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2019: 15 parties form mega coalition to dislodge APC, PDP, APGA



By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—A Coalition of 15 political parties has formed an electoral alliance, known as Mega Coalition, to adopt and field candidates for governorship and presidential elections in Nigeria.

The electoral alliance, which the parties said was not a merger, would see the participating registered political parties fielding separate candidates for councillorship, local government chairmanship, House of Assembly, House of Representatives and senatorial elections, but collaborating at the gubernatorial and presidential elections.

“At the governorship elections, the winning party shall form a Government of State Unity, GSU, while at the presidential election, the winning party shall form a Government of National Unity, NUG, with a view to accommodating participating parties in the coalition, thereby reducing the winner takes all syndrome which does not allow smaller political parties to grow in Nigeria”.

Some of the parties which signed the agreement document, included the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN, Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP, Democratic Alternative DA, Democratic Peoples Congress DPC and Democratic Peoples Party DPP among others.

For a start, the coalition would field candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states, vowing to dislodge the ruling parties therein.

The document which was made available to Vanguard in Abuja, stated: “The Mega Coalition is a response to the high divisiveness in Nigeria and lack of credible opposition party in Nigeria since the 2015 general elections.

‘’In 2019 general elections, no single party can win at first ballot. It will be difficult to meet the constitutional two third states requirement. The only way to success in 2019 is for like-minded political parties to come together to select credible, capable and popular candidates who can win elections.”

The coalition has selected Chief Perry Opara to lead it and shall answer “Chancellor” of the Mega Coalition.

The Chancellor, Chief Opara, who is the national chairman of National Unity Party, has, however, condemned the level of division in Nigeria and urged politicians and members of the non-governmental, faith-based and socio-cultural organizations to be careful with their utterances and to preach peace, instead of hate and division.

“The Mega Coalition urged Nigerian politicians who have something to hide to desist from parading themselves for elective offices, while credible men and women who are courageous are encouraged to start now to educate the masses on their blueprint for elections.

“The Mega Coalition thanked INEC for announcing the February 2019 date for commencement of elections which puts politicians and political parties on notice ahead of time.

“Opara said that no party shall be excluded from participating in the Mega Coalition. Only good candidates who have programmes that can provide dividends of democracy can be voted into office by Nigerians. Opara said the Mega Coalition is ready to collaborate with any like-minded registered political party irrespective of its previous electoral fortune.

“2019 elections shall have emphasis on candidates and personalities rather than parties. Nigerians are now aware that most politicians promise “heaven on earth when they are seeking public offices only to renege on their campaign promises when they are elected.” Nigerians are now aware and know better. ‘’We shall test the might of the Mega Coalition in the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States elections before the 2019 general elections. Future elections in Nigeria will no longer be about political parties or Godfatherlisim. It will be about the personality of the candidates and the issues being canvassed.

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APC expels deputy chief whip of house of reps




Pally Iriase, deputy chief whip of the house of representatives, has been expelled from the All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged anti-party activities.

The lawmaker who represents Owan federal constituency, was expelled by his ward and ratified by the local government.

The expulsion letter was signed by Zuberu Shabah and Theophilus Aigboje, chairman and secretary respectively, of Owan East local government and made available to reporters in Benin, Edo capital, on Monday.

Allegations leveled against Iriase included defection of ward eight and nine APC executives to the PDP on his orders of Iriase, presenting his personal assistant, Hilary Ozogo, to contest under the PDP platform and refusal to attend APC meetings.

In the letter addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, through Anselm Ojezua, Edo chairman of the party, the Owan East APC said it ratified the decision of APC members of ward nine to expel Iriase.

The letter said all laid down rules and procedures as enshrined in article 21 of the APC’s constitution were followed in reaching the conclusion to expel Iriase.

It said the APC in Owan east has since moved on without Iriase and the evidence would show in the forth coming elections.

According to the letter, “I humbly invite Mr Chairman to kindly note the decision of the Owan East chapter of the APC and grant it the very urgent attention it requires.

“The APC leadership and members in Owan east have already moved forward without Pally Iriase as we are growing in numbers everyday. This will be evident in the results we post in the forthcoming elections.

“Iriase refused to officially inform the APC of his defection because he wants to continue to enjoy the benefit of the office of the Deputy chief whip.”

Attempts made to get the lawmaker’s reaction on his expulsion were unsuccessful as his two mobile numbers were switched off.

During the weekend, Iriase said there was intense pressure on him to move to PDP but added that he remained focus and committed to the APC.

He said the rumour about his defection to the opposition may have been informed by his decision not to contest for any political.

“I have made my direction politically very clear, am not contesting the 2019 general election. I am a member of APC, people who do not want to be in APC anymore have defected. It is a personal thing; you don’t do it by surrogate,” he had said.

“Any politician of note that is considered to have electoral value is likely, under the kind of circumstances we find ourselves in Edo state, to be under severe pressure from poachers.

“But what you make of that pressure is the real issue, am calm. From rumour flying around, I remain who I am.”

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‘This is daylight robbery’ — PDP asks INEC to declare Adeleke winner of Osun poll




The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the declaration of the Osun state governorship election as inconclusive.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive, saying the requirement for a winner to emerge on first ballot was not met.

Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled majority vote of 254,698 while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) followed with 254,345 votes, leaving a difference of 353.

Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s returning officer, had said since the total number of cancelled votes, 3,498, exceeded the difference between the two leading parties (353), it was impossible for any party to be declared as winner.

But Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PDP, described the declaration as a “sordid robbery of the franchise of the people of the state”, calling on INEC to immediately declare Adeleke the winner.

“Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear and very unambiguous in spelling out the conditions for returning a candidate to the office of governor of a state,” he said in a statement.

“This section states inter-alia, ‘A candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

“It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive so as to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun state have firmly resisted so far.

“Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless controversy by returning the PDP and declare our candidate as the winner.

“It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.

“The people of Osun state and the entire nation are already aware that the PDP won this election. They have the authentic figures from the polling units and know the candidate the voters prefer.”

The party said it would not hesitate to use any means available to resist the rigging of the election result.

“The people by their votes, have overwhelmingly declared for our candidate and we are not ready to accept any attempt by anybody to use any means whatsoever to steal our mandate freely given by the people.

“The PDP is for peace, but we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.

“The PDP therefore charges the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to avoid the fury of the people by immediately reversing this fraudulent decision of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and declaring our candidate the winner of the election.”

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BREAKING: INEC declares Osun election inconclusive



  The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Osun state governorship election inconclusive. Joseph Afuwape, the returning officer, announced this at the head office of the commission in Osogbo, the state capital. He said the margin between Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Isiaka Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not significant enough to declare a winner. The PDP candidate polled 254,698 votes while the APC flagbearer had 254,345, leaving a gap of 353 votes. Afuwape said the date for a rerun would be announced in due time. More to follow…

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