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Okigwe Bye-Election: Araraume Takes Centre Stage



Araraume opens up at tribunal

… Concludes Tours Of 64 Wards 

… Dominates Media

… Ibezim, Others Gasp For Breaths

Ahead of December 5 Imo North Bye-Election, the APC candidate for the polls, senator Ararume appears to have taken the center stage.

This is even as he had concluded touring the 64 political wards in Okigwe zone where he succinctly gave reasons why he should be elected to serve out the remaining term of Late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu. For the past two weeks, the major media Houses in Imo particularly the print media find it difficult to carry other news materials in their front page newspapers following Advertorials placed by the Destiny Organization, Araraume’s political structure which has its members  drawn  from virtually all the wards in Imo State.

Our reporter who have been following the campaign trend of the said Araraume since his emergence as the candidate of the APC through court’s judgment revealed that in Okigwe, voters have gradually stopped discussion of Frank Ibezim’s, candidature while Araraume has become the talk of the town in all the quarters.

Lead further learned that candidates of other political parties now find it difficult to go ahead with their campaigns since Araraume apart from being a Household name in Imo and Okigwe zone in particular has control of the convincing words to get the people having served as a Senator in Nigeria and also is wealthier when compared with other candidates.

Investigation carried out by Lead revealed that some voters who support Araraume for the December 5 election do that for the simple reason that the two time Senator has a better understanding as well as the reach in the National Assembly more than others and as a continuation of Uwajumogu’s term, Okigwe zone needs an experienced person with the reach to be able to effect the needed representation for Okigwe people, now that positions in the senate had been shared. Araraume had gone to court to challenge the declaration of Ibezim as the winner of the APC primaries where he prayed amongst others that he won the APC primaries. Federal High Court Owerri Division after hearing the matter declared  Araraume the winner of the controversial primaries and ordered INEC to substitute Ibezim’s name with that of Araraume as the APC candidate.

In adherence to the judgment of the court, INEC in their final list of candidates substituted Ibezim with Araraume hence Araraume at the time of filing this report was still the APC candidate for the December polls.

Although the embattled Ibezim has gone to Appeal court to challenge the decision of the lower court but the fear of his supporters remains the possibility of the Appeal court to entertain the matter before the next Saturday’s election.

Meanwhile, Araraume had over the weekend concluded ward to ward tour

The ward tour that kicked off by the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume at Umuduruegbeaguru in Onuimo Local government area  has ended in Amuzi ward, Obowo Local government area of Imo State on Saturday 28th November,2020.

The Ward Campaign tour which was led by a former Commissioner of Works and Housing in Imo State Hon. Peter Ezenwa Orji as the Director-General cross wised the width and breadth of the zone.

Touring the 64 wards Senator Araraume bared his mind on reasons why he is the best for the seat.

He informed the voters of his desire to give the zone fair representation if voted in.  He reminded the people of the projects he attracted to the area when at the Senate between 1999 and 2007 even as he noted that a lot has changed in the polity, saying that the seat needed an experienced person

The party’s candidate put the electorates in the know of major Federal government Project he attracted to the district, adding that he brought NTA Station in Okigwe and electricity transmission line in the area as he regretted that most of those projects have been abandoned due to neglect.

 He, therefore, promised to restore them upon going back to the Senate.

In Amuzi ward in Obowo, Local government area where he end the campaign, the crowd that greeted his arrival assured him(Ararume) that they would vote him as well as protecting their votes with a view to ensuring that the preferred candidate emerges victorious on 5th December,2020.

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms



… 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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House of Assembly enacts Law establishing security organization over insecurity



Against the backdrop of insecurity in Imo state, the House of Assembly has enacted a law which will put to check the rising breakdown of law and order in the state.

The state Assembly led by Paul Emeziem, in an emergency seating on Friday, deliberated on the bill presented by the deputy Majority Leader and member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka.

Presenting the bill, the deputy majority leader stressed the need to beef up security network in the state, adding that the passage of the bill into law will go a long way in bringing the security situation in the state to the barest minimum.

Nduka while leading debate urged members to give their support to the passage of this bill, adding that it is for the interest of the public.

“Take for instance the level of crisis witnessed in the state in recent times. This bill, as you all know, if passed into law, will confront the prevailing security situation in the state and restore the relative peace and tranquility which was the hallmark of the state.

“You will agree with me that other southeast states have established their state security organizations or outfits. Imo state should not be left out given the rising breakdown of law and order.”

The bill, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo security organization to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and other purposes thereto’, was given accelerated hearing by members and eventually passed into law.

Another bill equally passed into law on Friday was, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo state geographic information service for the purpose of regulating land administration in Imo state and other matters related thereto’, as well as a motion to ‘adopt the sitting days of the second session of the 9th Assembly,’ sponsored and moved by the member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Hon. Emeka Anthony Nduka.

The House was however, was adjourned to 21st of May, 2021.

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

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JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing



… Uzodinma Yet To Take Decision.

The continued strike action of the Judicial Union Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) has resulted in untold hardship to the Lawyers in Nigeria and Imo in particular.

This is even as the Imo state Governor,Senator Hope Uzodinma amongst other Governors are yet to take decision over the lingering strike action.

This paper authoritatively gathered that most of the practicing Lawyers particularly, the Gunior ones have resorted to borrowing money from friends in other professions as well as Banks to enable them take proper care of their individual families.

Members of JUSUN have for some months now embarked on indefinite strike,demanding financial autonomy from the state Governments, an act which has attracted varying reactions across board.

While majority of Nigerians commend the Union for seeking financial autonomy which has its root from the Nigeria Constitution, others are of the view that though that the demand of the said union is in order but it is coming at the time when the nation is going through economic problems occasioned by certain factors.

Speaking with Lead, one of the senior Lawyers in Imo who would not want his name in print appealed with Imo state Government to come to a dialogue with JUSUN workers in the State pointing out that the lawyers are the major people suffering the continued strike since the Courts are under lock and key.

The Lawyer however pointed out that while the Judicial Workers are on strike their salaries are still running which they would receive after the strike but the Lawyers make their daily pay only when the courts are functional.

The lawyer further revealed that virtually all the lawyers now live on borrowing.

Also Read; Workers salary: Samdaddy demands apology from Imo Government

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