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



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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KOGI GUBER: Former Dep. Gov Achuba endorses Muri, urges Kogites to reject Gov. Bello’s violence, 3rd term agenda



Former Kogi Dep Gov, Hon Simon Achuba

…Says Bello brought his cousin, Ododo of APC, to elongate his grip on Kogi resources

Ahead of the November 11 governorship poll, a former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has declared his support for the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Yakubu Murtala Ajaka.

Achuba, who served under Governor Yahaya Bello, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that he decided to back Ajaka because of his pedigree and capacity to retrieve the state from maladministration.

He charged voters not to be intimidated by the spate of kidnapping and killings that has permeated the state since the commencement of the electioneering.

Also, he tasked the people of Kogi East in particular to desist from causing mayhem against the people because of political gains.

Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, Kogi SDP Governorship Candidate

According to him, Governor Bello brought his cousin, Ahmed Ododo, of the APC, to elongate his grip on the resources of Kogi State without any commensurate development.

“If this is allowed to go through, his wife may become our Governor in 2027. God forbid!!!. We call on all well meaning Kogites irrespective of political ethnic and religious divide to rise up and resist the evil seed being plotted in Kogi State.

“It has been 7 years and 8 months of reckless plundering of our state resources without any tangible legacy to show for his two tenures.

“Rather, all legacy projects by his predecessors has been sold off without reinvestment. I know as a matter of fact that about fourteen billion was paid to Kogi State by the Federal Government for a road constructed by his predecessor.

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“Can the successor of Bello expect such legacy fund? It is like daydreaming to think so. He had the opportunity to write his name in gold but turned it down. He will be remembered for bad governance and violence perpetrated in Kogi State.

“Kogites have mastered your tactics and are at the game wisely. The result of the election come November 11 will prove to you that you have so much to learn.

“As you continue to receive decampees, we wish you state the disappointment that follows. Take note that your antics of violence and manipulation not withstanding, this time around will fail.”

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to be diligent in the discharge of their functions.

“We wish to call on INEC to be free and ensure that the election is free and fair. Thank God we have BVAS, Glory to God.

“Anywhere there are votes beyond what the BVAS has accredited the agents are expected to protest.

“On the issue of security, we wish to call on the inspector general of police and the chief of army staff to keep a close eye on Kogi.

“When I was a still the deputy governor in 2019, the State House of Assembly raised the alarm over importation of military software. What concerns a civilian government with military software? Sincere then, there has been killings and kidnappings. We cannot continue like that.

“We urge Kogites to face the evil and terminate it. November 11 is by the corner. We urge the people to reject bad administration through the ballots.

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“We call on INEC to check what is happening. I want to ask the youths in Kogi East why have they accepted to be agent of the devil? They should stop destroying the property of their brothers and sisters. The intention of this is to make sure that the votes in Kogi East are suppressed.

“If you endorse it, your children will suffer it . You may enjoy it for now but later you will suffer it. Instead of using the money to develop the state, he has pocketed it. This time the voices of the people will be loud and clear,” he added.

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Tribunal verdict, victory for democracy and Enugu, says Gov Mbah



Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah

…extends hands of fellowship to opposition
…restates commitment to campaign promises

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has lauded the decision of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed the petitions of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Labour Party (LP) candidates challenging his victory in the March 18, 2023 governorship election, describing the decision as victory for democracy and the people of Enugu State.

Dr. Mbah, who also extended hands of fellowship to the opposition candidates and their political parties, said the task to build Enugu remained a collective one, adding that he was committed to working with all, irrespective of political persuasions.

The tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Akano, had earlier in the day dismissed the petitions of the governorship candidate of the PRP, Chris Agu, and the candidate of the LP, Chijioke Edeoga.

Addressing the state, at the Government House, Enugu, Mbah said: “This is another memorable day in the anal of our dear state, as the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirmed the mandate, which you freely gave to us on 18th of March this year.

“This is victory for Ndi Enugu. It is also victory for democracy.

“It is a victory for massive development for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for exponential growth for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for Enugu’s greatness. It is a victory for the ban on Monday sit-at-home. It is also victory for our determination to restore water in all your homes in the next 68 days”.

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While thanking God for making the victory possible, Dr. Mbah also commended the tribunal for painstakingly dissecting the petitions and “for coming out with fair and just decision that resonates with Ndi Enugu”.

According to him, “the verdict has further strengthened our confidence in the judiciary as the temple of justice and the last hope of the common man”.

Extending hands of fellowship to his opponents, Mbah said: “There is time for everything under the sun. There is time to strive and time to unite. We all put ourselves forward to serve Ndi Enugu. The people have spoken and the tribunal has also affirmed. If service was the motivation, then it is time to rise above partisanship and come together because there is so much work to be done.

“Our arms are wide open and I beckon on my brothers, who ran this race with us, to join us in the onerous task of building a new Enugu State of our dreams.

“In the same vein, I enjoin all our supporters to be magnanimous in victory. Politics is over. Governance began on 29th May when we were inaugurated. It is time to unite”.

Governor Mbah, who reiterated his resolve to deliver on his campaign promises, further stressed that the tribunal’s decision was an elixir to do more, and urged the people to hold him to account on those promises.

“Once more, I immensely thank the good people of Enugu State, who not only believed in us, but also vested their mandate in us. Above all also above, they have stood by us every step of the way.

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“I want to assure them that I will work for them with every fibre of my being. I stand by every campaign promise I made as espoused in our Statement of Purpose. I also stand by the Citizens Charter that I executed on my first day in office. The Enugu people should hold me to account. I will not let them down”, he concluded.

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BREAKING: Tribunal dismisses Edeoga, LP’s petition, affirms Mbah’s election as Enugu Governor



Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah

…Edeoga’s petition lacks merit

The Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu has upheld the election of Dr. Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the March 18 election in the state.

Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP) had approached the tribunal to challenge the declaration on the grounds that Mbah wasn’t qualified to stand for the election.

He alleged that he forged his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC certificate and cases of over-voting in Udenu, Nkanu East and Enugu East local government areas.

The Tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Murayo Akano dismissed all grounds of petition saying his petition lacked merit.

The panel held that NYSC isn’t a requirement for contesting for the office of the Governor and there’s no where that the NYSC Certificate was attached to the documents Mbah submitted to INEC by the respondent.

On the issue of forging NYSC Certificate, the panel discountenanced all the evidences by the DSS, NYSC official and others because they weren’t in compliance with paragraph 4, sub-section 5D of the evidence act.

Only the witness of the pw26 which was described as a hearsay by the panel and those not help the petitioners and therefore resolved the issue of Certificate Forgery in favour of Mbah.

On the issue of wrong computation of results of the Labour Party in Udenu local government, the panel said they petitioners failed to prove his case and the witnesses they called gave the same report from different polling units and wards and wondered why their testimonies are the same even from different locations.

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The panel also said that the witnesses presented by the Labour Party weren’t duly accredited agents by INEC and makes their testimony invalid.

The panel based on the witnesses from the right agents in 3 polling units, deducted 51 votes from PDP and added same to Labour Party.

The tribunal held that the deduction isn’t enough to Overturn the election of Mbah.

In Amagu polling unit in Nkanu East the panel cancelled the votes for all parties because the witness pw10 proved he was there and the right person.

In the remaining 11 polling units, the tribunal held that the witnesses didn’t sign the result sheet and their witnesses is discountenanced because they can’t prove they were party agents

After resolving all the matter, the tribunal dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.

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