this country through the fanning of the embers of hate, ethno-religious inclinations and divisiveness.
“This kind of unprovoked attack should not be allowed to recur as any recurrence would have weight consequences on the fragile peace and unity of our nation,” the statement added.
APGA sympathized with the families of the victims of the attack, including the government and people of Ondo State, and prayed God to console them.
Members and supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), from Aba South Local Government Area of Abia state, have stormed the office of the State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), to protest the removal of their candidate for the December 17, local government election.
The protesters numbering about 100, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions including “ABSIEC stop meddling in APGA affairs, “Akomas leave APGA alone,” “Ujoumunna is our sole candidate for Aba South LGA”, amongst others.
They accused the electoral commission of meddling into the affairs of the party and called on the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Akomas, to do the needful by restoring the name of Ujoumunna, as the rightful chairmanship candidate of APGA for Aba south local government area.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the party’s legal adviser in the council, Mr Emma Eke Okorie, vowed that Iwuanyawu would never be the chairman of the local government area, and appealed to the commission to address the issue.
He also threatened legal action if the commission failed to restore the name of Ujoumunna as the chairmanship candidate of the party.
“The name of our candidate, who won the party’s primary election, is Elder Ujoumunna.
“We are surprised to see that it has been allegedly and illegally substituted with the name of one Mr Iwuanyawu Charles, who came second at the party’s primary election in Aba South Local Government Area.
“We call on the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Akomas to do the needful and immediately restore the name of elder ujoumunna as the rightful chairmanship candidate of APGA for Aba south local government area.”
Addressing the protesting APGA members, the Director Of Administration at the commission, Mr Kingsley Nwokoro, assured the protesters that their problem would be looked into, stating that it was not the fault of the commission.
“The commission acted based on the information given to them by political parties.
“It is not our fault but we will look into the matter passionately, I urge you to go back to your party leadership to ratify the issue and report back to the commission,” he said.
Meanwhile, the State Chairman of the party, Rev. Austin Ehiemere, has exonerated the party from the matter and commended the protesters for their peaceful conduct.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday released the final list of candidates that will be contesting the Edo State governorship election slated for September 10, 2016.
In a statement by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, 19 political parties and their candidates have been cleared by the commission to contest the election.
The final list perhaps put to rest the controversy over who is the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party since the party was hit by leadership crisis at the national level.
On the list, INEC enlisted Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy governorship candidate, Yakubu John.
The party, due to its factionalisation, held parallel primaries where Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwen emerged in the primaries conducted by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction.
Other contenders whose names were released by INEC include, Godwin Obaseki for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Onaiwu Osaro of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Areloegbe Amos for the Labour Party.
Rports from Anambra Government says former Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and candidate of the party in the Anambra Central Senatorial District election, Chief Victor Umeh, has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS.
Chief Umeh was said to have been arrested in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State at about 9AM on Thursday.
While the government claims Chief Umeh was arrested at his home at about 9.am today and taken to Abuja, a source from the DSS Office in Abuja says Chief Umeh is not in their custody.
Reasons for Chief Umeh’s arrest is still not known but there are speculations it may be related to issues surrounding the forth coming re-run election which he is a flag bearer of his party.
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has asked INEC to declare vacant, the seats of the PDP candidates in the Anambra State Senatorial election.
The National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Mr Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, made the call at a press briefing in Awka, Anambra State capital.
The party’s decision was as a result of its interpretation to the Supreme Court judgment of January 29 that upheld the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership of Ejike Oguebego in Anambra State.
The party also gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the option of conducting a fresh election or return the APGA candidates who came second in the said election as duly elected on grounds that the PDP did not present any candidate in the election.
Mr Obi-Okoye argued citing sections 140 and 141 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended that though the Supreme Court gave victory to the Oguebego-led executive of Anambra PDP, the candidates in his line-up did not have the opportunity to contest the election.
He also maintained that as a result of this, they did not participate at every stage of the elections.
For the other faction that participated in the election, APGA maintained that they were wrongly returned as having won the election and demanded that their Certificates of Return be withdrawn.
Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, on Tuesday said the recent in- road and victories recorded by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the general elections have positioned it as the next opposition party in Nigeria.
Mr Obiano made the statement when the House of Representatives members-elect from the state and Taraba State paid him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Introducing the winning members to the governor, the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, also announced the victory of APGA House of Assembly candidates in Taraba and Bayelsa states.
The National Chairman of APGA introduced the members-elect to the governor, beginning with the candidate from Taraba State, Mr Isaac Usman Danjuma, who won Wukari/Ibi Federal Constituency.
Also receiving congratulations from the Governor were Gabriel Onyenwife and Peter Mmadubueze, members elect from Oyi/Ayamelum and Anambra East and West Federal Constituencies respectively.
While the National Chairman assured the governor of victory in the upcoming Abia State supplementary election next Saturday, the governor declared APGA as the next opposition political party in Nigeria.
The members elect, however, made reassuring speeches of ensuring good representation to the people when sittings begin.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to set as a priority after his swearing in, the probe of the general elections in the South East.
Mr Victor Umeh, who made the appeal, also called for a comprehensive electoral reform.
Several candidates, who lost in the election, complained and pointed accusing fingers against opposing political parties.
Several complaints trailed the House of Assembly re-run election of last Saturday, April 18, in Anambra State, in which candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party won three out of the four seats that were contested for.
The inconsistencies in the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra state led to the cancellation of 32 wards and 500 polling units in four state constituencies of Anocha 1 and 2, Aguata, and Ekwusigo.
Mr Umeh also maintained that the leadership of INEC should expunge all unwholesome characters in the commission, disallow the use of adhoc staff, whose names are submitted by candidates as well as ensure that those who commit electoral fraud are not announced winners, thereby subjecting the actual winner to the rigours of reclaiming their mandate through the court.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State has suspended four of its members including Mr Okey Ezeh, a governorship aspirant in the just concluded governorship primaries of the party in the state.
Addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat in Owerri the Imo State capital, the State Chairman of the party, Mr Peter Ezeobi maintained that the suspension is in line with Article 21 of the party’s constitution.
Mr Ezeobi further disclosed that the party took the decision in order to put an end to all forms of distractions and internal issues rocking the party which incidentally is being spear headed by the suspended members, as their actions are capable of disturbing and truncating the chances of the party in winning any elective seat in the 2015 general elections in the state.
He said however, a seven man disciplinary panel has been set up to try the members for further actions.
An Abuja High Court has struck out its earlier order restraining the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Victor Umeh, from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.
The court also struck out the order restraining him from submitting the names of the party’s candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2015 general elections.
Orji Nwafor-Orizu had in an ex parte motion granted an interim order restraining Umeh and from setting up any committee/panel in respect of primary election in Anambra State for the 2015 general elections.
The Court, presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi, in striking out the order stated that he was misled into granting the order in the first place and that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit as the plaintiff is neither an aspirant nor a person who participated in the nomination process of the party.
Justice Ashi, relying on several Supreme Court decisions, held that “until a person has participated in the primaries of a political party, he cannot approach the court for any purpose.”
He further declared that “the only recognized exception, where a person can approach the court is under section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, this case does not fall within that exception.”
The 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.
The Member representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chriscato Ameke, and over one thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The former PDP members made their move at Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area where the state Governor, Willie Obiano, and the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, received them.
Mr Umeh verified the registration of the defectors whose cards had been issued at Aguleri Ward 1 by the Ward Chairman.
Mr Umeh also assured the defecting members of full rights and privileges but was quick to add that APGA has no automatic ticket for any aspirant, noting that the mass defection of the PDP members to APGA was a clear evidence of the dominance of the party in the area and in the entire state as well.
The federal lawmaker said he decided to join APGA because of the purposeful leadership of Governor Obiano and his determination to redefine governance. He also promised to join hands to strengthen and uplift the state to a greater height.
Governor Obiano, speaking in vernacular, lauded the decision of Rep. Ameke to “make hay while the sun shines”, adding that APGA that is growing from strength to strength and was poised to sweep all positions in the coming elections except the Presidency.