Mr Emeka Nwachukwu, Abia Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that the party is not unmindful of the fact that the chairman, PPA Board of trustees, Chief Orji Kalu can cause an upset in 2011 elections.
Nwachukwu told newsmen in Umuahia that though the former Abia governor had a pedigree and a big factor in the politics of the state, APGA would be restructured in order to checkmate him.
“We are not losing sight over Chief Orji Uzor Kalu because he is strong, but we are going to put up some measures to checkmate him.
“We are going to sensitise our people and make them understand that APGA is indigenous to them and was founded on the ideals and political doggedness of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Michael Okpara all of blessed memory.
“This consciousness already lives with our people and what we only need to do is to re-awaken it through a mass rally”, he said.
Nwachukwu said that what APGA was only asking for was a level playing ground with other political parties, adding “we are not interested in hijacking or stuffing the ballot boxes with ballot papers to favour our party”.
He said that APGA shared the views of President Goodluck Jonathan and other Nigerians that vote must count and urged the electorate in Abia to make them defend their vote.
“We are aware of the antecedents of other political parties that have the penchant for electoral malpractice, but we urge residents of the state to remain focused and defend their mandate”, Nwachukwu said.
He said that the party would carry out a massive voter education to enlighten and re-orientate the electorate.
“We have implicit confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission as an unbiased impire and with the appointment of a new chairman, the commission has already taken a laudable step to assuage the aspiration of Nigerians”, he said.
Nwachukwu said that APGA was not just a party, but a movement that was built on democratic and humanitarian principles, equity and moral judgment, adding “this is the party for the moment”.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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