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Nigeria 2023: Eneukwu, Arodiogbu Talk Tough

PDP should be ashamed of failing to zone presidency to SouthEast- Eneukwu

_Imo and Ebonyi are models of good governance-Arodiogbu

_Urges Igbo presidential aspirants to unite

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the SouthEast Region of Nigeria has taken the opposition party to the cleaners accusing the party of neglecting the zone despite the level of support received from the zone.

 

This was the message of the Deputy National Chairman South of APC , Chief Emma Eneukwu.

 

Speaking at the first SouthEast APC Zonal Stakeholders meeting held in its secretariat in the SouthEast, Eneukwu described the 16 years of the PDP as years of waste as at today the party despite the fact that it benefitted handsomely from the votes of the region , failed it then and has continued to fail the zone by failing to reward the zone with the presidential ticket. He urged the zone to punish the party by voting massively for the APC which despite its poor performance in the zone had still invested heavily in infrastructure and other aspects of life.

The meeting which was well attended by party stakeholders from the five states that make up the zone saw Eneukwu charging party members to unite and shun infighting and anti party activities as well as work hard to ensure that APC wins Enugu and Abia in 2023.

 

In the same vein, the National Vice Chairman of the APC in the SouthEast, Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu stated that the time for change in the SouthEast Region of Nigeria had come . He stated that by looking at the development trends in Imo and Ebonyi States had qualified both states to become good governance models in the country. He stated that it was these good governance models that the Zonal Executive were committed to, and would seek to achieve this by presenting quality candidates who must go through a free and fair primaries.

 

He urged all party members to abide by the rules and regulations whilst vowing to invoke mechanisms of discipline to address any action that would be inimical to the party’s success.

 

On Igbo presidency, Arodiogbu agreed that the prevailing mood within the country was for the president to emerge from the SouthEast in order to help unite the country and reduce the various flash points of ethnic agitations, thus promising to work with the national leadership to ensure that the zone was not shortchanged by other zones which had in all instances had their fair share of producing the nation’s national leaders but were still warming up to contest again, however he called on all those contesting to work together and ensure that the zone put its best foot forward.

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APC SouthEast Holds Zonal Executive Committee Meeting

 

  • _2023 Elections Tops Its Agenda
  • To begin series of consultations
  •  Abia, Anambra and Enugu identified as critical states
  • Urge Withdrawal of all cases in court_

The All Progressives Congress, APC has identified states like Abia, Anambra and Enugu as critical states vowing to put its house in order to ensure that the party records 70 percent success in the forthcoming 2023 polls.

 

This was the resolution of the SouthEast APC at its first Zonal Executive Committee meeting which was held in Enugu yesterday.
The meeting which commenced at about 2:30 pm saw the Zonal Executive Committee, ZEC deliberate on a number of pressing issues such as the coming general elections and the resolution of disputes within a number of state chapters.
The Zone under the leadership of its National Vice Chairman, Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu announced its desire to record immense electoral success at the forthcoming polls with the fielding of credible candidates for all positions during the general elections . To this end the Zone would begin a series of consultations with numerous party stakeholders across the states as well as sensitization programmes. One plank of such a sensitization programme would be the training of party executives from the state working committee down to the wards in order to bring a number of these party executives up to speed on present day party management techniques as well as the setting up of a Think-Tank at the Zonal level to develop the content and manuals for such training programmes.
On its identification of Abia, Anambra and Enugu as critical states, the Zone noted that since these states were presently without sitting governors, the task of ensuring that these aforementioned states comes under the APC’s orbit would require strategic planning as well as the identification of the party’s strength and weaknesses within the various states. To this end, the zone needed to begin quite early to sort out the best ways to win over such states come 2023, stating that it would leave no stone unturned.
On discipline, the zone stated that it stood with the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC of the party which had asked all aggrieved persons to withdraw their cases from the courts.
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Education

NANS Anambra, ASUU Berate Ngige On ASUU Strike

Obinna Nwanekwu, Awka

  • NANS to mobilize against his ambition    
  • His children have long graduated from school

The nation’s student body, National Association of Nigerian Students as well as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has berated the Minister for Labour and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Chris Ngige for blaming ASUU for the pervading strike in Nigerian Universities describing such remarks as unbecoming of a statesman.

Ngige had made this comments while interviewed on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.

He had reportedly stated that the industrial unrest in the universities was as a recurring decimal  and went on to quote figures deemed  by our fact checkers as unreliable.

These statements earned him the wrath of both NANS and ASUU who described the statements as baseless and unbecoming of a statesman.

Speaking for NANS Rt Hon Chibueze Ofole, Coordinator for NANS in Anambra described the statements as unfair to the plight of the Nigerian Student who had committed no crime but the ordinate desire to study and assist their parents and guardians who had sacrificed so much for them.

Ofole wondered if this was the same Ngige who had reduced the heavy school fees levied against students while he was Governor of Anambra State and had also made a number of achievements in the education sector, describing the situation now as worrisome.

” How can our minister, Ngige come on air and justify our suffering? This is not fair and should be condemned, the Nigerian student has committed no crime but for his or her desire to gain knowledge which can be used to better the lot of our parents and guardians who have suffered and sacrificed for them.

NANS is hereby demanding an unreserved apology from the Minister otherwise we will invoke the.spirit and the.principles of Alutarism and mobilize against the ambition of the Minister. That is should he even get the ticket of the APC, we will mobilize heavily against it, that is if we fail to get this apology.  “

For ASUU, the comments largely offended most members of the academic union. For Dr. Sude Olutobi a member of the ASUU implementation committee the continuous blaming of ASUU by Ngige was in bad faith and would only extend the strike. He said: “Listening to a doctor turned politician, a former governor of Anambra state and a member of the 7th senate, Dr Chris Ngige, I discovered there is no hope for the Nigerian university students. The ASUU strike is likely to linger more than expected.”

Olutobi also challenged Ngige to tell the world which of his children was still a student in any Nigerian university as all of them had graduated, and perhaps could be a reason for the Minister’s non-chalance on the matter.

ASUU had on the 14th of February , 2022 embarked on a one month warning strike which it was forced to extend and now in its 9th week following the FG’s failure to meet a number of its demands as well as the implementation of previously reached agreements, particularly the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

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APC SouthEast Holds Inaugural Meeting

*Promise to win more states in the zone
*Igbo Presidency to top its agenda
*Reconciliation ongoing with aggrieved members*

The Zonal Leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the SouthEast today held its inaugural meeting in Enugu today. The zone which is led by Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu did unfold its agenda for the party in the zone which he said had benefited much from the APC led administration at the centre and even in the states in which the party was the ruling party.

 

The meeting which began by 12pm saw Dr. Arodiogbu and other members of the exco embarking on a tour of the Zonal Secretariat before settling down to discuss issues affecting the party in the zone.

 

Speaking later to members of the press at exactly 3:30 pm, Dr . Arodiogbu assured APC members that the party was ready to help win more states in the zone and this was due to the huge benefits witnessed in the zone in terms of infrastructural development, security, commerce and agriculture.

 

On Igbo Presidency, Arodiogbu stated that it was cardinal on his agenda and that he and his team members would brainstorm with other stakeholders to see how the zone could unite and deliver one of its own as president.

 

When asked about the numerous crisis rocking the party in the various states, the zonal chairman replied that the zone was already reconciling factions and aggrieved members noting that it would continue to reach out to these party members to see how much of their interests could be accommodated, stating that the APC in the SouthEast was one family.

 

Also in attendance were the Zonal Secretary, Chief Itapah Azilobu , Zonal Organising Secretary, Dozie Ikedife, Zonal Publicity Secretary, Augustine Onyedebelu, Zonal Legal Adviser, Mayor Ogbonna Ernest, Zonal Woman Leader, Diyouku Uchenna  and Ikenna Anyaelechi.

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Politics

Coalition of Igbo Youth Groups Endorse Ijeomah for APC Vice Chair

 

 

 

_Describe him as most qualified for the office


Call on other contenders to step down_

A number of socio cultural bodies of the Igbo youths today openly endorsed the candidature of Dr Ijeomah Arodiogbu for Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the SouthEast.

 

The groups, which are 22 in number came under the auspices of Nzuko Okorobia NdiIgbo had in a communique described the ambition of Arodiogbu as worthy of repositioning the party in the zone and rebuilding the political fortunes of NdiIgbo.
Part of the communique stated the  following:
“ Haven witnessed the present situation in the SouthEast Region in which our politics as a people has been overshadowed by some sort of sort of ideology in which our people continuously continue to be shortchanged, the possible emergence of Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu as the next Zonal Chairman of APC SouthEast will be the signal of a new and advantaged beginning as Dr. Arodiogbu fits the numerous quality demands of a Zonal chair, particularly the SouthEast zone.
We insist on the candidature of Dr. Arodiogbu as his antecedents as a scholar, an academic, community mobilizer and a grassrooted politician speaks volumes and should help return the region’s politics to its glory days as witnessed within the First and Second Republics. “
The coalition also announced its intention to heavily mobilize delegates from the APC within the SouthEast in order to ensure a resounding victory for Dr. Arodiogbu.
Arodiogbu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imo State University, IMSU.
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Features

For Charles Amilo. (1945-2021)

Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.”- Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses

I was at a wedding of the sister to an associate of mine, angry at the non presence of palm wine, I was obviously bitter as I had earlier served notice on this associate of mine that one would care for the drink of the gods as I wasn’t agreeable with the green bottles he lavishly supplied to my table even when we were on the cusp of seeing the Old year off and welcoming 2022 when I received a call informing me of the demise of a one time Member of the Old Anambra State House of Assembly, commissioner for information and present Chairman of the board of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, a father and a man who was like a friend, Chief Charles Amilo. Udobodo Enugwu Ukwu.
I was immediately jolted by such news as I had earlier planned to go and pay him a visit in the new year, he had been sick and after seeing him in October last year where he had gifted me another big box of Coffee, we discussed a number of issues including his health and how he was pulling through, little did I know that such a day would be my last to see him.
I pay homage to one of Anambra’s finest politicians, scholar, encyclopedia of knowledge and image maker. I like Mark Anthony over the pyre of burning wood, much akin to the sorrows of losing such a man, yet but seek to extol the man, Chief Charles Amilo, sorry he was not a mere man, he was one of the Titans, the last of them, a model even in the cold ground.
Amilo was born in 1945 and like every young lad had his primary and secondary education in the Eastern Nigeria region.As a brilliant mind, Amilo was to attend the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1967  to 1974  where he obtained a degree in Microbiology. Seeking further the golden fleece,Amilo went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Rutgers University from 1976 to 1978.
With the first stanza of the retirement of soldiers to the barracks, Amilo was elected as a Member of the Old Anambra State House of Assembly during the 2nd Republic under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria., NPN. One of the shining lights of that House, Amilo was to distinguish himself across party and legislative lines that he was gifted with another term. Using the gift of garb, oratory and a rich knowledge of the nation’s history, Amilo, effusively weighed in on several debates and helped the House pass numerous motions and bills.
Again, in the botched Third Republic, Udobodo participated in the politics of that era, ensuring that the likes of Chukwuemeka Ezeife emerged as Governor of Anambra State. By 2005, with the heightened battle royale between Governor Chris Ngige and his estranged godfather , Chris Uba, there was the general consensus that the gains of the then Ngige administration was not been marketed positively to the public. A quick search of capable hands were sought and within days the name Amilo was all over the place,  his nomination was to follow suit and Ndi Anambra began to feel the difference.
I will always remember my first meeting with Chief Amilo in Awka,circa 2009. Amilo candidly listened to my request to join the Chris Ngige Media Machinery that was been set up for the 2010 polls, that was after he had read some of my articles then in the dailies. Amilo not only ensured that I was appointed into the media committee, he also sought to give me the neccesary encouragement then as a young man,
Today, I am a voice heard because of the opportunity he gave me, I recall how I would reach out to Amilo and he would bellow ” Ah, I just read your column in the Nation, well done Arinze” I can only say that it was his words of encouragement over the years that landed me such an opportunity and many more because he, Amilo believed much in me.
Amilo was an encyclopedia of knowledge; history and politics were at his beck and call, I still remember the numerous times he would regale us with stories of the 1st Republic’s politics,  the alliance between the NCNC and the Action Group to form the United Progressives Grand Alliance, UPGA and the Civil War. I recall the day, he and ECJ Nwosu had a fierce but yet friendly and enlightening argument on who won the 1983 guber elections in old Anambra. Amilo against all voices present that day and entitled to comment vehemently insisted that it was C.C  Onoh’s NPN, his party that had won; much to Kpakpando’s angst who countered that it was Jim’s NPP that actually won.
One key trait of Amilo was his loyalty to causes he believed in. Amilo’s loyalty was not only to those who occupied offices as is the present trend, nope, Udobodo would always stick with his principles as well as his friends, both young and old. A clear example was his relationship with Chris Ngige, who after leaving office saw a huge majority of his lieutenants seeking new camps, Udobodo stuck with Ngige, despite the latter’s notoriety for clannish politics and even when it was not favourable to him (Amilo). This makes him a shining example to our youth,for in an era where many switch parties at the speed faster than light, Udobodo in his Herculean manner remained steadfast to his principles.
As I write this piece, I mull over our last meeting, where I had frank discussions with him, I shudder that he is no more, that sonorous voice and gentle soul that would always seek peace even with his identified enemies. I yet again recall the numerous times he would call me to admonish me on some of my exuberances, particularly that quick temper or righteous anger as I would style it and he would simply say, “I did not teach you this way”. Indeed, he was like a father figure to many and a man of many parts, Amilo was an enigma and it is my hope that he will find peace with his creator.
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Politics

Victor Umeh, Hon. Dozie Nwankwo Begin Consultation For APGA’s Anambra Central Senate Ticket

 

As 2023 draws near, it appears that the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA’S  ticket for Anambra Central Senatorial District will be keenly contested.

 

AT gathered that contrary to what was operational in the past, the ticket would not be the exclusive preserve of the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Victor Umeh as a number of politicos within the party are angling to take a shot at the ticket.

 

Umeh who served as National Chairman of APGA for ten years had been gifted the Senatorial ticket of the party in 2015 and 2019 on a platter of gold. On both occasions, Umeh had jostled with Senator Uche Ekwunife edging her out of in 2015 but then failed to return in 2019.

 

Umeh’s decision to return to the Senate in 2023 was perhaps informed by the demand by a coalition of progressive groups to Umeh to declare for the seat.

 

However, two contenders have emerged to give Umeh a run for his money, while it is rumoured that two other titans are still in their.consulting stages and would also declare for that position.

 

The two sure contenders for now are Uzuegbunam Okagbue, Chief Protocol Officer to Governor Willie Obiano and Honourable Dozie Nwankwo, a two time member of the House of Representatives.

 

Okagbue, a former Executive Director of one of Nigeria’s biggest banks hails from Umunachi in Dunukofia Local Government Area.

 

For Dozie Nwankwo, his decision.to run for the ticket despite his poor performance in the House has startled onlookers. Also, his declaration seems to have.unsettled the Umeh camp as Nwankwo’s declaration will reduce Umeh’s appeal to.party members as well as Umeh’s political family, which has Nwankwo as a key member.

 

This has prompted Umeh to kickstart his ambition earlier than expected, according to a source who pleaded for anonymity, Umeh many moves at this point in time was provoked by the declarations of the duo of Okagbue and Nwankwo. The source alleged that Umeh had rather focused his radar on the incumbent APGA Chairman, Victor Oye, who is reported to also nurse such ambition. Prior to this period, there seema to be no love lost between Umeh and Oye, even though Umeh had played a major role in ensuring that Oye succeeded him as national chairman. Following the 2019 elections, Umeh had in a letter to Willie Obiano had accused Oye of defrauding a number of APGA’S aspirants in the build up to the party’s primaries. This was however dismissed by Oye who described Umeh’s letter as blackmail. Oye, it is gathered is currently eying the Senatorial ticket and intends to give Umeh a run for his money.

 

While, Umeh is banking on his extensive political contacts and achievements as a senator from 2018 to 2019 to edge out the likes of Nwankwo, Okagbue’s declaration may also add to Umeh’s troubles. First of all Okagbue as head of Obiano’s protocol is also force in his own right, hails from a renown family in Anambra and is said to possess deep pockets. Umeh it is alleged is not underating anyone. He has already begun courting the likes of Chukwuma Soludo, the governor-elect of Anambra State and those deemed having some influence on Soludo. It has even been rumoured that Soludo is quite disposed to Umeh’s ambition since it was one of the agreements reached with Umeh in order for the latter to support Soludo’s guber ambition.

 

The disposition of the governor elect however has also been touted by the other two aspirants . At a thank you meeting between Nwankwo and APGA chieftains, Nwankwo had boasted of Soludo’s support for his senatorial  ambition to the attendees describing his nicking the party’s ticket as a done deal. For Okagbue, while he is deemed as a rookie, there are still hopes that he posseses some magic in his sleeves.

 

AT promisessto keep our readers posted on all happenings arising from the battle for the Anambra Central ticket in APGA.

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Anambra APC Congress: Ngige Camp Suffer Set Back

 

  • As National Secretariat Approves State Congress
  • Deploys Congress Commitee.To Supervise Congress In The State

As the APC in Anambra State gear up to elect new party officials, it seems that the Senator Andy Uba/Basil Ejidike faction will emerge victorious as the National Secretariat of the party has approved its plans to organise a state congress.

 

 

There has been a schism in the APC following the Anambra State guber elections as each faction led by Senator Andy Uba and Senator Chris Ngige had engaged in a battle royale over party leadership.

 

 

While the Andy Uba faction had moved to organise congresses which are due the Ngige faction which had experienced a depletion in its ranks had resorted to getting a series of court injunctions as well as had lobbied the CECPC to shelve the proposed congress. This was rebuffed by the CECPC which not only recognized the Basil Ejidike leadership, it also gave approval for the conducting of the congress by deploying a Congress Commitee to the state to supervise the excercise which are slated to hold today,

 

 

Miffed by the CECPC’s decision the Ngige/ Moghalu faction then wrote to the security agencies stating that the congresses had been shelved, this was also rebuffed as the police authorities in the state replied that only the Basil Ejidike faction could shelve the APC Congress since it was the only recognized leadership in the state.

 

 

AT has gathered that the Ngige faction has decided to throw all spanners into the works with the decision to get all manner of injunctions stopping the congress.

 

 

Reacting to the story, the Chairman of the Congress Awareness Committee.of the party, Chief Ralph Okeke described such actions of the Ngige faction as shameful but noted that all efforts to truncate the return of the party to the people in the state would fail.

 

 

He described the slated congress as an opportunity to rebuild the party and commended party members for their peaceful conduct.

 

 

Also the Acting State Chairman, Basil Ejidike also dismissed the plans to scuttle the congress. He pointed out to AT that this was enough proof that the opposition in the party were not on ground and were looking for all avenues to retain their unholy hold on the success of the party in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APC Convention: Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe Declares For National Secretary

 

Following the zoning of the position of National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress to the SouthEast region, a two term member of the House of Representatives and also Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Jerry Ugokwe has declared for the position.

 

In a message to a number of party chieftains obtained by realpoliticsnigeria Ambassador Ugokwe described his ambition as a lofty one designed to help build up the party in the SouthEast. Indicating his readiness to serve, Ugokwe solicited the support of these stakeholders in his quest to become National Secretary.

 

 

Ugokwe, a household name in Anambra politics was once a member of the House of Representatives in which he sponsored 76 bills within his six years stay in the green chambers.

 

 

Should the position be zoned to  Anambra State, Ambassador Ugokwe may have to contend with a number of other aspirants including the likes of Honourable Nze Chidi Duru and Honourable Emeka Nwogbo.

 

Culled from www.realpoliticsnigeria.ng

 

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Ahead Of Possible EFCC Arrest,Governor Mulls Legal Protection

 

 

 

As the countdown to Governor Obiano’s second and final term in office comes to an end on the 17th of March , 2022. Anambra Times has gathered that the outgoing governor is considering seeking legal protection from any form of perceived  harassment or arrest by the agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for fraud during his time in office as Anambra’s helmsman.

 

Readers would recall that the EFCC had sometime in November last year placed the outgoing governor on a travel watchlist asking the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS to inform the anti corruption agency any moment Obiano was to travel out of the country.
Initially, the Obiano administration had called the bluff of the EFCC, describing the news of alleged placement of Governor Willie Obiano on the watch list by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as an inelegant drama. This was made known in a well crafted riposte which announced to the world that the governor had never left anyone in doubt that he would return to the United States of America after his tenure.
However, after weighing his options, Governor Obiano it is gathered had opted to get protection from the law courts, stopping the EFCC or any other anti corruption unit from stopping him from making any trip within Nigeria or from Nigeria to any part of the world. This is similar to how a former governor in Rivers State,.Governor Peter Odili and his Bayelsa counterpart, Seriake Dickson had obtained court orders restraining the EFCC from further investigating the duo. In Odili’s case, the former governor had obtained a court order restraining EFCC from prosecuting him over  the N100 billion fraud allegation levelled against him by the agency.
For Seriake Dickson, a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa had entered a judgment order restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from further investigating Senator Seriake Dickson on the issue of assets declared by him to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) between 2007 – 2020.
Obiano, it is alleged has already contracted the services of three Senior Advocates of Nigeria who will file such a suit some days to Obiano’s end of tenure, this will destabilize the agency’s resolve to invite Obiano for questioning as they would also need to appeal the judgment. This would then give Governor Obiano enough time to slip out of the country. Even if the ruling gets appealed, it would take the EFCC to employ an extradition attempt to get Obiano to  probably face charges for corruption, fraud and mismanagement of funds.  This may take ages, affording Obiano the opportunity nto perhaps cover his tracks for actions he took while in office.
Efforts by AnambraTimes to get the confirmation of the Chief Press Secretary to Obiano, James Eze and Innocent Uwuajeren of the EFCC  could not be achieved as calls and text messages sent to the duo were neither taken, returned nor replied to.
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