Controversial Mrs. Ekwunife backs down, withdraws case against APGA’s Willie Obiano

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Mrs. Uche Ekwunife backs down, withdraws case against APGA’s Willie Obiano

By Chido Nwangwu

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“I withdrew the suit in deference to pressure from my family, my state governor, friends, colleagues, clergymen, royal fathers, well-wishers and the larger interest of our great party, APGA. I have instructed my lawyers to terminate forthwith Suit No. GHC/ AWK/CS/ 281/2013, which we instituted at the Federal High Court, Awka”, says Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, a failed aspirant in the August 26 APGA governorship primaries in Anambra State of Nigeria.

She had filed a suit, a few day’s before this Saturday (November 30, 2013) INEC sanControversial Mrs. Ekwunife backs down, withdraws case against APGA’s Willie Obiano

ctioned supplementary elections, demanding that INEC invests her with the flag bearer’s mantle deriving from what she alleges as Obiano’s “double registration” in Lagos and Aguleri. She had asked the court to declare her, therefore, as the bona fide candidate of the party emerging from the November 16 governorship election, which was assessed by INEC as “inconclusive” — yet relevant to note that APGA’s Obiano led the votes by a wide margin.

The controversial Mrs. Ekwunife, a member of the federal House of Representatives, came second in the primaries, losing to the party’s flag bearer Chief Willie Obiano, added in her latest statement that: “I also dissociate myself from all other suits, in any form or colour, against our party’s candidate, Chief Willie Obiano, by any person or persons, group or groups before now or in the future.”

USAfricaonline.com and IgboEvents news index (November 25-29, 2013) show that many of her fellow APGA party leaders and activists
accused her of unhealthy, fierce ambition and hurting the party’s collective interests.

Obiano first met Ekwunife at the 19th anniversary of USAfrica and the USAfrica Best of Africa awards where Obiano was honored as Banker of the Year 2012; alongside dignitaries such as Nigeria’s deputy Speaker Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, U.S Congressman

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Obiano’s opponents from the APC (Dr. Chris Ngige), Labour Party (Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah) and PDP (Mr. Tony Nwoye) boycotted the November 30 supplementary elections taking place mainly in Ngige’s main districts of relative strength. They allege irregularities and lack of voting materials in some stations. Obiano’s vote tally from INEC has since put him on a commanding, insurmountable lead with at least 17 local governments (out of 21). They have also threatened to go to court over disagreements on the conduct and fairness of the elections — an arena where APGA Chairman Victor Umeh has said the aggrieved parties should go to election tribunals.

Obiano retired as Executive Director at Fidelity Bank of Nigeria, and has several experiences and training in the corporate world. His candidacy was strongly backed by the APGA incumbent Governor Peter Obi.                                                                                           •Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com

 

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He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

 

Long Live, CHINUA ACHEBE! The Eagle on the iroko.                    

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