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Jerry Alagbaoso May Dump PDP, Accuses Ihedioha Of High Jacking Party Congresses

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Why the Imo State Chapter of the PDP is still leaking its wounds over the mass defection of its members to the ruling All Progressives Congress, more people may still leave the party for the same APC.

Although, the member representing Orlu, Orsu and Oru East Federal House of Representatives, Asiwaju Jerry Alagbaoso in his recent discussion with journalists made it clear that he was still a member of the PDP feelers have it that the 3-time ranking member of the House of Representatives who is also the apex leader of the party in Orlu zone by the virtue of his position may soon dump the party for the APC.

Asiwaju who in the said meeting with journalists accused Ihedioha of high jacking the party’s congress without any contribution of him in his own local Government averred that the immediate former Governor has taken the party backward by that singular act.

Giving to the wave of defection in the Imo State PDP fold, Member who represents Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constituency in the House of Reps, Rt Hon Asiwaju Jerry Alagbaoso, has accused the ousted Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, of hijacking the recently held Congress of the party especially in his Federal Constituency thereby causing grievances, backbiting, and defection in the party.

The third term lawmaker who is the highest political leader in Orlu Zone PDP frowned that the handpicking of the party leadership in the March 2020 Congress of the party at his Federal Constituency was against the normal conduct of the party as the Congress saw questionable people piloting its affairs.

In his Press Briefing at his Constituency Office, Orlu, on Friday, Alagbaoso who said he had contributed immensely to the growth, forwardness, and unity of PDP at both Ward, LGA, State and Federal levels, harped that the former Governor relied so much on lies from the enemies of PDP at Orlu, Orsu and Oru East local government areas to sideline and shortchange his supporters and other good and active members of the PDP, those who do not play anti-party activity nor use blackmail to pull down those who have achieved so much for the society.

Alagbaoso is bitter that the last PDP Congress broke Carmel’s back, calling on whom it may concern to revisit the last PDP Congress in his Federal Constituency particular and if possible conduct fresh election.

He said “because people want to rule by a force that is why in the Congress the officials were handpicked by Emeka Ihedioha who thought I would defect to APC having much regard and brotherly love for Governor Hope Uzodimma who is from Orlu Senatorial Zone. Although Orlu Zone deeply benefited from Ihedioha’s government” with Owerri Zone losing, saying many of Ihedioha’s appointees from Orsu LGA were liars who should be held responsible for the internal mess confronting the PDP.

Alagbaoso while regretting the ill-conduct of some party leaders in the PDP family,  advised Ihedioha to redress his steps and allow PDP to revisit the general Congress if the issues of defections lingering in the PDP must take some positive shape.

He said, “their guided and their misguided sensibilities and miscalculations during the last PDP Congress at our Federal Constituency in general and Orsu LGA in particular definitely must have gotten some negative effects and in terms of followership and party faithfulness in our Federal Constituency now and in the future”.

When asked if he had the intention to join APC as being rumored, Alagbaoso stated clearly that he has no intention to leave PDP because PDP supported him fully even with the help of his constituents to be at the Green Chamber representing them, a representation he described as effective, affecting and endearing and glorifying.

He said he had overwhelmingly won all his elections because of his numerous achievements for his people ranging from employment, structure, and infrastructure, including “assisting in paying and equipping PDP Offices in Orlu and Oru East. Some of these government appointees never supported the Orsu LGA PDP Chairman in particular and continued to sabotage PDP with Team Ihedioha. They moved to Rebuild Imo as an alternative to PDP”.

While affirming that the Imo PDP is not for sale because it does not belong to one person, Alagbaoso posited that “a political party in opposition during a Congress does not operate like a bull in China shop or like a mentally challenged character. The truth regarding the PDP Congress is that when one road closes, another opens. PDP as a party in Imo State is not for sale and it does not belong to one particular individual for his or her political trials and errors. More so when there are no political fools in Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe Zones of Imo State.

He buttressed that his relationship with Governor Hope Uzodimma remains cordial and superbly, saying he would always support him to move Imo State forward with full assurance to his constituents on continued pronounced, goodly, and open representation with a view to improving development, economic prosperity, peace, and comfort.

He told his supporters and Imo people to often disregard the rumor that he is thinking of leaving the PDP for APC, stating that if he would defect he would first resign, calling on the party to put its ass together in order to meet challenges of the party leadership, cheap lies: blackmailing, backbiting, and derogatory gossips and overzealousness and pull him down syndrome.

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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.

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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.

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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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APC S/E Reconciliation: Buni Mandates Uzodinma TO Oversee Process

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In a bid to restore unity amongst the leaders of the APC in South East ahead of 2023 elections, chairman caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee Mal Mala Buna has called on the Imo State Governor Sen. Hope Uzodinma to oversee the process and ensure that reconciliation is made and achieved.

This is even as he described the governor as an old politician with enough experience and capacity to deliver on the assigned duty.

In a letter titled “southeast Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) addressed to the Imo State Governor and signed by Mai Mala Buna and made available to Lead Newspaper, Governor Uzodinma was further instructed to brief the National Chairman periodically on the progress of the reconciliation in the southeast.

Governor Hope Uzodinma who joined the APC from the PDP in 2018 found it very difficult to have access to the party following the efforts of the immediate former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha who was then the leader of the party in the entire South East.

Okorocha who saw Uzodinma as a rival who came to contest the APC Governorship primaries with his son-in-law Ugwumba uche Nwosu employed all his incumbent powers to stop Uzodinma access to the APC activities in both Imo and South East.

Uzodinma only had a breath of life in the APC as a member when the National leadership of the party led by Oshmohole dissolved the Daniel Nwafor led state working committee and appointed the caretaker committee led by Nlemigbo.

Despite this dissolution, Nwafor dragged Oshmohole led executive to court, seeking dissolution of the said caretaker both the court of the first instance and second recognized Nwafor as the authentic State Chairman of the APC, though Uzodinma’s Government was dealing with Nlemigbo as the caretaker.

In what could best be described as God’s intervention, the National Caretaker of the APC led by Buni had towards the end of 2020, dissolved all the APC structures starting from the ward levels to  the state and appointed caretaker at the state and mandated the state caretakers to appoint same at wards and LGA’s.

Fortunately for Uzodinma Nlemigbo who has been his choice of state chairman was appointed as the state APC caretaker chairman in Imo, an act which political analysts have described as total victory for Uzodinma, hence he now controls the APC in Imo.

However, with the recent mandate to Uzodinma to oversee the reconciliation of the APC members in the South East, it implies that the national leadership of the party still holds the governor at a high esteem.

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