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…Says it is not afraid of Federal Might, APC, PDP, anybody
…Says Anambra People Need a Guaranteed Future

Ahead of Saturday, November 6 Anambra State gubernatorial election, the Action Democratic Party, ADP has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and all the Security agencies are on trial, saying that they cannot afford to fail Nigerians by not getting the poll right.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the presentation of party flag and official flag off of the campaign of the ADP standard-bearer, Comrade Afam Douglas Ume-Ezeoke, Chairman of ADP, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani said that what Anambra state and the entire country require at the moment is peace which explains the official symbolic presentation of the white handkerchief and name of the party.

The party has also vowed that it was not afraid of the Presidency, Federal might, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP or anybody as it was fully prepared for the election as a party, just as it has promised through the candidate to provide good and transparent government; which they have pledged free and qualitative education.

According to him, the people of the state have decided to break away from bondage and have a guarantee, happy future for their generations yet unborn, saying that presentation of the flag,” is to us in the ADP a formality that, best regarded as the CONSOLIDATION of the party’s campaign and mobilization in the historic contest.”

Sani ” In other words, barely six days to the D-Day, our party could not have been flagging off its campaign at this eleventh hour without cogent reasons.

“In the wake of the unfortunate atmosphere of insecurity which has disrupted the normal conduct of social and economic activities in Anambra and most other states in the Southeast of the country, the ADP very early in the day, embarked on a campaign strategy which has proved very effective and without endangering the safety and security of our members, our teeming supporters and the general public.

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Anambra Election: All Eyes On Buhari, INEC, security agencies – ADP

“Our strategy, fashioned and spearheaded by the party’s flag bearer and his team, is the resort to the painstaking option of interpersonal contacts and door to door campaign.

“We thank and commend Comrade Ezeoke for bringing up this ingenious strategy which has resulted in giving the ADP several leaps ahead of the other political parties in the race to the Government House, Awka. Through that unique mode of the campaign, tens of thousands of Anambra People have registered with us and are now card-carrying and financial members of the ADP.

“A greater multitude of the electorate have been mobilized and convinced to buy into the philosophy and programmes of our great party as well as believing in our candidate as the most credible alternative to the shambolic chain of leaderships that have held down the progress and prosperity of the state all these years.

“I need not to rehash the fact that, from 1999 to date, the leadership of Anambra State has been a relay race by which the baton of debauchery, buccaneering, pillaging and subterfuge have been rotating between the PDP and APGA and some of the chameleonic characters now transmuted and masquerading as members of the APC.

“Our findings, however, is that the people have become wiser and have resolved accordingly to wrest themselves from the shackles that have held down their progress and prosperity.

” Like Aneke, in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, that timeless and spaceless great work of genius, which has ‘learnt to fly without perching’, because ‘the hunter has learnt to shoot without missing, the good people of Anambra State have come to that point that they must devise a way of refusing to drink of the poisoned chalice from the agents of darkness and retrogression.

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“It is indeed a sad commentary that with all its endowments of great men of industry and commerce that have made their marks all over the world, outstanding intellectuals that have broken records in the global circles of science, technology and literature, statesmen that have left indelible footprints in the annals of Nigeria, Anambra State have been held down paradoxically, by a clan of rudderless, incompetent, clueless and heartless pillagers who have shown that their only mission in government is the plunder and rape of the people’s common patrimony. Anambra can be great, much, much greater, in fact, taking its rightful place as the leading light and beacon of hope for Nigeria and the entire African continent if, the state should have patriotic, altruistic, focused and honest leadership at the helm of affairs.

“The 2021 Governorship elections in Anambra State, is a watershed, a crossroads, bringing the people of Anambra State to a point that history that they must make a courageous and decisive choice to take their destinies in their hands or, continue in bondage. Already, hovering in the skies of the state’s are the vicious-looking scavengers, the vultures and hawks waiting again to descend and continue their voracious and insatiable feast on the people. It is time that they are made to understand that this time around, they have come to their waterloo in the people and in the ADP.

Anambra Election: All Eyes On Buhari, INEC, security agencies – ADP

“Your Excellency, Comrade Afam Douglas, I say Your Excellency because you are clearly the Governor-in-waiting to take over the mantle of leadership in Awka in a few months from now. You have fought a gallant war through a gruelling campaign that you have undertaken. And from the look of every index, God Almighty, the giver of power, in His infinite wisdom and mercies, has decided to crown your efforts with success. I just need to tell you that to whom much is given, much is expected. As you are poised to take over the mantle of leadership, you should be mindful of your electoral promises to the people that have earned you, their confidence. There is a silent, but yet powerful sacred pact between you and the people that you must always remember and strive to fulfil when victory is won.

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“Severally, you have assured the people of Anambra State that under you, the era of multiple taxations will become a thing of the past; just as you have given your word that an ADP administration will frontally address the perennial crises of a poor and delayed payment of salaries and wages of all public workers; in your manifestoes and assurances given in the course of your interpersonal and door-to-door campaigns, is the undertaking to radically redress the deficits in health-care delivery as well as infrastructural development in Anambra State if you get the people’s mandate.

These and more, you must endeavour to materialize once you become the Governor of Anambra State, by God’s grace.”

On his part, Comrade Afam Douglas Ume-Ezeoke who noted that they were not afraid of anybody, said that the party is out to liberate the people of the state, adding that after winning Anambra State, all the States in the South East will be ADP.

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Electronic Voting Being Opposed By Prominent Nigerians – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday raised concern over efforts by some influential Nigerians to undermine electronic voting.

According to INEC, some persons are working hard to undermine the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for future elections.

This is coming just as the commission has also raised the alarm over the activities of hackers in its operations.

The commission stated that since 2015, hackers have been trying to get into its system in order to compromise the electoral processes without success.

The resident electoral commissioner (REC) in charge of Akwa Ibom State, Barrister Mike Igini and director ICT at INEC headquarters, Chidi Nwafor made the revelations during a stakeholders’ roundtable on electoral technology organised by Yiaga Africa in Abuja.

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Igini, who first spoke, said: “The problem we are having in this country has to do with people who are out to undermine it. As we are working on the BVAS, people are out there to undermine it.

Electronic Voting Being Opposed By Prominent Nigerians – INEC

“They are out there to undermine the process and we do nothing about it. There is an urgent need to bring people (who violate the process) to face the law.

“It is only then people will know that there will be consequences for their actions.”

On his part, Nwafor said, “Hackers have been trying to get into our system. I can tell you that in all the elections, from 2015 to 2019. I know it will happen in 2023 but God has been with us.”

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Also speaking, the president of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof Adesina Sodiya backed the use of electronic voting in future elections.

Sodiya said the country was ripe enough to adopt the technology for its elections.

But the spokesperson of the Senate, Ajibola Bashiru disagreed, saying the infrastructure to cover every corner of the country during elections was not available.

Basiru said the country was not ready to adopt an electronic voting system for its elections because of gaps in network coverage.

Basiru, who is representing Osun Central, argued that some communities in his state are without GSM network adding that such people may be disenfranchised if e-voting were to be adopted.

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“Apart from the issue of coverage, I can tell you in Osun Central that there are certain wards and certain polling units that you cannot even get any of the existing networks even in terms of voice or 2G.

That is not data from NCC but practical knowledge.

“We need to not see this as a matter that is for only areas where advancement has been to in respect of elections.

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2023: Only the North Central can rescue Nigeria – Baraje

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has declared that only a President from the north-central zone can rescue Nigeria from it’s current state of comatose.

Baraje, who stated this when he led a team of PDP Advocates to consult on behalf of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the Presidency at the PDP secretariat in Minna, Niger State, said all that is required is for the zone to adopt a consensus candidate.

He argued that in order to actualize their ambition, the north-central zone need to come out in a united front and present one candidate who can give the zone the presidency come 2023.

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The former National Chairman of the PDP stated, “for the past years we have worked for other zones, we have assumed positions as national Chairman of the PDP severally and produced Presidents but this time around whether the national Chairman is from our zone, the North Central will still produce the next President.”

Baraje explained that former Senate President has the character, capacity and competency required to bring the nation out of it’s present challenges.

He insisted, “Saraki has the capacity for the job. He will not be like those who are over 70 years old and travelling abroad for months not minding what happens to the people and the nation.

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2023: Only the North Central can rescue Nigeria – Baraje

“Even if the north-central produces the next party chairman, the zone will still vie for the presidency in 2023.”

The former Governor of Kwara State, Sha’aba Lafiaji explained that if the zone must succeed in actualizing it’s desire, there is the need to adopt a consensus candidate.

According to him, “Enough of pushing the position of national chairman position to us. This time around we must be firm on a Presidential aspirants from the zone. We all need to adopt a consensus candidate from the zone and that candidate is Bukola Saraki.”

Responding, the state PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji assured of the support of the state towards the north central consensus candidate to ensure victory in the 2023 adding that it is time that the north-central has its place in the helm of affairs of Nigeria.

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“We are willing to give their support to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki or any other consensus candidate that would be agreed upon by the zone,” he stated.

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APC Sets To Scrutinize Ngige, Moghalu Over Anti-Party Activities

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The All Progressives Congress, Anambra State chapter, has announced that a disciplinary committee had been formed to examine Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and Director-General of National Inland Waterways Chief George Moghalu after both were accused of conducting anti-APC activities.

The news was announced by APC State Chairman Basil Ejidike in Awka on Monday, in which he also accused them of causing a crisis in the party.

“We are seriously disappointed by Senator Chris Ngige and Moghalu, who benefited greatly from the party,” said Mr Ejidike. “As a party, we are seriously disappointed, particularly with Ngige. Ngige is the brain behind the crisis in Anambra state APC.

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APC Sets To Scrutinize Ngige, Moghalu Over Anti-Party Activities

“Whatever is the problem of the party has always come from Ngige because he wants to remain the leader of the party in the state forever.

“He cannot be the leader forever. Today, we have a sitting deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, a serving senator, Chief Stella Oduah, and governorship candidate in the state, Dr Andy Uba.

“We have set up a disciplinary committee to unravel those who are engaged in anti-party activities; including the activities of Ngige and Moghalu. Any person found culpable shall be dealt with according to the letters of our constitution.”

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Mr Ngige previously warned Mr Ejidike against creating “a Trojan Horse” in the party and “look inwards and manage the self-inflicted tear in the State Exco and Working Committee of the Party”.

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