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Aftermath Of Speakers Impeachment:



Ohaji Egbema Lawmaker  Cools  Off In Detention,  Araraume’s Camp  Denies Meeting With Chiji

Report had it that the Honourable member representing Ohaji/Egbema state Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly is still in detention as at the time of filling this report.

 It was reported that after the impeachment of the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins and subsequent emergence of the new Speaker Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, the APC legislators moved down to Imo State Government House for the presentation of the new speaker to the governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

It was alleged that Hon. Heclus Okoro who is said to be against the impeachment of the former speaker Chiji had a misunderstanding with the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu.

which resulted to a physical combat.

A reliable source revealed to this newspaper that when the trouble heated up, security agents attached to the government released not less than four bullets to scare people away.

Meanwhile, the Ohaji/Egbema born legislator is still under Police net and will be arraigned in court today, Monday 16th November 2020

Meanwhile, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has disassociated himself from the news circulating through the social media that he had secret meetings with the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins which culminated into removing him from the office.

This was contained in a release by the Media team of the former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who represented Imo North Senatorial district between 1999 and 2007 and made available to the media.

Senator Araraume through the release stated that he had no business with the former speaker Chiji Collins even the new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem. The statement as it reads in parts: “

“Our attention has been drawn to a reckless and crass claim that the impeachment of the former speaker of Imo House of Assembly (IMHA), Rt. Hon Chiji Collins was a consequence of a meeting between him and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.

“We considered it worthwhile to give attention to this for record purposes which must be put straight so the public won’t run with falsehood. To that effect we wish to state categorically that there was no such meeting anywhere between Rt. Hon Chiji Collins and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.

“Ever since the lockdown came into effect as a measure to curb the spread of COVID19, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume never stepped out of Abuja for the East except on the 2nd of September 2020 when he came into the state for the APC Imo North Senatorial bye-election primary which took place the following day, 3rd September. He left back for Abuja early morning on the 4th being the day after the primary without seeing any visitor in his house”.

“It could be recalled that on his arrival from Abuja for the said primary, he immediately joined the meeting of the aspirants with the governor which lasted till about 3am the following day. Hence, there was no time for any meeting with any other personality”.

The public should therefore disregard this rumour as baseless and unfounded. It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume.

“Araraume has no business with the former speaker, Rt Hon. Chiji Collins. He also has no business whatsoever with the new speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem either”

He therefore called on the general public to disregard the rumors from the pit of hell as he described it as baseless and unfounded.

According to him, “It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume”.

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Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loans



Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loan

Except Imo State Government succeeds in its efforts to restore normalcy in the state, the Hotel businesses which flourishes in Imo would become a thing of the past.

Investigation carried out by Lead revealed that most of the popular Hotel owners and management have cut drastically down the number of their workers following their inabilities to pay back the loans collected from banks caused by low patronage occasioned by insecurity in Imo.

Imo State in the recent times has been on the news over attacks by unknown gunmen and the security agents in the bid to restore peace were said to have killed some innocent persons, an act which crippled night clubs and other activities.

Speaking with Weekend Lead, the owner of one of the Five Star Hotels in Imo appealed with Imo state government to come to their aide, pointing out that some of the banks in the state are after them, demanding for payment of Loans which he said was over-due for payment but following the low patronage of Hotels occasioned by insecurity, the management of Hotels are unable to pay back. 

The said Hotel owner who chose to speak on the guise of anonymity told Lead that at their Union level, the Hospitality Management in Imo had gone to the Imo State Commissioner of Police to interact with him on the best way to improve on the security to enable them revive their businesses which he said is at the comatose state adding that with the state of insecurity in Imo, Hotels hardly have customers as people have boycotted night lives and other social activities.

He decried how Imo which is known for its hospitality industry in the nation is losing grips over insecurity adding that it is also affecting the IGR as well as the working population of the state. 

Also Read; Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight

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Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight



… Urges Leaders TO Sheath Sword

… Backs Government Peace Moves.

Given the Security challenges which hitherto have to a reasonable extent grounded the economy of Imo State, one of the chieftains of the All progressives Congress in the State, Prince Joseph Okwara, Akajiugo of Umuna has called on both the political leaders, heads of various religious groups, Traditional Rulers amongst others to see the situation as a serious one which must be tackled head long.

This is even as he appealed with political leaders to sheath their sword and unite against insecurity which he described as an ill wind that blows no one any good.

In a press release signed by Okwara himself and made available to weekend Lead, he expressed gratitude to the Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma on the continued efforts to ensure that peace returns in Imo which he described as the only State we have.

Prince Okwara, a business Mogul cum politician who used the medium to condemn the call on the Governor by the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to resign his seat charged the leaders of the party not do play politics with what he termed a ‘sensitive’ issue.

Imo State chapter of the PDP had few weeks ago, called on Uzodinma to resign his seat as Governor, accusing him of incapacity to provide the State with adequate security, a statement which had received various condemnation in Imo and beyond.

Describing a peaceful State as that which breeds development, Akajiugo called on those behind the destruction of Government Institutions in the State to desist pointing out that such would only retard the development of the State as well as deplete our population.

He further used the forum to call on the security agencies to toe the line of professionalism in the discharge of their noble duties of protection of lives and properties and not the other way round.

Also Read: Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms



… Calls on Imo people to exercise patience

… Describes Governor as committed leader.

Following the calls on the leadership of the Shadow Government, a pressure group that constructively critices the Governments at all levels over its sudden silence on the activities of the Imo state Government led by senator Hope Uzodinma, the body has finally given reasons for the said silence.

In a press release signed by the president of the group, Dr Anthony Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead Express, he revealed that shadow Government as a pressure group only speaks when the need arises particularly when the Government’s policies both at the federal and states are anti people adding that its silence after its report few months ago on Imo which attracted varying reactions from the Government and individuals is not out of fear or any other reason rather has been studying the Government’s policies and its style of governance to enable the group point succinctly the strength as well as the weakness of the government.

Iroegbu while marshalling out the reasons revealed that though Uzodinma may not have lived upto the people’s expectations one hundred percent but he is indeed committed and desirous of moving the state forward.

Dr Iroegbu who contested the 2019 Governorship seat of Imo state revealed that Uzodinma has good intentions but given the enormous challenges both man made and naturally made now slow down the required speed adding that two months to his assumption of office as the Governor of Imo state, the covid 19 virus hit the world which until now, is still ravaging the universe.

Iroegbu popularly known and addressed as Omenuko noted that while Imo and the World in general are still battling the effects of the covid-19, Uzodinma was struck with another but an unavoidable distraction from the Okorocha’s political dynasty of alleged converted Imo properties which almost resulted in open combat between the loyalists of senator Okorocha and the Appointees of the state Government.

While that was on, Unknown gunmen started causing havocs in the state which included destruction of Owerri Correctional Centre, the Imo state police command amongst others.

Iroegbu further revealed that the series of attacks both in Orlu by yet to be identified gunmen which led to loss of lives and properties, Ihitte Uboma,Oguta amongst others at the formation of the Uzodinma’s administration are capable of distracting a focused and determined Government yet Uzodinma to a reasonable extent is committed in moving the state forward, he said.

He advised him to look into the poverty in the state with a view of solving it.

He however appealed with Imo people to exercise a little patience with the Governor assuring that he is likely going to take Imo to that Promised Land.

He used the medium to call on those responsible for the said attacks to cease adding that Imo does not belong to Uzodinma but for all of us hence all we still suffer the pains of the destruction of the Government institutions in Imo.

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