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Eze Pleads with Jonathan to discountenance the plot to lure him into 2023 election

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Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has again expressed misgivings on the trending ploy to contract former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan into the 2023 presidential race, the media consultant described proponents of the scheme as political jobbers and desperados conscripted to rubbish the hard earned integrity and reputation of the ex Nigeria leader. He called on Dr. Jonathan and Niger Delta leaders to be weary of such satanic conspiracy which he said would be fatal to the growth and development of the oil rich region. He described such a plot as a scheme to deny the South its rightful two terms come 2023.

 

Eze maintained that those canvassing and plotting this satanic plot is to make the Southern section of Nigeria to only be entitled to one Term and for power to be shifted to the North after his single term if he wins the 2023 election. To me, this group and her supporters should bury such thought as this plot is already dead on arrival.

 

On the future of the politics of Nigeria, I must reiterate that the zoning principle based on the spirit of equity, fairness and goodness must be sustained and encouraged. Here, Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau and other great leaders of this country who have continued to voice their support that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria need to be commended and congratulated as anything short of this is invitation to anarchy.

 

Eze in another development expressed a deep sense of disappointment over the crop of defectors from Rivers State, APC who recently left the APC to pitch their tents with the People’s Democratic Party. He said the multitude of trashes presented as reasons for their departure from the APC can at best be described as mere balderdash and destitute of reality, only meriting the waste bin.

 

In a statement made available to media houses, the party chief lashed at the former progressives whom he described as lacking in the minimum standard sense of reasoning prescribed for every human of average intelligence, for failing to strike a balance between the head and the heart and say ‘no’ when occasion demanded, stressing that such is the ultimate standard of measurement for real men with will power.

 

Eze said, one would have loved to see a situation where ideological orientation and the love for service to God and humanity precedes self in the decision to resign their membership 0f the APC, stressing that indiscriminate change of party at the slightest provocation without more, merely makes a mockery of basic democratic principles.

 

The party stalwart called on members of the public and party faithful to disregard the misguided individuals whom he described as remnants of the collapsed Abe structure who were willing tools in the hands of the devil and have wrecked more havoc on the Rivers APC especially, the painful denial of Rivers people their fundamental right of choosing their representatives in the parliament and other positions in government.

 

He counselled politicians to be inspired and driven by the will to serve and make remarkable imprints with which they will be remembered at the end of their voyage in the public space, rather than randomly jump parties for the sole purpose of grabbing public offices to impoverish the citizens and leave the masses in perpetual squalor without a hint of remorse.

 

Similarly, the party bigwig hailed former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, who left the perforated umbrella that could no longer shield them in rainy days, for the progressives’ family over the weekend.  He said the former PDP members had very basic and genuine grievances for leaving their former political organization to join the APC especially, given the obvious fact that Rivers people have been denied every benefit accruable to them in a democracy under the PDP/Wike led state government.

 

Former Governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (2015), Chief Hon. Ibinabo Michael West; former Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Dr. John Bazie and former Member, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dr. Ipalibo Bereto George were among people of goodwill and patriots who joined the Rivers APC and were received by the South-South leader of the party and Nigeria’s Transportation Minister, HE., Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON.

 

Others are: erstwhile Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Barr. Chima Obinna; Chief Salvation Ezegwogwo and former Chairman, Implementation Committee on Business Place Registration, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Johnny Soye Lulu Barango.

 

Congratulating the new entrants, Eze urged them to mobilize their wealth of experience towards the ongoing rebuilding process aimed at stabilizing the party to take over the Brick House in 2023.

 

He called on leaders and members across board to participate in the membership revalidation exercise and woo others to join the progressives family and obtain their membership slip for identification and record purposes, stressing that the move is aimed at strengthening the party and repositioning it for better future outings.

 

In a separate development, the party chieftain commended President Mohammadu Buhari and members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the dissolution of all zonal, state, LGA and ward structures and committees of the party, to give room for a holistic overhaul of the system and resolution of all crisis ravaging the various chapters of the party in the country.

 

He commended the extension of the tenure of the Mai Buni led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC by six months, stressing that the elongation will allow the party put modalities in place for a successful national convention as well as a hitch free planned nation wide membership revalidation exercise billed to commence soon.

 

Eze counseled the leadership of the party to be fair to all sections of the country in considering the appropriate zone due for the 2023 presidency. He said such critical decision is pivotal to the electoral chances of the party in the next general elections and thus, called on the party to play fairly and safely too for the good of all.

 

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Sunday, during the inauguration of the executive committee members of a political pressure group; the Amaechi Vanguard, Chief Eze, represented by Hon. Benson Nwachukwu, said the position of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi in the hearts of Nigerians remain incontrovertible, considering the giant strides he is making to the pride of Nigeria and indeed, Nigerians.

 

He cautioned those scheming to destroy the Rivers APC in a bid to rubbish the Minister to have a rethink and desist from such untoward endeavor, reiterating that such plots will always turn out to be wasteful ventures and efforts in futility. He called on all stakeholders to join hands with the Minister to reposition the party in Rivers state into a better, strong and virile All Progressives Congress, for the general good of Rivers people.

 

Ends

 

Signed

 

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

APC Chieftain & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP

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Buni Replies Akande, Says APC Membership Revalidation Constitutional

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The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, yesterday took issue with the former Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, over his criticism of the ongoing membership registration and revalidation.
Buni, responding to Akande’s Wednesday comments that the exercise is a needless and an unnecessary waste of funds, described the membership drive as a constitutional provision and a strategic measure by the committee to give existing and new members a sense of belonging.
However, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lauded Akande for exposing what it called the fraud in the APC’s membership drive.
Akande had described the exercise as an indefensible aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions.
He also described the exercise as a waste of money considering the economic situation of the country.
But Buni, in a statement yesterday by his Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Mr. Mamman Mohammed, said the registration and revalidation would assist the party to generate a valid, accurate and up-to-date data on party membership to enhance and support its planning process.
He stated: “Since the initial exercise in 2014, the party has not registered new members nor updated the personal information of our existing members as provided for by the constitution.
“The registration exercise gives our new members a sense of belonging and the existing members will update their information while those who left the party will have their names removed from the party register.”
Buni added that the party has succeeded in building a new confidence among its members and reassuring them of new hope.
He noted that the focus of the caretaker committee is to strengthen the party through a bottom-up approach and to carry everyone on board.
According to him, the caretaker committee has reconciled many aggrieved members and factions across the country, including the Zamfara State factions among others and bringing in prominent politicians into APC, including the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi.
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Omoyele Sowore And His Accomplice Needs To Learn From Bobi Wine Of Uganda

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By: Giwa Murtala Omotola
Music star turned grassroot politician stands as the strongest candidate challenging the 76 year old former rebel leader who seized power in 1986 and has held onto it since. The rebel commander was just 41 years old when he seized power, promising Ugandans security, a stronger economy and a better future. Bobi is the major and most popular candidate that has summoned the courage to stop the longtime President Yoweri Museveni’s bid to win a sixth term. Bobi had done more than enough despite a harrowing experience during electoral campaigns.
Before his entry into politics, Bobi Wine was a self styled “ghetto president”.
He grew up in Kamwokya, a slum in the centre of Kampala. It was when he was still in Kampala that he began making music, producing a number of reggae, pop and hip hop hits. But his music became increasingly political over time. In songs such as Rise Up and Freedom, he complained about corruption and called for change.
He didn’t go for the presidential seat first not because he was not popular then, he started as member of parliament in 2017 representing Kyadondo East, winning by a landslide in a bye election. He went there to gather influence and to have a voice before forging ahead. In a series of bye elections he campaigned for candidates who defeated hopefuls from the NRM.
Bobi have been singing for almost 20 years. He was very popular with his lyrics and styles, he has dropped numerous change messages through his ‘rab dhaba’ music style, So it’s as if he has been campaigning, all his musical career. His song Tuliyambala Engule (We Shall Wear the Victor’s Crown) has become one of the campaign’s unofficial anthems. Bobi have been aiming the seat for long, that’s the reason why he started from the grassroot.
He is different from Sowore and some other accidental politicians that cannot win a single polling unit not to talk of ward during election. Bobi wine party NUP has structures everywhere unlike Sowore a structureless politician. Bobi Wine party have members in the parliament, they won most of the bye elections in Uganda, Bobi Wine also emerge through bye election.
He established an independent tallying centre to check against potential rigging. Whereas some of the noisemakers don’t have polling unit agent, in my polling unit Sowore party don’t have polling unit agent, there is nobody to check if he was rigged out or not. You can only see him monitoring election on social media.
Bobi started his political career as member of parliament, his party have won numerous elections in Uganda. Most of our Youth in Nigeria don’t want to start from the grassroot, they want to be president overnight without proper permutation and adequate calculation. Bobi was not planning any revolution, he came out to defeat Museveni through the ballot not protesting on daily basis to disrupt public peace and gain unnecessary attention.
Upon our agitation for effective leadership and good governance in Nigeria, none of our politicians have single handedly ruled for 30 years even during military era there was change of leadership. Uganda deserve change in leadership there is no doubt about that, Museveni needs to step aside for another person to come on board. Its crystal clear that seeking re-election for another sixth term in office is a rape on African democracy.
It is widely believed that Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is being lined up to take over from him. Kainerugaba is currently the commander of the Special Forces, which is tasked with protecting the president. The era of Museveni needs to end. Museveni want to turn Uganda to a monarchical state.
Finally, Sowore and his cohorts needs to have a rethink, they need to go to the grassroot like the way Bobi Wine is presently doing now in Uganda, there is no polling unit on social media, election can only be won through the ballot not media ranting.
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House impeaches Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’

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The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a swift and bipartisan condemnation of the President’s role inciting last week’s riot at the US Capitol.

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump exactly one week after rioters forced lawmakers to flee from the very chamber in which they cast ballots in the fourth presidential impeachment in US history — and the first time a President has been impeached twice. Ten Republicans, including the House’s No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined all Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
While impeachment won’t force Trump from office — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Trump won’t face his trial until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week — the vote was a visceral response from lawmakers in both parties furious at Trump after a deadly pro-Trump mob overran Capitol Police, ransacked the US Capitol and put the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in danger last week.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
The speed of the vote and the Republican support underscores the fury that lawmakers feel about Trump’s role inciting the rioters who overtook the Capitol, who were fueled by Trump’s months of false rhetoric about the election being stolen from him. Cheney’s statement was cited by impeachment supporters and detractors alike Wednesday after she charged that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” urging the President to accept his share of responsibility and “quell the brewing unrest.” McCarthy, however, argued the House should create a bipartisan commission instead of impeachment.
“I believe impeaching the President in such a short timeframe would be a mistake,” McCarthy said. “No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held.”
The division within the Republican Party starkly contrasts the House Democrats’ 2019 impeachment of Trump, when House Republicans were united in opposition. The Republicans besides Cheney voting to impeach Trump on Wednesday were Reps. John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and David Valadao of California.
Rice, a Republican from a conservative district who was not expected to vote for impeachment, said in a statement after the vote that it was the President’s response to the riot that led him to cross the aisle.
“The President has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate,'” Rice said.
“I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable,” the South Carolina Republican added.
In the Senate, McConnell is not planning to bring the Senate back for a trial before January 19, meaning the trial won’t begin until Trump is out of office and Biden has been sworn in.
The majority leader said in a statement following the vote that a trial could not be completed ahead of Biden’s inauguration even if it started beforehand, and he wanted Congress and the executive branch to spend the next week focused on “facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power.”
In a note to his GOP colleagues Wednesday afternoon, McConnell wrote, “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
McConnell has indicated he believes impeaching Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, sources said Tuesday. McConnell is facing a delicate balance — a number of his GOP colleagues have made clear they oppose impeachment and the Kentucky Republican famously loathes anything that divides his conference, according to a source familiar with the matter.
But the source says McConnell is also keenly aware of the moment in history — and the moment for the Republican Party. McConnell’s shift against Trump has been apparent for those watching him closely. He cut off contact with Trump weeks ago and has made clear he has no plans ever to speak to him again.
For House Democrats, the disagreements that divided their caucus on impeachment in 2019 simply never materialized. Democrats quickly coalesced around using impeachment in the final days of Trump’s presidency to serve as a proper response to the President’s conduct and as a way to push for his removal from office before the end of his term, although that scenario looks unlikely.
Pence sent a letter Tuesday saying he would not seek to invoke the 25th Amendment as Democrats had urged, and Trump is not considering resigning.
Pelosi has brushed aside Republican efforts to take a different action, such as censure, in response to Trump’s role in the riot. She named impeachment managers on Tuesday evening, a team of nine Democrats who will be led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, ahead of a likely trial not long after Biden is sworn in. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said late Tuesday the House would send the articles to the Senate immediately.
Democrats only grew more resolute in their push to impeach Trump over the riot as more information has come out about the attack on the Capitol, including violent images of Capitol Police officers being attacked, and the death of a Capitol Police officer. Wednesday’s vote occurred while thousands of National Guard troops were present every nook of the Capitol complex ahead of next week’s inauguration, and they slept on the floors of the Capitol building the night before the impeachment vote.
After the House vote, Trump released a video statement calling for calm as the threat of new riots — which Trump said he’d been briefed on by the Secret Service — casts a pall over Washington. But he did not mention the historic impeachment that had occurred a few hours earlier.
Trump has showed no contrition for his role in last week’s Capitol riot, railing against impeachment on Tuesday in his first public remarks since the incident. A source close to the President said he’s not considering resigning.
“It’s been analyzed,” Trump said of his remarks last week to the crowd before the riots. “People thought what I said was totally appropriate.”

What the trial could look like

Wednesday’s impeachment vote will complicate the opening days of the Biden administration, both in his efforts to reach out to Republicans and because the Senate is likely to be tied up with a trial just as Biden is taking office.
In a statement Wednesday evening, the President-elect noted that “it was a bipartisan vote cast by members who followed the Constitution and their conscience,” before turning to the pandemic.
“This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy,” Biden said. “I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”
Biden is still awaiting word on whether the Senate will be able to do an impeachment trial alongside Cabinet confirmation hearings and Covid-19 relief legislation. Aides say Biden and his team are working behind the scenes with Senate Democrats — and House impeachment managers — to keep the impeachment trial as swift as possible, although the length remains an open question.
Both Biden and Schumer have argued that the Senate will try to divide its days, so the Senate can confirm Biden’s nominees and consider Covid-19 stimulus legislation while also carrying out the impeachment trial.
House impeachment managers are just starting to lay out their strategy for the case they plan to bring and are wary about stepping on the first days of Biden’s presidency.
Several managers told CNN decisions have not been made over a key issue: Whether to seek witnesses and attempt to subpoena documents for the trial, which could prolong it.
But McConnell indicating he’s in no rush to bring the Senate back early into session, House managers have more time to begin their strategy sessions.
Raskin told CNN that they are still assessing whether to seek witnesses.
One possible witness is Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The article of impeachment references Trump’s pressure campaign against the official to “find” the votes necessary to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
Asked if Raffensperger would be called as a witness, Rep. Madeleine Dean, one of nine impeachment managers, said she didn’t “want to preview” the case and they were only just beginning organizational meetings.
Democrats, though, seem to be wary about starting the trial on the same day Biden is sworn into office.
“Certainly not,” Dean said when asked if it would be a good idea to start on January 20. “The President and vice president deserve (their day)… We have to restore a peaceful transfer of power which Donald Trump deliberately incited people against.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.

Source: CNN

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