Ekwunife, Ikeazor Seek APC Ticket For Anambra Central Senatorial Election

AnambraThe All Progressives Congress (APC) have assured aspirants vying for the Anambra Central Senatorial zone a free, fair and credible primary election in the state.

Two women are now struggling for the seat. They are; Senator Uche Ekwuinfe and the former National Women Leader of the APC, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.

While assuring the candidates of a level playing field, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, urged them to ensure a corruption-free contest.

The contestants maintained that their participation in the election, especially the Anambra Central Senatorial election, had many implications, but all tilted towards improving both the quality of and attitude towards election in Nigeria.

The election is scheduled to hold on February 23.

Mrs Ekwunife had won the previous election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  but a court nullified her victory.

After the court’s judgement, she defected to the APC.

Mrs Ekwunife, in an interview with Channels Television on January 8, said she defected because the PDP’s senatorial primaries were shifted indefinitely in protest of the arrest of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.

Anambra PDP To Conduct Senatorial Primary Election ‘Soon’

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State says it will soon conduct the primary election for Anambra Central Senatorial zone.

The announcement was made by the State Chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi, during the solidarity visit of the 109 wards and seven local government executive committees of the PDP from Anambra Central Senatorial district.

According to Mr Emeakayi, the party at the state level would liaise with the national executive to fix a date for the primary election while the agitation for the release of Mr Olisah Metuh continues since the election has a time frame.

He called for calm among the members in the face of all the travails of the party, maintaining that it remained strong and formidable both in the state and at the national level.

The senatorial primary election was earlier suspended by the PDP in agitation for the release of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP and leader of party in Anambra State, Mr Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

One of the candidates, Uche Ekwunife, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Election Petition Tribunal Upholds Senator Saraki’s Victory

Election Petition Tribunal Upholds Senator Saraki’s VictoryThe Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ilorin has upheld the election of Senator Bukola Saraki representing Kwara Central Constituency.

The ruling was given by the leading judge of the tribunal, Justice Josiah Majebi, on Tuesday in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria.

Justice Majebi dismissed the petitions of the co contestant, Abdulrasak Abdulrahman, noting that the complaints of the petitioner lacks merit and threw out the case in favour of the Senate President.

Another Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State had on Monday, affirmed the election of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaiye.

In another development last week Friday, Senator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, was declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by an Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

Anambra Tribunal Declares Senator Ekwunife Winner

EkwunifeSenator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, has been declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

Justice Naiyi Aganaba, who read the over 2-hour judgment held that the petitioners, Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and APGA failed to establish their case which they hinged on alleged mutilations and incorrect figures from which INEC declared Senator Ekwunife winner of the senatorial election.

The court also struck out the relief sought by Mr Umeh, urging the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he got the highest number of lawful votes cast.

Concluding the judgment, Justice Aganaba ruled that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as to have the election nullified and insisted that it lacked merit.

Senator Uche Ekwunife, reacting to her victory, commended the judiciary for restoring hope, once again, to the common man and said that the judgment was a reflection of the wishes of the people.

Earlier, the tribunal had nullified the result of the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Prince Emeka Eze and declared the APGA candidate, Mr Dozie Nwankwo, winner of the House of Representatives election.

Party Members Boycott PDP Ward Congress

pdpA Group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Anambra State, led by the governorship candidate of the party in 2013, Comrade Tony Nwoye, have boycotted the Ward Congress of the party, alleging its non-conformity with the party’s constitution.

The congress witnessed a large turnout of party faithful who still expressed satisfaction at the exercise, as the Group maintained that it was ill-timed, ill-arranged and ill-publicized.

They also accused the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh of interference, thus going against the party and the electoral act.

The group made their demands on the immediate postponement of the election as they boycotted the exercise.

Other stakeholders pointed out that impunity had cost them firm grip on power in the state, also resolving to fight disunity, impunity and imposition of candidates.

Against all odds, the congress was conducted in various wards in the state to monitor the election of 15 ward officers in each ward, and three delegates for the State Congress that will take place on Saturday.

The election was first held in Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Awka ward 7. where the Chairman and members of Anambra state PDP congress committee pepped up the function which boosted the confidence of the party members.

At Nnewi north where the 10 wards in the area gathered for the exercise, the Congress Committee Chairman tasked party members on the unity of the party as the only panacea to a better future for the party.

He fielded questions from Journalists on the controversy and dissatisfaction following the exercise, and cited a peace and reconciliation committee set up to handle grievances which will sit in Awka.

Rounding off with Anambra North Senatorial Zone at Nteje, headquarters of Oyi Local Government, many still lauded the exercise for the leader of the party in the ward.

However, the congress witnessed a large turnout of party faithful who still expressed satisfaction at the exercise.

Ekwunife Seeks Support For PDP In Anambra’s Awka-north

Uche_EkwunifeThe Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Uche Ekwunife, has assured residents of the area of her readiness to attract developmental projects as well as be a strong voice for her people if elected Senator in the February 14 National Assembly election.

Ekwunife gave the assurance during her ward tour of Awka North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra State which are in the central senatorial district.

Anambra state is an APGA controlled state, but she urged the people to wake up from being at the periphery and aspire to be at the center which voting PDP would guarantee. She solicited votes for President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, stressing that it would be a stepping stone to getting to the center.

In her ambition to represent the people of Anambra Central Senatorial Zone in the red chamber, she explained to the people that Anambra Central Senatorial District was made up of seven Local Government Areas in which Idemili Local Government area had produced senators for four times, Awka and Njikoka have also taken their shots with the exception of Anaocha and Dunukofia.

Ekwunife said in all of the representations, no woman had ever been elected.

She, therefore, urged them to allow a female representation with quality this time and feel the difference.

The people also expressed their support for the woman they described as an Amazon.