The National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the apex youth body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka have advised the leadership and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to be wary of the political antics of Sen. Rochas Okorocha, using his puppet, Mr Chidi Ibe to incite and sway public emotions for his selfish gain.
Speaking to press men at Awka on Tuesday 26th Jan 2021, after press congress meeting of Ohanaeze Youth Council-Oyc Anambra state chapter, Comrade Igboayaka noted that Okorocha had used the MASSOB leader, Barr. Ralph Uwazuruike, to gain political favour from the great Igbo hero Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
Unfortunately, having ascended onto power as Governor of Imo state, using APGA as a vehicle, he dumped both his benefactors and the party for the APC.
“It was obvious that at the time Sen. Ahmed Tinubu was working to dominate the South West with his party, the ACN now merged into APC, Sen. Rochas Okorocha could have done the same to spread APGA within the South East and South-South, but he choose to betray both APGA members and Ndigbo,” Igboayaka stated.
Comrade Igboayaka stated that the above was the genesis of Okorocha’s ascendency to power in Igbo land, after seeking to be elected in a political office for over 15 years, adding that it was through APGA and the efforts of pro-Biafrans in MASSOB that propelled him.
He noted that it will be unreasonable for IPOB to fall for the political gimmick of Rochas and Mr. Chidi Ibe, stressing that if IPOB will be blind and deaf, they will be used and dumped like MASSOB.
“The political setback Ndigbo suffered in APGA as orchestrated by Rochas Okorocha is the same romance he has initiated through his errand boy Mr. Chidi Ibe, the self-acclaimed Ohanaeze Ndigbo President all to launch his second missionary political journey of use and dump,” Igboayaka stated.
He lamented that “APGA would have given Ndigbo a clear political roadmap as Bola Tinubu spread the ACN in the West, but the unpatriotic political lifestyle of Rochas Okorocha set Ndigbo politically backward to other tribes in Nigeria political project.
He advised IPOB to watch out for their scheming, saying that Rochas Okorocha and Chidi Ibe are among the Igbo politicians who cannot proudly identify or introduce themselves as Igbo or Biafran in the gathering of Hausa/Fulani, urging them not to fall inside Okorocha’s political trap.
“The controversial issues that surrounded Prof. George Obiozor’s emergence as new President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a deep signal that historical credible leaders always emerge through controversy, it is therefore time for all Igbo leaders, traditional rulers and political leaders to join forces with Prof. Obiozor towards the political cum economic emancipation of Ndigbo,” Igboayaka concluded.
Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity
Imo LG elections may not be coming up anytime soon as Imo State Independent Electoral Commission has suspended indefinitely, the ongoing Local Government tours.
Although, the commission at the time of filing this report had not given reasons behind sudden stoppage of the ongoing tours of the Local Government but a source close to the commission hinted Lead that the tour was stopped over rising insecurity occasioned by spate of attacks in the state.
The commission which had covered seventeen out of the twenty seven local Governments in the state had the plans of meeting with the stakeholders in the various Local Governments on the best date for the Local Government polls before the outbreak of the series of attacks in Imo.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon assumption of office appointed the chairman and members of the ISIEC, charged them to see to the conduct of a free and fair election in the Local Governments.
The commission in compliance with the directives of the Governor has carried out some modalities which include returning the political wards into the 305 in accordance with the Imo State law amongst others.
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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC
The All Progressives Congress – APC has condemned the attack by some hoodlums in the state of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
The party went further to condemn the attacks on police properties, personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states.
While responding in a statement signed by the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning, John James Akpanudoedehe, said it will not fold their hands and allow Imo State to be turned into a field for blood shed.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma
“The party equally condemns the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.
“We stand with the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims in this difficult time as we mourn the deaths of innocent and dedicated security personnel simply carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.
“In Imo State, the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the good people of Imo state.
“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.
“The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.
“Our security services must fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.”
Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma
The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that the newly formed Ebube Agu security outfit for the South-East region is not an alternative to the police, army and other federal government established security outfits.
The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that Ebube Agu is but “a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.”
He identified youth unemployment and ethnic mistrust as the main root of criminality in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
The statement identified idleness as the reason fueling criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.
The statement identified the governor as saying “his Government is working assiduously to resuscitate the state moribund industries in Imo by entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a seasoned private consulting firm, for the purpose of providing jobs for the Imo teeming youths to keep them away from crime.
“On the birth of security outfit for the South-East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.
“They are to play complimentary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.
“Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South-East recently do not in anyway suggest that Ndigbo are tired of been in Nigeria. Rather, all we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigeria family.”
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