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ENUGU PDP WARD CONGRESSES, EKWEREMADU AND THE COMPROMISED ONLINE MEDIA

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Since the peaceful and smooth conduct of the recent Enugu PDP three man delegate Congress, which was attested to by party faithful, observers and PDP National Electoral Panel, one of the desperate PDP governorship aspirant in Enugu and Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial zone, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his social media hirelings and quisilings have been doing everything possible to discredit the exercise, simply, because Ekweremadu lost out and his planned parallel Congress failed him.

By Chimdi Maduka

Having failed in all his pre-congress devilish plots, including attempts to hijack the exercise or approaching court, the Senator has engaged the service of one online media which he has been using to publish fabricated and one-sided story about the Congress in a bid to discredit it.

The online media, whose publisher has been enmeshed in many libelous and scandalous publications before now and has no presence or reporter in Enugu has been churning out all sorts of lies about the Congress recently, which Ekweremadu’s e-rats have been busy peddling on social media platforms as if they are genuine stories they know nothing about its source.

Unfortunately for them, the more they labour to discredit the peaceful and transparent delegate ward Congresses, the more the exercise gained commendations, approval, affirmation and legitimacy.

Apart from commendations and attestations of the outcome of the exercise, by members of Enugu State Electoral Panel from the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the conduct of the ward congresses in the state, the Chairman of the Panel, Prince Vincent Yandev Amabaai and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who monitored the exercise have described it as peaceful, transparent and credible.

In the same vein, the Enugu East Senatorial zone statutory and ad-hoc delegates to the forthcoming primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State have unanimously assured Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is also the leader of the PDP in the state and South East geo-political zone, of their 100 percent loyalty and support in respect of his political decisions regarding the choice of candidates that will fly PDP flags in the 2023 general elections.

The delegates gave Gov. Ugwuanyi the assurance, when they paid him a solidarity and Thank-you visit at the Government House, Enugu recently.

They told Gov. Ugwuanyi that their loyalty and support are intact and unwavering, stressing that they will stand where the governor stands as their leader in the state.

Led by the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, the member representing Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, his Enugu East/Isi-Uzo counterpart, Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji, former Deputy Governor of the State, Bishop Ralph Nwoye, the PDP Zonal Chairman, Enugu East Senatorial District, Hon. Nnamdi Nwafor, among others, the delegates told the governor that their decision is unanimous and borne out of their unflinching loyalty and support to him and his leadership qualities as a peaceful and result-oriented leader.

Delivering their message, Rt. Hon. Ubosi disclosed that the delegates were among the people of Enugu East Senatorial District who organized the Oganiru Mega Rally last year, to appeal that it is the turn of the senatorial zone to produce the next Governor of Enugu State in 2023, based on the existing rotational zoning arrangement in the state.
“We are here to reaffirm our collective stance that where you ask us to go is where we will go. We equally came to reiterate that we are one family waiting to follow your directions. Just say a word and consider it done. We have 100 percent loyalty for you”, the Speaker added.

In his speech on behalf of the Chairmen of the six local government areas of Enugu East Senatorial District, the Chairman of Enugu East LGA, Hon. Livinus Nze Anike told Gov. Ugwuanyi that “We the people of Enugu East Senatorial District are with you in the morning, in the afternoon and in the night”.

With this and more that will unfold in the days ahead, people need no soothsayer to know that Governor Ugwuanyi is not only the leader of PDP in Enugu state, he is in the Southeast region and enjoys the unflinching support and unalloyed loyalty of the PDP members in the state and beyond.

On the hand, Senator Ekweremadu and cohorts need no prophet to know that there are no two captains in the ship of Enugu and Southeast PDP. Ugwuanyi is the taciturn,articulate and amiable leader of the leaders of PDP in Enugu state and Southeast region. He is indeed in charge.

There is no contest about it. It is an axiomatic fact. No amount of social media propaganda, falsehoods, rascality, activism or rantings by Ekweremadu’s social media peddlers will change the situation. The Congress exercise has done and dusted in a most transparent, credible and peaceful manner.

This is one condition Ekweremadu and his uninformed noisemakers have to live with as PDP prepares for governorship primaries in the state.

The morning has shown how the evening will be. It is not too late for Ekweremadu to toe the path of honour before being humiliated politically and otherwise. The handwriting is very clear on the wall even for the blind to see.

Maduka a lawyer writes from Mgbowo, Awgu LGA

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[BREAKING] ENUGU 2023: EKWEREMADU’S CAMP LOSES IN COURT

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Senator Ike Ekweremadu in a pensive mood

The last hope for Ekweremadu’s camp to usurp the outcome of last Ad-Hoc election to elect the 3-man delegates in Enugu has hit the rock as an Abuja Federal High Court has dismissed their applications.


Loyalists of Ike Ekweremadu, the former Deputy Senate President had approached the court to nullify the process leading to the election of the delegates.

However, a source at the court where the judgement is been delivered at the time of this report told WORDS AND SHOTS that the matter has gone against the plaintiffs

 The details of the judgment coming shortly.

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2023 PRESIDENCY: APC TO SCREEN, PRUNE NUMBER OF ASPIRANTS

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• Fayemi: Only five aspirants are serious • Nwajiuba backs party on controversial letter of withdrawal • Ohanaeze Ndigbo upbeat about Igbo producing next president

Barring last minute changes, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will today screen its presidential aspirants for the 2023 general elections after earlier postponements.

This was announced, yesterday, by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Suleiman Argungu, in Abuja. He said the party will screen 28 presidential aspirants, though 25 submitted the nomination forms, today and tomorrow at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, four days to its convention where the party’s flag bearer would emerge.

Earlier on Sunday, the party had postponed the exercise for the second time after it failed to hold last weekend. But no reason was given for the change in plan. The party had previously fixed May 14 and 15 for the screening but it postponed the exercise and gave a new date of May 23 after aspirants for Senatorial and House of Representatives seats were screened.

Key aspirants that have submitted their forms include Vice President Yemi Osibanjo; APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; ex-Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Niger Delta Development, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Others are: Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi; Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; ex-Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani; Senator Ajayi Borofice and Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Similarly, Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello; his Jigawa State counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; ex-Zamfara State governor, Sen. Ahmed Yerima; former Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; former Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha; former Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole are also not left out.

As at 6:30p.m. yesterday, members of the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) were still locked in a closed-door meeting in an apparent bid to ensure a smooth conduct of the exercise.

A source, who confided in The Guardian, hinted that members of the NWC already conferred with the powers of the National Executive Committee (NEC), explored the possibility of screening out some aspirants even before the start of the exercise.

“Be sure that we are not going to have more than 15 aspirants that would be screened. Some of them would be disqualified based on the timing they turned in their resignation letters to President Muhammadu Buhari,” the source noted.

Another source within the Presidency confided in The Guardian that geopolitical zones of the party had been asked to meet and work towards consensus in a bid to reduce the number of aspirants to the barest minimum.

“It is not a question of indecision; a lot of considerations are being taken into the choice of date, as well as the shape of the screening. A number of criteria have already been worked out. Security of the country is at stake. Of course, you cannot rule out the issue of corruption and other baggage.

“The screening would be carried out in such a manner that those that would be disqualified would have no cause to complain. I won’t tell you the crucial criteria that would lead to the disqualification, but some of those aspirants would be disqualified unless they voluntarily withdraw from the race,” he stated.

It would be recalled that in the build up to the APC national convention that produced Senator Adamu, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Femi Adesina, disclosed that Buhari would not support any aspirant tainted with corruption.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Deputy Majority Leader, Prof. Ajayi Borofice, remarked that he is for consensus, noting that although many persons afforded the N100 million cost of nomination forms, the choice of Nigeria’s next president is beyond money and moneybags.

While ruling out a possible implosion after the presidential primary, the three-term Senator noted that since the party was able to hold a rancour-free national convention, the primary will also come and go since only one person is expected to emerge.

FAYEMI, yesterday, said there are more pretenders in the race for the APC presidential ticket than contenders. He said out of the 23 persons currently in the race, only about five of them are serious in the quest to clinch the ticket of the ruling party. He did not, however, name the five aspirants.

Fayemi said this while soliciting the support of delegates from Niger State during a visit to the state. In a statement by spokesperson of the Fayemi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Ige, the Ekiti governor said the level of seriousness is determined by the ability of the aspirants to move across the country.

“This is a season of visits and states keep receiving us. The list of presidential aspirants says there are 23 but only five of us are going around the country. With this, you can separate the pretenders from the contenders,” he said.

Some of the aspirants who have visited states include Tinubu, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Lawan and Fayemi. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva and President of the Africa Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, have opted out of the race.

FORMER Minister of State for Education, Nwajiuba, yesterday, said he supports the decision by the party to attach the controversial letter of withdrawal to the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms sold to aspirants.

The withdrawal letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Adamu, must be signed before a Commissioner of Oath/Public Notary before submission.

Nwajiuba, in an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, enjoined delegates at the national convention of the party to set aside pecuniary interest and elect a flag bearer with the wherewithal to address the multifaceted challenges besetting the country.

Nwajiuba said the letter would come in handy if the party decides to adopt a consensus arrangement to select the flag bearer. He promised to accede to the party’s demand for a consensus arrangement if the need arises.

According to him: “It’s not possible to win an election without the consent of everybody. So why would you be saying I can only win if I am the most powerful. You can only win by consensus arrangement. So, whatever consensus my party agrees to, I will agree. If they choose me, it’s good for them and for Nigeria. If they don’t choose me, whoever they choose is what they plan to offer Nigerians and we will stand by the party.”

MEANWHILE, despite hurdles that have been placed in their quest for presidency come 2023, especially by the ‘open contest’ declared by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has insisted that Ndigbo would not lose out of the contest.

The Guardian gathered yesterday that the Ohanaeze leadership had since May 7, embarked on countrywide consultations with different ethnic groups on the need to support Igbo presidential aspiration.

Speaking yesterday on their visits, spokesman of the organisation, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, said the delegation held “fruitful discussions”, adding that there is no doubt that Nigerians have fully bought into the demand by the Southeast and would do the needful at the appropriate time.

Ogbonnia restated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo was not worried about ongoing scheming in the two leading political parties, stressing that “we have enough competent Igbo politicians in them to match whoever that may come up.”

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BANKY W WINS PDP HOUSE OF REPS TICKET IN LAGOS

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Mr Olubankole Wellington aka Banky W

A Nigerian celebrity, Mr Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, was declared the winner of the PDP primary for the Eti-Osa constituency House of Representatives ticket in the 2023 general election.

Banky W had a landslide victory, polling 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates at the primary.

He contested against a legal practitioner, Mr Sam Aiboni, who polled three votes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegates consisted of 31 ad hoc members of the PDP and one national delegate.

The Returning Officer, Mr Ayodele Kazeem, who declared the results, described the process as peaceful and transparent.

Banky W told NAN that the election was a free and fair one, he stated that he had won the election by the grace of God and the will of the people.

He expressed gratitude to the party for the opportunity to represent it and said that he was very thankful to the people as well.

“I am overwhelmed by the support of my constituency, the people, the ward chairmen, the leaders and the chieftains of the party.

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“I feel the support even from the grassroots, honestly, I can’t be happier than I am now,” he said.

Banky added that he had a message, a vision and a mandate to do things better in the constituency and that he would achieve them through transparency, accountability and service.

“The real work begins now, the primaries are just the start and thankfully, we have the grace of God with us; we move,” he added.

NAN reports that if Rep. Babajide Obanikoro, son of former minister of state for defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro picks the APC return ticket in its upcoming primaries, he will be slugging it out with Banky W for the seat. (NAN)

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