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Okigwe Polls: APGA Talks Tough



… Drags INEC, Others TO Court

… Accuses Commission Of Results Manipulation

…Insists PDP, APC Field No Candidate

… Relies On Dissolution Of Charles Ugwu Led PDP Exco By Court

While the members of the APC and PDP are still mounting pressure on the INEC to declare their individual candidates as winners of the December 5 Okigwe bye-election, the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Imo has dragged the APC, the PDP and INEC to court seeking the declaration of its candidate, Attorney Charles Onyirimba as the winner of the said election.

This is even as they accused INEC of manipulating the results of Onyirimba to favour the APC.

Lead Newspaper had in one of its recent edition reported the readiness of the APGA to sue the trio of INEC, PDP, and the APC, claiming the winner of the controversial December 5 Okigwe by-election.

INEC had after the election of Okigwe by election held on December 5, declared APC as a political party winner if the polls without returning any person as the candidate.

This declaration of the APC as the winner despite subsisting court orders and judgement against the candidatures of Senator Araraume and Frank Ibezim was greeted with varying reactions from Imo people and beyond.

While some were of the view that Frank Ibezim should be declared the winner of the polls in accordance with the Appeal Court Judgement which qualified him as the actual winner of the controversial APC primaries held in Okigwe, others were of the view that since Araraume had immediately after the judgement of Appeal court which proclaimed Ibezim winner filed notice and stay of execution of the said Appeal court judgement at the supreme court, he should be declared winner of the controversial election.

While the INEC was still battling over who should be returned in APC, the PDP candidate, Emma Okewulonu proceeded to the court where he prayed amongst others, for the court to declare him winner, positing that APC had no candidate for the election by the virtue of two contradicting Federal High court judgment which declared Ibezim unfit for the polls by virtue of submitting fake results to INEC for the polls as well as the Appeal Court judgement which removed Araraume’s name as the APC’s candidate.

Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) of removing the votes garnered by the party on Saturday 5th December, 2020. This was disclosed on the weekend when the party leadership met at the party secretariat, Owerri to take stock of stakeholders’ activities during the election. Recall that the commission which organized the election announced that the All Progressives Congress, APC won the election but failed to return any candidate as the winner of the election.

Opposition parties in the state have vehemently condemned the outcome of the election. One of the major opposition parties in the state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA rose from a meeting on weekend after reviewing the outcome of the election. In a press conference by the state Chairman Hon. John Iwuala lambasted the Commission for manipulating the result in favor of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that his party has decided to seek redress in Court. Speaking further, Hon. Iwuala pointed out that against the backdrop of two court Judgments delivered on 4th December,2020, APC has no candidate on the said election.

He explained that while the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri invalidated the lower court’s judgment that declared Senator Ifeanyi Ararume the candidate of the party thereby restated Mr. Frank Ibezim as the candidate. Another court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Abuja the same day disqualified Ibezim as the candidate due to certificate forgery. He insisted that based on the two court decisions, APC had no candidate in that election. Continuing, the state Chairman also contended that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who came second in the election was also not in contention of the election. According to him, the trial and appellate Court in Portharcourt Rivers State also invalidated the election that brought the state Chairman, Engr. Charles Ugwu.

He added that the implication of the two court Judgments invalidated its candidate, Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu. He, therefore, submitted that the votes for APC and PDP should be rendered null and void and declare the next party with the highest number of votes in the election winner. He, therefore, urged INEC to declare the candidate of APGA, Atty. Charles Onyirimba winner and issue him with a certificate of Return. This is even as the APGA boss accused the umpire of expunging not less than 7, 000 votes on the way to the local government area collation centers across the area. He, therefore, vowed that the party in agreement with her Senatorial candidate in Imo North Atty. Charles Onyirimba has put all the mercenaries in place to reclaim her stolen mandate from court.

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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.

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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.

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