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Enugu APC Stakeholders insist Agballah must be removed as state party Chairman



…with Agballah as Chairman, APC can’t win any election in Enugu, they declared 

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Enugu State yesterday stormed the National Headquarters of the party (Buhari House) in Abuja, asking for the removal of the state party chairman, Chief Ugo Agballah

The stakeholders numbering over 10 were led by the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani.

Other members were: Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama; immediate past governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime and Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu.

They declared that the move was the only means to rescue the ailing Enugu APC.

Addressing journalists after a meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the delegation accused Agballah of ‘appropriating the state party as a personal possession.’

A chieftain of Enugu APC, Chief Nweke Gbazuagu, said that the agitation for his removal became imminent after the party chairman’s suspension at the state level.

He said: “Agballah came in through a manipulated process amid protest. But somehow he was given a certificate of return. As we speak, he has been suspended by his ward chairman.

“Very importantly, it should be noted that he has been lawfully removed by his Udi/Agbudu ward of Udi LGA of Enugu State on the 19th day of August 2022 by an overwhelming majority of party members in his ward. A copy of the resolution is hereby attached.”

In a petition dated August 30, 2022 and addressed to the APC National Chairman the delegation begged the NWC to rescue Enugu APC from its downward spiral, implosion and imminent collapse.

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The statement partly read, “The Party is imploding and on the brink of imminent collapse. It is in no position as things stand, to be competitive in the General Elections.

“The leaders now believe that a radical solution is called for to save the state party from total collapse and disgrace in the state.

“A major crack however emerged during the State Congress, when Mr. Ugochukwu Agballah, was surreptitiously manoeuvred into the party to become its state chairman to the bewilderment and vehement opposition of a majority of the party members who knew his antecedents as a person and in Enugu State politics.

“Agballah was given the benefit of the doubt by a few leaders of the party and issued a Certificate of Return.

“It was felt by those few leaders that the party needed to change direction at all cost and have a vibrant leader who could finally unite the party in the state.

“Unfortunately, the new Chairman did not waste time in proving those majority leaders who opposed his emergence correct in their warning.

“This petition is written with a view of notifying the National Chairman and National Working Committee of APC of the state of affairs of our great party in Enugu State.

“As elders of the party in the state, we strongly believe that it is our duty to bring these anomalies to your attention for urgent remedial action. A stitch in time saves nine!

“We urge the NWC to immediately save the party in Enugu State from total collapse by removing Mr Ugochukwu Agballa from office and in his place put a Caretaker Chairman who should be someone not within the present State Executive Committee.

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“The party still stands a chance of remedying the situation and being competitive in the general elections.”

However, when the state party chairman was contacted he disclosed that the crisis rocking the state party was deeper than the picture painted by the delegation.



  1. Ameh David

    September 4, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Ugochukwu Agballah is really working hard to make sure that he delivers Enugu state, All these men going to NWC for removal of Ebeanaeje can’t even go to their ward to hold party meeting, they are APC in Abuja and PDP in Enugu … I strongly believe in Ebeanaeje Ugochukwu Agballah, with him Enugu shall rise again. Ugochukwu Agballah remains the state chairman, he is a man for everyone

  2. Abubakar Hadi Ikechukwu

    September 4, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    All these food is ready politicians should live us and our chairman alone. We have focus, we have target, our target is to win election and we disagree to be distracted

  3. Ebus

    September 4, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Those so called stakeholders are only interested in money that will be coming to Enugu for Tinubu’s Campaign. Stakeholders that don’t have a stake in their polling units. Non of them has ever won in his unit.

    Mad people everywhere!

  4. Njeze Charles Nwabueze

    September 5, 2022 at 5:24 am

    Please, these agitators are not stakeholders of APC, as stakeholders they are supposed to be known as men who support the party starting from their pulling units, wards, L.G.As and then the state and if possible the national level. I bet with my inheritance, these men are not known in their wards. These men are just after the Tinubu Campaign funds, which Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah told them that it’s not business as usual, you must work before you reap, there is no way they can remove the capacity chairman because they are not even members of APC. They were planted by the PDP moles, to cause problem among the people of APC, I pity who ever stands with them. Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah is unstoppable, he has been carrying out his duties So profoundly!!! We the known members of APC Love Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah and he remains the chairman of APC Enugu State.

  5. Blessing Odenigbo

    September 5, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Which stakeholders?. They’re retired politicians, sons of Eli by names Hophnis and phinehases. Our capacity state chairman Hon Chief Barr Ugo Agballah is a goal, he brought light, progress and libration in Enugu State APC and with him lion building is our destination. On Sunday 4 September, all APC members in Enugu State, State executives, local government executives and ward executive passed vote of confidence on him as the best APC State chairman ever.That he should continue his good work as our capacity state chairman. No body will remove or try to remove him. The so called retired stakeholders that can not win their polling unit, want the campaign money that Tinubu is about to bring. That is why they want our capacity state chairman to be removed, because they feels that he will be an obstacle for them. Our gubernatorial candidate chief Uche Nnaji Nwakaibie, said that he doesn’t want any money from Tinubu for campaign, that he is equal to the task. Means he can do the whole campaign with his money to avoid problems. Then after elections that Tinubu will balance him. Lion building is our assurance with Barr Ugoo Agballa, chief Uche Nnaji and Barr George Ogara in Jesus Name.

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SDP begs President Tinubu to halt attacks, carnage in Kogi



• Kogi SDP Governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Wednesday begged President Bola Tinubu to stop the incessant attacks and carnages occasioned by the governorship electioneering in Kogi State.

The Director General, New Media, SDP Campaign Council, Mr Isaiah Ijele, made muricthe plea during a news conference in Lokoja on Wednesday.

Ijele said that innocent citizens are being maimed and killed across the state by sponsored political thugs.

He alleged that members and supporters of the SDP Governorship Candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka, were constantly under attack, allegedly sponsored by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

But the APC Campaign Council’s Spokesman, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, had denied sponsoring any attack against SDP supporters in the state.

Ijele, in his recounts, said: “There were gun shots through the night of Tuesday in Anyigba and Ankpa towns where houses and property of innocent SDP supporters were vandalised and destroyed.”

“Our campaign Coordinator in Anyigba and his family were victims as they were chased away from their house and property destroyed, including his motorcycle in Tuesday night attack.

“As it’s now two persons are missing as a result of the attacks being unleashed on Ajaka’s supporters across the Kogi East.

“We are under siege, given the intimidation, harassment and attacks on us simply because of the humongous support our governorship candidate is enjoying in the state.

“As law abiding citizens, we are appealing to the President and the Inspector General of Police to come to our aid by calling Gov. Yahaya Bello to order.”

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The spokesman added: “Election is not a war nor do or die affairs, but a game of numbers based on candidates’ pedigree and acceptability before the electorate.”

According to him, nobody has the monopoly of violence but that courtesy demands that people of Kogi should be allowed to peacefully choose the person they want to govern them on Nov. 11.

The director general said that Bello’s administration has failed the citizens, who he claimed has decided to vote in Muritala Ajaka to rescue the state from poverty and hunger.

“We want the quick intervention of the President to save the lives of innocent citizens before they are brutalised and destroyed by sponsored political thugs,” he pleaded.

Responding to the allegations, Fanwo, the APC spokesperson, debunked the SDP’s claims, saying: “We are a Government and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi State, irrespective of political leanings.”

Fanwo said that all allegations without proof are as good as no allegations.

“As a Government, our concern and responsibility is to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses.

“The SDP is a nest of funny birds that cry by the pain of their losses rather than the action of anyone.

“We won’t glorify them and we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies and lack of direction,” he said.

On its part, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said that he was yet to be briefed on the alleged Tuesday night attacks by the Respective Divisional Police Officers in Anyigba and Ankpa towns.

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He however promised to furnish the public on the development. (NAN)

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Nnamani loses as tribunal affirms election of LP Senator, Kelvin Chukwu



•Former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani
National Assembly election tribunal sitting in Enugu has struck out the petition filed by the former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the election of Senator Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Chukwu, who replaced his late brother murdered during the campaign ahead of the February 25, 2023, as the winner of the Enugu East Senatorial district election. He scored over 69,000 votes to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani who secured about 49,000 votes.

Not satisfied, Nnamani alleged that the election was marred by over-voting, irregularities, election malpractices and non-compliance with the electoral guidelines and petitioned the tribunal and urged the tribunal to declare him the rightful winner of the election or cancel the election.

Giving its ruling today (Wednesday), the tribunal which consists of 3-man panel led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar unani upheld Chukwu’s victory and awarded a cost of N500,000 against the petitioners in favour of the three respondents, Kelvin Chukwu, Labour Party and INEC.

The three man honourable Justices unanimously dismissed the petition for being vague, lacking in merit, incompetent, generic and academic exercise.

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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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