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Okigwe Bye-Election: Who Finally Carries The Trophy Morrow?



…INEC Moves Collation Centre To Owerri

…Insists On Dec. 5 Deadline

…Court Still Reserves Judgment On Araraume, Ibezim

Yet to be answered questions over who finally wins the Okigwe bye-election slated for tomorrow December 5 appear to have taken the centre stage in Imo and Okigwe zone in particular.

This is even as INEC has shifted the final collation centre to Owerri the state capital as well as maintained its ground that the said election must take place Saturday 5 December at all odds.

Our reporter who has been monitoring movements of persons and vehicles in Okigwe zone revealed that since Thursday 4, December, stakeholders as well as supporters of different aspirants have been trooping in, while some lodge in Hotels in Owerri.

Others are in their Houses waiting for the tomorrow’s election. Following the sudden death of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the Senator representing Imo North in the senate and subsequent declaration of his seat vacant by the Senate, INEC fixed December 5 for a bye election for his replacement.

The election which was initially fixed on November was postponed to December following the #ENDSAR#  protest has 13 candidates as contained in the INEC final list.

The names of the popular candidates in the said list, Ndubueze Patrick, With Accord Party, Emmanuel Ogueri, AA, Nathaniel Chukwudi Uba, AAC.

Others include CHigozie Kennedy Onyinye, AC, Senator Godwin Araraume, of APC, Charlse Onyirimba, APGA, Emma Okewulonu, PDP, Charlse Okechukwu Amajoyi, NRM amongst others.

However, while all awaits for tomorrow’s election which has been predicted  to be tough following the experience of the people during the  party’s primaries particularly the APC and that of the PDP primaries.

At the PDP primaries, the Accord Party candidate, Ndubueze Patrick dumped the PDP for Accord after describing the party’s primaries unfair.

In APC, the APC primaries electoral committee declared two persons winners of same primaries, those were Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Frank Ibezim.

When the APC finally submitted the name of Ibezim as its candidate, Senator Araraume proceeded to court where court upon hearing the parties declared Araraume winner of the controversial APC primaries.

Same court further ordered INEC to immediately substitute Ibezim’s name with Araraume as the candidate of the APC, hence the emergence of the said Araraume who at the time of this report was still the party’s candidate.

However, the question on the  lips of Imo people is who amongst the aspirants would emerge victorious in tomorrows election.

While some people particularly the stakeholders stick on Araraume, counting on his experience and reach, others are of the opinion that other younger ones should be allowed since Araraume had been there twice.

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Nigeria’s Longest Rigid Pavement and The First of its Kind, Located in Kogi State Has Been Completed by The Dangote Group



It is the first of its kind, top engineers opined, in a statement from the company on Sunday.

The 43km Obajana-Kabba road constructed by Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), is described by drivers as the nation’s most strategic highway that is supporting travellers between the North and the South.

A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the group said: “Concrete roads last more than asphalt roads and do not have potholes. They do not need regular maintenance as asphalt roads do. They save fuel for drivers and protect tyres from wear and tear.”

Olatunbosun Kalejaiye, the Project Director, said the rigid pavement of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project has been finished while the shoulders are being put in order.

Olatunbosun Kalejaiye, the Project Director, said the inflexible asphalt of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project has been finished while the shoulders are being dressed.

The Site Engineer, Samuel Obosi guaranteed that the double carriageway will be durable and less vulnerable to potholes and repairs like asphalt roads which will also reduce the rate of road accidents.

Also Read: Police Brutality Returns To Imo As Passer By Loses Life TO Officers At Njaba

A few drivers said it is currently among the busiest roads“Thank God it is a concrete road. It can withstand any heavy-duty vehicle,” Alhaji Lamidi Sikiru, a driver said.

John Moses, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, said his taxi business is booming contrasted to when the road was in an awful state and scarcely used.

Representative of Apa Bunu Kingdom, Sam Omosayil, lauded Dangote Group, saying the road has pulled in a great deal of businesses along it.

The Bajana of Obajana Land, King Idowu Senibi, described the project as massive and the first of its sort anyplace in Nigeria.

Talking, the customary head of Akpata Land, Frederick Durojaiye Balogun, said his people are exceptionally pleased with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, adding that the Dangote Cement, Obajana plant, which is the single biggest cement plant on the planet, has brought honour and respect to their kingdoms.


King of Okebunku Land in Kabba Bunu Local Government, Timothy Omonile, complimented Dangote and charged other philanthropists to copy him.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, had said plans are brewing to reform Nigerian roads with concrete to cut spending on repairs.

“We will be building concrete roads in the nation so that anytime we construct a road, we do not have to go back to repair after the third raining season, but move on and use the resources to

The Group had commissioned the 26km Itori-Ibese concrete road as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project.

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Police Brutality Returns To Imo As Passer By Loses Life TO Officers At Njaba



While the panel on police brutality set up by Imo State Government is still collecting petitions by Imo people over police brutality, another police brutality has taken place in Imo as police officers are now cooling off in the cell for allegedly killing an innocent man at Njaba last Saturday, December 5.

At the last sitting of the panel, a widow, Nancy Nwankwo petitioned the commission, asking for N100million naira compensation over the death of the husband, Late Kennedy Nwankwo allegedly killed by police.

Following the accidental killing of one Mr Jude Oguzie, along Owerri Njaba road, by some police officers attached to the state police command, on Saturday 5th of December 2020, the Imo state Commissioner of Police, Cp Isaac Akinmoyede has condemned in its totality the killing of one Jude Oguzie by operatives attached to the Command, along the Njaba/Owerri. This piece of information is contained in a press statement signed by the Cp Akinmoyede, and made available to newsmen through the command’s PPRO, Sp Ikeokwu Godson Orlando.

According to the report, The state Commissioner of Police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede,  wondered why the officers refused to adhere to rules guiding the use of firearms., He, therefore, ordered an investigation into the matter, with a view to unravelling the cause of the incident, adding that, the officers involved have however been identified, arrested and are presently in custody.

The Imo police Boss, while sympathizing with the family of the deceased, urged them to remain calm, as the Command will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done.

Even as he made it clear that the Command regrets the killing of the deceased under any guise especially now that the force is doing everything within its powers to put an end to incidents of brutality and incivility to members of the public.

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Okigwe Senate: Chikwem Onuoha Again assures Effective Representation, Consults With IMC, Councilors



Front line Imo North ( Okigwe Zone) Senatorial bye-election aspirant, Hon Chikwem Onuoha has reiterated his total commitment towards providing quality, impactful, people-oriented, responsible and responsive representation if given the chance to serve the people of Okigwe zone at the senate.

Chikwem Onuoha who gave the assurance in his speech while addressing Interim Management Committee Chairmen and Councillors from Okigwe North Federal Constituency comprising Isiala Mbano, Onuimo, and Okigwe Local Government Areas at Onuimo LGA on Saturday 15th May 2020, pointed out that the essence of the interface is to formally inform them that he is interested in Okigwe Zone senate bye-election.

He argued that All Progressives Congress (APC) should give its ticket to someone who has no political baggage, without much political enemy, adding that the senate is not for grandfathers.

According to the Real Estate entrepreneur, ” I came to see you all because I have great value for you because you are the bedrock of Shared Prosperity Government. All of us must support the shared prosperity agenda. Hon Chikwem Onuoha is not a new face in Okigwe Zone, I joined the APC in order to support the Governor Hope Uzodinma.”

“We need somebody who has no political baggage, without much political enemy. The Senate is not for grandfathers, it is for young and vibrant people with strength. There is a need to change urgently the narratives in Okigwe Zone. I want to go to the senate and shine, I want to do something new in the zone. I m a brand new player, I’m the David of Okigwe zone.”

“My tripod agenda will focus on massive Skills acquisition, empowerment for youths and women, l will embark on total reconciliation in order to usher in total peace and unity in Okigwe Zone and I will fight for the total revival of federal establishments in Okigwe Zone. My tenure if elected will also witness massive infrastructure development.”

Onuoha who vowed that no amount of intimidation can stop him from running for the election, further argued that those who are hiding under zoning have been elected before and given positions in Government in the past but they failed the people.

He said, ” I m coming out as a true son of Okigwe zone, I stand for everyone. Some of the aspirants I hear coming out now have been in the senate before, some in the House of Representatives, some in the House of Assembly and still there is nothing to show in our zone. Lawmaking at the senate is a serious business. I m one hundred percent ready for the election, I need your support and I will not disappoint you. Don’t mind their blackmail and falsehood, Chikwem Onuoha will be your next senator.”

Onuoha who used the opportunity to counsel Imo APC not to give its Okigwe Senatorial ticket to anyone who will fight Governor Hope Uzodinma tomorrow, however, maintained he will be totally loyal to the Governor, stressing that he has all it takes to win the election.

He said,” we need someone who will support and be loyal to the Governor not to fight him tomorrow. I m going to be one hundred percent loyal to the Governor. I m going to the senate to change the ugly narratives. I m running to win, if you want your children to have a better future, you must support me. I m the youngest in the race, I m going to be the best because I’m going to be performance-driven.”

” with your recommendations, I will get the ticket and I promise you that I will win the election, we are ready for the election. Don’t be afraid, God has given me everything I need to win the senate election.”

Furthermore, while addressing interim Management Committee Chairmen and Councillors from Okigwe South Federal Constituency comprising Ehime Mbano, Obowo, and Ihitte Uboma LGAS at Ihitte Uboma headquarters, Hon Chikwem Onuoha after observing one-minute silence in memory of late Senator Ben Uwajumogu,  pointed out that there is a lacuna in Okigwe Zone, adding that it is unfortunate that Okigwe zone is the only District that is yet a state capital in Nigeria.

He said that Okigwe Zone needs a thoroughbred to represent them at the Senate, arguing that he has the experience and more than educated to represent the zone.

” I m aware that the zoning arrangement is between Okigwe South and Okigwe North Federal Constituencies. What Okigwe Zone needs is a performer driven senator. We want Senator for the whole zone. I have the audacity to change the old narratives, I m a professional lobbyist and I assure you that I will do well. I will make Okigwe Zone smile again.”

“We need a senator who will work with Governor Hope Uzodinma not to fight the Governor. I want to unite Okigwe Zone. I’m that man who will be loyal to the Governor.”

He however commended the IMC Chairmen and Councillors for believing in him, noting that he will be fearless at the senate.

According to him,” I want to thank you also for standing and supporting Governor Hope Uzodinma. At the Senate, I will be fearless, when I speak, Nigeria will listen. I beg you to support me, don’t look at where I m coming from but look at what is in me, our numerical strength is low,  because of it we must do something extra.

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