The demise of the member occupying Aba South State Assembly seat at the Abia State House of Assembly rendered the seat vacant. Penultimate weekend, as demanded by law, a bye-election into the seat was conducted and the ruling party in state, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won the election.
Congratulating the PDP candidate, Nkemdirim Nwogu Iheasimuo, for emerging victorious at the bye-election, Gov. Theodore Orji in a statement, signed by Charles Ajunwa, his chief press secretary, affirmed that Iheasimuo’s emergence was an indication that Abia is 100 per cent PDP.
There is increasing fear whether the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, will retain its winning streak in Enugu state, come 2015 general elections.
Until recently, Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Ogun State and Leader of All Progressive Congress APC in Ogun is one of the happiest men and respected politicians in Nigeria. His role in the struggle for June 12 earned him more respect among Southwest politicians. He asserted his stand against then military head of state, late General Sanni Abacha over the release of Chief MKO Abiola without minding on whose ground his horse was riding.
Uncertainty, palpable fear and anxiety conspicuously prevail in Imo State government circles and beyond as a result of confusion arising from the raging media discourse about impeachment plot in the Eastern Heartland. The confusion arose following conflicting comments by both members of the executive and legislatives arms of the state government on the burning issue. True or false, Imo appears set to go the way of Adamawa and Nasarawa states, if recent feelers in certain quarters are, by any means, anything to go by.
Experience in public administration is one good quality of Chief Martin Elechi, the octogenarian governor of Ebonyi State. This counts from his days as a permanent secretary in the old Anambra state before the creation of Enugu and Ebonyi States, thereafter.
Obviously, the pioneer civilian governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Sam Omiyi Egwu, has a record of Elechi’s wealth of experience as an administrator and sought for him as his successor out of many enterprising young politicians in the state who nursed the aspiration to govern the ‘Salt of the Nation’.
The saying that politics is a game of interest has stood the taste of
times and is yet to be disputed. Politicians kick and quarrel when their political interest is not protected.
The above scenario is currently playing out in Abia State as fallout
of the recent resolution by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the state which zoned the next Abia State governorship slot in 2015 to Abia South Senatorial Zone.
The PDP caucus based its zoning to the South on what it called equity,
The political fortune o Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, like many other states controlled by the party, is no doubt dwindling, no thanks to the in-fighting among members of the party who, one way or the other, feel aggrieved particularly after the decision of the former Interim National Executive Council to handover the structure of the party to governors in their respective states.
Many governors of APC, with the exception of Lagos and few other states were not originally members of the legacy parties, which later formed APC.
Ayodele Fayose’s recent landslide victory in the governorship poll in the fountain of knowledge, Ekiti State, has made the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to boast of their ability to repeat the same feat in Osun State.
Fayose who contested on the platform of the PDP during the recently concluded election has since been adjudged a political bigwig in his state.
To keen political watchers, there will be many after effects of the loss of Ekiti to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. With this loss and with another election coming up in Osun by August, there are permutations already that the south west, a region known for its usual political exclusiveness, may have been breached.
Historically, the South-West is a region that does not always align with the mainstream political party. The region has always carved out a political niche for itself, gravitating against the party at the centre.
The lamentation of Chief Tom Ikimi, who lost the fight for the national chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the party’s first national convention held at the Eagle Square Abuja, has once more brought to the front burner the virus called ‘selection’ in place of election in the country’s evolving democracy. “There was no election. Odigie Oyegun was selected and appointed chairman. That was why I did not fill and submit my nomination form. I boycotted the convention because its outcome was predetermined,” said Ikimi.