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I have not joined APGA-Ojukwu jnr

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Mr Chuwkwuemeka Ojukwu Jnr has dispelled rumours that he has rejoined the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Ojukwu debunked the allegation in an interview with newsmen in Awka on Wednesday.

He said he was surprised at the rumours which started after he had a personal visit to Dr Victor Oye, the National Chairman of APGA at his home in Amawbia on Tuesday.

He said he remained a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It would be recalled that Ojukwu, jnr whose father is the face of APGA defected to the APC just before the Anambra governorship election in 2017.

Ojukwu said the visit was a reciprocal of an earlier visit of Oye to his Abuja residence and called on fifth columnists not to make cheap points out of it.

“It is not surprising that people will jump to that conclusion, but by the way, people move from one party to another all the time and there is no noise about it and when I visit my brother, it becomes an issue.

“At any rate, people are free to make insinuations about my visit to the chairman of the party but for the record, I have not joined APGA.

“Being the son of Ezeigbo, I have a moral burden to protect those things he held most dear and sacred while exercising my right to freedom of association.

“I am honoured that the APGA National Chairman found it imperative to solicit my contribution,” he said.

Ojukwu said his input was sought being the son of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu who was the spiritual leader of APGA and that he was duty bound to proffer solutions to its crisis in spite of being in another party.

He maintained that he was a stakeholder in Anambra and at liberty to discuss issues that affect his state.

“During my visit, the Chairman and I discussed many issues, from the Igbo situation in Nigeria, to issues pertaining to Anambra state, down to the growth of APGA in recent years.

“We also had prognosis for the party, given the current agitations by some members after the most recent primary elections.

“My input was solicited and I gave my opinion as a stakeholder in Anambra.

“APGA is a national political party that has massive followers in the South East, I believe most Igbos including myself, regardless of political affiliations, have that attachment to all issues that concern Igbo,” he said.

 

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Anniversary: APGA applauds Zamfara Govt for tackling insecurity

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The All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government for restoring peace in the state.

The APGA governorship candidate at the 2019 general elections, Dr Sani Shinkafi, made the commendation at a news conference in Gusau on Saturday.

Shinkafi noted that the PDP-led government deserve commendation in its one-year of administration considering the way it tackled the terrible security challenge that bedevilled the state.

Gov. Bello Matawalle embarked on confronting the menace with great valour using his versatile experience as former Chairman, House Committee on Security and Intelligence.

The State Government also embarked on partnership with the Federal  Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and various key security stakeholders such as security outfits, former defence ministers, traditional leaders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) leaders and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

“After various consultation, a fact stands out that the crisis has taken ethnic dimensions, most especially after the creation of Hausa Yan Sakai vigilante groups by the immediate past administration.

“Establishment of committee headed by the former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar, for finding solutions to end banditry in the state by the state government can be identified as a leading factor for the success recorded,” Shinkafi said.

He recalled that before PDP took over the affairs of the state, rural areas and nomadic settlements were relegated educationally and economically, and this situation created an avenue for high crime rate.

“This informs government’s decision to provide schools, clinics and earth dams for the people and idea of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) came up as one of the solutions to the problem.

“The dialogue resulted in the release of thousands of captives abducted by kidnappers across the state, including the neighbouring ones.

“With this development, socio-economic education activities across the 14 local government areas of the state have been revived.

“Our rural markets closed down earlier due to insecurity have also been reopened, inter-ethnic relationship improved and over 80 per cent peace restored across the state,” he said.

The former APGA national secretary and governorship candidate explained that the opposition party was partnering with the PDP-led administration for the progress of the state.

He therefore urged people to continue to cooperate with the present administration irrespective of political differences for the state to move forward.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: APGA shuts down offices nationwide, pledges support for ending pandemic

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Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said on Saturday in Awka that the party has shutdown its offices nationwide over the Coronavirus pandemic.

He also called on party faithful and Nigerians in general to support efforts at ending the scourge of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Oye said this in a letter to party stakeholders and supporters.

He said while health experts call for physical distancing as part of the ways to curb spread of the virus, there was need for people to be psychotically close to each other and lend support while the period lasts.

He reminded them that all party activities remained suspended, and urged them to adhere strictly to the advice of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

“I advise that our members should adhere strictly to the daily advisories from WHO and NCDC and other relevant agencies and governments across the country and maintain high personal hygiene.

“All activities by our party from ward to national levels, involving large gatherings, should be cancelled, to this end, and in subjection to the current situations in the country.

We have taken more measures to protect our members against the impending cataclysm, among these measures was the shutting down of our national and state offices.

“As the pandemic has continued to grow we have thought it wise at this time to appeal to us to stick together as one family, help one another as much as we can, by sharing information, our God-given wealth (in cash and materials) and praying for one another,” he said.

Oye noted what people needed now was food and medicament to enable them pull through the period, and urged people to display the urgency of the moment by rendering the assistance that they could.

He said that what was happening now in Nigeria and the world today, called for continued vigilance and obedience to God’s word and dictates of civil authorities, so we cannot continue to live as if nothing is happening.

“We appeal to our critical stakeholders, including elected representatives in both the state and national assemblies, to support this initiative by making personal donations of sanitisers, masks and other needs on behalf of the party to their constituents to mitigate the impact of the perilous virus.

“We cannot afford not to live for one another at this time of national emergency. This is the time we need to show practical love to one another and carry one anther’s burden in prayer.

“The truth is that the world is continually imperiled by the scourge inflicted upon it by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we pray for divine intervention in our present circumstances, we must not fail to extend the hand of fellowship and support to one another, this is the time to bury whatever differences that exist among us and work together to defeat this wicked and errant adversary.

“Posterity will remember us as a people that faced a common adversity together with all the strength we can muster.

“We commend the willing working governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano, for the proactive steps his government had taken to fight the scourge and protect the lives of people of the state,” he said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide
(NAN)

 

 

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Fight poverty, banditry, kidnapping, APGA tells Nasarawa Govt

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State has urged the state government to concentrate on fighting poverty, banditry and kidnapping in order to secure lives and property as well as to improve on the standard of living of the people.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Nyisana, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Keffi on Wednesday.

Nyisana said that the party remained the people’s choice for change, security, democracy and development in the state, while urging APGA supporters to continue to be law abiding for development thrive.

The chairman said that the prevailing hardships in the state would continue to strengthen the party membership and support base across party lines.

This, he said, would change the situation if APGA secured power in subsequent elections in the state in order to improve on the standard of living of the people of the state.

The statement said, after the 2019 election, we returned to God and the people continued to put our case before them.

“The people in anger continued to follow APGA and her candiddate; H.E. Labaran Maku, CON, former Minister of Information/Defence, who is also a former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State.

“Given the general collapse of governance, unpaid arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuity across the state; and the intense suffering in the rural and semi urban areas, banditry, kidnapping and violent crimes.

“It was not surprising that in 2019, even those who didn’t follow APGA in 2015 turned to APGA,” the statement read in part.

Nyisana said that the ruling party in the state have devised strategies to use the present severe economic pressures on every family across the state to dangle poisoned carrots on APGA members to defect to the APC.

“We understand that after months of deploying the entire government machinery to cajole targeted APGA members, they went round to promise appointments and other pledges to anyone that defects from APGA to the APC.

“Politics of fake promises of personal favours to woo APGA members won’t change the desperate situation facing the people of Nasarawa state across all the political parties.

“Including founding members of the APC, majority of whom are living in frustration and bitterness, because of the way they are being treated and or ignored,” it said.

The statement added that: “Those who have succumbed to the pressure from the state government are people with whom we hold shared values and concerns. We understand the individual and community pressures on them.

“Regardless of where they are we retain our full respect for them as individuals and as comrades at arms in the struggle for democracy, good governance, and for a better future for our people and our children,” he said.

The APGA chairman assured all members crossing over other political parties of continued goodwill and partnership in the struggle for a better and safe future of the state.

Nyisana also urged those who crossed over to APC to be watchful and prayerful, adding that no one is safe from the insecurity that is bedeviling the state.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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APGA in Zamfara “impressed” with Gov Matawalle’s performance – official

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The Zamfara chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), says it is “very impressed” with the performance of the state government led by Gov Bello Matawalle of the PDP.

Alhaji Aminu Umar, the party’s deputy governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections, who stated the party’s position on Thursday in Gusau, said that the state government was executing projects that would develop the state.

He was addressing a stakeholders meeting on peace, organised by Justice, Peace and Pacific Resolution Forum of Nigeria, an NGO.

“APGA is satisfied with the policies of the PDP-led state administration, especially in the areas of restoring peace and stability.

“We have seen positive changes through various interventions such as education, economy and security.

“On behalf of the entire APGA members in the state, I say that we are solidly behind this PDP-led state administration under Gov. Bello Matawalle.

“Our members played important roles leading to the emergence of this administration. So, the government should consider giving appointments to deserving members of APGA in the state,” he said.

In his remark, the Rector, Zamfara Polytechnic, Talata Mafara, Dr Sha’aya Shehu, urged people of the state to accept the changes brought by the state government in the areas of security, economy and general development.

“We should support the government and embark on prayers for the sustenance of the peace in Zamfara,” Shehu said.

Earlier, the National President of the NGO, Prof. Kabiru Jabaka, had said that the meeting was organised to review the previous challenges experienced by the state and the progress recorded by the current administration.

Jabaka urged people of the state to drop unnecessary opposition, as that political era had passed.

“Let’s join hands with government to move the state forward,” he stated.

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APGA leadership tussle: Justice has prevailed, says Njoku

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Chief Edozie Njoku, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), National Chairman Candidate, says justice has prevailed as the court injunction preventing him from executing his duties as National Chairman has been dismissed.

Njoku made this known to newsmen at the end of the court session held at an FCT High Court, Jabi, Abuja, on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the case filed by Dr Victor Oye was dismissed by the court.

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“ We can see how justice does prevail, we were in this particular court about 5 weeks ago, and we were all very gloomy because the judge did not turn up to court, and I said  to you people that justice will definitely prevail.

“That how could I win a free and fair convention and he runs into a court, behind my back, goes to get an injunction to stop me from parading myself as National chairman, gets the same injunction stopping APGA from recognising me as well.

“ As long as our facts are straight, justice will prevail, and by the stroke of luck, suddenly as we got to last week, he started looking at the case, that there is no way that the injunction is not going to take place.

“The court has now discharged all orders that I’m now to be recognised as the National Chairman of APGA and that the party itself should start recognising me as the party National chairman, and I should go and take possession of my seat as the national chairman.

“It’s a wonderful day, it’s very shocking to know which direction there are coming from, but as I said to a few people it’s the work of God.

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Njoku, who noted that APGA is not a party for an individual, but for the people, promised to work and take the party to glorious heights.

19, with Oye emerging as its national chairman for the congress held in Awka, Anambra, while the Owerri faction on its part produced Njoku as its national chairman.

Since then the tussle for who is the legitimate Chairman of the party had been on.

Edited by: Felix Ajide

 

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APGA leadership tussle: Oye withdraws suit against Njoku

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Dr Victor Oye, who dragged Chief Edozie Njoku before an FCT High Court, Jabi, in a leadership tussle suit, on Thursday in a twist notified the court of his intention to discontinue the suit.

The suit was instituted by Oye as the claimant with All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA), and Njoku as defendants.

The leadership tussle of the party between both men was given as the cause of action, as Oye approached the court for his faction as the National chairman of the party to be recognised by law as the legal body.

However, when the matter which was slated for hearing before Justice Charles Agbaza came up, the counsel to the Oye, Victor Agunzi informed the court that at the last sitting, the court adjourned to enable the counsel for first defendant (APGA) sort out the counsel that will represent it in the matter as there were multiple legal representation.

Agunzi further stated that his client after necessary consultation with stakeholders of the party, and in the interest of peace decided to discontinue the suit to allow parties pursue possible reconciliation through the use of internal mechanism within the party.

According to the counsel, ” in the circumstance, we have filed Notice of Discontinuance in order to make progress in the party” he added.

Agunzi also informed the court that the application had been served on the defendants.

The counsel to Njoku, Chile Onyemenam, said he had no objection to the application.

Morris Osakwe and C.N Nwagbo who appeared for AGPA equally did not object to the application.

Osakwe however asserted that he had an application to strike out the suit on term that the order of interlocutory injunction made by the court against Njoku made on June 24,2019 be vacated.

Agbaza in his ruling said ” having carefully listened to the submission of counsel to the claimant to discontinue the suit, I hereby declare that all orders granted by the court in this suit is hereby vacated and the suit is dismissed” the judge concluded.

Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) reports that the party which had two factions conducted parallel congresses on May 31 with Oye emerging as its national chairman for the congress held in Akwa, Anambra State, while the Owerri faction on its part produced Njoku as its national chairman.

This development led to Oye dragging the defendants before the court praying for some declarations, orders and reliefs.

The plantiff therefore sought amongst other reliefs, a perpetual injunction restraining Njoku from parading himself as National Chairman.

He also sought for an order of the court restraining APGA from recognising Njoku as Its National Chairman until the substantive suit was determined.

Edited by: Sadiya Hamza

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Nasarawa APC receives over 1,000 PDP, APGA defectors

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More than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wakama ward of Nasarawa State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the defectors included former elected councillors as well as PDP ward chairmen and secretaries.

Receiving the defectors at a formal ceremony on Sunday at Wakama, the state APC Treasurer, Mr Mohammed Aya, said the party was encouraged with their decision to join the ruling party.

The treasurer who represented Mr Philip Shakwo, the APC State Chairman, assured the new comers that they have equal rights and privileges like the old members.

He therefore assured that the government would site projects that would impact on the lives of the people of the community to justify the action of the defectors.

Similarly, Mr Silas Agara, the immediate past deputy governor of the state, said that now that the people of the community decided to join the party in government, more development would come to the area.

He noted that it is only the government that is capable of bringing development hence the need for them to join the government if they are in politics for development.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr Bala John, said they have decided to join APC due to the developmental stride of the party at both state and national levels.

He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for constructing road in the community.

“Wakama community is the only community in the state that the federal government is currently constructing over 6kms of road.

He therefore pledged their unalloyed support to the APC government at all levels and appealed to them to site more development projects in the area.

The occasion was attended by members of the state Hhouse of Assembly, Chairmen of local government councils and other stakeholders.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
(NAN)

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APGA Chairmanship Tussle: Njoku urges members to remain calm

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  Chief Edozie Njoku has advised members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and its supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint following the party’s leadership tussle.

Nigeria News Agency reports that hearing in the leadership tussle of the party before an FCT High Court, Jabi, was stalled on Friday due to the absence of the trial judge in the court.

The matter, which was slated for hearing before Justice Charles Agbaza, could not go on as the judge was away to attend to an emergency.

NAN reports that the case was instituted by Dr. Victor Oye as the plaintiff with APGA and Chief Edozie Njoku as defendants.

Njoku, who spoke with NAN on the status of the case, said that he was optimistic to reclaim his seat as the Chairman of APGA.

 

“There’s a court order which somehow, an order behind our back was instituted.

“That is, an interlocutory injunction that has stopped me from parading myself as the National Chairman of the party.

“And also an order from someone, whose tenure has expired, went forward to bring an order stopping the party APGA from recognising me as the National Chairman.

“There’s a lot of misrepresentation in the APGA crises; people come up from one area or the other and say that they are acting National Chairman or they are this.

“It is clear that there’s supposed to have been two conventions that took place, one was an illegal convention in Awka, which has been made clear in the court; I can’t talk much about it.

“And the convention originally which was slated by APGA which was held in Owerri, where I emerged as National Chairman.

“I would have loved to have said more but there’s a court order on me that I should not parade myself as the National Chairman.

“But I know that by what we have in court, that in the next few months the coast will be clear and I will come back into my office as National Chairman of APGA,’’ he said.

 

NAN reports that the party which had two factions conducted parallel congresses on May 31, 2019, with Chief Edozie Njoku emerging as its national chairman in Owerri, Imo State and Victor Oye emerging as chairman in the Awka, Anambra State faction.

This development led to Oye dragging the defendants before the court, praying for some declarations, orders and reliefs.

According to the 2nd defendant, Chief Edozie Njoku, “though the case is meant to be for hearing, we have filed a motion for the court to squash the order of interlocutory injunction which was placed on me and the party because of lack of service or fraudulent service,” he said.

The court registrar, who informed the counsel in the matter about the judge’s absence, also assured them that they will send out hearing notice of a new date for hearing.

For his part, the National Legal Adviser of APGA, Hamman Ghide, also advised members of the party and all supporters present to be patient and to exercise restraint saying that, no matter how long it takes they will have their time in court.

“We were in court for this particular case, unfortunately the court could not seat, so I expect our members to exercise restraint and not be annoyed; it is one of the processes in hearing.

“So we just have to be patient, time will come whether we like it or not; for every beginning there must be an end,” he said.

Edited by: Lydia Beshel/Felix Ajide

(NAN)

 

 

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APGA urges level playing field for Imo council polls

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(NAN ) The Imo chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has appealed to the state Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC) to provide a level playing field for all the political parties during the Local Government elections scheduled for December.


The party’s state Chairman, Mr John Iwuala, made the appeal on Tuesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the commission, Mr Julius Onyenaucheya, in Owerri.


Iwuala said that arrangements by the party for the polls had reached advanced stage and hoped that APGA, which he described as a moving train, would emerge victorious at the polls.


He said: “We want to assure ISIEC and our supporters that we are ready for the LG elections.


“All arrangements have been concluded and we urge ISIEC to provide a level playing field for all political parties participating in the process.”


He advised interested persons to take immediate steps to join the party ahead of the victory ahead.


Responding, the ISIEC chairman said that the commission was putting finishing touches to preparations for the elections.


Onyenaucheya, who was represented by the ISIEC commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr Nwachukwu Nwanesi, gave tha assurance that the commission would not fail Imo people.


He further underscored the need for security agencies to be neutral during  the election.


According to him, the neutrality of the security agencies remained one of the important conditions for credible elections. (NAN)


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(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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