INEC Postpones Anambra Central Senatorial District Rerun Election

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has postponed, indefinitely, the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election earlier slated for March 5.

Announcing the new development to political parties and security agencies on Tuesday, at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Lawrence Azubuike, said the postponement is as a result of a directive from the National Headquarters of the Commission.

He added that the election has been put on hold due to a court order which made provision for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to be accommodated in the election.

Mr. Azubuike called on stakeholders to remain law abiding and bear with the commission as any new development will be communicated to them.

Representative of the PDP, Alex Obiogbolu, said that INEC had done the needful by not disenfranchising the party.

For the All Progressives Grand Alliance, whose candidate has been campaigning intensively for the March 5th Date, the news came as a shock but the state chairman, Mr Nobert Obi, maintained that the party was sure of victory any day the election is conducted.

Protest Trails APC Anambra Central Senatorial Primary

APCRumours of the disqualification of an aspirant in the Anambra Central Senatorial Primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Uche Ekwunife, who defected to the party few weeks ago, have triggered protests ahead of the primary election.

At the venue of the election in Awka, Anambra State capital, hundreds of delegates converged to participate in the exercise ahead of the February election for Anambra Central Senatorial Seat.

But no party electoral official was in sight to confirm the conduct of the exercise before the protest broke out from the camps of Mrs Ekwunife and her opponent, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.

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Uche Ekwunife election was nullified by a court few weeks ago

While the delegates waited at the former Tourist Garden Hotel, along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, news broke that one of the contenders in the primary had been disqualified.

Mrs Ekwunife had defected to APC on the wake of the Peoples Democratic Party’s refusal to conduct its primary election in agitation over the arrest and detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh.

She was alleged to have been disqualified by the party during screening for having not been a member of the party for a required period of time.

The story received spontaneous reaction of rejection.

First the youths protested and then the women lent their voices to the matter.

From the camp of Mrs Ikeazor, the former Pioneer National Woman Leader of the APC and a foundation member of the party in the state, youths and women also reacted and maintained it would not be fair to deny the aspirant the party ticket for all she had done for the party.

In the midst of the controversy, it was gathered that the APC Party Primary Committee had not communicate to any of the aspirants on whether or not any of them had been disqualified.

Meanwhile, activities suggesting the conduct of the primary are still on at the venue slated for the primary in Awka.

Ekwunife Defects To APC Before Fresh Poll

EkwunifeA former Senator, who represented Anambra Central Senatorial District before her election was annulled by a court, Uche Ekwunife, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mrs Ekwunife, in an interview with Channels Television on Friday, said she defected because the senatorial primaries were shifted indefinitely by her former party, the PDP in protest over the arrest of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Tuesday, January 5, arrested the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant to Mr Metuh stated that he was arrested on Tuesday morning at about 10:00AM at his home by four officials of the EFCC and was taken away in an unmarked white Hiace bus.

The statement added that the officials told the opposition party spokesman that he was being invited on a friendly note to answer questions at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Mrs Ekwunife added that since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said there could not be fresh candidate for the election, shifting the primaries, where she would have been endorsed for the exercise, might affect her candidacy under the PDP.

According to her, she decided to take a walk to the APC to actualise her ambition.

Mrs Ekwunife added that she is returning to the Senate to complete her contract with the people in her  senatorial district.

The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, had on December 6 ordered the INEC to conduct a fresh election in the district within 90 days.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Datijo Yahaya said that the election of Mrs Ekwunife on March 28, 2015, did not meet the prescription of the Electoral Act.

Mrs Ekwunife had contested alongside the APC candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, who is now the Minister of Labour and may not be vying for the Senatorial seat.

Ekwunife Flags-Off 6km Road Project In Anambra

EkwunifeThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, has flagged off,  the construction of a six kilometer road in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, South-east Nigeria on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The six kilometer Igwe Ileka- Eke Market- Mpia road is a sponsored project by Mrs Ekwunife as part of her quest to ensure a good road network within the communities.

She said on completion, the road would improve the inter-village communication and create access to markets.

Mrs Ekwunife urged the residents of the community to support the PDP and President Jonathan’s re-election bid for more dividends of democracy.

Residents of the community expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the road project and promised to support her and the president during the elections.

Mrs Ekwunife rounded her visit to Uke, with a chat with school students, whom she urged to tell their parents to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming general elections rescheduled to March 28 and April 11.

Complaints Trail APGA National Assembly Primaries

APGAThe House of Representatives primary election have failed to hold for the second time in Awka North and South Federal Constituencies in Anambra State, following complaints of a fake delegate list smuggled into the venue to favour one of the aspirants out of the three in the election.

Reacting to the development, the incumbent member representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeke Nwogbo, said that aside the mockery of democracy being made in the conduct of the primary election, a warrant of arrest had been placed on him by the Police for reasons not known to him.

In a similar development, another aspirant in the election, Mr. Uche Onyilofor, expressed dismay at the desperation of politicians during elections, maintaining that if the election had gone free and fair, it would have been in his favour.

The primary, however, was concluded with a sitting member of the State House of Assembly emerging the winner, winning with 104 votes.

In another development in Idemili North and South, the election was concluded around 9PM but it was very peaceful.

Despite being a lone aspirant in the Senate race for Anambra Central Senatorial District, over 400 delegates turned out at the venue in Awka for the primary election to vote for Victor Umeh, the National Chairman of APGA.

The delegates went through the process of accreditation and voting began immediately. Amongst the delegates was the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who urged the people to keep supporting the party that will cater for their future.

The National Chairman, having been declared the winner, also addressed the delegates, stressing his determination to entrench continued internal democracy in the party.

Presently, out of the eleven federal constituencies in the state, five still remained inconclusive while complaints and dissatisfaction trail the majority of the concluded ones.

However, many of the aggrieved aspirants have urged Governor Willie Obiano and the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, to intervene and save the situation in the interest of the party.