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Guber Candidate: Abia PDP To Choose By Consensus

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Abia state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may not organize primary elections to choose its governorship candidate for 2011 gubernatorial election in the state.

Abia PDP chairman, Sir Ndid Okereke gave the indication when he announced that the primaries earlier slated for the last quarter of this year has been shelved.

 Speaking at the party secretariat in Umuahia Thursday, when Chief Damian Anayo Ozurumba, declared his intention to run for the governorship of Abia on the platform of PDP, Okereke disclosed that the state working committee has resolved that all PDP governorship aspirants would have to choose a candidate from amongst themselves.

According to him, a closed door meeting of all the aspirants would be convened  where they would be requested to reach a consensus on who will fly the flag of the party in 2011 gubernatorial election.

“We will lock them up in the venue and allow them to slug it out by themselves without the involvement of a second party to ensure peace and harmony among them and members of the chapter in general,” Okereke said.

The chairman said the chapter took the resolution to avoid bitter acrimonies by aggrieved aspirants after the primaries as well as to allow the candidate enough time to campaign without any form of distraction.

He ceased the occasion to announce that the chapter would not accept imposition of candidates for the 2011 election on the party from any quarters or persons, adding, its consequences had always been disastrous.

Earlier, Ozurumba,  had described himself as the most qualified aspirant and appealed to party and its members to give him their mandate to end the long suffering of people of the state.

The one-time Isiala Ngwa South local government chairman, and one term member of the House of Representatives, claimed that only him, among all the aspirants, knows where the shoe pinches the people of the state most.

Reacting to the party’s position on the conduct of primaries, he said as a democrat and a disciplined member of the party, he would abide by every of its resolution .

  As at Press time,  Chief Ikechi Emenike, Chief Reagan Uformba, Senator Enyinnaya Abaraibe, Hon Ozurumba, Chief Henry Ikoh, Chief Tony Enwereuzor, and Chief Chime Asonye are the aspirants who indicated their interests to run for Abia Governorship election next year.

It is still uncertain whether  the party’s flag bearer in the 2007, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, who is  still challenging the election of Governor Theodore Orji before the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri would join the race. He has not been categorical but has hinted that he would not retire from politics in case he loses his present legal battle to dislodge Governor Orji.

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Govs To Hold Virtual Meeting On Judicial, Legislative Autonomy

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The Governors of the 36 states of the federation will hold a virtual meeting today to further discuss the issue of financial autonomy to judicial and legislative arms in states.
This is contained in a statement by NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo on Monday in Abuja.
Bello-Barkindo said efforts were already being made in all states to either constitute State Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or inaugurate them.
This, according to him, is preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government at the subnational level.
The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had since embarked on a nationwide strike on the issue.
He said the governors had been working day and night to establish modalities for the autonomy in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution.
He said that the governors would also be updated on the activities of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who headed the governors’ interface with the committee.
Bello-Barkindo said that the meeting would also review the agenda of the National Executive Council (NEC), which would take place a day after.
“Other items on the agenda include the regular update on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for results (SFTAS) to provide states’ status on their DLI’s and upcoming deadlines.
The meeting would also receive presentation from the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, regarding unlocking liquidity through sale/optimisation of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets,” he said.
He added that the Policy Development Facility (PDF) bridge programme would also discuss diversification and non-oil export opportunities for states in post Covid-19 era.

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2023: PDP Flexes Muscle Over C’ River

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Leading members of the main opposition PDP converged in Calabar, Cross River at the weekend to strategise on how to retain its grip on power in the state.
This is contained in a statement e-mailed to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.
The Tide source reports that the PDP has been in power in Cross River since the return of democracy in the country 22 years ago but the defection of the current governor appears to mark a turning point.
Political pundits argue that the defection of the state Governor Ben Ayade from the PDP to the ruling APC may affect the fortunes of the PDP in the years ahead.
The governor’s departure is now seen as a major test for the PDP in what is now seen as a game of wits between the PDP and the APC.
Addressing the party’s chieftains, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that Cross River would “remain the stronghold of the PDP, in spite of Gov. Ayade’s defection.
“PDP will work to retain the confidence the people of Cross River State reposed in our party and retain its dominance in the state.
“Our party has governed since the return of party politics in 1999.
“Cross River will remain the stronghold of our party well after 2023,’’ said Secondus, flanked by other chieftains of the party, including Sen. Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Secondus told PDP members in the state to remain resolute to make the party retain power in the upcoming general elections.
Also speaking, a former governor of the state, Sen. Liyel Imoke, gave assurance that no other party would take the state from the PDP, “being the dominant party in the state.
“PDP is the only party known to our people. I assure the leadership of our party that we will deliver victory in 2023,’’ he stated.
Imoke governed the state from 2007 to 2015 when he handed over to Ayade now of the APC.
Other PDP chieftains, who were present at the event included former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River and the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Mr Efiok Cobham.
Also present were Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Etta Mbora and Hon. Essien Ayi, all serving members of the House of Representatives among other party’s chieftains.

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…Vows To Take Over Anambra

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, says the party remains focused to take over the state in the upcoming governorship poll.
Nwobu said this in an interview with newsmen in Awka yesterday, adding that he would not be distracted by those trying to destabilise the party in the state.
He lauded the National Executive Committee of the party for organising successful ward congresses in the state.
He described the success of the exercise as a sure step to the party’s free, fair and credible primary election.
“We want to conduct our primary election, where party people will freely vote and produce a candidate that will be acceptable to Anambra people at the November 6 poll.
“This is not time for distractions. We are focused on taking over government from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
“The party has shortchanged millions of Anambra people in terms of governance.
Nwobu said he remained the valid chairman of PDP in Anambra, having emerged from a valid process that was upheld by a Federal High Court in its May 24, 2018 judgment.
He said the judgment had not been reversed by any higher court and was “unfazed by any court judgment”, which purportedly removed him.
“My leadership is still subsisting, no superior court has set that judgment aside and a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot do that.
“Our team of legal experts is taking care of that. The decision to appeal will be advised,” the PDP chairman said.
The Tide source reports that Chief Chukwudi Umeaba at the weekend announced that he had taken over the party in the state as the Acting Chairman of the Caretaker Committee.
Umeaba, who announced the suspension of the ward congresses, said his action was predicated on the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court.
According to him, the judgment delivered on June 9, nullified the process that produced Nwobu’s leadership.

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