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APC: Tinubu’s campaign fund cause of crisis in Enugu, we don’t need it – Uche Nnaji

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Enugu governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Uche Nnaji has identified Bola Tinubu’s campaign fund for the 2023 elections as the main cause of the recent crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
Some party stakeholders led by former Senate President Ken Nnamani recently led some stakeholders to the APC national headquarters in Abuja last week to demand immediate sack of the state Chairman Barr. Ugochukwu Agballa.
But speaking after the party’s stakeholders meeting in Enugu on  Sunday, the party’s guber candidate, Uche Nnaji, alleged that the tussle is all about the expected campaign fund from Tinubu.
“It’s not new. The same thing happened during the last election. The Abuja politicians will always create crisis to ensure they control part of the election funds.
“It will not work this time because we are going to reach out to Tinubu not to send any money to Enugu.”
Uche Nnaji


Uche Nnaji, Enugu APC guber candidate

He said that members of the party in Enugu State will contribute money to fund the election campaign of the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the state.
Nnaji also said that stakeholders in the party in the state will not wait for the party to give them money to be able to fund the election campaigns.
He noted that the need to make personal contributions ahead of the campaigns and election was to stop people whose stock in trade was to hijack election funds in the name of party stakeholders.
He said, already, some mercantile politicians who claim to be stakeholders of the party in the state had started positioning to hijack campaign funds rather than working for the party’s victory.
He disclosed that one of their antics was the demand for removal of the state executive of the party by some of the stakeholders, who are largely based in Abuja.
“You cannot remove a performing executive of a party just six months to election. We cannot allow that to happen. We want to be small but effective.
“Their interest is to hijack the presidential campaign funds like they did in 2015 and 2019 elections and share it among themselves. But we have already caught them in their track.
“We have therefore decided that we will tell our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and APC national chairman not to bring his campaign money to Enugu because it’s a target for which the so-called stakeholders want to destroy our party in Enugu. Bringing the money will cause more confusion.
“We don’t need Tinubu’s money to work for his victory in Enugu in 2023. We will use our money to work for Tinubu and go for a refund after elections”, Nnaji said.
He used the opportunity to inform all party members, especially the stakeholders to return home to the state and work for the party at the grassroots level and stop playing Abuja politics.
He continued, “We’re not pushing anyone away. We’re only asking all the so-called stakeholders to come home and put their money in this party.
“To that effect, all the stakeholders have to put their money in our campaigns to be able to answer stakeholders. After elections, we will go to Tinubu and APC to ask for a refund of all we have spent”.
Nnaji assured the stakeholders that APC was on the verge of changing election narratives in the state.
“Before now, APC was never a political party. Some people used the party to negotiate for money. Another party was paying their salaries. This mischief these people are trying to create won’t go anywhere”, he declared.
The stakeholders in attendance, however,  passed a vote of confidence on the embattled state chairman of the party, Chief Ugochukwu Agballa, assured that they would carry out a purpose driven campaign ahead of the elections.
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  1. Blessing Odenigbo

    September 5, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Yes, nice suggestions from my governor to be chief Uche Nnaji Nwakaibie. So that the long throat sons of Eli by names Hophnis and phinehases that called themselves stakeholders that can not even win a polling unit in the 2⁰15/2019 elections will go and rest. Retired professional failures that called themselves stakeholders with daughter of Lucifer go and rest.

  2. Osinachi Ezema

    September 5, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Uche Nnaji bu odogwu! This is demonstrative of real political Opposition…

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Anambra 2025 Guber: “I will contest”, Philantropist Paul Chukwuma douses rumours

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Dr Paul Chukwuma

…rescues APC with 351 State, Zonal, Wards offices to make party visible everywhere



By Chuks Collins, Awka

This is certainly an interesting period for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, as one of its pillars and the immediate past National Auditor, Dr Paul Chukwuma has vowed to elevate the party far and above any other political party in Anambra State and the South East geopolitical zone.

Besides organizing of regular seminars and interractive meetings at all levels of party leadership, he’s revealed his commitment to giving the APC an overwhelming support base, financial backing, unrivalled motivation and confidence amidst political parties.

All these, the former National Auditor noted was to ensure that no other party in Anambra State would stand before APC’s victory in the fast approaching 2025 governorship election.

In a well-attended Wards consultative meeting with party’s chairmen from the 326 Wards in the State late Sunday afternoon in his Umueri, Anambra East Council countryhome, Chukwuma unequivocally confirmed his interest in contesting for the Anambra governorship seat currently being occupied by Prof Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).

The visibly excited party chieftain used the occasion to announce the donation of a brand new State secretariat, as well as three Zonal offices and grassroots offices in the three hundred and twenty six(326) electoral Wards of Anambra State.

According to him, “henceforth, never again will APC be lost in the crowd or relegated to the background in the state.

” I have now provided a new State office, Zonal offices and 326 Wards offices. I have also provided funds for regular monthly meetings for constant interactions among members.

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“I insist that we all as APC members must be very proud of the party. We must have a distinct uniform that will always stand us out as APC members. We must wear it with pride, after all we are the national ruling party! he added.

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Chukwuma, flanked by a Board of Trustee member of the party, Chief Ralph Okeke; Chief Basil Ejidike, the State Chairman; Chief Ifeanyi Ibezi, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives and other party top brass in the state also presented booklets for registration of members, ” ahead the proposed e-registration”, he stated.

To ensure that the APC stays far ahead of other political parties in the state, run in a purely different manner, with nothing short of winning the coming 2025 governorship election, Dr Chukwuma also announced his plans to organize regular seminars for the party leaders and select members all over the state.

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Presidency: I may support Peter Obi in 2027 — Atiku

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APC berates Atiku, Obi over alleged merger plans
Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar


Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar met with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections in Abuja, earlier in the week.

The meeting sparked speculations about a merger of some opposition political parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

In an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by FRED EZEH of The Sun, Atiku Abubakar explained the reasons for the meeting.

You had a meeting with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last general elections. What was the reason for the meeting?

It’s just a normal friendly meeting that we often had, particularly we in the opposition parties. Such meetings are healthy for Nigeria’s democracy and for the country’s interest.

People are saying the meeting was to form a merger or alliance between your party, PDP, and Labour Party. Is that possible?

Yes, it’s very much possible. We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.

But the choice of presidential candidate might frustrate the effort?

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That’s not true. That challenge will not arise. I can tell you that the choice of who will fly the flag of the party won’t arise.

Why do you think so?

I don’t think so, I know so. Believe me, the challenge will not arise. Or are you expecting it to arise? Just believe me that it won’t arise.

What if it’s required that both you and Peter Obi drop your ambition and support someone else? Will you and others support that?

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I have said repeatedly and I even said it before the 2023 general elections that if PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it. As long as it’s the decision of the party, I will abide by it. But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was thrown open to all members of the party.

So if Peter Obi, being from the South-East, is the choice, will you support him?

If the party decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him.

How is the merger talk going?

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We are still discussing the issue, and in the right time we would make our position known.

When will you conclude the discussion?

I can’t disclose that for now because it’s not yet the right time to do that.

After the 2023 elections you were expected to be quiet and observe, but you are still playing the opposition?

Yes, we can’t keep quiet and watch things go wrong. People are suffering and we are committed to making Nigeria a better place.

It means you are not tired of politics of Nigeria?

Not at all. I am still in active politics in Nigeria, at least, as long as God permits.

People are expecting you to give space to younger ones considering your age.

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My age doesn’t stop the young ones from testing their fate. Everybody, irrespective of age, is allowed to aspire to be anybody in the society, politically or otherwise.

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So, there’s the possibility of you contesting 2027 elections?

But that would depend on the decision of my party. I can’t make any categorical statement on that. It’s the duty of the party to decide on the way to go in the next election.

But your interest is still there?

Until that time comes. Let’s just wait and see how it will turn out.

People are interpreting your recent meetings with various people as watering the ground for the next election.

It must not be interpreted like that. I must not be eyeing elections to have meetings with political friends and associates. Currently, we are practising democracy in this country which we fought for with our blood.

Many people lost their lives in the struggle. As a result, we would continue to ensure that democracy is strengthened in the country. We can’t watch from the sidelines as things are getting bad.

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 
Murtala Ajaka, SDP governorship candidate and Gov Usman Ododo of APC


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate in the Kogi state governorship election Murtala Ajaka,  have asked the Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu 3-man panel of Justices to nullify the victory of Governor Usman Ododo and declared him winner.

Ajaka also asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

Ajaka’s lawyer, Pius Akubo, (SAN) made the prayers Monday while giving submissions via their final written address at the Kogi State, Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

In the petition, INEC, Ododo and APC are listed as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

Akubo, the petitioners’ lawyer told the tribunal that their final written address was dated and filed May 6, 2024 arguing that their petition was not filed out of time.

At Monday’s proceedings, the tribunal reserved judgment in the petition filed by Ajaka and his party, the SDP, where it asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

While making submissions, the Independent National Electoral Commission, through its lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that their final written address was dated and filed on May 2, praying the tribunal sitting to dismiss Ajaka’s petition.

On its part, the All Progressives Congress and Gov. Ododo, asked the Tribunal to dismiss Ajaka’s petition for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

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While adopting their final written addresses and presenting their arguments against the petitioners, counsel to the respondents, Agabi, Joseph Daudu (SAN), and Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), prayed the panel of Justices to uphold Ododo’s victory.

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