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Abia 2023: Group urges Bishop Sunday Onuoha to join Guber race

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The Cleanse And Clean Abia Group (CACAG) has urged Bishop Sunday Onuoha to run for Governor of Abia State come 2023.

The group in a communique jointly signed by the Convener Hon. Uchenna Emehelu and the Secretary Chief Mrs. Oge Nnatu, issued after its meeting on Thursday in Umuahia, Abia State gave the Bishop 14 days within which he must declare.

The group said they can only entrust the State in the hands of a person whose words are his bond and whose good deeds are glaring for the people to see like they have seen in the Bishop.

However the group added that in the event that the cleric turns down transformation-driven move, it will have no option but to take legal actions to ensure he joins the race.

The communique reads in part, “That for the 2023 Abia State Governorship election, Abia people needs a leader whose words are his bond, whose good acts are glaring for all to see and whose deeds have created and made tremendous impact in the lives of ndi Abia.
“That having scrutinised and x-rayed the list of eminently qualified Abia citizens that are fit and proper to lead Abia State together with the list of Aspirants who are already jostling for the Governorship ticket of various political parties, we observed that Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha towers above others in terms of verifiable and impressive antecedents, integrity, academic qualifications, pedigree, administrative sagacity and wealth of experience.

“We hereby issue a 14-day notice to Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha and compelling him to accept and run as a Governorship Aspirant/Candidate in the forthcoming Governorship election in Abia State.
According to the group the 14 days notice commences from Thursday 31st of March, 2022 and terminates on 14th day of April, 2022.

“That at the expiration of the 14 days notice, if Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha failed to declare his intention to Abia people, we shall be left with no option than to legally compel Bishop him to run as Aspirant/Candidate in the 2023 Abia State Governorship election.

“Unanimously we believe wholeheartedly that Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha is the right man for the number one job in Abia State.
“He has done so much for Abia and the world at large through his Vision Africa project. He is the desired balm and solution for Abia and the servant leader that will heal, cleanse, clean, and transform Abia State.”

The group further added that Bishop Onuoha possesses all the qualities needed for the position of Governor as he is a man with a clean heart, with an unblemished record.

It also observed that historically, since 1999 various leaders have emerged, ranging from a businessman, a technocrat and presently an academic.

The group therefore, stated that it will endorse the Cleric and purchase the nomination and expression of interest form for him once he accepts its call and signals the political party he intends to pursue the course.

“That Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha is the Bishop of the masses, entrepreneur, a perfect gentleman, humble, reliable, open minded, firm in action, serial employer of labour, silent philanthropist, peacemaker, bridge builder, unifier, pacesetter, global citizen, a great Minister of the gospel, to mention but a few. In him, we have a man with a clean heart, and unblemished record. He is a man filled with the milk of human kindness.

“That historically, since 1999, various Leaders have emerged to lead ndi Abia. From 1999 to 2007, a businessman in the person of His Excellency Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu led Abia StatebFrom 2007 to 2011, a technocrat in the person of His Excellency Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji led Abia State. Presently, Abia State is being led by an academic in the person of His Excellency Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
“We firmly believe that now is the appointed time to support a well known technocrat, academic, philanthropist and a man of God. It is time to hand over our dear Abia State known as God’s own State into the hands of God’s own servant.

“To actualize our mission by unequivocally endorsing Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha and to purchase his nomination and expression of interest form once he accepts our call and signals the political party he desires to use as a vehicle for the actualization of our demand.
“That we shall commence massive mobilization of ndi Abia and ndi Igbo from the diaspora down to the Umunna level to ensure the message and gospel of cleansing and cleaning Abia State gets to all and sundry.

“Finally we call on all political parties to provide a level playing ground for all Aspirants and to ensure a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election for all elective positions in Abia State, Southeast, and Nigeria as a whole,” the communique added.

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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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