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Enugu Council polls: Ugwuanyi, Nnamani lead campaign 

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***as Senator applauds Governor for inclusiveness

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Senator Chimaroke Nnamani have urged the people to remain steadfast in the propagation and sustenance of democracy as the elixir for development ahead of the February 23, 2022 local government elections in Enugu State.
The duo spoke at the mega rally in Isi-Uzo local government area of the state to flag-off the campaign for the election of chairmen and councilors in the 17 local government areas, that Enugu State has been consistent with the periodic conduct of elections into the third tier of government since 1999.Special adviser to the Senator on media Paul Mummeh in a statement he personally signed, noted that democracy is participatory and guarantees the interest and welfare of citizens just as he showered encomiums on Governor Ugwuanyi for raising the standard of good governance and inclusiveness in the state.
To further facilitate the conduct of the forthcoming elections, Senator Nnamani donated the sum of N25 million and another N3 million to encourage four female councilorship candidates in Nkanu East council area.According to the statement, the campaign train moved to Nkanu East and Nkanu West council areas where Senator Nnamani interacted with the crowded audience, urging them to vote for the PDP candidates in the elections.. “The excitement of the people echoing “Chimaroke!, Ebeano!! Ebeano! Ofeanuo Ugwuanyi rented the air.
An emotion laden Nnamani again paid glowing tribute to Ugwuanyi whom he said rescued him from political exile after his experience from former political associates when he left office as governor 15 years ago.
He said: ”The lesson is that nwanne di na mba meaning that a brother can be found in a distant land and nobody knows where succour will come from”.
Nnamani therefore urged the people to continue to support Ugwuanyi as a leader with good mission and purpose to uplift the people, describing him as a consensus builder.
He reminded them to take the local government elections seriously because it is like a rehearsal for the 2023 general elections..“We need to win emphatically and convincingly. We must consolidate ahead of the 2023 governorship, legislative and presidential polls. We shall line behind our Governor to give us direction”, Nnamani stated.
Governor Ugwuanyi on his part urged the electorate to vote for the PDP candidates in the 17 local government areas assuring that they (the candidates) will serve with unwavering commitment and fear of God.
He was however quick to warn them in advance to be ready to reside in their local government areas when elected saying “it is a way of guaranteeing security and improving the economic fortunes of your constituents”.
The PDP has remained the dominant political party in Enugu state since 1999, producing successive Governors, Senators, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly members as well as council chairmen and councilors .
Nnamani is expected to move the campaign train to Enugu North, Enugu South and Enugu East local government areas this week.

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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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Obi visits Atiku, Saraki, Lamido in Abuja over State of the nation

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Apparently worried about the state of the nation and the increasing uncertainty in the living conditions of the poor and underprivileged, the 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has consulted some top opposition leaders to chart a way out.
Among those Obi consulted with were Former Vice President, and PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, the Former Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and the Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
A statement Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that his visit to the leaders is in continuation of his determination to live up to his expressed commitment to the peace and progress of the nation. “His abiding devotion has always been for the emergence of a Nigeria that works for all its peoples where the people are quickly pulled out of poverty.
“At the center of discussion during each of these visits was the state of the nation and how to reduce the suffering of all Nigerians irrespective of class and location.”
The statement explained that the desperate condition of the downtrodden in in the country was particularly highlighted.
“Of particular interest and emphasis in these discussions was the worrisome situation in the Northern parts of the country”

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Dan Nwanyanwu insists, no remedy for 27 Rivers lawmakers that dumped the PDP

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The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has insisted only fresh election can reinstate the 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him by voluntarily switching political allegiances, the lawmakers have effectively relinquished their previous seats, with no avenue for reinstatement.

Despite directives to INEC to refrain from taking action, Nwanyanwu argued that delaying elections merely prolongs the inevitable outcome.

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In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked, ”I agree with Wike that nobody will remove the 27 lawmakers but they have removed themselves.

They have on their own volition decided to leave the state assembly. And I want to say without mincing words that nothing will bring back the 27 lawmakers to their seats unless another election is conducted and they emerge victorious in the election.

As of today, any lover of democracy and laws would know that the constitution has written it clearly that if on your own, you decided to join another political party, there is no provision that you want to come back.

I’m aware that there are plethora of cases and INEC has been told not to do anything. But you see, they are just postponing the day of the election.

These lawmakers are no longer recognized members of the state assembly. I’m a lawyer and most lawyers are unanimous on this matter. When a law is clear and unambiguous, you don’t need to give it any strange interpretation.

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