Guber poll: PDP begins membership drive, targets over 163,000
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra state chapter has kicked off massive membership drive in all the 326 wards in the state with a target of 163,000 new members ahead of the governorship election in the state.
Addressing pressmen at the party headquarters yesterday in Awka, the state PDP Chairman, Hon Ndubisi Nwobu urged electorates to come out and register with PDP, so as to contribute to the development of Anambra.
He said, “The registration exercise is aimed at getting 163,000 new members in addition to old party members in preparetion for governorship election in the state.
“The exercise is not a national issue, but it is in preparation for the governorship election in the state. The local government chairmen would sensitize the electorates and win support for the PDP to emerge victorious in the election.
“We want to ensure people are registered in addition to old members, …to register at least 500 members in each of the 326 wards in the state. We are sensitizing our people to be members of the PDP.
“The local government chairmen will ensure that the membership card gets to the wards and major urban centres including Obosi, Nkpor, Awka etc.”
While warning that there should be no basis to deny anyone who intended to register as a PDP member, Nwobu disclosed that local government and zonal monitoring teams have been set up to ensure compliance in the exercise.
According to him, strategies to employ include placing jingles in radio/TV stations, use of town criers to sensitize people among others in the exercise which would kick off from Tuesday and lasts for seven days.
“PDP does not give out money to influence the electorates like other political parties in the state. Only PDP government will bring needed social, political and economic transformation in the state.
He criticized the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance for the backward and non-infrastructural development in the state, while the All Progressives Congress has deceived the masses with its change mantra characterized by nepotism, insecurity, social disharmony and sufferings among the citizens of Nigeria.
Embattled Nawfia Monarch spits fire, says Igweship stool not vacant.
By Phil Okose Onitsha
The embattled traditional ruler of Nawfia, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, yesterday spit fire, saying that there is no vacancy in the Igwe-ship stool and it is not for sale.
He revealed further that he is consulting with his counsels to know if court action would be taken against those who claimed to have conducted an election to replace him for them to show cause why they should not be jailed for contempt of court.
“As far as I know three people are claiming Igwe-ship throne of Nawfia. So, we are watching the state government because the case is still pending in court.
“We may ask the court for contempt, we are looking into that. We are considering serving form 48 to show cause why they should not be jailed”
Recall that the monarch was suspended and later had his certificate of recognition withdrawn by Governor Willie Obiano, for allegedly going
to Abuja with 12 other traditional rulers to meet with President Mohammadu Buhari without permission from the governor.
Consequently, the embattled monarch dragged the governor to court over the suspension and subsequent withdrawal of his certificate.
As the case is pending in court, the community on 26th March 2021 wanted to conduct an election to substitute the embattled monarch but was stopped by the state government on the ground that there is fear of crisis and security threats in the community.
In a two-page letter, dated March 25, 2021, cancelling the conduct of the election which was sent to the community President General, people
of the Area and to the attention of Chief Nathan Enemuo/comrade Tony Obiesili, by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Hon. Greg I. Obi, he said, “the said election is hereby cancelled.”
The title of the letter read thus, “Re-Re; Notification regarding fixture of March 26, 2021 for the holding of election by Nawfia town indigenes to elect a new Igwe of Nawfia (Eze Nawfia) at Nawfia town hall in line with the constitution of Nawfia town, 2013 and other extant applicable laws.”
In the cancellation letter the Commissioner recalled, “I refer to your letter dated 22nd March, 2021 and received on 23rd March, 2021 on the above subject matter and hereby convey to you the state Government decision as follows, that the said election is hereby cancelled.”
Giving reasons for the cancellation he hinted that, “the cancellation is necessitated by petitions before the state Government alleging violation of the town’s constitution and laid down procedure for Igwe-ship election”
He added further that, “there is imminent security threat regarding the election which can give rise to breakdown of law and order”.
The Commissioner consequently stated that, “it therefore becomes necessary to address the above crucial issues before allowing the election to proceed.”
In the words of the embattled monarch, “as far as I am concern there was no election on March 26 2021 because the Commissioner for Local
Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Greg I. Obi, cancelled the planned election over crises and security threats and besides, the matter over my purported suspension and withdrawal of my certificate by the state government as the Monarch of Nawfia is still pending in court.”
He revealed that the people alleged to have held the election despite the Commissioner’s letter cancelling the election were enemies of progress that have since 2013 been fighting tooth and nail to grab the Igweship stool even by overt or covert means employing kangaroo route.
“Some people who want to hold the community hostage conducted kangaroo town union election in 2013 and in 2019 they repeated it again and the state government repeatedly cancelled the election”
“let it be known that there is no legal NPU in Nawfia pending the determination of suit No. NN/48/2020. I am also challenging my suspension/withdrawal of certificate in suit No. A/273/2020 for my fundamental human right in suit No. A/263/2020 and now suit No. A/53/2021, asking for the interpretation of 2007 Traditional Rulers’ law, if due process was followed in accordance with this law”.
The monarch reiterated that it is extremely imperative to know that as far as these cases are pending in court, he remains the monarch of
Nawfia adding, “this case is even better than those of Onitsha and Nteje towns.”