More trouble for Okorocha’s son-in-law Nwosu as AA chairman rejects him as party’s governorship candidate
The Governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has again hit the wall. Uche Nwosu who defected to AA after he failed to secure governorship ticket of APC.
The AA national chairman, Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, said that Nwosu is neither a member of the party nor its governorship candidate The national chairman of Action Alliance party (AA), Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, has rejected the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the state. Nigerian Tribune reports that Anifowose-Kelani, made this known in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, December Zenithnaija gathered that he maintained that Nwosu is yet to become a registered member of the party, and therefore, can not be recognised as the party’s standard-bearer for Imo state in the forthcoming general elections.
According to him, “Uche Nwosu is not yet a member of our party and cannot come through the back door to be a gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state.”
The AA national chairman further said that the party has rules and regulations guiding its operation, adding that in order to become a registered member, there are due process such person must follow. Kelani, therefore, advised that if Uche Nwosu really wants to be a registered member of Action Alliance (AA) party, he should do the needful.
“People of such pedigree should know better than junk politicking which would not help towards 2019.” It will be recalled that Uche Nwosu and some other aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state is seeking an alternative party to contest elections in 2019, following the crisis that ensued during the APC primaries.
Meanwhile, we had previously reported that eighteen members of the Imo state House of assembly announced their defection from their political parties. It was reported that the speaker, Acho Ihim, and 17 other lawmakers dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and defected to the Action Alliance (AA).
How to recruit good leaders for Nigeria, by Yakubu, INEC Chairman
Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, named after the progenitor of Yoruba, is largely living true to its name, considering its legendary achievements since its creation six years ago.
One of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria, the university, during its just concluded sixth convocation ceremony, hosted dignitaries from all walks of life.
The 3-day event, held at the campus, kicked-off with a convocation lecture titled: ‘Independent Electoral Commission: The Challenges and Prospects of Recruitment for Good Governance in Nigeria’.
It was delivered by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mamoud Yakubu.
The Oba Okunade Sijuwade Hall of the university, venue of the lecture, was filled to capacity with academic gurus and dignitaries not just as a result of the timeliness of the theme of the lecture but also because of the guest speaker who physically came to deliver the lecture.
Indeed, students, staff members, lecturers of the university and the dignitaries present at the Oba Okunade Sijuwade Hall were not disappointed as the INEC Chairman did justice to the lecture.
A major point raised by Yakubu was to correct the wrong impression that INEC was solely responsible for the recruitment of leadership for good governance.
According to him, the task of recruiting good leadership for the nation is that of the electorate while all INEC is expected to do is to ensure a transparent and credible process through the conduct of free and fair elections.
The professor of history and international studies also took time to comment on his good impression of Oduduwa University as a first time visitor.
The second day of the convocation was equally significant. It was the conferment of honorary and postgraduate degrees. The 2018 convocation ceremonies stand out not only because two notable Nigerians received honorary doctorate degrees but also because the post graduate college of Oduduwa University graduated its first set of graduands.
The honorary doctorate degrees’ recipients were Mallam Yusuf Alli, SAN, and Mr Olusola Oyeyemi.
The Chancellor and Founder of Oduduwa University, His Royal Eminence (Dr) Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, while conferring the duo with the honorary degrees, noted that the institutions honours only individuals who have distinguished themselves and, as such, only six Nigerians, including a former finance minister, Dr Okonjo Iweala, have received such honour since the university came into being.
Another major highlight of the second day was the award of excellence to the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede.
Ali and Oyeyemi expressed their appreciation at being considered for the honorary doctorate awards.
The third day was the grand finale and conferment of first degrees and presentation of prizes to deserving graduands.
As early as 10:00am, the graduands, friends, families and well-wishers began trooping into the multi-million naira Ramon Adedoyin Presidential Hall, venue of the event.
Among the dignitaries that witnessed the event were the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, traditional rulers, and captains of industry.
While delivering his welcome address, the Chancellor, Adedoyin, appreciated the efforts of the federal government in the democratization of tertiary education in Nigeria by allowing private participation in the provision of quality education.
He reeled out some of the achievements of the university since it was granted provisional licence in 2009.
Adedoyin also had some advice for the graduands.
As the nation approaches a new threshold in her political history and as Nigerians get ready for the 2019 general elections, the Chancellor also advised politicians to shun violence.
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