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Okigwe Bye-Election: Odds Favour Onyirimba



… APC, PDP Move TO Court Against Own Primaries

Ahead of the October 31st bye-election of Imo North, odds appear to be favoring Attorney Charles Onyirimba, the All progressives Grand Alliance Party candidate.

This however follows the political pedigree of the Aspirant as well as his educational qualifications which are intimidating when compared with candidates from other political parties.

Onyirimba, an Attorney of thirty-Two years standing in America was one of the persons that keenly contested for the Okigwe Zone senate in the 2019 elections.

After the said election  Onyirimba who went to court to seek redress on the grounds that INEC erred in its declaration of late Senator Uwajumogu winner of the said election took it in good fate when the Court Appeal upheld the victory of Uwajumogu as the winner of the election.

An investigation carried out by this paper revealed that from being more academically sound than other Aspirants jostling for the seat, Ehime Mbano is one of the Local Governments in Okigwe Zone that had not occupied the senatorial seat of the zone.

Attempt by an Ehime Mbano person to occupy the seat was truncated before two years, that was the tenure of senator Athan Achonu. Lead Newspapers gathered that the said Athan Achonu whose tenure was truncated hails from Whine East while Onyirimba hails from Whine west.

Okigwe Zone has been accused of sending senators who only ended up being contractors and errand Boys with little or no presence of the Federal Government in the area when they held sway.

Angered by this inefficient and inadequate representation of the people in the Senate, various concerned groups from the area had called on Electorates to be wary in the next election and to ensure that errand Boys and contractors are not sent again to the Senate.

Some of the groups who openly declared war on errand Boys and contractors from going back to the Senate, include Okigwe Zone Elders Council, Okigwe Youths, Okigwe Elite group amongst others.

In a communique signed by the president of the group, Athan Anyanwu and made available to Lead, the Elders enjoined all Okigwe Electorate to shun money bag politicians, errand Boys being sponsored by one individual or another as well as contractors pointing out that when such a person is elected, the person’s constituency becomes automatically the sponsor or his nominator and by extension, the persons pocket and at the end of the whole exercise, Okigwe Zone would remain as it was.

The communique which in parts, charged the electorate to vote those who when they get there would not derail also disclosed that a man should be sent this time to the senate, not a boy, the communique reads.

Similarly, Okigwe Youths in a release made available to this paper called on all and sundry, to vote Onyirimba in the October 31st bye-election.

According to the group, Okigwe needs as a senator not only one who is academically sound but also one with listening ears with legislative acumen.

According to the group, Onyirimba having being a lawyer of 32 years standing should know the business of lawmaking more than other Aspirants who belong to other fields of endeavors.

However, in the course of our investigation, this paper gathered that Onyirimba is the only candidate from a popular party whose senatorial candidature is not subject to court interpretation.

While INEC had last Thursday published the names of candidates of the various political parties, this paper authoritatively gathered that the PDP candidate, Okewulonu has already been dragged to court by his opponent, Patrick Ndubueze on the alleged ground that the primary election which brought Okewulonu was marred with irregularities.

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Imo APC Crisis: Uzodinma Finally Cages Out Okorocha



… 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



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



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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