The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Udi/Agbudu Ward, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, says Chief Flavour Eze, Personal Assistant to Foreign Affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama remains bonafide member of the party.
The Ward Chairman, Mr Petrus Chime, disclosed this on Sunday while briefing newsmen on a reported suspension of Eze by the leadership of the party at the local government level.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that some members of the party in Udi Local Government Area, led by Mr Osita Igwe had on Sept. 11, announced the suspension of Eze, although no reason was given for the action.
However, Chime said that the news of the purported suspension came to the party members in Udi/Agbudu Ward where Eze belongs as a shock.
He said that the position of the APC constitution on issues of suspension and discipline of party members was clear.
According to him, the process of suspending a party member starts at the ward level and not the local government level.
“The process of suspension of a party member starts from the ward level. Eze is still our member in regular standing,” he said.
He described those that pronounced the suspension of Eze as a pressure group seeking for relevance in the party and urged members of the party to discountenance the purported suspension.
Meanwhile, one of the alleged signatories to the suspension of the minister’s aide, Mr Augustine Umeh, has denied knowledge of the purported suspension.
Umeh said that he was shocked to see his name on the list, adding that he never signed up for the purported suspension, adding that what was playing out was power play.
Also, the APC chairman in Abor Ward, Mr Chinedum Ukwu, said that Igwe, the chairman of the party in Udi Local Government Area was suspended by his ward.
Ukwu, however, said that the suspension was awaiting ratification by the party at the local government level.
“Igwe belongs to my ward and we had already suspended him for anti-party activities.
“We are surprised that the same person we suspended gathered some members of his group to pronounce Eze’s suspension.
“The party at the local government is in receipt of our correspondence relating to his suspension,” he said.
When contacted, Igwe said that he was not on suspension and that the local government’s decision was binding.
“Do not listen to those people. Nobody suspended me,” Igwe said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
Ebonyi bus accident: FRSC, Police confirm 3 more bodies retrieved from river
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi has confirmed the recovery of three more corpses from the Akeze-Ukwu River after a Mercedes 608-model bus plunged into the river on Sept.18.
The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the bus conveying members of a Church who attended their pastor’s burial was returning to Enugu when the accident occurred.
The bus driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge.
Uchegbu said that the corps sent its personnel to the hospital, where some rescued victims were being treated, to interact with doctors on the true reports concerning the ‘unfortunate’ incident.
“We have been getting conflicting reports on the casualties so we sent our personnel to the hospital to interact with the doctors handling the cases.
“We were able to ascertain that seven persons were actually rescued from the river on the day of the incident instead of five earlier reported.
“One person was confirmed dead, two persons are presently on admission, two have been officially discharged while two opted to return home having sustained no injuries from the incident,” she said.
Ughegbu said that with the 14 corpses retrieved from the river on the second day of the rescue operations and the three other corpses retrieved on Sunday, the total number of retrieval is 24.
According to her, the total number of dead victims is now 18.
Also, the Ebonyi command of the Nigerian Police Force confirmed in a stateement the retrieval of three more corpses on Sunday, adding that a retired police officer was among the deceased persons.
“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 persons,” it stated.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Edo election: INEC’s result consistent with our PVT outcome, says Yiaga Africa
Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Board member, Yiaga Africa who made this known in a statement, said that the group deployed PVT to assess the credibility of the Sept. 19, Governorship poll in Edo.
Nwagwu said that the group, through its `Watching The Vote (WTV )citizens movement’, had deployed 500 observers to monitor the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WTV is an advanced election observation methodology that employs well-established statistical principles and sophisticated information technology to provide timely and accurate information on conduct of elections.
“Based on reports from 96 per cent (241 of 250) of sampled polling units, Yiaga Africa’s statistical analysis shows that the APC should receive between 39.1 per cent and 46.3 per cent of the votes.
“The PDP should receive between 52.5 per cent and 59.7 per cent of the votes, while no other party will receive more than one per cent of the vote share.
Nwagwu said because the official results fell within the estimated ranges, governorship contestants, parties, and voters should have confidence in INEC’s official results for the election because it reflected the ballots cast at polling units.
He said that it was important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the two political parties that received the most votes.
He said that Yiaga Africa was able to estimate that turnout was 27.4 per cent with a margin of error of ±2.1 per cent (between 25.3 per cent and 29.5 per cent), while INEC’s official turnout was 25 per cent .
He said that Yiaga Africa estimated rejected ballots were 1.8 per cent with a margin of error of ± 0.6 per cent (between 1.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent) while INEC’s official result for rejected ballots was 2.3 per cent .
According to him, the results are consistent.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Oghiadomhe describes Edo governorship poll as most credible
A former Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, has described the just concluded Edo Governorship election as most credible in recent time.
The former Chief of Staff stated this on a congratulatory message to Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his victory at Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Edo.
Oghiadomhe described the election as not only free and fair, but also the most credible election Edo had witnessed in recent years.
He commended Gov. Obaseki for his resilience, determination and confidence in the nation’s democratic governance.
Oghiadomhe, who was Deputy Governor of Edo from 1999 until 2007, asserted that the re-election of Obaseki is a product of his uncommon performance in his first term and commitment to the needs and aspirations of Edo people.
He expressed confidence in the Governor’s ability to surpass his performance during his second term and make Edo the preferred destination for local and international investors.
The former Deputy Governor commended the people for turning out in large numbers and voting for a man who had carved a niche for himself in good governance and for believing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for creating an enabling environment for a peaceful, free and fair election, Oghiadomhe commendes the security agencies.
He also commended the traditional institution led by the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, the National Peace Committee and all stakeholders for their roles in having a violence-free election.
“I want to also extend hearty congratulations to the leaders and members of PDP for their hardwork and loyalty.
“I pray for God’s abiding grace and wisdom for the Governor and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu,” he concluded.
It would be recalled that Obaseki was on Sunday afternoon announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the winner of the Governorship election conducted in the State on Saturday.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Edo Poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field
The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level playing field for contestants in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.
The BOS said this in statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of its Enugu State chapter, Chief Anike Nwoga and Mr Godwin Onwusi on Sunday in Abuja.
It described Buhari as a statesmanship and a father of the nation, adding that he had enriched the health of the country’s democracy by observing its core tenet.
“The BSO is happy that Mr President enriched the health of our democracy by observing the core tenets of democracy.
Also in another statement, the United Patriots had congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his re-election as governor of Edo.
The group’s National Chairman, Mr Chukwudi Ezeobika said Obaseki’s victory remained a plus to the country’s democracy and an end to imposition of ill will on the electorate.
The group commended law enforcement agencies for their professional conduct before, during and after the election.
It commended, especially the Police for exhibiting high level of professionalism and devotion at election.
“We salute the courage and perseverance of the Edo people who turned out in their huge numbers to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidate of their choice.
“We remain resolute in our belief that good governance will enhance more participation of Nigerians in future elections and permanently dislodge the ills of god “fatherism’’ and imposition of candidates on the people against their wish.
“As we approach the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10, we are optimistic that the serenity, security and decorum exhibited by all stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process in Edo, will be brought to bear,” it said.
The group appealed to Nigerian youths to be part of this great struggle to redeem the country and its democracy from abuse.
It said this they could do by protecting and preserving the sanctity of the country’s electoral system, knowing fully well that the future of the country was dependent on such struggle.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf