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APGA aspirant scores highest to win Niger by-election – INEC

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Sale scored 22,965 votes to defeat Alamu Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second with 22,507 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Shehu Sale, candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), winner of Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger in Saturday’s by-election.

The INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Tanko Baba of the Usman Danfodio University Sokoto, said Sale scored 22,965 votes to defeat Alamu Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second with 22,507 votes.

Baba said Yusuf Nasir, the candidate of the ADC, polled 336 votes.

He explained that the total number of registered voters was 159,347, while the number of accredited voters was 46,734, with 45,808 valid votes, total votes cast 46,499 and rejected votes 691.

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Meanwhile, Prof. Samuel Egwu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Niger on Sunday, commended the electorate in the constituency for their peaceful conduct during and after the election.

Egwu also lauded efforts of the police for providing a peaceful political atmosphere before and during the electoral process in the area.

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#Newsworthy

Abia: Alex Otti still APGA chairman


The Alex Otti led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abia State chapter has debunked news making rounds that he (Otti) has been suspended as a member of the party in the state.


In a release by Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, APGA accused the Mr. Augustine Ehiemere led faction of being sponsored by the state government.

According to Uzoukwa, Otti is not only the leader of the party in the state, but has remained the rallying point for all the members of the party in the state and other progressive Abians who are tired of the happenings in the state and wants the narratives to be changed.


The APGA scribe who recalled that a High Court sitting in Kwali, Delta State had a few days ago sacked the Victor Oye led National Working Committee (NWC) which include the Ehiemere led faction said that it was therefore illegal for Ehimere and his team to say that they have sacked Otti from a party that they are no longer part of.

“These political refugees seeking asylum at Umuahia government house, again made mockery of themselves and their paymasters by reechoing that Dr. Otti remained suspended from the party.


“Without joining issues with the dissidents and impostors parading themselves as executive members of APGA in Abia State, we wish to state clearly that there was no time Dr. Otti was suspended at any level by our party under the authentic leadership of Hon. Nkem Okoro JP.

“Dr. Otti who is equally the 2019 Governorship candidate of great party, is rather hailed by APGA members and stakeholders for playing leadership roles in all facets to keep APGA alive in Abia State since 2014 he joined the party.


“While symbolizing the rallying point for Abia APGA and the real reason Abians massively joined and remained in the party till date, it is incontrovertible that Dr. Otti enabled the growth of APGA in Abia State, and has never at any time reneged from proving the necessary support and assistance which hitherto elevated APGA as the leading opposition party in the state.

“Also pertinent to recall at this juncture is that a court of competent jurisdiction, Kwali High court, Delta State, had a few days ago sacked the Victor Oye led National Working Committee (NWC) which include the Ehiemere led Abia State Working Committee, handpicked local government and ward chairmen, declaring their purported emergence as illegal. Where then did they extract powers upon which they suspended Dr. Otti? Is it possible to place something on nothing?

“It is in view of the foregoing that we wish to make it clear to the general public that those political merchants whose only project is ‘insult Dr. Alex Otti and get paid’, are merely working for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and government of Abia State to silence the only man still standing and speaking for Ndi Abia. The only sin Dr. Otti may have committed is his resolve and determination to ensure that Abia is liberated. They will continue to fail in this nefarious assignment.

“We, therefore, urge our members and supporters to continually show support and demonstrate loyalty to our Leader, Dr. Alex Otti OFR and Hon. Nkem Okoro led leadership in the course of rebuilding APGA in Abia State,” the release read.


#Newsworthy…

Meeting with Atiku, Tinubu unreal – APGA, Maku


National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Labaran Maku, has debunked news reports that he met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate in the Feb. 23, 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, among others, with aim of floating a new political platform ahead of 2023.


Maku, a 2019 APGA governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, urged his supporters and other Nigerians to disregard the reports in its entirety.

“Please disregard such report. It’s the fakest news of the year promoted by some frightened detractors in Nasarawa State who are scared of the widespread popularity of APGA.


“I haven’t met Asiwaju Tinubu for years and I am in APGA by choice having considered all the other options.

“Just last week, there was a report on Eyewitness newspaper in Nasarawa state titled ‘2023: Maku, Umbugadu talks on Consensus Reaches Advanced stage’.


“Such report is fake news targeting at scattering my supporters and my well wishers.

“Yesterday, another report titled ‘Tinubu, Maku, others in talks to float new party ahead 2023’.


“That I held meeting with Tinubu, others in my country home Wakama, such report is a fake news,” he said.

Maku called on all supporters of APGA to remain firm in their support for the party to enable it come victorious in future elections.

National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Labaran Maku


The former minister also urged his supporters and other well wishers not to be provoked by the fake news but to continue to be law abiding and respect constituted authorities for development to thrive.

A report in Nasarawa Mirror and other social media platforms had said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Jan.10 held a closed door meeting with Maku at his Wakama country home in Nasarawa state, adding that the immediate past president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki; Governors Nyesom Wike; Aminu Tambuwal; and Bala Mohammed also attended the meeting to float a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.


#Newsworthy…

Up to 1,000 members defected to APC in Nassarawa.

…from PDP, APGA


More than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wakama ward of Nassarawa State.

NobleReporters learnt that the defectors included former elected councillors as well as PDP ward chairmen and secretaries.


Receiving the defectors at a formal ceremony on Sunday at Wakama, the state APC Treasurer, Mr Mohammed Aya, said the party was encouraged with their decision to join the ruling party.

The treasurer who represented Mr Philip Shakwo, the APC State Chairman, assured the new comers that they have equal rights and privileges like the old members.


He therefore assured that the government would site projects that would impact on the lives of the people of the community to justify the action of the defectors.

Similarly, Mr Silas Agara, the immediate past deputy governor of the state, said that now that the people of the community decided to join the party in government, more development would come to the area.


He noted that it is only the government that is capable of bringing development hence the need for them to join the government if they are in politics for development.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr Bala John, said they have decided to join APC due to the developmental stride of the party at both state and national levels.


He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for constructing road in the community.

“Wakama community is the only community in the state that the federal government is currently constructing over 6kms of road.

He therefore pledged their unalloyed support to the APC government at all levels and appealed to them to site more development projects in the area.

The occasion was attended by members of the state house of Assembly, Chairmen of local government councils and other stakeholders


#Newsworthy…

Anambra: We will surprise opposing parties come 2021 – APC party chairman says.

…others, PDP, APGA

The chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) Anambra state chapter, Basil Chukwuemeka Ejidike, has boasted that his party will shock the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the 2021 Anambra state governorship election.

Speaking to Daily Sun in Abuja recently, the state party boss also argued that though lack of unity among the chieftains of the party in the state have always being the cog in the wheel of the progress of the Anambra APC, stakeholders are however resolutely strategising and consulting to permanently resolve the differences and approach the election as an indissoluble entity.

Ejidike further emphasised that the victory of the APC in the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa state governorship election has equally given the party the needed impetus that it has all it takes to shock other political parties to win the ticket into the Anambra state Government House.

Asked the readiness of the APC for the Anambra election, he said: “What happened in Bayelsa state has given impetus to our determination that everything is possible including the APC winning Anambra state in the next governorship election.

“We are getting prepared for the governorship poll and what happened in Bayelsa this year will help APC with all the materials and human resources needed to win any election.

“The only problem we have in Anambra is the lack of unity among the major stakeholders. Let me say that identification of a problem is solution towards solving it. There is already an ongoing process aimed at seeing how we will bring everybody together.

“Without sounding boastful or immodest, I want to put it record that the APC will shock other political parties in taking over Anambra state in the next governorship election. If the APC can do it in Bayelsa, there is every indication that it is also doable in Anambra state,” he quipped.

On the crisis rocking the APC at both grassroots and national level, Ejidike appealed to the aggrieved persons to embrace dialogue, commending the resolution at the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to constitute a national reconciliation committee.

“I am appealing to the aggrieved members of the APC to embrace dialogue in finding solution to their grievances instead of being destructive or going violent. There must always be crisis in any party because it is made up of human elements, but we must constantly find a way of managing the crisis without allowing it to deepen.

“The good thing that came out of the last NEC meeting however was the agreement to set up a national reconciliation committee by the president himself to address the grievances of the aggrieved persons,” he noted.

#Newsworthy…

Edozie Njoku Tells Members To Stay Calm.

Chief Edozie Njoku has advised members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and its supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint following the party’s leadership tussle.

NobleReporters culled that hearing in the leadership tussle of the party before an FCT High Court, Jabi, was stalled on Friday due to the absence of the trial judge in the court.

The matter, which was slated for hearing before Justice Charles Agbaza, could not go on as the judge was away to attend to an emergency.

N.Rs reports that the case was instituted by Dr. Victor Oye as the plaintiff with APGA and Chief Edozie Njoku as defendants.

Njoku, who spoke with the media on the status of the case, said that he was optimistic to reclaim his seat as the Chairman of APGA.

“There’s a court order which somehow, an order behind our back was instituted.

“That is, an interlocutory injunction that has stopped me from parading myself as the National Chairman of the party.

“And also an order from someone, whose tenure has expired, went forward to bring an order stopping the party APGA from recognising me as the National Chairman.

“There’s a lot of misrepresentation in the APGA crises; people come up from one area or the other and say that they are acting National Chairman or they are this.

“It is clear that there’s supposed to have been two conventions that took place, one was an illegal convention in Awka, which has been made clear in the court; I can’t talk much about it.

“And the convention originally which was slated by APGA which was held in Owerri, where I emerged as National Chairman.

“I would have loved to have said more but there’s a court order on me that I should not parade myself as the National Chairman.

“But I know that by what we have in court, that in the next few months the coast will be clear and I will come back into my office as National Chairman of APGA,’’ he said.

N.Rs reports that the party which had two factions conducted parallel congresses on May 31, 2019, with Chief Edozie Njoku emerging as its national chairman in Owerri, Imo State and Victor Oye emerging as chairman in the Awka, Anambra State faction.

This development led to Oye dragging the defendants before the court, praying for some declarations, orders and reliefs.

According to the 2nd defendant, Chief Edozie Njoku, “though the case is meant to be for hearing, we have filed a motion for the court to squash the order of interlocutory injunction which was placed on me and the party because of lack of service or fraudulent service,” he said.

The court registrar, who informed the counsel in the matter about the judge’s absence, also assured them that they will send out hearing notice of a new date for hearing.

For his part, the National Legal Adviser of APGA, Hamman Ghide, also advised members of the party and all supporters present to be patient and to exercise restraint saying that, no matter how long it takes they will have their time in court.

“We were in court for this particular case, unfortunately the court could not seat, so I expect our members to exercise restraint and not be annoyed; it is one of the processes in hearing.

“So we just have to be patient, time will come whether we like it or not; for every beginning there must be an end,” he said.

#Newsworthy…