The EXCO members of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from all political wards in lhiala Local government Area, Anambra State have unanimously declared their support for the candidature of Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Oputa Ifeadi, Nwankpo is one of the leading gubernatorial aspirants of the party.The Ward Chairmen showed support on Saturday at a solidarity visit to Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Office in Awka, the state capital. Hon Gozie Chukwudum, the Chairman said they decided to support Nwankpo due to his leadership qualities judging by his entrepreneurial skills and capacity to sustain the success stories of the APGA led state government.Hon. Chukwudum who spoke with the DG Media/Publicity Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization, Dr Harris Chuma-Odili shortly after the declaration said Nwankpo who is an Okija born politician has been a faithful member of APGA, noting that his candidature had already been recognized by the party’s stakeholders and leaders in the zone.He maintained that the conference of the ward chairmen of the APGA Ihiala LGA decided to follow the footpath of their leaders by declaring their support for Nwankpo because of his unflinching personality.“The conference of ward chairmen in the 20 wards are declaring our stance today to support the candidacy of Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo as we head to the primary election of our great party.“We are in support of the aspirant [Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo] that has been identified to have the most fitting capacities to make Anambra greater ”, Hon Chukwudum said. The 20 wards Chairmen unanimously agreed to support Nwankpo, and called on the leadership of the party at state and national level to conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election.The ward Chairman of Okija ward 1, Hon. Bath Mbadugha enjoined party leaders and critical stakeholders to ensure the conduct of the primary election would be guided by the party’s constitution. The issue of imposition and endorsement of aspirant by some cabals could polarize the members of the party with some aggrieved members organizing protest to kick against the idea. No fewer than ten aspirants are jostling for the governorship ticket, ahead of the primary election of the party.More photos from the event:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State has swept the Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency bye-election which held yesterday in all the polling units of the constituency.
Declaring PDP’s Chimaobi Ebisike winner of the election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner announced that the PDP polled 10,322 votes against its closet rival APC which polled 3,674 votes. Others are APGA 1,554 votes, AA 199 votes, ARM 13 votes and APM 8.
With the victory, Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency will now be represented by PDP’s Chimaobi Ebisike at the National Assembly.
Recall that the bye-election was scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the unfortunate demise in February of Hon Ossy Prestige of APGA who until his death was the Lawmaker representing Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency.
Ebisike’s Victory Vindicates Our Hardwork and Endorses Our Message of Justice and Equity in Aba – Ikpeazu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has described the resounding victory of the PDP in yesterday’s bye election for the Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency as a clear vindication of the hardwork his administration has put into the repositioning of Aba.
In his official response to the victory of Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike of the PDP in the bye election, the Governor stated that the bye election was a first hand opportunity for the people of Aba to pass judgment on the efforts of his administration in rebuilding the broken walls of the Enyimba City. The Governor is grateful to God Almighty for His grace which made this victory possible.
“For all intents and purposes, this election was more appropriately, a referendum by the people of Aba on our work in the city. Our government has invested lots of effort in providing critical infrastructure in Aba and it is heartwarming to see that indeed, the people truly appreciate our efforts. It is also a clear message that our people detest injustice. The people of Aba completely endorsed our message that it was only just, fair and proper to allow the aborigines of Aba an opportunity to represent their own people for the first time in 22 years of our democracy at the National Assembly”.
The Governor congratulates the National Assembly Member-Elect, Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike and urged him to see his victory, first as God’s plan for his life and then as an opportunity to offer dedicated and selfless service to his own people.
“It is a massive privilege to be called upon to serve your own people. Ebisike must appreciate the historic nature of his election and what it means for the people of Aba. He must remain humble and work with dedication in the interest of the people of Aba. He must learn from his forebearers at the National Assembly, especially those who have made their people proud. He must prove that indeed, the aborigines of Aba have all it takes to serve their fatherland well. He must also show that Aba is a home for all by carrying everyone along”.
Governor Ikpeazu also congratulates the leadership and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State for the great unity they displayed in this election and states that the future of the party in the State is indeed very bright. This victory confirms that indeed, PDP remains the party of choice in Abia State.
The Governor adds that the outcome of this election is a clear message that the days of unproductive family oligarchies are gone in Abia State.
Governor Ikpeazu ends by thanking the great people of Aba for showing confidence in his administration and assures them that he will remain relentless in the pursuit to turn around the infrastructural foundations of the Enyimba City.
The Chancellor of the prestigious Gregory University Uturu, Professor Gregory Ibe has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the Aba North/South federal Constituency bye-election, Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike for his resounding victory at the polls.
He also congrated the leader of PDP in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the state PDP party chairman Rt. Hon. Asiforo Okere, all PDP members and the entire constituents of Aba North/ South Federal Constituency.
Professor Ibe was speaking when he received the cheering news of the landslide victory as announced by the INEC returning officer for the election. He said he was not surprised at the huge margin of lead by the PDP candidate given the eloquent infrastructural development the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has put in place in Aba. “It is only normal that the people of Aba reciprocated such infrastructural gestures by voting the PDP” he added.
He therefore urged the Member-elect to emulate the sterling performance of the Governor, Dr. Ikpeazu and to endeavour to replicate same at the green chamber of the national assembly. He called on Abians to continue supporting the PDP as it is the only party on ground in the state which has people oriented policies.
He concluded by appreciating voters in Aba North and South Federal Constituency for conducting themselves in an orderly manner throughout the pre and election proper processes, enjoining them to continue to prayerfully support Hon Ebisike in the post election phase and reassured them that he would bring back the goods.
It will be recalled that Prof Ibe had in answer to Governor Ikpeazu’s call mobilised massive support for Hon Ebisike to ensure victory for PDP at the just concluded bye-election.
Abia State Government is aware of the presence of hoodlums brought in from outside the State and camped in a location in Aba since Monday, March 22, by an opposition party as part of their evil plans for the forthcoming March 27 Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency election.
Specifically, we are aware that about 200 armed youths have already been camped at a location and are awaiting deployment with fake military uniforms made available to them by an Abia born retired Army General who only recently joined the opposition party, with the intention of unleashing mayhem on the people of the state.
We hereby call on security agencies in the state and Abuja to ensure that those hoodlums already in the state are immediately apprehended while others on the way are prevented from entering the state.
Our intelligence confirms that the plan of the opposition party is to overheat the polity as a prelude to calling for full deployment of the military which will in turn create room for them to deploy the hoodlums with fake uniforms and the already procured arms.
We wish to make it abundantly clear to those behind the dastardly plot that their plans are fully known and will surely not only be resisted but also completely thwarted.
Aba Federal Constituency is one that no sane person should toy with and those planning to unleash mayhem on the people of the state will surely meet their waterloo.
We advise politicians to desist from acts capable of compounding the security situation in the country and distracting the federal government in its efforts at containing the trend.
We advise the police and military high command as well as office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to be wary of the antics of desperate politicians seeking for expansion of family enterprise even at the expense of precious lives of citizens rather than growth and unity of our nation.
Finally, we urge law abiding citizens to remain vigilant but not intimidated. They should go and vote as the government will do everything necessary to protect them and ensure that their votes count and are counted.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information
Ahead of the Aba North/South bye election scheduled for Saturday, 27th March, the honourable member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency has called on the good and conscious people of Aba particularly the industrious people of Arochukwu/Ohafia constituents residing in the Aba municipality to massively mobilize and vote the PDP candidate, Chimaobi Ebisike come Saturday.
The rep member urged the Aba people to reciprocate the ongoing rapacious infrastructural development by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in the commercial city of Aba and his giant strides in Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency by voting Ebisike come Saturday, while stating that a serving governor in one of the APC states publicly admitted to the failure of APC led government and wondered why anyone should support APC in any election again.
Hon member advised that APC should be saddled with finding solutions to the hardships and insecurity their administration has foisted on Nigerians if truly they realised the damage they have caused Nigerians rather than seek to expand the frontiers of their failed governance to Abia State which is already dead on arrival in view of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu sterling performance in Abia State.
Hon. Uko Nkole who met several groups for Chimaobi Ebisike and more other grassroots mobilization and engagement is ongoing to ensure victory for PDP.
All the groups, while thanking the hon member for their rare show of support were in one accord and assured the member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia federal Constituency and The Honourable member representing Isialangwa North State Assembly for seeing the election of Chimaobi Ebisike as a collective struggle, assuring that they will reciprocate the kind gesture and value shown to them, and ensure the Aba born grass root politician joins him at the green chambers.
Other notable personalities that joined Chimaobi Ebisike campaign train includes the Senate minority leader; Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, member representing Isialangwa North state assembly; Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, the DG Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike campaign; N.C. Okoli, member representing Aba North state assembly, Hon. Aaron Uzosike, Former PDP local government chairmen of Aba North/South extraction, party chieftains, and market leaders.
The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it is yet to decide on the zone to fly its flag in the 2023 presidential election.
Last week, Governor Bala Mohammed-led Peoples Democratic Party Committee on the Review of the 2019 General Elections, had recommended that the party should throw open the contest for its 2023 Presidential ticket.
The Chairman of the committee, Governor Bala Mohammed, said, “We think that every Nigerian from every part of the country should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate through a credible primary election as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country.”
In reaction, the PDP National Public Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the party has not adopted any of the recommendations issued by the Governor Bala Mohammed-led Committee.
He said, “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become imperative to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Senator Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 Elections.
“As such, it will be incongruous for anyone to assert that any decision has been taken by PDP on the zoning of the Presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“PDP leaders, members and supporters are enjoined to note that party is yet to take any decision on the proposals presented by the committee.”
The All Progressives Congress has denied speculations that it was wooing former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2023 Presidential Election on its platform.
There were media reporters last week that a group of Northern Governors were working towards making Jonatan contest the elections to serve a single term of four years after which power will return to the north.
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Interim National Chairman of the APC, denied the report in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation monitored in Kaduna on Wednesday.
He said, “Those peddling such information are afraid. But for now, there is nothing in the APC that has anything to do with the aspiration for 2023.
“Even if someone wants to base his assumption on our recent visit to him during his birthday, we were there to pay respects to him in his capacity as a former President of Nigeria.
“Again, even if there is nothing, when we are talking of peaceful coexistence, we must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace. How he accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers.”
The APC chairman said it was customary for politicians to visit one another and exchange pleasantries.
“Our visit to Jonathan was pronounced because of his status as a former president. That could be why some may think there was something beneath.
A renowned economist and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Alex Otti, has called on Abians to make use of the opportunity provided by the forthcoming membership registration exercise of the APC to get registered and become card-carrying members of the party.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, on the forthcoming registration exercise, Otti who joined the APC last year with thousands of supporters from his former party, explained that the membership registration exercise billed to commence on Monday, 25th January 2021 would provide members with the opportunity to enjoy the necessary rights and privileges accorded to members of the party, as well as the platform to make critical decisions that would assist the party achieve huge success in future elections.
According to Otti, “What our party the APC is about to do is an exercise that would ensure that the membership of the party is captured in an electronic database, and would give us the opportunity to review our membership record, get to know our numerical strength, and above all, provide willing Nigerians the opportunity to become members of the APC, and the platform to participate in critical decisions of the party geared towards the advancement of democracy and upliftment of the welfare of the people.”
The ex-bank chief made it clear that he will align with other progressives in the party to ensure that the party was rejigged and repositioned to become more formidable so as to robustly play its role as the alternative party in Abia state with the ultimate desire of ensuring that Abians reap the benefits of democracy which has been denied them by successive governments, while also leveraging the opportunity of being the ruling party at the federal level to demand for what is due to Abia from the federal government at all times.
Otti, however, called on party leaders and stakeholders at all levels, especially at the wards to ensure a hitch free process that would encourage people to troop out and register with the party.
Recall that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had announced January 25th, 2021 for the commencement of Registration and Revalidation of membership of the party.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday released the guidelines for the Anambra State governorship elections, declaring that the election will hold on November 6 this year.
The commission also released the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the governorship election.
According to a statement by the INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, the electoral body said that the guidelines and schedule of activities is in line with the virtue of Section 178(1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) & (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).
He said that by the constitutional provisions, the election into the office of a state governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.
Okoye stated that constitutionally “the tenure of the Governor of Anambra State will expire on the March 17, 2022 and the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State, shall be October 18, 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be February 15, 2022.”
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and all other powers enabling it in that regard, the commission has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.
“Consequently, the commission hereby issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” Okoye explained.
Okoye said that the commission will issue the statutory notice for election on June 9, 2021, adding that the Collection of Forms EC9 (formerly CF001) and EC9B (formerly CF002) for the election will take place on June 10, 2021 and the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place on June 10 to July 1, 2021.
“The personal particulars of the candidates will be published on July 16, 2021 and the parties will commence campaigns on August 8, 2021. The final list of nominated candidates will be published on October 7, 2021.
“The commission enjoins all the registered political parties to pay close attention to the timelines and schedule of activities outlined in the timetable and schedule of activities as they are constitutional and statutorily provisions,” Okoye stated.
INEC enjoined all political parties to conduct rancour-free primaries, guarantee level-playing field for all aspirants and conduct necessary due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the commission.
Also, he said that the commission is concerned about the spate of acrimonious primaries as well as the nomination of unqualified candidates, which results in avoidable litigations, and the nullification of elections by election petition tribunals.
“We urge all the stakeholders to support the commission’s efforts to strengthen the electoral process, including the deployment of technology to deliver free, fair and credible elections,” Okoye said.
Also, by the notice of guidelines signed by the secretary of INEC, Mrs. Rose Orioran Anthony, the notice of election would be out on June 6, while collection of forms will commence June 10.
Renowned Pharmacist, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has declared interest to run for the office of the President of Nigeria in 2023, saying that every Nigerian who wants peace and unity must support power shift to the South-East.
According to Ohuabunwa, he would ensure equity, justice and fairness in all his dealings as the president of Nigeria, which will create equal citizenship rights, where there will be “no special privileges and sacred cows”.
Ohuabunwa, who made the declaration in Enugu, promised to tackle poverty which he said would largely solve the problem of corruption, pledging also “to remove all forms of discrimination or marginalization”, insisting that under his watch “no criminal will go“ free and no innocent person will be criminalized.
”He lamented that “the country is being run in opaque manner” and needs to be redirected for the good of all.
Ohuabunwa, who is the convener of ‘The New Nigeria Group’ , observed that the Government as presently constituted “is so lopsided and Nigeria cannot work like that.
On the issue of powershift to the South-East, the presidential aspirant said: “Every Nigerian who wants unity must support power shift” pointing out that “Igbo Presidency will stop Biafra agitation; Biafrans asks for equity, fairness and freedom. Even other agitations will stop. Igbo are for justice and equity.“
“We are not coming with anger and recrimination, but with equity; we need to come out and make Nigeria work. God has put it to my heart to come and contest for the office of the president of Nigeria.
“I am making myself available; it must not be me, but an Igbo of character. Ndigbo must present their best. God has given me the motivation and what it takes to lead Nigeria to get a country that works for everybody. It is not about the South-East, it is about Nigeria”, Ohuabunwa said.