Ahead of next year’s general elections, the Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has confirmed Barrister George Tagbo Ogara as the deputy governorship candidate and running mate to the party’s governorship candidate, Chief Uche Nnaji in the state.
Speaking to the members of the party while unveiling his running mate at the APC Secretariat in Enugu, Cheif Nnaji who expressed his determination to build a new Enugu state if elected as governor in 2023 said it was in view of this that the party carefully chose a matching quality for him having known his quality to deliver the dividend of democracy to the people of the state.
Chief Nnaji who said he is the best gubernatorial candidate in the state ahead of the 2023 general election noted that ‘today I have also gotten the best deputy candidate of all party’.
He lamented over the poor state of infrastructures in Enugu state, saying ‘we embarked on wards tours and it was indeed an eye opener to me, what has bedevilled Enugu state today is not a fight one person can fight but I believe that with our collective efforts and support we shall win all elections in 2023 and build new Enugu state to make our people happy again.
‘I want to assure you that the new APC is working in progress and we shall reconcile with all those that are reconcilable and for those that are not reconcilable, we will reconcile them when we get to government house,’ he said
Speaking shortly after he was unveiled, the new deputy governorship candidate, Bar Ogara thanked the gubernatorial candidate and leaders of the party for nominating him saying “I am overwhelmed for the support accorded to me by our great party in the state
Bar Ogara who pledged to be loyal to the party said “all I need to do is to be loyal and work for my great party so that all our interest in building a new Enugu state will be successful.
The factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ebonyi State, Chief Chukwuma Odii has disclosed that he went to the supreme court to challenge the purported use of fake delegates by Senator Obinna Ogba at the June 4th and 5th primary election of the party in the state.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the first primary election of PDP in Ebonyi which was held on 28, and 29th May 2022 had produced Odii as the governorship candidate while the second primary election held in June produced Ogba.
Odii, who spoke to reporters in an interview monitored by The Eastern Updates in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, through his media aide, Chief Abia Onyike, expressed optimism of getting victory at the supreme court ahead of the forthcoming general election.
According to him: ‘Well the appeal court said the matter should be retried. There are two main cases; the first ruling of the Federal High Court which gave his judgement on the 7th of June 2022, that ruling was the one that senator Obinna Ogba Appealed against, then the court of Appeal now decided that the matter be retried at the Federal High Court once again.
‘The second one is the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki delivered on the 19th of July 2022. In that particular case, the Primaries held on the 28 and 29th May 2022 which produced Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii as the governorship candidate of PDP was upheld. But the second primaries, conducted by Obinna Ogba on the 4th and 5th June 2022, was not upheld.
‘It was cancelled because of two main problems; one is that primaries was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. And secondly, the delegates that participated in the primaries were fake people.
‘The authentic delegates who were elected on the 7th May 2022 during the state PDP Congress boycotted the Primaries of 4th and 5th June 2022, who produced Obinna Ogba. They boycotted it because, in their own argument, they had earlier participated in the first primaries of 28 and 29th May which produced Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, so there was no need for them to go again.
‘The judgement of the Federal High Court on the 19th July 2022 upheld that first primaries and nullified the second one on the basis of these two basic inadequacies. And so, Anyichuks is at the supreme court to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal that talked about retrial and also to challenge the process in which Obinna Ogba was joined in that matter.
‘It is quiet necessary and possible most of the time, if a court delivers a judgement and there is an aspect of the matter that you don’t accept, you can go to a higher court of Appeal against that aspect. That’s actually what happened’ he stated.
The gubernatorial candidate, Odii further revealed that the Primaries conducted on 28,29th May 2022 was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, while that of the second primaries conducted on 4,5th June 2022 was not monitored by the commission.’
He said: ‘Certainly we are sure of victory at the supreme court because the Primaries that produced Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii was highly transparent and INEC has written a report validating the outcome of the primaries held 28/29 May 2022. And that very report was very unequivocal in stating that the Primaries were conducted legally and lawfully. And that the Primaries was eventually very conclusive.
‘And we used the authentic delegate list. And so, we have no problem for whatsoever reason. We want to believe that everything will go smoothly as expected. I’m not meant to go in detail because the matter is still pending in court.’
The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has hailed the United Towns Agency (UTA), a United Nations-affiliated non-governmental organisation, for admitting Nigeria into its fold.
He also extolled the Country President of UTA in Nigeria, Abigail Amalaha, for emerging as a pioneer leader of the group in the country.
Speaking in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, when a delegation of UTA, Nigerian chapter, made up of the country president and members of Board of Trustees, paid him an advocacy visit, Ikpeazu said the fact that UTA found Nigeria worthy to have a chapter says a lot about the role the country could play in making the international agency realise its objective.
The governor said there were much to do in the area of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which needs the collaboration of government and agencies like UTA.
He promised to collaborate with UTA to realise its objectives, saying the government needs the support of everybody in its task of good governance and catering to the need of the people.
The governor commended the country president for her emergence to lead the group, saying she has brought honour not only to Abia State, being an indigene of the state, and Nigeria at large.
He admonished the country president not to lose sight of the enormous task ahead of her which is to touch lives and assist the less privileged through her various humanitarian activities.
‘Your driving force should be the smiles on the faces of the vulnerable and indigent Nigerians. As you face the bureaucracy, you will face unwilling people who are not ready for change. The task ahead of you are challenging, but they are surmountable with dedication and resilience,’ he said.
While assuring the country president that Abia State government would support her to succeed, Ikpeazu said most of the interventions of UTA were in line with what his administration is doing in the state.
‘We’ll support you and your activities in any way we can to ensure you succeed. What UTA does is in tandem with what we’re doing as a government in the areas of healthcare, welfare, poverty alleviation, education and others.’
The governor expressed happiness over his nomination as UTA patron, pledging to work with and support the group to the best of his ability.
In her remarks earlier, Amalaha said the team was in Abia to identify with Governor Ikpeazu and to seek collaboration. An indigene of Abia, the country president said she was starting her advocacy visit in the state ‘to intimate my governor about the agency, as charity begins at Home. I think it is best to kick off the activities of UTA in Nigeria with support of my governor, who has demonstrated, by his programmes, that our objectives in lifting the lot of the less privileged tally with his.’
Amalaha told the governor that UTA is an international NGO, affiliated to the United Nations with accredited status of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and with the primary responsibility of enhancing North-South cooperation between developed and developing countries.
She said UTA has its presence in more than 110 countries and she is the first country president for Nigeria after a vigorous selection process at UTA headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The country president said the main work of UTA was to collaborate with government, agencies, philanthropic individuals and organisations to engender attainment of UN SDGs.
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ebonyi State, Princess Ann Agom-Eze, who contended with Governor David Umahi to emerge as the candidate representing Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone candidate yesterday claimed that the governor is scared of being defeated by a woman hence his desperation.
Agom-Eze made this known while responding to her alleged sack from APC by the party’s zonal leadership at Afikpo North Local Government Area headquarters. She argued that the zonal leadership has no such right to sack her, hence the matter is pending at the appeal court sitting in Enugu State.
She denied committing any crime against the party to warrant her sack other than her persistence to reclaim her senatorial ticket mandate, which according to her, is being forcefully taken away by Umahi.
Agom-Eze insisted that Umahi has utilized his opportunity by contesting for President and cannot contest again in this electoral year.
‘This matter is pending at the Court of Appeal, Enugu. How can I be suspended at the APC zonal office? What is my crime? Insisting on the mandate right? Or because Governor Umahi wants the ticket? Where will he take it to? By contesting for the President, he has used his opportunity for this electoral year. He needs to accept the truth.
‘Their action in Afikpo Is a show of desperation. Being afraid of being defeated by a woman, so he has decided to cut corners thinking that is the easiest way of achieving a result he can never get.
‘The 2022 electoral process is his biggest problem and he cannot even win this, after spending Ebonyi money on bribe, can’t change the law. He should be a law abiding citizen and wait for the judgment of the appeal court rather than resorting to intimidation and harassment. No matter what he does the law must take its cause because no one is above the law,’ she said.
Earlier, Umahi, who spoke through the Chairman of APC, Stanley Okoro Emegha who hails from Ebonyi South senatorial zone, said Agom-Eze remained sacked from the party.
‘The All Progressives Congress APC Ebonyi South Senatorial zone has expelled Mrs Ann Nwanyibuife Agomeze from the party over alleged gross misconduct.
‘Mrs Agom-Eze has rebelliously jeopardized her membership by vehemently violating the constitution which prohibits any act of dishonesty capable of disparaging the party or its members,’ he said.
‘Mrs Agom-Eze has recklessly disparaged herself too by eating back her words in an effort to satisfy her paymasters. How can a woman who voluntarily wrote, signed and submitted her letter of withdrawal from the Senatorial primary that gave the Federal High Court, Abakakili the impetus to order for a fresh election still deny it in broad daylight? Do you know that she also swore an affidavit to that effect and all these documents are substantially available at the National Secretariat?’
A Catholic priest who has been identified as Reverend Father Chinedu Nwadike has been abducted by some yet to be identified bandits along the Okigwe – Enugu expressway in Umunneochi council area of Abia State.
Sources had told Newsmen that Nwadike who is also the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi, SUN, had been abducted alongside a seminarian on their way to Enugu for an official assignment.
The sources hinted that the kidnappers have made contact with the school demanding ₦50 million ransom for his release.
“Reverend Father Nwadike was kidnapped a few minutes after he left the school for an official assignment in Enugu. He was kidnapped along the Okigwe –Enugu expressway in Umunneochi LGA. Now his abductors are demanding a ransom of N50m. We are pleading with them to release him unhurt because we don’t know where we can get such a huge amount they are demanding. The state and federal government should do something drastic about the security situation in Umunneochi . Everybody is afraid of travelling. People are being kidnapped daily, especially on the expressway with the security agencies watching,” the sources said.
The cleric had escaped an earlier attempt to abduct him on the same road, few days before the incident.
In the rising spate of kidnaps in Anambra State, some yet-to-be identified gunmen have finally abducted the Leader-General of All Christian Practical Praying Band, Elder Dan Nwokolo.
The incident, according to a family source had occurred on Wednesday night while the victim was returning to his house from his prayer ministry.
It was gathered that the hoodlums allegedly invaded the residence of the cleric at Ufuma in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State and abducted him after he finished a midnight prayer session and just returned to his compound.
According to the family source, the suspected abductors picked the cleric from his car, in front of his residence and immediately zoomed off in their vehicle, leaving his driver and his vehicle behind.
Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Imo State Governor, has come out to completely debunk and deny all the claims by a group that the Imo state government, under his watch, had received ₦70b from oil tax earnings.
The group had openly made accusations against the State governor, Uzodinma of receiving such money for the development of the oil-bearing communities in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Council, while accusing the governor of not utilising the funds to provide basic infrastructure in those areas.
In a statement, at the weekend, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary / Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor maintained that the claim was false.
The governor said: “No such money was released to the state government. This government runs an open and transparent process. There is no way such a huge amount of N70b could be released to the state government as accrued taxes, secretly.”
He advised those who held a press conference to take such stance to desist from that insinuation.
“The truth is that the information is false. Those behind the press conference should desist from raising false alarm,” he said.
In another report, Governor Hope Uzodinma has declared a war on Oil Bunkering and Pipeline vandalism in the State vowing to make sure the perpetrators are made to face the law.
The Governor made the declaration yesterday while meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Marlin Sylva; the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor together with his entourage, and the CEO of NNPC PLC, Mele Kyari at the Government House New Executive Chamber.
Governor Uzodimma in his address disclosed efforts the Shared Prosperity Government has made with joint forces of the security agencies to curb oil theft and secure oil production in the State which has been resuscitated from its low level production.
Mr Peter Obi who is the Labour Party presidential candidate has put out another open warning on all Nigerians in general to deviate from all forms of tribalism and region-based politics in the forthcoming general elections.
In a recent tweet on his verified Twitter handle, the former Anambra State governor had also opined that the current security and economic crisis which had been rocking the nation would also affect all the citizens irrespective of their religion and tribes.
He urged Nigerians, particularly eligible voters to rally round candidates who have verifiable track records for the betterment of the nation.
He wrote, “The high cost of living, high level of insecurity and every other challenge is affecting all Nigerians equally, irrespective of tribe and religion.
“We must then unite as one and rally behind capable leaders with verifiable track records of success for the sake of our collective interest”.
In another report, Controversial Senator, Dino Melaye who is also the spokesperson of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council has come out to reiterate his earlier claims that it is not yet the time for Peter Obi of the Labour Party to become the president of Nigeria, while asking the majority of Nigerians to ignore the euphoria on social media.
He had made this statement while he had been speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday. Melaye had also stuck to his claims that that Peter Obi did not possess what it takes to unify Nigeria, while reiterating that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate is the only one with that capacity.
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According to him, supporters of Obi were mere noise makers who were only creating euphoria on social media, but that they did not have the strength to win the 2023 election. Melaye maintained that Atiku had engaged in interactions with Nigerians and he is confident of winning.
Most of the residents of South-Eastern region of Nigeria may be bracing up for another massive round of fuel scarcity issues which would be following the recent threat by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) to completely shut down activities in the zone.
There have also been some counter press statements from the Cross River State chapter of IPMAN on the planned shutdown of fuel supply chain in the zone thereby completely debunking the threats.
However, the South-East Chairman of the association, Prince Bobby Eberechi Dick, who spoke to journalists during the weekend had also noted the planned closure of all the depots and filling stations was decided after series of meetings with some stakeholders from the zone on the alleged move by the Police Legal unit at the force headquarters, Abuja, to harass its members.
He had also alleged that the move was to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
“The action, when carried out, would lead to more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest,” he said.
The chairman frowned at the alleged illegal moves by the police authorities and some “disgruntled elements” to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling on the leadership crisis in IPMAN and subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear
He explained that the Attorney General of the Federation in a letter, copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction, who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as authentic National President of IPMAN, as well as his Depot/Unit chairmen.
He said, “in same vein, the Hon minister of petroleum Resource. Timiore Sylva, in a letter dated January 27th, 2020, congratulated Engr Sanusi Abdu fari and promised to work with the new leadership.
“The worst of it all is that there is a current judgement from the Federal High Court Calabar restraining the police or their cronies from interfering in the internal affairs of the Association. But trouble seems to be brewing again in IPMAN following a new twist to the interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling.
“The Police now seem to be a court that interprets court judgements. The New Deputy commissioner of police, legal department, force headquarters, Abuja, Dcp Ochogwu Ogbeh, who had in a letter dated May 13, 2022, advised the inspector General of police to recognize the Chinedu Okoronkwo-led faction of IPMAN and subsequently accord them necessary attention at the National headquarters and in the affected States.
”Following the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Aba, Enugu, Calabar, Markudi and Port-Harcourt depot and allegedly hand over their secretariat to the people of their choice.”
The IPMAN warned that if further step is taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association, “we will shut down.”
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in their favour,” Bobby said.