Senator Ekweremadu Withdraws From Enugu PDP Governorship Primaries

 

 

Senator Ike Ekweremadu will no longer be taking part in the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holding in Enugu State today.  

This is according to a statement by the Director General of Ekweremadu’s Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, Ogbo Asogwa.

“We wish to inform our supporters and Nigerians that the former Deputy President of the Senate and foremost governorship aspirant in Enugu State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, will not be participating in the PDP governorship primary election scheduled for this Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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“Meanwhile, we continue to trust God as we appreciate our teeming supporters and the good people of Enugu State for the enormous goodwill they have ceaselessly invested in the actualisation of the “Pathway to a New Enugu State”.

“We urge them to remain peaceful and be assured that we will keep them abreast of our decision on the way forward,” Asogwa’s brief statement read.

As of the time of filing this report, it wasn’t clear why the former Deputy President of the Senate would boycott the primaries.

Looming crisis?

Ekweremadu’s withdrawal comes shortly after Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe announced that he will not be partaking in the governorship primary elections in Abia State, affirming speculations in certain quarters suggesting that all may not be well in the camp of the PDP.

The Senate Minority Leader cited failure to establish a level-playing field for all aspirants vying for elective offices in the state, to participate equally in the primary elections and the interferences of godfathers as a major reason why he was opting out of the exercise.

According to the lawmaker, matters grew worse, when the party sought to use “only an imaginary 3-man Adhoc delegates” to the exclusion of the party’s statutory delegates in the primary elections, even when INEC had stated that no congress held in Abia State for that purpose.

This he says without a doubt has put the party and her candidates in a quagmire.

“Accordingly, I Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe will not be part of this charade,” the parliamentarian declared.

“I am therefore not participating in the exercise, which means that I will not be part of the PDP governorship primary election that holds in Abia State on Wednesday 25th of May, 2022 as doing so would have amounted to endorsement of an illegality that is already being challenged in the courts.”

Abaribe revealed the last couple of weeks have been tortuous as battles have raged in a bid to navigate the PDP away from a self-destructive path.

The former Abia deputy governor was of the opinion that what was currently being witnessed within the party in the state is a shambolic process driven by a procured court injunction.

In his view, the implication for the party is grave and as such has put all ongoing primary exercises on quick sand.

PDP are yet to make a formal statement regarding the boycotting of the primaries by Abaribe and Ekweremadu, however, there are fears that the lawmakers may not be only individuals who will stay away from this exercise across the states.


 

Governorship 2023: I Will Not Be Part Of PDP Primaries – Abaribe

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was a guest on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm.

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said he will not be partaking in the governorship primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for Wednesday 25th of May.

The Senate Minority Leader disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, titled – ‘Notice of Non-Participation in the Abia PDP Gubernatorial Primaries’.

Abaribe cited failure to establish a level-playing field for all aspirants vying for elective offices in the state, to participate equally in the primary elections and the interferences of godfathers as a major reason why he was opting out of the exercise.

According to the lawmaker, matters grew worse, when the party sought to use “only an imaginary 3-man Adhoc delegates” to the exclusion of the party’s statutory delegates in the primary elections, even when INEC had stated that no congress held in Abia State for that purpose.

This he says without a doubt has put the party and her candidates in a quagmire.

“Accordingly, I Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe will not be part of this charade,” the parliamentarian declared.

“I am therefore not participating in the exercise, which means that I will not be part of the PDP governorship primary election that holds in Abia State on Wednesday 25th of May, 2022 as doing so would have amounted to endorsement of an illegality that is already being challenged in the courts.”

Abaribe revealed the last couple of weeks have been tortuous as battles have raged in a bid to navigate the PDP away from a self-destructive path.

The former Abia deputy governor was of the opinion that what was currently being witnessed within the party in the state is a shambolic process driven by a procured court injunction.

“The implication for our party is grave and as such has put all ongoing primary exercises on quick sand.

“I am known for standing firm in defence of my convictions for the right of all people to a free and fair democratic process. That was why my campaign set sail on a democratic journey that took us to all the nooks and crannies of our dear state.

“We covered all the local governments and we could see the enthusiasm on the faces of our people who are desirous of change to a progressive government with a human face.

“We committed human and material resources, preaching the ‘Rise Up Abia’ message for the total emancipation of our State from the drudgery of imposition and godfatherism, which has seen the state at the lowest wrung of infrastructural, human and material development index among the states of the federation.

“Our people were and are indeed fired up for a new lease of life that will be brought about by a people’s government.

“There was no doubt that Abians are tired of being subjected to being the butt of jokes and ridicule from their peers, particularly those from the contiguous states that were hitherto far behind Abia State in the development index in the time past.

“That was the narrative we sought to change when the campaign took off.
“Unfortunately, the ugly developments ignited by a rapacious ambition to maintain the wicked governance status quo of imposition and godfatherism have aborted this quest in PDP,” Abaribe enunciated.

He asked all Abians, his teeming supporters and Ndigbo to remain calm, keep the faith and wait for the new direction, which will be announced very soon.

According to him, what is important is that the campaign to liberate Abia State would surely assume a new dimension.

“The time is now,” the Senate Minority Leader proclaimed.

Senate Minority Leader Warns Against Stifling Free Speech

File photo of Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe

 

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has warned state houses of assembly not to stifle opposition voices, particularly the recent actions of cowing minority leaders in their midst.

Abaribe in a statement released in Abuja by his spokesman, Uchenna Awom on Monday, bemoaned recent happenings in some state assemblies in the country, where minority leaders and opposition party members are hounded as perceived enemies in the performance of their statutory and democratic functions of clear oversight on the executive.

He described as worrisome the recent occurrence in Imo State House of Assembly where the Minority Leader and some other members were suspended in a manner that strongly suggests circumvention of democratic ethos.

“Democracy does not stop at the national level. It must permeate all levels of government i.e, wards, local governments, state and other democratic institutions. In all of these, everybody must enjoy of expression and association as guaranteed by our constitution,” Abaribe said.

“So, it is undemocratic and smirks of dictatorship, any attempt by anybody, particularly a parliament for that matter to abhor minority functions and stifle opposition voices, just because you want to pander to executive whims.

“It is reprehensible to even contemplate suspension of a minority leader because he questions the executive on things that seem to be antithetical to democratic norms.”

The Minority Leader, therefore, advised the State Assemblies to always see every party represented on the floor as partners in progress, whose viewpoints are all geared towards achieving good governance.

He added, “Without dissenting opinions, democracy loses its kernel. The essence of liberal democracy is the accommodation of different viewpoints, which is warehoused in the interplay of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary independently in the political system.”

Continue Using Twitter – NASS Joint Minority Caucus Urges Nigerians

 

 

The Joint Minority Caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives has met over the ban on Twitter by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and has restated its condemnation of the embargo as draconian and unacceptable.

This position was contained in a communique signed by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe the Minority Leader of the Senate) and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

In the statement, the Joint Minority Caucus also dismissed threats by the APC-led government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using Twitter and calls on Nigerians to go ahead and use their Twitter as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.

The Joint Minority Caucus recognized the provisions of Articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as provisions of Sections 39 and 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and notes that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using Twitter in Nigeria.

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As lawmakers, the Joint Caucus said it is pained by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youths, who find the use of Twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, are passing through just because the APC-led Federal Government feels slighted that an individual’s post, was deleted by Twitter for ethic violation.

The joint caucus, therefore, called on Nigerians to use various opportunities offered by technology and continue making use of Twitter since such does not violate any law in our country.

“It is agonizing that Nigeria and Nigerians have been losing billions of naira on daily basis since the ban on Twitter. This is completely unacceptable as it is worsening the already biting economic hardship and frightening unemployment level in the country.

“Moreover, the ban on Twitter in Nigeria appears to be in favour of criminal and terrorist elements, whose activities fester in an environment of suppressed information flow.

“The Joint Minority Caucus sympathizes with the organized private sector, manufacturing and service providing companies, small and medium enterprises, online business owners and other hardworking entrepreneurs across the country, whose genuine business and means of livelihood have been crippled by the unwarranted ban on Twitter by the APC federal government,” the statement partly reads.

The caucus also identified with our students, research-based organization, media houses, the organized civil society, faith-based organizations, community groups among others, whose information-based activities have been violently disrupted by the ban.

In the same vein, the Joint Caucus sympathized with regional, states, local government as well as members of the international community, whose genuine and constructive activities have been crippled by the prohibition of twitter in Nigeria

It also identified with traditional rulers, who have even found Twitter as a means of communicating with the constituents, especially in this era of insecurity in the country.

The Joint Caucus vehemently berated the APC-led government for abandoning its duty of addressing the serious economic and security problems confronting our nation to rather focus on dissipating energy victimizing Nigerians over their disagreement with Twitter for deleting a post by an individual.

The Caucus counseled the Federal Government to swallow its pride, accept its misdoing and go and settle whatever issue it has with Twitter instead of this resort to inflicting pains on Nigerians.

Imo Attacks: FG Must Become Sincere, Nationalistic For Nigeria To Be Saved – Abaribe

A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

 

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to be more sincere in handling the security affairs of the country.

Abaribe who was reacting to the recent attacks in Imo State was of the opinion that if Nigeria is to be saved from implosion, then the government must become more nationalistic.

His assertion was contained in a statement released by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom.

“”Time has come for sincerity and nationalistic approach by government to address the myriad of problems besetting the country, especially insecurity and poor management of the country’s diversity.

The time for a knee-jerk approach and fixated mindset in the investigation of criminal attacks by the security agencies has gone. It is not enough to be driven by a certain mindset, which has the tendency of foreclosing other probable leads and motives during investigations of very serious crimes like the ones we are currently experiencing.

“This time calls for deeper introspection and painstaking investigation by the relevant security agencies so that we nip these dangerous dimensions in the bud if the country must be rescued from falling off the cliff,” Senator Abaribe said.

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The senator while condoling with the police and other security agencies that have come under attack in recent times, called for a thorough investigation into the rising wave of attack on police formations across the country, especially the ones that happened in Imo State.

He condemned the frightening surge of violence in the South East, particularly the attack on the Correctional Centre in Owerri, the Ebonyi and Enugu states and urged the security agencies to dig in and unravel the motives behind the incessant attacks and apprehend the criminal elements to face the full weight of the law.

The Minority Leader said the attack on security agencies, particularly on the police, which is the first line of civil defense is unacceptable and stands condemned.

Senator Abaribe further expressed worry that the country is fast sliding into total anarchy and cautioned that the time has come when the federal government should rise up and address the poor security situation in the country holistically looking at Nigeria as a nation.

Medical Tourism: APC Govt Says One Thing And Does Another – Abaribe

 

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe said on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to the United Kingdom suggests that the APC government does not stay true to its words.

Senator Abaribe stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Abaribe who noted that Buhari’s medical trip did not contravene the law, however, stated that the exercise breached a moral contract, one that was set by the president himself.

“I don’t think he has done anything wrong in the eyes of the law, he has a right to seek or take care of himself medically; I think morally is where he has done everything wrong.

“This was a president that told us he will never go on any medical check-up or trip abroad and actually condemned the huge amount of money spent on medical movement outside before he was elected in 2015 and shortly after he lived more abroad than in Nigeria.

“So when the COVID business started, we were assured that medical facilities in Nigeria will be upgraded and that there will be no need for so much of our monies being spent abroad.

“We are just surprised that nothing has changed he is still depending on foreign facilities than in Nigeria,” the lawmaker remarked.

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Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on March 31, 2021.

 

The Senator further asserted that Nigerians would have expected that the State House clinic will have the minimum to be able to do medical checks for the president, adding that only if he needed treatment would it become necessary for the president to fly abroad.

Speaking on the security challenges within the country, the former deputy governor of Abia state slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the current situation.

Regarding Buhari’s latest order to the Service Chiefs asking them to identify leaders of bandits, kidnappers, Abaribe lamented that the president has not handled the challenges with a firm hand.

The statesman insisted that “nobody takes Buhari seriously, not even the service chiefs”.

“Why would we take him (President Muhammadu Buhari) seriously? Just the day after he had said we would no longer accept all these kidnappings, this would be the last, they kidnapped the last day,” he said.

“And those people are still there; those innocent Nigerians are still in captivity up till now. He always makes a statement. Every time these things happen, nothing happens. So it is obvious nobody takes him seriously with that. Even the military chiefs, I don’t think they bother themselves.

“This is about the umpteenth time that we are hearing the President giving a marching order. Throughout the Buratai time as the Chief of Army Staff, he was always giving marching orders so he has given just another one,” Abaribe insisted.

All Criminal Elements Coming Into Nigeria Must Be Flushed Out – Abaribe

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that regardless of what arguments may be held over insecurity in the country, one resolution that must be reached is to flush out all criminal elements.

Speaking during plenary on Wednesday, Abaribe said authorities must not continue to paper over matter when it comes to the issue of security.

The lawmaker who specifically spoke about claims that certain citizens were being sent away from different regions of the country, said only miscreants have been chased out of the forests from where they have been unleashing mayhem on innocent Nigerians.

“No Nigerian is being sent away from anywhere, criminals are being sent away from the forest where they are,” Abaribe argued.

He urged fellow legislators to be mindful of the message they pass and emphasized that the desideratum for solving Nigeria’s security need at this time, is to ensure that all criminal elements coming into the country from wherever they are, be flushed out.

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A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Rejig Security Architecture NASS Urges Buhari

The rising spate of crimes in the country has continued to be a cause for concern for many Nigerians.

On Wednesday, the insecurity across the nation formed the core of deliberations within the National Assembly, with legislators within the two chambers resolving to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the security architecture of the country by taking more decisive steps to curb the insecurity in the country.

The lawmakers also called on the new security chiefs to take more drastic actions to bring an end to the menace in the country.

For members of the upper chamber, there is no better time for the establishment of community and state police than now, as they believe it will help to effectively deal with the unfolding threats.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on his part, said every time a citizen is killed or kidnapped, loses their property or livelihood, the government has failed in its obligation.

According to Honourable Gbajabiamila, the Constitution obligates all who swear to serve in government to do everything to protect the lives and property of all citizens and promote their well-being above all else.

Obaseki’s Victory Finally Buries Godfatherism – Senate Minority Caucus

 

The Senate Minority Caucus congratulates Governor Godwin Obaseki over his resounding victory in the governorship election in Edo State.

In a statement in Abuja by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Caucus says as sweet as the victory, it also signals new dawn and the ultimate end of Godfatherism in Nigeria politics.

Senator Abaribe who also hailed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidations, said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belongs to the people and not to some fantom individuals who think they can play God and toy with the will and wishes of the people.

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“Going forward, I believe that the Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Governor Obaseki and PDP sent the right signal across, affirming that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machination of some few, who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.

 

 

“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people but also for the entire country especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government’, said Abaribe.

However, the Caucus he said congratulates Governor Obaseki, the PDP family, and urge the people of Ondo State to be ready to replicate what has happened in Edo State so that Nigeria will be returned to genuine and people-oriented democracy.

The Wicked People In Nigeria Do Not Die – Senator Abaribe

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the wicked people in Nigeria have refused to die while the nation continues to lose good citizens. 

The Senate minority leader said this on Wednesday at a valedictory session held in honour of the late Senator Ignatius Longjan.

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“Yet again we are losing another good man. The question we always ask is why are we losing the good ones? The wicked people in this country do not die, it is the good ones that go,” Abaribe stated.

Abaribe after describing Longjan as a very good person commiserated with the lawmaker’s wife and children and the people that he represented.

The Statesman also commiserated with the diplomatic community from where Longjan came and Nigerians in general.

Senator Longjan who represented Plateau South, died on February 10 in Abuja.

Only Buhari Can Destroy Boko Haram – Presidency

 

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari is the best man to destroy the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast and bring an end to their carnage in Nigeria. 

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu made this known in a communique on Wednesday, January 29.

“President Buhari is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it,” Garba Shehu assured.

Speaking in reaction to a call by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe asking President Buhari to resign for ‘failing to secure the nation’, Mr Garba Shehu said if a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including the lawmaker.

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He accused Abaribe of unlocking the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.

Mr Shehu further claimed that Abaribe’s party ‘raped’ the nation and left it collapsing in 2015, adding that President Buhari has been fixing things up since he came into office.

The presidential spokesman further noted that the President is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa.

He assured that the reign of terror will soon come to an end with the support of Nigerians and her foreign friends.

Senate Asks Executive To Issue South Africa Travel Alert

 

The Senate has asked the executive to issue a travel alert to Nigerians who intend to travel to South Africa.

The decision is as a result of the killing of Nigerians in South Africa as contained in a motion presented by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

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Senator Abaribe drew the attention of members of the Senate to the recent killing of a Nigerian, Mrs. Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu in that country, warning them of the xenophobic attacks in the country.

Court Orders Abaribe, Others To Pay N100m Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Absence

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and two other persons who stood as sureties for the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to deposit N100million each as bail bond into the court’s account. 

Justice Binta Nyako gave the order on Wednesday in a ruling in which she amended the conditions of the bail she had in April 2017 granted Kanu.

The judge explains that the order directing the sureties to pay the money was an order of interim forfeiture.

Kanu is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony. The sureties had earlier on April 25, 2017, signed a bail bond of N100million each to secure the release of Kanu on bail.

He had earlier disappeared after an alleged military invasion of his home in, Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14th, 2017.

After several adjournments occasioned by the non-appearance of Kanu in court to face trial, Justice Nyako, in a ruling on an application by the prosecution counsel on March 28th, ordered the sureties to either produce the defendant in court, risk arrest or forfeit the bail bond.

Having failed to produce Mister Kanu in court as directed, Justice Nyako decided to make the interim order for the bond to be deposited in the account of the Federal High Court within two months.

The two other sureties are Ben Elshalom, a Jewish priest, and Tochukwu Uchendu.

They alongside Abaribe guaranteed his bail had been made to sign a bail bond of N100million each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court.