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Monica Celebrates As Ebonyi PDP Chair, Others Defect to APC

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Monica Celebrates As Ebonyi PDP Chair, Others Defect to APC

Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze, Technical Assistant to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, on Media has expressed delight over the defection of the entire membership of the Executive Committee of the Ebonyi State Chapter to the Local Government levels of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

 

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Lady Monica aka Ada Ebonyi said the PDP State Executive Committee members led by its chairman, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, acted in good faith, stressing that the exigency of the times demands support and a symbiotic relationship among leaders to be able to attract more democratic dividends to the state and offer the needed leadership to the populace.

 

The mass defection which took place on Saturday, at the Pa Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki, also saw party chairmen of the 13 local government areas and their entire executive committee pitching their tents with the progressive party.

 

Chairmen and members of the executive committees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the 171 political wards of the state were not left out in the event which saw the stadium filled to capacity.

 

It would be recalled that Barr. Nwebonyi and his team were sacked by the national executive of the Peoples Democratic Party late last year, following the defection of the state Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, to the All Progressives Congress, and supported with the Fred Odogu led Caretaker Committee, an action which was upturned by the Court in a judgement handed down by a High Court sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

 

With the matter still pending on Appeal at the instance of the Peoples Democratic Party and the sacked Fred Odogu led team, Barr. Nwebonyi led exco remained the authentic executive committee members of the PDP until their departure, last Saturday, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Commending the Nwebonyi and his team for the wise decision to pitch tent with the All Progressives Congress, Lady Monica who is also the President of DUNAETA an NGO aimed at promotion of good governance said the PDP umbrella has been badly perforated and has lost the capacity to shield Ebonyians from the scorching weather, hence the need to line behind the progressives party.

 

She said the State under Gov. Umahi has continued to witness unprecedented development in all spheres of the state’s economy and it is only fair to identify and give necessary backings to a man whose leadership model is turning the once backward state into a tourist destination and the fastest growing state in Nigeria.

 

Monica called on the good people of Ebonyi to continue to give their support maximally to the Umahi and the APC led State government, assuring that greater dividends await them under the people oriented leadership of Engr. Umahi, who doubles as Chairman, South/East Governors Forum.

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Anambra 2021: Sen Uba Blows Hurt, Challenges Prof. Soludo to Debate, Promises to Sponsor

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Anambra 2021: Sen Uba Blows Hurt, Challenges Prof. Soludo to Debate, Promises to Sponsor

As the November gubernatorial elections draws near, tension has started to mount and campaign wars and words dictating the political atmosphere.

 

The senator representing Anambra South senatorial district, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has challenged Prof.Charles Soludo to a public debate,which he promises to sponsor solely.

 

This is coming as a response form Senator Ifeanyi Ubah to a statement allegedly credited to the Professor Charles Soludo, stating that a West African Examination Certificate holder is not fit to govern Ananmbra state.

 

Recall that Professor Charles Soludo, was a former Central bank of Nigeria governor.

 

In a statement personally signed by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, the Chief executive Officer Capital Oil stated, “In our quest to deepen our democracy which thrives on issue based and constructive deliberations, I have watched with keen interest, the mudslinging and needlessly disruptive comment made by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the effect that a WAEC Certificate holder cannot govern Anambra State.

 

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To the glory of God, having recently graduated with a 2.2 LL.B Hons from the Prestigious Baze University, Abuja by dint of hard-work ,I do not consider it necessary or feel the obsessive compulsion to flaunt my University Degree as it is not a prerequisite to contest for Governorship.”

 

In what seems to remind, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate of personalities who have achieved success without being scholars, Sen Ubah continued, “Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, etc all rose to the apex of success without degrees. It is also worthy of note to let Soludo know that those money bags he is anticipating to bankroll his campaign in Anambra are also not degree holders. In the same vein, those that gave him employment both in the past and present are also not degree holders. I am speaking the mind of other aspirants because I believe that anybody that wants to govern Anambra has the right to contest and should not be tongue-lashed because of a basic requirement by INEC.”

 

The Billionaire oil mogul turned politician stated that, “the truth is that politics has evolved beyond uncouth aspersions and mud slinging. Having taken my time to carefully observe, study and analyze this statement, I have come to the conclusion that there is no justification in his statement as I personally believe that my formidable track record of achievements and wealth of experience as a private investor have earned me tremendous knowledge, skills and capacity to understand the multiple expectations of Anambrarians.

 

“Prof. Soludo’s statement is a game of misdirection which seeks to distract us from focusing on robust policy arguments and constructive debates that will resolve the palpable crises of governance in Anambra State.

 

“With the infrastructural decadence and what is happening in Anambra today, it is clear and evident that the state is in pain and in dire need of a leader that has a pragmatic and layman’s understanding of what governance is all about to redirect us to the path of sustainable and viable economic growth.

 

“I sincerely retain the belief that the era of “textbook grammatical grandstanding” and theoretical politics is over in Anambra. Our people now want a leader with practicable ideas and dynamism to move the state forward. Ideas that will proffer sustainable solutions to the socio-economic problems beclouding the state due to bad governance brought to the fore by the present government.”

 

The Young Progressive Party, YPP, gubernatorial candidate said, “in this regard, I am challenging Prof. Soludo to an open public manifesto debate with me. Let us put our manifestos out before the court of public opinion and adjudication so as to let the people decide their preferred candidate whose agenda resonates with the layman and electorate.

 

“My manifesto which is tagged “Arise, a New Anambra is Possible” is a comprehensive road-map for the actualization of a New and Better Anambra that will open access to equal opportunities to all Anambrarians, guarantee quality infrastructural development, qualitative education, improved security and rapid industrialization in Anambra State.

 

“Furthermore, I will also unveil my Policy Document tagged; The ANAMBRA SUSTAINABLE SOCIO ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (A.S.S.E.T) which is an economic blueprint that incisively articulates and provides detailed Socio-Economic context/perspective on my Policy Thrust and Economic Roadmap for Anambra State.

 

“Looking at how far we have come as a state, we cannot afford to go back to yesteryears of politics characterized by bitterness, avarice and verbal attacks. I am calling on Prof. Soludo to unveil his manifesto and engage the people of Anambra State constructively and objectively. I wish to further state, my readiness to fully sponsor such a debate within the next seven (7) days of presenting his manifesto.

 

“Conclusively, elections and the debates that follow should be solely focused on issues that will be beneficial to the electorate, not about throwing everything, including the kitchen sink at each other. Our conduct during this pre-election period reflects our ability to perform our duties dutifully if/when elected into public office. I wish to implore every one of us to do the right thing with respect to ensuring that our campaigns are bereft of calumny and conducted in a proper and sane manner. I am rest assured that such a move will further solidify our democracy and entrench purposeful narratives that will change the tide of our polity positively,” the statement read.

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Anambra 2021: NSCDC Strengthens Collaboration With INEC

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In build up to November Anambra gubernatorial election, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has expressed his readiness to partner with INEC and synergize with other relevant security agencies to ensure hitch free elections in the country.

 

Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi made this known while on a courtesy visit to the INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja where he reiterated the need to strengthen the existing relationship.

 

Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Ahmed, promised to ensure active participation of Officers and Men of the Corps in providing security for election materials, INEC officials and other facilities of the commission, before, during and after elections. He maintained that there is need for synergy and collaboration among stakeholders in other to promote our political values and protect our democratic culture.

 

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The Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while welcoming the NSCDC delegates, appreciated the collaboration, stating that INEC can only conduct a free and fair election in a secure.

 

Prof. Mahmood stated the resolve of the electoral body to strengthening the country’s democracy through free and fair election.

 

Recall that security personnel and facilities in South East of Nigeria have been under attack by unknown gunmen. The bandits have killed many security personnel and burnt police stations.
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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

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National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.

 

The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.

 

The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.

 

Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.

 

“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.

 

“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.

 

“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.

 

The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”

 

He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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