March 19 2023

Police arrest 161 electoral offenders in Kano

Police have arrested 161 persons in Kano State for committing various offences during the governorship and House of Assembly elections of March 18.

“A total of 161 suspects were arrested for vote buying, destruction of election materials, and possession of offensive weapons and drugs,’’ Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammad Gumel, told newsmen in Kano on Sunday.

“Notable among the suspects is Hon. Isyaku Ali Danja, a member of Kano State House of Assembly representing Gezawa Constituency.

“He was arrested for leading thugs to attack INEC’s results collation centre at Gezawa Local Government Council headquarters and the Police Divisional Headquarters at Gezawa,’’ he said.

Gumel assured Kano State residents of their security and safety and admonished them to continue to cooperate with the police.

He also urged the residents to avoid spreading fake news, hate speeches, and reckless celebrations that might disrupt the peace in the state.

March 19 2023

Enugu 2023: PDP wins two more LGs, as LP clears Igboeze South

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State has continued to lead other political parties as the party won more two local government areas.

PDP won Enugu South with 10557 votes. Labour party scored 7438 votes to come second while the All Progressives Grand Alliance and All Progressives Congress came distant third and fourth with 3110 and 560 votes respectively.

Results of other political parties in Enugu South

APM 06
APP 05
BP 19
NNPP 144
NRM 37
PRP 44
SDP 07
YPP 13
ZLP 13

PDP also won Nkanu East local government area with 30350 votes. Labour Party, trailing far behind, came second with 1855; APC scored 448 and APGA, 188.

Results of other political parties in Nkanu East LGA

AA 06
AAC 00
ADC 11
ADP 03
APM 07
APP 03
BP 02
NRM 13
PRP 06
SDP 05
YPP 46
ZLP 04

However the case was reverse at in Igboeze South where Labour Party won with 9680 votes. PDP came behind with 4691; APC got 927 and APGA, 246 votes.

March 16 2023

“Why we endorse Peter Mbah even as Obidients” – Group (video)


As more Peter Obi supporters in Enugu State continue to reject the candidacy of the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in the state, Barr. Chijoke Edeoga, another group of Obidients has intensified effort to completely snuff life off Edeoga’s collapsing campaign.

The group, under the auspices of EnuguDecides, has estimated members of 100,000 and cut across the 17 local government areas.

Speaking during a town hall meeting with members at Nike in Enugu East on Thursday, leader of the group, Hon. Newke Sylvester, said it was not for nothing that the group has endorsed Barr. Peter Mbah, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

“We have reasons why we are supporting Barr. Peter Mbah. We have taken time to access all the people who are contesting.

“We agree that all of them are good. But we must go for the best. Mbah is the best. For a man to start out small in the private sector and ascend a lofty position in his industry within a short period of time means that such a man has something upstairs.

“The man who built Pinnacle Oil and Gas is capable of building Enugu State.

“Mbah has all the qualities the Obidients are looking for in their leaders. That is why we are supporting him. That is why Obidients wants him to be governor of Enugu State.

The outcomes of the February 25 elections has upset the status quo especially in Enugu State politics but also left voters with mixed feelings.

While the ballots, probably for the first time, showed that power belongs to the people, the exercises have enthroned mediocrity in the representation. So many candidates whom voters did not know won.

According to Hon. Nweke, the essence of his group’s town hall meetings across the state is to educate people more on the danger of repeating what happened on the last elections. Obidient movement is an independent movement and not a political party, Nweke maintained, added that all true Obidients must focus on choosing the candidates based on character and competence.

March 16 2023

Nsuka turns against Edeoga as Comr. Iyere’s speech electrifies voters (video)

Popular humanitarian activist, Comrade Kennedy Iyere, has moved the students of University of Nigeria, Nsuka (UNN) with touching speech and demonstrations against Barr. Chijoke Edeoga, the 2023 gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party in Enugu State.

Iyere, who is widely credited for promoting Mr Peter Obi into a national phenomenon, has endorsed Edeoga’s rival, Barr. Peter Mbah, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the State.

Addressing crowd of UNN students on Thursday, the fiery activist insisted that Mbah is the best candidate who represents the competence, character and capacity Peter Obi sings about.

“Barr. Peter Mbah has capacity, he has character; he is competent. He is the only candidate who can put Enugu State on world map once he becomes the governor.

“Mbah built Pinnacle Oil and Gas, one of the largest oil firm in Africa. Even as fuel pump price across Nigeria is over N300, Pinnacle Oil still sells at N180 per liter.

“But Barr. Chijoke Edeoga is the opposite; he is opposite of all Peter Obi stands for. He has no legacy.

“Edeoga has been in active politics since 1997. He is journalist, but he failed there. Edeoga is a barrister, a profession he also failed at. Everything he touches fails.

Edeoga had been riding on the violent waves of the Obidient movement, intimidating his major gubernatorial contenders before Iyere collapsed Obi’s coalitions under the LP governorship candidate.

Comrade Iyere also gave N400,000 each to two physically challenged students who attended the event.

March 15 2023

Reactions as Obidients movement abandons Edeoga, endorses Peter Mbah

Mixed reactions has continued to trail Barr. Peter Mbah’s endorsement by Obidient movement.

Mbah, the 2023 governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State was, Tuesday, endorsed by groups of Peter Obi supporters led by ace humanitarian activist, Comrade Kennedy Iyere.

Iyere, speaking at the ceremony held at home country of the former Governor of Old Anambra State, chief Jim Nwobodo, said the movement is supporting Mbah because he (Mbah) is competent and has capacity to lead the state.

“We stand here today to identify with you, Dr. Peter Mbah. The potential that you have, has compelled the Obidients to come to you. You are going to be the next governor of this state because you have all it takes to lead the state well.

“The competence that spoke for Peter Obi is now speaking for Peter Mbah. The capacity that speaks for Peter Obi also speaks for Peter Mbah. Peter Obi built Fidelity Bank. He also built Next Cash and Carry.

“Peter Mbah built Pinnacle Oil and Gas. He also built other successful businesses. Anybody that has not built anything is not fit to govern one of the greatest Igbo states,” Iyere said.

Iyere’s endorsement has sapped energy off Labour Party in Enugu and collapsed the support base of the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Barr. Chijoke Edeoga.

Analysts have agreed that the LP standard bearer would have defeated his rivals had the election held las Saturday because of the bandwagon effect of Peter Obi.