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U. Best Hails Araraume’s Emergence, Attributes Victory To God



A frontline political associate, a die-hard loyalist of distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Amauzuari, lsiala Mbano LGA born Hon. Jerry Ukachukwu Nwokoro (aka UBEST)  has described the Friday, 6th November 2020 Federal High Court of Owerri judgment which upheld Ararume as the authentic and duly nominated candidate of lmo APC for the lmo North senatorial bye-election as a victory for democracy, for lmo North Senatorial District and the good people of Amauzuari.

While fielding question from a select group of Journalists in Owerri, the lmo state capital shortly after the judgment, the Umuahia based, lmo state born Philantopist congratulated senator Ifeanyi Ararume for the hard-won and long-expected victory. While extolling the wisdom of the Federal High Court justices who presided over the matter and subsequently delivered the judgment, UBEST further described the historic judgment as a reflection of the mindset of the generality of the good people of Okigwe zone and a confirmation of the dictum that the judiciary is the last bastion for the common man. He further likened the judgment to a Daniel presiding over the Federal High Court which, though sat in Owerri, but critically looked at the case before it on its merit, ignored the overbearing influence and antics or pressure and allowed the majority decision of APC delegates in Okigwe, lmo North senatorial District who voted for Senator Araraume to prevail by their judgment.

By the judgment, Nigerians and lmolites have renewed the confidence they reposed in the judiciary which before now, was under serious arguments and embroiled in several strings of doubts following their perceived and alleged cash and carry judgments, he cited his Amauzuari people particularly who in his words are core loyalists of Araraume because of their firm believe in Araraume’s human capacity development but became despondent right from the time Sir Frank Ibezim who they strongly believe was foisted on the party by some powerful elements within its rank in lmo state even when it was obvious he was not qualified and lacking in capacity to represent lmo North in the Senate based on the report of the screening Committee.

In the contention of UBEST, Ararume is one man who abhors injustice and is always prepared to fight injustice to a logical conclusion.

It will be recalled that during the count down to the lmo North senatorial primary election by APC, about 11 aspirants including Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume (KSJI), chief Sir Mark Uchendu, Hon Chief Athan Achonu, Rt. Hon Dr Acho lhim, Hon Matthew Omegara, chief Eze Okoro,  Sir Frank Ibezim and others participated. In line with the electoral Act (as Amended) screening and Appeal Committees were constituted with their individual statutory roles or terms of references duly outlined. It was expected that before an aspirant would emerge as a candidate of any political party, the nomination form of the aspirant must be thoroughly screened.

This Fundamental aspect of the Electoral Act was dully carried out by the screening Committee, which outcome saw to the disqualification of Acho Ihim, Chikwem Onuoha,  sir Frank lbezim, Mark Uchendu, Eze Okoro chief Ogueri, Athan Achonu and others. The screening Committee in their findings discovered that the aforementioned aspirants including Frank lbezim who joined lmo APC from their former parties did not show sufficient evidence or proof of membership of APC for a minimum of twelve calendar months or a waiver to enable them to contest for the nomination as a senatorial candidate. The committee rather cleared Senator Ararume who is very meticulous both in business and politics, Adanne Chidinma Uwajimogu, and two other aspirants.

In a twist of fate, Frank lbezim had added encumbrance of not submitting the original certificate of his acclaimed University degree and birth certificate. In one instance, it was alleged that he claimed to have obtained a GCE certificate in May /June 1980, whereas such external examinations were held between November and December during the period under review. In another instance, he gave his age as 35, implying that he may have front-loaded his elemental body and spirit or was not even conceived in his mother’s womb by the time he sat for and passed the WASC examinations in May /June 1980 at Bishop shenanigans, Uboma Boys secondary school Etiti.

As if in agreement with the reasons given for his disqualification, which decision was subsequently upheld by an appeal Committee of APC, Frank Ibezim could not challenge his disqualification before the appeal Committee neither did he challenge it in any court of competent jurisdiction and never made any attempt to use available print, electronic and social media to address the issues bothering on communications and certificate forgery.

Though the National and state leadership of APC knew the implication of fielding a nonmember of the party or one not cleared by the Screening Committee for the Okigwe senatorial bye-election, the party leadership remained adamant,  obdurately and disregarded the extant and relevant sections of the APC party constitution as it concerns the nomination and qualifications of aspirants by submitting the name of Sir Frank Ibezim who was not granted a waiver,  and allowed him to contest for the primaries and submitted same to INEC.

An obviously aggrieved, embittered Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume generally known to have made APC  popular by sincerely delivering  APC to victory having supported the re-election bid of Rochas Okorocha as governor in 2015, immediately challenged the unlawful declaration of Sir Frank Ibezim as flag bearer of lmo North APC Senatorial bye-election as an interested party in a suit pending before a Federal High Court.

Ararume as a loyal party man was busy exploring all peaceful avenues and available opportunities in resolving the impasse generated by the candidature of Sir Frank Ibezim as a result of the kangaroo primaries when one Mrs Uchenna Onyeiwu Ubá, approached the Federal High Court asking it to restrain the party (APC) leadership from submitting the name of Ibezim to INEC.

That was what prompted Ararume to join as an interested party in the suit meant to challenge the unlawful declaration of Ibezim as the candidate for the lmo North Senatorial bye-election. Hon Jerry Ukachukwu Nwokoro (UBEST) is excited that the judiciary did not compromise their integrity this time around as variously experienced in the elections petition tribunals and other judiciary matters.

He thanked the president, Mohammed Buhari, the lmo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the leadership of the party, and the judiciary for not comprising nor interfered but rather watched and midwifed the delivering cum dispensation of justice seen and believed to have been done.

Hon Nwokoro Jerry prayed God to grant Governor Uzodinma the grace, wisdom, and ingenuity to navigate the socio-economic and infrastructural challenges starring us to our faces as a government and people as lmolites while urging him also to close rank and not to see the recent court victory of Ararume as a ploy to fight him in all frontiers but rather as an act of God divinely orchestrated to create a synergy to move the state forward.

He frowned at political jobbers whose stock in trade is to fan embers of disunity at every political strata which includes but not limited to Araraume, Uzodinma and Rochas Okorocha just to score cheap popularity.

 He thanked and  called on all lovers of democracy within the confines of  lmo North  senatorial zone to vote for APC and her candidate Senator Araraume in the yet to be announced Okigwe Senatorial bye – election by INEC.

He concluded thus, a vote for Araraume is a vote for the emancipation and Human capital development of the good people of Okigwe zone and Amauzuari in general.

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Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loans



Insecurity: Hotel Business Dying In Imo, As Banks Go After Mgts Over Loan

Except Imo State Government succeeds in its efforts to restore normalcy in the state, the Hotel businesses which flourishes in Imo would become a thing of the past.

Investigation carried out by Lead revealed that most of the popular Hotel owners and management have cut drastically down the number of their workers following their inabilities to pay back the loans collected from banks caused by low patronage occasioned by insecurity in Imo.

Imo State in the recent times has been on the news over attacks by unknown gunmen and the security agents in the bid to restore peace were said to have killed some innocent persons, an act which crippled night clubs and other activities.

Speaking with Weekend Lead, the owner of one of the Five Star Hotels in Imo appealed with Imo state government to come to their aide, pointing out that some of the banks in the state are after them, demanding for payment of Loans which he said was over-due for payment but following the low patronage of Hotels occasioned by insecurity, the management of Hotels are unable to pay back. 

The said Hotel owner who chose to speak on the guise of anonymity told Lead that at their Union level, the Hospitality Management in Imo had gone to the Imo State Commissioner of Police to interact with him on the best way to improve on the security to enable them revive their businesses which he said is at the comatose state adding that with the state of insecurity in Imo, Hotels hardly have customers as people have boycotted night lives and other social activities.

He decried how Imo which is known for its hospitality industry in the nation is losing grips over insecurity adding that it is also affecting the IGR as well as the working population of the state. 

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Imo Security Challenges: Akajiugo Calls For Collective Fight



… Urges Leaders TO Sheath Sword

… Backs Government Peace Moves.

Given the Security challenges which hitherto have to a reasonable extent grounded the economy of Imo State, one of the chieftains of the All progressives Congress in the State, Prince Joseph Okwara, Akajiugo of Umuna has called on both the political leaders, heads of various religious groups, Traditional Rulers amongst others to see the situation as a serious one which must be tackled head long.

This is even as he appealed with political leaders to sheath their sword and unite against insecurity which he described as an ill wind that blows no one any good.

In a press release signed by Okwara himself and made available to weekend Lead, he expressed gratitude to the Imo State Government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma on the continued efforts to ensure that peace returns in Imo which he described as the only State we have.

Prince Okwara, a business Mogul cum politician who used the medium to condemn the call on the Governor by the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to resign his seat charged the leaders of the party not do play politics with what he termed a ‘sensitive’ issue.

Imo State chapter of the PDP had few weeks ago, called on Uzodinma to resign his seat as Governor, accusing him of incapacity to provide the State with adequate security, a statement which had received various condemnation in Imo and beyond.

Describing a peaceful State as that which breeds development, Akajiugo called on those behind the destruction of Government Institutions in the State to desist pointing out that such would only retard the development of the State as well as deplete our population.

He further used the forum to call on the security agencies to toe the line of professionalism in the discharge of their noble duties of protection of lives and properties and not the other way round.

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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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