Kinsmen Choose Obiano Over APC’s Nwoye In Anambra East

 

Voters in Anambra East local government area have chosen with their votes, the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano over the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tony Nwoye.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Obiano, and his APC counterpart, Tony Nwoye, are from the same Anambra East local government area.

Obiano of APGA won the local government with 20,510 votes while Nwoye, candidate of APC garnered 5,248 votes.

Obaze Oseloka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 1,132 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressive Party (UPP) came with a far lesser tally of 53, emerging fourth in the LGA.

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Nwoye Promises To Reduce Political Appointments If Elected Governor

The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) Tony Nwoye has given hints on his major plans for Anambra state.

He said if elected into office as the governor of the state, he would cut down the number of political appointees.

According to the APC candidate, the decision is aimed at blocking leakages and avoiding waste in government’s expenses.

“Why I want to contest for governor of Anambra State is to block leakages, wastages whereby over 700 special advisers being appointed or have been appointed by the present administration,” he said.

“Some of them don’t have portfolios; they don’t have offices but every month the state government parts away with more than N500million in the name of this issue of payment.”

Nwoye further promised to ensure proper utilisation of the state’s revenue if elected as governor

He also revealed plans to tackle the issue of inadequate power supply and road infrastructure in order to drive foreign direct investment to the state.

I Left PDP Because Of Impunity, Says APC’s Nwoye

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Tony Nwoye, says he left the Peoples Democratic Party because of the impunity orchestrated by members of the party and allowed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Nwoye said this during the Anambra State governorship debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday.

He said the problem started after he won the ticket of the party for the 2013 governorship election and assured voters in Anambra that he is a loyal party man who had no choice than to leave the PDP.

“The PDP, then presided over by the former President, supervised and ensured that Tony Nwoye would not be a candidate. I had to battle through the court,” he said.

According to him, despite the lack of support in that election, he remained loyal to the party. However, the party was bent on frustrating him as it also refused to allow his inauguration after he subsequently won a House of Representatives.

“They sabotaged me but I still remained in the party, a loyal party man. This was a party I served as financial secretary, a party I served as a state chairman. (Under me) PDP won the entire state House of Assembly (seats), the entire National Assembly (seats) except one seat, and even (won) the governorship,” said.

“After the whole thing was done, I still remained steadfast with the PDP; a party (under which) I won House of Reps (election), but they refused to swear me in, a party that jeopardised me and supported APGA another party.”

While he was willing to put all that aside, the failure of the PDP to hold state congresses he considered transparent proved to be the final straw.

“In 2015, August, I said ‘let us do free and fair congresses. Let Anambra people decides who will lead them. Somebody, somewhere in Abuja, my friend Olisa Metuh said ‘No’. They will stay in Abuja and write congress results,” Mr Nwoye said.

“He would not allow people to determine who leads them. He would not allow Ekwueme who formed this party (the people where he comes from) to determine who will lead this party. That was why I left; impunity, impunity, impunity.”

Mr Nwoye insisted that regardless of all that happened he remains “a man of honour and integrity.

Anambra Guber: Jonathan ‘Sold Me Out’ During The Last Election – Nwoye

APC’s Nwoye

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, Tony Nwoye, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of having sold him out to Governor Willie Obiano during the last governorship election in the state.

Nwoye, who represents Anambra East/West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, made the allegation on Wednesday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Yes Jonathan sold me out, which he later apologised anyway,” he claimed. “I lost the election before because the then President Jonathan gave all the support to them – to Peter Obi who installed Obiano and that was why they kept me in court.”

“His men assisted people that I contested primaries with, and they kept me in court; I only campaigned for less than 10 days,” he added.

The APC aspirant, however, admitted that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was a “strong party” to beat in the state.

But he was confident that he would win the election, saying he would rely on his party’s support to defeat his co-contenders.

He said, “APGA is afraid of me, that is why they have been manufacturing propaganda. APGA is a strong party to beat but we believe that when we get the support of my people we are going to beat them.”

On the primary election that led to his emergence as the APC flag-bearer, he regretted that Senator Andy Uba was the only aggrieved person, despite his relationship with the senator.

“Nobody is aggrieved, the only person who is aggrieved is Dr Andy Uba. He was my then boss; he is the only person that was aggrieved, he is still aggrieved.

“I went severally (to meet with him), he refused to see me; I made phone calls, he refused to see me. What would you want me to do?” he questioned.

Court Order Boots Nwoye, Ubah Out of Anambra Gov’ship Race

It is no news that the Independent National Electoral Commission has released its final list of candidates that will be vying for the Anambra governorship seat come November 16, but what is till surprising and baffling is the unexpected exclusion of the two main contenders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra; Tony Nwoye And Senator Andy Ubah.

It will be recalled that these political gladiators of  Anambra state PDP have had to clash over who will represent the party in the fourth coming governorship elections, as parallel primaries were conducted the same day in the state and both men emerged flag bearers of both factions, an event which became a problem for the ruling party at the center, considering the fact that the PDP vowed to do all it can to claim former PDP controlled states from opposition  of which  Anambra state is one.

The National working Committee in a swift reaction, recognised the primary which produced Tony Nwoye and conducted by the Katsina state governor, stating that any other individual parading him or herself as flag bearer of the party, should be dealt with by security operatives in the country.

The PDP Leadership then summoned Andy Ubah  and others to appear before it for questioning, but they refused which led to their suspension from the party.

Ubah and the others on learning of their suspension, headed to the court, where the suspension order was overturned, while asking parties to maintain status quo till the outcome of its judgement.

The court later recognised Tony Nwoye as the flag bearer of the PDP in line with the leadership of the party but in a twist of event, Nicholas Ukachukwu the candidate that came second behind Tony Nwoye during the primaries, went to court challenging the emergence of Tony Nwoye, with a claim that he won the primaries.

The court ruled in favour of Nicholas Ukachukwu, hinting that Tony Nwoye actually does not qualify as a candidate in the primaries.

On grounds of the latest order as delivered by the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/296/2013 – Nicholas Chukwuejekwu Ukachukwu vs. Dr. Tony Nwoye & 3 Ors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) then listed Nicholas Ukachukwu as the Flag bearer of the PDP with the names of 22 other governorship candidates for the Anambra polls in November 16.

INEC said it has made use of the court orders and the form submitted by parties to compile the names on its candidate’s list.

APGA which almost had the same issue with the PDP also got Mr. Willie Obiano as its flag bearer, while Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah was listed for Labour Party and Mr. Chris Ngige for the APC.

INEC said the names on the list are the people permitted to conduct electioneering campaigns for the election.

The electoral commission however warned that  any violation of this rule amounts to an electoral offence and security agencies are advised to intervene.

Anambra Elections: Nwoye’s Suit Against INEC, PDP Stalled

The hearing in the suit filed by Mr Tony Nwoye against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has again been stalled following a request for adjournment by the counsel to the plaintiff to enable him study the judgment of a Port Harcourt High Court which disqualified Mr Nwoye as the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Anambra state.

At the resumed hearing in Abuja, counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Yusuf Ali told the court that he needs time to study the judgment in order to make informed submissions.

Nwoye had through his counsel; Yusuf Ali approached the court in Abuja seeking an order to compel INEC to recognize him (Nwoye) as the flag bearer of the PDP in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

Lawyer to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr Ahmed Raji who did not oppose the application for adjournment however expressed optimism that the parties will resolve their differences amicably.

Justice Elvis Chukwu subsequently adjourned hearing of the suit to the 30th of September.

Anambra Election: PDP Leadership Backs Nwoye As Flagbearer

The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party says Tony Nwoye is its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state, having had two party primaries conducted in Anambra state.

The party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, said this in Abuja while receiving the report of the party’s electoral panel chaired by Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina state.

The other primary, won by Senator Uba, was conducted by the parallel chairman of the Anambra chapter of the PDP, Ejike Oguebeo.

The PDP National Chairman said the party will stand by the choice of the Anambra people in the primaries.