INEC Lists Obiano, Obaze, Nwoye, 34 Others As Candidates In Nov18 Guber Poll In Anambra

INEC Lists Obiano, Obaze, Nwoye, 34 Others As Candidates In Nov18 Guber Poll In Anambra

Chris Steven, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 37 political parties would be presenting candidates in the Anambra governorship election scheduled for Nov. 18, 2017

In a statement by Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, , its Director of Publicity, INEC released a list of the candidates, with five women vying for the governorship seat.

The list also has eight others vying for the office of Deputy Governor.

The candidates included Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor, with his deputy Nkemakonam Okeke, vying under the flag of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Also on the list are  Oseloka Obaze of the PDP, with Chidi Onyemelukwe, a woman, as his running mate.

It also has Tony Nwoye of the APC, with Dozie Arinze, a woman, as his running mate.

Others on the list are Nwezi Amechi and his running mate Okeke Njideka, a woman, for All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP).

Oby Okafor and her running mate Onyekwuluje Uzoma as candidate for Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) also made the list.

Osita Chidoka, former Minister of Aviation,  is also carrying the flag of United Progressive Party (UPP), with Okeke Ogbonnaya as his running mate.

The rest of the political parties with candidates on the list include Alliance Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Alliance (AA) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).

Others are APDA, African People’s Party (APP), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and Kowa Party.

The Labour Party (LP), as well as Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMM), Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) also have candidates.

Candidates of National Conscience Party (NCP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC), National Unity Party (NUP) and People for Democratic Change (PDC) were also successful.

Also listed as parties with candidates are; the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and United Progressive Party (UPP).

The rest are Young Democratic Party (YDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP).

The Commission, in the statement, also disclosed that it had approved the applications of 44 observer groups, comprising 38 domestic and six international groups, to observe the election.

The international observer groups are the British High Commission, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), American Embassy Abuja, European Union, High Commission of Canada, and African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council.

The domestic groups include African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Centre for Credible Leadership, Citizens Awareness, and the Initiative for Promotion of Civic Obligation Sustainable.

Similarly, the Commission approved the change of name and adjustment of logo of the All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) to AGAP.

The Commission added that it had also approved the issuance of a Certificate of Registration in the name of AGAP to the party.

Meanwhile the Commission has fixed Thursday for a meeting of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Sept. 29 for the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Securities (ICCES) meeting.

Similarly, the Commission would meet with leaders of the political parties on Tuesday and conclude its series of meetings with the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Wednesday.

The meetings are normally held to brief all critical stakeholders on key activities of the Commission.
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We have to fight corruption…before it kills Nigeria soon says Akin Oyebode
Chris Steven, Abuja

Akin Oyebode, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, at the University of Lagos, says there are many problems plaguing Nigeria as country and the real reason he adds that corruption must be fought to a halt before it kills the country soon.

 “If drastic measures are not put in place urgently to contain it, corruption might ultimately result in the mortality of Nigeria as a nation-state”, Oyebode said on Thursday in Lagos.

He was speaking at a roundtable organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Oyebode who delivered a titled “Strategies for Mobilising Mass Action to Demand Anti-Corruption Reforms and an End to Impunity for Grand Corruption in Nigeria” stressed that mass action by the citizens is urgently needed to put pressure on authorities to end impunity for grand corruption in the country.

He said: “The people must be enlisted in the war against corruption. Nigerians should start anti-corruption clubs in schools, radio jingles should be put in place to fight corruption, carry placards, go outside, organise sit-ins like SERAP is doing presently, Nigerians should be mobilised against corruption and now take their destiny in their hands”.

“The fight should not be left alone to organizations like SERAP and when the state wants to attack organisations like SERAP, the masses should fight for them.”

He also condemned the move by the National Assembly to control Non-governmental Organisations through the NGO Bill noting that governments do not want anybody to act as impediment to their thievery activities.

 “The recent attempt by the National Assembly with the NGO bill to control, monitor and eventually sequester CSOs all because of the excuse that some CSOs are corrupt should not be allowed. Cutting off the head is not the cure for headache, the bill is overkill.

“Corruption is now thriving more than ever before, despite the ongoing fight against it. However, international law has really helped with a plethora of laws against corruption, it now behoves on citizens to take advantage of this laws to fight against corruption,” he said.

We have to fight corruption…before it kills Nigeria soon says Akin Oyebode

Akin Oyebode, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, at the University of Lagos, says there are many problems plaguing Nigeria as country and the real reason he adds that corruption must be fought to a halt before it kills the country soon.

 “If drastic measures are not put in place urgently to contain it, corruption might ultimately result in the mortality of Nigeria as a nation-state”, Oyebode said on Thursday in Lagos.

He was speaking at a roundtable organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Oyebode who delivered a titled “Strategies for Mobilising Mass Action to Demand Anti-Corruption Reforms and an End to Impunity for Grand Corruption in Nigeria” stressed that mass action by the citizens is urgently needed to put pressure on authorities to end impunity for grand corruption in the country.

He said: “The people must be enlisted in the war against corruption. Nigerians should start anti-corruption clubs in schools, radio jingles should be put in place to fight corruption, carry placards, go outside, organise sit-ins like SERAP is doing presently, Nigerians should be mobilised against corruption and now take their destiny in their hands”.

“The fight should not be left alone to organizations like SERAP and when the state wants to attack organisations like SERAP, the masses should fight for them.”

He also condemned the move by the National Assembly to control Non-governmental Organisations through the NGO Bill noting that governments do not want anybody to act as impediment to their thievery activities.

 “The recent attempt by the National Assembly with the NGO bill to control, monitor and eventually sequester CSOs all because of the excuse that some CSOs are corrupt should not be allowed. Cutting off the head is not the cure for headache, the bill is overkill.

“Corruption is now thriving more than ever before, despite the ongoing fight against it. However, international law has really helped with a plethora of laws against corruption, it now behoves on citizens to take advantage of this laws to fight against corruption,” he said.