A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and Professor Pat Utomi, are demanding the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Both men spoke on Tuesday at a media briefing in Abuja under the aegis of the Nzuko Umunna, a group of Igbo professionals.
They also condemned the alleged killing of IPOB members in the southeast and urged states where the alleged killings took place to set up a panel of inquiry in their various states.
The call for Kanu’s release followed a series of protests, including that of members of the IPOB in Southeast Nigeria.
The pro-Biafra leader was arrested in Lagos on 14 October, 2015 and has been held in prison since then, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.
But the National Chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye, condemned the outcome of the election, describing the way his party was treated as contemptuous, callous and malicious.
He expressed surprise that the 876 votes allotted to his party was deliberately done to humiliate and intimidate its members because of the massive attractions the party had among the people of Edo during preparations for the election.
Dr. Oye wondered how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came to 876 votes when the support for the party cut across the three political zones of the state.
Remain Peaceful And Prayerful
He requested that INEC should produce the results collated at each polling unit and get a forensic expert to examine each of them.
“The outcome of the scrutiny would definitely shock the world.
“The results collated by our polling agents showed that APGA garnered over 30,000 votes.
“Some fraudulent persons traded with the APGA’s votes to make up for their own votes in order to win the election at all costs,” he claimed.
He congratulated APGA supporters in Edo State for their doggedness and unrelenting support, urging them not to be fazed by the outcome of the election, as it did not reflect what actually transpired.
“Remain calm, peaceful and prayerful. It will not be long before the world will know the truth. Truth is unassailable,” he stated.
A statement by a spokesman for the political party, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, said the leader of APGA also praised its candidate, Osaro Onaiwu, for his innovative style of campaign that sent shock waves across the state, saying that the campaign “forced the two leading parties to plot to silence him by squandering his votes and allocating a paltry 876 votes to him”.
The APGA boss assured his members that brighter days lie ahead, as the party would intensify its awareness campaigns across Nigeria, as a way of shoring up its membership.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to continue with unremitting intensity in his electoral reforms and to bear in mind that ‘democracy is a process and not a destination’.
Dr. Oye stressed that Nigeria’s democracy could only attain its full heights when elections were conducted with fineness and credibility.
The members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) on Saturday celebrated the January 15 Supreme Court Judgment which affirmed the authenticity of the present leadership of the party both at the national and in the state.
Awka, the capital city of Anambra state came alive, with pomp and excitement, as the leadership and members of the ruling APGA celebrate.
The ceremony began at the state Secretariat of the party in Awka.
It was a display of excitement by the people, with the National Chairman of the party, Mr Victor Oye, announcing the supremacy of APGA as a political party that would overtake every other party considering its clean bill of sanity.
At the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano also addressed the victory train, who stormed the premises, with victory dance, assuring them that the issue of faction had finally been buried in APGA, with unity enthroned.
The party anthem was rendered with all sense of loyalty and dignity and then the handover of a copy of the Supreme Court judgment by the National Chairman to the Governor who thereafter lifted the hearts of the party faithful with words of encouragement, urging them to stand tall as a new dawn had broken in APGA.
The achievement of no faction in APGA by the January 15 Supreme Court’s judgment is a strong statement for the party to rise and grow stronger and with its weapon of unity conquer any opposing force of other political parties that are yet to experience unity in their fold especially in the next election in 2018.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria.
Governor Obiano made the revalidation during the inauguration of Wards and Local government party executive members and APGA’s mini rally at Ama Igwe Square in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
He urged residents, who are yet to be part of the ruling party in the state to do so immediately by registering with the party, while old members should also go for revalidation as the exercise is ongoing.
The former banking guru noted that the revalidation exercise by all APGA members is a way of strengthening the party as well as repositioning it to be on firm footing ahead of the next election.
The National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, encouraged the governor to keep up the good work of developing Anambra State.
He also urged the party members to continue to be faithful to APGA so as to make the party wax stronger.
However, Governor Obiano proudly displayed his new card, which now bore the signature of the new leadership of the party and urged everybody in the party to do same.
He maintained that the party stood for hope for the common man and would keep increasing in strength and number until it surpasses every other political party in the country.
With the victory chant by the governor and the people, APGA members were reminded that it is their responsibility to champion the course of the party and carry its message of brotherliness to every nook and cranny of the state and beyond.
The leadership crisis in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is still lingering with two individuals claiming leadership of the party, a situation that has resulted in several court orders.
One of the factional leaders, Mr Victor Umeh, described the crisis as an inevitable situation in political organisations.
He said that political parties had all kinds of members, people who play by the rules and people who do not play by the rules.
“APGA is not alone in political squabbles. Virtually all political parties have had crisis in Nigeria,” he said, citing the crisis the ruling People Democratic Party had in the last year that led to the defection of some governors to the All progressives Congress.
Mr Umeh said that APGA’s crisis has been perennial because some persons took it upon themselves to wilfully disobey court decisions.
“They think that everything is politics and that as far as you can spring up factions you will start making money,” he said.
Umeh’s tenure is supposed to end in 2015, after a period of two terms of four years each, but the tussle in the party had led to a court in Enugu dissolving the leadership of the party.
He dismissed claims that he had overstayed as the chairman of the party, describing it as propaganda.
Mr Umeh had filed a petition for a stay of execution of the judgement, which the Court of Appeal granted and ruled that the status quo should be maintained.
Illegal Journey To Leadership
Mr Umeh said that the other factional leader, Mr Maxi Okwu, ‘gate crashed’ into APGA, claiming that a national caucus of the party had made him the national chairman.
“His Journey into APGA is illegal,” Umeh said.
Reacting to the claims of Umeh on Politics Today, a Channels Television’s programme, Mr Maxi Okwu said that a court judgement had upheld the decisions of the national convention held in Awka, the Anambra State capital that brought him into office, declaring that it was valid.
He said that he would stand on the court’s decision which he said also dismissed a petition against the judgement of the court.
A final court decision is awaited on who the real chairman of the party is.
The current tussle in the party is lingering and the year for a General election is approaching.
Watch the two factional leaders present their claims to the Chairmanship of the APGA on politics today.
The result of the Local Government election held in Anambra state has been announced, with the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, clearing 20 chairmanship positions out of 21.
Declaring the result, Commissioner in-charge of Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, Sylvester Okonkwo, said that the election in Nnewi North was declared inconclusive and would be held on Saturday, January 18.
In the councillorship result, APGA swept 304 wards; PDP cleared 12 wards while PPA and UPP won in one ward each.
Party officials and stakeholders in the electoral process of Anambra State gathered to witness the announcement of the outcome of the Local Government election at the premises of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC.
The elated National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, maintained that the victory of the ruling party was one well deserved, as the local government election having been conducted is a giant stride by the present administration in Anambra State in the New Year.
Some opposition parties however feel differently about the election which they said was not credible. Anambra State Chairman of Labour Party, Samuel Oraegbunam, condemned the process saying that ANSIEC lacked the competence to conduct the election.
Meanwhile, the ANSIEC Chairman has advised aggrieved persons to bear with the commission and channel their grievances properly to the court for redress.
The leadership and members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his neutral position in the just concluded Governorship election in Anambra state.
The National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, in his submission said that though the party grappled with a lot of issues before and even after the election, the President in his firm belief in democracy never in any way intruded or meddled in the electoral process.
He said that despite the fact that his party was involved in the election too, President Jonathan insisted that the opinion of the people of Anambra State must count in the polls.
The APGA governorship candidate, Willie Obiano, however reminded the party members of the enormous tasks ahead, that requires concerted effort and support of all and sundry.