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…aS APC outs PDP “moles” in INEC
Erstwhile Vice-President of the country and a founding father of the PDP, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has blessed the PDP candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye saying he has no doubt that Nwoye would emerge victorious in the election.
Dr. Ekwueme spoke when the Nwoye campaign train stopped at the former Vice-President’s residence at Oko.
“I have no doubt that you will come victorious come Nov 16, you have been a grass root man for a very long time, a dogged young man with the required drive and push and the energy to implement the vision” Ekwueme was quoted as saying.
“We must all do our best to return Anambra state to the Umbrella family so as to bring down the desired dividends of democracy to Ndi Anambra.”
Earlier Nwoye had intimated the former Vice-President of the plans for the flag-off of the campaign by Vice-President Namadi Sambo and told him that his presence in his house was to give homage to whom homage is due.
“I cannot help but to come to you as a father to celebrate an exemplary son of Ndi Igbo, a man of excellence, courageous and visionary political icon, architect and a philanthropist.
Ide! you are to me the greatest patriot of our time and we must leave no stone unturned in our efforts and plans for PDP to win this Election so that we can use it to celebrate you” Nwoye said.
Obiano: INEC’s hands are tied
INEC, the election agency may after all not do anything if allegations of multiple voter’s registration made against the Willie Obiano, the APGA candidate are proved to be true sources in the commission have told Vanguard.
The controversy over Obiano’s possession of multiple voter’s cards have been replete since he emerged as APGA’s candidate last August.
Sources at INEC headquarters in Abuja revealed that the major reason why the leadership of the Commission may not take any action against the APGA flag-bearer was because the commission would not want to be seen as taking the law into its own hands since it doesn’t have the statutory power to disqualify a candidate.
An authoritative source who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity said: “We don’t want to be seen as witch-hunting any candidate. You know the law does not empower us to disqualify a candidate.”
“But we know that this question would be asked at Awka next Wednesday during INEC’s meeting with stakeholders and it would be factually answered.
After this, people can take their decision based on that. We don’t have to embark on a media campaign over what we need to do.”
He continued: “Even if INEC goes to court over this case now, we have to wait until the judge pronounces that Obiano has been disqualified. That is the position of the law.”
ACD’s Ekelem promises to pay unemployed monthly
The candidate of ACD, Dr. Ifeatu Ekelem has promised to pay monthly stipend to all unemployed persons in Anambra State as a way of reducing hardship in the state.
He said his administration would place emphasis on revenue generation, so as to be able to pay those who would not secure jobs.
According to him, the increasing rate of crime in the state is due to high level of unemployment and I believe that once the unemployed person know that there is something to collect at the end of every month, they would desist from committing crime and ultimately insecurity would reduce.
The American –trained medical doctor turned politician also promised to make education free at all levels, just as he said that his administration would establish five new universities and a state of the art Institute of Technology to meet the demands of those who want to acquire higher education.
Ekelem attributed the high level of corruption in the country to the attitude of politicians who, he observed, abuse their offices, arguing that if politicians spend the resources of the state wisely, the level of corruption would drastically.
APC outs PDP “moles” in INEC
The APC yesterday cried foul over what it claimed as plans by INEC to rig the elections in favour of the PDP based on what it claimed as the dispatch of card carrying members of the PDP on the INEC supervisory team for the election.
APC’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, specifically named two INEC commissioners, Mr. Lawrence Nwuruku, a former minister in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration and Mrs. Gladys Nwafor who Mohammed claimed to be a grassroots political organizer for First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan. “Mr. Nwuruku was the Chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi State, while Mrs. Nwafor had worked closely with First Lady Patience Jonathan as a grassroots mobilizer.
These officials cannot, in all honesty, be expected to be unbiased, because they have been compromised by their antecedents. ‘’If INEC indeed has any hope of organizing a free, fair and transparent election in Anambra on Nov. 16th, it must immediately shelve the plan to send these highly-partisan and heavily-compromised officials to supervise the election. Any action short of that will open INEC to accusations of bias – which is not what any umpire wants,’’ APC said.
Change, not continuity— Rep Odedo
Rep. Charles Odedo (APC, Idemili North/South, Anambra) has punched holes in the APGA campaign for continuity saying what the people of Anambra really need is change and not continuity.
Saying that Anambra will be better under the APC than the ruling APGA, he said: All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) because “the APC has a 12-point agenda for Anambra people”
Picking holes in APGA’s campaign for continuity, he said what the state needs now is change, which he argued that APC is ready to offer.
“They (APGA) want continuity but we want change. Let me tell you why there must be change in Anambra State. One, security of lives and property. Anambra State Government led by Peter Obi has not done well at all in terms of security of lives and property. Anambra State is the last in the entire country, 36/36.
This is a statistics from the police. South-east zone is the most insecure zone in the country and Anambra State is worse. Do we want to continue to be last in terms of security? We do not want continuity of last positions we want change. Our candidate, Senator Chris Ngige has been governor before and under his watch, Anambra State has one of the best security system,” he said.
Obiano should bow out — Ubah
The Labour candidate, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah wants the APGA candidate, Chief Willie Obiano to bow out of the contest on the basis of lacking a verifiable blueprint on how to govern the state.
The Ubah campaign in a statement issued by the director of media and publicity, Afam Ilouno also accused Obiano of cheating during the recent debate for the candidates.
“Towards the end of the debate Obiano was caught answering questions from a prepared text which he kept hidden from peoples’ view. It was at that point that Ifeanyi Ubah who saw what was happening walked up to Obiano’s lectern, brought out the prepared notes from him and showed the bewildered audience.”
The statement further stated that the standard instruction that nobody should enter or read from prepared notes was totally and fraudulently flouted by somebody who wants to be the next governor of Anambra State. Consequently, Ubah advised the electorate to open their eyes very wide in order not to vote for a person that was not prepared to contest the election and that was also dragged into the race because his political god father wants him to succeed him.