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Finally, Izunaso Makes U-Turn, Mandates Supporters To Join Uzodinma

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In alliance with the aged long political saing “politics abhors permanent enemies and friends” this played out over the weekend as senator Osita Izunaso has finally closed ranks with his Oru brother, His Excellency, Senator Hope uzodinma and paid him courtesy visit at  the Government House.

This is even as he directed his teeming supporters to fuse into the governor’s team.

Senator Izunaso parted ways with Senator Uzodinma in 2011, when he Izunaso lost the senatorial election of Imo West to Hope Uzodinma at the Supreme Court.

In 2015, same Izunaso contested against Uzodinma under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance and was defeated by same Uzodinma, and since then till the moment, the duo have not agreed politically.

In a press release signed by Uzodinma’s Chief Press Oguike Nwachukwu and made available to Lead, Governor Uzodinma told the group that there is wisdom in closing ranks, noting that when people are together they do better. He thanked God that the group and other like minds are now together.

He emphasized that the essence of political parties is to control Government and help to develop the State, adding that, “We are here to contribute our quota and correct those anomalies perpetrated by the past administration.” The Governor emphasised that the work is enormous and cannot be done by one person alone.

The Governor commended the group for the right decision they took on their own, and promised to pursue an administration of ”a united Imo of Unity, Unity and Unity” to the benefit of all.

 Governor Uzodinma assuaged the fear of those joining the All Progressive Congress (APC) now and/or in the future, of exclusion. “Once you join the party, you qualify for all the rights and privileges derivable from the party”.

He invited all to come, join and make the party strong and by extension, make the burden of administration less cumbersome, noting that the “greater the Merrier”.

On reason for the visit, the leader of the group, Senator Izunaso said they have consulted wildly and resolved to identify with Governor Uzodinma, congratulate him and assure him of their solidarity and unalloyed support. Izunaso harped on the need for the Governor to work with his colleagues APC Governors toward ensuring that the Party wins more States by 2023 elections.

Spokesperson of the group, Prince Ford Ozurumba said they have watched and observed the level of humility and accommodating spirit in Governor Uzodinma and decided to join the Governor in the Prosperity Administration.

He expressed their interests in bringing their skills and competence to bear in helping the government achieve its set goals if they are needed.

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Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity

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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.

Also Read; Reactions trail Uzodinma’s May Day broadcast

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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC

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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

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“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.”

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Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma

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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.

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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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