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Ohanaeze Youths Table Needs Before New PG, Drums Support

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The National Working Committee of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has reiterated its support for the newly elected President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor.

In a communique signed by its Chairman Communique Drafting Committee, Prophet Nwaokoro Felix Alagbaoso, the OYC said that Prof. Obiozor’s peace agreement with the council has proved that all the political blackmail levied against him has been brought to nothingness.

In the communique, it stated that Obiozor has adopted the 10-point economic agenda of the OYC to pursue in collaboration with Governors of Igbo extraction, National Assembly members of Igbo extraction and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, saying that the goals will actualize a new and prosperous Igbo nation, adding that anyone fighting Prof. Obiozor is fighting Ndigbo and must be seen and treated as an enemy of Ndigbo.

The Ohanaeze Youth Council charged the Senator representing Imo West at the Senate and former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha to withdraw Mr. Chidi Ibe from ‘insulting the sensibilities of the most powerful race in the world’ Ndigbo and join forces with Prof. Obiozor for the economic development of Alaigbo, saying that Senator Okorocha should understand the power of dialogue and peace.

It also said that Senator Okorocha should not in any way be part of those destabilizing Alaigbo but should understand that the unified interest of Ndigbo in 2023 is Nigeria President of Igbo extraction, which no one will doubt his capacity. The OYC also took a swipe at the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of Alaigbo saying that it should understand their call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ which is the supreme calling, therefore, Southeast CAN should organize revival and evangelical crusade and not to be organizers of socio-cultural organization.

“It is humiliating to christian faith and unacceptable by Igbo youths for Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) too meddle into the affairs or politics of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. We must separate religion from Ohanaeze Ndigbo, because Ndigbo understands the right of religion and worship. “The Christian Association of Nigeria of Igbo origin(Southeast CAN), should understand that we have Traditional Worshippers of Igbo origin, therefore, if Traditional Worshippers, Ndi Ogommuo of Igbo extraction or Southeast Association of Chief-Priests will organize their own committee as Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) southeast planned to do, Alaigbo will be in a religious, social and political chaos.

We therefore advice President of Christian Association of Igbo Ministers ably led by Solomon Okorie to remove his hand in any attempt to set a bad precedence in Alaigbo.” The communique read. The OYC also addressed all the aggrieved individuals or group on the outcome of the election of Ohanaeze Ndigbo should articulate their proposal on how to make Alaigbo economically viable and great and submit to Prof. George Obiozor whom has accepted to unify Ndigbo for economic purpose.

“Igbo youths through our long-aged suffering, neglect, injustice, killing off our pro-Biafran youths(IPOB & MASSOB) by Nigeria government, marginalization, and unemployment would not tolerate any individual or group with selfish interest to undermine the collective interest of Ndigbo. We have defined a way to get rid of such personalities or groups from Igbo land for it is no longer going to be business as usual.” The OYC appealed to Arch. Bishop AJV Obinna, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma and Bishop Onubuogu to advice Southeast Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) and Christian Association of Igbo Ministers not to ridicule Christians in Igbo land by becoming tools in the hand of political profiteers to throw Alaigbo into religious crisis and social anarchy.

They also called on Prof. George Obiozor, to immediately extend an olive branch of peace to his fellow aspirants Dr. Jeo Nwaorgu, Dr. Chris Asoluka, Prof. Chidi Osuagwu, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, Barr. Goddy Uwazurike, Chief Valentine Oparaocha, Chief Richard Ozobu, Bar. Uche Okwukwu, Chuks Ibegbu and many aggrieved contestants to give them responsibilities in Ohanaeze Ndigbo and brainstorm on key issues that will place Alaigbo to a height of socio-political cum economic development while appealing to Ndigbo to maintain trust and confidence in Prof. George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

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Alleged Non Payment Of Salaries: Imo Staff Ass. of Nig Universities Embarks On Strike Today, As Nonso Nkwa Raises Alarm Over Plot To Silence Him

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Owing to allegations on non payment of salaries, staggered payments, under payment of salaries amongst others, the senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities Imo State Chapter vowed to embark on strike today.

In a release titled “Notice of Indefinite Strike Action by the Organized Labour of Imo State, and signed by the Acting Chairman of the group Harrison Agumbah and the secretary Ambrose Okereafor and made available to Lead they accused  Imo State Government of Non Payment of salaries, under payment staggered payment amongst others Imo State Government has recently published the names of genuine civil servants in the state totaling 42,000 out of which they have paid salaries to 41000 upto December 2020.

Addressing the press on the said issue, the commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba revealed that the remaining one thousand workers yet to be paid were those with BVN and other related issues which according to him would be paid as soon as the problems were ratified.

Meanwhile, One of the Radio presenters of Ozisa FM, Chinonso Uba Popularly known as Nonso Nkwa has raised alarm over plot to silence him.

In a press release signed by Nonso Nkwa himself and  made available to Lead, the presenter who did not mention the name of  any person, group or organization as responsible for the said threat, revealed that the said threat  was coming as a result of his stand on the alleged non payment of workers salaries in Imo.

I have reliably gathered information that some persons are planning to make me disappear for my constant defense and advocacy for Unpaid Imo Workers and Pensioners…

I therefore wish to state categorically that I will never stop advocating for the suffering Imo workers and Pensioners no matter the threat to my life because this is a divine assignment am doing…

Nonsonkwa is not a saint but definitely a Defender of the Masses;and the goodwill of the Masses and the Grace of God will Protect my going out and my coming in….

Finally, Nothing scares a Man of Integrity and an advocate of the Masses!!!

Ndi Imo remains my Constituents and I will never back out…God Forbid!!!

Am simply doing Gods Work;nothing more nothing less!!!

If God be for Us,Who can be against Us!!!

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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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Court Determines Nkechi Ugwu’s Fate Feb. 19 Over Certificate Case

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A Commissioner in Imo State Mrs Nkechi Ugwu has been sued by a concerned citizen  Mr. Obum Joseph, who is from  Imo State,  to present her certificate, with which she was screened through by the Imo State House of Assembly, before she was made a commissioner.

   In suit No. FHC/OW/CS/71/2020, dated 24th day of June and filed on the 26th day of June, 2020, at the Federal High Court, Owerri, presided over by His Lordship Tijani G. Ringim, Mr. Obum Joseph, through his legal counsel Barrister Kings Nwosu, based in Aba, Abia State, presented his originating summons, demanding the court to compel Mrs Nkechi Ugwu to present to the public the certificate with which she was screened through before becoming a commissioner.

  Addressing journalists at the Federal High Court, Owerri, when the matter was presented on Thursday, Counsel to Obum Joseph stated that the litigant took the first defendant Mrs Ugwu to court in view of the fact that as a concerned citizen of Imo State, from the same state with the Commissioner, that he (Obum Joseph) was duty bound to compel the first defendant to produce the certificate, in order to ascertain whether she was qualified to occupy the position, as according to his counsel: “he now feels that if Nkechi is made a Commissioner without presenting certificate when there are other better people, who have also served the interest of the party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the area, who have better Certificate that should have been considered instead of Nkechi Ugwu, that it will not augur well for his Local Government Area Ideato South.

  Counsel to Obum Joseph Barrister Kings Nwosu further said that instead of Nkechi Ugwu to simply comply with the demand of Obum Joseph, by presenting the demanded certificate, she through her counsel Barrister D. O. Agbo , raised some preliminary objections that Freedom of Information Bill (FIB) is not applicable in Imo State, as such that  the request by Obum should not be granted by the court.

  Barrister Kings Nwosu also stated that Mrs Ugwu equally maintained in her preliminary objections that nobody has come  to ask her for the certificate; in other words that the litigant and his counsel ought to have first of all asked her to present the certificate before taking her to court.

  Barrister Kings Nwosu further hinted thus: “in the affidavit in support of our originating summons, Obum Joseph made stenous  efforts that were geared towards making her to present the certificate, even before coming to court but she did not present it, hence he (Obum) now came to the court.”

  Furthering, Barrister Nwosu said: “Obum Joseph is acting as a concerned citizen because he comes from Imo state,the same state  with Nkechi Ugwu.”

  Joined in the suit, according to Barrister Kings Nwosu are: The Clerk, Imo State House of Assembly; the Imo State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Imo State, in that order, Nkechi Ugwu being the first defendant.

  “I, acting for Obum Joseph, presented his originating summons and the lawyers from the Ministry of Justice  and the Attorney General office moved their counter claim, issued before the court. Arguments were taken and we asked the court to grant our application in respect of the originating summons, which Obum Joseph filled against Nkechi Ugwu. After replies from both Counsels, the Court unanimously adjourned the matter for 19th of February, 2021 for judgement,” Barrister Nwosu submitted.

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