Breaking News : Former minister, Tony Anenih(Mr Fixed It) Is Dead At 85.

JUST IN: Former minister, Tony Anenih dies at 85 7 minutes ago 548 views by  Jerrywright Ukwu Former minister of works and housing, Chief Tony Anenih, popularly called “Mr Fix It” has died at the age of 85, Daily Independent reports.

Edo-born Anenih, a respected leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was once the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees.

He also once served as a police orderly to the first Governor General of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. A former police officer, Anenih was the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1992 and 1993, when he assisted in the election Chief M. K. O. Abiola as president.

He was also a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1994

 

 

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2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; APGA AS A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE_Val Iwuchukwu

 

Change is important because it inspires new hope and engender new faith in all human endeavours. Mere thought of the 2019 general elections and possibility of voting out some politicians and effect changes in different facets of our national lives is sufficiently gratifying. It produces energy and makes one to dream for change and the opportunity to turn that dream to reality. Change is necessary in our country because without change we may not have known of Dasukigate. Change in 2019 will definitely open many gates and subsequent change and change again until we get it right will eventually purge Nigeria of bad leadership.

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the third most influential political party in Nigeria have roles to play to achieve the desired change and be part of the alliance in the government at the center come next year. In the past three consecutive presidential election, the party have consistently made the costly mistake of not fielding a Presidential candidate and on top of that, go far to adopt a Presidential candidate of another political party as theirs. It is a strategy that is injurious to her growth because it has badly reduced APGA’s chances of playing in the national frontier. A situation whereby half literate voter is advised to vote for APGA for National Assembly and vote for another party for President can be confusing. Majority got it muddled up resulting to several invalid votes and a situation whereby the party with the Presidential candidate takes undue advantage.

On the 16th day of February, 2019 Nigerians will vote for the President, Senate and House of Reps the same day. The three ballot papers will be given to the voters to caste in which mix up may be possible. When the voters were educated to vote for Cock in National Assembly ballot and Umbrella or Broom for Presidential ballot, confusion as to which is which will set in. Possibility of voting for the wrong candidate or party is higher than in a situation whereby one simply votes for a particular political party through out.

Happy enough APGA have a good Presidential candidate in Maj Gen Gbor (rtd) and Dr Chukwuke as running mate, they could be President and Vice President respectively.

The strategy should be to give no room for error and that is to vote massively for APGA candidates at every level including the Presidential election, thereafter, we see how it goes.

APGA basking on the electoral victory of last November popularly known as 21 over 21, it can be replicated in 2019 in Anambra State and beyond. Success leaves track and if we do in Imo, Abia and other South East states exactly what we did in Anambra last year, we will achieve the same good result. It is achievable especially now that many big boys even non politicians have come to accept APGA as nke ayi. The result may be that at the end, no candidate will meet the constitutional requirement to be returned as President elect.

The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria states a presidential candidate will be duly elected after attaining both the highest number of votes cast, and having received at least a quarter of the votes in each of at least two thirds of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

In a situation whereby no candidate wins out rightly, bye election becomes inevitable, the two leading political parties that will qualify for bye election will seek for accord, to merge with APGA in a political marriage of convenience. You scratch my back and I scratch yours and as a *beautiful bride* APGA will chose between the two parties which has a better offer and move on.

2019 election when managed properly will provide the best opportunity for APGA to grow and be part of the government of national unity.

Breaking News :Enugu APC Chair Escapes Assassination, Police Aide Shot

The crisis rocking Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got messier, yesterday, as alleged hired assassins, who invaded residence of the state party chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, shot and severely injured a police orderly attached to him.
This was as a detachment of policemen took over the APC boss’ residence on Independence Layout, Enugu.

The Guardian learned that the incident occurred at about 2.30 am. The Sergeant, Gerald Eke, whose body was riddled with bullets, was battling for survival at the National Orthopaedic Hospital. Nwoye said: “I heard some banging on the main gate and thought it was some of my aides that came late. The banging persisted for about 10 minutes or more, and the gate was eventually opened. I heard footsteps and thought they belonged to my workers.

“A few minutes later, the public light went off. So, I called my driver to turn on the generator, but he didn’t pick. So, I called the senior police officer, Inspector Charles Ugwu. He went down and few minutes after, I started hearing gunshots. That was around 1 am. Then a few minutes later, I started hearing screams from one of my police officers, Gerald Eke, that he had been hit, that they had killed him. I started calling the Commissioner of Police, and they responded and started to radio everywhere. I looked through the window and saw smoke and people moving out.

“I came down and saw Eke with blood gushing out from all over his body. His gun was stolen. We rushed him to Parklane Hospital, but they couldn’t help his case and referred us to Orthopaedic Hospital, where he received emergency treatment. “It was a politically calculated attempt on my life. Those behind it should be arrested and prosecuted. When this thing started earlier, I made reports. During our primary, one of the aspirants mobilized thugs to disperse what we were doing. I have strong conviction that what happened had to do with the crisis in our party, and attempt by some persons to become state APC chairman, so as to present governorship candidates.”

He lamented that Enugu was gradually returning to the dark days when people were not free to go about their lawful duties or sleep in the night for fear of being killed.

El-Rufai Under Fire Over Threat To Demolish Christian-Dominated Community

Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has come under fire from religious leaders and traditional rulers over his threat to demolish Gonin Gora community, a Christian-dominated area along Kaduna – Abuja road.

On Saturday morning, during a state-wide broadcast, the governor threatened to demolish or relocate Gonin Gora community, if youth in the area refused to stop blocking roads and killing innocent people”.

However, according to the leaders, the decision of the governor was unfortunate and unacceptable, although they urged residents in the area to remain peaceful and law abiding.

The Sarki Samarina, Akila Luka, who spoke to SaharaReporters urged residents to remain calm and not to take law into their hands. He stressed that any attempt to demolish the community would not be resisted, adding that Gonin Gora is a settlement dominated by Christians.

According to Luka, the governor failed to threaten communities such as Mando, Nasarawa, Badiko, Ango Mazu, Pantaker and a host of others who are also guilty of the same accusation he levelled against Gonin Gora.

He said: “Anytime there is riot, people from these communities also block the highways indiscriminately. The governor has never said anything about those areas. Here in Gonin Gora, we don’t have problem; we are peaceful.”

Also speaking on the threat by the governor, Shekwolo Ayuba, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Chikun Local Government, urged residents to be peaceful and not to take laws into their hands. He expressed concern over the threat of demolition, noting that it would subject the residents to untold hardship.

“We don’t know what the governor means, but we will wait and see what will happen. For someone to wake up one day and said that he will demolish the entire community is unacceptable,” he said.

Gonin Gora, which is located along Kaduna – Abuja road, is a community of more than 800,000 people, and is home to a large percentage of Christians.

A press statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity) on Saturday after a meeting of a select committee of the Kaduna State Security Council, noted that 32 persons had been arrested in connection with the attacks in the state in recent times.SEE ALSO

A 24-hour curfew is still imposed on parts of Kaduna State, while for residents of Kachia, there is freedom of movement daily from 6am to 5pm.