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Anambra election: APC condemns return of member to PDP after poll

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Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the return of one of its members, Hononourable Onyebuchi Offor, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that Hon. Offor, a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, who represents Ekwusigo state constituency, had before the November 6 governorship election decamped to APC, to support the party’s candidate, Senator Andy Uba.

The lawmaker however announced his return to PDP last week, just a week after the APC lost the governorship election in the state.

In a press statement, however, the publicity secretary of APC in Anambra State, Mr Okelo Madukife frowned at Offor’s return to PDP, saying he merely joined the party to rip off its long-standing members, adding that it was not Offor’s first time behaving in the manner.

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Madukife accused Offor of also making away with millions meant for the governorship campaign of the APC, and also shortchanging members of the party, adding that the reason for his return to PDP was not acceptable.

“The reasons proffered by Orifite-born Hon. Onyebuchi Offor, and member representing Ekwusigo State Constituency of Anambra State for ‘returning to PDP’ is untenable,” he said.

“The unassailable truth is that whatever the outcome of 2021 Governorship Election, APC is the most organized, stable, and reputable party in Anambra State and is today the only opposition party in the state, which Anambra-wide followership is entrenched.

“Our party will do better when distractions like Offor, wearing the tag of ‘honourable’, like a meal ticket, even in the most dishonorable conduct learn to stay one course.”

Madukife recalled that it was not Offor’s first time joining the APC to reap from a governorship candidate’s campaign funds.

“Hon. Offor is not announcing his entry into APC for the first time. In 2017, the last governorship election year before this year, Hon. Offor announced his entry in support of Ifeanyi Ubah upon the entry of the later into APC to vie for the governorship ticket.

“He equally left when Ubah failed to get that in the typical manner of a political prostitute.

“The regret is that apart from prostituting, Hon. Offor ought to have shared the goal of this year’s prostitution parade which was to storm our unsuspecting campaign (not even party), displace our committed members who could have been more useful in the election and make away with funds running into hundreds of millions of Naira.

“We recommend to the people of Ekwusigo to do something to stop Hon. Offor from leaning on anybody to once again rig his way to Anambra State House of Assembly, where consistently, he has traded to prevent Ekwusigo LG from electing their government, while pretending to be for the opposition,” the release concluded.

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Dark horses trying to destroy APC, says Patriotic Association

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A group, Zamfara State Patriotic Association, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and elders of the All progressives Congress (APC) to save the party from the hands of some dark horses.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the group, Ibrahim Nabature, made the call while addressing a press conference in Gusau, Zamfara.

“There are some dark horses trying to destroy the party before the 2023 general elections if things do not go their way,” said Mr Nabature.

He further stated that the group had observed with dismay that some governors were bent on destroying APC, citing the crisis rocking the party in several states after their congresses as attempts to destroy the party.

The group’s chairman appealed to Mr Buhari and party elders to intervene and rescue the party.

“Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, a foundation member of the APC, had at no time ever discussed or thought of leaving the party without the knowledge of his true supporters across the country,” he said.

Mr Nabature explained that Mr Yari’s faction of the APC was in court challenging the dissolution of the Lawal M. Liman-led caretaker committee in Zamfara.

“Therefore, he cannot abandon the party he helped to build for newcomers. It is the handwork of some forces who were his friends now turned enemies,” he added. “Yari had done so much for Zamfara and the APC in the state and at the national level.”

He fingered some governors, who he described as agents of destruction working to strangulate the party before the 2023 elections due to their selfish reasons.

The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee had dissolved the party executives shortly after Governor Bello Matawalle defected to the APC on June 29. 

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BREAKING: Once again, Court shifts IPOB leader, Kanu’s, trial to Jan 18, 2022

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Against speculations that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu may be granted bail today, or removed from the custody of the DSS, his trial has again been shifted to January 18, 2022.

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Retire us in 2023 if you are tired of our faces — Lawan tells Nigerians

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He said scrapping the Senate would be a huge mistake.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned that there could be anarchy if the Senate is scrapped as being clamoured by some Nigerians.

Rather, he challenged those who are not comfortable with the senators in the current 9 th Senate to vote them out in 2023 if they don’ t like their faces.


Lawan stated this on Friday while declaring open, a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission in Abuja.

He described the Senate as a leveler which ensured that all parts of the country are equally represented unlike the House of Representatives where states with higher populations produce the highest number of lawmakers.

The Senate President also faulted the argument of those clamouring for the scrapping of the Senate because of the perceived jumbo pay being earned by the senators.

He said the annual budget of the National Assembly is less than one per cent of the nation’s 2021 budget.


Meanwhile, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said Nigeria’s house of assembly is full of rubbers who lack the courage to discharge its “constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government.”

Wike who made the statement during the occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Friday, said for the past six years, the country’s democracy was being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of the constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

The governor said: “With democracy, Nigerians expected strong national institutions, the bureaucracy, the security institutions and the Independent National Electoral Commission to be loyal only to the constitution, the law and the people.

“But today, after 61 years of independence and 22 years of unbroken democracy, it only seems there’s not much to be excited about Nigeria except our national sense of independence and unity that had endured this long in the face of sustained fartricidal assaults to its existence.

“Let us make a candid assessment of the situation of our country, especially in the last six years, and tell ourselves some hard, undiluted truths. First of all, we cannot deny that most of the countries that started with us 61 years ago are far more advanced and developed with superlative standards of living for their people than Nigeria.

“Our democracy is being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of our constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

“The National Assembly has literarily abandoned its constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government and become a slavish appendage to the Federal Government as rubber stamp Assembly.

“Neither is the situation and postures of the nation’s judiciary any better, where only a few judicial officers can stand the test of judicial courage, integrity and commitment to substantial justice in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities, while the entire judiciary, especially at the national level, has been bullied to nervousness to the detriment of our democracy, the rule of law and social justice.”

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