The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has urged two governors from the South-east to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The group said that if at least two Igbo governors should join the APC, the region would have an edge over other southern zones in the bid for presidency in 2023.
OYC’s statement was contained in a press release signed and made available to ORIENTAL TIMES by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike respectively.
The group said “Igbo Youths observed that in other to have an edge over other Southern Zones over 2023 Presidency, We insists that at least two South East Governors or State should decamp to APC, and authoritatively already talks had begun in with some critical stakeholders to actualized this political balance in the South East, at least with three South East PDP Governors and Two South East APC Governors before first quarter of 2021, knowing fully well that Bayelsa election may strengthen South/South having two APC states ahead of 2023 if care is not taken, South East understood the importance of having two APC states ahead of 2023.”
In the statement, they also commended some of the political leaders from the Southeast who are enjoying cordial relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, irrespective of party affiliation, noting that based on political antecedents, Igbos have traditionally identified with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA, for almost two decades of Nigeria’s democracy until former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha decamped to APC, where he finished his tenure as governor.
“We are independently sure that with two APC Governors from the South East, it will strengthen our collective bargain for a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 in both PDP and APC, and Urge Igbos to use ” anya Dee Nwamuo Lee ihe nno n’akpa” let’s despise the flaws of the past and flush it into the dustbin of history, and We surely get two Igbo Presidential materials to fly PDP and APC tickets, especially those with the same pedigrees of Great Zik of Africa,” OYC said.
BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC
At least nine members of the Imo state house of assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Colins Chiji, the speaker, read the defection letters of the lawmakers who are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA) on Tuesday.
The house was not in session when the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor, replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.
Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March election, is of the PDP while Uzodinma is a member of the APC.
The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema), Paul Emeziem (Onuimo).
Those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) while Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.
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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election As Benue Gov
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.
Another member of the panel, Justice Dattijo Mohammed, is reading the judgment in relation to the governorship dispute in Admawa State.
Buhari Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict On Kano, Plateau
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement on governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states.
President Buhari said it would have been disastrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party had lost Kano and Plateau states at the Supreme Court.
The president stated this in his congratulatory message to the APC over the apex court judgement that upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor Simon Lalong.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors.
“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates. Election is good when they win.
“The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire