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|ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by lagcity(m): 6:55am On Apr 08, 2012|
BY ENYIM ENYIM
PRINCE Chuma Ojukwu is an Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, chieftain in Anambra state. He is one of those working silently to change the ruling party in that state to the Action Congress of Nigeria. He is a die hard supporter and right hand man of former governor turned Senator Dr Chris Ngige. According to him, the party to beat in that state today is the ACN
In this interview , he bared his mind on the recent Enugu Court of Appeal judgement on the election petition by former Minister of Information, Prof Dora Akunyili against Senator Chris Ngige and other burning national issues.
ON the Court of Appeal in Enugu striking out the petition of Prof. Dora Akunyili against Senator Chris Ngige.
First, that court of Appeal judgment is justice for democracy. That the judgment that gave Senator Chris Ngige Victory against Prof. Dora Akunyili is a victory for the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and shows that ACN is the party to beat in future. It has brightened the hope of ACN for the next general elections in the country.
Secondly, that judgment shows that the judiciary is still alive to its primary duty of dispensing justice in Nigeria, and I say a big Kudos to the Nigerian Judiciary particularly the Enugu Court of Appeal that refused to compromise their duty for any reason. I advice other judges and magistrates to follow that step in the dispensation of justice in their respective courts.
PRINCE Chuma Ojukwu
For 13 years now there has been no local government election in Anambra state. What is ACN’s position on this?
It is very unfortunate that the past and present governments in the state have not deemed it necessary to conduct local government elections in Anambra state. It is against the tenets of democracy and the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria where section 7 stipulates that there shall be democratically elected local government chairmen and councilors at the local government level.
And the reason is to make sure that democracy dividend would be enjoyed by the people at the grass roots. So, the non conduct of council poll in the state has denied the people at the grassroots democracy dividend. I must tell you that the non conduct of the local government election has in no small way slowed down development in the 21 council areas of the state. If the present government in the state truly has the interest, the welfare of the people at heart, it should as a matter of urgency conduct the local government election before this year runs out.
Government’s flimsy excuses
The people of Anambra, paticularly members of my party, the ACN are tired of government’s flimsy excuses for not conducting the council poll.
What is your take on running the 21 local governments in the state with transition care taker committee chairmen?
You see, running the local governments with transition caretaker committee members is unconstitutional, ultra vies and an aberration. It is a breach on the provision of the 1999 constitution as amended. Again, the House of Assembly members are not helping issues as they have continued to not only approve the setting up of transition committee members but elongated their tenure to 12 months.
And I tell you that Anambraians, even those in APGA are not comfortable with the political arrangement at the third tier of government. The law makers should reverse themselves in the laws that have given the governor the power to appoint caretaker committees to run the local governments or face recall by the people of their respective constituencies.
Is it proper for the federal government to continue to release council allocation to the Anambra State?
It is not proper. The Federal Government should stop releasing the local government allocation to the state government until the council poll is held. That money is supposed to go directly to democratically elected chairmen in the 21 local governments of the state for even development of the council areas.
I thank God that the Senate and the House of Representatives have already kicked against the release of the allocation of local government to the state government. And I urge them not to relent in their struggle to make sure that this comes to fruition.
What is your take on the state/local government joint account?
My take on that is that it should be scrapped. The joint account has not favoured the local governments.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by lagcity(m): 6:57am On Apr 08, 2012|
2015 no go easy ooo.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by Mynd44: 7:07am On Apr 08, 2012|
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by strangerf: 7:10am On Apr 08, 2012|
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by MrGlobe(m): 7:28am On Apr 08, 2012|
Continue living in deciet. Both ACN and APGA cannot win elections again In Anambra state. Only Ngige has the power to win elections in ANY political power. Tunubu and his kinsmen has no place. Neither does obi
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by ektbear: 6:36pm On Apr 08, 2012|
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by lagcity(m): 5:01am On Apr 09, 2012|
Sorry, bro. u r screwed. Ngige can win election and also happens to be a member of ________ party. Tinubu is going to suck Anambra's oily bosoms dry
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by ektbear: 5:19am On Apr 09, 2012|
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by nanos: 5:58am On Apr 09, 2012|
Ngige and Tinubu may be in the same party but they are miles apart in williness. Ngige is just using ACN to ride to his destination. When he gets there he will drop them like hot potato.
Did he not tell us recently that he is first an Igbo man before an ACN member?
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by ektbear: 6:09am On Apr 09, 2012|
Why on earth are you quoting or responding to me?
You don't know what motivated my laughter.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by Ejine(m): 6:15am On Apr 09, 2012|
An ACN party member boasts about his party, and people are doing cartwheels in jubiliation? Hmmm. . . Cool, cool.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by Ejine(m): 6:24am On Apr 09, 2012|
By the way, the posts on that Vanguard page are quite eye-opening. I shall quote some of them, for posterity sake.
Hope you're ready
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by Afam4eva(m): 6:52am On Apr 09, 2012|
I want to believe it's the other way around. Ngige would have probably won the election representing just about any political party because people voted for him and not the party.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by Nobody: 1:23pm On Apr 09, 2012|
As far as anambra politics is concerned,it is the party that benefits from ngige and not ngige from the party.
|Re: ACN, Not APGA Is The Party To Beat In Anambra – Ojukwu by lagcity(m): 5:17pm On Apr 09, 2012|
That's what some Igbos have been saying since 2006 when Ngige joined ACN. It is wishful thinking becos Ngige is not leaving ACN. Must every Igbo politician join APGA? You guys need to chill for real. Ngige is ACN, deal with it!
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