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PDP Woos Ex-gov, Okorocha As He Ridicules APC, Plans Party

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The Senator representing Imo West and former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, saying the party was formed in a hurry with the motive of hijacking power from the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.

Okorocha, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said he and other politicians who are progress-minded were perfecting a plan to form a new political party.

But the PDP pleaded with the former governor to return to the opposition party instead of going the wrong way as he did in 2014.

According to the Ex-governor, the body language of the Nigerians, speaks volume of the fact that they are not pleased with what is going on in Nigeria.

The Senator who is a founding member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), last week launched a project of the Rivers State Government on the invitation of the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.

At the event, he beckoned on the good people in the APC and the PDP to come together and rescue the nation in 2023.

On Monday he said there was a pressing need for the regrouping of the ‘good politicians’ to bring back restore public confidence in governance and remedy the country.

“The movement for a new Nigeria has commenced and we must come join forces, I mean progressive Nigerians, to make the country work”, Okorocha stated.

Asked if the promise of the new political movement for a new Nigeria would not be in like manner to that of the APC in 2015, he stated that the APC was formed in a hurry in order to take power from the PDP without much emphasis on the character of those leading the movement.

The ex-governor said, “The APC was a hasty arrangement. It was hurriedly set up to take power when the then government was drifting. The APC would have been better until individuals who were not its members; individuals who came for congratulatory messages, hijacked the party and became lords.”

Also Read: Imo APC Crisis: Uzodinma Finally Cages Out Okorocha

In PDP’s reaction to this, it said it was not a part of those worried by the plan by Okorocha and a few of his friends to form a new political party.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a telephone interview with a correspondent, in Abuja, on Monday, explained that the PDP was happy that more Nigerians especially individuals like the former Imo State governor had seen the deceit the APC represented.

Ologbondiyan said, “Our advice to people like Okorocha is for him to say no to making the same mistake more than once, any party hastily put together like the APC because of the polls are bound to be victims of the same errors.

“He should instead come over to the PDP, a party structured properly with a pedigree of performance. We’ve made some mistakes before now and we’ve learnt our lessons. Nigerians now know the disparity between a well-structured political party which is very much concerned about them and an association of unhappy men who only formed group to grab power for power sake.”

When reached out to, the National Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Senator John Akpan Udoedeghe, turned down comments on Okorocha’s pronouncement on plans to float a new political party.

He stated, “The Senator is an honored member of our great party, I have nothing to say.”

Be that as it may, a high-ranking member of the APC who is closely familiar with the thinking within the party leadership said the party did not accommodate any fears.

The source stated, “Politics is a game of numbers as much as it is a game of interests. So, if a number of individuals want to converge and go through the process of birthing a new political party, can anyone succeed in stopping them.”

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Anokam describes convertion of Government property as corruption

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Renowned Estate Surveyor and Valuer and Opinion leader, Chief Sam Anokam has decided as the height of corruption, acquiring government property and converting it to private use, arguing that the recovery of IBC property at Orji which the former governor, Rochas Okorocha had illegally converted to private use and the recovery of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko by the present administration of Chief Hope Uzodinma were in order and evidence of strong political will to serve Imolites.

Chief Anokam made this observation on Monday, July 19, while interacting with newsmen in Owerri.

He maintained that on emerging the governor of the state, senator Hope Uzodinma had premised the focal point of his administration on Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, stating that the government would have made a mockery of the 3R mantra if they had not recovered government property illegally converted to private use by Okorocha.

He regretted that former Governor Rochas Okorocha had engaged in reckless and uncontrolled grabbing of both public and private lands at will, saying that no sentiment must be allowed by the government with respect to how it affects the students and advised the former governor to relocate his schools and students to a property of his own.

Anokam said that Okorocha had deceived Imolites by giving them the impression that the Eastern Palm University was state government-owned and later converted it to himself and appointed a Vice Chancellor, commenced running its affairs without involving the state government.

The Estate Surveyor stressed that if Okorocha had used the IBC property to build a school or housing estate for Imo workers, it would have been better than using government land for private purpose without paying rent, especially when the agency of government that owns such land is still in existence.

On the relative restoration of security in the state, Chief Sam Anokam appreciated the state government, security organizations and all individuals who played one role or another to restore peace and order, observing that insecurity affects everybody and not caused by the government and must be a collective responsibility of all to ensure peace and order, without which, no meaningful development can take place.

He called on the government to continue to engage the people and various stakeholders in the society to ensure lasting peace in the state.

Anokam praised the state government for doing well in constructing durable roads and installing traffic lights at major junctions in Owerri metropolis which have made traffic easier in the capital city.

He called on Imolites to give Governor Uzodinma time, peace and cooperation as the governor has already displayed needed capacity to transform the state and put it on the wheels of progress.

Always Read; Coast clearer for Okorocha, others to dump APC as membership revalidation ends

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Coast clearer for Okorocha, others to dump APC as membership revalidation ends

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As the extension for the APC membership registration and revalidation exercise ended yesterday July 22, the fate of the former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the Senate, Senator Rochas Okorocha as well as his supporters appears to hang on the balance.

This is even as the leadership of the party in the State had earlier warned against membership revalidation by proxy.

In a release signed by the Director General, New Media of the APC, Cajethan Duke and made available to Weekend Lead, the membership registration and revalidation exercise has ended.

Okorocha in the company of his supporters had few Weeks ago, stormed the National Secretariat of the APC Abuja where they tabled the problems of the party in Imo particularly ,the issue of membership revalidation which they said did not take place as supposed in Imo.

They at the said meeting demanded for a membership revalidation exercise in Imo which Dan Nwafor would oversea as the state Chairman.

However, few days after the said meeting, the National Leadership of the party extended the revalidation exercise in Imo as well as few other States.

Investigation by Lead shows that Okorocha and his loyalists did not take part in the last exercise, an act which may jeopardize their membership of the party.

Earlier, the State Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Imo State chapter, had reminded all interested persons both old members and intending applicants who are yet to revalidate their membership and or register, that the exercise which has been extended by the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) is still ongoing at the 27 local government headquarters across the state.

In line with guidelines as formulated by the CECPC, there was no room for revalidation or registration by proxy.

Every interested person must physically present him/herself before the officials with all the requisite particulars for revalidation/ registration.

The attention of the party was been drawn to cases where certain persons have tried albeit unfruitful to compromise the exercise through revalidation and registration by proxy.

The party hereby had informed all of the prohibition of registration through proxies and warns against any fragrant disregard to the laid down procedures, while calling on interested persons to take advantage of the extension to genuinely conclude their revalidation and or registration formalities.

Read Also; Reconciliation: Imo APC describes Rochas Okorocha as stumbling block

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Ihezuo hails Imo Gov. over traffic decongestion

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… Decries non adherence to traffic Rules

… Calls for training of drivers.

One of the APC chieftains in Imo and Orlu in particular, Dr. Ikenna Ihezuo has hailed Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma for bringing into control, the traffic jam at various junctions in Owerri.

Uzodinma had upon assumption of office removed all the ancient Roundabouts out in place at various junctions in Owerri cities and replaced them with modern Traffic Lights which hitherto reduce to the barest minimum Traffic jam in the State.

In a press release signed by Ihezuo himself and made available to weekend Lead, Ihezuo, practicing Lawyer with many years standing expressed gratitude to the Governor for coming to the rescue of the Road Users by introducing the modern ways of curbing traffic jam in the State adding that the singular act has shown in no small measures that the Governor is indeed prepared to change the narrative of governance in Imo.

Ihezuo, an American trained Technocrat who decried the disobedience of some Drivers to Road signs and usages called on the State Government to constitute a Task Force whose duties would include to apprehend Road usage offenders who will after arresting them would take them to Psychiatric Hospitals to examine their state of minds and after which they would be compelled to pay penalty for the offenses committed.

Ihezuo who contested keenly the 2019 House of Representatives seat for Orlu, Orsu and Oru East Federal under the APC used the forum to commend the Governor on the areas of Roads which his administration has put in place called on Imo people to remain supportive of the present administration.

On the recent empowerment of fifteen Thousand Imo Youths by the present administration, Ihezuo gave a Thomb up to the Governor adding that with the said empowerment, Imo is on the fast lane development.

Ihezuo who charged the beneficiaries of the empowerment to make judicious use of the opportunity called on other Youths to remain supportive of the present administration which according to him has come to change the narratives of governance in Imo.

Also Read; Traffic Congestion: Lawyer drums support for Ihezuo’s remedy, appeals with Govt to consider proposal

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