By Nwa Oke Eze
With the general election time table winding down, counting in days within weeks, every facet of the country experiencing the usual squabbles common to the electoral season.
Like geographical weather, it’s far from hidden with glaring presence of posters, billboards and other branded materials by individuals and groups promoting candidates of their choice.
These activities cannot fizzle especially as various candidates and political parties prepare to squabash and outsmart their opponents.
Traditionally, it’s a season of courageous dishing of lies, love-like display of philanthropic gestures and concerns, concocted in the ocean of deceitful intentions by candidates especially those seeking re-election.
In all of these, Edda as a clan will have her share of brandished activities, ostensibly spurred by the fact that her citizens as usual are also gearing up to appear at the village square like every other masquerade.
Prior to this particular civil exercise, Edda masquerades are deemed delightful to behold. As a general election, State and Federal positions are slated for grabs by either the people’s choice or by power play.
In Edda, they are two major sides of the wall, they are the Senate and the Federal House of Representatives.
Edda and Afikpo being strange children of the same political father by name Federal Constituency, while Afikpo and Afikpo North have over time maintained an unwritten agreement to communally share this office among themselves, Senatorial position is for many, House of Representatives is a portion cordially shared between Edda and Afikpo clans.
With Hon. Iduma Igarwey, having taken the turn of Afikpo for two terms ranging from 2015 to 2023 within the clock of 8 years. It’s expected that Afikpo without a reminder relinquishes the slot as well as support Edda to the House of Representatives. But that agreement facing severe fray by greed through political party affiliation and Democratic tenets having been relegated to the corner by amplifying interest of the individual figures involved, the direction of the pendulum has been altered by political party affiliation and interest.
With Senator Michael Ama Nnachi from Edda presently at the Senate and Hon. Idu Igariwe from Afikpo at the Federal House Of Representative being housed by the PDP, a set that has tasted Abuja honey, ready to consolidate their stay at least for another four years at the Federal Capacity Territory (FCT) not necessarily by shared performance but by supremacy of personal interest and benefits, meanwhile the present Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Nweze UMAHI who hasn’t hidden his interest to retire to Abuja after leaving Ebonyi State Government together with Hon. Barr. Eni Uduma Chima who also happens to be one of the key players of Edda politics earnestly running to represent same zone at the Federal House of Representatives,
apparently both candidates are of the APC.
In this case Afikpo is happy they have a son though in a lower chamber but has utilized his chance and their slot with so many developmental projects to prove the lot, but what’s has Edda to say about theirs?
Obviously, some people wonder if it was same political position and coverage the likes of Sonni Ogbuoji has occupied that brought such massively infrastructural and human development to Edda especially Ebunwanna.
While the above candidates and political parties gravitate towards who gets what, it’s imperative that Nde Edda consider who goes for them and this can only happen within Edda; of course without fear or favor Edda was in the Senate for four years, can we say it was worth the while? It was a representation void of quality and worthy instances. Why do I say this this? This brings me to my next heading; ABUJA 2023: NDE EDDA LET US SEND EGEDE NOT ELI.
…to be continued!
APC Hails Uzodimma, Ododo On Election Victory, Commends INEC
The All Progressives Congress has congratulated its governorship candidates in Imo and Kogi states, Hope Uzodimma and Usman Ododo, respectively, on their victory at last Saturday’s election.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, revealed this in a statement signed on Monday, November 13.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress congratulates His Excellency, Hope Uzodimma, on his re-election as Executive Governor of Imo State, and Usman Ododo on his emergence as Governor of Kogi State.
“The landslide victories of both Governor Uzodinma and Ododo at the just-concluded gubernatorial polls attest to the exceptional performance of the APC-led administrations in both states and resonated loudly with voters.
“We are confident that Governor Uzodimma will consolidate and extend the impressive accomplishments of his first term in Imo State, while Usman Ododo, on his part, will build on the solid record of the outgoing APC-administration in Kogi State.
“We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies for professionally discharging their constitutional duties during the election in both states.
“We salute the Imo and Kogi electorate for their invaluable and massive support of our great party.”
Breaking News! IMO DECIDES: Hope Uzodinma Steps Down For Anyanwu, Looses Presidential Support
Gov. Hope Uzodinma has stepped down for SamDaddy Anyanwu as he could not garner support from Mr. President, Bola President Tinubu.
Ahead of the November 11th governorship election, the All progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, has stepped down for Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, also known as SAMDADDY, as he could not garner a nod and/or any iota of support from Mr. President, Bola Tinubu.
recall that during the presidential primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2022, Gov. Hope Uzodinma personally purchased the #100m nomination form for Ahmed Lawan, the former Senate President, who got the support of the National Chairman of All progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.
Our investigation revealed that the embattled Gov. Hope Uzodinma, for over two months now, has been restless trying ferret and/or fetch the attention of Mr. President to help him clutch at his re-election ambition by directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents to lend him cooperations to rig off the upcoming governorship election but Mr. President insisted while maintaining that he would not interfere in the said Imo election.
Standing on his firm resolve, Mr. President promised that there would be fair play, free and/or unhindered participations in the said upcoming polls in Imo State to all the parties and their candidates without any interference and/or undue favouritism and/or supportations of any kind of from the security agents: military, police, etc as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In fact, it’s gathered, from inside Aso Rock, that Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would not want Gov. Hope Uzodinma to be re-elected to quell and/or douse the burning fires of insecurity in the State.
Political analysts as well as some political high-fliers both in Imo State and in Nigeria, including elsewhere, have interpreted Mr. President’s position as a payback in Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s coin for the socio-political betrayal or sabotage from Gov. Hope Uzodinma against Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the days in “wilderness” at All Progressives Congress’ (APC’) primary in 2022.
On Thursday, the 9th day of November, 2023, after all efforts made by Gov. Hope Uzodinma to obtain Mr. President’s support dashed away or proved abortive, unfortunately, the said embattled Imo State governor, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, has informed his loyalists and his few myopic supporters in the State that his guber aspiration and/or project was unsure and visibly in confusing jeopardy as his sordid plans to use the military, police and Ebube Agu security to rig the said election has been shattered as the Presidency has directed the disbandment of Ebube Agu secret militia and redeployment of Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, whom Gov. Hope Uzodinma had already but heavily sorted with millions of Naira and Dollars.
Inside information indicates that Gov. Hope Uzodinma has been directed by the Presidency to work together with the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) Candidate, Sen Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, (SAMDADDY), to save himself from pepertual socio-political condemnation and/or being disgraced by probe.
In compliance with the above, Gov. Hope Uzodinma has directed his loyalists and/or supporters to mobilize and support the candidature of Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (SamDaddy) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and vote for him come Saturday, the 11th November, 2023 governorship election in Imo State.
Afenifere: Fasoranti Differs With Adebanjo On S-Court Verdict
FORMER Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, yesterday, disagreed with the leader of the group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, over the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed President Bola Tinubu’s victory during the February 25, 2023 general election.
Pa Adebanjo and other Afenifere leaders had met in Isanya Ogbo area of Ijebu in Ogun State, and faulted the Supreme Court verdict, which affirmed the victory of President Tinubu.
They said that the judgement has rendered the billions of naira expended on electoral reform, a waste.
But, in a counter-reaction, Pa Fasoranti, in a statement, disowned Adebanjo’s position on the Supreme Court judgement.
Fasoranti said: “The attention of Chief Reuben Fasoranti and other leaders has been drawn to a communique purportedly released in the name of Afenifere by the General Secretary, Chief Sola Ebiseni, where Afenifere is said to fault the Supreme Court judgement upholding Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s election as the President of Nigeria.
“This is far from the truth about Afenifere’s leadership position on the matter.
“Let it be on record that Chief Fasoranti and other Afenifere leaders are not privy to such ignominious press release, did not authorise it and do not subscribe to the seditious act such may portend.
“It is merely an unfortunate misadventure of some Labour Party elements within the Afenifere fold who would rather drag the body’s reputation in the mud to achieve whatever sinister and seditious end they might have concocted.
“The world will recall that Chief Fasoranti had congratulated the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on his election into office, and also expressed solidarity over his victory at the apex court.
“It is then clearly underhanded and mischievous to have such preposterous attack on the judiciary by intemperate elements within the fold, fanning the embers of national discords with political motives, using the name of Afenifere.
“We are unequivocal in reiterating that Pa Ayo Adebanjo is the Acting Leader, who, in the natural and traditional order of Afenifere, is expected to defer to his leader who appointed him, Chief Fasoranti, without reservations.
“To do otherwise is to tread such ignoble path in national discourse as this unfortunate release reveals.
“The meeting recently held in Ogbo Ijebu, at no point raised or decided on the attack on the judiciary as the statements of the General Secretary seemed to portray.
“The leaders of Afenifere would like to challenge Chief Ebiseni to offer the world, the true record of deliberations at the said meeting to confirm its concurrence with the communique he so released to the world.
“The ethos and structure of Afenifere vest the leadership authority in the Leader as the Olori Ebi; until such time that he joins his forebears, notwithstanding whoever he has chosen to act on his behalf.