Obiano Declares APGA Next Opposition Party

governor obianoAnambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, on Tuesday said the recent in- road and victories recorded by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the general elections have positioned it as the next opposition party in Nigeria.

Mr Obiano made the statement when the House of Representatives members-elect from the state and Taraba State paid him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Introducing the winning members to the governor, the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, also announced the victory of APGA House of Assembly candidates in Taraba and Bayelsa states.

The National Chairman of APGA introduced the members-elect to the governor, beginning with the candidate from Taraba State, Mr Isaac Usman Danjuma, who won Wukari/Ibi Federal Constituency.

Also receiving congratulations from the Governor were Gabriel Onyenwife and Peter Mmadubueze, members elect from Oyi/Ayamelum and Anambra East and West Federal Constituencies respectively.

While the National Chairman assured the governor of victory in the upcoming Abia State supplementary election next Saturday, the governor declared APGA as the next opposition political party in Nigeria.

The members elect, however, made reassuring speeches of ensuring good representation to the people when sittings begin.

APGA National Chairman Calls For Probe Of South East Elections

APGAThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to set as a priority after his swearing in, the probe of the general elections in the South East.

Mr Victor Umeh, who made the appeal, also called for a comprehensive electoral reform.

 

Several candidates, who lost in the election, complained and pointed accusing fingers against opposing political parties.

Several complaints trailed the House of Assembly re-run election of last Saturday, April 18, in Anambra State, in which candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party won three out of the four seats that were contested for.

The inconsistencies in the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra state led to the cancellation of 32 wards and 500 polling units in four state constituencies of Anocha 1 and 2, Aguata, and Ekwusigo.

Mr Umeh also maintained that the leadership of INEC should expunge all unwholesome characters in the commission, disallow the use of adhoc staff, whose names are submitted by candidates as well as ensure that those who commit electoral fraud are not announced winners, thereby subjecting the actual winner to the rigours of reclaiming their mandate through the court.

APC, PDP Call For Cancellation Of Anambra State Assembly Elections

Lagos PDPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State on Tuesday called for the cancellation of the just concluded governorship and state house of assembly election in the State.

Both parties are alleging that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) colluded with the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission to rig the election.

Both parties made this claim after several complaints have trailed the House of Assembly election in the state.

In a world press conference in Awka, the state capital, the Anambra State APC Chairman, alongside some of the candidates, condemned the exercise which he said was characterized by violence and massive rigging.

He accused the ruling APGA of masterminding the entire alleged fraudulent act and called for the immediate cancellation of the election.

The PDP on their part accused the state governor, Willie Obaiano, of hijacking the entire process through deployment of the entire security agencies.

However, all the accusations were dismissed by the National chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, who alleged that the APC and PDP have long expired in the state, adding that the victory of APGA in the state was well deserved.

Similarly, the Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, maintained that results of 25 seats announced had no issues but the five remaining seats had been rescheduled for the 25th of April.

The APC has also threatened to register its grievance with the Election Petition Tribunal (EPT), if the elections are not cancelled.

The Victor Umeh-led APGA won in 25 constituencies while INEC declared the remaining seats inconclusive.

Police Arrest Zamfara APGA Governorship Candidate For Ballot Box Snatching

APGAThe Zamfara Police Command has arrested the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA), Dr Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi over alleged snatching of ballot boxes at Shadengara 004 polling unit in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the arrest to Channels Television on telephone, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Femi Ogunbayode said that the APGA Candidate, who is also the National Secretary of APGA, personally supervised some thugs to hijack the ballot boxes from INEC presiding officers with the aim of manipulating the election results in his favour.

He also disclosed that the suspects are currently in police custody and would be charged to court for election offence after investigations have been concluded.

Anambra Central Women Endorse Victor Umeh For Senate

victor umehHundreds of women from Anambra Central Senatorial Zone of Anambra state have endorsed Victor Umeh, as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Senatorial candidate for the zone.

Speaking during the occasion at Ojukwu Park, Awka, Anambra State, the wife of the governor, Mrs. Ebele Obiano, described Victor Umeh as a trusted voice that will give effective representation to not only the people of Anambra Central but to the entire Igbo nation, thereby urging the women to vote for him and all other APGA candidates.

Similarly, the candidate pledged total commitment to the course of women while offering his representation at the Senate if elected.

Mr. Umeh also assured the people of quality representation especially by giving a voice to issues concerning the Igbo people, women and youths in terms of empowerment.

The women stated clearly that their conviction for supporting Victor Umeh followed the exemplary leadership qualities he had shown which they knew would translate into effective representation in the Senate if elected.

 

APGA Confirm Labaran Maku As Nasarawa Governorship Candidate

Labaran MakuThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has said that the controversy surrounding the party’s governorship candidate in Nasarawa State has been resolved as the name of immediate past Information Minister, Labaran Maku, has been submitted and accepted by INEC.

The party’s National Chairman, Mr Victor Umeh, confirmed this to our correspondent on the phone.

He stated categorically, “Mr Labaran Maku is our governorship candidate in Nasarawa State. We have submitted his name and same has been accepted by INEC.

“There is no question about the party’s governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Maku’s name has been accepted by the party and INEC.”

There was some drama a week before, over who would fly the party’s flag in Nasarawa State, when news of Mr Maku emerging as APGA candidate broke.

The controversy stemmed from the claim by Mr Matthew Unbugaku who reportedly claimed the ticket.

The coast seems clear for Mr Labaran Maku to run for governor on the platform of APGA, after failing to secure the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he had been very visible in confronting opposition parties.

Complaints Trail APGA National Assembly Primaries

APGAThe House of Representatives primary election have failed to hold for the second time in Awka North and South Federal Constituencies in Anambra State, following complaints of a fake delegate list smuggled into the venue to favour one of the aspirants out of the three in the election.

Reacting to the development, the incumbent member representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeke Nwogbo, said that aside the mockery of democracy being made in the conduct of the primary election, a warrant of arrest had been placed on him by the Police for reasons not known to him.

In a similar development, another aspirant in the election, Mr. Uche Onyilofor, expressed dismay at the desperation of politicians during elections, maintaining that if the election had gone free and fair, it would have been in his favour.

The primary, however, was concluded with a sitting member of the State House of Assembly emerging the winner, winning with 104 votes.

In another development in Idemili North and South, the election was concluded around 9PM but it was very peaceful.

Despite being a lone aspirant in the Senate race for Anambra Central Senatorial District, over 400 delegates turned out at the venue in Awka for the primary election to vote for Victor Umeh, the National Chairman of APGA.

The delegates went through the process of accreditation and voting began immediately. Amongst the delegates was the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who urged the people to keep supporting the party that will cater for their future.

The National Chairman, having been declared the winner, also addressed the delegates, stressing his determination to entrench continued internal democracy in the party.

Presently, out of the eleven federal constituencies in the state, five still remained inconclusive while complaints and dissatisfaction trail the majority of the concluded ones.

However, many of the aggrieved aspirants have urged Governor Willie Obiano and the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, to intervene and save the situation in the interest of the party.

Court Strikes Out Restraining Order Against APGA Nat’l Chairman

High_courtAn Abuja High Court has struck out its earlier order restraining the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Victor Umeh,  from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

The court also struck out the order restraining him from submitting the names of the party’s candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2015 general elections.

Orji Nwafor-Orizu had in an ex parte motion granted an interim order restraining Umeh and from setting up any committee/panel in respect of primary election in Anambra State for the 2015 general elections.

The Court, presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi, in striking out the order stated that he was misled into granting the order in the first place and that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit as the plaintiff is neither an aspirant nor a person who participated in the nomination process of the party.

Justice Ashi, relying on several Supreme Court decisions, held that “until a person has participated in the primaries of a political party, he cannot approach the court for any purpose.”

He further declared that “the only recognized exception, where a person can approach the court is under section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, this case does not fall within that exception.”

 

APGA Reaffirms Quest To Reclaim Imo Government House In 2013

APGAThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has reiterated its quest to reclaim the Imo state government house come 2015.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh  reaffirmed this at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri the Imo state capital when he, alongside some chieftains of the party visited their members who survived the auto crash that claimed 5 of their members while on their way to the national headquarters in Abuja to submit an aspirant’s nomination form.

Chief Umeh charged the party members not to allow the unfortunate incident derail their course and political struggle, but instead should motivate them to fight harder and win landslide in the forthcoming election.

The APGA chieftain also debunked allegations by some quarters that the party is in disarray ahead of the party primaries coming in few weeks time.

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.

APGA Inaugurates Grassroots Solidarity Forum For Electoral Victory In 2015

apga_smallThe All Progressives’ Grand Alliance, APGA, ahead of the 2015 general elections, inaugurated the APGA Solidarity Forum, ASF, to commence grassroots socio-economic and political development of the various communities in Anambra State and the country at large.

Addressing the party faithful that converged on Awka for the occasion on Saturday, the national chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, said the APGA would obtain a resounding victory in the upcoming election.

APGA solidarity forum was formally inaugurated and urged by the state chairman of the party, Mr Mike Kwentoh, to remain loyal to the parent body and work hard to spread across the country.

Also, the new president of the group, Mr Ebele Okafor, reminded his colleagues in the group that hard work and determination were the ground rules.

In attendance to the occasion were the deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who represented the governor, Willie Obiano, immediate past deputy governor, Mr Emeka Sibeudu, the son of the late party leader, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jnr, and a host of other party stalwarts.

The party which in the last general elections lost the whole senatorial seats to the Peoples Democratic Party and the Action Congress now All Progressives Congress respectively, hopes that with the new political strategy of early mobilisation from the grassroots, the party, which is currently controlling only one state would have more states and many more representatives in the coming election.

 

Party Defection Affects Representation Of Electorate – Umeh

xxzxAhead of the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has criticized the conduct of politicians who defect from one party to another saying it does not augur well for effective representation of the electorate.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja at the end of the National Working Committee meeting of the party, the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, said the defection amounts to transferring the mandate of the electorate without their consent.

Mr. Umeh, who announced the dissolution of the party’s caretaker committee in Imo state for failing to galvanize and unite party members in the state, applauded the federal government for the peaceful conduct of the governorship election in Ekiti state.