APC Plans To Boycott Council Poll In Anambra

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will not take part in the January 11 local council election in Anambra State, eastern Nigeria.

One of the political party’s leaders in the State, Senator Chris Ngige, said that the decision was based on the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had planned to give the same voters’ register his party was contesting in court with INEC to the state’s electoral body.

“The same voters’ register used in the governorship election that we are contesting in court is what is expected to be used for the local council polls. “As I speak we have three versions of the voter’s register from the INEC. None of the three versions is good,” Ngige said.

The state governor, Peter Obi, who is of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, said that the election would be free and fair, but some other parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are sceptical about the credibility of the process.

They have expressed fears that the election might be postponed for a fourth time in 12 months.

The PDP leader in the state, Ken Emekeayi, called for compensation from the electoral body, insisting that the postponements of the election had cost them money.

Chris Ngige’s party had boycotted a rescheduled election in the State’s governorship election held in November claiming that minors were registered for the election.

They had presented an alleged voters’ register to the Channles Television showing pictures of minors.

But the electoral body said that minors were not registered for the election.


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.

Anambra Guber Polls: PDP’s Nwoye Insists On Boycott

The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the Anambra governorship election, Mr. Tony Nwoye, has insisted on his plan to boycott the supplementary election scheduled for November 30.

Insisting on shunning the election, the Campaign Organisation of Mr. Nwoye, denounced the announcement made by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, insisting that the Mr Nwoye will take part in the supplementary election scheduled for November 30.

Mr. Metuh had said that the Peoples Democratic Candidate, would take part in the election.

It is the second time since the November 16 election that the state chapter of the party is in disagreement with the leadership of the party over the election that Nwoye, the candidate of the All Progressives Alliance, Chris Ngige and Ifeanyi Uba of the Labour Party have rejected the results released so far by the electoral commission.

The three candidates have called for a total cancelation of the election and insisted that a fresh election should be conducted.

In a press conference, the Director of Protocol of Tony Nwoye Campaign Organisation, Mr. Ken Arinze, made it clear that the pronouncement of Mr. Metu was a personal thought and never represented the wishes of the candidate and of the party.

He said that the candidate would not participate in the supplementary election on the basis that the candidate’s name was not on the voters register.

“Being part of the supplementary poll is giving credibility to the election that lacked merit,” Mr. Arinze stressed.

Similarly, the Director General of Tony Nwoye Campaign Organisation, Victor Ezenwa, reminded Metu of the premise of his office as the party’s National Publicity Secretary and not Tony Nwoye’s.

Mr. Ezenwa urged Metu to refrain from imposing his mind on the party or the party’s candidate.

APC Vows To Reject Election Result Due To Disenfranchised Voters

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that it will not accept the results of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state if voting does not take place in all local governments, especially in the party’s strongholds of Idemili North and South as well as Akwa South.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also condemned INEC for its apparently-contrived logistic nightmare that had left thousands of voters unable to exercise their franchise, and demanded the immediate removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu.

APC said it was “totally astonished to learn that INEC has confirmed that materials meant for Idemili North Local  Government, which has 180,000 voters, have been hijacked, without saying who hijacked the ballot papers and why, and without explaining why the materials meant for APGA and PDP strongholds were not hijacked”.

The party said equally astonishing is the fact that the voter’s registers for Idemili South, the direct council of the APC candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige, did not contain the names of voters in the local government, despite the assurances

“Before the election, political parties were given voters registers that largely contained the names of most voters. However, about four days to the election, Prof Jega said at an interactive stakeholders forum that there were problems with the registers, which would be rectified before the election.

“When the supposedly-corrected registers were brought back, most of the authentic names in them have disappeared, without explanation,” it said.

APC said it also complained about the fact that the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra, Prof Onukogu, was very partial and unprofessional when he conducted the 2011 election,

“In 2011, when Prof. Onukogu conducted the general elections in the state, he was very partial. During the Onitsha South 2 House of Assembly constituency and Idemili South House of Assembly polls, he declared the results of both inconclusive, only for him to announce the results at 12 midnight. After we challenged the results in court and a rerun was ordered, we won both constituencies.

“We subsequently petitioned INEC and the Commission assured us that the same person would not be allowed to conduct subsequent election. Alas, he was left in place to do another damage to INEC as an institution through his glaring incompetence and partiality, which have seriously affected the credibility of this governorship election,” the party said.


APC Receives Decampees From APGA

The All Progressives Congress in Anambra State is getting enlarged as supporters of opposition parties are beginning to identify with it.

In Egwuisigo and Njikoka Local Government Area, the party received over 500 decampees from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the United Progressives Party, including the former chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. George Ozodinobi.

The APC governorship candidate, Senator Chris Ngige described the action as a positive development and an enhancement to aspiration of the party to win the governorship election.

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress and residents of the different communities in Njikoka Local Government Area received the Ngige campaign train at Abagana, one of the major towns in the area.

“The big surprise of the day is the official presentation of the former chairman of the board of trustees of the United Progressives Party, George Ozodinobi, who recently led hundreds of his followers to join forces with the APC. Ozodinobi is an indigene of Njikoka.

The Ngige campaign organisation also received 11 sienna buses from Mr. Ozodinobi to boost its campaign activities.

The campaign team got a rousing reception at Oraifite, Ekwuisigo, where Senator Chris Ngige handed over the party’s symbol to members who left the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the APC.

One of the biggest decampees from the community is honourable Azuka Okwosa, former senatorial candidate from APGA and a close ally to the founder of APGA, late Chukwuemeka Ojokwu.

Senator Ngige met with traditional rulers from Anambra North Senatorial District to formally inform them of his ambition, and to be briefed on the areas of their needs.

The team also visited Achalla, Idemili North Local Government Area, where it wound up its activities for the day. Although they arrived late, residents surged out in large numbers to welcome them.

Anambra Polls: Produce State Accounts’ Audited Report, Ubah Challenges Obi

The Labour Party candidate in the November 16 elections, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has asked Governor Peter Obi to produce the audited report of the state accounts  for the year 2012.

Dr Ubah told Anambra citizens in Lagos that the incumbent has nothing tangible to show in the last 7 years, especially in the area of infrastructure, job creation and accountability.

He goes on to say that if voted into power, his government will aggressively industrialize the state and ensure that his government gives support to business ventures.


Labour Party Candidate, Ubah Visits Burnt Onitsha Market

Mr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the Labour Party candidate in the November 16th Anambra elections visited traders in the polythene dealers market Awada layout in Onitsha Anambra state, following a fire incident which destroyed property.

After assessing the extent of the damage, the governorship candidate, requested for a database of all the polythene dealers whose shops were razed in the fire outbreak and promised to help them get back on their feet.

With Commerce and Trading being one of the main stay of people in the state, Ubah said the Labour Party has the capacity to look at creative ways of harnessing the state’s potentials as well as creating a conducive environment for the market men and women, if voted into power come November the 16th.

Ubah visited the market alongside his running mate,  Mr Emeka Eze, to ascertain the level of damage done.

Losses worth several millions of Naira were recorded in the fire incident.

Investigate Plot To Kidnap Amaechi Now, New PDP Tells FG

The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over a report in the Vanguard Newspaper of 8th October, 2013 entitled “Alleged plot to kidnap Amaechi uncovered”.

The story detailed an alleged plot by some unnamed Abuja-based politicians of Rivers state origin to organise the abduction of Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, with a view to compelling him to sign his resignation letter.

According to a press release signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, it is an allegation which should not be waved aside because there already is a precedent, as it has been referred to as “the Ngige treatment” – a similar strategy deviced by the political enemies of Dr. Chris Ngige to get him out of the way during his days as Governor of Anambra state.

Referring to Gov. Amaechi’s recent battles, the New PDP said  “it would be foolish and too risky” to rule out the possibility of his opponents resorting to more dramatic measures in their desperation to illegally and unconstitutionally remove him from office.

They warned that ‘kidnapping’ Amaechi, and orchestrating his purported resignation would be an invitation to anarchy,urging the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency direct relevant security agencies to investigate this evil plot and bring those behind it to book.

They also appealed to all Nigerians to condemn this insidious plot and advised those hatching it to have a rethink for the sake of Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy.


Anambra Governorship Tussle Begins

Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state, candidates of various political parties boast of their capability and determination to take over  the leadership of the state from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In their calculations, almost eight years of the present leadership has left some areas unattended to and at such should let go of power. Some of these parties insist that their grip on the state power and leadership will bring about the needed miracle.

The major political parties all reel out their concerns for the state and reasons why power must change hands come March 17, 2014 in Anambra state.

The major political parties all had their primaries to elect their candidates according to the provisions of the electoral act. Though the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had their issues to emergence of Senator Andy Ubah under the chairmanship of Ejike Oguebego, the PDP insisted that Tony Nwoye should fly the flag of the party having emerged the winner in the primary conducted by the National Working Committee of the party.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) nearly fell victim of double candidacy but it was quickly nipped at the bud as the court order of September 20, 2013 discharged an order recognising Dr. Chike Obidigbo as the party’s candidate but upheld Willie Obiano as the sole candidate of the party.

For the Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressive Alliance (APC) they settled for Ifeanyi Ubah and Senator Chris Ngige respectively.

The candidates represent the different zones of the state. While the PDP and APGA candidates came from the North zone where political leaders from that region insist that they should produce the next governor, the Labour party candidate comes from the South zone and the APC candidate from the Central.

With the parties properly positioned for the coming election, with their flag bearers, mind games and battle of words and boasts on which party is capable of taking over the leadership of the state come March 17, 2014.

The PDP in their effort to take over changed the party slogan to a more effective one with the candidate maintaining that Anambra is a PDP state and so APGA should exit.

For the Labour Party, its candidate that has blazed the trail for campaign ahead of others said labour party is the only party that has a clear cut vision of the solution to Anambra problems which they are prepared to tackle.

Many commentators have said that the APC stands a great chance of victory, going by the political acceptance of its candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, who believes that the party has the panacea for all the diseases of Anambra state which is hinged solely on security infrastructure.

While other parties are working hard to come in, the APGA candidate’s (Willie Obiano) worry is how to fit into the big shoes the incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi. He has no shades of doubt that he is taking over.

ACN Appoints Committee to Plan Its Merger With CPC, ANPP

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has appointed a 19-member committee with the mandate to negotiate its planned merger with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the committee, to be chaired by Chief Tom Ikimi, has as members Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Governors Babatunde Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyawu, Sen. George Akume and Hon.Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Other members are Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, Chief Audu Ogbe, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Sen. Chris Ngige, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hadjia Rabiat Eshak, Dr. Ibrahim Y. Lame, Alhaji Yusuf Ali and Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

ACN said the appointment of the committee is an indication of its total commitment to making the merger a reality, adding that there is no going back in the party’s determination to work with the CPC and the ANPP to rescue and salvage Nigeria.

It also congratulated the leadership of the CPC and the ANPP, which have already named their own merger committees, for their patriotism, and appealed to all Nigerians to support the planned merger.

”We will like to inform Nigerians that contrary to what the doubters and spoilers are saying, the three parties are going into the merger plans unconditionally and without a set mind over posts or anything else. The only issue that has been settled is the urgent need to rescue and salvage our country. In this regard, the opposition knows it has a date with history!” ACN said

Obi says Anambra owns disputed oil field

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi on Thursday dismissed claims made by some groups and states over the ownership of the oil well discovered in the inland basin of Aguleri-Otu, Anambra East local government area.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi during the president's working visit to the state

Addressing the state in a special broadcast at the governor’s lodge, Awka, the governor said the financial commitments of the state in the oil project running in billions which other states and groups laying claims have not done.

Mr Obi said: “on August 30th 2012, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan – GCFR was in Anambra State on a one day working visit to commission the Orient Petroleum facilities among other projects.

“Since then some groups and states have been trying to lay claims to the ownership of the oil fields located in Anambra State.

“It is pertinent to recall that Orient Petroleum Resources Plc was formed during the government of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju in 2001 and allocated oil fields domiciled in Anambra State.

“Though Dr Mbadinuju did not make any direct monetary contribution. Under Dr Chris Ngige, in 2002/2006, Anambra State government invested the sum of N100 million in the project. Under our government between 2006 and 2009, with the vision and the belief in the positive impact of the project on the economy of the state and the country, we invested directly and indirectly the sum of N4.4billion.

“This investment blustered the confidence of other investors to invest in the venture that made its commissioning a reality,” the governor said.

Mr Obi however, maintained that Anambra state will remain a good neighbour and will continue to pray for oil to be discovered in other states of the country in other that Nigeria will emerge an economic giant in the comity of nations in the world.

Moments after President Goodluck Jonathan opened the refinery built by Orient Petroleum and declared Anambra an oil producing state, the Kogi State, Idris Wada said “Kogi will be a major stake holder in the refinery, considering the fact the oil wells that will service the refinery are in Odeke Community in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.”

Mr Wada made this claim a day after a community group issued a public notice saying that the oil deposits claimed by Anambra State are within the Odeke community of Kogi State.

The Kogi State governor said he “is doing everything humanly possible to resolve the issues surrounding the location of the oil wells with the contending states and that he is confident that “Kogi State will soon join the league of oil producing states in the country.”