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Uzodinma, Okorocha supporters clash over plan to recall ex-governor

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Supporters of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, have clashed over an alleged plan to recall Okorocha as the Senator representing Imo West District at the National Assembly.

While a group of Uzodinma’s supporters called the Orlu Political Consecutive Assembly has insisted to continue with plans to recall Okorocha from the Senate, the Association of Orlu Women for Good Governance has urged Uzodinma not to spend state resources to recall the senator.

AOWGG, at a press conference, asked Uzodinma and Okorocha – who they described as their sons – to stop “disgracing the people of Orlu zone.”

The association’s President-General, Mrs Bailia Chibuike, advised Uzodinma to face governance and stop fighting Okorocha.

She said, “The government of Chief Hope Uzodinma should face governance and provide the dividends of democracy for Imo people and leave Okorocha alone.

“The state government should take back the N1bn reported to have been given to OPOCA (Orlu Political Consecutive Assembly) for the so-called recall of Okorocha and use the money for other meaningful things in the state.”

However, OPOCA has insisted on its plans to recall Okorocha, saying the senator “has crossed the red line and has touched the tail of a sleeping tiger.”

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The group’s spokesperson, Modestus Nwamkpa, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Print Media, said Okorocha had not represented the district well at the Senate.

Nwamkpa said it was wrong for Okorocha to have launched a “campaign of calumny” against the governor, who is also from Orlu zone, where Okorocha represents at the Senate.

Nwamkpa said, “Now, the question is: why does OPOCA want to recall Okorocha? It is said that ‘he who obstructs the peace of the beehive should endure the pains of the bees’ stings.’

“Okorocha has actually crossed the red line. He has touched the tail of a sleeping tiger and the resultant effect is what he is currently facing – recall.”

Nwamkpa said OPOCA had been at the forefront of defending the interest of Orlu zone, saying “any Orlu man holding the position of Imo governorship must be protected at all costs. Orlu’s interest must come first.”

Okorocha had on February 21 alleged that Uzodinma attacked him with thugs.

The former governor and three of his political associates were also arrested by the state police command after government and security officials stormed the Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, and unsealed it.

The estate was linked to Okorocha’s wife, Nkechi.

The state government said its action was in accordance with a report of a judicial panel set up by a former governor, Emeka Ihedioha, before he left office.

Meanwhile, youths operating under the aegis of Imo West Youths for Good Governance have asked Uzodinma to sack his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwaneri, and his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Eric Uwakwe, for allegedly leading thugs to attack Okorocha on February 21.

At a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, IWYGG, Prince Wisdom Nwauwa, asked the governor to hand over the two aides to the police for prosecution.

Nwauwa said that the attack on Okorocha, who is a serving senator, “was another sad commentary on our democracy.” 

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms

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… 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

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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.

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JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing

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… 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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