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APGA in fresh leadership crisis as court sacks Umeh, Shinkafi.


 

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday sacked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh and its National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, from office.
The trial high court, in a judgment yesterday, held that the duo were not only invalidly elected into office by voice votes instead of secret ballot as stipulated by Article 18 (3) of the Constitution of APGA, but that the party’s scribe had overstayed in office contrary to the provisions of the constitution.
The verdict signposts the return of fresh leadership crisis in the party.
The presiding high court judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who invalidated the election of both the national chairman and secretary of the party, however, endorsed the Maxi Okwu parallel executive committee as the authentic leader of the party.
The case, which has the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as a codefendant directed the electoral umpire to comply with the court judgement.
But moments after the verdict was delivered yesterday, the duo of Umeh and Shinkafi declared the judgement as incompetent, null and void and mere an exhibition of judicial rascality.
They urged party faithful and the Nigerians to see the judgement as an anomaly which would be corrected on appeal.
The duo, who were affected by the judgment yesterday, had also filed a notice of appeal and an application for stay of the judgement pending the determination of their appeal.
They, however, vowed to proceed against the trial judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, whom they claimed willfully delivered what they called the “fraudulent judgment” to unsettle APGA, a political party which controls governance a state of the federation.
It will be recalled that the founding leader of APGA, Chief Chekwas Okorie was fought, in law courts, to a standstill by Chief Victor Umeh’s executive committee for many years.
Chief Okorie, who accepted defeat recently after the Supreme Court declared that he had been expelled from the party and could therefore not claim to be the leader of the party, had since formed another party.
The acceptance of the judgement of the apex court then, had brought peace into the party.
But yesterday’s judgment seemed to have unsettled the peace being enjoyed in the party.
The background to the brewing crisis in APGA is that a chieftain of the party, Chief Maxi Okwu had dragged Umeh, Shinkafi and INEC before the court, challenging their continual stay in office beyond what the constitution of the party provided for.
Okwu had instituted the suit on August 19, 2013 seeking an order directing the second defendant (Shinkafi) to vacate his office as the national secretary of the party having been first elected into office on January 10, 2003.
He prayed for an order directing the first and second defendants and all officers they represented to vacate their offices forthwith not having been elected in accordance with Article 18 (4) of the constitution of the party, which prescribed that election into the offices shall be by secret ballot, and an order directing INEC to deal with Maxi Okwu’s leadership of APGA.
Counsel to Umeh, Patrick Ikwueto, SAN, had urged the court to dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
He submitted that the three plaintiffs, Ibrahim Carefor, Gbenga Afeni and Abubakar Adamu, had withdrawn from the suit, leaving Okwu and Dickson Ogu as plaintiffs.
Counsel to Okwu, Maduabuchi opposed the preliminary objection and urged the court to uphold that Sani Shinkafi’s tenure as national secretary had since expired having been elected to the position on January 10, 2003.
Maduabuchi urged the court to direct INEC to recognize and deal with the Okwu leadership of the party.
The case was fiercely prosecuted by both parties.
Delivering judgment in the case yesterday, Justice Abdul Kafarati held that the plaintiff had the locus standi, going by the affidavit in support of the originating summons to institute the suit as against the objection brought by the defendants challenging the legal interest of Okwu in instituting the suit.
by ISE-OLUWA IGE

Okorocha Tears APC Apart in Imo, Pioneer ACN Members Set To Dump APC En-Mass for PDP.


IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu

Pioneer members of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Imo State, led by former Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, are now making serous moves to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state (L) and former governor Chief Achike Udenwa

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state (L) and former governor Chief Achike Udenwa

The development followed their alleged marginalization by Governor Rochas Okorocha of the state who joined the party from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Governor Okorocha is the chairman of the Progressive Governors, which comprises the APC governors and their 5 PDP decampees governors

The aggrieved members also include those of the merging political parties such as ANPP and CPC.

African Examiner gathered that the meeting of the old fellows of the ACN held on Saturday at the home of a member of the state assembly representing Njaba constituency, Hon. Chino Kevin Obioha was aimed at fine tuning their defection to PDP.

One of the aggrieved members who do not want his name published told our correspondent that “plans are on top gear for members of former ACN led by the former governor of the state, Chief Achike Udenwa, to leave the party for a new party where we would be made to feel at home.”

But in his remarks at the meeting, coordinating chairman of the defunct ACN in the state, Ichie Ray Marshal Ezihe told the members of the old party not to rush out of the APC pending the determination of the suit against Governor Okorocha, regarding his status in the party.

He told them that they would move in a group to any other party when the time comes in order to protect their interests, adding that their movement must be determined by leaders such as Chief Udenwa, Hon. Obioha, Capt. Lambert Iheanacho (rtd) and others.

Chief Ezihe lamented that the pioneer members of the APC were made irrelevant in the party, resulting to Governor Okorocha’s men taking over every available position in both state and local government levels.

African Examiner findings also reveal that another major reason for the planned mass exodus was the recent alleged marginalization meted to the former governor and his camp in the reconstitution of the state expanded executive council of the party.

It was gathered that prior to that reconstitution, Chief Udenwa with Chief Mike Ahamba and Okorocha had negotiated on the way forward for the new party, APC.

The negotiation, it was learnt, was to give all sides a sense of belonging by ceding certain positions to them.

But, the governor was said to have shunned the agreement and appointed his loyalists in his cabinet without any known loyalists of the former governor.

However, as it stands now, the ACN members have become the beautiful bride of other parties in the state.

A chieftain of one of the political parties in the state, who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that discussion between president Goodluck Jonathan, and  Udenwa has reached advance stage, over the possible return of the former governor and his supporters to the ruling PDP.

Source: African Examiner.

Gov Obi tasks FG on federal highways & 2nd Niger Bridge.


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The issue of the deplorable condition of federal highways in the South East geo-political zone and the 2nd Niger Bridge came up again yesterday, during an interactive session of federal civil servants working in Anambra State, with Governor Peter Obi .
During the meeting, the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the implementation of policy decisions relating to the two projects. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, described the two projects as very dear to the people of the zone and hoped that serious work would begin on them as soon as possible.

He promised that the state government would continue to maintain cordial relationship with both the federal government and its establishments within Anambra State through constructive, proactive, and mutually beneficial relationship.

According to him, Anambra State will also continue to support federal establishments domiciled in the state within its limited resources to enable them tackle challenges facing them.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), Alhaji Buka Aji, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Mr. Nebolisa Emodi, urged public servants to adhere strictly to the rules while discharging their duties.
He assured that a lot of reforms were being carried out in the public service to engender quality delivery, in line with the transformation agenda of the federal government.

Aji added that plans were on to reduce huge financial cost of training personnel abroad by domesticating such training within the country.

He reminded them that meeting the demands of the transformation agenda entailed that workers maintained a high sense of discipline, punctuality to work, decorum, ownership of the reform process and avoiding rumour mongering, reminding them of the federal government’s zero tolerance for corruption.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Ngige Rebuts Biafrans stopped him and APC in Anambra, Avers FG gave Obi N8bn for the Poll.


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Senator Chris Ngige, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate  in the November 16 Anambra State governorship election, has  alleged that the federal government gave Governor Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) N8billion to prosecute the election won by the APGA candidate Chief Willie Obiano .Ngige claimed that the money given to Obi by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled federal government under the guise of ecological fund was to ensure APGA’s victory at all cost, adding that the N8billion was not part of the N4billion public funds spent by Governor Obi before and during the election.He spoke in Owerri yesterday during the meeting of the chieftains of APC from the South-East geo-political zone.

Ngige also alleged that the federal government placed security agencies at the beck and call of Governor Obi. “Even the army and the Police were biased against the APC.They were arresting every vehicle with the APC logo. Some of our members were arrested in Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states just to stop them from coming to Anambra,” Ngige said.In a swift reaction, Governor Obi described Senator Ngige as a bad loser, and advised him to congratulate the governor-elect, rather than make unsubstantiated allegations against him and the government of Anambra State.Obi who spoke through his chief press secretary, Mike Udah, said it was unthinkable for the federal government to direct a governor to use funds meant for ecological redemption to prosecute an election, adding that no reasonable person would take Ngige and his remarks seriously.

“The allegation does not make sense to any reasonable person and no reasonable person will take that remarks and the author seriously.“Ngige has an exaggerated opinion of his political stature, but that is not enough reason for him to make wild and unsubstantiated allegations,” he said.Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, former national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) who also spoke at the meeting, congratulated APC members for their support during the Anambra election.“The federal government was afraid of APC, and so they ensured that the party came out third to stop us from going to the tribunal, but we have disappointed them and we will continue until the election is cancelled,” Onu stated.The host governor Rochas Okorocha who also doubles as chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, urged APC members to always remain peaceful. By Radio Biafra.

Islamic agent of Igboland Gov Okorocha PDP has no plan for Igbos.


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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State recently held a media chat with some journalists in the state. He shed light on many state and national issues. Excerpts:

What would be your next political ambition come 2015, are ypou going for re-election as governor or aspiring for the presidency?
Let me make this point clear that I’m a member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA); that is my party there is no controversy about it. APGA still remains my cultural party because for an Igbo man, APGA represents a way of life, but it is not a national political party. If you may recall APGA became divided. One APGA looked towards the side of PDP and the other that I was a member looked towards APC. I was in APGA as political party but now I am in APC and for one reason if you may recall Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Congress for Progressive Change CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party ANPP were a regional party, and all these parties came together to form a national party to challenge PDP.
So it would sound very phony to have APGA as a regional party when others have merged for a common purpose. So the wisest thing do was to merge with

APC and the remaining APGA are in PDP.
For me APC is good for the South East because from the way political equation is structured in Nigeria, it doesn’t appear to me that PDP has any plan for Ndi Igbo. For instance, none of the positions of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was allotted to the South East by the PDP. As I said earlier, the best thing is to join the APC to remedy the imbalance in future. It is only wise to say that South East is better off in APC because there’s no way the positions would elude the zone if APC finds itself in government. Again PDP has never had any stiff opposition. This is the only time we have a formidable opposition in the country. And I am confident that come 2015 APC will take the day.
Asking for my political ambition in 2015, you may wish to recollect that I was once a presidential aspirant and came second in the primary that produced the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua. So I am not a new person in the presidential race of this country. Actually I need your advice on what to do.
Today, among all presidential aspirants, I am still a force to be reckoned with. I have a strong passion for my Imo people and my vision is of a national capacity.
Why are still not a registered member of APC, have you been refused your formal registration?
I am one of the founding members of the APC and it is not true that I have been refused registration in a party that I am a leader. It is mere speculation. Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) who is one of those saying that I have not been registered with the APC was a member of merging parties. But the issue is that we in APC have not started registration yet but that may commence before the end of the year because. For now all the structures for registration are in place.
Since your party has not yet zoned the presidency to any region in the country, what does it portend for the Igbos?
Let me again say that our party APC has not zoned the presidency to anybody and does not believe in zoning; we believe that anybody that has something upstairs irrespective of zone rules this country because zoning does not rule a country. Zoning has rather produced mediocrity.
I think we have come of age when men must be elected into offices purely on their individual merits instead of laying undue emphasis on where they come from.
Since the committee that probed your predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim submitted its report nothing has been heard of it. Does it mean that your government has abandoned the project?
That is something that Nigerians should ask questions about. I have made my report to EFCC to inform them about the N67 billion in question which is missing in the state coffers. But it looks like people who are assumed to be having relationship with the presidency cannot be probed. There have been so many cases of such bordering on many individuals in the country but because of their relationship with the presidency both the EFCC and the ICPC have to stay clear.
There is no reason my predecessor should not have been called to question on how he used the state funds. I can authoritatively state that there is no single structure anywhere in this state which my immediate predecessor will say that he did with tax payers’ money. But even at this the EFCC has continued to harass officials of my administration with invitations to answer one allegations that are baseless. I think we have done our job and what is left now is to take it to the people’s court. I do not have the organ to prosecute anybody and it is as a result of this that we have established our own organ known as Imo State Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which of course is in the pipelines and when we have it, we will be able to act.
Very soon, the nation would be celebrating her Centenary following the 1914 historic amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern protectorates. What is your reaction?
Our strength lies in our market and in our population. I do not support isolated calls for division or disintegration because to me, this is a “no go area” whether Nigeria should be or not to be. I congratulate Nigerians on the forth coming Centenary celebration.
Every nation on earth has its problems and so Nigeria cannot be in isolation. Therefore the call for disintegration is neither here nor there. We are building something here in the state in commemoration of the 2014 Centenary.
What is your reaction to the just conducted Anambra State governorship election?
It is a monumental shock to Nigerians because even a goat noticed the glaring irregularities that trailed the polls and which even INEC shamelessly admitted. The elections in Anambra and Delta states are eye openers because this nation should not be ran in this manner at all. INEC officials were arrested and locked up in Imo. The police, INEC and the PDP all combined to perpetrate unprecedented electoral fraud and the slogan has always been “get the result, write it and announce it and let them go to court”. Look at what happened in the Oguta re run election in the state.
With the defeat of the APC in Anambra, there are speculations that you might abandon the APC for another party?
I am not a respecter of party but a respecter of vision. I have critically examined the structure of the PDP and I want to let us know that in the next 20 years Nigeria will be in bondage if PDP retains power. If I am given the opportunity to rule this country I will transform it in just two years. My journey to APC is because of the way PDP is structured and no young man will ever survive in PDP.
Everybody is tired of PDP and the APC is the only way to go and I will stand for justice and fairness wherever I go.

 Source: Radio Biafra.

Autopsy Of The Anambra Election By Okechukwu Peter Nwobu.


By Okechukwu Peter Nwobu

Though not in equal measure, the Anambra state governorship election had everything – the good, the bad, the ugly, the absurd and the comical and I want to bet that none of these has run its full course yet. As soon as a part of the result was released and the exercise declared inconclusive and INEC announced that a supplementary election will be conducted to conclude the exercise, three political parties that saw absolutely no chance of emerging winner after the supplementary election, forged a common front and called for an outright cancellation of the election.

The temporary coalition of APC’s Dr. Chris Ngige, Labour Party’s Ifeanyi Ubah and PDP’s Tony Nwoye was an inconvenient alliance of the strangest of bedfellows, supposedly committed to a quest in which only one of them would have emerged winner if the election had been cancelled and another conducted. It was also clear that had one of the parties in this awkward alliance being in the commanding lead of APGA, that party would have adjudged the same election as free and fair. Once again, Anambra state lived up to its billing as a state where politics is a do-or-die affair. I do not know of any other state where 23 political parties’ candidates vied for the office of governor. Not surprising, it was also in Anambra state that the PDP’s candidate and their national headquarters were on completely different pages, disagreeing so openly.

Could Dr Chris Ngige or Ifeanyi Ubah or Tony Nwoye have emerged a winner instead of Willie Obiano? Character and integrity must have played a critical role in deciding who won and those who lost and rightly so because, if as we correctly believe corruption is the biggest problem in Nigeria, the integrity of candidates standing for elections must count to prevent handing over treasuries at all levels of government to people of dubious pedigree and criminals.

In spite of the fact that the unofficial rules of engagement frequently allow charlatans to pass through cracks, the judicial and political systems unbelievably create, allow and shield them from being publicly examined, the electorate increasingly now know the score and in Anambra state passed their own verdict with their votes.

It is precisely the very real unholy alliance of the judicial and political systems that enabled a man like Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah to aspire to become the governor of the long suffering people of Anambra state. The Presidential Subsidy Committee headed by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede that looked into the shadowy facade of the petroleum subsidy, had found Ifeanyi Ubah and his company – Capital Oil and Gas culpable of massive fraud running into billions of Naira. Thereafter and incredibly, Ifeanyi Ubah secured a clean slate from a slew of other investigations and capped it with an everlasting judicial order restraining the EFCC, the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice from prosecuting him on the petroleum subsidy scam which was essentially obtaining subsidy refunds under false pretenses, which in his case was on a grand scale.

When you are as rich as Ifeanyi Ubah in Nigeria, you can buy anything including the best legal acrobats in the land to represent you in courts where they manufacture loopholes including technicalities behind which judges hide to make people like him legally untouchable, beyond the reach of the now shortened and often times amputated arm of the law. Ifeanyi Ubah is presently legally untouchable as far as the subsidy scam is concerned but it does not in any way erode from the minds of the people who he truly is. Besides, it is also widely known that he does not honor contractual agreements simply because he believes he can get away with them through any means.

Even though none of the televised debates asked specific questions on known issues of integrity of the candidates, two of the candidates delicately danced around it. During one debate, Dr. Chris Ngige circuitously referred to petrol and kerosene imports and subsidy in one breathe, in the hope that it will remind viewers of Ifeanyi Ubah’s dishonorable role in it. Not long after, Ifeanyi Ubah retaliated by responding to Dr Ngige’s constant reference to his first coming as governor, saying directly that Dr. Ngige had secured it through the back door. Thereafter, there appeared to be an uneasy truce and both men sheathed their stones because they live in massive glass houses.
Ifeanyi Ubah consistent parboiled but inarticulate claim of knowing how to create wealth with a Midas touch did not fool the people because when tested against well known facts, it is crystal clear how he became stupendously rich. His ‘wealth’ enabled him to have more than 300 campaign offices in Anambra state but it was clearly not enough because money cannot buy integrity and trust and lack of both cost him the election. Clearly, the values of Ifeanyi Ubah are not what the people of Anambra state need now or ever and they made it clear by rejecting him at the polls and should do so every time he asks for their votes again.

Ifeanyi Ubah can afford to buy a political platform but if the electorate allows such a man into the high office of a state governor, we will be telling the world that our political system is completely value free and that corruption is firmly, perhaps irrevocably stamped into our nation’s genetic code. Cornering a huge chunk of our commonwealth through scamming the subsidy system is indicative of the values of Ifeanyi Ubah in the private sector, a behavior he would have carried over into Government House Awka, had he been elected. Given what he is used to, if Ifeanyi Ubah had been elected governor of Anambra state, the resources of the state would not have been enough for him to corner for himself.

On a scale of one to ten, Ifeanyi Ubah’s integrity quotient is very low to the point of none existent and it will hurt him in whatever he wants to do going forward because as Henry Ford once said, you build reputations based on what you have done, not what you are going to do.

During one of the televised debates, Ifeanyi Ubah made it known that he is ready to abdicate his ‘palace’ to come to Awka to do the people of Anambra state the favor of ruling them as their governor. It was arrogance at full bloom.

After the November 16 election, Ifeanyi Ubah had in one of his television appearances lamented that the Anambra election is another Rwanda. What the world remembers about Rwanda is the genocidal massacre of about 800,000 Tutsis by their Hutu compatriots. I could not connect the massacre in Rwanda and the election in Anambra state because there is absolutely no relationship. I don’t want to dwell on Ubah’s reference and ‘quote’ from The Art of War because it was childish, his swagger suggesting he had said something grand that was sufficient to secure him the election. Was he referring to the movie or the epic treatise written by Sun Tzu more than 2,500 years ago? The jury is still out on this one.

Dr. Chris Ngige never told the electorate in his own words what transpired between him and Chris Ubah at the Okija shrine. Dr. Ngige appears to me to be a man who will do and say anything to become governor again. After the stampede in Uke in which about 30 persons died, Dr. Ngige said on television that he was told that it happened soon after Governor Peter Obi left the night vigil grounds. In the same breathe, he used words like teargas, suggesting without saying so that Governor Obi’s security men used teargas as they departed and caused the stampede. Knowing the behavior of our police men, Dr. Ngige’s words were believable.

But after I and I believe so many others learnt that Governor Obi had left the venue one and half hours before the stampede, Dr. Ngige’s words looked deliberately calculated to make Governor Obi guilty in the eyes of everyone, hoping that the same filthy brush will touch and tarnish Willie Obiano who he must have considered his main opponent and the real target. Dr. Ngige said Governor Obi was ‘campaigning’ at an unholy hour but night vigils are not held in the daytime. If Governor Obi had said anything that sounded like campaigning while he addressed the congregants at the night vigil, we would have heard and read them word for word courtesy of Dr Ngige and the APC because it would have ended up on YouTube.

Bola Tinubu is a Muslim yet he visited and stayed throughout a church service at House on The Rock church, Lagos, during his reelection campaign on at least one Sunday that I was in church when he was governor. I saw nothing wrong with his visit. Bola Tinubu probably visited other churches during his reelection bid to harvest votes. Why was Governor Obi and Willie Obiano’s visit to the night vigil as Catholics in a Catholic Church event be interpreted as unholy, as different by the APC and its candidate Dr Chris Ngige?

The desperation of Dr. Ngige and his party continued with a despicable write up by Joe Igbokwe that I read on Sahara Reporters online portal in which Joe Igbokwe directly and copiously insulted and accused the host Priest of the night vigil and the Bishop of the Diocese of taking bribe just because their own version of what happened did not tally with what the APC had claimed. I was so offended I posted my comments on the article which reads as follows, “Governor Peter Obi left the venue of the night vigil at least one and half hours before the stampede. How in God’s name can Joe Igbokwe link Governor Obi with the unfortunate death of about 30 people? To link an innocent man with the death of a dog is evil. To link such a man to the death of about 30 people is unspeakable evil. This falsehood speaks of desperation on the part of Joe Igbokwe’s party and its eminent candidate.

Even the most organized acts of chaos inflicted by mankind on each other called war have rules. That is why it is not allowed to shoot unarmed enemy soldiers. The same is expected in politics. Joe Igbokwe’s politically motivated act of trying to hang blood guilt on Governor Peter Obi is an act of wickedness similar to killing unarmed soldiers in times of war.”
Anambra state people are predominantly Catholics and competing for their votes in Catholic gatherings have underpinned all campaigns including governorship elections for years. During the active governorship election campaign season, I saw on different television news programs footages of Dr Chris Ngige kneeling inside a Catholic church in Anambra state while the presiding priest and the congregation prayed for him. This episode made it into television news because Dr. Ngige wanted it to. Why? He wanted to harvest votes from an electorate that is overwhelmingly of the Catholic faith, otherwise why did he attend Mass with television news crews in tow?

So, what was wrong with Governor Obi attending a Catholic night vigil with his party’s candidate? What were Dr Ngige’s footmen doing at the same night vigil with his posters, brooms which is the symbol of the APC and heckling Governor Obi? Was Dr Ngige’s camp angry that he was not invited to the vigil which is said to regularly attract up to a hundred thousand people? Perhaps Dr Ngige was not invited because it was a night event and it was thought that at that time of the night, he would feel more at home in a shrine than in a church.

After the unfortunate deaths at the vigil grounds, it was the APC’s amplified talking drum, Lai Mohammed who had begun the orchestra of accusations and stampede of lies and when the facts emerged and did not fit in with what he had hurriedly released about the cause of the stampede, the APC could not stop shooting. President Barack Obama once accused his opponents of shooting first and aiming later. This is precisely what APC did with the Uke stampede. While Lai Mohammed used a rifle, Joe Igbokwe deployed artillery to demolish everything, including direct assaults, insults and accusations of corruption heaped on the Priest who hosted the night vigil and the Bishop of the Archdiocese. It was pure senselessness to infuriate Anambra Catholics whose votes will make the difference. No matter how often we tell and massage a lie, it will never become the truth. Joe Igbokwe’s very unreasonable piece must have cost the APC many votes, explaining why Dr. Chris Ngige was in third place behind PDP’s Tony Nwoye whose campaign had lasted less than two weeks. The lesson from the unfortunate stampede in Uke is for politicians to learn the facts and stick with the truth regardless of how inconvenient it might be.

After the stampede, Dr. Ngige had asked what Governor Obi was doing at the vigil at that unholy hour. If Dr. Ngige could describe the 5 hours Governor Peter Obi’s spent at a night vigil as unholy, the word has not yet been coined to characterize the time he, Dr. Ngige spent at the Okija shrine with Chris Ubah to swear to an unholy oath. Saying later on he had gone to the shrine with a Bible on the advice of his unnamed bishop was rightly seen as a lie and a futile attempt to dry clean his image.

During the last televised debate on Channels Television, Dr Chris Ngige said that in his first coming as governor he beheaded the godfather in obvious reference to Chris Ubah but we all know that a much bigger, more formidable, armored plated godfather lurks. Right now, Bola Tinubu is the ultimate godfather in Nigeria and anyone in his party who dares to aim anything resembling a gun of dissent at him does the bleeding. Regardless of what Dr. Ngige said about his ability to behead godfathers, very few Anambrarians were convinced he will be free of the overwhelming influence of Bola Tinubu.

Given that his party, the APC does not believe in the national conference, Dr Ngige must have additionally been short changed because the national conference means a lot to the Igbo man wherever he is on the face of this earth. The fear was, if elected, will Ngige elevate his party’s very intense opposition to the national conference above the will of the people he wanted to govern and sabotage their overwhelming readiness to be part of the national conference? Dr. Ngige unwisely never cleared the air on this crucial issue.

Mr. Willie Obiano obviously overcame the only character issue of his alleged double registration. Given that we were all treated to a parade of his bushel of academic qualifications and formidable experience in APGA campaign adverts, his debating skills took the shine off those credentials. APGA realized this and wisely shielded their candidate, rolling out their eloquent chairman, Chief Victor Umeh to do the talking to defend APGA’s leading position especially in the days after the November 16 election when the coalition of the losing parties was formed.

Up to the last minute, it was expected that the PDP candidate for the election would change because one of the party’s gladiators will engineer a judicial sleight of hand. Given his second position in the election with just a few days of campaigning, it is entirely possible he would have upstaged APGA if he had not spent all his time campaigning in courts against other PDP candidates to keep safe his party’s nomination. Just as they did in 2010 governorship election, the PDP in Anambra state proved again in 2013 that they are their own most effective opposition and it is reflective of the defective character of the major political actors of the PDP in the state.

Every time the APC loses an election, they want to bring the nation to a standstill. Dr Ngige should tell the nation what percentage of the electorate voted in the senatorial election he won. Because he won that election, low voter turnout was not an issue then. But when it was clear that he had lost the November 16 governorship election, low voter turnout became one of APC’s sticks with which they are beating up INEC. APC’s call for the sack of practically everyone in INEC because they lost an election and INEC admitted to some missteps amounts to throwing away the baby with the bath water.

If the vociferous APC had been in APGA’s position before the supplementary elections, they would have treated any call to cancel the same elections as a sacrilegious gang up or even worse. I also believe that if APGA had found itself in the second position or worse, it would have joined the bandwagon of the alliance calling for a cancellation of the elections. The APC, Anambra state PDP and Labor Party’s call to cancel the election is therefore the nature of politics and was rightly not taken seriously because it is not possible to play politics without politics, a defect that speaks of moral cowardice. Had the election been cancelled and another one conducted, the losing parties would also have called for its cancellation.

The issue of low voter turnout will take deliberate and consistent enlightenment effort to stop. If political parties want more voter participation, they must make the electorate see themselves the way the late Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Louis D Brandeis implied, that in a democracy the most important political office is not the office of the President, not the office of the state governor, not the office of the Senator, not the office of the Representative but the office of the citizen.
The registration of minors is not localized to Anambra state but it will be stopped everywhere if every time such a confirmed minor is found in the register, the INEC officials who registered them are tracked down, prosecuted and sent to jail for at least five years without option of fine and the convictions widely publicized to act as warnings to others.

Dr. Chris Ngige provided an unintended comical end to the televised debates when he said his constituency projects built hostels and VIP toilets in one school. At first, I thought it was a slip of tongue forced by a fierce campaign that caused a temporary inability of his brain to effectively communicate with his mouth but when he went on to say that hostels were built in another school with VIP toilets, the audience in the hall and I believe many others watching in their homes burst out laughing because his emphasis was inexplicably on the VIP toilets. I wondered if the VIP toilets were built in those schools for the use of Dr. Ngige and his many VIP friends whenever they are in the neighborhood. It will be interesting to know how much the VIP toilets cost to build. I wish the entire election in my state had ended on such hilarious note but because the APC, Labor Party and Anambra state PDP will not accept defeat, it is the courts and salivating lawyers and not the people of Anambra state that will have the final say.

Okechukwu Peter Nwobu
okechukwunwobu@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Anambra Governorship Election Obiano declared winner.


 

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Willie Obiano, has been declared winner of the governorship election in Anambra State.

The returning officer, Prof James Epoke said Obiano satisfied all the requirements of the law “and is hereby declared winner. ”

The result showed APGA polled 180,178 votes, PDP polled 97,700 votes; APC got 95,963 votes,
Before yesterday’s supplementary election conducted in 210 polling units in 16 local councils across the state where the exercise was cancelled during the November 16 exercise, Obiano was already coasting home to victory, having scored the highest number of votes and securing 25 per cent in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

The 16 local government areas where INEC conducted the supplementary election are Aguata, Awka North, Awka South, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Anaocha, Ekwusigo, Idemili North and Idemili South. Others are Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North and Oyi.
Though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, some people were still doing their normal businesses and traffic was light on the roads in all the areas.

 

Soldiers were stationed along all the roads leading to Idemili North local government area and Onitsha South local government area, which had the highest number of polling units of 160 and 17 respectively where the supplementary election took place.

APC, LP agents take part

Though the All Progressive Congress, APC, the Labour Party, LP, and the campaign organization of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye, said they would not participate in the exercise, their agents were seen in many polling units. However, while APGA and PDP agents wore tags, those who claimed to be APC agents did not wear their tags. At Abatete in Idemili north, agents of the PDP and LP were at the polling units.

Voters’ apathy

In all the polling units where the supplementary polls took place yesterday, there was very low turnout of voters and heavy presence of security operatives.

In most polling units visited by Sunday Vanguard, electoral officials and sensitive electoral materials arrived early. But, despite the early arrival of these materials, the number of eligible voters, who came out for the accreditation exercise, was very low compared to the turn-out during the November 16 and 17 elections.

Early results

At Zik Avenue, Onitsha polling units 8, 9 and 10, APGA scored 18 votes, APC – 8, while PDP polled 6. At polling unit 006, APC scored 9, APGA got 26, while PDP scored 2.

REC commends Anambra voters, says there’s no boycott

Despite the low turn out, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, who supervised the election in Onitsha South and Onitsha North council areas, commended the people of Anambra for coming out to vote yesterday’s supplementary governorship election.

Ikoiwak spoke at Okija Hall where voting took place in four polling units.

APC out to cause mischief – PDP chairman

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, Prince Ken Emeakayi, has accused the APC of causing mischief and deceiving Nigerians.

Emeakayi spoke with journalists at Akpkogwe polling booth Ogidi ward 1 where he had gone to observe the supplementary election.

He said that despite APC’s call on voters to boycott the election, the party has agents in all the polling units.

INEC ignores Ubah’s case

Meanwhile, the supplementary poll held, yesterday, in apparent disregard of a case by the LP candidate in the November 16 election, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, seeking to stop it.

A letter by Ubah’s lawyers, Olagoke Fakunle, SAN, and Co, to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, dated November 29, 2013, notified INEC about the case.

“You would have noticed that amongst the processes is a Motion on Notice for interlocutory in juntion restraining you from conducting any further election in Anambra State, with regard to the office of the Governor of the State, until the court has had an opportunity to review the legality of your pre-election processes towards that election”, the letter said.

“It was for the reason of the urgency and importance of this action that the Federal High Court, on 28th November 2013, made an order to abridge the time within which you and other Defendants may file your responses to both the application for injunction and the originating summons. The court also granted accelerated hearing of the matter by adjourning the hearing to 9th December, 2013.

“We therefore hereby demand that you postpone the proposed supplementary election for the Governor of Anambra state to avoid a situation whereby you would have foisted a fait accompli on the court and the court in response will therefore be constrained to void everything you have done including the outcome of the proposed supplementary election, with attendant waste of national resources.

“The appropriate thing for you to do at this stage, therefore, is to enter appearance and file your responses to the processes you have been served with and await the court’s determination of the illegality or otherwise of the pre-election process leading to your decision to hold a supplementary election for the Governor of Anambra State, before you continue with any further plans for the conduct of any election of the Governor of Anambra State.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

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