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Umeh sworn in as senator

Umeh takes oath of office, calls for implementation of Confab report

Victor Umeh

Former National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) Chief Victor Umeh on Thursday took oath of office as Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District.

The oath of office was administered on him by the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki in Abuja.

The Senatorial District had been without representation in the last two years.

Umeh, while briefing journalists after taking oath of office, called for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, saying that the report was comprehensive enough to chat a new course for a new Nigeria.

He noted that the report addressed various issues currently causing agitation in the country, including the issue of restructuring which had generated a lot of debate and controversies in the polity.

The politician explained that restructuring was not tantamount to disintegration of the corporate entity called Nigeria, as many people had insinuated but a means of rearranging certain anomalies in the system, so as to end or reduce agitations.

He said that Nigeria could only prosper when all citizens were given equal opportunities and treatment in the affairs of the nation, pointing out that those opposed to restructuring did not want Nigeria to make progress.

The Anambra Central Senator lamented that his constituents lost so much fortunes as a result of the vacuum that existed in the Senate during the period of political tussle amongst the contestants to the seat.

He, however, said that he was comforted by the fact that justice was done in the protracted law suit, saying that it was better that he got justice, even though it took a long time to happen.

The lawmaker noted that the only way democracy could survive in the country was for everybody to obey the Rule of Law, stressing that those circumventing the Rule of law were the ones dragging the country backward and always brought problems to the people.(NAN)


INEC Declares APGA’s Victor Umeh Winner Of Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun

BREAKING: INEC Declares Victor Umeh Winner Of Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun

Victor Umeh

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh, winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial election rerun.

Umeh swept to victory in Saturday’s poll by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.

Consequently, INEC returned him as winner of the rerun election n Sunday morning.

See full result as below:

1. Oyeh Mercy Uche – A – 35
2. Hon. Oby Kate Okafor – ACD – 33
3. Chief Anayo A. Nweke – ADC – 57
4. Sen. Chris Ngige – APC – 975
5. Chief Sir Victor Umeh – APGA – 64,879
6. Christopher A. Chukwendu – GPN – 48
7. Okafor Ikechukwu – ID – 14
8. Chief Denis Oguguo – KOWA -12
9. Kingsley Chukwuma Nwofor – LP – 95
10. Ekweozo C. Nkem – MPPP – 111
11. Ubakamma J. Ikenna – NCP – 72
12. Rev. Charles O. Ekwueme – PDC – 5
13. Igwilo Michael C. – PPA – 116
14. Ikechukwu F. Obiekwe – UPP – 55

Although the name of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige’s name was on the ballot paper, he had stressed before the election that he wasn’t a candidate.

Source: Channels Television  

Anambra governorship election: How the battle was won and lost

Anambra guber: How the battle was won and lost

Governor Willie Obiano

By Temitope Ogunbanke

Anambra State governor and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday emerged the winner of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state to return for a second term in office. Obiano won the election with 234,071 votes to defeat his closet rivals, Hon. Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had 98,753 and 70,293 votes respectively. According to the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obiano won with wide margin in all the 21 local government areas of the state.

The APGA candidate won conveniently in his local government, Anambra East. He got 20,510 votes to defeat APC and PDP candidate, who had 5,528 and 1,132 votes respectively. In Dunukofia, the local government of Nwoye’s political godfather, Prince Arthur Eze, Obiano polled 8,575 votes against Nwoye’s 7,016 and Obaze’s 1,530 votes.

He also won conveniently in Idemili North, the local government of the United Progressive Party (UPP) governorship candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka, as well as the Minister for Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, polling 12,180 against APC, UPP, and PDP, which had 4,632, 2,847 and 2,767 votes respectively.

In Anaocha, the local government of his predecessor, Peter Obi, Obiano had 11,237 to defect the PDP and APC, which scored 6,654 and 5,297 votes respectively. APGA also secured 6,615 votes in Ogbaru, the local government of the PDP candidate, Obaze to defeat PDP and APC, which scored 4,416 and 3,415 votes in the council. In Njikoka, Obiano won with 16,944 votes against Nwoye’s 5,756 and Obaze’s 3,477. In Awka South, APGA candidate won with 18,957 votes against APC’s 6,167 and PDP’s 5,354.

The governor had 7,162 votes in Awka North to also beat Nwoye and Obaze, who had 3,727 and 3,347 votes respectively. Obiano had his way in Ayamelum Local Government Area by scoring 14,593 to beat Nwoye and Obaze who scored 5,412 and 2,323 votes. In Orumba South, he scored 8,125 to defeat APC and PDP candidates, who had 3,808 and 2,412 votes. Obiano scored 8,595 against Nwoye’s 5,412 and Obaze’s 3,856 in Ekwusigo Local Government Area. In Aguata, he won with 13,167 votes, while APC and PDP candidates had 5,807 and 4,073 votes.

Obiano also recorded 10,138 votes in Onitsha North council against Obaze’s 4,143 and Nwoye’s 3,808. In Onitsha South, the governor scored 7,082 against PDP’s 3,423 and APC’s 2,012 votes. In Idemili South, Obiano got 5,742 votes against Nwoye’s 4,063 and Obaze’s 2,629. He also won in Oyi with 11,840 votes, while the APC and PDP candidates had 5,085 and 1,296 votes respectively.

Obiano also won in Orumba North with 8,766 votes while Obaze and Nwoye recorded 3,865 and 3,551 votes. Obiano had his way in Ihiala Local Government Area by winning conveniently with 14,379 votes against Nwoye and Obaze, who got 7,894 and 4,706 votes respectively. He won in Nnewi South with 10,465 votes against PDP’s 3,255 and APC, which had 2,765 votes. The governor also won in Nnewi North, securing 10,845 votes against Obaze and Nwoye, who had 4,157 and 3,616 votes respectively. He had 8,152 votes in Anambra West Local Government Area to also beat the APC and PDP candidates, who scored 4,261 and 1,578 votes in the council.
Source: New Telegraph

Anambra governorship poll: PDP’s candidate loses LG to Obiano

PDP’s candidate loses LG to Obiano

By Tonye Bakare

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State Oseloka Obaze has lost his local government to the incumbent governor of the state and All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA) Willie Obiano.

Obiano took Ogbaru Local Government with a total of 6, 615 while Obaze secured 4,416 votes to pull ahead of All Progressives Congress’s Tony Nwoye who had 3. 415 votes.

Obiano has also won ten other local governments so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with 122,688 votes while both Nwoye and Obaze trail with 55,961 and 40,767 votes respectively.

Osita Chidoka of UPP is in a distant fourth position with a paltry 2, 746 votes.
Source: The Guardian 

Vote and die, IPOB threatens Anambra voters

Vote and die, IPOB threatens Anambra residents

Adelani Adepegba, Kunle Falayi, Olaleye Aluko and Tony Okafor

One week to the governorship election in Anambra State, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has threatened voters with death if they vote. They also vowed to disrupt the election.

The members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, vowing a lockdown on the day of the election, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Members of the group can be heard threatening voters in videos of the march circulating online.

They said, ““If you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house. If you vote on November 18, you will die. We are not running around for the zoo.

“There will be no election. We will not participate, we will not vote. Nothing concerns us with any election. We are formidable.

“We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu. They should release all the Biafrans in Nigerian prisons.”

Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that the purpose of the demonstration in Onitsha was to show the world that “the threat of bullet” would not stop the group from realising its aim of having Biafra Republic.

He said Igbo people living outside the South-East should contact their families at home to boycott all future Nigerian elections, including the governorship election.

Powerful said, “Today in Onitsha, we broke the python Buratai, Ohanaeze, Obiano and Igbo governors brought to our land. Anybody doubting the resolve of IPOB under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu is mistaken.

“We will put Anambra State on lockdown on November 18. This is a taste of what is to come. Nigeria should be prepared.

“It is also very critical to inform every Biafran, be you IPOB family member, businessman, farmer, artisan, driver, teacher, doctor, motorcycle/tricycle union, civil servant, trader, market leader, National Union of Road Transport Workers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, fisherman, market men and women, including politicians who believe in freedom and liberty of a free independent State of Biafra, to boycott the Anambra State election.”

According to him, the election boycott will give their agitation a global momentum needed to make world leaders accept a peaceful break-up of Nigeria.

“They will be morally bound to consider a possible date for Biafra’s referendum for independence without delay. A vote in Anambra elections will mean electing into office the same people who, over the years, have been responsible for the death, pain, misery, agony and suffering of our people. We would have only succeeded in renewing our suffering for another four years,” Powerful said.

Steer clear of Anambra, police warn IPOB

But the Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the IPOB march was of no effect, as the state police command had concluded arrangements for effective policing of the state during the election. She asked residents of the state to go out en masse to exercise their franchise on the day of the election.

Also, the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, warned the IPOB members to steer clear of the state during and after the forthcoming governorship election, in their own interest, saying the police would deal with IPOB members “the way an outlawed group should be dealt with.”

He said the police were fully on the ground to ensure a hitch-free and violence-free poll, adding that battle-ready operatives including police special forces, anti-riot personnel, and counter-terror squad had been instructed to deal with troublemakers.

“They (IPOB) should steer clear of Anambra because we have deployed enough personnel in the state; any miscreant who misbehaves would have himself to blame as he would be dealt with. IPOB should not test our will or resolve,” Moshood cautioned.

Army places troops on alert

Meanwhile, the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, which covers the South-East region, has placed its troops on the alert to forestall any security breakdown in the Anambra governorship election.

Although the spokesperson for the division and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, said he could not comment on security measures for the elections, a top source from the division said the troops were on red alert.

“Talk to the Commissioner of Police,” Musa simply said when one of our correspondents called to ask for his response.

But, the source said, “The troops are always on ground to prevent any breakdown of law and order during the election. As you know, the police are the first line of security and we cannot usurp their role.

“On October 14, we ended the 30-day Operation Python Dance II in the South-East, including Anambra State, and the exercise was to sharpen the skills of troops for occasions such as this election. So, you cannot rule out our involvement.

“We have mastered the areas and we are familiar with the hideouts of the troublemakers. All these preparations will count for the troops on Saturday. But the army cannot deploy its troops unless the security situation degenerates, which is not anyone’s wish.”

We’ll deploy 5,000 men –NSCDC

Also, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Emma Okeh, said the agency would deploy 5,000 personnel, including special forces and regular officers. He cautioned against disruption of the poll by any group of persons, stressing that the corps would not spare anyone caught violating the law.

He said about 1,000 intelligence and surveillance operatives were on the ground in the state, adding that regular personnel would move in soon with sniffer dogs.

“I urge the electorate to come out en masse and vote for the candidates of their choice. It is their election, it is their state and whoever they elect as governor would determine their future,” Okeh said.

No inconclusive election in Anambra, Senate tells INEC

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday asked the commission to make sure that the election was conclusive, saying the credibility of the election would serve as a litmus test for the 2019 general elections.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, stated this when he led other committee members, including Senators Mao Ohuabunwa and Aliu Sabi, to a meeting with INEC officials and political parties at the INEC headquarters in Awka, the state capital.

“I want the leadership of INEC to ensure that Anambra governorship election is conclusive, free, fair and credible,” Nazif said.

He urged INEC to ensure a level playing ground for all the political parties contesting the poll, adding that the committee members were in the state to find out the challenges of the commission, with the aim of putting heads together towards proffering solutions.

Speaking, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, noted that the state was second in the country in terms of the collection of permanent voter’s cards, stressing that the collection of the cards in the area would end on November 15.

He said the commission would deploy one card reader per voting point and that there would be field technical officers who would handle any challenges arising from the use of the card readers.

Orji also reiterated the commitment of the commission to conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable election to the people of the state.

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Anambra: Abuja APC chiefs plot to annul Nwoye’s nomination as governorship candidate

Nwoye: Abuja APC chieftains plot election annulment

Yusuf Alli 
There is a plot in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to annul the Anambra Sta,

te governorship primary election which House of Representatives member Tony Nwoye won.
It was learnt that some influential members of the party in Abuja, known as “Abuja Forces”, were unhappy that Nwoye secured the ticket.
The forces include some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), some ranking members of the National Assembly and some money-bags who feel that their interest will not be protected by Nwoye, sources said.
They are mounting pressure on the party’s leadership to drop Nwoye for Sen. Andy Uba.
But an aide to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima said the primary election was transparent, free and fair.
He said the governor would be shocked if the “Abuja Forces” were allowed to cancel it.
According to sources, the “Abuja Forces”, comprising mostly of stakeholders outside Anambra State, tried to influence Shettima to skew the primaries in favour of their preferred candidate.
The governor, who resisted the pressure, also refused to get official accommodation from Governor Willie Obiano.
After the failure to influence the primary, the Abuja Forces came up with “Plan B” to cancel the primaries.
They succeeded in enlisting some members of the NWC to ensure the cancellation of the primary.
The NWC members have teamed up with some ranking members of the National Assembly and some money-bags to annul the results.
It was gathered that the forces prevailed on the NWC not to congratulate Nwoye as the party’s candidate. Besides, they are believed to be behind the petition sent to the party’s Governorship Primaries Appeal Committee sitting in Abuja.
A source said:  “Their first major plan is to discredit the outcome of the governorship primaries. They have already conscripted an Adviser to the Governor of Borno State to appear before the Appeal Committee to make false claims bordering on padded delegates’ list and rigging.
“This same Adviser participated in the primaries but the forces are trying to use him to rubbish the primaries conducted by Shettima.
“Another dummy being sold to the party is that Nwoye cannot win the November 18 poll because he has no resources. They said Uba is more experienced and he has enough resources to secure victory for APC.
“Also, they have mounted campaign of calumny against Nwoye.
A source close to the governor, who spoke in confidence, said: “Shettima conducted the governorship primaries in a manner that none of the aspirants or their supporters questioned the integrity of the process before and after the election.
“The APC primary election was not like that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In PDP, Sen. Stella Oduah and Ifeanyi Ubah protested against the process. No issue was raised against Shettima’s committee.
“If anybody has any complaint, he should come out openly and say where the process was wrong.”
Asked what will be the reaction of the governor if the results of the primaries were annulled, the source added: “It will be shocking not only to the governor but to all stakeholders. And the APC will be setting a bad precedent.
“The planned annulment will have effect on the integrity of the APC. If Nwoye is dropped by APC, it will pave the way for the automatic re-election of Governor Willy Obiano. Aggrieved stakeholders and party members may sway their votes in favour of the governor.
“This was the same error committed by PDP which made it to lose election in 2015 after defection by its key leaders.”

Anambra poll: Court orders substituted service p Kanu, IPOB

Anambra poll: Court orders substituted service p Kanu, IPOB

The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted the request seeking to serve court processes on Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through substituted service.

The court, however, ordered that other respondents in the matter, namely: the Inspector-General of Police, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Attorney-General of the Federation be served personally.

Justice B.O. Quadri gave the order following an ex-parte application by Mr Richard Ndubuaku for an order of court for substituted service of all the processes of the court on the defendants by publishing them in two national newspapers.

Ndubuaku, who made the application through his counsel, Mr Smart Iheazor, also asked the court to make an order restraining the respondents, whether by themselves, members or agents from disrupting the forthcoming Anambra election.

He also asked the court to make an order restraining Kanu and all members of IPOB from interfering, intimidating and harassing all registered and eligible voters in the Nov. 18 Anambra election.

He adjourned the matter until Oct. 10 for hearing.(NAN)