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USAfrica: Obiano, APGA stakeholders return Oye as Chairman; resolve leadership crisis

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By CHIDO NWANGWU

In a combination of deft diplomacy and engagement with pragmatic realities of intra-party politics, the leadership of the APGA party of Nigeria led by the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has tackled a recent, festering fire of national chairmanship tussle.

During its urgent and “crucial meeting” of APGA’s national stakeholders which was attended by all members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC)  in Awka (the capital of Anambra) a few hours ago on Wednesday October 13, 2016, Governor Obiano who is also the Board of Trustees chairman of APGA, “successfully resolved last week’s internal leadership crisis in the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC), which led to the purported  suspension” of the Party’s National Chairman, Dr. Victor Ike Oye by some aggrieved members of the NWC led by the Party’s Vice Chairman (South East) Chief Ozo Nwabueze.

[slides title=”” title_url=”” title_icon=”” title_bg_color=”” title_text_color=”” title_border_bottom_color=”” main_color=”” thumb_bg_color=”” enable_tab=”” count=”6″ orderby=”latest” duration=”all” show_view_all=”on” cates=”” cate_scenario=”combination” authors=”” exclude_authors=”” tags=”” ignore_sticky_posts=”on” exclude_loaded_posts=”” show_comment=”on” show_readmore=”on” show_author=”icon” show_date=”date” meta_item_order=”a_c_d” show_format_icon=”” show_review_score=”” number_cates=”0″ snippet_length=”0″ thumbnail_height=”400″ show_nav=”on” show_dots=”on” speed=”5000″][/slides]USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com can confirm that among those who attended the meeting were key members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT) led by Dr. Alex Otti who was APGA’s popular 2015 candidate for Governor in Abia State, National Secretary of APGA and Nigeria’s former Minister of Information Labran Maku, former National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Spain, Her Excellency Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, former National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, Deputy National Chairman (South) Uchenna Okogbue, the Deputy National Chairman (North) Alhaji Abubakar Adamu, and several others.

APGA issued a communique, after what it characterized as “exhaustive review of the issues raised by the aggrieved members of the NWC.” They resolved the following:

1. That internal dissent, disagreements,  and even occasional disputes in the party reflect APGA’s robust internal democratic culture which emphasizes due process, popular participation of Party members in decision victor-oye-n-uchenna-okogbue2016-apgamaking and accountability and transparency at all levels of the party’s leadership.
2. The meeting, however, pointed out that following the spate of leadership crisis and litigations that rocked the party repeatedly in the past, the Party’s current constitution laid out clear procedures for the resolution of internal disputes to ensure their healthy resolution for the unity and growth of the Party.
3. The meeting noted that the current APGA Constitution lays emphasis on internal crisis resolution through dialogue in line with the APGA’s motto which is: Be Your Brother and Sister’s Keeper.
4.  The meeting therefore praised Gov Obiano for promptly calling party stakeholders to explore internal crisis resolution mechanism to deal with the current  leadership dispute in the Party’s NWC in accordance with the Party’s new emphasis on crisis management through internal dialogue.
5.  The meeting observed that although the aggrieved members had raised pertinent issues, the decision to suspend the National chairman and announce a replacement didn’t follow the laid down procedures in the current constitution of APGA which clearly states that all internal processes must be followed in dealing with all disputes in the party.  In the case under review, the meeting noted that this was not the case.
6.  The meeting, however, noted the salient issues raised by the aggrieved members of the NWC and cautioned that mutual respect and friendly disposition and trust must be observed by all party members and leaders in the day to day activities and in the leadership of the party to enhance collective decision making for the rapid growth of the Party as an effective and efficient election winning machine for the transformation of Nigeria into a developed and prosperous nation in the coming decades.

  1. The meeting also noted that APGA has gradually become a household name in Nigeria because of its progressive vision and mission and its unique manifesto for the development of Nigeria which stand the Party clearly apart from the other Parties which have failed Nigeria and Nigerians. Leaders and members of APGA MUST THEREFORE AVOID A REPEAT OF THE CRISES THAT HAVE ENGULFED OTHER PARTIES IN RECENT TIMES DUE TO POOR LEADERSHIP, ABSENCE OF INTERNAL DEMOCRACY, AND LACK OF COMMITMENT TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY FOR ALL NIGERIANS.
  2. The meeting praised Governor Obiano for his leadership acumen and commitment to the development of Anambra State which clearly shows beyond doubt that in the current democratic dispensation APGA is the best Political Party in Nigeria. The return of peace and security and rapid agricultural and industrial development of Anambra state under APGA has made APGA and Governor Obiano the best models  for national prosperity and Nigeria’s development.9.   All leaders and members of APGA must therefore jealously guard the Party’s unity and internal peace through robust democratic temper and practice and a collective commitment to the growth of the Party as a reliable vehicle for the development and transformation of Nigeria into a confident, united and prosperous nation as a true leader and model in Africa with global influence and respect.

10. The meeting ended on a happy note as the National Chairman Chief Dr. Victor Oye appealed to his aggrieved colleagues and called on them to join hands with him to work as a family to further develop the Party’s huge electoral potential. The aggrieved members of the NWC led by the National Vice-Chairman South-East Chief Ozo Nwabueze and Deputy National Publicity Secretary Chief Jerry Obasi all agreed to sheath their swords and work together as a United team for the peace and progress of APGA.
11.  The National Leader of the Party, Governor Obiano thanked the aggrieved members for accepting the decision of the meeting to maintain peace and unity in the leadership of the party as a model for Nigeria. He urged all members of the NWC to reconcile for effective implementation of the Party’s strategy for national expansion and electoral victory in coming elections at all levels in Nigeria. He thanked all stakeholders for setting aside all their busy schedules to attend the meeting which was called at a short notice. He promised to establish closer personal contacts and stable communication with members of the NWC and all leaders of the Party.


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He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in Soutmandela-achebe-chido-book-cover-img_0075h 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/

  •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. 

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U.S says it will investigate Zimbabwe presidential election violence; MDC disputes result; winner acknowledges there were “challenges”

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The MDC Alliance led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa is disputing the outcome of the polls alleging that they were rigged to the point of having more votes than registered voters.

While the winner, ZANU PF leader and incumbent president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, acknowledged that there were “challenges” he insisted the polls were free and fair.

The US Department of State said Zimbabwe’s 30 July elections presented the country with a historic chance to move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward profound democratic change.

“Unfortunately, Zimbabwe’s success in delivering an election day that was peaceful, and open to international observers, was subsequently marred by violence and a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces,” the department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Six people were shot dead on Wednesday by soldiers and many others were injured. A seventh person is reported to have succumbed to gunshot wounds on Friday at a hospital in Chitungwiza.

The US said it welcomes the commitment by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release comprehensive election results in a form that provides full transparency. ZEC maintains that the election results were an accurate reflection of the voters’ will.

Former colonial master, Britain, also remained concerned about the developments.

“The UK remains deeply concerned by the violence following the elections and the disproportionate response from the security forces,” said UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin.

She, however, urged electoral stakeholders to work together to ensure calm.

“While polling day passed off peacefully, a number of concerns have been raised by observer missions, particularly about the pre-election environment, the role of State media, and the use of State resources. There is much to be done to build confidence in Zimbabwe’s electoral process.”

Baldwin urged that any appeals against the results or the process be handled swiftly and impartially.– African News Agency (ANA)

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Zimbabwe’s presidential election offers opportunity for post-Mugabe progress. By Wilf Mbanga

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Today, Monday July 30, 2018, Zimbabweans [went] to the polls to elect Robert Mugabe’s successor. For pretty much the average life expectancy of many Zimbabweans, one man has ruled the country with an iron fist. Eight elections were held during his rule – and every time, that fist ensured victory for Mugabe.

The current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, the man who finally ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup last November, has also crushed his enemies ruthlessly in the past – but his iron fist lies within a well-padded velvet glove.
Mnangagwa goes head to head at the polls with Nelson Chamisa, 40, who took over as leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after Morgan Tsvangirai died earlier this year.

Whoever wins, this election heralds a new dawn for Zimbabwe. Mugabe has gone. Things will never be the same again. Certainly, Mnangagwa brings a lot of baggage from the Mugabe era – having been the former president’s righthand man.

But he is different in many significant ways – today, Mugabe even urged voters to turn their backs on his leadership, and went so far as to wish Chamisa well. Most importantly, Mnangagwa understands business and is determined to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s moribund economy and give the people what they so desperately want and need – jobs.

He is primarily a soldier, having left Zimbabwe as a teenager in the early 1960s for military training in China. He has fashioned himself after the former communist leader Deng Xiaoping, who modernised China and laid the foundations for the economic powerhouse it has become, while maintaining a strictly authoritarian regime.

Deng abandoned many orthodox communist doctrines to incorporate elements of the free-enterprise system. Mnangagwa seems determined to do the same for Zimbabwe. He is a wealthy man in his own right, having run Zanu-PF’s and his own businesses since the early 1980s. He has been mentioned in a UN report on the plundering of mining and logging resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo together with General Sibusiso Moyo, who is now the foreign affairs minister.

Over the eight months since he took the reins from Mugabe, Mnangagwa has given clear signals of a clean break with the past – actively courting the west, preaching and practising peace instead of violence, eschewing corruption, meeting business leaders and white farmers, and generally projecting himself as a reformist. He has met personally the many business missions that have visited the country this year, and has promised to get rid of the cumbersome bureaucracy that currently stifles new investment. He has suspended Mugabe’s populist indigenisation act, which required foreigners to cede 51% of their shares to locals (ZANU-PF, of course) in all sectors except gold and diamond mining. He has even made it his election slogan – with party supporters everywhere sporting T-shirts proclaiming “Zimbabwe is open for business”.

While Mugabe was a consummate manipulator, skilfully playing people off against each other and weaving a complex web of patronage, Mnangagwa is a much more of a strategist. He will be prepared to make tough decisions that could ultimately benefit the economy. He has certainly been more successful in attracting foreign investment in the short time he has been in power than Mugabe was in decades of berating the west.

 

The MDC’s Chamisa is just as pro-business as Mnangagwa, and to his credit has surrounded himself with several capable technocrats. There is no whiff of corruption about him and he has been drawing massive crowds in many rural areas which, under Mugabe, were no-go areas for his party. And of course the MDC’s democratic and human rights credentials are well established – while those of Zanu-PF are a constant cause for concern.

Should Chamisa win the election, there is no doubt that the world would welcome Zimbabwe back into the fold with open arms. But Mnangagwa is smart enough to realise that international recognition of his government can only come if this election is acknowledged as free and fair by the global community. While Britain has been unswervingly supportive of the post-Mugabe regime, the US has reserved judgment – recently renewing its sanctions on Zanu-PF leaders and companies, but promising to lift them once credible elections have taken place.

And there’s the rub.

Many believe it is impossible for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to run a free and fair poll. It is accused of rigging every election since it was established in 2004; it is still staffed largely by the military and Zanu-PF loyalists; and it has shown shameful bias towards the ruling party in recent months. For example, the law says the ballot paper should be in alphabetical order, which places Chamisa second on the 23-person list. The commission cleverly formatted the paper into two lop-sided columns, in order to place Mnangagwa at the very top of column two.

So this election could bring three possible results: if Mnangagwa wins, the MDC already has enough ammunition against the electoral commission to cry foul.

If Chamisa wins convincingly, it will be a new dawn indeed – but the military might not accept this, as the Generals have already invested a lot in Mnangagwa.

But if there is no clear winner, the most sensible way forward would be for the two protagonists to agree to a marriage of convenience – otherwise known as a government of national unity.
• Wilf Mbanga, once falsely classified by Mugabe’s government as ‘enemy of the people’, is the founder, editor and publisher of The Zimbabwean weekly, published in the UK and Johannesburg

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USAfrica: “Resign! Get out of office!” – Bishop Oyedepo tells Nigeria’s President Buhari

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The founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has called on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army General, to resign due to what he considers to be the continuing failure of Buhari to stop  the incessant killings by militant Fulani herdsmen.

Oyedepo who spoke on the theme, “Enough is enough” recalled that “When I was talking in 2015, people were saying my own was too much, now everybody can see what’s happening,” he said. ”What has moved forward in anybody’s life? You don’t know it’s war. Why are they attacking the Christian communities? Why has nobody been arrested? I can tell you this, the authorities and the powers that be are behind them.”

“We must wake up and push this evil back. Not one of those so-called herdsmen – they are jihadists – has been brought to book till date. Herdsmen don’t shoot; they have been here all along. They are just taking cover under the herdsmen to assault innocent citizens. They wake up in the night and slice innocent children to pieces. Yet, you have a government in place. What!

“The most honourable thing for any non-performing leader to do is to resign. The most honourable thing is to resign. That’s my own for Mr President. Resign! Get out of office! Even our Islamic friends in the North are calling on him to resign. Because that’s the noblest thing to do. Or are we going to look at one system destroy a whole nation?”

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