2023: APC Must Field A Northerner To Retain Power – Fani Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister has suggested who may likely win the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential primary.

Fani-Kayode suggested that ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar may pick the PDP Presidential ticket.

To this end, he urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to field a Northern Presidential candidate to retain power in 2023.

In a tweet, the APC chieftain stressed that politics is a game of numbers

He tweeted: “The truth is that @atiku is likely to win the presidential primaries in the @OfficialPDPNig.

“Given that, the only way @OfficialAPCNg can win is by fielding a northern candidate.

“Whether anyone likes it or not, this is the truth.

PDP Reinstates Kano State Exco, Approved Onu As Ebonyi State Chairman

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP after an extensive deliberation and in obedience to the Order of Court, has approved the reinstatement of the dissolved Executive Committee members of our Party in Kano State.

In a statement made available to our correspondent by Hon. Debo Ologunagba,

National Publicity Secretary said in obedience to a Judgment of Court, the NWC has equally declared Barr. Silas Onu as the Ebonyi State Chairman of our great Party.

According to the statement, “to this effect, the Alhaji Shehu Sagagi-led Kano State Executive as well as all Excutive members of our Party at all levels in Kano State are hereby reinstated.”

“Also in obedience to a similar Judgment of Court, the NWC has declared Barr. Silas Onu as the Ebonyi State Chairman of our great Party.”

“All leaders, critical stakeholders, relevant agencies and our teeming members, particularly in Kano and Ebonyi States in the two states should please note.”

Recall that Onu, former caretaker Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi chapter, has been sworn in as the party’s new Chairman in Ebonyi.

Onu took over from Chief Tochukwu Okorie, who was elected in a state Congress held in October following his sack by an Abuja Federal High Court, presided by Justice A. Abubakar on Wednesday.

Onu, in an interview with journalists in Abakaliki, said that the judgment had reinforced his belief in the judiciary as a beacon for democracy and the last hope of the oppressed.

He said that his leadership would reposition the party as a strong opposition party in order to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Onu said there was no victor and no vanquished, stressing that PDP remains one big united family.

2023: God’s Wrath Waiting – Sule Lamido Threatens Jonathan Over Defection To APC

A former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has cautioned ex-President Goodluck Jonathan against dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Lamido warned that Jonathan risked God’s wrath if he succumbed to the calls that he should dump PDP for APC.

Some Nigerians have been calling on Jonathan to defect to the APC and contest for the 2023 Presidency.

Reacting to the call, the former President said he can’t tell if he will run for the Presidency in 2023.

However, Lamido, a PDP chieftain, cautioned Jonathan against defecting to APC because the opposition party invested a lot in him.

Lamido said the former President should consider the suffering of PDP members who stood by him during the 2015 campaign before opting to defect to APC.

He disclosed that APC persecuted PDP members for supporting Jonathan during the 2015 Presidential election.

“That means all they went through, the pain, the humiliation, for supporting Jonathan in 2014 was nothing. Even Jega (then-INEC Chairman) was not left out. We went through hell in 2014, all for Jonathan. He called me during the election in Jigawa. I said “sir”, he said “I hope you are safe”. I said “don’t worry sir. We are home and dry”. He said “thank God”.

“I knew the kind of humiliation he went through. How he lost the election through blackmail, threat and division between tribes and Christians and Muslims. I met him in the Presidential Villa four days after Buhari won the (2014) election. What I told him in the Villa is for another day. I won’t say that now. He should remember what I told him. He should take all this into consideration. Is this the way he wants to reward PDP? Is this way he is going to reward PDP for inventing him? Minus PDP, who will ever know anybody called Jonathan? Today, he is an international person, being called upon by the world to perform functions for the world.

“How did he get that kind of status? It is from PDP. Now, he is said to be going to APC because of greed, to destroy all this history of his? God will not allow him. If he goes, God will defend PDP.

“If he goes, he will meet the wrath of God. I urge him not to do it. The people courting him now are liars. They lied to get to the government. I urge him in the name of God, the very God that made him from nothing, to think about PDP which made him from nothing. He should please reconsider.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; A Consisistent Leader With Inconsistent Followers…

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; A Consisistent Leader With Inconsistent Followers…
The name, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a not a new name in the polity of Nigeria, Africa, and the western world. It’s a name that exists in the corridor of politics, government, democracy, leadership and humanity.

The man behind the name is an individual many regard as an enigma, a tactician and complete politician due to his effective and visionary style of leadership prowess that strives beyond politics, economy, academia, humanitarian, and the society at large.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the leader that many Lagosians’ regard as the pathfinder of the New Lagos initiative that Lagosian’s currently enjoy .
The continuous developmental plan of the New Lagos cannot be mentioned without the person of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the architect and pathfinder of both human capital and man power development in Lagos and beyond.
His developmental plan of Lagos raised a new crop of unknown followers and politicians emerging from the southwest and southeastern state with effective exemplary leadership styles when opportuned to serve in government.
Many followers of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that were with him during his years as governor of Lagos state have risen to become Governors, Ministers, several National and State House of Assembly members, Kings and first class traditional rulers, Business moguls to mention a few; the likes of the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, current minister of works, Babatunde Fashola, minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Speaker of the House of Representative, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, former Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, present Governor of Lagos, Ondo and Ekiti, Babajide Sanwo olu, Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi and many others would not fail to acknowledge Asiwaju Tinubu as the man who discovered their inherent positive leadership qualities, polished them and gave them the opportunity to serve in different capacity where they all proved their worth to earn a greater recommendation and referral.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an honored and revered friend of all, a man with friendship across bound, honored with several academic, humanitarian awards and traditional titles across all the six regions of Nigeria with a prominent and revered title of Jagaban-Borgu by the Emir of Borgu Kingdom.
It is no news that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has positioned himself as a future president of Nigeria due to his years of followership under the tutelage of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
His role in NADECO can not be under-mentioned, as he was among those political and social activist that fought against military rule and suppression of democracy in Nigeria. He, alongside the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka, Olusegun Osoba, was among those from the Yoruba extraction who went on exile when the military rulers were after their lives for speaking out for democratic rule to be installed in Nigeria.
Asiwaju Tinubu is one of the few detribalized Nigerian who believe in a united Nigeria beyond ethnic and religious differences, his visionary leadership style helped him build leaders across all regions of Nigeria, that’s why the likes of Chief Joe Igbokwe, Ben Akabueze from the southeast region wouldn’t defy the odd of a man like Tinubu.
In building leadership, Asiwaju has done more than can be expected of an ordinary politician with the quest for power but rather than cling to power, he is a firm believer of shared rotational policy where each region and locality is positively represented and made to be a part of the decision making process of the people.
There is no doubt, Asiwaju will be a good president for Nigeria if there is a general will of the people to give him the mandate but that is the least expected largesse a politician should expect from the masses, rather it is a pointer for more work to be done to convince the general electorate.
Unfortunately for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as consistent and prepared that many have seen him to be building his vision for a shot at the presidency in 2023, not minding every form of criticism and shades thrown at him, his inconsistent followers are the major hurdles and challenges that he has been made to face.
These set of followers are individuals he personally discovered, groomed, and empowered for leadership while he was governor of Lagos state, now that the tide is turned, many of these individuals are presently standing tall to also take from the table he dearly wants to have, and bent of frustrating his ambition.
The same party, All Progressive Congress (APC), that he strived so hard to form as a leader of the defunct Action congress alongside other leaders of CPC and ANPP has found him unworthy of having the ticket of the party without a run for his money and a political turf for him to show his political sagacity and connect.

His immediate protégé that never had the singular might of holding a political office in their respective local government but presently occupy offices in the presidency are those who have stirred the hornet of political differences and disagreement just to propagate their own personal interest without minding the years of preparation that Asiwaju have put in building this vision which everyone will definitely be a part of it when its finally achieved.
Now is the turn of the South to produce the next president, it is unfortunate that majority of the electorate are still doubtful of a southeastern candidate due to past events and history while it is also expedient of the Southwest to fill the void and support the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to succeed and correct every anomalies of the Buhari led administration.
The inconsistent followers of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are certain they can’t win the party ticket, all they want to do is to frustrate the visionary developmental agenda Asiwaju is bringing to governance at the national level.
He has been denied un-waivered access to party officials and mercenaries neither does he occupy a party offices that is recognized in the party constitution but his large arm of supporters and increasing followers are spreading the message of a renewed Nigeria under the leadership of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
If we can reason beyond ethnic and religious differences and work together to make this vision a reality, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a president will bring the fresh aura we earnestly desire into leadership and governance in Nigeria.
The northern oligarchy are not bent on retaining power in the region but if the south cant align on a consensus candidate, its obvious the northern region will feeds on the lacuna to produce another vibrant and election worthy candidate who will take governance back to the region for the next four years.
Therefore, it is expedient on the entire people of the South to come together as a region and present a formidable candidate who will be able to earn the trust of Nigerians across party, ethnic and religious line.
The southwest and southeast should be able to provide a viable candidate across party line and stand against the scheme of selfish and greedy northern cabals who are bent on the continuous entrenchment of poverty, unemployment, insecurity and inflation on the general masses while they enrich their pockets and that of their cronies at the expense of the general masses.
A vote for the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu both at the upcoming Party primary and 2023 General election is a vote for a Renewed Nigeria where every Nigerian will be part of governance without the thought of ethnic or religious difference.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; A Consisistent Leader With Inconsistent Followers…
The name, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a not a new name in the polity of Nigeria, Africa, and the western world. It’s a name that exists in the corridor of politics, government, democracy, leadership and humanity.

The man behind the name is an individual many regard as an enigma, a tactician and complete politician due to his effective and visionary style of leadership prowess that strives beyond politics, economy, academia, humanitarian, and the society at large.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the leader that many Lagosians’ regard as the pathfinder of the New Lagos initiative that Lagosian’s currently enjoy .
The continuous developmental plan of the New Lagos cannot be mentioned without the person of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the architect and pathfinder of both human capital and man power development in Lagos and beyond.
His developmental plan of Lagos raised a new crop of unknown followers and politicians emerging from the southwest and southeastern state with effective exemplary leadership styles when opportuned to serve in government.
Many followers of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that were with him during his years as governor of Lagos state have risen to become Governors, Ministers, several National and State House of Assembly members, Kings and first class traditional rulers, Business moguls to mention a few; the likes of the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, current minister of works, Babatunde Fashola, minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Speaker of the House of Representative, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, former Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, present Governor of Lagos, Ondo and Ekiti, Babajide Sanwo olu, Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi and many others would not fail to acknowledge Asiwaju Tinubu as the man who discovered their inherent positive leadership qualities, polished them and gave them the opportunity to serve in different capacity where they all proved their worth to earn a greater recommendation and referral.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an honored and revered friend of all, a man with friendship across bound, honored with several academic, humanitarian awards and traditional titles across all the six regions of Nigeria with a prominent and revered title of Jagaban-Borgu by the Emir of Borgu Kingdom.
It is no news that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has positioned himself as a future president of Nigeria due to his years of followership under the tutelage of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
His role in NADECO can not be under-mentioned, as he was among those political and social activist that fought against military rule and suppression of democracy in Nigeria. He, alongside the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka, Olusegun Osoba, was among those from the Yoruba extraction who went on exile when the military rulers were after their lives for speaking out for democratic rule to be installed in Nigeria.
Asiwaju Tinubu is one of the few detribalized Nigerian who believe in a united Nigeria beyond ethnic and religious differences, his visionary leadership style helped him build leaders across all regions of Nigeria, that’s why the likes of Chief Joe Igbokwe, Ben Akabueze from the southeast region wouldn’t defy the odd of a man like Tinubu.
In building leadership, Asiwaju has done more than can be expected of an ordinary politician with the quest for power but rather than cling to power, he is a firm believer of shared rotational policy where each region and locality is positively represented and made to be a part of the decision making process of the people.
There is no doubt, Asiwaju will be a good president for Nigeria if there is a general will of the people to give him the mandate but that is the least expected largesse a politician should expect from the masses, rather it is a pointer for more work to be done to convince the general electorate.
Unfortunately for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as consistent and prepared that many have seen him to be building his vision for a shot at the presidency in 2023, not minding every form of criticism and shades thrown at him, his inconsistent followers are the major hurdles and challenges that he has been made to face.
These set of followers are individuals he personally discovered, groomed, and empowered for leadership while he was governor of Lagos state, now that the tide is turned, many of these individuals are presently standing tall to also take from the table he dearly wants to have, and bent of frustrating his ambition.
The same party, All Progressive Congress (APC), that he strived so hard to form as a leader of the defunct Action congress alongside other leaders of CPC and ANPP has found him unworthy of having the ticket of the party without a run for his money and a political turf for him to show his political sagacity and connect.

His immediate protégé that never had the singular might of holding a political office in their respective local government but presently occupy offices in the presidency are those who have stirred the hornet of political differences and disagreement just to propagate their own personal interest without minding the years of preparation that Asiwaju have put in building this vision which everyone will definitely be a part of it when its finally achieved.
Now is the turn of the South to produce the next president, it is unfortunate that majority of the electorate are still doubtful of a southeastern candidate due to past events and history while it is also expedient of the Southwest to fill the void and support the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to succeed and correct every anomalies of the Buhari led administration.
The inconsistent followers of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are certain they can’t win the party ticket, all they want to do is to frustrate the visionary developmental agenda Asiwaju is bringing to governance at the national level.
He has been denied un-waivered access to party officials and mercenaries neither does he occupy a party offices that is recognized in the party constitution but his large arm of supporters and increasing followers are spreading the message of a renewed Nigeria under the leadership of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
If we can reason beyond ethnic and religious differences and work together to make this vision a reality, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a president will bring the fresh aura we earnestly desire into leadership and governance in Nigeria.
The northern oligarchy are not bent on retaining power in the region but if the south cant align on a consensus candidate, its obvious the northern region will feeds on the lacuna to produce another vibrant and election worthy candidate who will take governance back to the region for the next four years.
Therefore, it is expedient on the entire people of the South to come together as a region and present a formidable candidate who will be able to earn the trust of Nigerians across party, ethnic and religious line.
The southwest and southeast should be able to provide a viable candidate across party line and stand against the scheme of selfish and greedy northern cabals who are bent on the continuous entrenchment of poverty, unemployment, insecurity and inflation on the general masses while they enrich their pockets and that of their cronies at the expense of the general masses.
A vote for the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu both at the upcoming Party primary and 2023 General election is a vote for a Renewed Nigeria where every Nigerian will be part of governance without the thought of ethnic or religious difference.

Michael Reuben is a Journalist, Political and Security analyst, a member of Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.
He can be contacted through maildavies2002@gmail.com

Michael Reuben is a Journalist, Political and Security analyst, a member of Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.
He can be contacted through maildavies2002@gmail.co

Zelensky Rejected Peace Offer Days Before Russian Offensive – WSJ

German Chancellor had reportedly attempted to convince the Ukrainian leader to drop NATO membership plan

Zelensky rejected peace offer days before Russian offensive – WSJ
German chancellor Olaf Scholz had offered Volodymyr Zelensky a chance for peace just days before the launch of the Russian military offensive, but the Ukrainian president turned it down, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported.

Scholz had made what the US outlet described as “one last push for a settlement between Moscow and Kiev” less than a week before the Russian forces were sent into Ukraine on February 24.

The chancellor told Zelensky in Munich on February 19 “that Ukraine should renounce its NATO aspirations and declare neutrality as part of a wider European security deal between the West and Russia,” the paper writes. The daily also claims that “the pact would be signed by Mr. Putin and Mr. Biden, who would jointly guarantee Ukraine’s security.”

However, Zelensky rejected the offer to make the concession and avoid confrontation, saying that “[Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin couldn’t be trusted to uphold such an agreement and that most Ukrainians wanted to join NATO,” the WSJ reports, without revealing its sources for the information.

“His answer left German officials worried that the chances of peace were fading,” the report points out.

Scholz and Zelensky did meet on that day on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, at which each delivered an address.

Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols had been designed to regularize the status of those regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the rebel regions by force.

2023: OOkowa, Saraki, Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed In Closed-Door Meeting In Asabaa

As the race for 2023 get thicker, many front-line politicians have began earnest preparation in a bid to be their party flag bearer in the upcoming election. One of such meeting is presently happening at the Delta state Government house between the executive governors of Delta; Patrick Okowa, Bauchi; Bala Mohammed, and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state alongside the former senate president, Bukola Saraki.

The two northern governors and former senate president are vying on the platform of PDP. They have  already began consultation on the best way forward on how best to unseat the ruling APC from the national seat of power in 2023 by projecting a credible and viable candidate for the opposition party.

2023: Stop Planting Seed Of Hate Among Igbos And Yorubas – Ohaneze Tells Tinubu

The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has warned Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, to jettison the plan of planting the seed of discord among Ndigbo and Yorubas.

OYC stated this in a press release signed by the National President, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka

OYC while reacting to the meeting of Sen. Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, with the party caucus of the National Assembly yesterday, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, over his presidential ambition, described it as an attempt to plant the seed of discord between Ndigbo and Yorubas, “who have contributed heavily to the political and economic development of Nigeria.”

It stated that the political differences between Zik and Awolowo were corrected in 1999 when a southeast presidential aspirant and candidate, Dr Alex Ekwueme and Dr Ogbonnaya Onu made a heavy sacrifice on the atonement of ill-political treatment against the Yorubas in 1993 when Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) annulled the election of Chief MKO Abiola.

“We can’t allow a grandfather like Bola Tinubu to plant the seed of hatred, discord political inequality among the new generation of Ndigbo and Yoruba nation. It’s obvious that Bola Tinubu’s presidential project if allowed will put a perpetual discord among the southeast and southwest region, therefore our peaceful coexistence among the two regions is more vital and everlasting than Bola Tinubu’s political interest.

“It’s illogical and unreasonable to allow a grandfather after he must have left the earth, what he planted would continue to grow hate, crises and keep hurting Ndigbo and Yorubas.

“Bola Tinubu’s presidential project is a historical error we must avoid, his presidential ambition will bring negative remote effect to the present and future generations of Ndigbo and Yorubas,” the group said.

“Bola Tinubu ought to without delay become a political hero and father, whose name will not be erased from the political history of Nigeria if he reasonably quits his presidential ambition and supports one presidential aspirant from the southeast in the All Progressives Congress, APC.”

“The southwest between 1999 to 2023 served as the President of Nigeria for eight years and subsequently Vice president for another eight years making it a total of Sixteen years of Presidency. It’s, therefore, morally evil for Bola Tinubu to consider himself qualified to run for the 2023 presidency.

2023: My presidential ambition not for power, Tinubu woos Senators

“At this time Sen. Bola Tinubu has the opportunity to become a hero or a villain. If he still chooses to run, he is making himself a villain before the present and new generation of Igbo and Yoruba extraction,” it added.

 

Osun Guber: Oyetola Submits Nomination Form To Buni Amidst Party Crisis.

Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on Thursday visited the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja where he submitted his nomination form to the party leadership.

On hand to receive him were Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who is the Chairman of the Convention Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and the secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.

According to the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ismail Omipidan, Governor Oyetola’s  nomination forms were endorsed by Buni.

“Ahead of the deadline set by INEC for the submission of nomination forms of candidates for the July 16 Governorship Election in Osun, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and APC candidate for the election, on Thursday, visited the party secretariat in Abuja to dot all necessary i’s and cross all t’s before the party submits the forms at INEC office”.

“Oyetola also met with the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, who endorsed his forms”.

APC Crisis: Sani Bello Insists On Akpanudoedehe’s Sack

A day after the substantive National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, the acting National Chairman of the CECPC and Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has insisted on the sack of the National Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe.

Bello also denounced the recomposition of the national convention sub-committees by Gov. Buni, saying the earlier inaugurated sub-committees remain in place.

Spokesman of the Bello-led CECPC, Barr. Ismae’el Ahmed told newsmen that the notices for Akpanudoedehe’s sack was arrived at on March 8 by a majority of the members of the committee who passed a vote of no confidence on the erstwhile secretary of the committee.

The notice has 10 of the 12 members of the committee signed including Senator Ken Nnamani, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, Prof Tahir Mamman, Senator Abba Alli, Chief David Lyon, Hon Akinremi Olaide, Mrs Stella Okotete, Barr Ismaeel Ahmed and Dr James Lalu.

The Bello camp said it relied on Article 27 (v & vi) of the party constitution.

That section of the constitution states; “Subject to ratification by the National Convention or Congress an Officer shall be relieved of his post at any time if a vote of ‘No Confidence’ is passed on him by two-thirds of members of the relevant Party organ.

“Pursuant to this Constitution, where a vote of ‘No Confidence’ has been passed on an Officer, the relevant Party organ shall appoint another person to act in his place pending ratification by the National Convention or Congress”.

Ahmed said; “the CECPC has reaffirmed its position regarding the sack of Senator Akpanudoedehe and maintained that the final list of Convention planning sub-committees signed by the Director of Organisation following the directive of the caretaker committee remains the final and authentic list.

Responding to news reports making rounds on a purported list of subcommittees for the National Convention single-handedly signed by the already sacked Senator Akpanudoedehe, Barr Ismaeel Ahmad who has been briefing the media since the sack of Senator Akpanudoedehe reiterated that the CECPC never approved the list and in fact has no record of such list. He, therefore, informed that party members and the media should ignore the falsehood being spread by sacked Senator Akpanudoedehe.

According to him, the approved final list was the outcome of extensive consultations with all the stakeholders and follow up at ensuring a decent list that is representative and inclusive is put together and the same has since been issued.

“The laughable action of sacked Senator Akpanudoedehe is therefore considered an affront on the committee which was duly constituted in line with provisions of the party’s constitution and NEC of the party.

“Seeing the unpopular actions of Senator Akpanudoedehe it is now obvious that he might be surreptitiously working to derail the party, cause internal friction capable of causing the further crisis, but the committee against all his antics is determined to forge ahead and ensure the national convention holds as scheduled and approved devoid of any untoward actions”, Ahmed stated.

Charles Soludo’s Inaugural Address As Anambra State Governor

Inaugural Address as Governor of Anambra State
Government House, Agu-Awka, Awka
Anambra State: 17th March, 2022

Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR
GOVERNOR, ANAMBRA STATE

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PROTOCOL

Umunne m Ndi Anambra,
I applied for this job; my party, (the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA) shortlisted me, and you—umunne m Ndi Anambra— interviewed and employed me as your chief servant, with Dr. Onyekachukwu Gilbert Ibezim as my deputy. God ordained this moment and we are grateful to Him and to you all for the privilege to serve you. Dr. Ibezim and I will work hard every day to make you proud. I ask millions of Ndi Anambra all over the world who have prayed for today to simply say a one minute prayer to commit this journey and Anambra State unto the hands of the Almighty God. Anambra will win.

Before I go further, let’s pay special tributes to hundreds of thousands of our friends and supporters who worked tirelessly to see us to this moment. It is not possible to list all of you here. I remember with deep sense of grief the three gallant police officers —-Inspector Murtala Saudi, Sgt Mudassir Ahmed, and Sgt Samuel Ishaya— who lost their lives to the Unknown Gunmen who attacked us at a meeting with the youths in my village last year. We pledge to continue to take care of their families.

Let me particularly thank my friend and outgoing governor of Anambra, HE (Sir) Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano, for being an honourable gentleman and leader. On Sunday, 20th November, 2016, I accepted your proposal for gentlemen’s understanding and partnership. I kept my part in 2017 and even after five years, you still kept yours in 2021. I always emphasize this point because it is rare these days to find people who keep their word in politics, and we will never take your support for granted. You are indeed a great leader. Thanks for believing in me. We will work hard to make you and Ndi Anambra proud.

To our indefatigable national Chairman, Ozonkpu (Dr) Victor Ike Oye, your visit of 27th August 2016 and unwavering support remain historical. I will continue to thank all our party members especially the members of the Board of Trustees (BOT), National Executive Committee ( NEC), State, LG and Ward Excos, Campaign Committees at all levels, etc, for the massive support.

I am grateful to all the stakeholders of the Anambra Project—the clergy and the church, traditional rulers, Association of Anambra Town Unions (ASATU), labour, market, trade and professional unions, youth and women organizations, non-indigenes associations, businessmen and captains of industry, the Diaspora community, persons with disabilities, etc. We thank especially the 41 self-funding support groups who propelled this movement. Our donors and the goodwill of other Nigerian stakeholders made a significant difference.

Thanks immensely to the 150 star-studded Transition Committee chaired by our own Dr (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili. Let me once again put on record our debt of gratitude to the federal institutions—the judiciary, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies for insisting on a transparent and credible electoral system. Eternal gratitude goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and The Presidency for remaining democrats.

In particular, I thank my wife, Nonye Frances Soludo, and children: Ozonna, Ifeatu, Chinua, Ekene, Oduko and Zikora for their love and sacrifices. Despite your deep reservations, you still allowed and supported me to step out in the service of our people. As I repeatedly promised, I will work hard every day never to disappoint you. My 90-year old father is watching this live, while my late beloved mother, Mgbafor, is smiling in her grave.

Today is my first day at work. I just reported for duty and will work for at least eight hours. We had more than a month since the election to celebrate our historic victory. Now is the time to work, and there is no minute or kobo to waste in fanfare. In a few minutes, I will announce some of the principal officers of the administration, and commence with serious meetings of the Anambra State Security Council, followed by a meeting with the permanent secretaries, a meeting on Okpoko, and with my Strategy, Execution and Evaluation (SEE) team.

Within the next one week, the list of commissioners will be laid before the House of Assembly. Tomorrow, we will head to Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area and parts of Onitsha and Idemili as we signpost our commitment to fundamental urban regeneration, beginning with the greater Onitsha metropolis.

As I stand here, I feel the weight of history. I stand on the foundation laid especially by our elected predecessors— Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe GCFR, PC, Dr Michael.I. Okpara, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Christian C. Onoh, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Dr Chris Ngige, OON, Mr Peter Obi, CON, and yes, our own Chief (Sir) Willie M. Obiano. You all did your best and well for our people, and I salute you all.

As I wear the APGA muffler on my neck, I feel the weight of Africa’s historic progressives like the Great Zik of Africa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, GCFR, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dr M.I. Okpara, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief Joseph Tarka, Malam Balarabe Musa, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, etc. Not to talk of the millions of living African progressives, who still dream of Renascent Africa. We will never let them down.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance ( (initially set up as the United Progressives Grand Alliance UPGA) is a nostalgic rebirth of the grand alliance of progressives in the First Republic comprising Azikiwe’s NCNC, Awolowo’s AG, Joseph Tarka’s United Middle Belt Congress, Aminu Kano’s Northern Elements Progressive Union NEPU, etc. As the first true progressive party in Nigeria since 1999, our ideology is a combination of Zik’s neo welfarism, Awolowo’s scientific socialism, and Aminu Kano’s democratic humanism, to form what we see as the Pan African market progressivism.

It is a Pan Africanist ideology that integrates the social democratic values with the principles of competitive markets. Anambra under our watch will mirror this ideology, and we believe that this should be Nigeria’s compass to the future. We will seek active collaboration and cooperation with the Federal Government, our neighbouring and other states as well as the international community to provide our state truly people-centred governance. We will consolidate the progress made under our predecessors to continue Anambra’s upward trajectory.

Today, I stand up for the millions of Ndi Anambra for whom this mandate means everything. The hopes and expectations rise up to the heavens. Understandably, all of us wish that I could perform miracles – by waving my hands and all our problems will be solved. I hear you. I feel your pulse. For your sake I keep awake at night, sometimes having palpitations about not letting you down. Well, since God is the Miracle Worker, I will look up to Him in prayer and faith as we all start the work ahead of us. I see and feel all the humungous challenges. I know the lean financial base of the state. I know the limitations imposed upon a subnational state such as Anambra by the peculiar structure of our federation. But here’s my promise: I will give it my all. I will work very hard every day, with you, to make Anambra proud. Every kobo of your tax money will be deployed to provide you maximum value.

People ask me why we are not celebrating today as it has become customary. My response is that we all—party members, supporters, family and friends– celebrated in thanksgiving and prayers after you decided to employ me last November 6 and 9. But today, my first day at work, is not a day for celebration. First, there is no venue that can contain the tens of thousands of Ndi Anambra and friends all over the world who would wish to join us on this historic occasion. Second, the State cannot afford any such expensive ceremonies. Third, and as a matter of personal philosophy and as a true progressive, I do not subscribe to using the paltry tax collected from the women selling pepper on the roadside or the okada/keke drivers on a fleeting fanfare and banquet.

I insisted that this event must not cost the government of Anambra one kobo. I would rather use such resources to lay the foundation stone for a public hospital at Okpoko or elsewhere or empower our security agents to fight criminality. Today, I come with a sober heart, conscious of the enormity of responsibilities on our shoulders and the challenges ahead.

Yes, there will be a time to celebrate. We will celebrate when: security of life and property is guaranteed and law and order restored; every child of schooling age is in school; every school child is receiving the 21st century education for the digital age; everyone, especially children and women can access quality healthcare; the cost of doing business is down to near zero; our roads are tarred and we have an efficient transportation system with no one having to wait in traffic for more than a few minutes; we have access to 24 hour electricity; our streets are clean and green; our cities, communities and markets are planned and cleaned; the many millions of Charlie Nwamgbafors and the vulnerable persons are lifted up to realize their God given potential; all our pensioners receive their gratuities;, workers are paid their leave allowances and contractors are paid; our youth can get jobs and business opportunities; the youth in Okpoko ‘Zone 9’ become global serial entrepreneurs; poverty is near zero and income levels rising…etc. Yes, I will not celebrate, and certainly not with the tax payers’ money.

Umunne m Ndi Anambra!
I come to this job prepared to serve you. For 12 years since 2009 when I first indicated interest to serve you, I persevered through the turbulent politics and here we are. Once again, I present to you the Soludo Solution—our contract with the people which we intend to vigorously implement subject to resource availability.

Our contract with Anambra people derives from three seminal documents: (a) “Anambra Vision 2070—a 50-Year Development Plan” which I chaired the drafting; (b) “The Soludo Solution: A People’s Manifesto for a Greater Anambra”; and (c) “The Transition Committee (Combined) Report”—which built upon the first two.

In sum, this is an agenda for an itinerant tribe in search of a livable and prosperous homeland. Driven by the philosophy of One Anambra, One People, One Agenda, our goal is to build Anambra into a livable and prosperous smart megacity. We aim to transit beyond petroleum into the digital world of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and envision Anambra as an industrial, technology, and leisure/entertainment hub of West Africa.

Our detailed Plan rests on five key pillars: law and order (homeland peace and security); economic transformation as Nigeria’s next axis of industrial-tech and leisure; competitive and progressive social agenda (education, health, youth, women and vulnerable groups); Governance, rule of law and a rebirth of our value system; and aggressively tackling our existential threat posed by the environment—towards a clean, green, planned and sustainable cities, communities, and markets. For me, this agenda is also personal: I am here to build a society where I would be proud to live in after leaving office.