‘I Am Anxious For Your Success’: Buhari Endorses Uba For Anambra Election

President Muhammadu Buhari presents APC flag to the party’s candidate in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba in Abuja on August 31, 2021. Credit: State House


Ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, President Muhammadu Buhari has received the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba.

The President said he is anxious for the party’s success in the election.

“I am happy to formally welcome you. I certainly wish you the best of luck. I’m anxious for your success, and will closely follow,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

President Buhari met Uba on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja along with APC Caretaker and Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Five other governors were also present at the meeting.

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Briefing reporters after the meeting, Senator Uba said he was surprised at the endorsement of President Buhari.

Uba noted that the President said he has been looking forward to seeing him as the party’s candidate and would closely monitor the situation with the hope that Anambra would be an APC state.

He said there have been meetings between the Uba family and the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma to straighten grey areas.

“Well, we have been talking with the governor of Imo, can tell you that we have had meetings; we’ve agreed on what am I going to do? That’s why I said, there are many things you can say he agreed on what we’re going to do. So let the Governor explain to you what you’ve done,” he said.

“Well, if you talk about being divided, we are not divided. And I will tell you for sure that we are not divided. At the end, everybody will see that we are not divided. We’re going to win Anambra state,  APC will win Anambra states under me.”

While affirming to have a cordial relationship with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Uba said his family is not divided.

On his part, Governor Uzodinma maintained that the APC is united with a single sense of purpose of winning the upcoming governorship election in November.


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Senate Committee Accuses NDDC Of Undermining Accountability

Senate-NigeriaSenate Committee on Public Accounts has accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of failing to take matters of accountability seriously.

The lawmakers made the allegations on Wednesday following an investigation into the allegation of corruption in the award of contracts by the commission.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Andy Uba, at the meeting with the acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs Ibims Seminitari, also accused the agency of failing to keep proper records of its income and expenditure.

The committee also expressed displeasure at what it described as the “persistent inability of the NDDC boss” to honour the invitations to appear before the committee and furnish members with details of contracts awarded and its expenditure.

On her part, Mrs Seminitari promised to make all necessary documents available to the committee within the stipulated time.

She had taken over the baton of the NDDC leadership from Sir Bassey Dan-Abia in December 2015.

Speaking shortly after receiving the handover notes from her predecessor at the commission’s headquarters at that time, Seminitari said her mission was to complete all existing projects.

The former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication added that she had a responsibility to God and President Muhammadu Buhari to drive development in the Niger Delta region.

Agitations in the region have continued to rage, with militant groups springing up and destroying oil facilities in the region.

Some of the groups allege that the region had been ignored, with some areas getting little developmental projects to show for the crude oil the area is blessed with.

The Commission was set up to address the challenges of infrastructure in the region, but most communities still lack basic amenities, with their farmlands and waters polluted due to mining activities.

The government had some months back launched a clean-up campaign in Ogoni Land, one of the communities highly affected by oil spill.

Senate Summons IG Of Police Over Kidnappings

senateThe Senate has summoned the Inspector-General of Police Mr Solomon Arase, over the incessant spate of kidnappings in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss is to brief the Senate on the steps the Police is taking to address the problem.

The upper legislative chamber also resolved to review the extant laws on kidnapping, with the intention of imposing stiffer penalties on culprits.

These actions by the Senate followed a motion raised by a Federal Lawmaker, Senator Andy Uba, who drew the attention of the Senate to the prevalent cases of kidnappings in Nigeria.

He said that the crime has assumed dangerous dimensions and spreading to virtually all parts of the country.

Anambra Assembly Poll: Voters Revolt Over Stolen Result Sheet

anambra state-voters revolt on electionThe House of Assembly re-run in 32 wards and 500 polling units in Anambra State has been conducted amidst complaints of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Several inconsistencies during the April 11 House of Assembly election led to the cancellation of the poll in 32 wards and 500 polling units spread across Anaocha, Aguata and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas.

At a primary school in Egbema Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, where there were three polling units with over 500 registered voters each, accreditation with the card reader was successful. Though, the turnout of voters was not impressive.

The situation was not the same at Umuoru Hall in Uga ward 1. The center had five polling units but voters were at daggers drawn fracas with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials who they asked to produce the result sheets.

The suspicion of the missing result sheets was created by the two Supervising Presiding Officers posted to the unit who suddenly disappeared with their cell phones switched off.

The people accused some of the political heavy weights in the community, who they felt were battling for supremacy, as responsible for the electoral fraud.

Uga ward 1 had 25 polling units. The incumbent Senator representing the Anambra South senatorial zone, Senator Andy Uba, as well as the incumbent member of the House of Assembly, Honorable Ikechukwu Umeh, were both registered voters in the ward and are in different political parties.

As the war raged on, many voters left while some in polling unit 023 continued with accreditation.

However, the Presiding officer succumbed to the intense pressure of cancelling the election in Umuoru as the calls he put across to his superiors ended with him writing a report on the election that couldn’t hold due to disruption by party agents.

While voting was successfully done at polling unit 005 at St Peters, voters at Umumonye Hall did not see any INEC official or ballot materials and they were not given any reason for the disenfranchisement.

Senate To Pass Laws That Will Strengthen Electoral Process Before 2015

Senate_ChamberThe National Assembly has promised to pass laws that will strengthen the electoral process in 2015 and beyond.

Speaking at a civil society parley on the Electoral Amendment Acts before the National Assembly, Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Andy Uba, said the legislature recognizes that the necessary legal framework will provide a level playing field that will ensure a free and fair election.

He also added that in addition to reforms in the laws, the National Assembly is working to ensure that all the resources needed by INEC to successfully conduct the 2015 elections are provided.

Other bills before the National Assembly include a bill proposing that all elections are held on the same day, a bill for the provision of a renewal of a term of four years for INEC Secretary and another seeking the amendment of the mode of submission of names to INEC and guidelines for party primaries.

Court Restrains INEC, PDP From Recognising Emeakayi-Conducted Primaries

A Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt has given an order restraining the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting the result of the party primaries conducted by the Ken Emeakayi-led faction that has Tony Nwoye as its candidate.

The trial Judge, Justice H.A Nganjiwa also ordered that the result of the Ejike Oguebego-led Executive, where Senator Andy Uba emerged winner should be accepted pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the court.

The order made by Justice Nganjiwa followed a suit instituted against the PDP and INEC by the Oguebego-led Executive.

In the ruling, with Suit No FHC/PH/CS/213/2013, the trial Judge ordered among others that “The 1st and 2nd Defendants are to forthwith comply with the order of this honourable court made on the 6thof August 2013”.

Prior to Tuesday’s ruling, the court had in the interim gave an exparte order restraining both INEC and PDP from dealing with Ken Emeakayi faction until the main application is heard.

50 Prisoners Receive Catholic Confirmation Sacrament

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor on Thursday administered confirmation sacrament to 50 inmates in the Awka Prison during a pastoral visit.

The Bishop was accompanied by the Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi and his wife.

While addressing the gathering at the prison, the bishop called on the federal government to accelerate the Nigerian prisons system reforms maintaining that the present state of inadequate facilities in Nigerian prisons was unacceptable.

He lamented that 90 percent of the inmates were still awaiting trial, he stressed the need for speedy dispensation of justice while protecting the fundamental human rights.

The bishop explained the reason for the visitation stating that it was to give the inmates a sense of belonging and encourage them towards reformation and proper integration into the society when they regain freedom.

He expressed his regret over the attitudes of some politicians towards the plight of Nigerian youths who form the bulk of inmates in prisons.

The state governor towed the line of the bishop in condemning the activities of some politicians in exploiting the condition of unemployed youths to expose them to crime and urged parents to see that their wards are productive and not thugs.

Mr. Obi enjoined the Awka prison management to engage the inmates in agricultural activities so as to be productive while assuring of his full support in the course.

The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Senator Andy Uba, represented by the director of his charity foundation made donations of materials to the inmates and decried the level of decay inside the prison.

The Catholic Diocese also added a bus donation to the prison authority to help ease transportation difficulty in conveying the inmates to court.