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AGAIN IMHA BEAMS LIGHT ON IHEDIOHA

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… Sets-Up Cttee To Probe Former IMC Chairs

.. Accuses Them Of Draining Billions Without Projects

… Uche Ogbuagu Describes Oguta lawmaker As Lukewarm

While the Imo State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts is yet to submit its report on the allegation of  N19.63 Billion misappropriated by the immediate past administration from the Local Government Accounts, same House of Assembly has again constituted an Adhoc committee to probe what they termed reckless withdrawals as well as disbursement of Local Government funds by the former Interim Management Committee and Local Government Treasurers.

According to the majority leader and member representing Ikeduru State Constituency, Uche Ogbuagu who moved the said motion, he alleged that upon dissolution of the interim management committee constituted by the immediate former governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha  that majority of the chairmen in collaboration with Treasurers went ahead to make withdrawals from the local government Accounts, an action he described as criminal.

Speaking on the importance of the motion, Uche Ogbuagu noted that the motion if adopted would not only guarantee and restore the confidence of their constituents who elected them but would further serve as a deterrent to the present interim management  Committee who may wish to Siphon the Local Government Accounts in the name of doing one contract and another made it clear that in his local government, the then transition committee chairman allegedly claimed the stadium which he Uche Ogbuagu built and named after an elder statesman, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as built by the then government and retired millions of naira designated for the said stadium.

Seconding the motion, the member representing Ahiazu Mbaise Hon. Otuibe described the motion as apt pointing out that similar things happened in his constituency.

According to the lawmaker, the former Interim Management Committee chairmen embezzled billions of the local government funds with impunity.

Others that supported the said motion include the member representing Owerri West, Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi who pointed out that posterity would not forgive the 9th Assembly if the former Interim management Committees are not brought to book.

Conversely, the member representing Mbaitoli,  State Constituency Hon. Okey Onyekanma and a PDP member described the motion as an aberration pointing out that there was already a standing committee chaired by Chigozie Nwaneri, member representing Oru East State Constituency, adding that it would make a nonsense of the House to still constitute another committee to look into the same issue.

The Mbaitoli House Member who referred the House to section 128 of the Nigerian constitution maintained that such would lead to double jeopardy opposing the said motion, the member representing Oguta State Constituency, Barr. Ugboma While describing the constitution of an Adhoc committee to investigate the former Local Government administration while a standing committee is already investigating the same issue.

In his ruling, the speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins overruled the opposition adding that section 128 which the PDP minority members were relying on does not apply in the instant case.

He however constituted the Adhoc committee chaired by the member Representing Obowo State Constituency, Kennedy Ibeh to look into the contracts as well as the monies expended by the immediate past interim management committee chairmen.

The committee was given one month to report its findings to the house.

Meanwhile, what could be described as the 21-century drama ensued when the member representing Oguta state constituency Frank Ugboma informed the house that his name which was contained in the motion by Uche Ogbuagu was included without his knowledge and consent.

The House member who felt embarrassed left his seat to warn Uche Ogbuagu not to repeat such.

In response, Ogbuagu at the same plenary contradicted Ugboma saying that he Ugboma was consulted and that he perused through the motion before it was presented.

Ogbuagu who accused the Oguta lawmaker of playing double standard asked him to leave his seat which resulted in a commotion that was calmed immediately by the speaker.

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Imo APC Crisis: Uzodinma Finally Cages Out Okorocha

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… Plants Nlemigbo As State Caretaker

… Appointed S/E Party Leader

… Okorocha Romances With PDP

The body language of immediate former governor of Imo State and senator representing Imo West in the Red Chambers, Senator Rochas Okorocha over his 2023 ambition indicates that the Orlu Zone based politician may dump the All Progressives Congress for another political party.

This plan by Okorocha as gathered by Lead Newspapers followed the control of the APC by Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma who by virtue of his position is a major leader and stakeholder in the Imo State Chapter of the APC.

Okorocha and Uzodinma’s political battle over the soul of APC started in 2018 when Uzodinma who joined the APC from the PDP miraculously picked the governorship ticket of the party against Okorocha’s son-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who expectedly was believed to pick the ticket following the supports given to him by the then incumbent governor and his father-in-law, Rochas Okorocha.

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Despite Uzodinma’s victory as the APC governorship candidate, Okorocha’s loyalists in the APC never supported his candidature rather were said to join Uche Nwosu who at the said time, had picked the governorship ticket of the Action Alliance. However, Okorocha started losing grips of the APC when the National leadership of the party led by its National  Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole dissolved the elected state working committee of the party led by Daniel Nwafor as the state chairman and appointed Marcilinus Nlemigbo as the state caretaker chairman of the Imo APC who was nominated by Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Although, Uzodinma’s loyalist in the person of Nlemigbo was appointed the chairman of the caretaker in the state but Nwafor led state working committee who was a loyalist to Okorocha never gave uzodinma and Nlemigbo a breathing space as he dragged them to court where both the court of the first instance and second declared Nwafor as the authentic state chairman of the APC and as such, was still recognized as the  chairman though by Okorocha’s loyalists and camp only.

During the Okigwe zone bye election held last December, some of the APC Aspirants identified and worked with Nwafor as the recognized state chairman an of the APC, an act which nearly divided the Aspirants.

However, this was brought to an end when the National Executive council of the APC at the tail end of 2020, dissolved all the APC structures from the  wards to the states and appointed caretakers to see to the affairs of the  party pending the next congress which expectedly would take place this year. While the Uzodinma’s loyalists were still celebrating the appointment of Nlemigbo as the state caretaker chairman of the APC, Governor Hope Uzodinma was appointed by the National leadership of the APC to head the reconciliation of the APC members in the South East.

In a letter signed by the National chairman caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee Mai Mala Buni and made available to Lead, Governor Uzodinma was mandated to oversee the process of reconciliation and registration of the APC South East caucus.

This appointment however, has put Uzodinma ahead of other APC members not just in Imo but in the entire South East, according to political Analysts.

Speaking to Lead Newspaper, one of the loyalists of Uzodinma who would not want his name in print revealed that plans were on the way for the former Governor and Ideato South born politician to move to another party if paraventure, Uzodinma’s men take over the APC in the next congress.

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Although, he did not specify the particular political party which the former governor may likely join but unconfimrd sources revealed to Lead that the said Okorocha is planning to join the PDP if he does not find his feet in the APC at last.

Few days ago, the former Governor was said to have stormed Rivers State where he commissioned some of the projects of Governor Nyeson Wike, a PDP Governor.

Information to Lead revealed that Okorocha and WIke had a long exclusive discussions before the official commissioning of the said projects.

Apart from the above, some of the Okorocha’s loyalists has also joined the Action Alliance, a political party allegedly solely funded by Okorocha.

This paper has it on good authority that the loyalists have Okorocha have filled the vacant positions in AA ahead of the party’s congress in January 2021 this is also another alternative party allegedly set out by the former governor ahead of 2021.

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Obiozor Wins OhanaezeNdigbo Presidency

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History was made yesterday as Prof. George Obiozor emerged the president-general of Ohanaeze ndi Igbo having beaten his counterparts with  304 votes.

  The election which was done by option  A4  at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo state witnessed delegates across the federation both home and abroad. Notably, the election started with the president general and down to another position.

Speaking at the occasion, the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma said that the Igbos are always known for business and trade and that made them enterprising he added.

 In his acceptance speech, the newly elected president-general of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Prof. George Obiozor expressed his happiness while commending all for voting him.

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APC S/E Reconciliation: Buni Mandates Uzodinma TO Oversee Process

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In a bid to restore unity amongst the leaders of the APC in South East ahead of 2023 elections, chairman caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee Mal Mala Buna has called on the Imo State Governor Sen. Hope Uzodinma to oversee the process and ensure that reconciliation is made and achieved.

This is even as he described the governor as an old politician with enough experience and capacity to deliver on the assigned duty.

In a letter titled “southeast Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) addressed to the Imo State Governor and signed by Mai Mala Buna and made available to Lead Newspaper, Governor Uzodinma was further instructed to brief the National Chairman periodically on the progress of the reconciliation in the southeast.

Governor Hope Uzodinma who joined the APC from the PDP in 2018 found it very difficult to have access to the party following the efforts of the immediate former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha who was then the leader of the party in the entire South East.

Okorocha who saw Uzodinma as a rival who came to contest the APC Governorship primaries with his son-in-law Ugwumba uche Nwosu employed all his incumbent powers to stop Uzodinma access to the APC activities in both Imo and South East.

Uzodinma only had a breath of life in the APC as a member when the National leadership of the party led by Oshmohole dissolved the Daniel Nwafor led state working committee and appointed the caretaker committee led by Nlemigbo.

Despite this dissolution, Nwafor dragged Oshmohole led executive to court, seeking dissolution of the said caretaker both the court of the first instance and second recognized Nwafor as the authentic State Chairman of the APC, though Uzodinma’s Government was dealing with Nlemigbo as the caretaker.

In what could best be described as God’s intervention, the National Caretaker of the APC led by Buni had towards the end of 2020, dissolved all the APC structures starting from the ward levels to  the state and appointed caretaker at the state and mandated the state caretakers to appoint same at wards and LGA’s.

Fortunately for Uzodinma Nlemigbo who has been his choice of state chairman was appointed as the state APC caretaker chairman in Imo, an act which political analysts have described as total victory for Uzodinma, hence he now controls the APC in Imo.

However, with the recent mandate to Uzodinma to oversee the reconciliation of the APC members in the South East, it implies that the national leadership of the party still holds the governor at a high esteem.

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