Anambra Guber: Obiano Wins In All 21 LGAs

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has won the four remaining local governments in Saturday’s Anambra governorship election released by INEC on Sunday in Awka.

With the declaration of results from the remaining 4 LGAs, APGA, whose candidate in the elction is incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, has swept the entire 21 LGAs in the state according to results declared at the collation centre.

The last local government areas won by the party are:

Anambra West

APGA 8,152

APC 4,261

PDP 1,578

Nnewi South

APGA 10,465

APC 2,765

PDP 3,255

Nnewi North

APGA 10,845

APC 3,616

PDP 4,157

Idemili South

APGA 12,180

APC 4,632

PDP 2,767

Earlier results declared are as follows:

Awka South Local Government

APGA 18,957

APC 6,167

PDP 5,354.

Njikoka Local Government

APGA 16,944

APC 5,756

PDP 3,477

Dunukofia Local Government

APGA 8,575

APC 7,016

PDP 1,530

Anyamelum Local Government

APGA 14,593

APC 5,413

PDP 2,323

Anaocha Local Government

APGA 11,237

APC 5,297

PDP 6,544.

Orumba South Local Government APGA 8,125

APC 3,802

PDP 2,412

Ekwusigo Local Government

APGA 8,595

APC 5, 412

PDP 3,856

Aguata Local Government

APGA 13,167

APC 5,807

PDP 4,073

Omitsha North Local Government APGA 10,138

APC 3,802

PDP 4,143

Ogbaru:

APGA 6,615

APC 3,415

PDP 4,416

Idemili South:

APGA 5,742

APC 4,063

PDP 2,629

Orumba North:

APGA 8,766

APC 3,551

PDP 3,865

Awka North:

APGA 7,164

APC 3,727

PDP 3,347

Onitsha South:

APGA 7,082

APC 2,012

PDP 3,423

Oyi:

APGA 11,840

APC 5,085

PDP 1,296

Ihiala:

APGA 14,379

APC 7,894

PDP 4,706

Anambra East,(Home of incumbent governor:

APGA 20,510

APC 5,248

PDP 1,132

The result sheet shows a landslide victory by governor Willie Obiano who defeated all his contenders in their Local Government Areas.

However, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially announce the winner as at the time of this report.

Anambra Guber: CNPP Hails Obiano's Victory, Commends INEC, Security Agencies

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has hailed the reelection of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in last Saturday's governorship election in the state and gave a thumb up to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done. 

 
CNPP also commended the people of the state for conducting themselves peacefully and in an orderly manner despite the number of political parties that fielded candidates during the polls. 
 
In a statement issued by the Secretary General of the Conference, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the umbrella body of all political parties and political associations in the country urged INEC to sustain the "level playing field it ensured in Anambra State up to 2019 and beyond. 
 
"For us, the people has spoken and the voice of the people is loud and clear in Anambra State and we urge the candidates to continue to embrace themselves even now that the election is over. 
 
"We rejoice with Governor Willie Obiano on his reelection for a second tenure. We urge him to use this opportunity to build lasting bridges and extend a warm hand of fellowship to his brothers and sisters who contested against him with a view to harmonising the huge human and material resources in the state maximally in his next four years in order to do more for Anambrarians. 
 
 
"We commend the electoral umpire, INEC, for maintaining proven fairness and impartiality all through the now concluded electoral process in Anambra with the declaration of Chief Willie Obiano as the duly elected governor of the state", the CNPP said. 
 
Also commending all security agencies, including the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian intelligence community and others for maintaining the peace, law and order as well as taking a non-interference posture from the beginning of the process to the end, the CNPP advised them to "extend the same neutrality to the 2019 general election to deepen democracy in the country." 
 
"Given the process to this election, there is hope for all political parties in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general election if the security agencies can maintain the level of maturity and professionalism in managing security issues in the build up to the polls", the CNPP said.

Zimbabwe: Ruling ZANU-PF Set To Dismiss Robert Mugabe

The ruling ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday.

 

The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) would also dismiss 93-year-old Mugabe’s preferred successor, his wife Grace, from her role as head of the ZANU-PF Women’s League.

Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been effectively at an end since the army seized control on Wednesday, confining him to his residence, saying it wanted to target the “criminals” around him.

Shortly after the sources revealed the meeting, a motorcade left Mugabe’s official residence in the capital Harare to the jeers of onlookers, although it was unclear if he was inside.

Hundreds of thousands of people had flooded the streets of Harare singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s demise, while others marched towards his residence.

In scenes reminiscent of the downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armoured cars and the troops who stepped in this week to oust the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.

Under house arrest in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound, he has watched support from his ZANU-PF party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days.

DSS Frees Man Held For Allegedly Buying Votes

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) have released a man who was arrested on Saturday for trying to buy votes in the ongoing Anambra governorship election.

Mr Ifedioranma Nwaana, a professor, regained his freedom hours after he was arrested and taken away by DSS officials at a polling unit located at Community Primary School, Amawbia in Awka, the state capital.

In an interview with Channels Television shortly after his release, he admitted that he was at the polling unit with about N300,000.

He, however, claimed that the money was not meant to be distributed to voters but for payment of APGA agents who he said have been working tirelessly for the party.

Nwaana also denied being aware that it was wrong to come to a polling centre with such amount of money, especially when voting was ongoing.

The retired lecturer maintained that he had no intention to buy votes, saying APGA had done well during the campaign in convincing the people to vote for its candidate and incumbent governor, Willie Obiano.

Source: Channels TV

PDP: I Will Make Every Member A Shareholder - Secondus

The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and a National Chairmanship aspirant, Prince Uche Secondus has said that every member of the party would be a shareholder in the new party administration if he is given the mandate.

Prince Secondus said that the new leadership he intends to give the party if given the mandate would take the party to another level with a view to restoring its winning ways again.

A statement from the Secondus Media office in Abuja said he made the pronouncements Thursday night at Ibro Hotel while addressing North Central delegates to the December 9th National Convention of the party.

Secondus told the delegates that included former Governors, former Ministers, Old and serving Senators and members of House of Representatives and other Chieftains of the party that PDP  is at a cross road and needed a leadership that would hit the ground running.

"Our party at the moment is not at a comfort zone and therefore requires purposeful leadership as it cannot afford any waste of time.

“With election around the corner there is no time to learn, the party need an experienced person and I think I have it having served the party at various levels meriterously.

"Let me assure you that as your National Chairman I would deliver votes and if I can't deliver votes from my constituency I should resign.

Listing some of the achievements that stand him out to lead the party, Prince Secondus said under his watch as National Organising Secretary, the party had the best internal and external elections.

He also said that as acting National Chairman he set up a special committee that looked into the causes of the failure of the party in 2015 general election pointing out that the post-mortem report which has been adopted by the National Executive Committee NEC would be a huge guide for him to rebuild, reform and regain the party.

Secondus also reminded the delegates how he saved the party from an impending constitutional crisis by ignoring the urge of the former National Chairman Alhaji Áli Modu Sheriff, who wanted him not to preside over the Port Harcourt convention and which became the grounds for the Supreme Court to dismiss Sheriff.

"If you give me your mandate, under my watch, I would decentralize power to states and get our members more involved in the running of the party.

“I would ensure that popular candidates fly our flag because when popular person hold the ticket, the election is 50% won

“The 2019 election is for us to take if we do the tight thing and I can assure you that I have the skill, I have what it takes and the experience if you give me the mandate.

“I would not be distracted, I would leverage on the peace and support the party enjoys in my state and in my zone.

In a vote of thanks after the interaction, the former Governor of Plateau state and a current PDP serving Senator, Jonah Jang said the North Central delegates appreciate his humility of seeing himself as a servant of the party.

What this party needs now is not a chairman but the chairman who would take the party to victory; we have all seen how painful and hurting it is to lose election.

Jang however said that the PDP position at Aso a Rock is still empty and members and their leaders should not keep God away in what they do or seek.

On the entourage of Prince Secondus to address the delegates included former governors, National Assembly members and other Chieftsins of the party across the six geo political zones.

Thugs Beat Electoral Officers, Disrupt PDP Primaries

Thugs disrupted the primary elections organised by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to decide its chairmanship candidate for Kanke, in the Feb. 18 local government elections in Plateau.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the thugs, who invaded the Kwall Stadium, venue of the election, beat up members of the PDP electoral committee and officials of the party, and destroyed several cars.

Worst hit in the attack was one Mr. Anthony Joro, a member of the electoral committee, whose eared was mutilated.

Also hit was Mr Dauda Waptu, the PDP Chairman in Kanke Local Government, who sustained various injuries on his face.

NAN reports that the election, which began peacefully with delegates voting after accreditation, turned violent when it was Waptu’s turn to vote.

Trouble started when some of the delegates said he should not be allowed to vote because they did not recognise him as the party chairman, a position others vehemently rejected, insisting that he was the leader and must vote.

The argument later turned violent and the thugs, usually fenced off the voting centre, invaded the arena and attacked their targets.

Mr Tyopev Terna, Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Police Command, who confirmed the incident, said that the Police were already trailing the political thugs that disrupted the exercise.

“We have not arrested anyone, but we are investigating the matter; the thugs beat up many people and destroyed several cars. We shall not rest until they are fished out and dealt with,” he told NAN.

He advised politicians to adhere to the rule of the game, warning that anyone found culpable in the Kanke incident would not be spared.

Speaking on the incident, Waptu expressed surprise at the attack that disrupted the exercise.

“The list of delegates for the election was okayed by all members. I still do not see any reason why anyone will want to disrupt the exercise,” he said.

He accused an unnamed member of the House of Representatives of sponsoring the thugs, and described such attitude as “crude and primitive”.

Mr Benedict Shignuhul, PDP Vice Chairman in Plateau Central Senatorial District, expressed shock over the incident which he described as “very unfortunate uncalled for.’’

He blamed the incident on alleged mischief by a member of the House of Representatives “who appears bent on destroying the party that made him”.

“This same member abandoned the party immediately he won his election in 2015. His eyes are already focused on securing another tenure in 2019, but we have told him to first strengthen the party by uniting its members.

“He wants to control everything, but is not ready to contribute anything, except violence. We have always told him that politics is a game of give and take. We must protect mutual interests if we want to progress,” he said.

Contacted, Mr Tim Golu, who represents Kanke/Pankshin/Kanam in the House of Representatives, blamed the incident on alleged mischief by the party officials.

“The authentic list of delegates, whose election was witnessed and certified, was doctored by Mr Amos Gombi, PDP State Deputy Chairman, who is from Kanke, in a desperate effort to impose his crony,” he alleged.

Golu said that the party officials were warned of the impending danger, but insisted on conducting the primary election “even when they were told that the environment was not conducive”.

“Those who insisted that the primary election must hold should be arrested and held responsible for the unfortunate crisis.

“They changed the list of delegates three times and the people at the wards protested; even after the security operatives and some of us, who sensed danger, warned them, they insisted.

“This incident wouldn’t have happened if they had listened to us; now look at the level of damage and animosity it has created,” he fumed. (NAN)

#Anambra2017: Impressive Turnout Of Voters

The Anambra governorship election has witnessed impressive turnout of voters at most of the polling units, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN Correspondents who monitored the exercise on Saturday in the three senatorial zones of the state, report that voters were seen in most of the polling units visited as early as 7.30 a.m. waiting to be attended to by the electoral officials.

NAN further reports that security officials were present in all the polling units visited.

At Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, the country home of Gov. Willie Obiano, the governor said he was happy with the massive turnout of voters.

Obiano urged the people yet to come out to do so, noting that effective participation by the people was the only way they could support the advancement of democracy.

The APC governorship candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye, also told newsmen that the turnout was high and impressive.

In Oyi, Orumba North and South, Awka South local government areas as well as Onitsha, NAN correspondents report that the turnout was high in the polling units visited.

However, the turnout in parts of Orumba north and south was poor because of late arrival of materials and officials of INEC.

At Aroma Junction, Agu Oka Polling Unit 004 in Awka South Local Government Area, Mr David Anyamele, a Local Election Observer, described the exercise as peaceful and smooth.

Anyamele, a member of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, told NAN that he was impressed by the turnout of voters in most of the polling units he visited.

But at Fagge Area of Onitsha, the turnout was not very impressive.

Igwe Nneamaka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, told NAN that the unimpressive turnout in Onitsha was because majority of people working and doing business in Onitsha were not residents of the area.

“Most of them live in Nkpor, Obosi, and Idemili areas, but only come to Onitsha to work and do business.

“The Obi in Council had earlier met and directed the town criers to go round the various communities and announce to the people to participate in the election,’’ Achebe said.

He described the conduct of the Nov.18 governorship election as smooth, peaceful and fair.

Meanwhile, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Election Working Group, told NAN in Onitsha that the poll began on a good note.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Adewale Ademola, said that the materials arrived and all the materials, including ballot boxes, card readers and results sheets were intact.

Ademola said the card readers were all in good working condition and that the election was smooth. (NAN)

#Anambra2017: Governorship Candidate Demand For Poll Extension

The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) Godwin Ezeemo has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the accreditation and voting time for the people of Umuchu Ward in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

His call is based on the delay in the arrival of electoral materials.

According to him, as of 9:50 am materials and INEC officials had yet to arrive at his polling unit in Igwebuike civic centre in Umuchu Ward 1 in the LGA.

Mr Ezeemo is worried that even with all the preparations by INEC there are still delays in the election process.

The PPA candidate is, however, optimistic that at the end of the entire process he will emerge victorious.

Source: Channels TV

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