Anambra Debate: 10 Major Quotes From PPA’s Godwin Ezeemo

Anambra Debate: 10 Major Quotes From PPA’s Godwin Ezeemo
Godwin Ezeemo

Twenty-four hours after Channels Television organised a debate for five aspirants in the Anambra governorship election, we have compiled 10 major quotes from the candidate of the Progressives People’s Alliance (PPA), Mr Godwin Ezeemo.

Others who participated in the debate include incumbent governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and Osita Chidoka of the United Progressive Party (UPP).

Read the quotes below:

“I have seen that we are lacking in all fields despite the fact that Anambrarians have got the best brains all over the world.; what are we going to do?…”

“We have relied so much on certificate and we are failing because I am an industrialist, I have seen that 70% of our graduates are not employable; it’s only about 30%…”

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“Anambra State is wallowing in trouble, we are all in trouble and, therefore, we need good spirited individuals, we need people who are selfless, we need people who can even offer their entire life for the Anambra people…”

“Majority of the people in Anambra state are wobbly, you can’t really hold them to any point because nobody is sincere, no matter the level where you find them…”

“I told Anambraians that the problem we have here is that of mindset, we need to change it. We need a leader who will be upright to be in the forefront…”

“Anambra state, as we know, is a trade-driven economy and if we have a trade-driven economy, we can boost it. The way we will boost it is for us to start immediately to provide an enabling environment to encourage our brothers who are out there yearning to come home but they do not have the environment where to plug in when they come…”

“I have already found out that a lot of power sent to us within Anambra State are not used at all because the whole distribution network is faulty, someone has got to get this thing working…”

“In Anambra state, we do not need to import now. We will import but not very large, we have to generate what we need here immediately – we need to get people now to invest in agriculture and start generating what we call raw materials as well as food for the people…”

“We need an airport but the type of airport we need is not an airport that will be built with $2billion; in building an airport, I do not believe that we have to incur debt that our children are not going to be able to pay in the next 50 years…”

“IPOB is here, the agitation is here; we’ve got to face it … IPOB emanated out of the fact that the South Easterners have been marginalised, particularly in this administration – these youths are there and what they are saying, you cannot take it away; it has to be addressed…”

APGA Faction Joins PPA In Anambra

APGA Faction Joins PPA In AnambraPolitical alignments and realignments have become the order of the day in Anambra State, ahead of the November 2017 governorship election in the state.

The latest political coalition involves the faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led by Mr Mazi Okwu, joining forces with the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).

Mr Okwu, a former APGA National Chairman, explained that the move followed his rejection by the APGA leadership, despite the intervention of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

He said his attraction to the new party was as a result of its sincerity and stable internal democracy.

Speaking at a rally in Awka, the National Chairman of PPA, Mr Peter Ameh, noted that the party can withstand other parties in the state.

Anambra State PPA Chairman, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, also said the masses have been given the option to live again in PPA, citing the provision of level ground for all players in the party.

PPA Urges Conduct Of Fresh Election In Kogi

PPA---KogiThe Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) has called for a fresh conduct of the Kogi State governorship election, following the death of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel Ozigi, argued that the APC cannot go into the election with a fresh candidate at the supplementary level.

Mr Ozigi insisted that all the candidates traversed the entire state to seek for the mandate of the people, but that a fresh face joining the contest half-way would be unfair to the people of the state and other parties involved.

Following the death of Prince Audu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed December 5, 2015 for the conduct of the Kogi State governorship supplementary election, after the previous election ended without a clear winner and was declared inconclusive.

The APC had said that a fresh primary will be conducted, to determine who would replace the deceased in the supplementary election.

Governor Okorocha Condoles with Chukwumerije Family

ChukwumerijeThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has condoled with the family of Senator Chukwumerije, who died on Sunday, April 19.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor On Media, Sam Onwuemuodo, the Governor said Senator Chukwumerije had served the nation with a very high sense of commitment and responsibility, and had also dutifully served the Igbo nation.

He said that his death at this time would no doubt create a vacuum that would not be easy to fill both in the politics of the nation and in the life of the National Assembly.

The Governor expressed deep regret that the Abia State born Senator died when his services and his wealth of experience are mostly needed.

Governor Okorocha prayed God to grant the soul of Senator Chukwumerije eternal peace and grant the family members the fortitude to bear the loss.

Governor Okorocha was said to have received with deep shock the news of Senator Chukwumerije’s death.

He refereed to the former Information Minister, who died at the age of 75, as one of the illustrious sons of the South East and an outstanding patriotic Nigerian.

Senate Mourns Uche Chukwumerije

ChukwumerijeThe Nigerian Senate has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Senator Uche Chukwumerije.

Senator Uche Chukwumerije died on Sunday evening of lung cancer in a Hospital in Abuja.

Until his death, Senator Uche Chukwumerije was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education.

Senate President, David Mark, in a statement said that Nigeria has lost an erudite and extraordinary nationalist.

He described the late Senator Uche Chukwumerije as a political giant and one of the nation’s finest legislators.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, also in a statement described Senator Chukwumerije as a fearless politician who fought for the interest of the common man and his people.

He said that Senator Chukwumerije would be sorely missed by the Senate and the entire nation.

President Jonathan Mourns Chukwumerije

ChukwumerijePresident Goodluck Jonathan has extended heartfelt condolences to the Chukwumerije family as well as the government and people of Abia State on the death of Senator Uche Chukwumerije.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President also commiserates with the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the passage of Senator Chukwumerije whom he refereed to as an ardent believer in national unity, peace, political stability and progress.

The President joined them in mourning “the late patriot and nationalist who has left behind an impressive legacy of discipline, honesty, integrity and hard work in public service”.

“President Jonathan believes that the late Senator Chukwumerije, who had a distinguished career as a journalist, social critic, Minister of Information and Senator, will be long remembered for his dedication and passion for a just and equitable society.

“As the nation mourns him, the President urges Senator Chukwumerije’s family, friends and associates to honour his memory by continually upholding the values and principles which he lived for and never stopped fighting for till his death,” the statement read.

President Jonathan also prayed that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul perfect peace.

Senator Chukwumerije died on the evening of Sunday, April 19, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Senator Uche Chukwumerije Dies At 75

ChukwumerijeFormer Information Minister and Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Uche Chukwumerije, has passed on.

This was disclosed in a statement by his first son, Chidi Chukwumerije.

The statement read; “On the evening of Sunday, the 19th of April, 2015, surrounded by his family, Comrade Uche Chukwumerije passed into the open arms of history, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer.

“His life is many volumes, which can only be told with care and time, of dedication and focus, integrity and discipline, and an unbroken love for the highest ideals of our shared humanity.

“Details of burial arrangements will be announced in due course. We ask only for your prayers and good wishes.”

Senator Chukwumerije served as Minister of Information during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.

Born November 1939, he was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2003, representing Abia North Senatorial District on the platform of the PDP.

He studied Economics at the University of Ibadan.

Politicians In Abia State Sign Peace Accord

peace accordPolitical Parties in abia State have signed a peace accord, promising to abide by the rule of the game and avoid any act that can truncate the democratic process.

It is seen as an effort to ensure a peaceful society in the state before, during and after the 2015 elections.

The event which was put together by the Police Command headquarters, Zone 9, Umuahia, took place at the Police Officers Mess, in the presence of other security operatives and tailored towards eliminating rancor, fighting, violence and reducing tension and overheating of the political terrain during the 2015 democratic election.

Six political parties (PDP,APC,ACPC, APGA, PPA, ACPN) made up of their chairmen, and their candidates for the 2015 election, security operatives and representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission were at the venue where the peace accord was signed. It is aimed at achieving a credible playing ground for the conduct of free and fair election.

The Police AIG Zone 9, Gwary Usman, called on the political parties to conduct their affairs in accordance with the provision of the rule of law, reminding them of the need to allow peace to reign. He assured them that the Police would do their part in securing the area during elections.

One after the other, the candidates of different political parties present at the event signed the peace accord and gave their word to abide by the rule.

This Peace Accord is symbolic because, it is a reminder that political parties should behave themselves well to put National interest above personal and party interest .

Tambuwal Must Defect To APC To Remain Speaker – Nwagwu

A Public Affairs Analyst and former Vice President, Transparency Nigeria, Ezenwa Nwagwu, has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to either defect to the opposition party or lose his position as the All Progressives Congress (APC) now boasts of having majority of the members in the House.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had obtained a judgement from a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja stopping the House of Representatives from changing its leadership pending the determination of a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to restrain the lower chamber from altering the composition of its leadership.

There have been agitations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a result of mass defection of member lawmakers who cross carpeted to the APC. The party had also gone ahead to seek redress in the court of law to deter more members from decamping, as well as to ensure that the court declares seats of the decampees vacant.

Nwagwu, who is the Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reform, told Channels Television that the Speaker, a PDP member, has no choice in the matter. “You have a PDP speaker now, if majority of the members are opposition. It’s common sense. You can’t continue to be speaker. There’s no magic, all you need to do to retain that position is to defect,” Nwagwu said.

Nwagwu, who noted that the PDP’s decision to go to court is “immoral,” said that the party had benefitted from similar events in the past.

“The PDP as it stands now, going to court is immoral” because “you’ve benefitted from this process in time past, you are still benefitting really.” The PDP “swallowed up majorly most of the smaller parties, in our recent history” and so “to begin to worry now that there’s a change that looks like it’s going to be a vista of hope for serious democratic practice is worrisome.”

The struggle put up by the ruling party “is about contest and leadership. It’s about who controls the leadership of the National Assembly in both Houses, he said, adding that “the agitations of the PDP are not fuelled by principles but by power.

He traced the history of the culture of defection to the 50’s during the “AG and NCNC saga, where members of the then NCNC had to move to the Action Group, which had consequences (till date),” he said, and also noted that the defection “affected the relationship between followers of Nnamdi Azikwe and those of Obafemi Awolowo,”who are still alive.

“That debate is still on as to what really happened. Some said the AG bought over the members of the NCNC,” he said.

He berated PDP’s agitations and further noted that the “The Peoples Democratic Party had benefitted immensely from defections in this democratic dispensation.” He cited instances including the defection of Governor Ikedi Ohakim, “who got his ticket under the PPA and moved to the PDP, with almost all the members of the House of Assembly.”

He also mentioned the case of the governor of Bauchi state (Isa Yuguda) who “did not just marry the PDP. He also married the President’s daughter to cement that relationship.” Also, “In the Senate, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe who moved from AD.”

“It was exciting for everybody and the PDP lapped all of that up.”

Mr Nwagwu, who was on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, expressed hope that the rise in cases of defection would lead to “a situation where the opposition will be leading an arm of government.” “If it truly becomes opposition, then Nigerians would be in for (truly) what democracy is about, which is about checks and balances.” he said.

Responding to claims that the Senate President (SP) will take action against defectors, Mr Nwagwu said the SP cannot do such as he is only ‘primus inter pares” and not the ‘Senate.’ “You can’t by yourself say you would stop people,” he added.

He continued by saying that: “The majority of your colleagues need to stand up to you and show you and show you this history. That’s the point that I’m making.” “I think if democracy is about majority rule, then if in the House of Representatives, you have opposition having the number, it’s just important that you allow them have their way.”

“My expectation as a citizen is that I would want to see a situation in which you have true opposition.”

APGA Sweeps Anambra LG Polls, Opposition Say Election Is Flawed

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.