Obiano Inaugurates Anambra North APGA Zonal Executives

Willie Obiano-Anambra State-Health Insurance SchemeThe Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the Anambra North All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Zonal Executives at Otuocha Mini Stadium in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.

During the inauguration, the governor alongside the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Victor Oye, charge the new executives to remain committed and continue with the effort of increasing the membership of the party especially, in the grass roots and mobilizing support for the governor who has continued to develop Anambra state through his transparent government and developmental programmes and projects scattered in all the three senatorial zones of the state.

The governor commended the party that had shown him so much support and solidarity.

He however, charged all party members to continue with the gospel of APGA, which is being the brothers’ keeper with winning of more converts into the party.

The mega rally was rounded off with the inauguration of the zonal executive members with the charge to lead with love and compassion and to ensure that strife and bitterness has no chance among members.

 

PDP Members Differ Over Party Leadership

pdpThe leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from over, as the factions of the acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, and Mr Ali Gulak, an ex- aide to former President Jonathan, continue to lay claim to the party’s leadership.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex- aide to the former President stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Meanwhile, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, who is a member of the Secondus faction, said there was no court judgement ordering Gulak to assume office.

However, the PDP has vowed to reclaim the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2015 elections.

The party claimed that it remained the only true national political party well equipped to hold the national character.

Anambra PDP Seeks Arrest Of Parallel Executives

pdpThe Anambra State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Ken Emeakayi, has called on the Police to close down all unlawful PDP Secretariats wherever they may be located in the state.

The Chairman also called for the arrest of any parallel executive or anybody impersonating the state Chairman or Executive of the party, so as to avoid crisis and anarchy in the state.

Mr Emeakayi made the request on Sunday while briefing reporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He stressed that the party would no longer fold its arms and watch activities of groups that parade as PDP executives continue to cause confusion in the state, even after a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP to Anambra State Police Commissioner had laid to rest issues concerning the party leadership in the state.

The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, had in a letter to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, cleared the air on who the authentic State Chairman of the party is.

The Chairman said that some members of the party, who felt the entire party faithful were not carried along, maintained other secretariats aside the PDP State secretariat at No 1 Ezidiegwu Road, Udoka Housing Estate, Awka, the capital of the state.

Mr Emeakayi described the action as illegal and unauthorised, saying the use of the name and logo of the PDP should no longer be tolerated.

In a swift reaction to the request for apprehension of parallel executive and the closure of illegal secretariat, the State Commissioner of Police acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP affirming Mr Emeakayi as the authentic Chairman.

Mr Karma acknowledge that other groups were still laying claims to the position, citing court judgment. He said that Police would not want to meddle with political party affairs, but advised that the party should keep to the path of peace.

Though the position of the Police was that they would not embark on any arrests until a court authority backs the orders, the Chairman insisted that the Police should not renege in the discharge of their duties with a flimsy excuse that the matter was an internal affair of a political party.

He said: “The Police are a creation of the 1999 Constitution with assigned roles of crime prevention and apprehension of offenders, so also registered political parties which are also governed by the various provisions of the constitution”.

Mr Ekeakayi was declared the Chairman of Anambra State PDP on July 26 by the Congress Committee Chairman of the party, Mr Ike Abonyi.

Obiano Takes Campaign To Onitsha Markets

The All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate, Willie Obiano advanced his campaign by visiting 5 major markets in Onitsha, Anambra state, beginning with the Ajasa market.

Obiano, who was accompanied by his running mate, Nkem Okeke, the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh and the state governor, Peter Obi, reminded the people that the forthcoming election is critical as it will determine as well as redefine the political base of the Igbos.

His visit to his childhood home at Ajasa community was greeted by traders to whom he pledged total commitment and promised to deliver the dividends of democracy if voted into power.

At the Ose Okwodu market, traders received the campaign train with a rousing welcome after-which Umeh, and the state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, charged up the arena with speeches urging the people to identify with APGA and be assured of continued development.

Obiano and his entourage moved to Bright Street where the leadership of the market endorsed him on the basis that Governor Obi supported street trading in the Main Market and ensured it was not scraped.

A crowd also gathered at the White House, the administrative block of the Onitsha Main Market, to catch a glimpse of the APGA campaign train.

At the Marine market, the traders were promised a security patrol vehicle which will be delivered to them immediately.

The APGA candidate danced his way into Bida/Okwey Street where a five-kilometer road which cost one billion Niara (about 6.3 million dollars) was flagged off.

The Timber market as well as the Bridge market were also visited. Traders received the campaign train with joy and promises of better days ahead were made to them.

Onitsha South stadium was the terminal point of the day’s campaign and the governorship candidate made promises of free education, free adult medical treatment and free prenatal treatment.

“I will establish an enabling environment for business to thrive if you support and vote for me,” Obiano promised.