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Nov. 30 Deadline, Nwoke Dike Calls For Peace B/w ALGON, Imo Govt.

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Chairmen and councilors elected by the former Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha’s government in the twenty seven Local government areas in 2018, but suspended by the Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha administration, have been advised to shelve their planned forceful takeover of the council headquarters on Monday, November 30, 2020, in the interest of peace.

Giving the advice in Ngor Okpala, yesterday, while interfacing with newsman, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Ngor Okpala Local government area, Chief Bona Nwoke Dike, pleaded with them, especially the suspended Chairman of Ngor Okpala Local government area, Hon. Chinwe Obinna, not to take the laws into their hands or breach the peace of the state by such move/ stressing that his home Local government area, Ngor Okpala, has been and will remain a peaceful place with its peace-loving people.

Chief Bona Nwoke Dike, an apostle of politics without bitterness, while commending them for initiating the court processes, further advised them to allow the processes to be exhausted as any move contrary to that would be seen as an affront on the government.

He recalled that when the chairmen and councilors were suspended by Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, on the recommendation of the Imo State House of Assembly, a life- a Councilor from Orsu Local government area, who resisted the directive and insisted on forcefully entering the council was lost in confrontation with security agencies, and enjoined them not to allow a repeat of such scenario.

Chief Nwoke Dike further reminded his younger brother, Hon. Chinwe Obinna that it is on record that in 2011 when Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha dissolved the duly elected chairmen and councilors under Ohakim administration, the former chairman and councilors of Ngor Okpala Local government area at that time, Barr Chief. Enyinna Onuegbu who is now the commissioner for land, Survey and physically planning did not use force to break into the local government headquarters at Ngor Okpala. Therefore, he continued:” Hon, Chinwe Obinna must follow his predecessor’s foot step and obey the law. Their can never be two Governors in Imo State at a time. Any unlawful force by the ousted chairmen and councilors will be resisted by the members of APC in the Ngor Okpala, in particular” He further advised them to listen to words of wisdom and good reasoning.

According to him, if they insist on forcefully taking over the councils on Monday, the resultant effect may not be favourable to them and indeed, may be a black spot in the history of the state should lives be lost. He went on to plead with them to ignore those behind the scene who are fanning the embers of disaffection in the state, as those who will bear the brunt of the confrontation would be they, themselves and their loyalists.

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Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loans

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Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loan

Except Imo State Government succeeds in its efforts to restore normalcy in the state, the Hotel businesses which flourishes in Imo would become a thing of the past.

Investigation carried out by Lead revealed that most of the popular Hotel owners and management have cut drastically down the number of their workers following their inabilities to pay back the loans collected from banks caused by low patronage occasioned by insecurity in Imo.

Imo State in the recent times has been on the news over attacks by unknown gunmen and the security agents in the bid to restore peace were said to have killed some innocent persons, an act which crippled night clubs and other activities.

Speaking with Weekend Lead, the owner of one of the Five Star Hotels in Imo appealed with Imo state government to come to their aide, pointing out that some of the banks in the state are after them, demanding for payment of Loans which he said was over-due for payment but following the low patronage of Hotels occasioned by insecurity, the management of Hotels are unable to pay back. 

The said Hotel owner who chose to speak on the guise of anonymity told Lead that at their Union level, the Hospitality Management in Imo had gone to the Imo State Commissioner of Police to interact with him on the best way to improve on the security to enable them revive their businesses which he said is at the comatose state adding that with the state of insecurity in Imo, Hotels hardly have customers as people have boycotted night lives and other social activities.

He decried how Imo which is known for its hospitality industry in the nation is losing grips over insecurity adding that it is also affecting the IGR as well as the working population of the state. 

Also Read; Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight

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Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight

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… Urges Leaders TO Sheath Sword

… Backs Government Peace Moves.

Given the Security challenges which hitherto have to a reasonable extent grounded the economy of Imo State, one of the chieftains of the All progressives Congress in the State, Prince Joseph Okwara, Akajiugo of Umuna has called on both the political leaders, heads of various religious groups, Traditional Rulers amongst others to see the situation as a serious one which must be tackled head long.

This is even as he appealed with political leaders to sheath their sword and unite against insecurity which he described as an ill wind that blows no one any good.

In a press release signed by Okwara himself and made available to weekend Lead, he expressed gratitude to the Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma on the continued efforts to ensure that peace returns in Imo which he described as the only State we have.

Prince Okwara, a business Mogul cum politician who used the medium to condemn the call on the Governor by the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to resign his seat charged the leaders of the party not do play politics with what he termed a ‘sensitive’ issue.

Imo State chapter of the PDP had few weeks ago, called on Uzodinma to resign his seat as Governor, accusing him of incapacity to provide the State with adequate security, a statement which had received various condemnation in Imo and beyond.

Describing a peaceful State as that which breeds development, Akajiugo called on those behind the destruction of Government Institutions in the State to desist pointing out that such would only retard the development of the State as well as deplete our population.

He further used the forum to call on the security agencies to toe the line of professionalism in the discharge of their noble duties of protection of lives and properties and not the other way round.

Also Read: Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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… Calls on Imo people to exercise patience

… Describes Governor as committed leader.

Following the calls on the leadership of the Shadow Government, a pressure group that constructively critices the Governments at all levels over its sudden silence on the activities of the Imo state Government led by senator Hope Uzodinma, the body has finally given reasons for the said silence.

In a press release signed by the president of the group, Dr Anthony Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead Express, he revealed that shadow Government as a pressure group only speaks when the need arises particularly when the Government’s policies both at the federal and states are anti people adding that its silence after its report few months ago on Imo which attracted varying reactions from the Government and individuals is not out of fear or any other reason rather has been studying the Government’s policies and its style of governance to enable the group point succinctly the strength as well as the weakness of the government.

Iroegbu while marshalling out the reasons revealed that though Uzodinma may not have lived upto the people’s expectations one hundred percent but he is indeed committed and desirous of moving the state forward.

Dr Iroegbu who contested the 2019 Governorship seat of Imo state revealed that Uzodinma has good intentions but given the enormous challenges both man made and naturally made now slow down the required speed adding that two months to his assumption of office as the Governor of Imo state, the covid 19 virus hit the world which until now, is still ravaging the universe.

Iroegbu popularly known and addressed as Omenuko noted that while Imo and the World in general are still battling the effects of the covid-19, Uzodinma was struck with another but an unavoidable distraction from the Okorocha’s political dynasty of alleged converted Imo properties which almost resulted in open combat between the loyalists of senator Okorocha and the Appointees of the state Government.

While that was on, Unknown gunmen started causing havocs in the state which included destruction of Owerri Correctional Centre, the Imo state police command amongst others.

Iroegbu further revealed that the series of attacks both in Orlu by yet to be identified gunmen which led to loss of lives and properties, Ihitte Uboma,Oguta amongst others at the formation of the Uzodinma’s administration are capable of distracting a focused and determined Government yet Uzodinma to a reasonable extent is committed in moving the state forward, he said.

He advised him to look into the poverty in the state with a view of solving it.

He however appealed with Imo people to exercise a little patience with the Governor assuring that he is likely going to take Imo to that Promised Land.

He used the medium to call on those responsible for the said attacks to cease adding that Imo does not belong to Uzodinma but for all of us hence all we still suffer the pains of the destruction of the Government institutions in Imo.

Also Read; JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing

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