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
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)
Nwoye beats Uba, Moghalu, others to emerge APC governorship candidate in Anambra
By Moses Emorinken
Tony Nwoye has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the gubernatorial race slated for November 18 in Anambra State.
In a peaceful and apparently transparent primary, Nwoye, defeated Senator Andy Uba, George Moghalu, and nine others.
With an overwhelming victory, he polled a total of 2,146 votes to clinch the ticket. His closest rival, Uba got 931 votes. Moghalu polled a total of 525 votes to come third in the race. Barth Nnaji, who came fourth in the contest, scored 414 votes.
Mr . Darlington Chukwubuikem Okolie , the media aide to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu , has denied a report that IPOB has withdrawn its threat to stop the governorship election scheduled to hold in Anambra State in November .
There was a report that the leader of Alaigbo Foundation, Uzodinma Nwala, disclosed after a meeting with Kanu that negotiation with IPOB was ongoing on other matters .
Refuting the report , Okolie stated that IPOB had not changed its initial position of boycotting the Anambra election on November 18 .
In a statement on Sahara Reporters , Okolie said , “Whoever said that [ there has been a shift in IPOB ’s position ] is telling lies. The media is fond of spreading falsehood about us . Kanu can never go back on his word.
“There will be no election in Anambra . There is nothing anybody can do about this . Any media that is reporting that Kanu has withdrawn his call to boycott Anambra election is simply publishing false reportage .”
Kanu ’s media aide also revealed that there would be a mass rally on August 19 , adding that Kanu would use the event to openly declare his position that the governorship election must be boycotted .
Source: The Punch
APC clears 12 aspirants for Anambra governorship primary
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress has cleared all the 12 aspirants who paid and picked nomination and expression of interest forms to take part in the party’s governorship primary in Anambra State.
Chairman of the screening panel, who is also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said on Saturday in Abuja that all the 12 aspirants were eligible to contest the governorship primary.
The primary holds on August 19 in the state.
Ajayi spoke while presenting his committee’s report, adding that all the aspirants did well and were capable of leading the party in the state.
He said all the aspirants complied with the guidelines and that they all signed an undertaking form assuring that they would all support whoever emerges eventually as the candidate of the party.
The National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, who congratulated the aspirants for being competent to stand for the primary, added that the next phase would be that of appeal panel, should there be any need for such.
He also commended the aspirants, saying, “So far, we have not received any report of violence among all the aspirants.
“We urge you to carry on and we are very hopeful that one of you will eventually emerge as the next governor of Anambra State. ”
Speaking with journalists shortly after he received his clearance certificate, Senator Andy Uba assured members of the party that he would stand with APC, whether he eventually wins the party’s ticket or not; adding that the incumbent governor of the state “must pack his load and go because APC must win Anambra.”
Election: Anambra lawyers declare war against IPOB, call Kanu anarchist
A group of Igbo lawyers under the platform of Anambra State Lawyers in Defence of Democracy has described the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu as an anarchist . It accused Kanu and his IPOB of trying to cause anarchy in the country , calling on security operatives to deal decisively with the organization before it would plunge the country untold conflict. In a letter addressed to the Anambra State governor , Chief Willie Obiano and signed by its convener , Mr . Johnmary Jideobi, the lawyers said IPOB had introduced violence in the nation ’ s electoral process , with the threat to disrupt the November poll in Anambra state . In the letter titled , ‘The 2017 Anambra State Governorship Election and the imperative of ending the impunity of anarchists before it is too late’, the lawyers said : “The leader of IPOB , Mazi Nnamdi Kanu , has taken a decision and consequently issued a directive to the effect that elections would no longer hold in Biafraland . “No doubt , both your humble self and the members of ASLADD are all Biafrans . To this extent , it is therefore correct to state that no one man or group can lay claim to being more Biafran than the others. “The fulcrum of this urgent letter is to express the way we feel by the strident opposition mounted by the IPOB to the conduct of the 2017 governorship election in Anambra state . “We have chosen to write you on this , principally because we are involved . We are involved because democracy has come under imminent threat in our beloved state . “We are involved because the future of every nation ’s democracy lies on the shoulders of lawyers . “We are involved because lawyers are saddled with the sacred and abiding duties of enlightening the society, upholding the rule of law and defending our constitution , which is the most sacred document that holds our nation in balance and in being . “We are involved because it is our incontestable right to contribute in defining and protecting the future in which we will live and raise our kids .” The lawyers said further , “But IPOB did not stop at that. It has now gone physical. In Onitsha , video evidence abounds how IPOB members interrupted state activities where the governor went for a football tournament. On another occasion , the governorship candidate of Progressives Peoples ’ Alliance , PPA , Chief Godwin Ezeemo, was confronted at a rally by members of IPOB . “Only recently , the IPOB members invaded and desecrated St . Joseph’s Catholic Church , Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area, where Governor Obiano was to worship . “From the account of the state Commissioner of Police , it took greater restraint and discipline on the part of the governor ’s security details to stave off what would have been a harvest of human casualties . “Still recently , a coalition of militants issued a stern warning to Anambrarians , to stay away from the polls on the 18 th of November , 2017 or pay dearly for daring to defy the order of Maazi Nnamdi Kanu . All these are deliberate acts aimed at striking terror in the minds of ordinary citizens who have made up their minds to go out and discharge their civic duty . “It is now clear that going further to disrupt electioneering processes like football tournaments, campaign rallies and invading and desecrating the sacred places of worship as witnessed in St . Joseph ’s Catholic Church , Ekwulobia, are acts clearly outside the meaning of the word “ boycott ”. “Those are acts of outlawry. They are forerunners of anarchy. Anarchy is antithetical to democracy . Anarchists are anti- democratic forces that must be opposed, whether in Nigeria or Biafra land . Anambra State has values that distinguish it from the lots . “It is important to point out that in every democracy , while the minority will always have their say , the majority will have their way . In every democracy , no one man has the monopoly of the knowledge of what is good for a people . “For seeking to precipitate anarchy in the state of the iconic departed supreme leader of Biafra Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu , they are enemies of Biafraland . They have no respect for the cherished memories of our departed supreme leader who in his matchless wisdom established APGA as a political party in the Nigerian Federation . This is a party which IPOB leader , Nnamdi Kanu once headed its United Kingdom chapter and he has not told us what has changed between then and now . “We wish to remind Your Excellency that as the Chief Security of Officer of this state , all the instruments and legitimate authority of the state are at your disposal . Your hand should be strengthened by this singular fact . “May your Administration never go down in history as first democratic government that was put in abeyance owing to the declaration of state of emergency in Anambra State as a result of avoidable security breaches . ”