The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Anambra State has adopted the consensus method of primary election, ahead of the 2019 elections.
The State Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibeh and the State Secretary, Mr Chukwuma Agufugo, disclosed this on Monday, saying the choice of primary followed critical consultations among the party’s stakeholders.
They further explained that of the three options presented by the party’s National Executive Council, the consensus was accepted by the majority of the members, after which a committee was set up to commence operations.
Ibeh, however, stated that subsequently if the aspirants are not satisfied with the method, they will be allowed to fashion out another approach to ensure a peaceful process.
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has said that Lagos State is what it is because of the impact of ‘Anambrarians’ on the state.
According to him, “Anambra made Lagos what it is” whether anyone accepts it or not.
He made the comments during an interview with Channels Television while stating developments in the state as well as his plans for the next four years as he succeeded in his re-election bid after securing a landslide victory over 36 others gunning for his position.
“Before I came in, security was an issue. I came, I saw, I conquered and it’s not a static thing. Security is continuous, so we are moving and we are going to put in more efforts to ensure that the next four years is even far better than they have seen it now.
“I’ll keep awake so that all Anambra people and those living in Anambra can sleep with their two eyes closed.
“I’m not going to drop the ball, my eyes are on the ball. I am working hard to ensure that at the end of my eight years, governors coming after me will not have to depend on FAAC to run the state and that’s what I’m doing in investments. Security is the greatest thing that I have done and it is bringing a lot of people in.
“The greatest thing we want to do is to emulate what the Israelis have done. We have very rich Anambra people all over the world – Anambra made Lagos what it is, whether they want to accept it or not – the taxes that are paid are mostly by Anambra people.
“The development that is going on there, the houses that are owned there – it is the same all over the place but none in the south east. Why? First no security then, now we’ve gotten security.
“So I am emphasizing that this is time to come home and invest. By the way, we have reduced our challenges on investment to almost zero. Anambra now is the easiest place to come for investment because you sit in a one-stop investment outfit called ANCIPA, headed by many bankers – You get things sorted out in an hour or two – you get your C of O in two weeks if your case is good. If your case is not good, they help you build it or they cancel it as the case may be.”
‘Choose Your Project’
Also According to him, his administration is already doing so much in agriculture and it is set to do even more.
He also noted that the ‘Choose Your Project’ community project which his administration started has gone a long way in improving the standard of living across communities in the state.
“One of the things that won me accolades amongst all the local governments basically was the Choose Your Project community project – 40 million per community.
“All communities are choosing their second project now, it has never happened in the history of Nigeria anywhere at all. Every community even the remotest place in Anambra benefitted from that project. Apart from the schools, we built for them they now got the money and we are trying to build a bridge too, roads and what have you.
“I have reassured Ndi Anambra that I’m going to increase IGR without increasing taxes.”
‘Campaign of Calumny’
Furthermore, the governor expressed gratitude to the people of Anambra for choosing him to lead them again and he gave the assurance that the administration will touch the lives of less privileged in the state.
He also expressed confidence that subsequently his party, APGA, will win elections in other South- East states.
“Well, first I thank God the almighty for making this possible and the overwhelming endorsement by Ndi Anambra, that I should move on with what I am doing for them.
“This second administration will touch the lives of the less privileged, the common man on the street who voted for me, it will also touch the lives of the big people whose industries will employ the young ones that we are bringing.
“This victory will have a permanganate effect on the south-east. We are going to win all the states in the south-east.
Nobody has won 21 over 21. We scored 100% – it was a full endorsement by the people, I was returned unopposed and it hasn’t happened in history despite all the campaign of calumny by funny people all over the place.
“The same thing will happen there and we will do like the Yoruba’s did. They started from Lagos – AD – won some of the states in the west, now formed a block to be able to negotiate with the centre.
“That is our strategy and we can achieve that with ease,” he added.
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has described the governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, as a compassionate leader whose simplicity and humility come very natural, paving way for his good governance in Anambra state.
The Ooni made this known when he paid a courtesy call to the governor at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, together with the traditional ruler of Okija, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Emeka Okezie.
The Ooni further revealed that he always associated with leaders who are selfless and who have the interest of the people at heart which was why he was in Anambra to identify with Governor Obiano who had shown leadership at its very best.
He said he would continue to preach unity and peaceful co-existence across the entire country.
“Whoever in life you want to know who is he is, give that person power. Once you give that person power, you will know the real person. You have not changed before God brought you to this position. Your simplicity has been your watchword. Your simplicity has been a pacesetter for your life and the good people of Anambra state.
“You are a leader, a selfless leader indeed and I’m always proud to be associated with you and I’m always proud to be associated with all the good things you do and that is why I’m continuing to preach that unity, to preach peaceful coexistence across the entire country and most especially, I know you have the interest of the people at heart.
“Anambra is very lucky to have you. We are lucky to have you in Nigeria and because God has actually brought thus far, I know you will naturally excel.” Ooni said.
Governor Obiano who received him expressed gratitude to him and the traditional ruler of Okija who also came with his royal cabinet to pledge support and solidarity to him for his re-election come November 18.
The Anambra Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Tony Nwoye is confident that his party will be victorious in the November 18 election.
He spoke about his party’s chances during a meeting with state executive members of the APC led by Mr. Emeka Ibe, organised to ascertain his level of readiness for the election.
Mr Nwoye first stated that he has met with some of the party leaders in the state as well as all his co-aspirants except one whom he said he will meet in no time.
He assured the executive members of the party that he is prepared to get into the field and slug it out with his brothers in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Furthermore, Nwoye recalled his feat in the 2013 governorship election and stated that the APC will win the election.
He, however, appealed to religious organisations in the state to conduct themselves as required of them and not cause bias among the people.
Collation and sorting of votes have just been concluded and counting is in progress following the Anambra governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which took place on Saturday.
The state chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the exercise so far, saying that all the various stages of the process have been hitch-free.
He also noted that the conduct of the delegates, the security agencies and members of the press is quite commendable, adding that it is a shadow of what will play out on November 18 after which APC will take over the government of Anambra state.
Eleven aspirants are contesting the governorship ticket; some of which are: Senator Andy Ubah, House of Reps member, Tony Nwoye, National Auditor of the APC, Mr George Muoghalu, APC House of Reps candidate in the 2015 general election, Bart Nwibe, former PDP governorship candidate in 2014, Mr Obinna Uzor among others.
Ahead of Saturday’s primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, has cautioned the 11 aspirants to the governorship position to conduct themselves properly and avoid violence as he will not hesitate to deal decisively with such aspirant.
He made the call during a critical meeting held at the headquarters of the Anambra State Police Command, Amawbia where he also gave detailed security implications and guidelines to the exercise.
Mr Umar also enjoined the aspirants to caution their supporters and loyalists to maintain proper conduct.
Furthermore, he warned that anyone who is not a delegate or who has no business with the exercise should avoid the venue of the election. He, however noted that enough men will be deployed to contain any challenge.
The Chairman of the Primary Election Committee and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima also noted that the exercise is a family affair which must be conducted peacefully.
Two persons including a police officer have been reportedly killed after gunmen struck near the Assemblies of God church on Oguta road in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Channels Television gathered that the gunmen were armed robbers who had been in the process of staging a raid when they sighted the police patrol.
They reportedly opened fire indiscriminately, killing one of the policemen and a commercial motorcyclist.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the attack was not aimed at the church.
“At about 10:30 hours, who were in masquerade form, who put on masquerade attacked our Police team on patrol. They fired at them and critically injured one, Members of the team reacted swiftly, pursued them and apprehended one of them. Effort I son to ensure that the other members of the gang will sooner than later be apprehended. I want to make it clear, going by the report that is emanating from one of the dailies that a church at Onitsha was attacked, I want to make it clear that this was not an attack on the church it was an attack on our men on routine patrol.”
A member of the church who spoke to Channels Television but pleaded anonymity also confirmed that no one within the church premises was involved in the incident as gunshots were heard only outside the premises.
The civil war veterans in Anambra State have endorsed Governor Willie Obiano for a second term in office for what they describe as his all-encompassing leadership qualities.
The decision was reached at a round table discussion between the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Biafra war veterans at the governor’s lodge, Amawbia.
Also among the issues discussed was the killing of some members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) during a protest in Nkpor in 2016.
General achuzie declared that the governor did not order the shooting of the defenseless agitators protesting on the platform of IPOB as the police and the Army were not in a position to take direct orders from the governor.
He spoke extensively on the build up to the protest which he said he was privy to as the patron of the IPOB and recalled how he spoke with the then Commissioner Of Police to request that they allowed the agitators to stage a peaceful protest but noted that on that fateful day after the protesters were attacked, a false report was forwarded to the governor.
He insisted that the governor had shown genuine commitment to the people’s history and struggle by undertaking the burial of all that died during the civil war in a state burial tagged “Ozoemena” meaning never again. General Achuzie, therefore, urged people not to be misled by the malicious insinuation that the governor had a hand in the shooting.
“Since then, not now, I have been saying it that no report came to me of the participation of the governor or governor giving that instruction and we are also aware that the governor cannot give instruction to Commissioner Of Police. Commissioner of Police takes orders from the Inspector General of Police while the Army officer takes permission from the GOC at 82 division.”
Speaking on the matter, the governor expressed appreciation to the association for their support and solidarity especially for making clarifications on the IPOB issues.
He, therefore, assured the people that he was committed to promoting peace and stability in the state adding that nothing would come between him and the social contract he had with the people of Anambra State to ensure a meaningful life for all in the state.
Furthermore, he reiterated his innocence in the IPOB saga saying: “I never at any point in time ordered anyone to be shot anywhere.”
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has condoled his Anambra counterpart, Chief Willie Obiano over Sunday’s church attack at St Philips Catholic Church Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement released on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Okowa condemned in strong terms the unprovoked attack by gunmen leading to the death of several worshippers.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with my brother, the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, the government and people of Anambra State over Sunday’s church attack at Ozubulu leading to the death of several worshippers.”
The governor expressed sadness on the desecration of the temple of God, adding that the church is a place of refuge and should be devoid of attacks.
“This is tragic, the church is a place of refuge for all who run into it, this unwarranted attack and mindless bloodletting is not only wicked but barbaric and must be condemned by all good men of conscience.
“Our hearts are with the bereaved families at this moment of anguish. I pray that God grant the soul of the departed eternal rest as I urge the police and other security agents to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.”
Furthermore, the governor urged the church not to despair even in the face of the unfortunate incident.
“To the Church, I urge you to be cheerful, prayerful and courageous in these trying times. Do not despair for every thing that happens under the earth is for a reason. For God knows the end from the beginning,” he said