No fewer than 20,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State were among those who defected from the party on Sunday to the People’s Democratic Party Party (PDP) in Enugu State.
The former APC faithful followed the APC Enugu East senatorial candidate in the last election, Lawrence Ezeh, popularly known as Prince of Mburubu, who also dumped the party, back to the PDP.
Ezeh and his followers were received at an impressive reception by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Ugwuanyi described the move back to the party as a “family affair.”
“Enugu State PDP is one united family. You left and you are now back. We welcome you back and say that we are happy, because you are very important to us,” the governor told Prince Ezeh and members of his campaign organisation, Aka Ekpuchi Onwa Campaign Organisation and the former APC members.
Ezeh had earlier thanked Nkanu East chapter of the party as well as the state and the government.
He also expressed gratitude to the Governor for keeping tab on him all through the period he was absent from the party.
“Before the elections, we were together; after the elections, we were also together, because you never allowed me to rest until I agreed to return to the PDP,” Ezeh said.
Ezeh was a frontline member of the PDP in Enugu State, but defected from the party in 2018, when he dumped the party for the APC after he failed to secure the PDP ticket to contest Enugu East senatorial seat.
He was defeated by a former governor of the state, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, who won the election held on February 23, 2019.
Prince of Mburubu is the CEO of Buzuzu Construction Company Limited, Port Harcourt.
He became the favourite of his people after using his personal funds to construct a 4.5 kilometer road in his Mburubu community, with ditches and street lights.
Ezeh has also been in the limelight for the grading of link roads in Nkanu land as well as granting lifetime scholarships to more than 67 students in Enugu State.
VIDEO: The Hilarious Moment Wike Publicly ‘Disgraced’ Oshiomhole In Abuja
Governor Nyesom Wike and National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole were at each other’s throat at the official presentation of “The Big Interviews,” a book authored by the immediate past Managing Director of the Sun Publishing Limited, Mr Eric Osagie.
The Drama started after Oshiomhole was called to make a few remarks before the unveiling of the compendium. In his characteristic manner, Oshiomhole drew applause from the crowd with his delivery, as he called on media practitioners to be more courageous particularly when taking on men in power.
Citing an instance when a foreign journalist once took on an unnamed Nigerian President a few years ago on the scourge of population control, Oshiomhole said the ex-President was wrong to have spoken on the subject matter when Nigerians were yet to be told the number of his children and wives.
“How could he speak on population control when Nigerians didn’t even know the number of his wives, both registered and unregistered? Nigerians didn’t know the number of his children and I think leaders should learn to practice what they preach,” Oshiomhole stated.
Although his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP counterpart, Prince Uche Secondus managed to fire a few salvos in response, it was Wike who brought the capacity-filled Atiku Abubakar Auditorium, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, venue of the book launch, down with laughter and excitement.
“Let me begin from where the APC national chairman stopped,” he began, in his trademark voice. “Where are some of you who did Occupy Nigeria? Do you still write and speak the way you used to do? Who are those now sponsoring all manner of bills against free speech?” he asked as Oshiomhole and his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun reeled in laughter. Continuing, Wike chided the APC chair for what he called a deliberate ploy to mislead Nigerians into thinking that he still wears the khaki of old when he was a labour leader, saying “the kind of safari he wears now are different.”
Governor Wike also took the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside to the cleaners who in his earlier remark, called on journalists to portray Nigeria in a good light in their reportage.
According to the NIMASA boss, investors could easily look away from Nigeria if reports by journalists continue to paint the country in a bad light.
Responding, however, Wike said: “Without the states, there can be no Nigeria. You want people to speak well of the country but you are running down your own state. Practice what you preach.”
Although, Peterside had left when the governor stated this, having earlier excused himself to attend to “some important official issues.”
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See Me Now Eating In Prison, Orji Kalu Tells Visitor
It has been reported that Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, senator representing Abia North, who was penultimate week convicted by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for N7.65 billion fraud while he held sway as Abia State governor only recently came to terms with the reality of his new condition.
Although Kalu, who happens to be the Chief Whip in the upper chamber of the National Assembly has become a prison inmate since his conviction, Sentry gathered that the reality of his new condition did not dawn on him until some of his associates began to visit him in the prison.
It would be recalled that the former governor reportedly asked the prison officials who led him out of the court after the judge pronounced his conviction: “Where are we going now?”
A few days after he landed in prison, one of his business associates was said to have paid him a sympathy visit but was shocked at the pitiable picture cut by the former governor, who was said to be wearing a pair of bathroom slippers.
“See me now eating in the prison,” a pensive Kalu reportedly told his visitor, who struggled to find the words that could console him.
An erstwhile colleague of his as governor, who spent some time in incarceration, also visited him. The flamboyant ex-governor advised him to stay strong and regard his travails as another phase of life.
It was gathered that the former Abia State governor has been moved from Lagos to the Kuje Prison in Abuja for reasons no one could fathom.
I Am A He-Goat — Oshiomhole Declares
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), has debunked reports that he was placed under house arrest and also described himself as the ‘he-goat’ of Edo politics.
Oshiomhole spoke Friday afternoon, while addressing journalists at his Benin GRA residence, where Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a new APC convert from the PDP, was presented to him by Hillard Etta, the national vice chairman (south-south) of the party.
A rally to receive Iyamu into the APC fold had held earlier, in a venue different from the one police disapproved.
Oshiomhole did not attend the rally.
He said he was not surprised he was the butt of attacks by some within the party, because, like the proverbial he-goat, he will always be at the receiving end of the party’s crisis in the state.
“I saw that they write a story from the Government House that I’m under house arrest. You can see, either way, they want to make me look like the proverbial he-goat.
“In the traditional Nigerian society, when the family child is sick, and you go and consult the traditional native doctor, he will ask them to sacrifice a he-goat, so that witches and wizards will not kill the child.
“On the hand, when a baby is born or they are celebrating birthday or something good is happening to the family, they get a he-goat, they slaughter and celebrate. So, either way, the he-goat is in trouble.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC, with Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers, and to them, we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses we have,” Oshiomhole said.
Oshiomhole said he stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party.
“Our party doesn’t believe in rigging, certainly not in this state. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is not threat, the name of the game is persuasion. That day, everybody is equal,” he said.
Oshiomhole who blamed the state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, for the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, however noted that the real victim of the crisis will be Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“The real man who is the executioner of violence is Philip Shaibu, but he doesn’t understand that the real damage is to his Principal, and his Principal is not able to see through their own frustration,” he said.
He however insisted that members of the party must work to sustain peace.
“There will be peace. Today we have tested that, but I wasn’t there, which shows that this peace is not in the hands of one man. Once the party below is united, that is what matters and that is what we have displayed today, where people from all parts of the state came with one objective, to welcome people into the party.
“You have tension when you find out that the local party members are fighting each other, because, party membership, you can remain there as long as you obey the rules of the party.
“There is no limit for being a member of APC, but there is limit for being chairman, there is limit for being governor and there is limit to the tenure of being president, but there is no limit for being a member.
“So, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace. That is why I opted not to go there today,” he said.