… Uzodinma Cages Araraume, Others Out Of Primaries
… Adopts Frank Ibezim As Consensus
… Consensus Dead On Arrival – Araraume
Okigwe Zone bye-election may finally end up in court as Uzodinma led faction of the APC has at last caged out other Aspirants from participating in the much-awaited APC primaries slated for September third by adopting Frank Ibezim as consensus candidate for the party in the forthcoming bye-election.
This is coming as most of the Aspirants have already purchased their forms for the election.
Imo State chapter of the APC was said to have announced to their members over the weekend that it has adopted Frank Ibezim as the candidate of the party for the next election.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had in the last Executive council meeting informed the party members the need to have a consensus candidate for APC in the forthcoming Okigwe Zone bye-election pointing out that such would not only save cost for teeming Aspirants but would make the party more united in Okigwe Zone and Imo in general.
This Uzodinma’s suggestion was heeded to as the party leadership in the State constituted committee to interface with the Aspirants to implement and cement the new agreement.
However, when it appeared that some of the Aspirants rejected the consensus, the committee opted for Direct primaries to select the flag bearer.
As people particularly the Aspirants were waiting for the modalities for the selection, the party last Saturday announced its candidate to be Frank Ibezim.
Available information to Lead Newspapers revealed that Governor Hope Uzodinma had wanted to field in, senator Athan Achonu to replace late senator Uwajumogu but was instructed to support and deliver Frank Ibezim for the said seat by the national leadership of the APC.
Information to this paper further revealed that the said Ibezim was nominated by Emeka Nwajuba who is presently the Minister for Education, state.
Nwajuba who is known as one of the confidants of President Buhari in the South East was said to have insisted on Ibezim and Uzodinma who was in dare need of being incorporated in the national grid of the APC following the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Buhari as well as the removal of his political ally, Adams Oshomohole, was instructed to deliver Ibezim for senate as one of the conditions to be reabsorbed into the mainstream of the APC.
However, one of the implications of this move by the Imo State chapter of the APC is that the party may end up, fielding no candidate for the next election as feelers from some of the Aspirants signify their readiness to take the party to court on the basis that the constitution of the party does not accommodate consensus for the senate election.
Recall that this paper had last month on one of the Banner Headlines disclosed the Government’s plan to adopt Ibezim as a consensus candidate for the Okigwe Zone bye-election.
Meanwhile, one of the Aspirants for the election, senator Araraume has called on his teeming supporters to ignore the said consensus by APC in Imo. Araraume disclosed this through his Chief Press Secretary, Diamond Agu.
I wish to state unequivocally that Most Distinguish Senator Ifeanyi Araraume is not a greenhorn in politics. I appeared in a radio program a few days back and made it quite pellucid to lmolites and ndi Okigwe in particular that Senator Araraume is not and will never be perturbed in any way on the failed project called “ADOPTION OF A CONSENSUS CANDIDATE” ahead of the senatorial primaries. Here is a man that understands the dynamics of our modern politics. Talking about our shark-infested murky waters of our politics, he is well-grounded in it.
However, it is indisputable and incontrovertible that the mile Stone achievements of Senator Araraume between 1999 and 2007 when he represented the good people of lmo North at the National Assembly as their Senator has not been surpassed by any of his successors both living and dead.
It is a challenge and we await a publication or statement from any quarter or quarters to controvert our assertion.
In conventional democracy, you allow people to vote and elect their representatives and not to mortgage their inalienable right to vote and be voted for under the guise of consensus. The good people of lmo North will resist any attempt to foist a candidate on them in the name of consensus but there is no gainsaying that ab- initio it is already a failed project.
In any case, those who participated in the so-called consensus screening committee abandoned it because they found out that it was undemocratic and runs foul of the party’s constitution. The constitution of the party is very clear on that issue. Refer to article 20 (ii) of the party’s constitution where the following positions, Local Government Chairmanship, House of Assembly, governorship, House of Reps, Senate, and Presidential primaries were listed. You can only see consensus in article 20(i) (a) and it relates to councillorship primaries and not Senatorial elections.
On the issue of lmo North senatorial bye-election, the idea of consensus became dead on arrival, a figment of the imagination of the proponents of the idea. It is unacceptable by ndi Okigwe, antithetical, a ploy born out of phobia to disenfranchise ndi Okigwe from electing their preferred candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume in the forthcoming primaries.
We have implicit confidence in the leadership of the party both at the state and national levels respectively. A few charlatans and political jobbers cannot hold us to ransom. Come 3rd of September, all the APC card caring members from lmo North will speak with one voice.
Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity
Imo LG elections may not be coming up anytime soon as Imo State Independent Electoral Commission has suspended indefinitely, the ongoing Local Government tours.
Although, the commission at the time of filing this report had not given reasons behind sudden stoppage of the ongoing tours of the Local Government but a source close to the commission hinted Lead that the tour was stopped over rising insecurity occasioned by spate of attacks in the state.
The commission which had covered seventeen out of the twenty seven local Governments in the state had the plans of meeting with the stakeholders in the various Local Governments on the best date for the Local Government polls before the outbreak of the series of attacks in Imo.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon assumption of office appointed the chairman and members of the ISIEC, charged them to see to the conduct of a free and fair election in the Local Governments.
The commission in compliance with the directives of the Governor has carried out some modalities which include returning the political wards into the 305 in accordance with the Imo State law amongst others.
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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC
The All Progressives Congress – APC has condemned the attack by some hoodlums in the state of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
The party went further to condemn the attacks on police properties, personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states.
While responding in a statement signed by the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning, John James Akpanudoedehe, said it will not fold their hands and allow Imo State to be turned into a field for blood shed.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma
“The party equally condemns the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.
“We stand with the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims in this difficult time as we mourn the deaths of innocent and dedicated security personnel simply carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.
“In Imo State, the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the good people of Imo state.
“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.
“The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.
“Our security services must fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.”
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.”
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