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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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Anambra APC Congress: Chris Ngige, George Moghalu Plot To Stop Anambra APC Congress

 

  • Party Congresses Will Still Hold-  Supporters of State Chairman, Basil Ejidike insist.

 

As the APC prepares to hold its convention in February, it does seem that the congresses might not hold in Anambra as the duo of the Minister for Labour, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige and Chief George Moghalu are reportedly bent on truncating the proposed congresses from holding.

 

Ngige and Moghalu have reportedly teamed up to wrest the party structure from Senator Andy Uba,  the party’s candidate in the last guber elections.

 

Following the emergence of Uba as the new leader of the party, the duo began formulating plans to remove the state party chairman in Chief Basil Ejidike and replace him with their own stooge who would then suspend Senator Uba and a number of his supporters. When this move failed, the Ngige group then ordered their loyalists to stop attending meetings called by Ejidike.

 

While Ejidike has been recognised as the authentic chairman of the party and has began to make moves to conduct the ward, local and state congresses for the party. AT reliably  gathered that the Ngige group had begun making frantic moves to stop the congresses from been conducted as this would surely see the minister and his supporters lose out from controlling the structure of the party within the state.

 

From plans to sponsor court cases against the congresses to the submission of petitions against Ejidike, the Ngige group is stopping at nothing to decimate the Ejidike leadership.

 

According to a chieftain who is loyal to the Ngige group, the move to stop the congresses was the only way to preserve Ngige’s claims to leadership, stating that anything short of this would spell doom for the minister and his followers.

 

However, supporters of Basil Ejidike seem to be unperturbed by the moves to stop the congresses describing the Ngige group as clutching on straws.

 

They argue that Ejidike asides from following the stipulated process for the conduct of the congress has also led the APC in Anambra well.

 

They accused Ngige  and Moghalu of pocketing the party and using their positions to favour family members to the detriment of party members who have not benefitted from the party since 2015.

 

They have also challenged the Ngige group to test their popularity in the forthcoming congress rather than seek to halt it.

 

They say that under an Andy Uba leadership, party members would begin to enjoy a new deal as well as be better positioned to win forthcoming elections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soludo’s Transition List Generates Anger Within APGA

  Following the release of the transition list of the governor-elect of Anambra State. Professor Chukwuma Soludo, a number of stakeholders in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA are said to be bitter with the choice of names that made the list, describing it as not representing the interest of party members who braved all odds to get  Soludo elected.

 

Anambratimes gathered  that the various camps led by Governor Willie Obiano, Senator Victor Umeh and Victor Oye are reportedly angry with Soludo for not including them nor their nominees in the list.
For the outgoing governor, the list was indeed a slap on his face as he had nominated his Chief of Staff, Primus Odili as one of those to play a key role in the transition, Odili did not make the list. Same fate also befell the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu who by virtue of his position  is key to a smooth transitioning was also dropped at the last minute.
For the likes of Senator Victor Umeh and Chief Victor Oye, the non presence of their allies and loyalists is also generating enormous discord within the ranks of the party. A source disclosed that non of the duo’s nominations saw the light of day, an act seen as an affront to the duo who control a number of power blocs within the party.
The source also disclosed that numerous party members were not comfortable with the nominations of the likes of Osita Chidoka and Alex Ogbigbolu who were active with the PDP campaigns and should not have been rewarded with such.
” How can the likes of Victor Umeh and Oye be relegated while the likes of Oby Ezekwesili, Chidoka and Ogbiogbolu make the list. These are people who have never contributed anything of value to the party or even the guber ambition of the governor- elect, how come such a reward whereas those who toiled day and night are left out? “
But another source who did not want his name to be disclosed disagreed with the position of a majority of party members. The source stated that Soludo wanted a break from the politics of the past and wanted technocrats to give his administration direction. He wondered what the likes of Umeh and Oye would have to offer the incoming administration which he said was out to hit the ground running.
” There is joy in most quarters as Soludo is coming to make a break from the politics and style of governance that has been witnessed in the past sixteen years. The man intends to hit the ground running and thus his involving of these first class brains to help give his administration that filip needed to lead a state like Anambra. Tell me what will the likes of Umeh and Oye offer in such a commitee? This is not the time for politics, when the time comes the duo will obviously be included but for now what we crave is that this man be allowed to fulfil his campaign promises and bring his wealth of experience and that of these assembled technocrats to bear on the state’s development.”
There had been rumours that the governor-elect and the outgoing governor had fallen out over some salient issues. This had reportedly been denied by both Obiano and  Soludo’s media handlers, who denied any rift between the two.
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