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Ex Imo Speaker, SAN, Others Demand Declaration Of Araraume As Winner Of Okigwe Polls



Legal luminaries have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to quickly issue Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume a Certificate of Return (CoR) for winning the December 5 Imo North Senatorial by-election. 

The senior lawyers who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday include a former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Barrister Kelechi Nwagwu; Barrister Philip Ibekwe, Mr. K. C Nwufo (SAN), and former Presidential Candidate, Barrister Godson Okoye.

Giving reason for his advice, former Imo House of Assembly Speaker, Nwagwu stated that Mr. Frank Ibezim, who is contending with Senator Araraume for the Imo North APC ticket had no locus in the election since a Federal High Court in Abuja had declared him ”unfit to hold public office and contest elections” in Nigeria because of his alleged forged certificates and perjury.

Nwagwu argued that since both the Federal High Court in Owerri and the one in Abuja had upheld the disqualification of Ibezim by the APC Screening Committee before the election, INEC should not hesitate to give Araraume the Certificate of Return.

He noted that since Araraume filed a Notice of Appeal and a Motion for Stay of Execution at the Supreme Court on the judgment of the Appeal Court, which had pronounced Ibezim winner of the APC Primaries, nobody could remove his name for that of Ibezim, who has been banned for life for the alleged criminal offences of perjury and forgery by Federal High Court, Abuja.

Speaking in a similar vein, Chief Nwufo (SAN), noted that since two Federal High Courts had found Ibezim guilty of perjury and forgery with the Court in Abuja banning him for life from contesting elections and holding public office, INEC must save itself the embarrassment of recognising a man found guilty of criminal offences.

Nwufo further stated that Ibezim must appeal against the judgment of Justice Inyang Ekwo of Abuja Federal High Court, which banned him from holding public office before he can contest any other election in Nigeria.

“Until this is done, INEC cannot even recognise Ibezim as a Candidate, not to talk of giving him Certificate of Return”, the SAN added.

Another senior lawyer, Victor Giwa, warned that it would amount to “an illegality of monumental proportion” for INEC to regard Ibezim as a candidate in the Imo North Senatorial by-election.

He added that abinitio, Ibezim was encumbered by both his disqualification by the APC Screening Committee and the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared him unfit to hold Public office.

The lawyer maintained that since at the time of the election, Ibezim was not qualified to contest, INEC must never see him as a candidate at all.

A former governorship aspirant and Lawyer, Chief Philip Ibekwe described Ibezim as “a statutory failure who has statutory stigma” and cannot hold public office on account of the two judgments, which found him guilty of perjury and forgery “.

Ibekwe described the judgment against Ibezim as “statutory impediments, which would make a mess of any attempt to recognise Ibezim as APC Candidate in the Imo North Senatorial by-election.

He expressed the view that Ibezim must appeal against this judgment first before he can contest election or hold public office in Nigeria.

Also former Presidential Candidate and Senior Lawyer, Okoye urged INEC and the courts to do the needful in the Imo North Senatorial by-election case.

He advised Senator Araraume to pursue his case with courage and determination since according to him, “the law will always tilt to the direction where justice weighs heavier”.

On his part, Imo State Chairman of APC, Chief Nwafor disclosed that the party was on the side of Araraume and would join him to get justice.

Recall that INEC conducted the Imo North Senatorial by-election on 5th December, 2020 but failed to declare a winner after announcing that APC won the highest number of votes cast in the election.

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Imo APC Crisis: Uzodinma Finally Cages Out Okorocha



… 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



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



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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