Anambra APGA chairman remains suspended – Deputy scribe

The National Deputy Secretary of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, on Tuesday insisted that the suspension clamped on the Anambra chairman of the party, Nobert Obi, over alleged anti party activities still stands and remain irrevocable.

Chief Obi was suspended on Friday by 17 out of the 28 member State working Committee of the party following the recommendations of a disciplinary committee which indicted him of various offences.

But Obi and Vice Chairman of Anambra South zone of the party, Titus Anigbogu, said the meeting where the suspension was carried out was illegal as only the chairman had the right to convene such meetings.

Comrade Obasi who spoke to Leadership in Abakaliki said the suspension was carried out in line with constitution of the party.

According to him, “majority of members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party voted to suspend the Chairman”.

On the legality of the meeting, Obasi said the constitution provides that the majority of the SWC have the right to summon a meeting themselves especially if there is an emergency.

The Former Ebonyi State Chairman of the party, said the SWC of the party have not communicated the National Working Committee of the party officially of the decisions.

He, however, noted that the NWC will look into the matter dispassionately when it is officially notified with a view to ratifying or lifting the suspension.

He said: “the suspension is part of the political process of the party. And majority of the State Working Committee of the party voted to suspend the Chairman. At the national level we are reviewing that decision and we will make pronouncement very soon”

“It is not true that meeting was illegal. Certain articles of the constitution provide that the majority of the working committee members have the right to mandate the Chairman to summon a meeting or do that themselves. So if you have stayed too long without holding a meeting and there is an emergency, then you have to threat such emergency”.

“We are going to have an NWC very soon where such decisions will be ratified. They have communicated us on phone but we have not received their letter”, he added.

APGA crisis deepens as party disowns Vice Chairman.

Ifeatu Obiokoye, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, said the party never held its National Working Committee meeting, as claimed by Vice-Chairman, South East zone, Nwabueze Okafor.

Obiokoye, via a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja, said no such meeting held anywhere.

Okafor said on Monday that APGA’s NWC held a meeting under his chairmanship to ratify the purported suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Victor Oye.

Obiokoye said: “APGA wishes to assure members and well wishers of the great party that no such meeting of APGA NWC was ever held at anytime or in any place where such decision was ever taken.

“Besides, Okafor as a zonal vice-chairman of the party does not have the constitutional powers to either convene or preside over a meeting of the NWC.”

He said that members of the NWC of APGA remained unquestionably committed to the resolution reached at the peace meeting convened at the instance of the national leader and chairman, Board of Trustees.

Obiokoye said the meeting was held on October 13 under the chairmanship of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, which members of the NWC collectively committed themselves to the continued growth of the party.

According to him, Oye is the National Chairman of APGA.

He said in the light of the recent development, the party’s NWC will convene an emergency meeting soon to address issues in the party.

Stop expecting too much from Buhari, pray for him – APGA chieftain

A Chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Katsina State, Alhaji Umar Tata, on Friday urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari with prayers to lead Nigeria out of its present predicaments.

Tata, the party’s governorship candidate in 2015, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Funtua, Katsina state.

He cautioned Nigerians against over reliance on the President, saying that “he is human and capable of making mistakes.”

According to him, what is required is for all Nigerians, irrespective of any affiliation, to contribute meaningfully to pull the country out of recession and set it on the path of growth and development.

The APGA chieftain stressed that every Nigerian must develop positive attitude to nation building, so as to ensure social and economic stability in the country.

“People should support the President with prayers and constructive criticisms, and stop expecting huge turn around within a short time.”

He noted that the administration had done well in the areas of security and war against corruption, and expressed optimism that it would do more in other areas of development.

Tata however urged all levels of government to work closely to end current economic hardship being faced by Nigerians.

Your Claim To Take Over Anambra In 2017 Laughable, APGA Tells APC

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has described as laughable, a claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it would take over  Anambra State by 2017.
It also raised the alarm over alleged threat by APC to use its federal might to cause a revolution that would put other political parties on the run during the 2017 gubernatorial election in the state.
Describing the alleged threat as “treasonable felony,” the Anambra State Secretary of APGA, Sir Tony Ifeanya called on security agencies to note the statement by the APC state secretary and hold him responsible in the event of any such incident in the state.
“We want to draw the attention of the Federal Government in whose name, the APC Anambra State is threatening to cause a revolution in Anambra, boasting that when the time comes we shall all leave Anambra. This is treasonable felony.
“The APC scribe has told everybody ahead of time that they intend to cause havoc in the state in 2017 gubernatorial election and should be held responsible by law enforcement agencies when such happens.”
Ifeanya said APGA has a firm grip of the state having produced successive governments that have been doing well and cannot be wished away by the APC in the state.
“The APC and its scribe instead of hiding their face in shame for deceiving Nigerians of a purported change agenda that never was, and for bringing untold hardship to Nigerians because of their lack of vision and mission, are dreaming of taking over Anambra in 2017.”
When for over a year now, they have not been able to give Nigerians a clear road map of where we are going or do they think that Anambrarians could be fooled as they fooled Nigerians. Anambra people are wise and cannot fall to their empty boasts.
“We do not want any negative change in Anambra State. Obiano is a man with clear vision of what he came to do in Anambra State and is doing it not like APC who has no agenda for Nigeria.”
Describing as pure blackmail and a calculated attempt to pool wool over the eyes of the less informed APC’s claim that Obiano was delving into loans to retain power in 2017, the APGA scribe said, “The total amount of money sought to be borrowed so far by the Obiano administration is far less than the amount the federal government of APC is owing the state.
“As I speak, the Federal Government owes Anambra state over N43 billion on federal projects executed by the governor just to ensure that Anambra people are still making ends meet. If the Federal Government of APC has paid the state government the N43 billion it owes the state, our governor will not be talking of borrowing from anywhere after all when all other states were going for bailout our dynamic governor rejected it. Or what do you want him to do when your party at the centre refuse(s) to or are reluctant to pay the debt. You want him to fold his hands and start complaining like most of your APC governors. And because he is not doing so, you are now threatening to take over Anambra by force in 2017.”

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Aggrieved PDP, APGA Members Form New Party

The disagreement within the Peoples Democratic Party came to a head Tuesday as some members of the party teamed up with others in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and other parties to form a new party. The group, which held its maiden meeting in Abuja Tuesday, unanimously adopted Chief Perry Opara as the protem chairman of the proposed party which is named Peoples Mega Party, PMP. Chief Opara was an aide to

Chief Opara was an aide to former political adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, who recently filed a suit against the PDP and the then acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and secured a judgement ordering Secondus to vacate office as acting chairman on ground that his acting role had elapsed. Addressing the meeting, Chief Opara said the leadership crisis within the PDP which had impacted negatively on its glory and future, had necessitated the need for the Peoples Mega Party, PMP. He explained: “The major people who are in the party are former members of the PDP who are disenchanted by the high level of corruption, high level of impunity and high-handedness in the PDP. ”They have decided to form something very new and they are of the opinion that they should hand over the party to younger elements who are less corrupt and who can fight for the interest of the people. “It does not mean that it is only people from the PDP, we have APGA chairmen from many states of Nigeria identifying with the new party, people from Labour Party, LP, and the Accord Party, AP.

”There are also disenchanted people from the APC that feel that they want a new place and that is what it is. Today marks the birth of this new party.” The proposed party adopted the picture of a human being as its logo, while its slogan is: “Forward Nigeria.”

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Abia Senatorial Rerun : APGA Candidate Writes Kalu On Peaceful Election

Chief David Onuoha-Bourdex, the APGA candidate in the Abia North Senatorial rerun has written to an opponent, Dr. Orji Kalu of Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) on peaceful polls.

In the letter addressed to Kalu, a former governor of the state, Onuoha-Bourdex underscored the need for all parties to the rerun to play the game according to rules.

The letter dated Feb. 5 and copies made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the APGA candidate said that the peace of the state should be the primary concerns of candidates in the rerun.


“We must desist from practices that could cause confusion, undermine transparency or precipitate crisis in the senatorial zone. Candidates should exercise caution and show less desperation in the senatorial election.

The era of winning elections by hook or crook is gone and as leaders, we should endeavour to leave good examples for the younger generation.

We have to remember that these young ones are watching us and we have to do only those things that would encourage them to toe the path of moral rectitude, honesty and good conscience,’’ he said.

The APGA candidate frowned at the development where the logo of an opposition party was allegedly superimposed on his campaign posters.

He also dispelled the rumour making the round that he was disqualified and had stepped down from the rerun.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rerun will hold in less than three weeks as ordered by the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division.




Appeal Court Sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Declares APGA’s Alex Otti Winner

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.

The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance  the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, said the APGA candidate scored 164, 444 valid votes to defeat Mr. Ikpeazu who scored 114, 444 votes.

The court declared that Mr. Otti was the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in Abia.

Justice Omoleye said the cancellation of the elections held in three LGAs of Obingwa, Osisioma Ngwa and Isiala Ngwa by the returning officers after the results were uploaded to INEC was wrong.

“In the Electoral Act, the Returning Officer has the right to only declare results of elections and not to cancel elections.

“This panel discovered that the earlier results uploaded to INEC headquarters correspond with the correct valid registered voters in the three LGAs, while that awarded to the respondent shows over voting and therefore null and void.’’

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Abia Tribunal Annuls Election, Bars APGA From Re-run

The National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has barred the opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, from participating in a fresh election it ordered in Aba North State Constituency.

The tribunal has nullified the election of Mr. Emeka Nnamani of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, representing Aba North State Constituency on the ground that he was abinitio, not qualified to contest the election held on April 11, 2015.

Delivering judgment in the petition filed by Dr. Blessing Nwagba of PDP challenging the election of Nnamani, the tribunal nullified his election and ordered a fresh election in the constituency but said that APGA would not participate in the fresh election.

According to the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Sabiu Yahuza, “the petitioner, Dr. Nwagba proved the allegation of non-qualification leveled against the respondent as his name was not in the register of his Eziama Ward of his party, APGA, and ought not to have participated in the said election.”

The panel however exempted APGA from participating in the re-run of the election, saying that it would be between the petitioner’s party, PDP, and the other candidates from the other parties that participated in the April election.

On the allegation that Nnamani forged the certificate of University of Port Harcourt, the tribunal directed the police to investigate the matter and prosecute the respondent if found culpable.

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1,000 PDP Members Dump Party

No fewer than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra.

The members took the action at the swearing-in of the newly elected members of APGA state executive committee in Awka.

One of the defectors Mr Uchenna Umerie, a former lawmaker in the state, said he decided to dump the PDP for APGA because the administration of Gov. Willie Obiano was doing well.

He said that he could no longer cope with the protracted crisis in state chapter of the PDP.

Mr Tokas Ohazuluike a PDP lawmaker in the state representing Ihiala constituency, said he and his supporters had no option than join hands with the APGA led administration to build the state.

Dr Victor Oye, APGA National chairman welcomed the defectors and promised a level playing ground for everybody.

He said that the formal swearing-in of the new leadership of the party was to give them legal backing to perform their function as contained in the party’s constitution.

In his remark Gov. Willie Obiano described the event as ‘Pentecost’ and urged the new leadership to perform their duties with `boldness and conviction.’

He urged them to spread the message of unity and love to all members of the party and assured them of his support.

The governor said the `good work’ of his government would make the next election a walkover for APGA in Anambra.


APGA Sacks Chairman For Supporting Ambode

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Adeshina Olayokun has been sacked. Olayokun was removed for supporting Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Olayokun’s decision to support Ambode was at variance with the party’s decision to support the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje.

Kayode Alabi has been selected as Olayokun’s successor.

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PDP Didn’t Win The Elections In South East – Kalu Reveals

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has revealed that Igbos did not vote for PDP in the manner that was portrayed in the last general election in the South-East, maintaining that the PDP massively rigged the election in the region.

Kalu, who was an ardent supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan before the elections, said this during a programme on Channels TV titled, “View from the Top,” on Monday.

He said out of the five states in the South-East, PDP only won elections in Ebonyi and Enugu states.

He said it would, therefore, be unfair to accuse the Igbos of voting en masse for the PDP.

Kalu said the people of Abia State voted against the PDP because of their feelings towards Governor Theodore Orji and the overbearing nature of the President’s wife, Patience Jonathan.

The former governor, who lost the Abia-North senatorial election on the platform of the PPA, maintained that he did not lose but that the PDP rigged the election.

He said, “The issue is that what happened in my constituency was a rigged election. Apart from Enugu and Ebonyi states, where the PDP had very good outings, every other state they won in the South-East was rigged.

“So, the Igbo did not make any mistakes, I feel bad when I see people blaming the Igbo. In the presidential election, the result brought out from Abia where I was, did not reflect the voting pattern of the people.

“In Aba, I can tell you and I will tell Jonathan, that he did not win election in Aba. The APC won the election there but when I saw the result, it was a different thing because the people were angry because of the attitude of T. A Orji and the occasional interference of the wife of the President. People were angry.”

Kalu said the PDP lost the general election because of its greed and superiority complex.

He said he and a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had planned to form a merger around 2007 but his political associates in the South-East thwarted the plans.

He said he was not surprised that Tinubu went on to form Nigeria’s biggest opposition party which finally defeated the PDP.

He said, “The PDP was bound to lose the elections because many people were very greedy. There was impunity; people in the party felt they were mini gods. And when you feel that God Almighty is no longer God and that you are the new God, you are bound to fail and that was what happened.

“The PDP felt that they could afford anything money could buy. My brothers, the Igbo didn’t understand the local politics. What you see in the country today was planned by Bola Tinubu and me.

“He is alive, you can ask him. He planned to go with the Action Congress and I planned to go with the PPA. We said at the same time, we could come back to the stage but the two governors we had from the South-East were not as forthright as Governor Babatunde Fashola. Fashola was the only AC governor at the time.”

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Wrong Candidate In Abia

The winner of Umuahia South State Constituency in the Abia House of Assembly, Eastern Nigeria, Chijioke Nwachukwu, a candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, in the state to issue him his certificate of return without delay as it has issued his other 22 colleagues who also won the election.  P.M.NEWS reports:

Speaking to P.M.NEWS correspondent, shortly after the issuance ceremony, on Thursday evening in Umuahia, Nwachukwu wondered why INEC will make such a mistake of issuing his certificate of return to a wrong candidate, Mr. Jerry Uzosike, Peoples Democratic Party candidate who lost to him at the polls. Nwachukwu, noted that when the news got to him, he did not believe it, thinking that it was a joke but it regrettably turned to be an embarrassment and a shock to him.

Irked by this development, he further explained that he confronted the State Residential Electoral Commissioner but she showed him a list of those who won the election which she sent to their Abuja office. The worried member-elect pointed out that the REC says she has communicated to the Abuja office on the mistake and assured him that the error will be corrected.

Henoted that when he requested a letter to the effect that his certificate was issued to another candidate in error, she declined, advising him to write to the commission through his lawyer. To this end, the winner of the said election told our correspondent that he has written a complaint to that effect through his lawyer while copying the commissioner of Police, Umuahia, the Director of SSS, INEC Chairman, Abuja, his party Chairmen both at Umuahia and Abuja respectively.

APGA Guber Candidate In Abia Crashes APC Caucus Meeting

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Alex Otti shocked many as he attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting in Abuja on Wednesday. He attended the meeting to solicit for the party’s support in Saturday’s re- run election in the state.

Otti held a closed- door meeting with some leaders of the APC before the caucus meeting started. Although the APC has a candidate in the re-run election, the race is between Otti and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okezie Ikpeazu.

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APGA To Challenge Wike’s Victory At Election Tribunal

The number of political parties that are challenging the 2015 elections in Rivers State continues to increase with the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, declaring its intention to head for the election tribunal

the governorship candidate of APGA, Charles Harry, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt.

Harry maintained that the election in Rivers State, which was marred by violence, intimidation of voters and other heinous electoral offences, can not be allowed to stand.

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Labaran Maku Finds Solace In APGA

Nigeria’s former minister of information, Labaran Maku, after being defeated in the race for the Peoples Democratic Party guber ticket in Nasarawa, has found solace in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the party has presented him as it’s governorship candidate for the 2015 elections.

The Chairman of the party in the state, Chief John Amako, who presented Maku and his running mate to the party’s officials and supporters from the 13 local government areas of the state said “all rumours making the rounds that Maku is not the governorship candidate of APGA in the state should be disregarded,” Amako said.

The party also presented Mr Ibrahim Abu as Maku’s running mate in February’s governorship election.

He said the APGA national headquarters and all the stakeholders of the party in the state had endorsed the decision to present Maku as governorship candidate.


APGA Party Members To Defect To PDP ? Legal Adviser Reveals Stand On 2015 Elections

Mr Ifeanyi Mbaeri, the Legal Adviser to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said mass defection of persons from one party to another will not make the nation a one-party affair.

Mbaeri made the statement in an interview on Thursday in Abuja.

“It will not make the nation a one party affair, looking at the current environment defection that has become more pronounced in the build-up to the general elections.’’

He said just like people were moving from other parties to PDP, others from the party also moved to other parties including APGA.

He said this was caused basically by lack of political ideology in the country, “which we all know is the current trend.”

According to Mbaeri, “It is sad that APGA suffered it by losing lots of governors who went to another party with our mandate; same with some members of national assembly.’’

On why APGA was not presenting a presidential candidate for the 2015 election, he said the party wanted the incumbent president to complete another four years.

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