… 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.
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.
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.
Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma
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.
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.”
Workers salary: Samdaddy demands apology from Imo Government
The above is the caption of a response from the Imo State Government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba in reaction to the harmless advice from Distinguished Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu over salary cuts and pension matters in the state.
Distinguished Senator Anyanwu had called on the APC led Government in the state to look beyond road rehabilitation, and address issues bordering on salary cuts and pension in the state.
Regrettably, instead of the Government to accept the advice in good faith and address the issues raised expeditiously having come from a man who doesn’t mean bad to the Government, she decided to resort to the use of guitar language in a matter of public importance.
Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, while defending the indefensible APC Government accused Senator Anyanwu of being steamed in opposition paranoid, and as such, ought to have known that government is not owing any staff.
Reading through the denials of Declan Emelumba, one therefore wonders why the state Government smartly dodged the question, “Is there any salary cuts on monthly basis?” before telling the public how many civil servants received their wage.
Against this backdrop, Distinguished Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (Samdaddy) has been on the news for positive advice, and constructive analytical CRITICISMS across board.
One had expected the state Government to commend Senator Anyanwu for letting her know where she fails in the delivery of her campaign promises, rather than attacking him.
In as much as Senator Anyanwu respects Government and her managers having seen it all, he cannot fold his hands and watch Imo civil servants and pensioners molested, intimidated, and treated badly by any government or individual no matter his relationship with such person.
More so, as a Commissioner for Information and Government Chief image maker, Declan Emelumba ought to have avoided the use of guitar language in addressing salient issues as the one above in a bid to divert attention.
It is regrettable to note that the government is in the habit of commending anyone who sycophantly applauds her, and insults whoever that does not believe in her philosophy.
However, we consider this diatribe and poorly dispensed response as most unfortunate and unreasonable to the constructive approach used by Dist. Senator Anyanwu on the aforementioned subject matter.
However, it is the duty of the Government in power to put their records straight before hand, especially, when it has to do with salary and pension payments.
Notably, Distinguished Senator Anyanwu deserves an unreserved apology from Emelumba and the state government because, it is trite to say, beyond party affiliation, he has been very objective in all things he has been saying and/or contributing towards the development of a better society.
The questions are; are salaries of civil servants in the state not cut up to N30, 000 every month? If so, where is the money going to, and when will government pay back the money deducted from salaries?
Until Emelumba answer these questions, that is when we shall begin to listen to them as a responsible and responsive Government.
Remember, no Government wins the minds of the people through intimidation and use of guitar language.
Commissioning of Akachi road: leave my projects alone, Okorocha tells Uzodinma
…Accuses him of N150B debt
Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has called on the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma to look for better projects to carry out as the sitting Governor of Imo State instead of re-commissioning the projects he did and commissioned while on seat as Governor.
This is even as he accused the Governor of owing over N150B domestic debt within one year he has held sway as the Imo State Governor.
In a release signed by Okorocha’s Adviser on media, Sam Onwuemedo and made available to Lead, the former Governor, appealed with his successor to look inwards and look for projects to carryout in Imo instead commissioning the projects he did and commissioned while on seat as the Governor in the state.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had last Friday commissioned and renamed the popular Akachi Road to Evans Enwerem Road through the Senate President Lawan.
Reacting to the commissioning, Okorocha said that the said Road was one of the major roads constructed and commissioned by his administration in 2011 and wondered why Uzodinma should however claim the construction.
Okorocha however made it clear that the essence of raising the alarm is to stop the Governor from further claiming by way of commissioning over one thousand projects his administration did while on seat as the Governor.
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