Monday, 1 September 2014

PDP and APGA in war of words to re-elect Jonathan on 2015

apga JJJ
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently battling the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)  who they accused of using the logos of the APGA to campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term presidential election.
Also, the party has asked the Inspector General of Police (IG), Sulieman Abba to compel the party to stop the fraudulent campaign strategy of APGA, where it prints the President’s campaign posters with the APGA flags and logo.
The people of Anambra state under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had over the weekend trooped out in their numbers at the Ekwueme Park Awka where they endorsed and adopted the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr Goodluck Jonathan as their party’s candidate for the 2015 election.
The party, through its national chairman and its Anambra Central Senatorial Candidate in the coming 2015 election, Chief Victor Umeh used the occasion to extend a warm hand of fellowship to the President and his Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for “an accord towards a successful presidential election support in 2015”, Umeh disclosed.
The occasion which was put together by a Non-Governmental Organization, Join Jonathan Journey(JJJ) operating within the party attracted an unprecedented crowd that joined governor, Chief  Willie Obiano to pass their message to Jonathan. 
But addressing newsmen in Abuja last week, the State Chairman of PDP in Anambra State, Chief Ken Emeakayi complained about the rally held  in Awka, the State capital tagged, “APGA Jonathan, Jonathan APGA Rally”, arguing that it is against the Electoral Act as two political parties don't field a candidate for elections.
According to the PDP state chairman, “You cannot campaign for any political party with the logo and pictures of another political party’s candidate. This is fraud. If you want to support President Jonathan, do it, but not to print the President’s picture with the logo of another political party.”
Emeakayi said the billboards that litter the streets of Awka and the rally are all deceptions as the President is not a member of the APGA, explaining that what is happening is against the Electoral Law 2010 (as amended).
He explained that, “the action of APGA by campaigning and printing the billboards of President Jonathan by using the APGA colours and Logo is against section 37 of the Electoral Act. This is capable of nullifying the electoral chances of the President as a PDP candidate in the 2015 presidential elections.
“This is intentional knowing fully well that President Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Sambo are not members of APGA, yet APGA as a political party is printing Jonathan’s posters and billboards on the logo and colour of APGA.
“By the action of APGA National Chairman hoisting and distributing Jonathan’s pictures and with his own pictures under the APGA logo is fraudulent and deceptive as it would confuse Nigerians and make them think that President Jonathan would be contesting the 2015 presidential elections on the platform of APGA as a political party”, he stated.
According to the Anambra State PDP chairman, the most annoying part of it is the Saturday August 30 rally tagged: “Join Jonathan Journey” with the inscription “Jonathan, APGA, APGA Jonathan,” with the pictures of the President, the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh and Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State, under the APGA colours and logo.
On why he dragged the Inspector General of Police to court, he said, “we want him to be alive to his duty by stopping this fraud by APGA as two political parties cannot sponsor a candidate. It is either you are a member of PDP or you join the PDP, as there is nothing as a joint candidate in the operating 2010 Electoral Act as contained in the letters of section 37.
Section 37 of the 2010 Electoral Act states that it is only a political party that sponsors candidates and not two political parties.
Umeh’s Blackmail
The APGA national chairman however warned the state chairman of the PDP to stop making un-complimentary statements about his party which has roundly defeated the PDP in all the elections conducted in the state for the past ten years.
In apparent reference to some politicians who he considered to be unleashing heat on him and APGA in the state, Umeh threatened to reopen the sordid case involving the double murder of the then chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association in Onitsha, Mr Barnabas Igwe and his pregnant wife, Blessing on Sept1, 2001.
A PDP stakeholder in Anambra state told  that Umeh was simply trying to blackmail Emeakayi. Because “Emeakaya has started to challenge the APGA use of GEJ to campaign and trust Umeh as the greatest black mailer of our time wants to use that to blackmail Anambra PDP.”
Commenting on Umeh and the threat to reopen Igwe's case, the PDP stalwart recalled  that Ken Emeakaya (the current PDP Anambra state chairman) was fingered as the person Igwe's wife saw at the scene of the killing of her husband which cost her life and that of her unborn baby.”
Team Nneka Ezeani at Join Jonathan Journey - J.J.J Rally as APGA endorses President GEJ for 2015 
In his welcome address, the director general of the social advocacy group operating in APGA, Hon Ben Oranusi said that JJJ was a vision initiated and executed by Anambra people and the entire Ndigbo who predominantly belong to the APGA.
Hon Oranusi revealed that no singular organization has the capability to pledge the support of Anambra state as they are not on ground and cannot be in control of the army of APGA followers in the twenty-one local government areas.
He urged the governor to take the JJJ message to the other south-east states and indeed the entire nation wherever the Igbos are found to drum support for the re-election of Dr Jonathan. The group also expressed their desire to champion the re-election of the state governor, come 2018, noting that his group is not a creation of the media and has solid base in Igbo-land.
The national leader of JJJ , Chief Ben Obi while speaking at the occasion said emphatically that nobody in Anambra state has the moral right to pledge the support of the state to the president except the governor who has proved to be the messiah the state has waited earnestly for.
The national chairman of APGA who is also an aspirant to the senate, Chief Victor Umeh pointed out that he authorized the formation of the non-governmental organization to carry out advocacy activities within the party.
He recalled that his party in 2011 endorsed president Jonathan and that the party worked tirelessly to ensure that maximum votes was garnered for him.
Chief Umeh noted that APGA is prepared to form an accord with the PDP to deliver Dr Jonathan but not ready to throw the party away as they will contest every other election in 2015 except the presidential election.
He said that every democratic setting allows big and smaller political parties to coexist and that what APGA was doing is commendable.
Iyom Josephine Anenih while extolling the qualities of the president said it is incumbent on Dr Jonathan   to answer the clarion call to take a shot at the presidency for the second tenure.
She stressed the need for collaboration of all lovers of good to ensure a smooth sail for the president in 2015 irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliation.
Iyom used the occasion to commend the Anambra state governor for his wonderful achievements since he assumed office most especially in the area of security which has given the law abiding citizens to actualize their potentials.
The governor, Chief Willie Obiano led the people of the state to endorse Dr Jonathan for his second tenure. He however restated the commitment of the All Progressives Grand Alliance to contest and win every other elective position come 2015.
He said that the people of Anambra state was taking the step to encourage the continuity of Dr Jonathan's transformation agenda which has radically impacted every sector of the economy.
Chief Obiano told the crowd that the former governor, Mr Peter Obi would have attended the occasion, but for the Igbo congress he was attending in abroad.
Prominent politicians across political divide attended the rally put together by JJJ to endorse the second term bid of Dr Jonathan.



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