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Anambra APGA Guber Ticket: Nze Nwankpo Will Win Primary Election, Case Closed

By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

It is obvious that any credible party who presents Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo as its flag bearer in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election 2021 will have it smooth. Oputa Ifeadi as he is popularly known is a good product, going by his antecedents. He has all it takes to become a winner.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization is running a peaceful and issue-based campaign ahead of the APGA primary election. At a point, our campaign train met with that of one of the APGA guber ticket contenders known as “Mr. Option A4”. The Philosopher cum politician merely stopped his team to demonstrate his political maturity. In fact, he told the world that “Consensus Strategy” and or “imposition tactics” of his opponent would be settled based on the party’s constitutional provisions. In fact, he cautioned the political disciples and supporters of Mr. Option A4, advising them not to play God, insisting that “Madu aburo chukwu” God is not man. Nwankpo’s position on the raving issues of “annointed candidate” and or “body language”, earned him profound respect amongst APGA party faithfuls. It attracted accolades from far and wide describing him as a man of honour, and winning more supports.

The APGA guber ticket will be won because, Nwankpo has no political baggage in Anambra politics. He is loved by both the young and the old, for his generosity and his political diplomacy.
During the campaigns for power to go Southern Anambra, Nwankpo worked assiduously to ensure power is ceded to the South. He galvanised all the traditional, and religious institutions, political leaders of thoughts, elderstatemen, professional bodies and stakeholders. He ensured debates on power rotation favoured Anambra South geopolitical zone.

In all his mobilization, deep consultations exercises, and campaign speeches at different occasions and events, Nwankpo does not engage in mudslinging; he talks about what he has going for him and what he intends to do for the people. At one of such events held at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, he said: “ I love APGA, I’m investing in the party because I don’t want the party to die. I believe that party is supreme. I’m going into this primary election with one thing in mind. If the party decides that I am not good enough to be the flag bearer and give to another person, and the process leading to the action is adjudged transparent and credible, I will congratulate the winner, and work with the party to win the main election. I have empowered many people in my own capacity as individual and I think I can do more if they allow me.”

Observers say he is a successful businessman and a public-spirited individual. Nwankpo has this to say about his involvement in politics: “I’m looking for a new and challenging call to publicly serve and give back to the society that shaped me; one that will allow me to make the best use of my existing skills and wealth of experience in managing people and executing projects that would be to the best of the people”.

Nze Nwankpo had held political offices as Special Adviser to late President Umaru Yaradua, and Senior Special Assistant to former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He has proved that he has the capacity to show concern about the less privileged. He has touched the lives of people in diverse ways. His scholarship scheme is bold, as over a thousand students are beneficiaries. Nwankpo also doled out scholarships to outstanding students from high schools in Anambra state, and committed a lot of money to the empowerment of less privileged youths and elderly people in the society. He sank boreholes at various communities in Anambra State. He procured medical equipment and dispensing of medication to the aged. He sponsored a medical team from the United States of America to help the people overcome their health challenges.

Belonging to a credible political platform is very important for any ambitious politician. Nwankpo is in a credible party; he is a future governor. He has the potentials of winning.


A Salute to Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo at 59

…celebrating Oputa Ifeadi on his birthday

Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo, by the special grace of God, the incoming governor of Anambra State, is a great man, a leader, a mentor and a great blessing to many, including myself.

His philanthropic gestures, and lifetime achievements have set a benchmark for others to follow.

Sir, as you turn and celebrate 59, we remain dedicated to the cause, and the state, in the light of your words: “it’s Anambra Families First”. The positive crew of Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Governorship Campaign Organization are not ready to quit. So, we will continue to honour you as a Nigerian patriot; a true Anambra State political legend; and one who has demonstrated extraordinary service to our nation and our dear State.
You have, time and time again, demonstrated bravery, dedication, extremely capable and selfless service.

As a Presidential Aide to Ex President Goodluck Jonathan, you served meritoriously that the most loved Nigeria ex President appointed you his personal envoy.

You risked both your life and your political standing, but never have you risked your honour and that is the stuff of which revolutionaries are made.

Sir, with your incredibly sharp, vigorous and rigorous mind, we are optimistic that when you become the governor of Anambra state, you will not remain passive in the face of the challenges facing ndi Anambra. You will offer your intelligence, energy and devotion to duty into nursing the state to greater heights.

Oputa Ifeadi, we owe you a debt of gratitude for the love and care you have continued to shower on the staff and management of your campaign organization. You have been more fun and more functions because you treasure happiness; a fate that comes to virtually all genuine political leaders. You have made us dream of Anambra State’s future glory and ultimately, has become the professional politician that started the process of making the dream a reality.

By the special grace of God, your 60th birthday will be celebrated by the good people of Anambra as their “brand new” Governor. Remain steadfast for it is possible. Ndi Anambra are praying, the church is praying, everyone is praying.

Happy birthday Oputa Ifeadi!

Dr Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp (Ogene Igbo)
DG Media/Publicity & Strategy
Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization

Anambra 2021: Nwankpo Hails Soludo’s Consensus Strategy, Insist On Fair APGA Primary Election

Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

The media meet on Thursday involving the governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo and Journalists in his Awka Campaign Office has been sparking further controversies.

While a session of the media holds that the APGA leading governorship aspirant Nwankpo had accepted the purported consensus arrangements designed to favor Prof Chukwuma Soludo, here is our stand point at Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo campaign Organization.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo said he was fully aware of the speculations, but said he was convinced that the governor he knew would not dare to play God with who would succeed him.

Addressing newsmen in his office in Awka, Nwankpo, a personal envoy to former President Goodluck Jonathan said both the name the mother gave him at birth, Maduaburochukwu (man is not God) and the party’s constitution would not allow the governor to impose a sole candidate on the party.

He said, “The governor has the right to promote a successor. If you make me a governor today, I’ll take interest in promoting a successor of my liking. So there’s nothing absolutely wrong in what our governor is doing. Every governor does that.

“In the case of Soludo, I don’t know how true is it, but there’s a general impression that there was even a commitment before now made by the governor to Soludo. For me, I have no controversies around the matter. If they had a deal, Soludo had the right to demand for it, and Obiano should keep his own part to retain his honor.

“The governor as a public officer, one with good disposition and a person of character, if he made a promise to Soludo, he’ll make effort to keep it. If I’m in Soludo’s shoes, I’ll demand that he keeps it. Same with Obiano.

“So why am I in the race after all? I’m here because what the governor is trying to do for Soludo is something that is not totally in his control. It’s a matter you can’t handle privately.
“One beautiful thing about our governor is that he has a unique name, which people forget. Any anytime I think about it and this issue, I look at that name, it’s Maduaburochukwu, given to him the day the mother gave birth to him. We have to go back to the governor’s history to find out why the parents gave him the name.

“This man you see today that’s called Akpukuedike with all his energy, was a weak person when he was born, in a circumstance that required that the mother would take unique steps to protect him. And it’s God that sustained him and brought him to the greatness he is which is symbolised in his name.

“So I’m sure there’s no time in the history of this state that the governor confuses himself with governor and God. Besides, the bible is clear. We’re a Christian state, the message is clear. They tell us everyday in church which the governor also listens to that it’s God that bestows kings.

“For me, that’s the first principle. I know that the governor is not playing God and people shouldn’t accuse him of that. He’s a good man just trying to look for his successor in order to keep to the promise he made. I admire him for that because it’s what a man of character should do. But God is still there.

“When governor employs people to work for him, like the Information Commissioner, who coincidentally is my friend and brother from the same local government, he’s engaged to discharge his responsibility. If his boss expects him to communicate an idea, and you know how lucid and eloquent he is, he’ll present it with all lucidity because he’s answerable to his boss and that’s what the game is all about.

“But you see, we also have a political party where we all belong to. So the governor will be lobbying and talking to the party. And I don’t think he confuses himself with the political party of which he’s the BOT chairman. There’s a rule guiding the party and the governor has the duty to sustain it.”

While advising the governor and the ex-CBN governor to seek the face of God for his will for the state, the guber hopeful not to treat him and other party contestants as outcasts but to accord them fair and equal treatment.

“So my advice to my governor and friend Chukwuma Soludo is to get on their knees and pray. We’re praying, the church is praying, everyone is praying. And make sure you don’t confuse what you’re doing with the promises of God to the people of Anambra state.

“As party members, we’re telling him, don’t forget we’re here, we fear the same constitution, we love this party, and we want it to survive. Don’t treat us in a way that, because you love one of us, we’ve become outcast. I don’t think, and I’m sure he won’t do that.

“So I understand his body language which is that he doesn’t want APGA to die and for the people of the state to know that when he took the mantle of power for APGA, that the party won’t die in his hands. He won’t do anything to break the hearts of APGA people, he won’t disenfranchise them. That’s the way I understand his body language,” Nwankpo concluded.


APGA, APC loses big as 3000 members dump parties, join PDP in Abia State

About 3,000 decampees from APGA and APC and other Parties from the 13 wards of Bende LGA have been received into the People’s. Democratic Party (PDP) with an assurance that their interest will be highly protected. Speaking while receiving the Party faithfuls during a Bende PDP Unity Rally held at the Practising School Uzuakoli, in Bende LGA, the Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu commended their forsight in coming into the PDP fold and assured. them that having taken the bold step, they will enjoy all the rights and privileges other members have been enjoying.Dr. Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy Sir Ude Oko Chukwu reiterates the resolve of his administration to replicate the tremendous transformation and infrastructural development currently going on in Aba to other parts of Abia.The Governor urged the new PDP members to see the total winning of PDP in subsequent elections as a great challenge that they must surmount and pointed out that having been accepted as full fledged members of PDP , they should embark on winning more docile members into the fold so that together, they will take the Local Govt Area to greater heights.In their remarks,. The member representing Bende South State Constituency, Chief Emmanuel Ndubuisi, the Chairman Bende LGA, Chief Emmanuel Onwuchekwa , the State PDP Chairman, Chief Asiforo Okere represented by Chief Gebriel Elendu and Bende PDP Chairman, Chief Dike C Dick while welcoming them said PDP is a party that believe in equity and capable of accommodating all and assured them that they will never regret coming into the PDP.Also contributing, the Deputy Chairman of Bende LGA, Mr. Promise Uzoma, former Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs Loveth Ojo Adimoha, Chief James Okpara , Chief Ukwu Rocks Emma ,Chief P.C. Mba, a PDP Chieftain Chief Iheanyi Chinasa and Chief P.C. Onyegbu while unanimously welcoming the decampees to a democratic party and assured that they are determined to take back Bende State and National Constituencies come 2023.In their various remarks, the leaders of the decampees, Mr. Alaeligwe of All Progressive Grand Alliance( APGA) Prince Emeka Igwe from All Progressive Congress ( APC) and an APC woman leader, Mrs Mercy Abraham on behalf of others said they decided to join the PDP having witnessed the kinetic and tremendous development the Governor is doing across the StateThe event which featured the formal renouncing of their membership of their former Parties by the decampees attracted the presence of top Govt Officials and PDP chieftains from Bende LGA.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo’s Governorship Bid Receives Boost As Media Gurus Visit Campaign HQs

By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

The Nigeria Union of Journalists Anambra State Council, comprising of Newspaper Publishers, News Reporters, Online News Bloggers, Print and Electronic Media Practitioners Thursday had a press parley with the APGA frontline governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo at his campaign office headquarters in Awka.Coming under the aegis of Journalists for Good Governance, the journalists appraised the Nwankpo’s Manifesto, and his political exploits while serving under ex President Goodluck Jonathan and reasoned that it was in the interest of the state for all to rally support as strategic partners in the Nwankpo’s governorship bid.The Journalists whose position was made known by the State Chairman, Comrade Emma Ifesinachi said further that, they were confounded by the Nwankpo’s rich and people oriented manifesto, and believed that it will be profound for Ndi Anambra to support Nwankpo’s governorship ambition.

On the rumoured imposition of candidates in the major political parties. The NUJ Chairman said “The league of journalists for Good Governance have kicked against the imposition of candidates as party flag bearers describing it as non democratic, and repugnant to natural justice. We call for a level playing ground for all the aspirants.”They announced with great delight and sense of responsibility that the journalists in the state will monitor thoroughly all the processes leading to the guber polls and report the events, accordingly.

They urged all governorship aspirants in various political parties to make themselves available for the rigors of primary elections, to enable members of the party participate in the process of selecting the best candidates.”They pledged to partner the Governorship aspirant Nwankpo in marketing his manifesto ahead of the 2021 gubernatorial election.“As the November 6, 2021 governorship election beckons, we are committed to deploying our resources and goodwill to ensure that the right man is elected Governor of this State.”

This, they promised to do through continuous profiling of the aspirants through their respective platforms, as part of their corporate goals of promoting good governance and ensuring collective growth of the State.

The highly elated Nze Nwankpo who appreciated the media professionals on the visit, encouraged them to continue considering the state’s interest above every other sentiments.He said the success of Anambra governorship election 2021 will rebirth and berth a new dawn in the quest to make the state great. He promised to sustain the good works of Governor Willie Obiano if elected as his successor.Nze Nwankpo said he will create opportunities that would be of great benefits to Anambra families.

He said his government will boost the media industry, partner with the journalists in the state, and invest hugely in the state owned print and electronic media houses, and render massive support to the non state actors.“If elected as the governor of Anambra State, my office will be opened to partnership with any group or individuals ready to offer its services in the various programmes of the state government”

Social Media Influencers, Online Bloggers, dozens of journalists from both print and electronic media were at the Media Parley.

Attack On Isuofia Civic Center: Police, Obiano get Kudos For Rescuing Kidnap Victim, Commissioner Ezenwanne

By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

Former Aide to Ex President Goodluck Jonathan, and Governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo has praised the state police command for rescuing the Commissioner for Water Resources and Public Utilities Hon Engr Emeka Ezenwanne who was abducted last Wednesday when unknown gunmen invaded the Prof Chukwuma Soludo’s town hall meeting at Isuofia Civic Center.

Nze Nwankpo also hailed the executive governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano for his commitment to public security, and for working with the security agencies to rescue the victim.

He commended the Commissioner of Police and expressed happiness that the police rescued the victim unhurt and recording success in the study of facts to unravel the mystery behind the despicable act. Nwankpo urged law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime do not go scot-free, unpunished.

He described the collaboration between the police and Anambra state government as a beautiful example of synergy for a peaceful and crime-free society.
Nwankpo praised the governor who always provided requisite infrastructure and support to security agencies to render effective service to the people.

Nze Nwankpo advised residents to be vigilant, give security agencies information on suspicious movements and characters so that the state will become uncomfortable for criminals.

He joined Prof Soludo in thanking God for the release of his in law, Hon. Engr Emeka Ezenwanne unhurt. He once more commiserated with Soludo Campaign Organization for the unfortunate incident, and prayed for the repose of the three slained police officers at Isuofia Civic Center during the attack. “May the good Lord grant the families of the slained police officers the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.


Breaking News: One Love Foundation Sets up Legal Team to Compel Lawmakers Render Account on Constituency Projects

One Love Foundation, led by Chief Patrick Eholor also known as Ultimate Equal has set up yet another Legal Team to tackle Senators and Members of the House of Representatives on the Transparency and Execution of Constituency Projects.

In his avowed desire to ensure transparency in governmental processes in Nigeria, Chief Patrick has constituted a Special Legal Team to interrogate the process of the contracting and execution of Constituency Projects among Legislators in Nigeria.

Senator Matthew Urhogide

The Legal Team will work with the Freedom of Information Act to unravel the following:

Nature of constituency projects, location, sums budgeted with evidence of the appropriation act, evidence of monies released to the contractors, particulars of directors of companies that execute same, and state of completion of each of the constituency projects.

Senator Francis Alimikhena

Others include evidence of completion of the constituency projects, evidence of handing over of same, nature of the constituency projects in 2021 budget, location of same and particulars of directors for the purpose of monitoring, etc.

The Legal Team shall hit the ground running by Tuesday the 6th April, 2021, and will begin with lawmakers from Chief Eholor’s home state, Edo.

Senator Clifford Odia

These include:
1. Senator Clifford Odia,
Senator Representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the Senate ,
Constituency Office ,

2. Senator Francis Alimikhena,
Senator Representing Edo North in the Senate,
Constituency Office,

3. Senator Mathew Uroghide,
Senator Representing Edo South Senatorial District in the Senate ,
Constituency Office ,
Benin City.

Honourable Ogbeide Ihama

Others include the Edo State House of Representatives members, beginning with Honourable Ogbeide Ihama who represents Oredo/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.


Reacting to the gunmen’s attack on a Channels TV interview, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the ex CBN boss, said: “Gov. Willie Obiano and Ndi Anambra are demanding for Soludo”.

When will this name-dropping stop? Can’t Prof Soludo get along without dropping names? Can’t he run issues-based campaign without dragging the Governor into his political mercenary? Why is he consistently ingrained and unrepentantly pillorying the Governor to pick him as a successor? Is it by force by fire? Is it do or die? Why would a man, who claimed he had all the necessary contacts in the world to be whatever he wanted, be scared and panicky to face other contenders at the party’s primary election? Who is afraid of APGA’s primary election? Who?

Does it imply that without scripting Governor Obiano into his campaign drama, there’s nothing else in his manifesto? Why would ‘My Prof’ consider it a huge task convincing APGA members to support his candidature? Can’t he run the Gubernatorial race without k-leg?

Prof Soludo should change his campaign tactics, it’s not working. It’s heating up the system, and political sentiments are rife intra-par. The truth is that things have evolved; the APGA of today should not be cowed into submission with the slapstick comedy our erudite scholar is exhibiting, lately.

Meanwhile, be informed that this style of politicking is obsolete, and no longer attractive. Stop dragging the Governor along the dishonourable path; APGA does not gift tickets anymore, it is no longer business as usual. Times have changed, events have redefined the status quo. Aga atu ya atu!

APGA ticket can be likened to a bride with too many suitors, while the Governor is the father of the bride. Soludo, for four years you were admiring the bride (APGA Gubernatorial ticket), you were frequenting the bride’s home without making a proposal to her. You kept winking at the bride’s father thinking that he understood your interest in his daughter. Soludo, while you had the ample opportunity, good enough time to propose to the bride, you were busy winking at the father, and smiling like the eunuchs. In the process, other interested suitors saw the lacuna, understood the bride was without a groom, paw…they swooped in on her; in torrents, marriage proposals started pouring in, seeking the hand of the bride in marriage before you suddenly realised and jerked to reality. Funnily, you were all along busy hobnobbing with the bride’s father without talking to the bride.

Prof, you were not ready to officially declare your intention to contest the Governorship election, until other interested candidates showed up, visited the Party House before you, and made their intentions known. Perhaps you were waiting for the bride to jump into your waiting arms, or the bride’s father to woe her on your behalf. Prof Soludo get on with your Gubernatorial campaigns, but stop dragging the Governor’s name up and down. You can still attract sympathy and support without singing to the world that the Governor promised to hand over the reins of power to you. Asking for ‘Option A4’ Primary election is the biggest fraud that will happen if APGA leadership concurs to your whims and caprices. You told the world that you are a BOT member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, that you know how the party operates and have suggested that Option-A4 be adopted.

Prof you cannot be a judge in your own case. You want to create a situation where people will not cast votes based on their personal convictions rather pay lip service to the cabal you have conscientiously placed above the party members? The spirit of democracy does not reside in you our dearest Prof. Me thinks, it’s high time you stopped running the old-fashioned style of political campaign, think and rejig your campaign strategy. Extricate the ever-busy and hardworking Governor Willie Obiano from your political rhetorics.

Before Barr. Babatunde Raji Fashola became the Lagos State Governor, he didn’t tell the world that the then incumbent Governor, Bola Tinubu, promised him Gubernatorial ticket. He didn’t suggest to the party how he would like the Party Primary election to go. He didn’t make noise about it. Fashola concentrated on building his manifesto in preparation to convincing the world that he would make a good Governor.

Dear Professor of Economics, take my advice; go and learn the basic principles of politics. Consult your age long friends, who are Professors of ‘politics’, you will be afforded tutorials on how the game is played. Riding on the back of the unfortunate attack at the Isuofia Civic Centre to run a Gubernatorial campaign is desperation. May the souls of the gallant Police officers, who lost their lives in the line of duty, rest in perfect peace!
God heal the wounded hearts!


My personal opinion this minute! Make no mistakes about it! No apologies!

– Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp (Ogene Igbo, writes from Ogbunike Cave).

Nsukka Zone will rule Enugu for 16 years before handing over- Senator Chuka Utazi

The Senator representing Enugu North (Nsukka) Senatorial Zone Chukwuka Utazi has said that their zone, still have the opportunity of producing the next Governor of Enugu State after the tenure of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who’s also from the same zone.

Sen. Utazi who said this at at the grand finale of the tour of Odimma Nsukka held at Obollo-Eke, the country home of Hon. Solomon Onah, the Mayor of Udenu Council area on Thursday, 1st April, 2021, maintained that the zone have expectations and these expectations can’t be met within 8 years of the administration of Ugwuanyi.

“We have expectations and our expectations is in the future. According to our brother, Ifeanyi Ossai, he said the expectations are too much and they can’t be fulfilled within under 8 years. And we know we have another 8 years from 2023.“So, if we couldn’t fulfill all the things now, we still have opportunity for another 8 years.”

He emphasised that this political decision is a “serious business” and also said that their fight for 2023 isn’t led by Governor Ugwuanyi but by the people of the zone in general.

Justifying why the governorship seat should be retained by an Nsukka indigene after 2023, the Nkpologwu, Uzo Uwani born politician said the state has two zone and the other zones have occupied the lion building for 16 years hence, Nsukka zone should be allowed to complete their own 16 after Ugwuanyi.

“We have two zones; Enugu and Nsukka zones. It has been like that, it wasn’t designed by us and Enugu zone have governed for 16 years and we must go for another 8 years for it to be complete.”

Exonerating Ugwuanyi from the plan, Sen. Utazi said they will approach the Governor with their plan and “plead with him to support us and make him see reasons it should be so. It’s our duty to go and beg him as he’s not part of this and he will hear us out as his brothers.”

He warned that it has come to a point where friendship has to be defined and any friendship that will compromise the interest of the zone should be trashed and let them move with one voice as they have to be “courageous and single minded about their demand.”

He enjoined the people of the zone to rally round their brother, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to ensure that he finishes and finish well and called on them to ensure that the peace the gathering has foisted by the meeting last forever despite their political divide.

APGA Guber Ticket: The ‘David and Goliath’, by Dr Harris Chuma-Odili

Without mincing words,the coast is increasingly becoming clearer ahead of the governorship primary election. And from all indications, critical permutations, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo has been, apparently favoured, despite the odds to clinch the ticket of the APGA at the party primaries.

The “David” of the APGA, will no doubt get the positive nod of the real party faithfuls, who would rather have him as the best choice candidate largely due to his astute leadership qualities, unblemished records, adjudged electability, and acceptability.

Nwankpo’s delectable mein, civility, and humility is self evident, his respect for the party structures, leadership and constitutional principles have endeared him to the APGA party loyalists, and foot soldiers. Unequivocally, The governorship ticket appears to be hanging between the Goliath(Soludo) and David(Nwankpo).

APGA will Get it right! The Game is Still Open!