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Focus on the fight against me and leave Imo people alone – Okorocha tells Uzodinma

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Former governor of Imo State and member representing Imo West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has told Governor Hope Uzodimma to stop destroying the assets of the people of the state in a bid to get at him. 

Okorocha who insisted that the assets he left belongs to people of Imo state, expressed regret that most of the “people-oriented signature projects” constructed by his administration had been lying waste and abandoned by his successor.

He said; 

“It’s been one drama or the other since I left office as the governor of Imo State. It started with Emeka Ihedioha and now, Hope Uzodimma.

“I decided not to show my my face and give leaders opportunity to correct the wrong things that have been going on.

“But, the government of the day is not able to differentiate between Rochas as a person and what Rochas did for Imo State as governor.

“Whatever assets I left here doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the people of Imo State.

“For instance, the 1000-bed Somto Hospital is being demolished by the government, in place of market shops. That hospital was commissioned by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“I don’t know why the police headquarters is still being neglected and abandoned. It is a similar situation with the 3400 capacity prison headquarters.

“The cargo airport is also abandoned without use. The Aguisi Ironsi tunnel which created ways to manage traffic in the capital city is being brought down. They couldn’t even break down the tunnel.

“The two biggest flyovers which can contain 1000 fully loaded trucks is being abandoned without use.

“I’m equally saddened that the RAMP rural roads projects have been stopped. Are you also fighting Rochas by stopping such projects.

“These have called for concern. A fight against Rochas must be disconnected from a fight against Imo people

“My heart is bleeding over the destruction of Imo property especially Somto Hospital. That project is over N1.6 billion. It would have been better if they had turned it into a shopping mall instead of demolishing the edifice.

“I’m calling on Governor Hope Uzodinma to concentrate on the fight against me and leave Imo people alone. Let’s separate politics from governance. Hope is mixing politics and governance. 

“They based their destruction on China projects but it’s taken them months to destroy Akachi and the Ironsi Tunnel.

“Fighting me through EFCC, DSS, and ICPC is enough. Stop destroying Imo properties.”

Responding to this, Governor Uzodinma’s aide Modestus Nwamkpa claimed that the demolished and abandoned projects were either of substandard quality or of no use for the state.

He said; 

 “I want to tell you that most of those projects that you mentioned like the flyovers and tunnels were declared defective by the Nigeria Society of Engineers. This even happened when Ihedioha was here as governor. But, because of the cries and complaints of the people of the state, the current government decided to demolish the tunnel. That thing he called tunnel turned out to be a stream of water.

“The flyovers were not started by Okorocha. It was Ikedi Ohakim who conceptualized and began work there. But, Rochas came and abandoned the standard specifications. This led to the NSE declaring the flyovers defective and not good for human use.

“Those projects were abandoned by Okorocha himself. For instance, after demolishing the Eke Ukwu market, Rochas built what turned out to be public toilet and claimed that it was a hospital. We all know what a hospital is. There was never any time a hospital was there. However, Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised to build a standard market there as requested by the Owerri people within 18 months.

“On the police and prisons headquarters, it is the two federal agencies that will determine when to move into those places and not Hope Uzodinma. I understand that the two agencies did not find the buildings fit enough to house them.”

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Ohanaeze Youth Accuses Okorocha, Ibe Of Inciting IPOB Against Organization

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The National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC), the apex youth body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka has admonished Mr Chidi Ibe to refrain from making inciting statements capable of causing disunity and disharmony among Igbos.

Igboayaka gave the reprimand after the Council’s stakeholders’ meeting conveyed to x-ray the insultive utterances of Mr Ibe since the emergence of Prof. George Obiozor, as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Addressing newsmen in Owerri on Saturday January 23, 2021, the youth leader maintained that Mr. Ibe’s inciting statements against Ohanaeze Ndigbo is emboldened by the sponsorship he enjoys from Senator Rochas Okorocha.

Comrade Igboayaka stated that Rochas Okorocha’s unguarded tirades against Prof. George Obiozor was due to the insinuation and assumption that Prof. Obiozor and Sen. Hope Uzodinma are very close friends, stating that this was Okorocha’s statement at Ogboko when he(Igboayaka) had a meeting with him on the way forward for Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“It’s obvious that Prof. Obiozor’s ambition to become the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was not conceived during Sen. Hope Uzodinma’s administration as the former had severally consulted Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha when he was the governor of Imo State.

“Rochas Okorocha wants to anchor his presidential ambition with sentiments on Ohanaeze Ndigbo and IPOB which explains why he was using Chidi Ibe to incite IPOB against the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to achieve a political sympathy and love from IPOB members,” Igboayaka noted.

“It’s very unfortunate that since the inception of Biafra agitation, many Igbo politicians have used pro-Biafrans to achieve their political selfish interests, and at the end they give pro-Biafra members name. Today, Chidi Ibe and Rochas Okorocha have found a new love in IPOB like Romeo and Juliet, just to project themselves as lovers of the Biafra movement,” Igboayaka stated.

“Were was Rochas Okorocha and Chidi Ibe when IPOB members are being killed and tortured by the security agents, and how many IPOB members did Ibe empower when he was Commissioner in Okorocha’s administration,” Igboayaka queried.

The OYC president stated that Chidi Ibe was using his inciting statements stressed mobilize IPOB for Okorocha’s presidential project, stressing that it is unacceptable for anyone to use his personal ambition to cause crisis with Igbo youths in IPOB.

He decried that the time and resources Okorocha was wasting in court to distract his brother Prof. Obiozor, could be channelled to a substantive adventure that can favour Ndigbo, wondering how at this critical point the Igbos are eaten starkly by leprosy while Rochas Okorocha and Chidi Ibe are busy romancing ringworm.

“Enough of this gimmick and nonsense by desperate Igbo politicians using Ndigbo and Biafra quest to whip up sentiments while in actual sense they are major beneficiaries of looting of Nigeria’s treasury,” Igboayaka warned.

“Ohanaeze Youth Council will not succumb to the politics of divide and rule by Chidi Ibe and his master Sen. Rochas Okorocha in Igbo land, but any patriotic progressive who love Ndigbo should drop his or her personal agenda and earnestly support Prof. Obiozor to build a new Igbo society as he leads the great Igbo race in the next four years,” he concluded.

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Again, 2018 Sacked Chairmen, Councillors Suffer Frustration – Appeal Court Adjourns Suit to May 2021

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While the 2018 sacked chairmen and councilors are still wallowing in pains over series of attempts to return to the Local Governments after their suspension which started during the short term of the Ihedioha led Government to the Uzodinma led administration, the Court of Appeal  Owerri  Division had last Thursday  January 19, gave a long adjournment to May 22 2021.

This is even as the official tenure of the embattled chairmen and councilors would expire August same 2021.

2018 elected chairmen and councilors had dragged the short lived Ihedioha  led Government to the High Court, where they prayed amongst others, for the Court to reinstate them after their illegal suspension by the said Government.

While the suit was still pending in the Court,  Ihedioha was removed as the Governor of Imo state by the Supreme Court and in his place, Uzodinma  took over hence the continuation of the said suit.

Our Reporter who monitored the court process on the said date reported that majority of the sacked chairmen and councilors present at the court were   frustrated when the presiding Judge adjourned the matter to May 22, which is three months to the end of their tenure which is August this year.

Speaking to LEAD NEWSPAPERS, one of the sacked chairmen who would not want his name in print revealed  that  that the best option for the sacked chairmen and councilors was to abandon the ongoing suit at the Court of Appeal  while accusing the court of working in interest of the state Government.

He further pointed out that if the court was not already biased, under no circumstance that a matter of that nature would be adjourned to a long time for a continuation of hearing not even a judgment, he said.

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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.

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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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