Sunday, 17 September 2017

History and PDP panel upholds Obaze’s electionan

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History cum politics
On 17th September,1949 NATO council had their first meeting.
NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO /ˈneɪtoʊ/FrenchOrganisation du Traité de l'Atlantique NordOTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between several North American and European states based on the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.
NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. Three NATO members (the United States, France and the United Kingdom) are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and are officially nuclear-weapon states. NATO Headquarters are located in Haren, Brussels, Belgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons, Belgium.

NATO is an alliance that consists of 29 independent member countries across North America and Europe. An additional 21 countries participate in NATO's Partnership for Peace program, with 15 other countries involved in institutionalized dialogue programs. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total Members' defense spending is supposed to amount to at least 2% of GDP.

NATO was little more than a political association until the Korean War galvanized the organization's member states, and an integrated military structure was built up under the direction of two US Supreme Commanders. The course of the Cold War led to a rivalry with nations of the Warsaw Pact, that formed in 1955. Doubts over the strength of the relationship between the European states and the United States ebbed and flowed, along with doubts over the credibility of the NATO defense against a prospective Soviet invasion—doubts that led to the development of the independent French nuclear deterrent and the withdrawal of France from NATO's military structure in 1966 for 30 years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany in 1989, the organization became involved in the breakup of Yugoslavia, and conducted its first military interventions in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995 and later Yugoslavia in 1999. Politically, the organization sought better relations with former Warsaw Pact countries, several of which joined the alliance in 1999 and 2004.

Article 5 of the North Atlantic treaty, requiring member states to come to the aid of any member state subject to an armed attack, was invoked for the first and only time after the September 11 attacks, after which troops were deployed to Afghanistan under the NATO-led ISAF. The organization has operated a range of additional roles since then, including sending trainers to Iraq, assisting in counter-piracy operations  and in 2011 enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973. The less potent Article 4, which merely invokes consultation among NATO members, has been invoked five times: by Turkey in 2003 over the Iraq War; twice in 2012 by Turkey over the Syrian Civil War, after the downing of an unarmed Turkish F-4 reconnaissance jet, and after a mortar was fired at Turkey from Syria; in 2014 by Poland, following the Russian intervention in Crimea and again by Turkey in 2015 after threats by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to its territorial integrity.

john alechenu  and Tony Okafor
The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic has upheld the governorship primary that produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s candidate for the Anambra election scheduled for November 18.
The Head of the PDP Publicity Division, Chinwe Nnorom, disclosed this in a statement issued on behalf of the Caretaker Appeal Panel, on Saturday in Abuja.
Nnorom said the committee upheld Obaze’s candidacy having examined all the petitions filed before it.
She said appeals for the August 28 primary were heard on September 12, at the PDP national secretariat, Abuja, by the panel chaired by its National Chairman, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
“To this end, the leadership enjoins all party members and supporters in Anambra, especially the aspirants, to put the issue regarding the primary behind them.
“We should work together as one indivisible family ahead of the November 18 governorship election,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria had reported that some of the aspirants staged a protest at the venue of the party’s primary in Anambra over the alleged unwillingness of the party to listen to their complaints.
Some of the aspirants were the Chairman of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Uba, Senator Stella Oduah; a former Minister of Aviation, John Emeka; and a member of the House of Representatives, Lynda Ikpeazu.
Oduah, who withdrew from the primary, cited imposition of candidates on the party for her action.
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants in the just concluded governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in the Anambra State, Nonso Madu, has warned the party against cancelling the outcome of the primary which produced Tony Nwoye.
He noted that speculations of the existence of a plot to set aside the results of the primary were already generating a lot of tension among supporters.
Madu, who said this in Abuja, on Saturday, noted that Anambra delegates voted for the candidate of their choice and that any decision to void the outcome of the process would adversely affect the chances of the APC in the November 18 poll.
Madu said, “Over 4,000 APC members in Anambra State participated and voted in the primary election as delegates. This includes youths, elderly men and women, nursing mothers and physically challenged persons.”
He further noted that the entire process lasted for over 48 hours as delegates had left their various homes and wards to converge on the state capital, Awka, on August 25

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