Abia Re-run Elections: INEC Fixes March 5

AbiaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 5, 2016 as the substantive date for the re-run elections in Abia State.

According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sylvester Ezeani, the re-run election would take place in seven state constituency and one senatorial district-  Arochukwu, Ikwuano, Isialangwa South, Aba North, Osisioma and Umunneochi.

On Thursday, Mr Ezeani hinted that all the rules and guidelines on conduct of the election, still stands except that accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously.

Mr Ezeani said that card readers and incidence form would be used during the voting exercise.

He, however, called on the political party agents to conduct themselves properly during the exercise.

Candidates contesting in the re-run election had advocated for a free and fair polls as the electoral umpire prepares for the re-run.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, said that the party is not resting on its oars to ensure that all the PDP candidates in the re-run emerge victorious.

He noted that the party does not believe in violence, but in working hard to convince the Abia electorates on the need to vote for them.

Mr Nwaka said that PDP is for Abia because the party already has six federal legislators and two Senators.

He, however, cautioned anyone that intends to ferment trouble to desist from such act because the security operatives are on red alert to forestall such.

Abia Election: PDP, APGA React To Appeal Court Verdict

apga-pdp-abiaThe Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, has disagreed with the judgment of the Appeal Court that orders INEC to swear in APGA governorship candidate, Dr Alex Otti.

While briefing reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, Sen. Nwaka said he is yet to understand the rationale that made the judges arrived at over voting and subsequent cancellation of votes from Obingwa, Osisioma and Isialangwa North Local Government Areas, thereby denying Abia indigenes of their fundamental right to vote the candidate of their choice.

However, the State Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Augustine Ehiemere, said that his party is pleased with the Appeal Court verdict.

He denied the allegation that the party is running a parallel government, hinting that the party cannot be part of any illegality.

An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, declared Dr Alex Otti as winner of the Abia State Governorship election.

In its ruling, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately return Dr. Otti as the rightful winner of the April election, having won majority of the votes cast during the polls.

Reactions trailed the court verdict as the people of Ukwa Ngwa from Abia South and Central local council protested the ruling.

Abia PDP Raises Alarm Over Justices Of Appeal Court

pdpThe Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Senator Emma Nwaka, has raised an alarm over the justices of the Court of Appeal which are drawn from a particular division.

Senator Nwaka, on Tuesday described the situation as unusual and worrisome.

He appealed to the President of the Court of Appeal handling the governorship matter to look into the panel set up, with a view of drawing justices from various divisions.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), however, seemed not to be perturbed because of their firm belief that efforts are being intensified by the leadership of the party to get them the desired victory at the Court of Appeal.

APGA Rejects Abia State Governorship Tribunal Judgement

APGA in Abia StateThe All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has rejected the judgment of the Abia State Governorship Petition Tribunal that upheld the election of Okezie Ikpeazu.

After the judgment was delivered on Tuesday, the National Chairman of APGA, Mr Ike Oye, said that the party would “appeal to the highest court of jurisdiction until we reclaim our mandate”.

Mr Oye, however, urged all APGA supporters to remain calm and law abiding.

It was wild jubilation at the court premises and in the streets of Umuahia, the capital of the state, shortly after the Tribunal ruled in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Candidate, Ikpeazu, striking out the petitions filed by APGA and its candidate, Alex Otti.

To forestall any break down of law, security were all on standby before the judgement was delivered.

The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Emma Nwaka, said the Tribunal’s judgment was a justification of the votes cast by Abia State indigenes during the April 2015 governorship election.

Former Abia PDP BOT Chairman, Others Decamp To APC

PDPOver 100,000 former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, including the former State Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Ukasanya, have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the decampees, their priority agenda was to give an optimal support to the APC to reclaim the state from the PDP.

The State Chairman of APC, Donatus Nwankpa, expressed delight at the change taking place in the party and felt challenged at the enormous support of the people.

He also promised to ensure that everyone is well integrated into the party.

However, the Abia State Chairman of the PDP, Emma Nwaka, disclosed that the decampees’ decision to leave the party was inconsequential because they did not work for the party during the last election.

While stating that the PDP would not miss them at all, he hinted that he would be waiting to receive them back in no distant time.