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Confirmation Of Eze Imo: Uzodinma Dashes Hope Of Ezes, Says Interest On Security Not Leadership

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Expectations of Imo State Traditional Rulers particularly, HRH Eze Emma Okeke as well as his supporters were caught short last Monday by the Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma who was expected to hit the nail on the head last Monday by announcing or confirming the new Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Governor Uzodinma who met the Traditional Rulers at their State Secretariat dashed the hope of the Ezes who were inquisitive of knowing who takes over the Shephard of Imo Traditional Rulers had their hopes dashed when the Governor informed them that his interest at the moment was on how to boost the community policing and not who chairs the traditional Institution in the state while admitting that he has the powers to choose any person he likes for the seat.

Imo State House of Assembly had a few months ago, repealed the law made by their predecessors which vested the power to elect or select the chairman of the Traditional Rulers by they themselves and vested the power to the Governor to do so

Senator Hope Uzodinma Imo State Governor who for the first time called for a meeting with all royal fathers in Imo at Eze Imo Palace, Mbari in Owerri has dropped the community Govt. Council system that set up president generals as heads of the CGC. In its place, the governor ordered the dissolution of all town unions mandating traditional rulers to select who becomes the new President general in a fresh election in their community.

The Governor observed that most of our sons and daughters from abroad seldom sleep in the villages due to criminals and poor security operations. He disclosed that the new community policy concept is to be introduced to flush out criminal elements in society. Senator Uzodinma charged all royal fathers to take full charge of governance and headship of their respective communities with a mandate to reside in their dolmen. In his words, no more part-time Ezes as any Eze who fails to perform will be suspended. The governor used the opportunity to inform the Royal fathers that selection of who becomes the New Eze Imo remains his prerogative, even as he kept quiet on who the cap fits at the moment.

Gov. Uzodinma solicited for co-operation and support of the royal fathers as he told them to do away with sycophancy. He charged them to always advise him whenever he as governor derails. He assured the Eze that their welfare and that of Imolites is uppermost in his mind, hence the stress of Ndieze coming to Owerri or zonal offices for their stipends is replaced with bank alerts.

Earlier in an opening address, the Special Adviser on Local govt and chieftaincy matters, Chief (Mrs.) Ruby Uchenna Emele lauded the royal fathers for honoring the invitation. Mrs. Emele observed with delight, the giant strides of the Uzodinma’s govt under 100 days in spite of the global pandemic Covid-19 with its dry economy. She said senator Hope Uzodinma has ensured that normalcy is restored at LGAs. According to the Isiala-Mbano woman politicians and technocrat the shared prosperity govt in Imo today fought tactfully the Covid-19 pandemic through pro-active measures that have made Imo State almost free from the pandemic. She urged all Imolites to support this govt for there is hope in Senator Hope Uzodinma’s leadership of the state. Some traditional rulers who spoke at the event poured their hearts. HRH Eze Dr. Bonny Ikenna Egwuogu (Ph.D.) Uloano Ndugba told the crowd that Ezes are those that must offer sincere advice to governors as they are sacred and apolitical. He berated Royal Fathers that acted as Alter boys to the former Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s Government. In his words, royal fathers are those that must drive govt policies and programs at grassroots. But not as stooges to the governor.

Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Owugha Alike Obowu, HRH Eze Gody Okeke lauded the New vision of Gov. Hope Uzodinma on New Community Policing. He said royal fathers are the key leaders that will drive the community policing to a success.

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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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