PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
APGA crisis: INEC backs Umeh By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has thrown its weight behind the embattled Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh. According to the Commission, the decision is in line with the ruling on appeal number CA/E/84/2013, between Victor Umeh and Okuli Jude Ejike, where the Court of Appeal in Enugu, stayed execution of the order of the Enugu High Court that earlier restrained Umeh from parading himself as Chairman of APGA.
On this basis, INEC said, “the commission will continue to relate with Chief Sir Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).” In his remarks, Victor Umeh regretted that it is only in APGA that governors are elected and they turn to fight the party that produced them, adding that the governors use public funds at their disposal to fight and disrupt the leadership of the party. According to him, “All the dissidents activities against the party leadership was being sponsored by the Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi.
It will be recalled that in recent times our party has been reported as a party that has been factionalised. “We patiently waited for INEC’s response to the ruling of the Appeal court over the party’s leadership. Yesterday INEC wrote a letter to me recognizing me as the chairman of APGA. We want to use the opportunity to thank the INEC for obeying the decisions of the court and upholding the rule of law.” He commended INEC’s decision saying it has straightened things in APGA, adding that those who want to do business with APGA now know who to deal with.
Moreover, Umeh said that henceforth dissident activities of aggrieved members will not be tolerated by the party. Reacting to the recent formal declaration for All Progressives Congress (APC) by governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Umeh emphasised that APGA has never been part of any merger, pointing out that the party will never merge with any party. He said that instead, the party is disposed to alliance talks with other parties, regretting that Okorocha have been dragging the party’s name into the merger. ”I have advised severely on the matter and the party’s position even
before he joined the merger. If Okorocha still wants to regain the membership of APGA, he should desist from dropping the name of the party on the issue of opposition party merger.” Umeh said. He said that if governor Okorocha wants to continue with the merger process, he should do so in his name, noting with disappointment that the success made by the party in winning two states has turned into a problem for the party. He canvassed for a review of the Electoral Act to allow parties to impose levies on their elected officials as means of raising funds for the operation of the party.
Fashola faults Reps report on constitution amendment From Ayodele Samuel,Lagos
L-R: CPC former presidential candidate, General. Muhamadu Buhari; a member of CPC Board of Trustee, Malam Sule Hamma and former vice presidential candidate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, at CPC Board of Trustee meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
Planned resettlement: Abuja indigenes reject FCTA compensation By Umar Muhammad Puma
he original inhabitant of Shere-Galwayi, Sherepe Sheregwari and Sherekoro communities of Bwari area council of the FCT has rejected the plan to forcefully take over their lands, by the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) for estate
development without adequate compensation. In a press conference in Abuja yesterday by the Sherekoro community leader, Umar Dantani Gbegbe, said the government is yet to consult with them on the planned relocation of communities from Utako, Maje, Jabi, Yakubu Zhilu and Kpaadna to the new settlement. “We are in dark over the entire relocation exercise. It is obvious this
approach taken by the government offers no better recipe for endless misunderstanding and bad blood between us, the host and proposed occupant communities of the Galuwayi-Shere resettlement centre”. According to him, “government forcefully took our land and paid us shabbily for economic trees without paying us for our land. Some members of the
community were paid paltry sum as low as N600 and N1000 as compensation for their economic trees”. “We demand the suspension of the planned relocation of these communities to the resettlement centre until all the issues are identified, and also embark on extensive and sincere consultation with the community on the concerns raised”, he said.
Adamawa by election: Kowa party vows to win From Umar Dankano, Yola
OWA party in Adamawa state has expressed it confidence to emerged victorious in the Saturday byelection for Nasarawo/Binyeri state constituency based on the popularity and acceptability of its candidate, Mallam Umar Kaigama. The state chairman of the party, Mallam Saidu Bobboi, made this known in an interview with
with journalist in Yola stressing that this time around the party has picked a popular candidate as its flag-bearer. “In line with KOWA party ideology of carrying the people along, we allowed the people of the area to pick the candidate of their choice and we believed that this popular step we take will see us emerging victorious”, Bobboi said. He also pointed out that the internal crisis rocking Adamawa
PDP and CPC over candidates of their respective parties was another added advantage to KOWA party. Bobboi called on the electorate to come out enmasse to vote the reliable candidate of KOWA party ( Umar Kaigama). Meanwhile, CPC in Adamawa had announced the withdrawal of its candidate for the election, Mallam Ibrahim Umar, and directed all it members to vote for
the candidate of ACN, Mr Yohanna Mathias, while APGA candidate, Mr Garshon Kasuwa, also announced his withdrawal from the race and directed his supporters to work for the victory of PDP candidate, Mallam Umar Abdulkarim. The Nasarawo/Binyeri byelection became vacant as a esult of the death of the former member representing the constituency, Alhaji Ahmad Buba Gangwaso, in January.
overnor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state yesterday faulted some aspect of the 43-item report of the House of Representatives collated from the Peoples’ Public session on the review of the 1999 constitution held in the entire 360 Federal Constituencies in the country. Fashola said “The report of the House is moving Nigeria away from a federal state to unitary state.” The governor however stressed the need for an effective health insurance scheme, saying “it would help create a viable health sector in Lagos, a sector that would have over N14 billion at its disposal for the treatment of chronic diseases.” Fashola who faulted the report at the Commissioning of the blocks of classrooms, customary courts and area office built by the Coker/Aguda Local Council Development Area, LCDA, held in Orile, said that the report failed to reflect the opinion of Nigerians on the what should be included in the country’s constitution. According to him, “I am concerned that the report by the House of Representatives on the last year’s public session held across the country including Lagos, reads that Nigerians agreed that the State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, should be scrapped and that all elections should be conducted solely by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.” He added “the report also reads that Nigerians voted that in the light of all the insecurity in the country, that the idea to establish state police should be completely abandoned. Fashola however urge Nigerians to demand from the legislature how it arrived at the result, saying “ask them to show you the answer sheet of the exam they conducted for you last year, whether the result they presented reflected your opinion on the proposed constitution amendment.”
Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 10, May, 2013 Edition