EXCLUSIVE: PDP Clears Valentine Ozigbo, Nwoye, 6 Others For Anambra Senatorial Primary

EXCLUSIVE: PDP CLEARS VALENTINE OZIGBO, NWOYE, 6 OTHERS FOR ANAMBRA SENATORIAL PRIMARY

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cleared sixty aspirants for the party’s primaries for National Assembly positions. Specifically, eight aspirants have been cleared to contest, including the party’s gubernatorial candidate for the November 2021 elections, Valentine Ozigbo. 

In a certified document obtained by The Trent from a credible source from the PDP’s headquarters, Wadata House in Abuja, dated Monday, May 2, 2022, the screening committee for the national assembly aspirants, chaired by Rt Hon SKE Udeh Okoye, the committee cleared all senatorial aspirants but one, Hon Chuma Nzeribe. 

Serving senators, Stella Oduah (representing Anambra North), a recent returnee to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) where she had decamped to in August 2021 and Uche Ekwunife (representing Anambra Central), Chris Uba (of the Ngige power tussle infamy), Tony Nwoye, a former governorship candidate of the party, Prince Okechukwu John Emeka, Dr Obinna Uzor, and Mrs Peace Ezeabikwa were all cleared to contest for the senatorial primary by the panel. 

According to the report, Hon Nzeribe was disqualified for deliberately misleading the party in his nomination forms concerning his ongoing court cases. The panel reports that he had jumped bail in a fraud case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and has an active bench warrant for his arrest. 

This development clears the air following a weekend of an uncertified report circulating on social media falsely indicating that Ozigbo, Nwoye, and two others had been disqualified from contesting in the party’s senatorial primaries. 

The report elicited a wave of protests at the national level of the PDP and in Anambra because Valentine Ozigbo is an inspirational figure and natural crowd-puller who is considered one of the party’s best governorship candidates ever produced. 

Mrs Imade Ize-Ayamu, a PDP stalwart from Edo State, wrote in protest to Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman, over the weekend, “Valentine Ozibo, Nigeria’s star boy that congratulated Soludo and won the hearts of Nigeria. A man that has made himself visible in all PDP’s functions. A very polite and respectful man. The kind of man Anambarians needs on the Senate to represent them and Nigerians”. 

Similar reactions trailed the controversy, which has now been laid to rest by this report.

VALENTINE OZIGBO CONDEMNS CULT-RELATED MASSACRE AT ANAMBRA FUNERAL

Business leader calls for Ndigbo conference to re-evaluate moral code

Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, condemned the mass murder over the weekend at a funeral ceremony held in Ebenebe, Awka North LGA of Anambra State.

Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
candidate in the 2021 Anambra governorship election

According to eyewitness accounts, at least sixteen mourners were killed and several others wounded when a gang of thugs believed to be cultists attacked the burial ceremony of the late Mr Chibuike Joseph Chukwuka, who was reportedly assassinated at the age of 32. The sad event occurred at Umuognuefi Primary School field, and social media videos showed dozens of victims, including a young girl lying in blood and a desecrated coffin.

In a statement made available to the press on Monday, February 28, 2022, Mr Ozigbo described the tragic incident as “shocking”, “unacceptable”, and “a horror that must be collectively condemned”.

“Over the weekend, I received the report of a horrific incident in Ebenebe where about sixteen people were killed as they attended the funeral service of their relative and friend, whose life was also tragically cut short,” Ozigbo, an internationally-recognised peace advocate, said.

“The images of the crime scene shared on social media are shocking, horrific, and should not be normalised in any way.

“The South East, particularly Anambra State, has witnessed tragic waves of violence which have claimed the lives of hundreds of our people, both young and old,” Ozigbo added.

Ozigbo, whose non-profit organisation, the Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation, has been at the forefront of several peace-making initiatives in southeastern Nigeria, called on the Anambra State government and other concerned stakeholders to make solid efforts towards securing lives and property in the state.

“This latest incident marks a turning point in the decline of our values as Igbos and should be unacceptable to all of us, and we must take steps as leaders to intervene,” Ozigbo continued.

“This is not an issue to be treated with kid’s gloves or swept under the carpet. We must address the root cause of this anomaly and not just the symptoms.

“We must go back to the drawing board, reaccess our value system, emphasise moral values and uphold the sanctity of human life.

“Importantly, we must assemble as soon as possible, the thought leaders, political, traditional, women, and youth leaders need to come together and re-evaluate our moral code. We must take steps to arrest this development before it consumes us all,” Ozigbo warned.

A multi-award-winning global CEO who was recently named the 2021 Anambra Man of the Year, Ozigbo commiserated with all those affected by the savage attack and the members of the Ebenebe community who have been traumatized by this event. He prayed for God to grant the souls of the departed a peaceful repose.

Onye Amuho Agulu o na ebe! Meet Anambra youngest SAN Chief Alex Ejesieme-SAN(OCHI AGHA AGULU)

By Duke Okosun

It was Edmund Burke, the famous Irish politician who said that the study of law renders man acute, inquisitive, dextrous, prompt in attack, ready in defence, and full of resources. All over the world, the legal profession ranks among the most noble, the most attractive and the most interesting of all professions. It is established on honour, integrity and hard work.

A good lawyer must be studious and most times almost does not have a social life. It is not a profession for the faint of heart. The Nigerian legal profession rewards excellence, hardwork and success in the profession with the prestigious Senior Advocate of Nigeria title. Indeed, it is the zenith of all professional accomplishments and the dream of every Lawyer who loves his job and is diligent at it. Some attain that position at the twilight of their career. That is why it is more of a great news when a young person becomes a learned silk. That is the case of Mr. Alex Ejesieme who was tutored by the legend himself, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu.

Alex has proven to be the chip off the old block through the way he handles his briefs. He has done so well that at the time of his elevation, he was the youngest person who has attained that position from Anambra state. This is despite the fact that Anambra boasts of the highest number of Senior Advocates by State in Nigeria. Alex has done so well for himself and has made the State proud.

According to him, “An ideal Lawyer is one who is dedicated to his client, hard-working, resolute and dedicated to his practice, one who takes active steps to keep himself abreast with the ever changing intricacies of the legal profession, to ensure that he is not caught off guard at any given moment. In addition to that, an ideal Lawyer also strives to play an active role in the enthronement of the rule of law where ever he finds himself, whilst also maintaining utmost professionalism and discipline in his interactions with all individuals irrespective of their status as clients or non clients”.

He was recently nominated Anambra Legal Person of the Year and according to the organizers of the award event, “his selection was based on his outstanding exploits in the legal profession which has seen him deliver on landmark cases that will have great impact on our journey as a nation”. In one of his landmark and highly celebrated cases, Alex was able to argue and subsequently convince the Court that once a candidate is nominated by his party, he will be included on INEC’s list until the supreme court rules otherwise. He has through this case enriched the Nigerian electoral system and strengthened it, eliminating frivolous injunctions that are usually resorted to by desperate politicians to scuttle the electoral process.

Alexander is a consummate professional who has the uncommon talent of combining litigation with other top level corporate commercial practice. His attention to details, calmness and ability to simplify and proffer solutions to complex issues coupled with his go-getter attitude and his considerable experience in corporate transactions requiring mastery of Nigerian business, legal and commercial climate have been of immense value to legal development. Alex has continued to contribute to the deepening of the Nigerian legal system with his mastery of laws and his innovative approach to practice.

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2023: ATIKU CAMPAIGN TEAM VISITS VALENTINE OZIGBO FOR CONSULTATION, DESCRIBE BUSINESS LEADER AS DOGGED FIGHTER

A high-profile delegation of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Caretaker Committee led by the founder of Africa Independent Television (AIT), High Chief Dr Raymond Dokpesi, paid a consultative visit to Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Governorship Candidate for Anambra 2021, at his country home in Amesi, Anambra State on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

Chief Dokpesi stated that the visit aimed to inform Anambra citizens that His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria and 2019 PDP Presidential Candidate, is once again aspiring to contest for the president in 2023. He stated that Anambra has been at the forefront of producing leaders of this great nation and has shown commitment to PDP as a party over the years.

“We have come to seek and solicit your support for the presidential aspiration of Waziri Atiku Abubakar and to assure you that Atiku Abubakar is in the best position to unify Nigeria and protect the interest of his in-laws (Ndigbo),” Chief Dokpesi said.

The media mogul lamented that Anambra missed out on having “the services of a dogged fighter” by failing to elect Valentine Ozigbo during the 2021 gubernatorial election while declaring that the forces that worked against the PDP candidate “cannot stop his light from shining”.

In his comments, Valentine Ozigbo thanked the Atiku Campaign team for finding him worthy of their visit and expressed admiration for Dr Dokpesi’s commitment, noting that he was encouraged by his consistency for the PDP. Ozigbo also appreciated the media mogul’s support during the last Anambra State governorship election.

While commenting on his perception of Atiku Abubakar, Ozigbo said that he looks out for character and competence in a leader and considers the former vice president as “eminently qualified to vie for the presidency of Nigeria”. He added that nobody would doubt Atiku’s capacity to lead, “but there is a need to note the sensitivity around the clamour for power shift”.

Touching on the issue of zoning and rotational presidency, Ozigbo described it as “sensitive” and called for “a high level of emotional intelligence” and “balance”. He concluded by saying that credible South-East leaders would need to come together and agree on the direction after considering all factors.

Dokpesi expressed profound appreciation for the great hospitality extended to them and the reception, which he described as “warm and exceptional”, adding that Anambra was the 30th state visited by the group.

The high chief said that the concept of rotational presidency is meant to prevent the emergence of “Super Nigerians” by allowing people from every part of the country to lead. He also added that PDP had technically zoned the presidential ticket to the North by electing Atiku as its flag-bearer in 2019.

Dokpesi, further contended that Atiku has not yet emerged president since then and pointed out that “the Waziri is the right person that could match Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu” should he eventually emerge as the presidential candidate of APC”.

He said that Atiku Abubakar, if elected, would ensure that “South East’s interest is highly protected”, as exemplified earlier by Waziri with the choice of His Excellency Peter Obi as his running mate. He made a rallying call to Igbos to mobilise massively, join the PDP, and boost the party’s membership ahead of the 2023 elections.

The Atiku team also had Engr. Olajide Adeniji, who acts as the secretary to the team, Emeka Donald Nwachukwu and Chief Obunike Ohaegbu, Mr Olumide Opeewe, Hajia Hassana Dada Shuaibu, Mr Adai Edwin Adai, Mr Ado Datti, and Amb. Bin Abbas.

Mr Ozigbo was joined at the meeting by some PDP stalwarts, including his running mate in the November 2021 election, Dame Azuka Enemo (Owelle); two state lawmakers, Hon Onyebuchi Offor and Chuka Ezenwune; three former State Chairmen of PDP, Benji Udeozor, Ejike Oguebego and Pandola Okwuosa; former lawmakers at the Federal and State levels, including Hon CY Egwuatu, Hon KG Enemuo, and Hon Tim Egboka; some key stakeholders of the party including Chief Sunday Ezeobiora, Chief Tony Offiah, Chief Chike Ezechukwu, Chief Kenneth Ezeoke, Dr Richard Okechukwu, and several others.

Members of State EXCO of PDP were also present, including Sir Ejike Mgbemena, the Treasurer; Chief Okechukwu Okpala, the Financial Secretary; Mr Ogom Izukanne, the State Youth Leader; and Nze Sunny Umenne, the Chairman of PDP in Aguata LGA. Also, former State Youth Leader of APGA, Comrade Magnus Eziokwu, was present.

Several directors of the PDP Guber Campaign Council for 2021 and men and women Frontliners in the 21 LGAs were also present, including former State Woman Leader, Mrs Love Ebe, Dr Mariam Alike, Izuchukwu Oraelosi, Amaka Ofojebe, Hon Sylva Abasilim, Chinedu Ofomata, and several more.

2023: Valentine Ozigbo Under Pressure To Run For Senate

Members of ANVO, consists of twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas of Anambra State, under the auspices of ( www.vcozigbo.com) ANAMBRA NEEDS VALENTINE OZIGBO FORUM (ANVOF), has urged the PDP 2021 Governorship Election flag bearer, His Excellency, Valentine Ozigbo, to contest for senatorial seat of Anambra South District in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

In a communique signed by the founder of the group, Amb Justin Okechukwu Kingland (DrM), a UN (DESA) Change Ambassador for Peace and Humanity, after a crucial meeting held in Zoom over the weekend, the group said there was the need for the VCO to remain active in politics in order to continue to do good, as well as attract more development to not only in Anambra South, but to Ndi Anambra at large because ndi be anyi si na isi baa ulu obalu aguba, simply means, any success story VCO brings to Ndi Anambra South is for all ndi Anambra State .

Part of the communique reads: VCO empowered many youths Ndi Anambra State. He has placed some of us in various lofty positions. Members of Anambra Needs Valentine Ozigbo in general are beckoning on His Excellency “VCO” to declare his interest to contest for senate in 2023…

In a chat faceofagulu had with the founder of the ANAMBRA NEEDS VALENTINE OZIGBO FORUM (ANVOF), Amb. Dr. Justin Okechukwu Kingland (DrM) he said, in quote ” I’ve received sincere clarion call from not only the youths, but from some very important persons asking me to persuade VCO to run for Senate. Anyway, I’ve given it a thought and decided to come up with this artwork to illustrate the intentions of ndi Anambra State for VCO”..

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