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Okigwe Bye-Election: Opinion Survey Tips Onyirimba For Victory

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… PDP Second, APC 3rd

An opinion survey conducted by an Owerri-based independent firm, Swift Multi-media, has tipped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Dr. Charles Onyirimba, as the most likely person to win the 31st October senatorial bye-election in the zone going by the result of the survey.

According to the report made available to this newspaper,  the survey was conducted on a total number of 3,020 registered voters cutting across all 64 electoral wards in the zone between 14th September and 13th October 2020.

The report further indicated that out of the 3020 registered voters who were interviewed on their preferred candidate to win the forthcoming bye-election, 1,121 respondents representing 37% spoke in favor of Dr Charles Onyirimba of APGA.

The report also showed that the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Chief Emma Okewulonu came second with 981 respondents representing 32% favouring his aspiration.

The survey further showed that Sir Frank Ibezim of All Progressive Congress (APC) was the second runner-up polling 663 respondents on his side representing 21% out of the total respondents of 3020 interviewed.

The Accord candidate was rated next in the survey with 241 respondents representing 8% favouring him.

The report noted that 8 respondents were undecided over their choices of a candidate while 6 respondents did not co-operate with the interviewers both representing 0.5%.

In a related development,  the APGA candidate, Dr Charles Onyirimba has emerged tops in a 5- point evaluation of the strength of the parties and their candidates for the election conducted by Swift Multi-Media.

The five points under which the evaluations were made included: Strength of the party of the candidate, the financial strength of the candidate, Public appeal of the candidate, Integrity Status of the candidate and Relevant contacts and connections available to the candidate

To emerge winner in the evaluation, Onyirimba scored four points under party strength, scored five points under financial strength, made nine points under public appeal and another 8 points under Integrity status and finally polled five points under contacts and connections.

In all, Onyirimba polled 31 points as against the 28 points scored by his closest rival in the evaluation, Chief Emma Okewulonu. In the five sub-divisions, the PDP candidate scored six points under party strength, seven points under financial strength, five points under public appeal, another five points under Integrity Status and yet another five points under contacts and connections.

Frank Ibezim of APC garnered 25 points to place third ahead of the Accord candidate.

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BREAKING: Army renames Operation Lafiya Dole in North-East

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has approved the renaming of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North-East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai, the Nigerian Army has said.

This was contained in statement on Friday signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

The statement was titled, ‘Nigerian Army Renames Operation In The North East, Seeks Inclusiveness’.

It read, “The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.

“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.

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“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.

“The renaming is in line with the COAS Vision of having ‘A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment’.

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BREAKING: Five dead as gunmen set ablaze Imo police area command

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Tension heightened in Imo State, on Monday, as unknown gunmen razed the Okigwe South Police Area Command situated in Orieagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

A police officer at the headquarters, who spoke to our correspondent in the evening, said that on arrival, the gunmen opened fire on the cops who challenged them.

It was learnt that the invaders freed all the suspects in the cells and carted away arms.

The source said that no fewer than five policemen were shot dead by the attackers as they torch the security facility.

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The source said, “Our area command headquarters in Okigwe south is on fire. Six policemen shot dead. They also freed the suspects before igniting a fire on the facility.”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that five policemen were killed while one was missing during the attack.

He disclosed that the command had launched an investigation into the onslaught.

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Uzodinma’s guest house set ablaze

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Guest House of Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma was this morning set ablaze.

Information to the Lead Newspapers revealed that yet to be identified group of men stormed the House of a suspected IPOB member at Awomama in Oru East LGA, the country home of the Governor for possible arrest and allegedly set his House ablaze when they could not see him.

The said group allegedly set ablaze another HOUSE belonging to the younger brother of same suspected IPOB member.

Upon hearing this, group of gun men stormed the scene and when they could not find the said persons responsible for the act, they proceeded to the Governor’s house where they shot sporadically and set ablaze the Governor’s guest house Lead gathered.

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