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Ezeship Tussle: ELUGWU OKABIA GOES BACK TO STATUS QUO

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… Orders Ekpunobi, Ochonma TO Stop Parading Selves As Monarchs

…Regent Takes Charge of Throne Pending Court’s Decision

In a bid to ensure mutual understanding, as well as peace in Enugwu Okabia Autonomous community in Orsu Local Government, the leaders of the community, have resorted to section 62 (1) of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community which states amongst others, that at the demise of  Traditional Ruler, the Regent of the community shall oversee the Traditional Activities in the community pending the election of a new Traditional Ruler.

In a release titled “Notice of Regent For Elugwu Okabia In Orsu LGA, Imo State, signed by chief cc Imo, palace secretary to late Eze prof Chuka Okonkwo, Dr. H. M Iwuoha, chief Ugochukwu Onyegirim, chief S.N Chikwue, Chief Raymond Obielo, and Chief Clement Nkume and made available to Lead, they made it clear that in line with the above section of the constitution, that Chief Ambrose Onyegirim, has been vested with the powers of the Eze of the community as the Traditional prime minister or the Regent pending when a new Traditional Ruler emerges.

 In the said release, the people of Enugwu Okabia were instructed to henceforth, be channeling all correspondences concerning Traditional Institution to the prime minister and to accord him all rights and privileges as the Head of the community.

In line with this, therefore, the said Traditional Prime minister and the Regent of Elugwu Okabia  Onyegirim had on 25th of June 2020 where he charged the members of the community as well Governments at all levels to channel every correspondence of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community to his office as the Regent in line with the constitution of the community.

The traditional prime minister who used the forum to call on Two Sons of the community chief Ekpunobi and chief Oliver Ochomma who have been in court over Who ought to be the Traditional Ruler of the community to steer clear from parading selves as Ezes of the community pending the determination of the substantive by the High Court.

Onyegirim who frowned at the alleged formation of committees both on the collection of levies, as well as certain task forces in the community by one of Ezeship hopeful, made it clear that his office would not fold its arms to see any person parading himself as the Traditional Ruler of the community while court is yet to make a pronouncement to that effect.

It would be recalled that Chiefs Ekpunobi and Ochomna have since the after the death and mourning of Eze Prof Chuka Okonkwo, Eze Akariam X, in 2014, engaged in Ezeship battle over who controls the affairs of the community as the Traditional Ruler.

While the community was unable to resolve the issue as well as the State Government under former Governor Okorocha, the parties resorted to Court.

The impending matter with suit number HOR/20/2018 was at the hearing stage when the dreaded coronavirus broke out which led to shutting down of both courts amongst other activities.

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Few months to 2023 Primaries: Okigwe zone yet to produce a Senator as Uzodinma, Ibezim Surrender to Supreme court

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One year to the build up to the 2023 elections, Imo North is yet to produce a senator to replace their late Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This is seen as Governor Uzodinma and Senator Araraume have surrendered their battle over the APC candidate for the said election to the Supreme Court which is yet to fix a date to hear the suit following controversies over the APC primaries.

Uwajumogu who died on the 18th December 2018 was buried early 2020 yet the zone has stayed without a senator.

Also Read:Umeadi Vs Uzodinma: Imo PDP Develops Cold Feet Over Delay In Supreme Court

Senator Araraume, one of the contestants to the APC primaries had dragged Ibezim to court, challenging his declaration by INEC as the candidate  of the party.

Few days to the APC primaries, the High Court upturned the candidature of Ibezim and replaced him with Araraume.

In same vain, Ibezim appealed against the lower Court’s judgment and at the Court of Appeal which Araraume appealed against at the Supreme Court.

At the time of filling this report, the Supreme Court has not fixed date to hear the suit between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim.

Some of the stakeholders in the zone have not  ceased to regret the non representation of the zone at the Senate getting to two years after the death of the former Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an act which they described as a set back to the zone.

The situation is more worrisome as INEC has already fixed October 2022 for the primaries ahead of 2023 elections.

The implications of Okigwe having no Representative as its senator include that as the matters are still pending in courts, the tenure of any person that finally gets in as a senator drastically reducing and that would also affect the entire Okigwe Zone and Imo State in general.

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Umeadi Vs Uzodinma: Imo PDP Develops Cold Feet Over Delay In Supreme Court

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  • Court failed to sit on Jan 11
  • Yet to fix another date
  • Party members shift attention to 2023

Members of the Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party appear to now wallow in confusion as well as in cold feet following the delay in the expected hearing of the suit instituted by Philip Umeadi against the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma which is pending in the Supreme Court.

Media Houses particularly those in Owerri were awash with reports of the supreme court hearing its pending suit against Uzodinma by Umeadi (SAN) on Monday January 11 but all particularly the members of the PDP got disappointed when the Supreme Court did not sit on the expected date let alone communicating the involved parties on reasons behind not sitting at the said date or taken another date for the said hearing.

Philip Umeadi (SAN) has dragged the Imo State Governor Senator Uzodinma to court seeking interpretation of earlier supreme court judgment where it ruled amongst others that Uche Nwosu ought to be the Governorship candidate of the APC but by virtue of his double nomination both by the APC and the Action Alliance the candidature of the party stripped off him.

Umeadi in the said suit is asking the Supreme Court to interpret the said judgment in relation with Uzodinma who same Supreme Court at last declared the winner of Imo State Governorship election.  Upon instituting this matter before the supreme court, the members of the PDP who are the close beneficiaries if the supreme court over turns the Governorship seat of Imo over the questionable  and controversial APC candidature of Uzodinma were said to have been hopeful and prayerful waiting upon the Supreme Court which they believe would upturn the Governorship seat of Imo.

Also Read: Imo APC crisis – Uzodinma cages out Okorocha

Speaking to Monday Lead Express, one of the staunch members of the PDP who would not want his name in print revealed that members of the PDP in Imo have developed cold feet over the delay in hearing of the suit by court adding that they have given up on the matter and have begun to plan on the best method to wrestle power from the APC in 2023.

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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.

Read: Correct Impression About Igbo’s Samdaddy Tells Obiozor

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.

Read: Okoroafor Marries traditionally, Achonu, others Grace Occasion

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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