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Anambra PDP primaries: Senator Ekwunife concedes defeat, congratulates Ozigbo

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One of the governorship aspirants in the just concluded primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 6 election in Anambra State, Senator Uche Ekwunife, has congratulated the winner, Valentine Ozigbo, on his emergence as the flag bearer of the party.

DAILY POST reported that the former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation PLC, (Transcorp), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, was elected the governorship candidate of the party in the state.

Ozigbo polled 62 votes out of the 218 votes cast in the primary held on Saturday in Awka.

He defeated his closest rivals; Dr Obiora Okonkwo who polled 58 votes and Senator Uche Ekwunife who polled 44 votes.

Reacting, Senator Ekwunife in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, commended the party leadership led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and those who played a part in the electoral processes culminating in the primary election.

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She expressed gratitude to her campaign team and the various support groups and individuals within and outside the state, who keyed into his vision to reposition the state towards the path of economic prosperity.

Ekwunife also appreciated all delegates, supporters and stakeholders who participated in the election processes for their commitment and support.

The PDP chieftain reiterated her desire to seek ways to address the developmental challenges of our people and ameliorate the sufferings of millions of Anambrarians who work day and night to feed their families and actualize their personal dreams remain unshaken.

Parts of her statement read, “I wish to congratulate the winner of the governorship primary election of our great party, the Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria held on June 26, 2021, Valentine C Ozigbo, and join millions of party faithful to give glory to God for granting us a peaceful governorship candidate nomination process.

“In every democratic contest there must be a winner, and as far as our governorship primary election is concerned, a winner has emerged. I appreciate in a special way, our leader, His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, CON, the former governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential Candidate of our party in the last general elections for his exemplary leadership. I equally express my profound gratitude to His Excellency, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike Igbo-Ukwu) who had taken me as his daughter and supported me in more ways than I had imagined.

“To my sister, colleague and friend, Distinguished Senator Stella Oduah, OON who showed unparalled commitment to our vision to renew the face of governance in the state, rebuild and exemplify the capacity inherent in us as women, and create a society where both men and women can aspire to occupy any office without facing any form of gender discrimination, thank you so much!

“In a very special way, I wish to appreciate my beloved husband and children for their love, support and prayers. My life and political successes would not have been possible without you.

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“As our party PDP goes into a very critical election which will determine our collective future as Ndi Anambra, I wish to remind Anambrarians that PDP remains the best choice for the state. God is responsible for the affairs of all, He gives power to whom He wants. We submit to His divine will at all times”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ali Odefa, the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP in the South East, has assured that the party would stop at nothing to win the November 6 election in the state.

Odefa, who spoke shortly after the announcement of Ozigbo’s victory at the primary election of the party in Awka, said the party will return to the drawing board now and re-strategize for the forthcoming election.

He said with the conclusion of the exercise and the election of Ozigbo as the candidate, the party will embark on a fence-mending mission to ensure that all aggrieved members dropped their grievances and support Ozigbo in the November 6 election.

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Obadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is deadObadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is dead

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Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.

Mailafia, the 64-year-old reportedly passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.

Recall that Obadiah Mailafia stirred controversy after he granted an interview accusing most top government officials of sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.

Confirming his death, Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”

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APGA disowns Jude Njoku as Party National Chairman, insists on Oye

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The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has refuted viral claims of a court pronouncement affirming Chief Edozie Njoku as the party’s national chairman.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance is currently battling a leadership crisis that has led to the emergence of several factions, coupled with court litigations among each of the factions claiming to be the authentic elected national working committee (NWC) of the party.

A party chieftain, Edozie Njoku had approached the federal high court and sought among other reliefs, a declaration of the court in his favour as the National Chairman of APGA.

He also prayed the court to mandate Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise him as the National Chairman of APGA and to stop recognizing Victor Ike Oye as the National Chairman of the party.

However, APGA, in a statement by its Chairman in Imo State, John Iwuala, while clarifying the outcome of court proceedings in the matter between Oye and Njoku held Friday, said Njoku breached part rules by appearing in court with a new lawyer.

“Trouble started in the court when he, (Edozie Njoku) in his usual way brought a lawyer for APGA as against the National legal adviser of the party, Sly Ezenwoke Esq. The question now is: who is to represent APGA as lawyer among the duo? he asked.

“After series of deliberations, the court later asked both lawyers to file briefs and decided to pronounce the authentic lawyer at the end of the matter on judgement. This decision did not go down well with Dr Oye and APGA, hence they approached the court of Appeal.

“On Friday, 17 Sept. 202, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division directed that the matter be sent back to the Federal High Court for continuation. There is nothing beyond this.

“The court of Appeal has every right to invoke the authorities of Order 47 of the court of Appeal Act to assume jurisdiction as the court of first instance but didn’t want to do so as the substance of the case has already been dealt with by three appeal court judgements via Kano, Awka and Enugu respectively.

“It baffled the leadership of APGA Imo State Chapter how these fake news peddlers behave in a myopic way of feeding the public with fake news. This calls for a cry of reasoning and ecology of reasonableness.

“It must be recalled that this matter emanated from Bauchi State, where the plaintiff and his co-travellers went for “forum shopping’ to deceive the judge who on sighting danger that both plaintiff and defendant are same persons, sponsored by the same person, just trying to mislead the court, washed his hands off from it, the case was transferred to Abuja and Dr Victor Ike Oye was notified of the ongoing matter. What they specialize in is to sue, bring their lawyer and bring a lawyer for the defendant without the knowledge of the defendant until judgement is secured. That was what they did in Jigawa. Though the court of Appeal Kano division has set it aside and declared *Dr Oye as the duly elected and authentic National Chairman of APGA in a well organized and INEC monitored National Convention held on 31st May 2019.

“With the return of this matter to the High Court yesterday (Friday) from the court of Appeal Abuja, the matter is as good as dead as the High court lacks jurisdiction to hear any matter of which substance has already been heard and finally determined by the Court of Appeal. This one, three appeal court judgements in favour of Dr Oye including the award of N10m against Edozie Njoku for disturbing APGA and the courts of the land.

“I am seeing another N10m award against him soon. I wish with this, the reading public, especially our Anambra indigenes resident here in Imo State can remain calm and unperturbed over the fake news.

“We all know the pains you pass through when this fake, fabricated and malicious news came up as it has to do with the emergence of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the next Governor of Anambra State, come November 2021”.

APGA accused political jobbers of peddling the fake viral news to mislead the reading public as part of their failed strategies to truncate the party’s chances for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

 

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Nigerian health workers issue fresh strike notice, lists demands

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh notice of industrial action.

The notice confirms negotiations with the government is still ongoing as the recent strike notice expired the night of September 17.

JOHESU Acting General Secretary, Matthew Ajorutu, said an Expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of the unions was held on Friday.

In attendance were the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the state and branch levels.

The session appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the federal government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15 days strike notice issued on September 2.

Ajorutu noted that NEC discussed the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the pledge to pay any debt owed to health workers.

The scribe disclosed NEC received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the fresh strike notice starting September 18.

Ajorutu asked the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

The unions urged that the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to FG’s High-Level Body (HLB) not later than September 22, as agreed.

”NEC-in-session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the High-Level Body (HLB) completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the Sept. 30th, submission window.

”NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window”, the joint statement added.

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