The Guardian Nigeria
Sunday, August 18, 2013
ONE of the aspirants of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in
the Anambra State governorship election, Mr Oseloka Obazi, declared
Sunday that the decision of the party’s appeal panel which upheld his
disqualification has brought to an end the process of his candidacy for
Wishing his colleagues who had been cleared by the
panel well in their campaign, he noted that he was not resident in
Nigeria when the previous voter’s registration was done, hence could not
possess voter’s card which was a statutory requirement of section 12
(c) of the party’s guideline.
Obaze, who is also Secretary to
State Government (SSG), in a statement, said: “For me, there was no
other way to obtain a card but legally, and through INEC. The first
opportunity to do so in Anambra, would be on Monday 19 August 2013
(today). The APGA appeal panel did not accede to my request to present
the card within the 48 hours window, established by Section 12 (c) of
the party electoral guidelines, which according to their sitting
schedule, commenced at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 17 August 2013, and should
statutorily end at 3.00 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013.”
Stressing that the appeal panel “upheld the decision of Governorship
Screening Panel to disqualify me on what was a mere technicality of not
having a voter’s card,” he thanked Governor,Peter Obi, his family,
friends, staff and all those who offered their support and prayers while
the campaign lasted.
An elder brother of the immediate past
former Commissioner of Local Government /Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Dubem
Obaze, he was disqualified alongside a former Central Bank of Nigeria
governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, Mr. Emma Nweke, Dr. Chike Obidigbo and
Mr. Chinedu Idigo.
However, there are strong feelers that Obi might restore him as SSG.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Congress Appeal Panel for
Anambra State headed by Alhaji Suleiman Lawal Kauru has commenced
sitting in Awka, the capital.
The four- man panel came to look
into petitions and bickering arising from the party’s last Monday’s
congress in the state held to elect three ad-hoc delegates for the
governorship primary scheduled for August 24, 2013.
waiting game for the release of the results of the congress may have
ended with the arrival of the appeal panel. There were indications from
the Awka secretariat of the congress committee that Chief Udo Ogochukwu,
its chairman, has shown a willingness to make results of the congress
The panel, according to Kauru, has so far received no
fewer than four petitions which were mainly on “ manipulation of the
process occasioning unnecessary and avoidable delays” that marred the
congress in some areas.
On his part, a gubernatorial aspirant of
the Labour Party (LP) in the November election, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has
emphasised the need to encourage estate developers for housing schemes.
He stated that if elected, his administration would pursue an
affordable housing scheme and encourage businessmen who build houses
outside the state to come back and invest.
In a statement, Ubah
who is the Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, said: “Incentives to
encourage developers will include allocation of cheap land and provision
of sites and services on proposed development sites. Also bureaucratic
bottlenecks and hardships in getting certificate of occupancy in Anambra
State will be minimised by our administration.
especially the civil servants will be given loans to assist them to
acquire their own houses in any of the various housing estates. We will
ensure the salaried workers will have their own homes when the retire.”
an APGA aspirant, Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, has promised to
encourage the party’s growth beyond the South-East region.
Pledging to sustain Obi’s projects, he said his major objective was to
provide democracy divided to the people in areas covering health,
education, infrastructural development, youth and women empowerment.
He hailed Obi’s developmental efforts, which according to him, have
helped to open up the rural areas, especially by providing roads,
electricity and water among others previously lacking in several
Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Chuks Collins, Uzoma Nzeagwu (Awka) and Tunde Akinola (Lagos) contributed to this article