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Release Nnamdi Kanu for peace in Southeast – Ohanaeze

The sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, calls for release of separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu for peace to return to the Southeast.

Imeobi, Ohanaeze’s highest decision making body, issued the plea yesterday at the end of a closed-door meeting in Enugu.

Other than security issues, the meeting discussed review of Ohanaeze January election, voter registration, 2023 Presidency and Alaigbo Stabilization Fund.

Imeobi deplored “the worsening security situation” in the region and asked the Igbo people to unite and “halt the situation.”

The meeting suggested that releasing detained Igbo youths is a good step to resolve the region’s security problem.

“The release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Igbo youths in detention is the first crucial step towards restoring peace and security.

“We are convinced that the Nnamdi Kanu issue can only be resolved through dialogue,” Imeobi Ohanaeze said.

Communique

Here is the full text of the the meeting communique published yesterday, 4 May 2022.

The Imeobi Ohanacze Ndigbo Worldwide held today, Thursday May 5, 2022 at the National Secretariat under the leadership of HE Amb. Professor George Obiozor, the President-General.

The Imeobi deliberated on a wide range of issues including the January 10, 2021 Ohanaeze election held at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri-Imo State, Insecurity in the South-East, 2023 Presidency, need for our people to acquire Permanent Voters Card (PVC) as well as the Alaigbo Stabilization Fund (ASF).

After exhaustive deliberations on these issues, the following resolutions were reached:

a) That Imeobi congratulates the current National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo which emerged through the January 10, 2021 election held at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, and also commends the efforts of the Ohanaeze leadership in steering the ship even in these trying times.

Imeobi calls on all the Igbo nation to give the executive their full support, which they have earned and deserved. Imeobi also calls on those aggrieved with the outcome of the election to lend their support to the current Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

b) That there is need to redouble our efforts towards the ongoing voters registration exercise by sensitizing our people on the importance of the exercise and getting their PVCs where they reside.

e) Ndigbo are irrevocably committed to a Nigerian President from the South-East Zone in 2023.

f) That Imeobi Ohanaeze hereby empowers the President-General to constitute the Political Action Committee amongst others that will achieve the desired results in all the issued raised at the Imeobi.

g) That the President-General, Prof. George Obiozor and the Secretary-General, Amb. Okey Emuchay, MFR or their authorized spokesman are the only officials authorized by the Imeobi to issue
statements on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide

Enugu APC expels ex-Governor, former party chair

Enugu All Progressives Congress, APC, expels an ex-Governor, a former party chair and four others for alleged anti-party activities.

The party banished former military Governor of Bauchi State, Group Capt Joe Orji alongside former party chair, Chief Ben Nwoye.

APC State Secretary, Robert Ngwu, announced the suspensions as State Executive Council (SEC) rose from its meeting today, 4 May.

The immediate past State Executive Committee of the party led by Prince Chikwado Chukwunta hitherto suspended Nwoye.

The suspension was subsequently ratified by the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

Today’s meeting converted Nwoye’s suspension to expulsion alongside five others, Secretary Ngwu said.

The five stalwarts expelled are Group Capt. Joe Orji, Mr. Kingsley Uduji, Mr. Chidera Obed, Mr. Obodoeze Ocho and Chukwudi Igwe.

Nwoye however described his ouster as “a ruse.”

The party alleged that former Chairman Nwoye “conspired with some elements to illegally break into the party store.

He “unlawfully took away party properties and sensitive documents” while serving his suspension.

“All attempts to peacefully recover the properties and documents were unsuccessful.

“Consequently, our legal team, given the critical requirements of the Electoral Law, has written to the National and Zonal EXCO to help the State Chapter recover the party properties.”

Ngwu accused Nwoye of engaging in anti-Party activities “which tend to disrupt the peaceful, lawful, and efficient organization of the Party.”

Litigants expelled

The party also accused two expelled members, Obodoeze Ochi and Chukwudi Igwe, of sponsoring three others to take the party to court.

The litigants are as follows:

  • Kingsley Uduji who filed Suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/1318/2021 against the party;
  • Dr Orji Joseph Orji took up Suit No FHC/CS/57/22 against the party; and
  • Chidera Obed filed Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/1536/2021 also against the Party.

The party therefore sanctioned the three litigants and their alleged sponsors.

The Secretary quoted Article 21(A)(X) of the APC Constitution which stipulates expulsion for anybody who files action against the Party.

“Subject to Article 21 (A), subsections (ii), (v), (vi), (vii), (ix), and (x) of its constitution, Group Captain Orji, Mr. Kingsley Uduji, Dr. Joseph Orji, Mr. Chidera Obed, Mr. Ododoeze Ocho, and Barr. Chukwudi Igwe are hereby expelled from the Party for filing court action without exhausting the avenues for redress as provided in its Constitution.

A Justification

“This disciplinary action is in line with Article 13.7, subsection (vi), and takes immediate effect.”

Ngwu said an expanded meeting of both State Executive Committee (SEC) and Senatorial District Committee (SDC) sanctioned the expulsion.

The meeting was well attended, including by the 17 Local Government Chairmen of the party.

State party Chairman, Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah told newsmen that his executive will not be distracted by those who want the party to remain in perpetual crisis. They do this to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which allegedly sponsors them, continue to win elections in the state.

Nwoye in particular, he said, tended to be more PDP than APC, and fights every stakeholder of the party in the state.

He listed Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama; former Senate President Ken Nnamani, and Director-General VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, as leaders he previously fought.

It’s a Ruse, says Nwoye

But reacting to the party’s action, the former chairman of APC, Nwoye described the expulsion as a ruse, adding that it had become overused by the same people.

He said Agballah was only being jittery having heard that he (Nwoye) had bought APC governorship nomination form, a fear he said was unfounded because he was yet to pick the nomination form.

On the expulsion of other party chieftains, Nwoye stated that the party constitution does not forbid members from going to court.

Enugu APC expels ex-Governor, former party chair

Transfer to new voting centre in easy steps

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) publishes steps for a registered voter to transfer to new voting centre.

The Agency encourages transfers for those who moved location and want to vote at nearby centres.

INEC advised those wishing to transfer their Voter’s Card to be guided by the following steps:

1. Go to INEC online portal (cvr.inecnigeria.org)
2. Select Services
3. Select Voter Transfer
4. Create account with your email address
5. Login with your email
6. Open the link sent to you in your email
7. Fill out form provided and new address
8. Check form for mistakes & correct
9. Save as instructed.
10. Use your phone to snap and upload 2 of your photos (First photo with serious face and the second with smiling face)
11. Submit form
12. Wait for when it is ready
INEC will send message (phone, email or both) on where to pick card around new place of abode

How to locate your voting centres in Nigeria

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Nowadays, Nigerian voters are able to locate their voting centres, also known as polling units, through a simple online search.

Using the INEC Polling Unit Locator tool, voters should locate the centres to vote during elections in no time.

INEC however advises voters to select a polling units closest to their areas of residence.

This is “due to the restricted movement on election days.”

To view your polling unit:
1. Go to Locator: (https://www.inecnigeria.org/elections/polling-units/)
2. Select State (This is the state you would be voting in)
3. Select LGA (This is the LGA in which you live)
4. Select Ward
5. Click “Search”

Enugu APC chieftain predicts upsets in 2023 polls

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu state, Amb. Chijioke Emmanuel Nwadavid predicts upsets in 2023 polls.

He told newsmen that the party is poised to break the political monopoly of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state in the 2023 general elections.

Nwadavid, who made the assertion in a chat with journalists in Enugu, Tuesday, stated that his optimism was based on the amount of time, hard work and commitment being invested in the party by the state chairman, Hon. Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah.

The APC chieftain is an Ambassador, “West Africa Youth Council” (ECOWAS), entrepreneur and also the founder “NecBullion Charity Foundation.”

He stressed that Agballah, since his emergence as the new helmsman on October 16, 2021, has completely repositioned the party, to make it strong enough to dislodge the ruling PDP in 2023 general elections.

He listed some of Agballah’s innovative achievements to include institution of monthly APC ward, local government and zonal meetings; setting up of peace and harmonization committee, which he said, is currently doing a great job of bringing everybody together; as well as having led Enugu delegates to a successful national convention that produced Chief Emma Eneukwu and Mrs. Uchenna Diyiokeh, indigenes of Enugu state, as National Deputy Chairman (South) and Zonal Women Leader (Southeast), of APC, respectively.

The youth Ambassador, an indigene of Mgbowo, who is aspiring to contest for Awgu South State Constituency election, of Awgu local government area, said he had no doubt in his mind that the 2023 general elections would be a turning point in the political history of Enugu state, especially with the 2022 Electoral Act.

He declared that the APC under Agballah, has become an attractive brand and alternative choice for Enugu people to displace PDP which has been in power in the state since 1999, with little or nothing to show for it.

“PDP has failed the people of Enugu state, but unfortunately the people have never had an alternative platform to show PDP the red card. They have therefore been suffering in silence and enduring the bad leadership of PDP which has been sustained through election rigging and intimidation.

“But with Agballah at the helm of affairs of APC, and with the support of other stakeholders, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Chief Eneukwu and others, coupled with the new electoral act, APC is now re-energized and refocused to take power in the state,” he said.

Ambassador Nwadavid said that through his NGO, he has been able to empower many young Nigerians as well as provide educational materials to primary and secondary schools across the country.

He promised to focus on youths, especially the girl child, noting that it was high time young Nigerians were given the opportunity to be on the driving seat of the development of Enugu state and Nigeria in general.

Enugu APC chieftain predicts upsets in 2023 polls

Police control APC protesters at ENSIEC

Anti-riot police moved in today to control APC (All Progressives Congress) party protesters that stormed State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC).

By Madu Ezenoha, Asst. Political Editor

Enugu Metro reported earlier today that the APC planned a massive rally to protest alleged exclusion of its candiates in tomorrow’s local government council elections.

The police effectively warded off the surging crowd of protesters who sang anti-ENSIEC songs and obstructed traffic.

ENSIEC officials however downplayed the commotion, saying police came to assist in the distribution of election materials for the election.

The protesters brandished placards with inscriptions such as: “We say no to political disenfranchisement.Our vote is our power“, “Say no to election exclusion“, “ENSIEC is not for a particular political party“, “Free and fair election is joy of democracy,” “PDP and ENSIEC are killers of democracy,” among others.

APC State Secretary, Mr. Robert Ngwu, told newsmen that the party is prepaed to take its protest to the highest levels.

“We are here to tell the people of Enugu state that what is going on in ENSIEC is not good.

“We will go all the way to Supreme Court because this election tomorrow (23 February) will be voided. You cannot exclude the candidates of APC and that is against the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. It is also against the electoral act to exclude a political party.

“We have made our position known to them both in writing and also through the media. ENSIEC still insists on the election going on.

“We can’t do anything but to show our grievances to let the state know that what is going on is not right.

“This is a new APC and we’re here to compete with the ruling (PDP) party in Enugu State,” he said.

Why we are angry

Ngwu said the party candidates list is supposed to be submitted by the chairman and secretary but “ENSIEC chose APC list by themselves.”

“They chose the list not us. The candidates in the list they published are not our members.

“We have professors running for councillors in APC. We have retired DSS Director running for chairmanship in Isi-Uzo local government. So, how could those people not qualify?

“They didn’t show us the list in the first place even though we submitted their names and that’s what is going on.”

ENSIEC responds

Chairman of ENSIEC, Chief Mike Ajokwu (SAN) accepted that they published a list submitted by a rival faction of the APC.

The reason, he said to the protesters, is because the (Dr. Ben Nwoye) is the one the Commission had related with over the years.

According to him, APC has two factions and the commission wrote to the national secretariat of APC to clarify. He said the national secretariat of the party did not respond to the enquiry, a development that forced it to accept Nwoye’s list

The protesters shouted at him when he said this, and he walked out on them.

ENSIEC Secretary Mr. Chukwudi, said the commission addressed the protesters and told them that APC was not excluded.

He said: “We told them that we didn’t exclude them. What happened is that they have two lists of candidates. And we used the one that is the proper one.”

Police control APC protesters at ENSIEC today 22 February 2022