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Daniel Competent to Revive PDP – Udenwa

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Former Governor of Imo State Chief (Dr.) Achike Udenwa has expressed his confidence in Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s capabilities to lead the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and turn around the fortunes of the party positively if elected as the National Chairman.

Chief Udenwa stated this in Owerri on Wednesday when Otunba Daniel and his campaign team visited him in continuation of his nationwide campaign tour for national chairmanship of the party.

At the start of his tour of the Southeast bringas its Chairman he “I know your capabilities and antecedents and we need somebody of your caliber to navigate the PDP. You are straightforward and have suffered from impunity and knew wahat the PDP needs now. We Hve been praying for people like you to come on board because we know you can bring those who left the party because of impunity tht was going on then.

The electoral loss of the PDP in 2015, he said, was God ordained and having learnt lessons from it, this is an opportunity for the party to put the best man forward to regain the lost glory and correct the ills of the past.

“One of the undoing of the PDP that made it lost the last general election was impunity and the Gbenga Daniel that I know will never allow impunity. The challenges we have in Imo is lesser than what he faced in Ogun State and I’m sure he will straighten issues if entrusted with the future of the party.

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“We believe you are the man who can solve PDP’s challenges. No doubt, we have lost a significant number of people but when PDP is run the party the way a party should be run, those who have left will come back to the fold”.

Affirming his unflinching support for the frontline aspirant, Udenwa said: “I want to assure you that we shall receive all other aspirants but yours is very special in our heart in Imo State because you are one of us. You understand our plight and you are accessible. I pray other States give you the level of support we are giving you. We have all agreed in Imo State that at the appropriate time we shall speak with one voice and follow the right way and that way is the OGD way”.

He then wished Otunba Gbenga Daniel a very successful tour and blessed him in his aspiration.

Corroborating Chief Udenwa’s stance, former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Maxwell Duru, lending his support for Daniel also asserted that Chief Udenwa never takes decisions in a hurry. “He has never misdirected us and that is the why we believe him even beyond political issues. He is our mentor and navigator and has the magic wand to ensure success for Otunba Daniel in the forthcoming Convention”.

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Austin Onwunaku, former Special Adviser to Otunba Daniel on Inter Ethnic Affairs and an indigene of Imo State also rallied support for Otunba Daniel among his people. In in his words, Otunba Daniel is a detribalised Nigerian. “He created an Agency to accommodate non-indigenes while in government and put on board a number of people of different tribes in his cabinet. Onwunaku also recalled how in 2009, the federation of Igbo States conferred the title of Enyi-Di-Ora-Nma 1 of Ndigbo on Otunba Daniel at an elaborate ceremony in Enugu. “This show he is a true Nigerian who believe in co-existence of all.

In his response, Otunba Gbenga Daniel thanked the former governor for the reception and his undying love for the party.

His quest for the chairmanship post, he said, was borne out of his desire to reposition the party and bring it back to its winning ways.

Present at the meeting were the former Chairman, Owerri North Local Government Council, Dame Chioma Ugwuanya and former Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chuma Nnnaji among other major stakeholders of the State.

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Amotekun Not Threat To Nigeria’s Unity – Tinubu

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called for private discussion between the governors of the South-West and the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over Amotekun, a security outfit launched by governors in the region.

Tinubu said the foundation of the country has not been put at risk with the security outfit launched by the governors of the zone in a bit to confront the insecurity in their states.

The former Lagos governor, however, warned that the nation’s fabric could be torn by what he called the “dangerous rhetoric of those who should know better.”

In his first intervention in the controversy surrounding Amotekun, Tinubu said in a statement on Wednesday: “Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.

Those claiming that the Federal Government seeks to terribly suppress the Southwest have also lost their compass. Those who occupy these two extremes have sunken into the dark recesses of fear and political paranoia that can undo a nation if such sentiments are allowed to gestate.”

The statement continues: “Amotekun. This issue has dominated recent discourse and media headlines. Distilled to its basics, it concerns how best state governments can assist with the safety and security of their residents. This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a political tug-of-war. Fierce, often unthinking rhetoric, for and against, has crossed the lips of too many Nigerians. More subjective talking than objective thinking has been the fuel of this outburst.

Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.

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“While colourful, the rhetoric has been disconcerting. How people have mishandled this matter demonstrates that we still have far to go in perfecting this democracy. Too much energy has been spent distorting this issue instead of seeking a resolution that supports local enhancement of security while keeping the constitution intact. If this becomes the standard for how we handle disagreements then we will obscure Nigeria’s path forward with our own rubbish.

“In this matter, I do not see malign intent in the differences of opinion between the SW Governors as authors of Amotekun and the Attorney-General as the primary law enforcement officer of the Federal Government. Shorn of the overly dramatic language, what lies before us is but a step in the evolution of our federalism. This is an opportunity to more clearly define that federalism; but one cannot attain this better, more functional definition through overblown, emotional language. Objectivity and calmness are required. To a significant degree, the enduring quality of our republic will be established by the sagacity with which we handle disagreements regarding the division of power between federal and state governments. Such disagreements are inevitable. This is not the first. Nor will it be the last. We must devote our energies more toward solving problems rather than amplifying them.

“Seeking to fulfil their mandates by helping protect their people, the governors of the Southwest collectively established a program to buttress existing security mechanisms. Seeking to protect the constitution as best he could, the Attorney-General offered his opinion on what he believed the governors have sought to do. No one can blame either party for seeking to fulfil what they genuinely see as their public duty.

“Until now, I have deliberately maintained a studied silence regarding Amotekun. Many have tried to goad my swift public reaction. Those who have taken this road did so not because they care about Amotekun or even the people it intends to help protect. They did so knowing this had become a delicate and emotional issue for many. These cynics did so with the adversarial hope that, in haste, I might misspeak or misstep in a manner they could twist to their political advantage.

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Such people are possessed of a mercenary aspect that permits them to sacrifice almost anything, even jeopardize the very foundations of our political unity, if they might exact personal gain from the upheaval. In that they know no nobler purpose than their own appetites, we should feel sorry for them. However, we must not allow our sympathies for their barren condition to persuade us that there is worth in their destructive misconduct. They must be left to the consequences of their own devices.

“If truly I am a political leader as I am often described, then I have not the luxury of hasty, ill-conceived utterances. There are those who will use inflamed words to spark the passions of others. This may bring transient applause. But when the cheers fade, we shall only have further descended because their words were never inclined toward resolution and long-term improvement but toward short-term popularity and perpetual confrontation.

“I believe in this nation and its benign prospects. I dearly love its people, all of them. Over the years of our existence, they have suffered much. Yet they still hold forth with heroic patience and an extraordinary optimism born of strong faith. To these people, I owe my best. I shall not treat them cheaply or bandy their emotions like some errant football. The welfare of these good and decent people is my overriding concern.

Equally, I do not cow to the demands of those who press for me to make a premature statement on an important issue. Again, that is a game devised by those who care more about political cleverness than the quality of governance. I chose to talk when my position has been made ripe by a collection of the facts and a reasonable assessment of those facts.

Culled: Qed

 

 

 

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10 Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC

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At least 10 members of the Imo State House of Assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors includes members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Action (AA).

Deputy Speaker of the house, Okey Onyekanma, who resigned as Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business led the pack which included Minority leader of the assembly Ekene Nnodimele who also resigned his position.

 

Other lawmakers who jumped ship includes PDP’s Chyna Iwuanyanwu, Chidiebere Ogbunikpa, Paul Emeziem, Heclus Okorocha, Authur Egwim, Obinna Okwara, Johnson Duru, Ngozi Obiefule and AA. Ekene Nnodimele.

The letters of resignation and defection were read by the speaker, Collins Chiji, at the plenary.

The resignations came after Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma sacked all members of the Interim Management Committees (IMCs) in the 27 councils of the state. The committees were constituted by the immediate past governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on assumption of duty in June last year, after suspending the elected office holders following a resolution to that effect by the Imo House of Assembly over alleged financial malfeasance and other allegations against them.

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Supreme Court Affirms Gaduje’s Election

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The election of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
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