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Aftermath Of ALGON Judgement: Nlemigbo Led APC Disowns Uche Nwosu, Nwafor-As Party Members

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The crisis rocking the APC in Imo may not be settled anytime soon as leaders of the party have persistently refused to bury hatchets.

The recent press statement credited to one of the Leaders of the party In the state Ugwumba Uche Nwosu where he appealed with Governor Uzodinma to accept the Federal High court judgment which reinstated the suspended 2018 Chairmen and councilors elected under the regime of former Governor Okorocha appears to have opened a cankerworm in the party.

In a press release signed by the factional State Acting Publicity secretary, Okenze Paul and made available to Newsmen, he called on Uche Nwosu to stay away from further discussion on the APC issues pointing out that he and Dan Nwafor, the factional State Chairman of the APC in Imo are yet to return to the APC after dumping the party to AA in the 2019 elections.

Okenze while describing the Imo APC as one indivisible party with Nlemigbo as the l

Party chairman revealed the readiness of the party to receive Nwosu and Nwafor to the party anytime they return enjoined the party members to ignore what he described as the antics of Uche Nwosu.

Uche Nwosu had last Friday enjoined the Imo State Governor, sen Hope Uzodinma not to appeal against the judgment of the Federal High court which reinstated the suspended 2018 ALGON.

The reported statement by Nwosu however was greeted with varying reactions.

While some condemned the statement by Nwosu on the grounds that he accompanied his father in law Rochas Okorocha to sack and frustrate the 2011 ALGON, others were of the view that his advice should be heeded to.

Following the judgment of the Federal High Court, Owerri Division delivered by Hon Justice Tijani Regime on Wednesday 1st July 2020 which purports to sack the IMC in the 27 LGA in Imo State and reinstate the Rochas’ Chairmen. The Imo State APC wishes to put the records straight and state as follows:

That the party has mandated its legal team to critically study the said judgment and advice the party accordingly.

That preliminary analysis by APC legal team shows that the learned judge erred in law in making the declaration and orders. Hence the lawyers have given notice of appeal which serves as a stay of execution. It’s expected that at the Court of Appeal, the matter and facts in issue shall be properly streamlined.

That everybody should remain calm as the IMC of all the 27 LGA should go on with their duties.

That the party has noticed that a lot of sentiments are being raised by individuals who deliberately try to distort information and misdirect the people. In this regard, Imo State APC ably led by Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo Esq, states that it has not issued any statement before now congratulating anybody; insists that such messages were issued by impersonators and imposters who are not members of APC. Neither Ugwumba Uche Nwosu nor Daniel Nwafor has returned to APC after their misadventure in AA. They are expected to officially apply to and return to APC if they are interested, and they are most welcome.

Imo APC notes that the Rochas’ LGA Chairmen and councilors were suspended by the 9th Assembly of Imo House of Assembly during the interim government of PDP/Emeka Ihedioha. It requires the lifting of their suspension by the Imo State House of Assembly to reinstate them and not the Federal High Court. The Federal High Court can not interfere with or stop the legislature from performing its constitutional functions.

Furthermore, it is wrong and completely false to state that the suspended Council officials were sacked or disbanded by Governor Hope Uzodinma. Hope Uzodinma didn’t meet these set of LGA officials when the government was inaugurated on 15th of January 2020 and one wonders how Governor Hope could have dissolved them in June 2919. That shows the fatality of their action.

Needless to remind the set of Rochas’ LGA officials that the former Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha dissolved a dully elected LGA Executive and councilors elected by his predecessor in office, His Excellency Governor Ikedi Ohakim in 2015. The 2011 set of LGA officials should be the right people to benefit from any judgment whatsoever as theirs is first in time.

Imo APC urges the IMC in the 27 LGAs to continue to perform their legitimate functions and avoid being distracted.

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FCMB demotes Adam Nuru, appoints Yemisi Edun as acting Managing Director

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The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as its acting managing director.

Edun takes over the running of the bank from the Managing Director, Adam Nuru, who on Tuesday, January 5, proceeded on leave amid allegations of marital infidelity involving him and former staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas. There are allegations that Moyo’s estranged husband, Tunde Thomas, 45, died on December 16, 2020, from a heart attack after battling with depression upon discovering that the two children from their marriage were allegedly fathered by Mr Nuru.

A statement from the bank announcing Edun’s appointment reads in part

“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs Yemisi Edun is acting as the managing director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave, and the Board conducts its review of the allegations.

She has not been appointed as the substantive Managing Director. As and when the Board completes its review of the allegations, we will provide an update.”

Edun has hitherto been the bank’s executive director, finance.

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Teacher fakes her own kidnap in Kwara to extort N250, 000 from her father

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The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father.

Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher.

She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.

I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, but when COVID-19 broke out, our salary was stopped, I could no longer continue with the contribution.

“Those who were in the group continued to mount pressure on me to pay up my own contribution and there is nowhere that I could get the money. So I decided to go and hide in my sister’s place and I told someone to call my father on phone that I was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of N250,000 which was paid to my friend’s account.” she said

Parading her before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Bagega, said Medinat conspired with her elder sister, Amudalat Wahab, and one Hammed Lekan to arrange her kindap and they have both been arrested as well.

The CP said a bank account, belonging to one Hammed Lekan, was used to cash the N250,000.

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID19.

Mustapha disclosed this at the national briefing on COVID19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Mustapha, the PTF had conducted the testing of batch B corps members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.

His words;

“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. There is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following: Cumulative cases: 91,351; Cumulative Tests: 958,911; Deaths: 1,318 and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started”

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