The National Coordinator of South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 has told Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to leave Isi-Uzo state assembly constituency seat, which is being contested for in a bye-election on Saturday, 5th December 2020, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Governor Ugwuanyi and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Enugu State Chapter, know – like everyone else knows – that the PDP candidate, Mrs Amaka Ugwueze, is culturally defective and therefore deeply unpopular in the whole of Isi-Uzo LGA (a state assembly constituency) of Enugu State,” Dr Jideofo-Ogbuagu says.
Dr Jideofo-Ogbuagu continues: “On the other hand, the APC candidate, Prince Engr Macdonald Ejiofor Okwor, a young and successful businessman and philanthropist, is massively popular in all electoral wards of Isi-Uzo. All opinion polls and security reports point at 95% of the polls cast going to APC.
“Isi-Uzo has decided and PDP should accept that, on this occasion, Isi-Uzo is for APC. If Governor Ugwuanyi is truly a friend of APC, as he has postured since 2015, his PDP should just throw in the towel in the Isi-Uzo electoral contest.”
Hinting at possible defection of Governor Ugwuanyi to APC, Dr Jideofo-Ogbuagu retorts: ”APC has not won any election in Enugu State since 2015, not necessarily because APC has no supporters in the state but because Enugu State PDP is notorious for stealing elections. As we look forward to welcoming Governor Ugwuanyi to APC, he must not steal Isi-Uzo from APC. I cannot see APC admitting Governor Ugwuanyi if does not concede Isi-Uzo to APC. APC has to win this election for that purported friendship between the PDP governor and APC to become real.”
Don Martyn Luther Ogbonnaya Nwosu,
Special Assistant on Media to Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, South-East APC Presidency Project 2023, in a statement advised Mrs Ugwueze, the widow of late Hon Chijioke Ugwueze, who represented the constituency and whose untimely death is the reason for the bye-election:
“We of APC have nothing personal against Mrs Ugwueze, but we are concerned that she came out of mourning, after just two weeks of burying her husband, to contest for election. During APC’s huge campaign flag-off at Eha-Amufu, we actually prayed for her husband’s soul to rest in peace. She should return to ikwa-nkpe (Igbo traditional mourning rite that lasts for one year), so that her husband’s soul can truly rest in peace. Governor Ugwuanyi, a generous man, would not leave her economically destitute in her remaining nkpe period.”
“Isi-Uzo has decided that Engr Okwor will represent them perfectly in the Enugu State House of Assembly and he is free to do so. Let theft of the election not become added to the cultural sacrilege already committed and which Mrs Ugwueze should correct by returning to full observance of the nkpe mourning rite of her people. Let her withdraw from the election to redeem her image and let PDP concede victory to APC. We truly don’t desire a humiliating defeat for PDP.
In Delta State APC Boycott LG Elections
Following today Local Government Council Election, The All Progressives Congress, APC in Unit 1, Ward 9 in Urhoka Community, Abraka in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State backed out of the local government elections in the area.
An APC Chieftain, Mr. Akpokiniovo Edwin disclosed this in a telephone chat with newsmen in Abraka.
He said the DSIEC officials arrived at the polling unit at about 10am with other electoral materials but ha no original
According to him, “We cannot go ahead with the elections. At the end of the day, the result will be collated despite using result sheets and the results will be declared. As it is now, no election result sheets, no elections.”
The APC faithful who applied diplomacy in their actions asked the DSIEC officials who didn’t come down from their vehicle to return to their office.
When Obaseki, Oshiomhole Finally Meets in Auchi, Says They’re Both Sons Of Edo With Interest Of The State At Heart
EDO State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the weekend maintained that he has no personal grudges against his predecessor and former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, but only dislikes his style of politics.
Obaseki disclosed this to journalists in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state, at the centenary birthday Thanksygiving of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and 18th Canonical Erection Anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Auchi.
Obaseki, who exchanged greetings with an elbow-bump in compliance with covid-19 preventive protocols, with his predecessor, said they are both sons of Edo with interest of the state at heart.
The governor said: “I don’t have anything personal against Oshiomhole. I may not like his politics, but he has not done anything personal against me. We all are interacting with the interest of the country and the development of our community at heart.”
The governor said the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was scheduled to hold this Saturday, was postponed due to the local government elections taking place in Delta State.
“The Zonal Congress, which was to hold today has been postponed to Tuesday and it’s a normal routine to satisfy the party’s constitution; there is nothing amiss,” he added.
On his part, Oshiomhole, who was a guest at the event, hailed his successor, Governor Obaseki, describing him as ‘his brother and friend.’
Oshiomhole stated: “Once the governor speaks, the matter ends. The governor knows that pensioners here might not be able to do much, that is why he said every other thing required to complete the hostel of the Catholic School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uzairue, his government will do.”
Supreme Court dismisses appeals by Oshiomhole
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals filed by a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the ex-caretaker committee chairman of the party in Rivers State, Igo Aguma over Mr. Aguma’s sack.
In a unanimous judgment, a five-man panel of the apex court upheld the December 29, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which set aside an earlier judgment of the high court of rivers state.
In the lead judgment prepared by Justice Adamu Jaoru, but read on by justice Amina Augie, the court held that the appeal was without merit because it was plagued with a litany of jurisdictional issues.
The Supreme Court said the judgment in the appeal by Mr. Aguma should be applied to the one filed by Mr. Oshiomhole, in which the former APC national chairman, among others, queried the jurisdiction of the Appeal Court in Abuja to have heard the case.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, in its December 29, 2020 judgment had set aside the June 2020 judgment of Justice George Omereji of the High Court of Rivers State in Port Harcourt and sacked Mr. Aguma as acting/caretaker committee chairman of APC in Rivers State.
The appeal court equally affirmed the appointment of Isaac Abbot Ogbobula as the caretaker committee chairman of the Rivers State APC.
It held that it is the exclusive right of the national working committee of the All Progressives Congress under the party’s constitution to appoint a caretaker committee for any organ of the party.
In reaction to the judgement, the sacked chairman, Hon Igo Aguma has dumped the All Progressives Congress.
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