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INTERVIEW – 2023: Prepare for the election of your lifetime, upcoming political party, NCC-LIT tells Nigerians

Evang. Comrade Tony Akeni, a veteran journalist of more than 35 years standing and author of the anthology Psalms of Democracy, is the Global Coordinator of Nigeria Cannot Continue Like This (NCC-LIT, pronounced NCC-LIGHT).

NCC-LIT is a rapidly growing national and global political movement on an avowed mission, according to the group’s coordinator, to network Nigerians all over the globe to wrestle power from both the ruling APC and PDP and install a totally new leadership paradigm across the country from 2023 through a novel democracy model which the movement calls Resident Democracy.

Recently, the Global Coordinator Tony Akeni and state chapter representives of the movement traveled through the frontline South-East states of Nigeria for on-the-spot assessment and interaction with grassroots groups of the areas which had come under much carnage and violent activities between Federal Government military troops and the Eastern Security Network of IPOB.

En route to the South-West states for similar ground assessment the NCC-LIT Global Coordinator stopped by Asaba, the Delta state capital, where he had an incisive media chat with some senior reporters. The chat centred around the widely perceived uncertainty of the 2023 general elections in the light of increasing turmoils of insecurity, restructuring and self-determination agitations across Nigeria.

With what seem like firm and unshakable conviction Comrade Tony asserted that Nigerians should not be fooled by what he described as “government fostered and facilitated crises” in various parts of Nigeria and the consequent uproars of restructuring and self-determination barrages that have swelled across the country as a response to the federal government’s lack of sensitivity to Nigerians’ well-being other than the President’s ethnic group.

The political activist advised that rather than be caught napping and unprepared like 1999 when many good and overcautious Nigerians doubted that the military would actually hand over power for civil rule and left the political space to the worst of unconscionable characters, Nigerians should be diligently conscious that the APC led federal government plans to conduct sham elections across the country in 2023. The central and sacred purpose of the 2023 election blueprint, Evang Tony says, will be to install and impose on Nigerians a worse plague of loyal successors than its present crop of leaders who would be bound by oaths to cover up the APC administration’s many governance atrocities and to frustrate and abort Nigerians’ yearnings for purposeful constitutional amendments as a foundation for restructuring and true federalism. NCC-LIT says that as a result Nigerians should prepare with every ounce of vigilance and diligence to fully partake in the 2023 watershed elections with a view to shocking the status quo miasma of APC and PDP out of power from every inch of political soil across Nigeria.

Below are the movement’s perspectives and insights of the road to 2023 as expressed through its global coordinator:

You said there will be Elections in 2023. Can you please explain?

That is a fact. But first I thank you, gentlemen, for giving me the opportunity to present to Nigerians ahead of time NCC-LIT’s studied insight on national events to come which will unfold between now and 2023. The objective is to enable Nigerians understand and take an informed stand on these events as they begin to manifest.

But before I go into the kernel of this assertion let us examine together why many Nigerians think that there might not or would not be elections in 2023. The issues giving rise to that foreboding are mainly five.

i. Restructuring agitations in association with demands for annuling and replacing the 1999 constitution with a true “We the People Constitution.”

ii. Break-up agitations by self-determination groups.

iii. Nationwide insecurity crises usually forerunning failed state phenomena.

iv. Military takeover theory, and;

v. Local prophets’ and international diplomats’ disintegration utterances.

Insight ahead of national events to come

Without equivocation I wish to firmly declare that none of the above stated agitations and sources of anxiety will prevent the General Elections of 2023 from holding. Let me share with you a few of many facts of hindsight which inform NCC-LIT’s settled understanding of this position.

The infamous MKO Abiola June 12 presidential election annulment took place 24 years ago in 1993. Nigerians who were old enough and politically informed during that watershed era will recall the vortex of social-political turmoil, outrage and inter-ethnic animosities between the North and South of Nigeria, which engulfed the entire country at that time.

At the height of it MKO Abiola, the clear winner of the June 12 presidential election, was murdered in prison under Abachas’ custody. This happened only days after the august Catholic pontiff Pope John Paul II flew to Nigeria from Rome and the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the time Kofi Annan flew in from New York, among countless Western ambassadors and world dignitaries, to plead with the Abacha regime to grant Abiola bail. Each intervention, high and low, was to no avail. Shortly after, Abiola’s wife Kudirat was ruthlessly assassinated on the street of Lagos.

Rampant high profile assassinations and assassination attempts targetted pro-June 12 NADECO political opponents, mainly of Southern Nigeria origin, who formed a democratic opposition brick wall against the Abacha military dictatorship, predominantly of Northern origin like today’s Buhari Administration.

That bloody era consumed famous Southern political mogul Chief Alfred Rewani among others, sent Wole Soyinka and Chief Anthony Enahoro fleeing into self-exile and landed former President Olusegun Obasanjo in jail with a death sentence necklace on his neck for a phantom coup plot cooked up by Abacha’s spin doctors and tyranny strategists.

During that same stretch of catastrophic dictatorship which consumed some of the best, iconic and mighty gems of Southerners by the North controlled federal centre under Gen. Sani Abacha’s blood-soaked rein, internationally famous Ogoni environmental rights activist, playright and TV dramatist Ken Saro Wiwa and his eight Ogoniland compatriots, who included two state commissioners, were on November 10, 1995 hanged to death in Port Harcourt prison by Abacha, right in the heart of the South. For good measure their bodies were doused in corrosive acid for double mortality assurance. Again their trial and execution was based on trumped-up charges of murder of local community chiefs, just to get rid of the formidable but intolerable Southern Nigeria intellectuals who were in the way of SPDC Shell and Abacha’s free oil flow from the Niger Delta.

I remember an interview meeting I had as a human rights journalist sitting face to face, some years after Saro Wiwa’s hanging, with Ledum Mitee, then MOSOP president and the only man that Abacha’s kangaroo “judicial murder” panel set free from the hangman’s noose. It was across a small desk in MOSOP’s office in Port Harcourt, about the year 2008.

I remember vividly the hot tears Mitee fought to hold back as he made to me his last unforgettable and everfresh concluding statement on the Ogoni 9 saga. “Tony,” he said, “when you talk about the Nigerian state’s falsehood, travesty of justice and tragedy in light of the Ogoni saga, you are seeing before you the only surviving soul and bridge between the past and the present as the only man out of ten who came from the edge of the grave. I bear the burdens of that nightmare, custody of its darkest truths and deepest scars of an entire era’s hideous testimonies. No-one alive can tell the Ogoni story better than me.”

I also remember similar unshed tears in the falsely smiling face of the lead actor of Ken Saro Wiwa’s TV play series, “Mr. Bassey” of Bassey & Company. I ran into the young delightful actor in the reception of The Guardian newspaper in Rutham House, Isolo Express, Lagos, when I went visiting the newspaper house to file a freelance report. It is the same unmistakable farcade of unshed tears of agony which most knowledgeable Southern Nigerians wear across the country in their daily lives at the receiving end of the Apartheid APC administration.

With a seemingly inexhaustible syllabus of social-economic atrocities and human capital decimation against Southern Nigeria from 1983 when the Muhammadu Buhari junta overthrew the Shagari administration to 1998 when death relieved Nigeria of the Musolonic scourge of Abacha, virtually every inch of Southern Nigeria soil boiled over with incendiary hate, irreconcilable animus and venom against the Hausa-Fulani North.

Climaxing with the hell-size depravity of the June 12 annulment and political injustices of that era, Nigeria appeared headed, between 1993 and 1995, for a shattering, cataclysmal breakup. On hindsight you will find striking similarities between that epoch and the outrage which prevails in Nigeria today from the pandemic atrocities and notoriety of Islamic terrorists, killer Fulani herdsmen, rape and ransom bandits and the scourge of IDP refugee camps flowing from these felonies of anti-state brigandage.

Yet I can tell you from the prism of the same hindsight that nothing in today’s Boko Haram terrorism, herdsmen sacrilege and bandits scourge committed on the soil of our country can be said to match or come near the nation disintegrating lacerations and perils of Abiola’s June 12 crises. In an interview years after he left office as Nigeria’s Head of State and central entrepreneur of the June 12 crises, Ibrahim Babaginda confessed that even as a military Head of State with unlimited powers, he had never been so frightened in his entire life as the day he saw the sight of long lines of trucks massively evacuating Ibos and sundry Southerners from different parts of the North, heading home to the South because of the fear that another civil war was about to break out in Nigeria.

The Director of Defence Information of Babangida’s regime also expressed identical foreboding in another interview years later. For those who were not born then or old enough to appreciate the size of the June 12 cauldron, this should give you an idea of the knife-edge annihilation spectacle Nigeria was tested on.

What is the essence of this background relative to the uncertainties associated with the 2023 elections?

Yes, the point in all of this is that nothing is happening in today’s more democratically mature Nigeria that did not happen in worse dimensions in Nigeria’s past less democratically mature dispensations. Abiola’s June 12 election injustice writ-large, numerous incendiary massacres of religious riots of the 1980s and ’90s in the North which consumed many innocent souls, and Nigeria’s three years of bloody civil war are landmark proofs. None of those Rubicon or red line catastrophes disintegrated Nigeria. If they didn’t, nothing else will in the remaining 700 days before the swearing in of the next Administration in 2023.

The politicians who benefit from sharing and feeding fat on the corpse of Nigeria, and they are from all sections of the country including the 17 states of Southern Nigeria; they are united wolves with united appetites and strategies for ensuring that no matter the hell they make the ordinary people of Nigeria pass through, Nigeria’s corpse is always preserved “alive” to another election in other to make way for the turn of the next wolves and vampires to “chop.” It is that strategy I passionately wish to draw Nigerians’ attention and actions to.

Nigerians must not allow themselves to be deceived, swayed and lullabied to sleep or comatose state of unpreparedness by APC’s and PDP’s diversionary governance calamities. Nigerians should not allow themselves to be stampeded and disoriented into ultimately believing that there will be no elections in 2023 and therefore become lax and laid-back. Nigerians should not allow a repeat of the 1999 scenario when most good citizens thought that the military regime of General Abubakar Abdusalami would not relinquish power to civilians and in their lukewarmess allowed wolves of like-minds to hyjack the political space to the protracted doom of Nigerians and selfish boom of bad politicians since then to the present.

There will certainly be elections in 2023. In furtherance of this fact, NCC-LIT wishes to encourage Nigerians of goodwill and progress in all parts of our country – North, East, West and South – to come together urgently, be focused and hyper-prepared for full participation and close-marking polls accountability in 2023. This is the kernel of the NCC-LIT clarion for the imminent struggle of our lifetime; the struggle to truly and finally set Nigeria free through the 2023 polls.

You allege of APC’s sneak election strategy for 2023. Expatiate.

The APC led Federal Government, her sly closet schemers and frontline contenders are acutely aware that their party has a very bleak future going into 2023. Sincere party stalwarts like APC Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Kano state former Commissioner for Works the exceptionally brilliant Engr. Muazu Magaji and former Spokesman to Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, both sacked by the irrascible Kano state Governor in 2020 and 2021 respectively for daring to bare and blare this truth against Buhari’s higgledy-piggledy administration, have been courageous to say this in very loud public platforms.

With this fact in plain view, APC will use five sneak strategies in collaboration with INEC to approach the 2023 General Elections in attempts to have its way at the polls. I ask Nigerians to follow me. These strategies are as follow:

i. Like a boat that has lost its engines the APC Administration will continue to let the country drift casually towards 2023, with little motions of governance and guidance as we are seeing. At first they will continue to ignore most of the republic’s disintegration agitations by the South-West and South-East. Like the driver of a jalopy ignores the jeers and boos of the passengers of his broken-down bus. Then in sleep-walking fashion the government will make a few motions to pacify the tensions in the country.

Among these will be to pretend to call and rein in Miyetti Allah and through them establish a truce with their forest legions to reduce the kidnappings, violations and condemnations in the North, South-West, herdsmen and bandits onslaughts in different parts of the country. Of course this will be at a high cost of quietly disbursed “palliatives” to the bandits and herdsmen under undisclosed subheads of national security expenditures.

ii. To further buy time, at a time President Buhari’s APC government, steered by it’s behind-the-curtain minders, will pretend to listen to the people and set up a seemingly serious but actually perfunctory national restructuring conference. This will throw especially the southern geopolitical zones of Nigeria into ecstatic excitement and false hope.

iii. The restructuring conference, which will automatically take away most of the agitating tensions in the South-West and South-East zones will be given unnecessarily long time-table with ambiguous terms of reference. It will be encouraged to waste time in the name of carrying everyone along by “consulting all the component ethnic groups and stakeholders.” It will raise recommendations which would be frozen in the Presidency’s file cabinets. Its recommendations will be attended to with piecemeal, immaterial outcomes while time passed and 2023 General Elections rapidly approach.

iv. While 200million Nigerians would be embroiled in the din and debates of false restructuring with paid apostles of the Administration nobly talking the public into peace and patience with the Administration, the APC government would unzip exciting credibility factors into the 2023 general elections time-table foisted on Nigerians. This might include symbolic but light-weight amendments to the Electoral Act, promising to finish the restructuring process they started after the 2023 General Elections.

The Buhari-APC social-political palliatives to the electorates of the country will also likely include the creation of an equalizing 6th State in the South-East to especially to pacify, divide and rule this geopolitical zone against its more radical revolutionary frontiers like IPOB.

iv. During the same period the Buhari Administration will buy extra time and goodwill with fancy psychological projects which will serve it like masses tranquilizers. These will include devolving oil blocs ownership to the South’s oil producing communities, revisiting the Ogoni Clean-up project with dizzying billions of naira committed to contractors mostly in newspapers and on NTA network news. Emphasis will be made about completing the railway lines that run through Southern Nigeria, which will naturally excite the South.

v. Of all above strategies, this fifth one is their natural, constitutional *masterstroke*! The 17 Governors of the South-West, South-East and South-South, all serving National Assembly members who are of course each murderously determined to return to the Abuja Federal Honeycomb as senators and reps, the Governors’ 17 State Houses of Assembly members, their governor installed local government chairmen and councillors will go to work in the usual scramble and frenzy to return their Abuja principals, second-term governors’ anointed successors and their State Houses of Assembly principals to office, all of them complemented by the federal Ministers from the 17 states and their networks of political aides.

Evangelist Tony Akeni

Old marriages will be renewed and new ones forged with the reigning ballot snatching warlords of their various states and geopolitical zones. Sacks of gold will replace philosophy of good. Good governance principles which were preached during the last four years of the electorates’ scourge by their Egyptian slavemasters from Abuja and their various state capitals will fly through the window. As much as possible, so-called good governance civil society organizations, labour and trade unions and their leaders will be compromised along.

The MC Oluomos and perhaps by then politically baptized and converted Sunday Igbohos of the South-West, Tompolos and Atake Toms of the South-South, the Mbas and Ezikes of the South-East will be brought by politicians hauling sacks of money into romantic lockdowns of Covid-2023 electoral cash virus. There will be mass weddings of promises by the politicians to the regions’ ballot snatching warlords. The mantra will be to give the locust politicians of their states and regions one more time to “repent and this time really improve on governance for their people.” Each side would know from the first breath that these are promises not meant to be kept. But it would not matter after politicians and ballot thugs exchange bags of gold and guns for another four years of cold and burns to the electorate.

In all of these what will be NCC-LIT’s banner word for Nigerians on the road to 2023?

Our top word to Nigerians is that there will be elections in 2023. Seal that and take it to the bank. Knowing this and APC’s sly strategies to burgle the 2023 polls victory and reimpose its hell of misrule on Nigerians, what should the long suffering people of Nigeria do? This question is for both the masses and the suffering middle class comprising over 199m citizens who have not been part of the APC and PDP nation ruining misrule. That is the urgent question for all citizens who do not wish Nigeria to continue in her leadership disaster mode of many decades.

If we Nigerians truly desire transcendental trans-generational transformation of our country, if we have agonized and lamented bad leadership for so long, 2023 is our chance to translate wishes to action and realization of our strongest values.

Together let us build this 300million capacity NCC-LIT alternative political ship to APC and PDP. Always bearing in mind that the APC-PDP boat takes too few, that is, the politician, his wife, children, one or two concubines and their security dogs.

Together let us storm the country with NCC-LIT’s brand new, novel political ideology called Resident Democracy, a unique democracy model which no political party in entire Africa and the world, past or present, had ever conceived.

Together let us stun Nigeria and entire Africa with sweeping victory in 2023. Together let us have the world in standing ovation for Nigeria’s incredible gigantic development leaps and superlative clean-up of our country shortly after victory in 2023.

At the NCC-LIT frontlines we are determined to sacrifice all, lead from the front and lead by the most transparent open governance public expenditure model in the world.

Step up your game by stepping into the march for the freedom frontlines. Together, in the end we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves of victory, glory and honour to God Almighty in a country where the boundaries of religion, tribe, ethnicity, gender, social chauvinism and political narcism shall vanish terminally for a new epoch of economic buoyance and prosperity derived not from nepotism, cronyism and corruption but industry, commerce and creative African silicone economy.

Finally, I urge Nigerians to pray assiduously for our country’s future and the blessing of modern God-fearing leadership. To remember the words of Patrick Henry that “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” And that never again shall Nigerians be chained and forced through the valley of leadership catastrophe, failure, misery and agony that APC and PDP, actually one and the same legion of darkness, have forced our citizens through in the last 21 years. One therefore cannot over-emphasize the need for all Nigerians of goodwill, irrespective of religion and tribe, to pray earnestly for our country and the new pan-Nigeria liberation struggle whose climax shall culminate in the people’s sweeping victory in 2023.

I urge every well-meaning Nigerian to consider this a sacred and urgent duty especially now you know that there shall be elections in 2023.

May the chains tyrants of our land in various station’s of life have forged over the years and the new ones they are forging for 2023 to keep Nigerians, our children and their posterity in the dungeons of perpetual poverty, ignorance, bloid-shedding savagery, stagnation and beggarly unwanted third-class citizens in cold, hostile and friendless foreign lands be broken through your resolve, sacrifices, prayers, freedom march and matching actions hereafter.

Finally, what is NCC-LIT’s position on Restructuring and Self-determination both of which agitations are increasing furiously across Nigeria?

Both agitations are arising from outrage against gross governance misrule and its concomitant calamities. Unfortunately, whatever measure of misrule and misery we are witnessing today under the present leadership at federal and state levels, the worst is yet to come in our country politically, economically, socially, and in terms of inter-ethnic hate baths, bloodbaths and dire general insecurity. Against our wish, this is an iron-cast and irreducible fact, unless there is a radical change of attitudes and governance dynamics especially in the nation’s Presidency and the Governors of the Northern states.

As NCC-LIT our position since 2018 is clear, concise and consistent. With the Buhari-APC junta and its kill and conquer mentality, Nigeria has come to the highest summit ever of bad governance and a horrible crossroad of history. From here, there are only two roads, unfortunately without the benefit of a third.

First is the present option of uncoordinated, non-consensus restructuring and self-determination agitations. With the Buhari type of stone-deaf pilots and closet vampires, this is like beggars wishing for royal horses to drop from the sky at their feet. There will be only one consequence, which is what we are seeing now: endless bloodshed from selective ethnic decimations and reprisal backlashes from ethnic victims.

So, we can continue to engage in this option and have a blood-spattered road to 2023, the Rwanda path of pathological bloodshed and collateral massacres of countless innocent Nigerians in different parts of our country.

The second option is the bloodless or least blood-stained road to 2023 and Nigeria’s Total freedom. This is to bring and unify the good citizens in every part of this country together to erase APC and PDP, the co-authors of the monstrous state Nigeria is in today, completely from every governance office throughout Nigeria, save their outstanding exceptions from state to state. This can and will happen through a massive, decisive Electoral Revolution and Victory in 2023 under the banner of Resident Democracy, an epic brand new political ideology with inviolate service compact with the people. Then immediately after victory in 2023 put a listening, reason-seasoned and devil-fearless Government in place which will comprehensively, without regards to tribe or religion, root out within 12 months every menace of insecurity from every inch of Nigeria’s soil and roll out within 24months a decisive, transparent and practical Restructuring Action, not Plan.

Finally, it has to be a Government determined to execute a Restructuring Model that will not, out of prejudice or malice, put any section of Nigeria at a disadvantage side by side others.

Like I said earlier, we don’t have the benefit of a third option.

JUST IN: INEC Releases Date For 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday announced that the 2023 general elections in the country will hold February 18, 2023.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021.

The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Yakubu stated, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today.

“We hope to release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021.

“In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the election. We are confident that the National Assembly will do the needful in earnest.”

Details later…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ANAMBRA GOVERNORSHIP-Why I am the best man for the job-Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo

Yesterday, April 27, media professionals and journalists paid a courtesy visit to the APGA Leading Governorship Aspirant in the upcoming Anambra Governorship Elections, Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo.

In this Media Interactive Session held at his country home in Okija, Anambra State, Nwankpo responds to questions, explaining why he is the best man for the job. Jungle Journalist Media Ltd was there.

Excerpts:

What do you think gives you an edge over other APGA gubernatorial candidates?

I feel like I’m favoured. Beyond God’s favour is the experience. Right training was instrumental for the experience. Of all the aspirants in APGA, I’m a village guy who grew up in the village, mixing with the people for the past 3-4 years. Having mixed with the people, I have knowledge of real issues and on things bordering the people. I understand Anambra state, I understand the people and their needs. I understand the potential of Anambra state and also the works done by the governor and the party he represents. I have gained experience that came from working for various governments both at state and federal levels. I have gained the trainings at public sector and when you combine it with my 15 years experience at the private sector, you will see that I’m better placed than other aspirants. I have a sense of the people. We should understand that power is ephemeral and should be handled with humility. So, it is what we do that matters and not the excitement we get when we get there.

APGA primaries have been slated to hold on 23rd June, what is your reaction on the expression of interest and nomination form fee. Is it not expensive?

Well. It is within the culture of the party. APGA is a national party. It is not a party that is by the wayside. APGA is the only party that has national owned headquarter. So, If you look at other parties and what they have done, you will see that APGA is the best and it encourages you especially when you have something good you have to offer. Anambra is a very rich state with so many billionaires all over the place. Though this is not a state we came to buy, because it is a billionaire state, we should be able to come to the table with others.

As APGA faithful, what contribution have you made towards the growth of APGA?

Well, I have a solid relationship with APGA as a party. When I was the SSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan, I made solid relationship between my home state and the federation and that reflected in the relationship between the presidency and the APGA government in the state. I want to transfer the affectionate relationship I had with the federal government to my state. So, my greatest contribution to APGA was helping the party in their area of need. I helped APGA to be stable as a party because the federal government was not overrunning it.

Also, what I have done is to connect myself back to that level and create fertile relationship with party faithfuls at the grassroot. I believe that I brought confidence to the party, the party faithfuls and increased their hope that when they elect a government, such government should be able to touch lives irrespective of location. The greatest thing I bring to APGA is a confidence in the party, a confidence in the grassroots and the belief that party is supreme. There are lots of people who come into this party and think that their brand is better and paste their names all over the place.

Your campaign slogan is “Anambra Families First”. What message are you trying to convey through that?

“Anambra Families First” is based on the principle that if you want to develop anybody, you develop the family because a transformed family creates a transformed neighborhood.

Transformed neighbourhoods create transformed cities. When you have transformed cities, neighborhood and family, you will have a transformed society. In our concept of ” Anambra Families first” we put family at the center of everything that the government is doing.
You ask yourself, this thing that I’m about to do, does it affect the family because it is on the family that is the most important and discreet unit of the society. If that adminstrative society dies, everything dies. In our concept, we are going to address four fundamental pillars.
The first area is the ability of the family to care for itself, second area is the ability of the family to produce or provide either goods and services. If you look across the world, all the businesses that have done well across the world are family businesses. Businesses that start with family, grow with family culture and stand to become a global brand or strength. It is very important for us to grow our families into specialities, into the things that they know how to run. So that families come with a product or service. Now, and when that happens, you will see that family tradition goes behind the brand and from generation to generation, they can grow. For me, we need to go back to promote family competency, family busineses, services and things that are branded round the family, then promote them to growth.

The next thing is peace, security, and organised living in any society comes from the family.
If a child is going to turn into drug addict or anything, it is when the family do not look at the child as he or she is evolving. So we need to help families to manage their children so that at any stage they can dictate to the society what problem that they are having with the child and can manage it within the framework of rule of law before it breaks down to a total out law in the system.

The last thing is partner for value drive in the society. A society is driven by certain structure of things. Those things are what we teach in education. Those values must be internalised in the family and then the family can then expand it as people grow into educational process that can achieve these structure of people. You now have people to go through six levels of interventions. The first one is education, health, enterprise promotion and there are so many things that come in to help the family to move forward.

What are your major highpoints that we are to expect if elected as the next Governor of the state?

The most important thing that I will bring to ndi Anambra is people. Four things we would see are people, infrastructures and public utilities, administration and money. These are the four pillars that you will see. Under people, I will focus on improving people, health, welfare, education, security, anything that keeps the body and soul together. The government will pay specific and organised attention to it.
When you go to infrastructures, we have roads, water, bridges, drainages among others. All these organise to make the city functional, so that the state is liveable. You see that there are standard, regulated processes of delivering them.

Among the care for people, will be the most important thing. That is keeping people alive with two things, that is their health and then their security. When you come to deal with that especially security, there are three things that are important. The first one is armed criminals, unarmed criminals and then the corrupt.

These three dynamics are the things that affects security.
The armed criminal is the most dangerous and it is the one that is difficult for individuals to deal with. The state has to deal with the armed criminals. So that one we are specific and direct, we will deal with it in exact times. The armed criminal and the corrupt are hanging between the framework of rule of law.

Then you go to road infrastructures and public utilities, you cannot run public utility without people understanding how to manage and maintain what have been built. We are going to standardise the management of public utilities, we are going to bring in regulations, standards, maintain protocols, how to maintain what have been built so that it can be used efficiently. Then we build new things that are required, roads, open water bodies access.

We have water bodies that are not used, so we need to deal with that.
Then you go to adminstration, administration is for the modernised. When you have persons interfering with protocol, it is what brings collapse. So the more you remove people from interfering with regulations and processes, the more efficient it becomes. So we will modernise and reduce people from interfering in government.
Then you train people to run democracy once they are able to run democracy it becomes efficient.

The last part is money, how to get money into the system. Globally, domestic capital is the foundation of financing in any economy. Domestic capital involve savings, that is people’s savings and plugging those savings into the system in such a way that you can handle it within simple single digit protocol. So, I’m going to create a saving slum in Anambra state, that will contain every ndi Anambra from ages of 10 to save a minimum of #500 a month.

What is your message to Ndi Anambra?

Well, be bold. Ndi Anambra, we have a great state, be hopeful. God is on the throne. Keep praying and remember that when election comes, stop asking silly questions like “does he have money?”

It is a silly question because we are rich people and state. We have money, why do we ask for what we have. Let us ask for “if the person is able to do the job?, does he know what should be done and conversant with what is happening? Does the person know the state well enough and we’ll trained? Does the person understand the need of ndi Anambra. Does the person know the challenges that people are facing?” , those are the most important questions that we have to ask.

Where do you see Anambra state in the next four years?

A recreated State having a functional road network involving four-dual carriage ways cutting across the three federal corridors Enugu to Onitsha then to Owerri then to Port Harcourt.

Anambra as a commercial center having Sustainable Power and a business friendly environment creating vast business opportunities and innovations meeting the demands of not only Africa but the world at large.

A state with a working value system traceable to the family which is an integral part of the society.

A society where parents are at the fore front in peace and conflict resolutions knowing that miscreants are also family members.

Also having parents which can comfortably meet the needs of the family without being dependent on other families.

APGA releases timetable for Anambra Governorship Election 2021

The leadership of Edozie Njoku-led All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has released the party’s provisional timetable for the coming governorship elections in Anambra State.

In a statement signed by Chief Edozie Njoku, the party revealed that the cost of forms for the 2021 governorship elections will be N12 million, and sale began on March 22, 2021.

It also revealed that deadline for its submission is May 3.

The Press Release is hereby reproduced by Jungle Journalist Media Ltd:

Being Text of an address by Chief Edozie Njoku, National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on the State of the Party and Release of APGA Provisional Electoral Timetable of Activities for Anambra Governorship Election 2021 on April 24, 2021.

PROTOCOLS

It is with mixed feelings that I have convened this meeting during this auspicious moment of Easter celebration by Christians. For those who may not know, part of the journey to the founding of our great party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was cemented around the Easter period, concisely after the Good Friday Conclave by prominent Igbo citizens in business, academia, industry, religion and politics.

I am therefore elated that the journey to the rebirth of the emergent APGA is also taking root at this holy period. The historical background of APGA should challenge us to be alert and remain steadfast in pursuing our liberation ideology. APGA must at all times be in the forefront of every move towards inclusive democracy and rights of the vulnerable, oppressed or marginalized.

My esteemed Party men and women, you will agree with me that in the past two years, our great Party, APGA, have been enmeshed in a morass of intractable legal battles over who occupies the office as the authentic National Chairman.

We have taken time to chronicle the entire gamut of legal fireworks and court judgments in a pamphlet, which would be made public after this address. This is in line with my belief that the people deserve not only to know, but be fully informed about developments in their Party. That is also the kernel of representative democracy.

In line with this, we wish to make public APGA’s Electoral Timetable for Anambra 2021. To restore sanity and the dignity of our people, we have pegged sale of party forms at Twelve Million Naira Only (12 Million) – Expression of Interest – 2 Million (Two Million Naira) only and Governorship Nomination form – 10 Million (Ten Million Naira) only.

WAY FORWARD
Sequel to the constitutional powers vested on the National Working Committee (NWC), under the leadership of our National Chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, in knowledge of the court case to be concluded before the Governorship Party Primary; in compliance with INEC electoral timetable/guideline of activities for Anambra State 2021 Governorship election, the NWC hereby present a breakdown of electoral activities as follows;

March 22, 2021 – Sale of Governorship Nomination and Expression of Interest (EOI) forms.

April 26, 2021 – Deadline for the sale of Expression of Interest (EOI) and Nomination Forms.

May 3, 2021 – Deadline for the submission of completed forms.

May 11, 2021 – Screening of Aspirants.

May 18, 2021 – Sitting of Appeal Committee to resolve issues arising from screening exercise.

May 19 & May 20, 2021 – Meeting of National Working Committee (NWC).

May 27 & May 28, 2021 – Sale of delegates form APGA Secretariat Awka, Anambra State.

May 31, 2021 – Last day for sale of delegates form.

June 3, 2021 Last day for submission of delegates form.

June 8 & June 9, 2021 – Congresses at the Ward and Local government Areas to choose delegates for the Primaries.

June 11, 2021 – Meeting of NWC to receive the results of the Delegate Elections.

June 12, 2021 – Publication of elected delegates.

June 14, 2021 – Sitting of Appeal Panel to resolve issues arising from delegates list.

June 17, 2021 – NWC meeting to receive and review reports from the Appeal Panel.

June 25, 2021 – Party Primaries.

July 9, 2021 – Submission of the name of our candidate to INEC.

July 17, 2021 – Last date for submission of party agents.

November 6, 2021 – Governorship elections

Please kindly note:
a. Female aspirants and aspirants with special needs shall pay only 50% of the amount stated in the expression of interest and nomination forms.
b. Both forms can only be obtained with certified Bank Drafts made payable to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). All payments made are Non Refundable.

DEPARTURE FROM THE OLD ORDER
You are not unaware that what is in contention in APGA is the desperate attempt by those who do not want the progress and growth of the party beyond serving as platform for their personal aggrandizement. In this raging legal battle, we have made a robust statement to counter the false narrative that politics equates public service with craving for selfish profit and private advantage.

As loyal and committed APGA party men and women, it is our duty to educate people like others that APGA is a sacred platform for popular participation and grooming of future leaders, instead of sit tight potentates. The bond that binds APGA members is the stance against all forms of oppression as exemplified by our revered late leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

On this note, I am impelled to caution all those aspiring to contest the Anambra State governorship election on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to follow the official path. All forms bought outside the supervision of the AUTHENTIC leadership of APGA is at buyers’ risk.

On a final note, let me humbly plead with all aggrieved members of our great Party and the general public to give us time to resolve all their complaints.

We shall give Ndi Anambra a Governorship primary that is not only transparent, credible, free and fair, but above all, that is in line with the principles of the Founding Fathers of APGA. Thanking everyone for inputs made towards peace and progress of our great party.

Chief Edozie Njoku
Onwa Ibeku,
National Chairman
APGA

JUST IN: Nze Nwankpo Presents 30 Toyota Sienna Cars To Aides, Others To Boost Guber Campaign

APGA gubernatorial hopeful in Anambra State, Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo, on Wednesday April 21 presented 30 Toyota Sienna Cars to his guber campaign team. The presentation ceremony took place at his country home in Okija, Ihiala LGA, Anambra State.

The Director of Media/Publicity & Strategy of Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili recieved keys of the brand new Toyota Sienna Car from the frontline governorship aspirant, while the rest of the cars will be distributed evenly to APGA leadership cadres across the state in the coming days.

Nze Nwankpo, noted that the gesture was part of his broad – based plan to reward them for the immense support he has enjoyed working with them.

While fielding questions from newsmen in Okija, shortly after the presentation of the cars, Nwankpo said the donation of the cars was triggered by his vow to ensure that APGA wins the 2021 governorship election.

He stated that efforts would be doubled to improve the welfare needs of his campaign team, and APGA faithfuls in the State, LGA, Wards, especially those that have be working assiduously to see that he emerges as the party flag bearer in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state slated to take place on November 6, 2021.

Responding on whether he is doing the gesture because he was sure of flying the APGA flag at the forthcoming guber polls, Nwankpo said: “Timing is key in politics and the time at hand is to work for APGA’s victory. I am very much focused on that for now. Like we do say in politics, when the time comes for that, we will cross the bridge but for now campaigning for APGA victory at all levels is my agenda.”

“APGA is our party and victory must be collectively sought. I am only contributing my quota for a cause I strongly believe is for the interest of Ndi Anambra.” He added.

Nwankpo only recently launched an empowerment programme, that would see him spending a total of 40 million naira for 800 women in his Ihiala LGA, with a view to promoting micro investments.

Dr. Chuma thanked Nwankpo for the gesture, promising not to relent in the ongoing media campaign and mobilization exercise towards ensuring his landslide victory at the impending APGA primary election.

APGA Guber Primary Election: Akachukwu Nwankpo Set For June 23, Date Of Primary Election

The APGA leading governorship aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra has hailed the APGA party leadership on the release of dates and lists of activities leading to the party primary election.

According to the press release made available and circulated in the media by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) the date for the party’s governorship primaries in Anambra State has been fixed for June 23, ahead of the governorship election holding later in the year.

In the guideline released by the party, it said Expression of Interest forms will cost N2 million, with Nomination forms priced at N20 million.

However, female aspirants and aspirants living with disabilities will be granted 50% discount of the amount.

The tentative timetable of activities for the November 6 governorship poll signed by APGA’s National Organising Secretary, Mr Ifeanyi Mbaeri, said the National Working Committee (NWC) will meet on June 27 to ratify the party’s governorship candidate for the Anambra governorship election.

According to the guideline obtained by newsmen, the APGA said sale and return of nomination forms will be done from May 25 to June 8.

It said that screening of prospective governorship aspirants will be conducted at APGA National Secretariat Abuja on June 10, while resolution of appeals arising from the screening is to be held at the APGA National Secretariat Abuja on June 12.

In addition, the party said that a special ward congresses for election of ad hoc delegates
in the 326 wards in Anambra State on June 15, while special state congress/primary election in Awka, Anambra state on June 23.

The guideline said that resolution of appeals/disputes arising from the Primary Election will be held at APGA National Secretariat Abuja on June 25.

Female Aspirants and Aspirants living with Disability shall pay only 50% of the amounts stipulated above for both the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.

The guidelines said:

‘Pursuant to its powers under Articles 12 (3) and 24 of the APGA constitution 2019, and in strict compliance with INEC timetable and schedule of activities for Anambra state governorship Election 2021, the National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has approved the following provisional timetable/schedule of activities for the nomination of the governorship candidate of the party in the Anambra State governorship election 2021.’

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization has been worked round the clock to ensure a successful outing at the forthcoming governorship primary election.

PHOTOS: Fanfare as APGA Ihiala LGA Meet Nwankpo, Declares Total Support, Says ‘No Going Back’

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:

Aba Bye-Election: How PDP Defeated Uzor Kalu, APC by Landslide

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.

BREAKING: PROF GREGORY IBE CONGRATULATES MEMBER-ELECT CHIMAOBI EBISIKE

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.

Opposition has camped hoodlums in Abia over March 27 bye elections, Abia Govt raises alarm

PRESS STATEMENT

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.

Thank you.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information
24/03/2021