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Former PDP State Publicity Sec. Gives Reasons For Dumping Party

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The last has not been heard on why some state exco members of people’s Democratic party PDP in Imo state resigned their positions and decamped to APC/ shared prosperity government of Dist. Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Addressing journalists recently in Owerri, after decamping to APC, the ruling party, the former Assistant/ acting publicity state publicity secretary of PDP in Imo state Chief Ihebinike revealed that his former party, the PDP has lost salt and soul of the party as a democratic party as was known before. He said the party appears to be a cult where few people know what is going on in the party. 

Chief Ihebinike said that prior to the 2018  gubernatorial primary, the party in the eyes of the majority of Imo key political players was like a campaign organization of one governorship aspirant. This development made it extremely very difficult for political stakeholders to join the party and also invest in it. This ugly situation continued until the former state chairman of the party Barr. Charles Ezekwem called a world press conference with approval of the state executive committee of the party to announce to the world that the PDP was not a one-man party as it was in the public domain.  This world press conference was the springboard for political leaders and aspirants to embrace the party.                                   

Chief Harry Ihebinike also stressed that the joining of senator Samdaddy Anyanwu into the governorship race energized the party and mobilized it to be a household party after being out of government for many years. This development, Chief Harry Ihebinike said did not go down well to some power-drunk at the hierarchy of party at the state.                    

Hon Harry Ihebinike who has been an active politician for almost three-decade now also said that the ill-feeling of the 2018 governorship primary in PDP is still destroying his former Party. Those they branded senator Samdaddy suffered untold injustice, neglect, humiliation and are not been carry along by their former party even up till now. He also said he resigned his membership and position in the party because he wants to join his brother, the governor of Imo state Dist. Senator Hope Uzodinma in his shared prosperity government. “I want to lend my support to my brother who is the governor in order to help to add value to the administration.” Considering his giant strike in the last 100 days, I am convinced that he is doing very well despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. Chief Ihebinike revealed that he resigned and joined Apc primarily to support his brother to bring shared prosperity to Imo citizens.           

” I had no future in my former party PDP. I have been cajoled, humiliated, treated like a stranger with disrespect, and without been carried along despite the fact that I single-handedly formed the structures from the wards to the local government Area in 2016 congress when everybody in Oru East deserted the party. I was marginalized because they alleged that I supported a different leading governorship aspirant in the 2018 gubernatorial primary”  Ihebinike stated.                

Hon Ihebinike who is an experienced politician predicted that no reasonable and wise politician will join the PDP in the state and invest in a party like PDP when they already knew their governorship candidate, senatorial, House of Reps and Assembly now for the election that will hold in 2023 to 2024.  He stressed that some of his former colleagues in the state Exco are desirous to join us in Apc and in the shared prosperity government of governor Hope Uzodinma as soon as possible.            

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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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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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