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Eze Knocks Abe:  You Lack the Locus Standi to Speak on Democracy

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Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) having read  through a press statement credited to Senator Magnus Abe formerly the Senator representing the Eastern Senatorial  District of Rivers State and issued on 4th August, 2019 by PARRY SAROH BENSON his Spokesperson titled, “CHANGE IN NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY, WORK IN PROGRESS – SAYS ABE” in which he tried but erroneously presented himself as defending the tenets and principles of democracy in Nigeria and in his characteristic outburst tried to malign, denigrate and disparage the person and personality of Rt. Hon. Dr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi erstwhile Governor of Rivers State and immediate past Minister of Transportation the man who brought him ( Abe) to limelight in the politics of Nigeria and whom he has dedicated himself to destroy politically.

Eze highlighted that the malicious interview, Abe stated that, ” Rotimi Amaechi hired a propagandist Eze Chukwuemeka Eze to falsely malign and de-market him (Abe) in order to justify the unjustifiable injustice that was perpetrated on Rivers People during the last political dispensation”.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze one time National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) the platform through which Senator Abe and his misguided cohorts used to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) reacted by stating that Senator Abe lacks the locus standi to speak or counsel Nigerians on the politics and tenets of democracy after he singlehandedly destroyed APC in Rivers State and ensured that the party didn’t field any candidate during the 2019 general elections. A feat he achieved by collaborating with Governor Nyesom Wike, a PDP Governor of Rivers State by forming a Parallel Leadership of the party against the constitution and directive of the National Working Committee of APC.

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Senator Abe apart from disregarding the directive of the party went further to disparage the constitution of APC by suing the party instead of exploring the internal mechanism of the party in resolving political differences.

For Abe to have adopted a gunpoint strategy of stating that if the gubernatorial ticket of APC is not given to him the party will not field any other candidate put him as an element and tool of anti democracy and one that lacks powers or locus standi to speak on any Democratic issue so far Nigeria is concerned, Eze echoed.

For Abe to continue to describe me as a hired Propagandist by Amaechi is  not only very unfair and unfortunate to my person and personality. It is sad that Abe instead of addressing most of the issues that I have presented to expose him for his wicked antics against APC and the man who made him politically prefers to run to the Media for cover forgotten that the Media Houses are fully aware of his unprincipled and devious plots against APC and those who have sacrificed their lives to put him in where he is today politically.

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Eze counselled Abe to stop running to media Houses for protection but summon courage to apologize to the Rivets State people for denying them a credible platform that would have ushered in good governance in Rivets State instead of the direction-less government of Governor Wike that he assisted to install.

Eze who sympathies with Abe over his political woes advised him to retrace his steps and go back to his mentor, Amaechi who have indicated willingness to forgive him for his political blunder and to give him respite and those that he has led to political wilderness.

Eze who reacted to this while on the road described his mission in Rivers State as divine to give hope and restoration to those aimed for humiliation by Abe and his likes.

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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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