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Okigwe Senate: Uzodinma may at last lose grips of Imo 3 senators

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… Owerri Zone Belongs TO PDP, Ihedioha

… In Loggerheads With Orlu Senator

… Not Sure Of Ibezim’s Victory

Except last minute miracle takes place at the Supreme Court in favour of Frank Ibezim, who has put every mercenary in place to challenge his perjury and certificate forgery at the Supreme Court, Governor Hope Uzodinma stands the risk of losing the grip of the three Imo Senators.

 Out of the three senators representing Imo State, Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi belongs to the PDP, and Owerri zone, Senator Rochas Okorocha who represents Orlu Zone under the plated form of the APC does not agree with Uzodinma, and the only one who if succeeds the legal battles haunting him would be described as Uzodinma made Senator, Frank Ibezim appears to be drowning following three court judgments that confirmed his documents forgery which in the Nigeria constitution is a criminal offence.

Uzodinma who in the bid to ensure that the said Ibezim wins the senatorial bye election of Imo North had before the APC Primaries appealed with the Eleven Aspirants, that took part in the election to nominate one of them as a consensus candidate, which according to the Governor would save cost, as well make the party stronger in Okigwe Zone.

However, Uzodinma left the whole aspirants to go for primaries when it was dawn on him that he could not have convinced them into consensus and decided to work with Ibezim who allegedly was brought by the minister of education for states, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba. With Ibezim losing three times in court over perjury and result falsification, fear of unknown has gripped Uzodinma and Camp Hope in general.

Nevertheless, the implication of Ibezim losing out in court means that Uzodinma did not make any contribution towards their emergence and as such, would not expect them to be of any help or assistance to his Government particularly as it concerns returning for second term bid.

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Another implication is Uzodinma would not be privy to certain information at the National hence non of the three would be his eye as 2023 elections are fast approaching.

Information to Lead Newspaper revealed that Frank Ibezim after losing perjury in Federal High Court had also lost out in two Appeal Courts.

In the view of Legal practitioners, it would be very difficult for Ibezim who as learnt by this paper has concluded  plans to take his matter to Supreme Court to get a different judgment from the Supreme Court when he had lost at the court of first instance and second..

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Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity

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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.

Also Read; Reactions trail Uzodinma’s May Day broadcast

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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC

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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

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“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.”

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Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma

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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.

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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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