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Anambra governorship candidate pledges more dividends of democracy




An aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has said that though Nigeria has witnessed 22 years of uninterrupted democratic rule , a lot still needed to be done.

“We are celebrating 22 years of democracy but a lot is still left behind when we talk about the dividends on ground.

“If you look at the level of achievements, you will discover that we have failed to live up to expectations,’’ Ezeemo said in a statement released on Sunday in Awka by his publicist, Mr Emmanuel Chukwuebuka.

While congratulating Nigerians for celebrating 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in the country, Ezeemo said the nation was still confronted by many problems including election irregularities, lack of infrastructure and poor performance on the part of political office holders.

“Most, if not all elections conducted in the country, are still far from being credible, the security situation is bad, the rate of killings continue to gain momentum, the economy is not buoyant, the roads are bad and there is poor electricity supply,’’Ezeemo said in the statement.

To solve the numerous problems, governorship aspirant in the November election, called for credible polls to enable the people to choose their leaders.

While commending some past leaders for deepening democracy in the country, Ezeemo especially thanked former President Goodluck Jonathan and erstwhile governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi.

“These are my two top leading heroes of democracy in Nigeria … Jonathan as the national hero and Obi as the outstanding hero in the Southeast where his outstanding performance as governor remains the leadership model,” he said.

He said that Jonathan boosted democracy in the country by conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election, a feat that was seen as un-African.

Ezeemo said that Jonathan’s decision to accept defeat, as a sitting President and Commander in Chief, simply thrust him into the rank of the leading heroes of democracy in Africa.

He said Obi’s ability to recover his stolen mandate in court and his outstanding performance as governor for eight years has yet to be matched by any governor in the Southeast geopolitical zone.

“Obi was the first to recover a stolen mandate in court and that paved the way for others to have the courage to go to court to seek redress over stolen mandate,’’ he said.

He commended what he called Obi’s “superlative performance“ within eight years as governor, pointing out that that made him a hero.

He said that there was a need for the immediate implementation of the Electoral Reforms in order to checkmate electoral irregularities and allow the choice of the electorate to prevail.

Chairman of Orient Group of Companies, said to have more than 4,000 employees, Ezeemo promised to deepen democracy through the delivery of democracy dividends the same way Obi did.

He assured the people of Anambra that he has all it takes in terms of experience and exposure to deliver dividends of democracy. (NAN)


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APC Picks Ondo Gov Candidate Apr 25, Pegs Form At ₦50m



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Ahead of the November 16, 2024 governorship election in Ondo State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has released its timetable and schedule of activities leading to the party’s selection of a candidate on April 25, 2024.

The APC timetable released late Monday was signed by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Sulaimon Argungu.

According to the party, the sale of nominations, expression of interest and delegates forms for contestants will begin on April 3 and end on April 10, 2024, while primary election is slated for April 25, 2024.

Like its governorship primary in Edo State which produced Monday Okpebholo as the flag bearer, the APC pegged the price for the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms at N10m and N40m respectively for Ondo.

The party said female aspirants and persons living with disabilities are to pay for Expression of Interest while the Nomination Form is free.

“Youths from 25 to 40 years are to purchase Expression of Interest forms with a 50% discount on Nomination Forms,” the APC stated.

Some of the top contenders for the APC ticket in Ondo include Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, former Ondo deputy governor, who succeeded the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu after the latter’s death on December 27, 2023. A former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Wale Akinterinwa; as well as Senator representing Ondo South, Jimoh Ibrahim, also want the party’s ticket.

Ondo and Edo are two of the eight states where governorship elections are held off-season due to litigations and court judgements. The others are Anambra, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi and Osun.

Already, political gladiators are squaring up in the two states where governorship polls will hold this year. 19 political parties are expected to field a candidate each but the polls, like previous ones, will turn out as two-horse races or at best three-horse races.


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Edo Guber Poll: Uzodinma Heads APC Primary Election Committee 




Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) Hope Uzodinma is to head the seven-man All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo Gubernatorial Primary Election Committee.

A statement late Tuesday night in Abuja announcing the names of various committee members by the party’s National Organising Secretary (NOS), Sulaiman Muhammad Arugungu showed that the committee will be inaugurated on Thursday by the National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje by 4 pm.

His committee is to conduct the party’s shadow election on Saturday, February 17 in the 193 wards of Edo State to determine APC gubernatorial flag bearer in the September 21 governorship election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu will serve as Deputy Chairman of the committee while Alh. Rabiu Suleiman is appointed as Secretary.

Other members are former Osun Deputy Gov Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; Plateau 2023 APC governorship candidate, Dr. Nentanwe Yilwatda Goshwe, Hon. Umar Hassan and Lawan Garba.

The party also announced Barr. C. C Udenwa as Chairman of the five-man Election Appeal Committee while Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed will serve as Secretary.

The APC cleared all the 12 aspirants jostling for its ticket to contest the September Edo governorship election.

The 12 aspirants are: Prince Clem Agba; Senator Monday Okpebholo; Lucky Imasuen, Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri; Pastor Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu; Engr. Gideon Ikhine; Col. David Imuse (Rtd.); Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere (Rtd.); Prof. (Sen.) Oserheimen Osunbor; Blessing Agbomhere, Hon Dennis Idahosa and Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe.

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Fresh Crisis Hits Labour Party  Over N3.5bn



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A fresh crisis is brewing in the Labour Party (LP) over the 2023 general election finances.

The National Treasurer, Mrs. Oluchi Oparah, has demanded accountability from the National Chairman, Julius Abure, over N3.5 billion realized from sales of forms and other donations to the party.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, February 12, 2024, Opara said that LP has been plagued with financial mismanagement and corruption.

She alleged that Abure owns several houses and property.

Oparah said: “I stand before you today with a heavy heart and a sense of duty to the principles of transparency, accountability, and justice. With great reluctance and deep concern, I am compelled to publicly address the media regarding the egregious financial mismanagement and corruption that have plagued our beloved party under the leadership of Mr Julius Abure, the current National Chairman.

“As national treasurer, I am constrained to come before you and the public today because the internal mechanisms of our party have failed woefully to bring Mr. Abure to account for his brazen abuse of office and misappropriation of party funds.

“His appetite for power has grown unchecked, and he has deliberately undermined my duties and authority as stipulated in the party’s constitution.”

Meanwhile, the party has dismissed the allegations.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said: “With the exception of the National Treasurer whose tenure is about to end in few weeks’ time, and who has served for 8 years as National Treasurer without a single record of party accounts, no other member of the national working committee has raised any issue of embezzlement against our National Chairman who made a pledge on assumption that the party has to be revamped.

Evidence is our proactive outing in the 2023 general election as the party presented for the first time a very good presidential candidate.

“Let it be said that the Labour Party has not earned N3.5 billion as claimed and that the National Chairman has not embezzled any money that belongs to the party as alleged.

 The records are there, except that Ms Oluchi Opara don’t even understand simple accounting even as a treasurer. An External Auditor is engaged by the party and our account is under constant scrutiny of INEC or other regulatory bodies.

“Abure does not own several houses and property as spuriously alleged by our estranged National Treasurer, even though no law prohibits him from owning properties.”


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