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South East Mandate Slams Ugwuanyi, Ikpeazu for Endorsing Wike for Presidency

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Sources close to the South East Mandate, a body recently put together to pursue and actualise the “Igbo Presidency” project, has berated Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and his Abia State colleague, Okezie Ikpeazu respectively, over Sunday’s endorsement of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, as the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP) in the 2023 elections.
This is against the national advocacy for a specifically South East/Igbo President.

The group lamented that while most Igbos are campaigning for the South East geopolitical zone be given a chance to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023, the two governors of the PDP in the zone, Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu, have already thrown their support for Wike. This the source said is tantamount to betrayal of the Igbo cause.

According to one of the sources, “Wike was in Enugu on Sunday March 27, 2022, in company of Okezie Ikpeazu, among others, where he attended the Enugu State special PDP Stakeholders meeting organized by Ugwuanyi, as Guest of Honour.
The meeting was attended by several Enugu State PDP leaders, including the Speaker, Edward Obosi, and Members of the House of Assembly.
National Vice Chairman of the PDP, South East zone, Ali Odefa and the Enugu State Chairman of the party, Augustine Nnamani. Members of Enugu State National Assembly caucus, and other senior stakeholders and leaders, were also in attendance.

“At the prompting of Ugwuanyi, the meeting adopted a resolution to endorse Wike as their candidate for the PDP presidential ticket for the 2023 election. Shortly after, the two governors, manouvered the Southeast Zonal Executive Committee meeting, held on Sunday March 27 at Enugu State Government House, to adopt a resolution calling for the zoning of the presidential ticket of the PDP to the South, a move which fits nicely into Wike’s game plan.
There was no mention of the South East. Ikpeazu, who on Wednesday 23rd March hosted PDP Governors overnight at his Umuobiakwa village estate, where strategies for the Wike campaign were fine-tuned, is expected soon to organize an Abia PDP Stakeholders meeting, where Nyesom Wike will be endorsed as the Abia candidate for PDP Presidential ticket.

“Unsuspecting participants of the Enugu meeting are already expressing regret at the betrayal of the Igbo Presidency Project.
“The South East Mandate is hereby calling on Ndigbo to rise and condemn this act of betrayal by Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu.
“We demand that all political parties in the country pick their 2023 presidential candidates from the Southeast. “South East region has sacrificed a lot and must be allowed to produce the next President of the country.”

Another source added, “It is particularly insulting to the sensitivities of the South East, that Wike has serially denied any sociocultural affiliations with the Igbos, but the two PDP governors in the zone have been bought over by the legendary generosity of the Rivers State Governor who by our account, spontaneously made N50million available to the meeting at Enugu, for kolanuts, in exchange for his jaundiced, inconsequential endorsement”.

The organisation has been at the forefront of the advocacy for a president from Igboland, the Igbos being the singular ethnic group in the South East of Nigeria, with kinsmen in Delta State and parts of Rivers State.
“In the post-civil war political history of Nigeria, the Igbos have never produced either a military Head of State, or a civilian President. The recognition of the Igbos at that level of governance, has been restricted to the position of Vice President of the country in the person of Dr Alex Ekwueme between 1979 and 1983, and Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, who served as Chief of General Staff, the deputy to Nigeria’s former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, between 1985 and 1986, respectively.

At the last count, about half a dozen presidential aspirants have emerged from the South East of Nigeria, across party lines, in the runup to the 2023 presidential election.
They include Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, who was also running mate to Atiku Abubakar at the 2019 election; Anyim Pius Anyim, former President of the Senate and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), respected and Sam Ohuabunwa, former Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals of Nigeria. David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State; Rochas Okorocha, immediate past Governor of Imo State and incumbent Senator, and Kingsley Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), have also thrown their hats into the ring.

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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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