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Enugu: Lawrence Ezeh was never APC member – Party chieftain, Ogbu-Aguocha carpets defection

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Enugu State, Princess Adaku Ogbu-Aguocha has described the defection of Prince Lawrence Ezeh to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as good ridance to bad rubbish.

Ogbu-Aguocha, who was the Enugu East Senatorial Candidate for the February National Assembly poll, said Ezeh was never a member of the APC.

She spoke in reaction to a media report that Ezeh defected to the PDP with over 20,000 supporters, describing it as a charade as he was never a member of APC in the first instance.

She said “Ezeh lost his bid to grab the APC ticket at the High Court, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court, where all the courts disagreed with his candidacy saying that it is ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop.’

Ogbu-Aguocha warned all other persons in Enugu APC, who came in solely to ‘steal and destroy’, to repent now, or be flushed out.

“How can he claim to be decamping to PDP when he never left PDP.

“Such characters with questionable loyalties have no place in our progressive party and Next Level government.

“So his departure is truly ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’. We can now continue to rebuild Enugu APC under the able leadership of the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama,” she said.

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She alleged that Ezeh was part of the interlopers from other parties that were imposed on the APC by factional opportunistic party leaders and self styled emperors to destabilise the party in the state.

Ezeh had shortly after he lost the PDP senatorial primary election, won by a former governor of the state, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, defected to the APC where he was given the party’s ticket.

But not satisfied with the development, the second runner-up to the APC primary election in the Enugu East Senatorial District, Princess Adaku Ogbu-Aguocha challenged his candidacy, and won at the Federal High Court, Enugu and the Appeal Court.

Meanwhile, Ogbu-Aguocha has reassured Nigerians that President Buhari’s committment to the upliftment of the lives of Nigerians in general and Ndigbo in particular is well on course.

“The days of yearly fuel scarcity in December is long gone, and by 2022 the hardship our people suffer every December at the Niger Bridge will stop with the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge,” she said.

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Why we support Oshiomhole – Osun APC Chairman

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, chairman in Osun State, Prince Adegboyega Famodun has revealed the rationale behind forum of APC state chairmen’s support for the National chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Famodun, who was speaking with newsmen at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday, said the resolve to save Oshiomole’s job was informed by past political experiences and the need to galvanise the party against major crisis.

He explained that similar acrimony within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while in power was responsible for its abysmal performance during 2015 election, adding that the forum was working assiduously to prevent such occurrence in APC.

According to him, the party’s misfortune in Zamfara, as well as nagging imbroglio within APC in Edo were not enough grounds to relieve Oshiomhole of his job.

He argued that conflict remained unavoidable component of every political environment, saying the capacity to manage it without resulting to large scale crisis indicates political maturity.

Famodun said: “we don’t have any choice than to support Oshiomole, we can’t afford to experience the calamity that befell PDP as a result of similar conflict which they failed to manage diplomatically.

“The essence of history is to guide future happenings, in that wise, the forum of APC state chairmen must do everything possible to save the party by rallying around the National chairman and also take steps to resolve other issues that are causing disagreement.

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“We are also not unaware of certain interests that considered the leadership of Oshiomhole as inimical to their political ambitions, hence, the desperate move to replace him. However, we are making every necessary arrangement to reach amicable resolution”.

Speaking on the performance of his party in the state, Famodun said the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola was consolidating achievement of the last administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, especially in the area of infrastructure.

He explained that certain policies of the new government were tailored towards addressing the immediate needs of the people in the state, without compromising physical development.

The Osun APC chairman described the wave of defection that hit the party prior to 2018 gubernatorial election as a wrong political calculation.

Famodun cited the case of the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who contested the governorship seat alongside Oyetola on the platform of ADP, saying the move was effort in futility.

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APC chieftain lands in prison for accusing Bauchi gov of stealing 1bn

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Bauchi State Police Command on Thursday, arraigned a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Mai Fata, before the Chief Magistrate Court 11, for allegedly making a false accusation on a radio program against the state Governor Bala Mohammed.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Ayuba Danladi, filed the suit on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police.

He told the court that Mai Fata alleged that Bala took the sum of N1 billion from government coffers to fund the recent governorship election in Bayelsa State where he served as Chairman of the PDP campaign committee.

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During the sitting, counsel to the respondent, Barrister Usman Bappha, asked the court to give him five minutes to go out and bring some legal documents for their defense.

However, after 30 minutes when the lawyer failed to return to the courtroom, the prosecutor urged the court to adjourn hearing until when the defense counsel is around.

In her ruling, the presiding Magistrate Safiya Doma adjourned sitting to 23rd November 2019 and also ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison till the next adjourned date.

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Enugu Council polls: Onyeke, Omeje battle for Nsukka LG

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A right activist and founder Enugu Youth General Assembly (EYGA), Hon Chineme Onyeke, has entered the ring for the sole chairmanship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State.

This is following the announcement by the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC, that local government election will be held in the State by February 29, 2020.

Chief Mike Ajogu (SAN) Chairman of ENSIEC had directed political parties in the state to draw up time tables for their primaries, which must hold between Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, 2020 and result forwarded to ENSIEC.

Also Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State had on December 4th dissolved chairmen of 17 LG councils in the State following the expiration of their two-year tenure on December 4, 2019.

Ugwuanyi directed the chairmen to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their local government councils.

DAILY POST gathered that the immediate past chairman of Nsukka council, Hon. Patrick Omeje, also a member of the PDP, is seeking a second term.

However, Onyeke, the pioneer representative of Enugu North Senatorial Zone in National Youth Parliament, said in Nsukka on Thursday that a time had come to make the council work.

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He said having being a loyal party member and contributed in various ways to the progress of the party, he had confidence he would be elected as the PDP candidate for Nsukka local government in the February polls.

“I am convinced that party members will massively vote for me having known my various contributions, as well as my leadership qualities.

“I have decided to contest for the chairmanship to help take development to the grassroots, which is the reason local government was created.

“As a youth leader and activist, I have impacted positively on the lives of many youths, as well as people who have come in contact with,”he said.

The founder of EYGA said he consulted widely and had the support of many stakeholders in Nsukka local government who know his good track record.

According to him, “In a few days time, I and my supporters will go to Nsukka PDP party office to officially declare my intention to contest PDP LG chairmanship primary that will be conducted in January.”

When contacted Mr. Fabian Onah, the PDP Chairman in Nsukka LGA said every party member had the right to contest for any elective position.

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