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Defection: Anyim tackles Umahi, says gov after his life

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Political crisis in Ebonyi State is getting messier as many of its political leaders have continued to accuse each other of plot to kill or unleash mayhem in the state following the defection of the state governor, David Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Party.

The latest is a former Senate President, Pius Anyim, petitioning President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and the Department of State Services (DSS), alleging a plot to kill him for not defecting with the governor. He accused Governor Umahi as being behind the plot.

The governor on Friday had accused Anyim, and former governor, Sam Egwu, of plotting to unleash mayhem in the state.

The duo and other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to Umahi, plan to recruit cultists and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to maim and kill.

The governor spoke in Abakaliki, capital of the state, shortly after a security meeting at the Government House.

He named Senator Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central) and Acting Southeast Vice Chairman of the PDP, Ali Odefa as other alleged conspirators and vowed to meet force with force if they tested his will.

Anyim in his petition on Monday claimed Umahi was in his house on November 20 to advise him to defect from the PDP to the APC, adding that he had declined.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) denied that he and key leaders in Ebonyi State  were engaging cultists and members of the proscribed IPOB to kill and cause crisis in the state.

Anyim said, “The case at hand is his defection to APC on the 19th of November, 2020. The discerning public knows that he has been on the plan for a long time and when he decided to consummate it, he suddenly concocted an accusation against the PDP, that the PDP was not willing to zone Presidency to the Southeast.

“When he spews these allegations, he would not even mind whether they make sense or not. He did not have the mental capacity to reason that no party in less than two years into a new term would bring the next election unto the front burner.

“That even in the APC where he has gone to, the issue of next election is not yet on the table as doing so would distract the government.

“People who know Governor Umahi know that he normally starts this way whenever he is hatching a sinister plan. He raises dusts, makes wild allegations and accusations against people just to divert the attention of the public before he strikes.

“It is public knowledge that Governor Umahi had been planning his defection to the  APC for a long time. In his delusion, he believed his own lies that he is the only man who matters in Ebonyi State. He did not consult with anybody notable before consummating his defection to APC. After his defection, no person of note followed him.”

Ayim said he could not ignore Umahi’s threats because of the governor’s antecedents.

“I have no doubt that Governor Umahi may have been told that he needed blood to accomplish his present enterprise. Otherwise, how can a man in his 6th year as Governor of a state suddenly realise that a former President of the Senate, a former governor of the state and two-time serving senator Dr Sam Egwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, two time serving senator are now cultists and IPOB members. Something is wrong somewhere,” he said.

Anyim said he decided to cry out because “ Umahi’s modus operandi are well known and his moves are easily predictable.”

He said,” The purpose of this response is to alert the public and the security agencies in particular on the schemes of Governor David Umahi so that they will read him upfront and be wary of him and his allegations.”

Governor Umahi had alleged that Anyim and his cohorts were fond of fighting successive governors in the state.

 “I want the press to note that I reported an allegation of some Ebonyi people that are engaging cultism, and according to them, some IPOB members to start killings and crises in Ebonyi State in the name of fighting Ebonyi State Government and the governor, and their leader is Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, and their members are Dr Sam Egwu, Senator Ogba, Mr Ali Odefa and others.

“This is alleged information I got and I needed to share this information with the security agencies, and the reason is that every governor in this state has been fought by the same set of people.”

 

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APC gives Aisha, Tinubu, Shettima’s wives campaign appointment letters

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari; Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Hajiya Nana, wife of vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, were on Monday given their appointment letters.

The development is coming two days after they were nominated along with other wives of prominent party politicians to lead the presidential campaign team by the ruling All Progressives Congress.

A source told our correspondent that while the letters of the first lady and the spouses of both the presidential candidate and his running mates were delivered to them privately, others were at the campaign office in Abuja to pick them up.

He said, “You cannot expect the first lady as well as Senator Oluremi and Nana Shettima to come all the way to the campaign office to pick their letters. It has to be delivered to them privately.

“But many other members of the campaign team were here today to pick their letters.”

The campaign list, which contained names of 944 high-profile women and wives of prominent APC politicians, was released in the wee hours of Saturday by the campaign media admin, Rinsola Abiola, who is also the daughter of late Chief MKO Abiola.

In the list tagged ‘Tinubu-Shettima Women Presidential Campaign Team,’ Aisha was appointed as Grand Patron, Tinubu, a three-term senator emerged as Chairman; Nana was made Co-Chairman while Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Social Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), also made the campaign train as Deputy National Co-ordinator.

In the category of zonal leaders, Dr Zainab Baugudu, wife of Kebbi State governor will coordinate the NorthWest; wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo–Olu leads South West; First Lady of Borno State, Falmata Zulum will be in charge of the North East.

In a similar vein, Olufolake Abdulrazaq, the first lady of Kwara State, will coordinate efforts in the North-Central and Mrs. Sanwoolu, wife of the Lagos State governor, will superintend over the South-West.

While Imo State First Lady, Chioma Ikeaka-Uzodinma, will organise the South-East campaign; her counterpart in Cross River, Linda Ayade, will oversee activities in the South-South.

The statement partly read, “The Tinubu/Shettima 2023 Women Presidential Campaign Team is pleased to announce the release of the composition of its various committees for the 2023 presidential campaign.

The statement further indicated that wives of APC Governors will serve as coordinators in their respective states while high-profile party women leaders will head campaign activities in non-APC-controlled States.

In the 70-page campaign document, no fewer than 33 Nollywood and Kannywood actors were enlisted for entertainment.

They included veteran thespians such as the inimitable Joke Silva who chairs the category, Fausat Balogun, Remi Oshodi, Mercy Johnson, Rose Odika, Sola Kosoko, Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero) Hajiya Nas, Lizzy Jay (Omo Ibadan), Princess Kalihat Bello among others.

The development is coming on the heels of the unveiling of the contentious APC Presidential Campaign Council list.

Tinubu had last Friday unveiled a 422-man committee comprising political heavyweights and other notable members to pilot the various sub-committees of the campaign council.

The list of members released by Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council, James Faleke, in Abuja, followed a series of postponements and conjectures about those who would be saddled with the task of leading the ruling party’s bid to retain power at the federal level.

The campaign council chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has Tinubu and the APC National Chairman, Adamu, as co-deputy chairman.

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Stop wooing Wike, Rivers APC tells Tinubu, govs

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

…Vows not to support Asiwaju if…

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Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, including candidates for the 2023 elections have called on the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and governors of the South-West to stop hobnobbing with Governor Nyesom Wike.

The stakeholders comprising national assembly and state house of assembly candidates and other party faithful said it was discouraging for members of the party in Rivers State to see leaders of the party that they look up to romancing with a known political opponent like Governor Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party.

They frown that these leaders go as far as visiting the state to inaugurate projects on the invitation of the governor, this, they stressed help to campaign for the ruling party in the state by heaping praises on him (Wike) ahead of a general election.

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hey spoke at a one-day consultative meeting of the South-South executive committee presided over by the APC National Vice Chairman of the zone, Chief Victor Giadom, in Port Harcourt on Sunday evening.

The state APC legal adviser, Dike Iheanyi Zubi, while speaking at the meeting said it was unfair for Governors of the South-West to hold nocturnal meetings with Wike and return back to their states without bothering to an interface or speak with their party members in the state.

Zubi further said the action of Tinubu who has held meetings with Wike abroad and the action of the governors concerned were tantamount to anti-party activities and called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to call them (Tinubu and the South-West governors) to order.

He said, “It is very discouraging for the APC here in Rivers State to see a situation where the presidential candidate of our party, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his handlers, including South-West Governors of the APC coming to the state to undermine our party here in Rivers State.

“And they begin to hobnob and hold nocturnal meetings with Wike, who is seen as a contender with the APC here in the state.

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PDP Reclaims Abuja Council Chairmanship From APC

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Hon. Christopher Maikalangu

ABUJA – A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) court has upheld the election of Hon. Christopher Maikalangu as chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Coun­cil (AMAC).

In a unanimous judgment, the three-man tribunal, in­cluding Hon. Justice S. B Bel­gore (chairman), Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu (member 1), and Hon. Justice Jude O. Onwueg­buzie (member 2) dismissed the August 5 judgment of the FCT Area Council Election Tribu­nal, which declared Hon. Mur­tala Usman Karshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election of February 12.

The justices said that the judgment of the lower tribunal was not only evil, but negates all the achievements recorded in Nigeria’s democracy.

While reading out the lead judgment in suit FCT/ ACEAT/AP/01/22, which had Maikalangu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as appellant and Murtala Karshi and three others as respondent, Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu said the lower tribunal erred by ig­noring contradictory evidenc­es before it.

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The panel said the lower court did a hatchet job by de­claring Karshi winner of the election.

“It is not in doubt the APC as a party was faced with legal battles after the party prima­ries to nominate a flag bearer for the AMAC election held on 12th February 2022. It is equally not in doubt that the 1st respon­dent, Murtala Usman Karshi, was involved in the said alterca­tion, which eventually landed parties before the apex court of this land i.e Supreme Court of Nigeria, which eventually declared the 1st respondent as winner of the APC primary for AMAC election.

“We have seen the evidences supplied by both the appellant and the respondents to the lower tribunal. The witnesses listed by the APC as supervi­sors in the disputed polling units admitted that they were not polling unit agents. It has become critical for us to ask questions at this point on what the process of collating results connote.

“Can collation be done with­out polling units results? It is indeed a process of an election that votes are cast at polling units, results collated by elec­toral officers and results an­nounced to the hearing of all. If that is the case, who then is the proper person to be called in the event that there is a com­plaint anchored on wrongful collation of results? Is it the ward supervisor or a polling unit agent? The answer is a polling unit agent.

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