Wednesday, 9 February 2011

INEC drops Gov Chime - one of the PDP's most popular Governor!


New Generation Africa understands that INEC move is bound to cause big revolt in Enugu State and PDP will be the definite loosers if they go ahead and try to unseat the current Governor. Governor Chime is so popular and so loved by Enugu State citizens it will be a very big mistake for PDP to try and present another candidate to fly the parties flag in Enugu state.  His government is credited with transforming the State and  He is regarded as the most successful Governor in the history of the State. 
According to the people interviewed by New Generation Africa in the streets of the state Capital, they told us that Governor Chime is the peoples Governor, He has done more for the state than any Governor in the State's history.  
They also told us that any attempt to unseat the current Governor will surely bring choas and mass demonstrations to the state comparable to what is currently happening in Egypt. 

They praised his achievement and approach to governace, one of them said "Now you can drive around Enugu because he built all the roads, He brough life back to the State, He is attracting investors and creating new jobs in the State, Crime is down dramatically, Night life is back in the capital, He is the Governor, He is the peoples choice, He is a shining light and he is loved in Enugu State and beyond". 
Another woman told us "I am very angry to hear that, Nobody stands a chance against him in a fair democratic process or in the forthcoming election because he will win with a landslide and any attempt to unseat him from office will cause an uprising in this State". 

*Ekweremadu and Ayogu too; *Daniel dumps PDP today, *PDP asks Court to vacate order restraining Gov Gbenga’s factionABEOKUTA—GOVERNORS Sullivan Chime and Adebayo Alao-Akala of Enugu and Oyo States were, yesterday, pondering their options after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, dropped them and their loyalists from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, list for the forthcoming general elections.
The INEC move came as Governor Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State who, alongside his loyalists, were dropped from the PDP list for the election prepared to dump the PDP for the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, today.

Governor Daniel who is President Goodluck Jonathan’s Southwest campaign co-ordinator was conspicuously absent at the flagging off of the Southwest presidential campaign rally in Ibadan yesterday. He was supposedly prevented from attending the rally by his loyalists who besieged his Sagamu residence to protest the INEC’s decision to recognize the faction loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Delisting of Chime’s faction
Among those trapped by the development in Enugu were the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senate spokesman Senator Ayogu Eze and other members of the Chime faction who were de-listed from the candidates’ list first published on Monday.
The Sullivan Chime Campaign Organisation was, nevertheless, hopeful, expressing confidence that Chime would retain the PDP flag at the end of on-going legal tussle.
INEC had displayed the list of 12 governorship candidates of various political parties including Governor Chime as PDP’s flag bearer at its Independence Layout office at about 2.00 p.m on Monday following which  his supporters stormed the INEC office in jubilation. But five hours later, precisely at 7.00 p.m, the commission removed names of the governor and his running mate, Sunday Onyebuchi from the list.
Angered by the development, some youths suspected to be supporters of the governor, according to a security personnel attached to the commission, removed the names of other governorship candidates and their running mates pasted on the walls.
The commission said it had a directive from Abuja to remove Chime’s name from the list because he was not the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Enugu State, Dr. Josiah Uwazuruonye, who confirmed the development, said the withdrawal followed the litigations trailing the conduct of PDP primaries in the state, adding that the removal of Chime’s name was in accordance with the directive from the INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of legal services, Mr. Philip Umeadi that the name be withdrawn without further delay.
List sent in error —Umeadi
Uwazuruonye added: “I got a call from the National Commissioner in charge of legal matters, Mr.  Philip Umeadi, who told me that the list of Enugu State was sent in error and that we are supposed not to have even displayed it in the first place because of the cases going on in courts.  He asked me to arrange for the withdrawal of the list and I accordingly directed the officer in-charge of legal matters to withdraw it immediately.”
Although he added that the commission was yet to substitute the name, the REC said that the commission would await further directive, especially on the suit instituted by Chief Anayo Onwuegbu against the acceptance of Chime and others as candidates in the state.
Onwuegbu and 38 other candidates elected by the group loyal to the deposed National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo had on January 31 secured an injunction from the Federal High Court, Abuja restraining the party and INEC from accepting the candidature of Chime and others produced by his group, insisting that they (the plaintiffs) were the rightful candidate produced by the authentic executive of the party, which emerged from her state congresses and subsequent primary elections.
The governor and his legal team had last week filed necessary papers at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking to be joined in the matter before Justice Abdul Kafarati, but the Court at the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, held that the order restraining the PDP and INEC from accepting any candidate of the party other than Onwuegbu and others on his list, should subsist till Monday when the case would be revisited.
Vanguard learnt that the decision by the INEC leadership to withdraw the list followed the protest to the Commission’s Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega by Onwuegbu and the other candidates from his group, who threatened to commence contempt proceeding against the Commission and PDP for displaying the governor’s name in disobedience to the subsisting court order.
However, in his reaction through his Campaign Organization’s Director of Media and Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, said Governor Chime was not perturbed at all, stressing that he was confident of emerging the flag bearer of the party when the issue must have been sorted out
Ugwoke said: “We have heard such unconfirmed report about withdrawal of the governor’s name but if it is true, then it is, perhaps, in strict compliance with due process and full observance of the rule of law. It does not vitiate the irreducible fact that Governor  Sullivan Chime was duly nominated by PDP and had since filled and returned his nomination form to INEC. We’re quite certain that in the fullness of time, other legal issues will be sorted out and we shall all be witnesses to the final verdict and the corresponding commencement of other electoral activities.”
Delisting of Akala
Governor Alao-Akala was de-listed from the gubernatorial election by INEC following a court order restraining the electoral body from recognizing him and other candidates of the party who emerged after a controversial State Congress.
On Monday, a Federal High Court in Ibadan warned the commission that it would be guilty of contempt of court if it failed to obey the court order asking it not to accept any nomination of person for any election in Oyo State through any primary election purportedly conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party.
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