Anambra PDP: Pro-Oguebego Candidates Demand Certificates Of Return

AnambraArising from the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed Mr Ejike Oguebego as the Anambra State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), senatorial candidates of the pro-Oguebego faction are asking INEC to issue them certificates of return.

Both Mr Chris Uba and the other two senatorial candidates on the list submitted to INEC as candidates to the election are asking the electoral umpire to issue them certificates of return.

The Anambra South Senatorial Candidate, Chris Uba said, “The judgment of the Supreme Court is very straight forward. It is for INEC to issue us our certificate of return.”

“INEC should do the needful next week, we cannot waste any more time. My lawyers are not wasting time. I can personally go there and demand my certificate because it is my right,” said the Anambra North Senatorial Candidate,  John Emeka.

The Anambra Central Senatorial Candidate, Mr Annie Okonkwo, explained why they believe they are the authentic candidates of the party, recognized by the party exco in the state.

“The party submitted our names, INEC published these names. The deadline of substitution had passed; you cannot change or remove any candidate and there was no death.

“INEC already finished what they were supposed to do, then our names were removed few days to the election after we had finished campaigning for the elections,” he stated.

We Remain Senators

AnambraThis request is coming at a time when senators already representing the state insist that the apex court judgement had nothing to do with them.

Senator Andy Uba had said in an earlier interview with Channels Television that the primary election for senatorial candidates of the PDP in Anambra State was conducted at the national level and not by the state exco.

Therefore, he remains the Senator representing Anambra South in the Senate.

Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, also debunked reports that the Supreme Court has nullified her election into the Senate based on interpretations of the Supreme Court ruling.

AnambraThere had been reports earlier on Friday that the Supreme Court had sacked the two Senators from Anambra State nearly two months after a third Senator from the state, Uche Ekwunife, was sacked.

Oduah said, “In all its entirety, it is false. I have gone through the court judgment and the judge clearly did not give any judgement to that effect.

“Indeed, what the judgment and the case is all about is state exco and as we all know, state exco do not do election, neither do they submit list.

“So the issue of emergence of candidate, and the issue of candidates that won election was not the issue of this particular case.”

Andy Uba Insists He Is Still Anambra South Senator

Andy UbaSenator Andy Uba says the primary election for senatorial candidates of the PDP in Anambra State was conducted at the national level and not by the state exco.

Therefore, he remains the Senator representing Anambra South in the Senate.

This was in reaction to the report that the Supreme Court had sacked two Senators from Anambra State, Stella Oduah and Andy Uba, nearly two months after a third Senator from the state, Uche Ekwunife, was sacked.

Just like her colleague, Stella Odua had earlier said, Mr Andy Uba also told Channels Television that the Supreme Court judgment which re-affirmed Ejike Oguebego as Anambra PDP Chairman does not affect their seats in the National Assembly.

“It is the national that conducts primaries, not the state. So the issue of him being the one that we came under does not exist,” Uba said.

Asides reaffirming the chairmanship of Oguebego, the Supreme Court also declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emekayi-faction illegal.

Mr Uba said, “The judgment is very clear. The Supreme Court did not get into the issue of nomination or who is supposed to be sitting in the Senate. All they did was to deal with the issue of who is the authentic chairman of PDP.”

He noted, “When he went to court, Ejike Oguebego was not discussing the primaries or who the candidate was. What he wanted was for him to be restored as Chairman of PDP.

“Court did not say that we were being removed or it affected our seats as Senators of the Federal Republic or members of the National Assembly.”

Senator Uba also explained that a consequential order was not made in regards to the case.

“If the Supreme Court thought that we were wrong in where we are or that we came through a false means they would have made a consequential order to remove us,” he affirmed.

 

Stella Oduah Debunks Reports Of Supreme Court Sacking

Stella OduahAnambra Senator and Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, has debunked reports that the Supreme Court has nullified her election into the Senate.

There had been reports earlier on Friday that the Supreme Court had sacked two Senators from Anambra State, Stella Oduah and Andy Uba, nearly two months after a third Senator from the state, Uche Ekwunife, was sacked.

This was following the Supreme Court ruling which re-affirmed the chairmanship of Ejike Oguebego as the authentic State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.

The Supreme Court also declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emekayi-faction illegal.

But in an interview with Channels Television to clarify the implication of the judgement on her election into the Senate, Oduah said, “In all its entirety, it is false.

“I have gone through the court judgment and the judge clearly did not give any judgement to that effect.

“Indeed, what the judgment and the case is all about is state exco and as we all know, state exco do not do election, neither do they submit list.

“So the issue of emergence of candidate, and the issue of candidates that won election was not the issue of this particular case.”

She added that there is a “sister case” for which the Supreme Court has given a similar judgment but they were not related.

“The Judge was very clear on its judgment and it clearly says its not about who emerges or the election but about the legality of the excos,” she said.

Oduah was a former Aviation Minister, who resigned her position to pursue her political ambition while Mr Uba was a former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Domestic Affairs.

All the Senators from Anambra State, including Mrs Ekwunife, emerged on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oduah said that she was initially baffled when the news of her supposed sacking reached her.

“I was shocked because I knew we went through the right process and its only national executive that submits list to INEC. So the judgment was not against us the candidates of PDP.”

The Anambra State PDP Chairman, Mr Oguebego, had sued on behalf of themselves and others including Mr Chris Uba, who is the Anambra South Senatori­al Zone candidate for the apex court to determine who were the legal and validly nominated can­didates of the party to stand for the last general elections for the party in the state.

Going by the ruling, the list of nominated party candidates in the last election from the Oguebego-led executive of the Anambra PDP is the only one to be recognised by the INEC.

Supreme Court Re-affirms Ejike Oguebego’s Chairmanship Of Anambra PDP

Supreme courtThe Supreme Court in Nigeria has re-affirmed the chairmanship of Ejike Oguebego as the authentic State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.

The Supreme Court also declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emekayi-faction illegal.

Mr Oguebego had sued on behalf of themselves and others including Mr Chris Uba, who is the Anambra South Senatori­al Zone candidate for the apex court to determine who were the legal and validly nominated can­didates of the party to stand for the last general elections for the party in the state.

Going by the ruling, the list of nominated party candidates in the last election from the Oguebego-led executive of the Anambra PDP is the only one to be recognised by the INEC.

In the list are Chris Uba, John Emeka and Annie Okonkwo said to be the duly nominated senatorial candidates for Anambra South, Central and North in the March 28, 2015 general election.

Declaring the judgement, the Court also confirmed that copies of the judgement were ready for collection.

 

 

Ordinary Citiziens Like Me Can Be President Too – Sonaiya

Remi SonaiyaPresidential aspirant, Professor Remi Sonaiya, has expressed her wish to change the face of politics in Nigeria, by becoming President of Nigeria, with no help from any god-father, with no millions of Naira to waste on campaigns and with a party like KOWA.

The party which was registered in 2009 by “people who thought we needed to do something to reclaim politics; to reclaim the impression that people have of politics, as being a domain where merit, competence, integrity and all positive values which has been lacking”, Sonaiya disclosed.

She joined in 2010, after which she got elected as the National PRO of the party and decided to contest in the forthcoming Presidential elections to prove that an ordinary citizen, without political godfathers, amassed wealth, can run the affairs of the nation.

“I have a stake in Nigeria. I am qualified to run for the presidency of Nigeria” she said, while discussing the forthcoming elections on Sunrise Daily.

“Like what Barack Obama said, he thought there was a skinny little black boy who thought that America had room for him. Well, this not so skinny woman thinks that Nigeria has a place for her, at the leadership level also.”

Asked why she did not join one of the two major political parties, to increase the chances of her message being heard, Sonaiya noted that she cannot function within the framework the two major parties are operating.

She further cited lack of internal democracy, godfatherism as some of the issues she could deal with as she preferred to express herself as plainly as possible without being at loggerheads with other politicians.

On raising funds for campaigns, Sonaiya kicked against the culture of spending millions of money, which could be channeled into developmental projects, into campaigns and noted that she was considering other forms of media exposure, particularly – new media.

APGA Endorses Jonathan For Second Term, As TAN Rallies South-South

APGA-TANSolidarity for President Goodluck Jonathan has started pouring in from different quarters.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, both have endorsed President Jonathan for a second term.

At different rallies held in Port Harcourt and Anambra State, both groups unanimously agreed that one good term deserves another.

Thousands of transformation ambassadors gathered at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt Rivers State to ask the President to re-contest the presidency come 2015.APGA

It was the third in the nationwide solidarity campaign for the President’s re-election bid in 2015, organized by the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria.

With solidarity songs and placards displaying their love, delegates from the South South region of Nigeria took turns to climb the podium as they pledged their allegiance to the man they call an agent of change.

Millions also signed the big book to show their seriousness in backing President Jonathan for another term. So far over 4 million signatures from the South-South region have been gathered.

Meanwhile, in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, it was a different gathering but one that tells the same story.

APGAMembers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, gathered to rally the support of their members to endorse President Jonathan for a second term.

The National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, while speaking at the rally said, “Ever since 2011, APGA has remained a strategic partner to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Nigeria.

“We have, as party leaders, at various times, spoken unequivocally of our support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“In 2013, there was a governorship election in Anambra State, and from what we have seen in Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan’s watch, credible and free election is now the order of the day…Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria.”

The party, therefore, believes that one good term deserves another.

“Looking at the political template in Nigeria today, we are certain that President Goodluck Jonathan needs to be re-elected for another 4 years in office,” Umeh told the gathering.

Ekiti Election: Fayemi Says People’s Welfare Remains Priority

fayemi_celebrationThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has revealed that the welfare of Ekiti people remains priority to his administration.

Speaking during his re-election campaign rally in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, the Governor said that he had been tested ok, with his performance in the last three years being also verifiable, including the peace which has been restored in the state.

He also challenged candidates from other political parties to come up with what they had done for the people in the past.

The Director-General of Fayemi Campaign Organization, Bimbo Daramola, also said that Dr. Fayemi was the people’s choice candidate, having done creditably well for the people of the state and adjudged to be deserving of another term in office.

The campaign started in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, with the Governor and all the cabinet members, including the party leaders and supporters in the campaign train, as they moved from one community to the other.

He also visited traditional rulers within the local government as he called for their supports and the votes of their communities so as to “continue with the good work.”

The traditional rulers confirmed the transformation in the state, but not without presenting the Governor with requests as regards more work that needed to be done. Dr Fayemi, however, promised to work on their requests as soon as he is re-elected.

Na’Abba Challenges Politicians Over Jonathan’s ‘Single Term Agreement’

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mister Ghali Na’Abba has challenged those claiming that President Goodluck Jonathan signed an agreement to restrict himself to a single term to come out with proofs to back up their claims.

Speaking on Channels Television programme, ‘’View From The Top’’, Mr Na’Abba said that although it is important for people to honour agreements they entered into, he was not privy to any document suggesting that there is any agreement.

He said: “Anybody has the right to contest to be the President of Nigeria, wherever he comes from, but when there is an agreement, that agreement must be upheld, no matter the pain. If we don’t learn to honour our agreements, then we are not men of honour.

“In this case, none of us have been briefed after the primary elections of 2011 by anybody about the process these governors followed in giving their votes or asking their delegates to elect Goodluck Jonathan to be the party’s presidential flag bearer.”

Na’Abba was among many top politicians that left the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in a highly publicized defection to the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in 2005. He said that unlike the current wave of defections, his was not an easy decision, leaving the PDP back then.

He explained that the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in his bid to elongate his tenure in office, “embarked on what they called re-registration exercise in the party”, with the aim of “having total control of the party.”

He further alleged that those of them who were seen not to be in support of the president’s plan “were marked out for total elimination from the party.” So, means had to be devised for them to either leave the party or be dismissed. He said that they were denied the opportunity to be re-registered as members of the party.

Hence, they opted out of the party and fought the scheme. He noted that they did not leave the party just because they wanted to.

He, however, regretted that his expectation that whatever party he joined after PDP would be a truly democratic party with internal democracy was not what he found, so he decided to return to his party, the PDP, in 2007, just after the presidential election.

Speaking from experience as a one-time defector, Na’Abba noted that the possibility of recent PDP defectors returning to the party would depend on their objectives, as there were people in politics for the purpose of acquiring power, while there are also developmental politicians.

“Once power seeking politicians find what they need, they may not come back, because for them all the platforms are the same. There are no differences in ideology; which is why many politicians contesting for positions cannot provide their party manifestos,” he explained.

Mr Na’Abba also commended the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, saying despite the circumstances that he has found himself, he is doing his best.

“The current House of Representatives cannot be compared to that of 1999 to 2003.  Because that time, members came almost on their own, so they didn’t need anybody to direct them, and this was why the House was quite independent.

“After 2003, when the potential for the House to do a lot of things was realised by the executive arm, it was silently decided that that degree of independence should never be allowed within the legislature. So the next occupants of the House and the Senate were mostly handpicked by the party or the President.”

He also shared his views on the National Conference and other matters of national importance.

Tukur Denied His Resignation To Protect President, PDP – Shelle

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Tunji Shelle has explained reasons why the former National Chairman of the ruling party, Bamanga Tukur, had denied his impending resignation on different occasions despite the high-powered meetings which took place to determine the party’s fate, in the light of its dwindling membership.

“He said it because of his personal convictions that he was doing the right thing. He was protecting PDP. He was protecting Mr President,” Shelle said.

Mr Tukur, who assumed the position in March 2012, vacated the office on Thursday as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan. However, the resignation which Mr Shelle said was not forced but took time to be concretised.

“It took a lot of time. It took a lot of calculations. It took a lot of wisdom. It took a lot of meetings from the caucus level to the BoT level and then before they brought it to the NEC level,” Shelle explained.

He further described the former chairman as a ‘good man’ who had strong convictions in his beliefs but concerning all the issues which led to his resignation, “age was not on his side.”

Mr Shelle who was present at the NEC meeting, where the decision was reached, told Channels Television while speaking on Sunrise Daily that the decision of the PDP leadership was an agreed one.

He added that the former Chairman was not forced into resigning as there were several consultations and meetings at different levels of the organisation. State Chairmen of the Party had also stated that the Chairman should step down in the interest of the party

“When your soldiers are no longer behind you, definitely you would know that the time is up.”

He added that “I wouldn’t blame him. He had a personal conviction that he was doing the right thing but we thought otherwise because we were losing members.”

“Alhaji Bamanga Turkur is a good man. He has enormous wisdom, He has dexterity. He has seen it all..

“He felt certain people were digging deep to cause mayhem in the party so he maintained his personal belief… but later all of us realized that his approach was not healthy.”

Shelle also addressed former members of the party who joined the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to return as the APC does not present them the best ‘environment.’ According to the politician, it is likely that the decampees would return “because the opposition party is not the best environment for them.”

“The best option for them now is to retrace their steps,” he stated, adding that “APC has not redefined itself and has not given enough reasons for people to join them.”

On the alleged battle of wills between the former Chairman and the Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who was among the five governors that decamped to the APC, Mr Shelle said “they have one grouse or the other with each other.”

“When we newly came in, the first problem we had was that the EXCO of Adamawa was not properly constituted” and “the Chairman took a unilateral decision without carrying the National Working Committee along.”

He expressed belief that the PDP would be stronger than it was. “We have learnt our lessons of redefining our goals, working together as a team and focusing on the development of the nation,” he noted.

Police Seal Off Office Of Baraje-Led PDP

Officers of the Nigeria Police on Saturday stormed the office of the Abubakar Baraje led PDP faction and sealed it off, an action the group has described as the “height of impunity.”

A statement issued by the National Secretary of the Baraje-led group, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said security forces were mobilised to seal off the office, located off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja, on Saturday based on a non-existent court injunction which the Tukur faction claimed to have obtained on Friday.

“The whole world knows that Justice E. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday refused to grant Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s application for an ex parte injunction against our party’s executive. The Judge asked parties to maintain the status quo. His judgment was a reinforcement of an early order of the Lagos High Court which also asked parties to maintain the status quo. Now, should Nigerians conclude that Tukur’s interpretation of status quo is this crude display of naked power and undisguised impunity?

“We are not at all surprised at this occurrence given the fact that Tukur issued a statement on Friday evening deliberately seeking to mislead the media and the public that Justice Chukwu granted him an injunction against us. We are happy that the ever vigilant Nigerian press ignored him and his falsehood. Now, he is not only willfully disobeying the various courts which have made pronouncements on this matter, he is spicing up his love for impunity with this reckless misuse of state power by misleading the police.”

“We call for an immediate removal of the siege to our secretariat. We call on the Inspector General of police to order the immediate removal of his men from our office. Doing so, we believe, will serve the interest of justice, rule of law and democracy. Nigeria is a country ruled by law and not by might and force.”

“We hasten to say that if this move is aimed at breaking our spirit, that goal is definitely off the mark. We are determined to rescue our party from the lawlessness and crass arrogance that have defined the character of the Tukur leadership since inception. Our party needs that deliverance, its members deserve the change we have brought into it,” the statement said.

The statement wondered why Tukur, who appeared before the party’s elders on Friday ostensibly in search of peace, could, in less than 12 hours later, start another round of acts of impunity.

APC Sets Up State Harmonisation Committees

The National Interim EXCO of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the establishment of State Harmonisation Committees, in order not to create a vacuum and also to regulate the activities of the Party at the state level and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, party said the decision to set up the State Harmonization Committees (SHC), followed the adoption of the report of the Masari Committee by the National Interim EXCO which met last week in Abuja.

According to the it, the SHC shall comprise President/Vice President, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Governors/Deputy Governors, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving and former Senators who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving members of the House of Representatives who are members of the Party and Speakers or Minority Leaders of the States House of Assembly who are members of the Party.

APC listed others as former Ministers who are members of the Legacy Parties; All immediate past National EXCO Members of the Legacy Parties; Immediate past Gubernatorial candidates of legacy Parties, and their Deputies where APC does not have a sitting Governor who are still Members of the Legacy Parties; Nine persons comprising of 3 elders, 3 youths and 3 women, with one of each being from each of the Senatorial Districts of the State; State Chairmen and the Secretaries of the legacy Parties; Members of the National Interim EXCO and Federal Commissioners who are members of the legacy parties.

The party said these persons shall be recommended to the National Interim EXCO, for their approval and inauguration, by National Vice Chairmen in conjunction with Members of the National Interim EXCO from their Zone.

It listed the functions of the SHC as including to harmonize and fuse the structures of legacy Parties into one united, strong and vibrant APC Party in an atmosphere of peace and harmony; Organize and hold meetings of the Party at all levels in the State (that is polling units, wards, LGA, Area Council and State); And to embark on massive mobilization, coordination and consolidation of members into the Party in accordance with stipulated guidelines issued by National interim EXCO.

APC said the SHC shall also take inventory of existing assets of legacy Parties across the State, harmonize same for the effective establishment of the Party structure in all polling units, wards,

Local Government and State in accordance with the directive and guidelines from the National Interim EXCO, and ensure effective implementation of the registration process, such that all persons desiring registration into the Party are afforded the right to be so registered in accordance with the directives from the National Interim EXCO.

”This Committee shall be answerable and report to the Interim National EXCO of its decisions and steps taken in the performance of the assignment through the National Vice Chairman of the zone,” the party said.