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Uzodinma will continue to tame Okorocha



By Ifeanyi Maduako l

The sudden entrance of Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma into the All Progressives Congress (APC) in early 2018 was the day God provided a human savior to Imo State chapter of APC and all Imo People in general.

 If Uzodinma had remained in People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he could have negotiated his way and perhaps returned to the Senate for the third time.
If Uzodinma didn’t defect to APC by the instructions of the Holy Spirit, Okorocha would have had his way in APC by making his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the gubernatorial candidate of the Party in the 2019 general election. And, if Uche Nwosu had become the legitimate candidate of APC, he would have gone ahead and won the main election itself.
When Okorocha defied all wise counsel from all quarters which included the Presidency, the national apparatchik of APC, etc, to insist on his son-in-law as his successor, he knew that he had crossed the Rubicon of greed and unmitigated acquisition.

 For him to have dumped and jettisoned the legitimate governorship ambition of his then deputy who  was his right hand man for over 25 years, he knew that, “ogo wu ikwu mmadu”, literally translates, “a son-in-law is more trustworthy than a mere friendship”. Okorocha knew that he went beyond bounds and, therefore, was afraid of every other person in Imo State taking over from him except his son-in-law.
He made the kind of voluminous acquisition and accumulation he did while as governor with concrete belief that his son-in-law would succeed him willy-nilly. He believed that he had conquered Imolites, and no other person could challenge him.

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 He assumed himself to be as big and influential as Chief Ahmed Bola Tinubu of Lagos State who enthrones and dethrones governors at his whims and caprices. But even Tinubu is more intelligent than Okorocha. Tinubu may be the kingmaker of Lagos State politics, but he had never nursed the idea of enthroning his close relatives as governor since he vacated the seat. He could have failed if he had tried that.
If Uche Nwosu had become the legitimate gubernatorial candidate of APC, it would have meant that the Presidency and the APC national headquarters wanted him to succeed his father-in-law. Both seen and unseen forces (apologies to Ngige) would have been deployed to rig him into the office.

If Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could declare him as the first runner-up (second position) even without the tacit support of the federal government’s apparatus, he would have clinched the first position as the APC candidate with the central government’s support.
Against this background, Imo people should be grateful to Distinguished Senator Uzodinma for making himself available in APC to torpedo and thwart the nefarious plans of Okorocha to foist his family oligarchy on Imo State.

The insinuation in some quarters that Okorocha connived or helped Uzodinma to remove former Governor Emeka Ihedioha from Douglas House through the Supreme Court is blatant falsehood. Did Okorocha tell Uzodinma to collate and keep the results from the 388 polling units which were excluded from computation by INEC? What if Uzodinma didn’t have such results after INEC had declared Ihedioha the winner?

How exactly did Okorocha help Uzodinma retrieve his mandate at the Supreme Court? Every Nigerian especially Imolites still remembers the derogatory names and snide remarks Okorocha made against Uzodinma during the general election with the sole intention  to  pull  him down.

 If Okorocha had the power or the connection to help anybody at the various courts, he would have done so for Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) whom INEC declared as the second runner-up (third position).
Throughout Okorocha’s eight years as governor, how many times (if any) did anyone see him on a high table or in any meeting or event with then Senator Uzodinma? Okorocha accompanied Uzodinma to the inauguration ceremony with the belief the he (Uzodinma) would protect his back and not that they were political friends. What Okorocha did penultimate Sunday was unbecoming of a law maker in the enviable rank of a Senator. Would he have tolerated that if he were still the governor of the state?
Ihedioha’s short-lived administration set up various judicial panels of inquiry.

When Governor Uzodinma took over, he retained those panels because they are all Imolites. If Governor Uzodinma had dissolved the panels and set up news ones, he would have been accused of populating the panels with his own men to witch-hunt his political opponents.
Therefore, when Ihedioha’s men submitted their various reports, the current government only embarked on their implementation because government is a continuum.

 How then is Governor Uzodinma witch-hunting Okorocha? Has any member of the panels come out to contradict the state government by saying that they never made such recommendations?
For the records, Okorocha and his sons-in-law were severally invited during the sittings of the panels, but they defiantly shunned the invitations because they assumed that they are above the laws of the land.

When Imo government sealed the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, he reportedly went there with his private security men and unlocked it.

The government kept quiet and endured the affront to its authority. That must have given Okorocha the courage and impetus to try same affront on the sealed Royal Spring Palm Estate.

 If government of Imo had allowed the forceful unsealing of the Royal Spring Palm Estate by Okorocha as was the case with Eastern Palm University, the affront on the government authority would have continued.

 If Okorocha had any issue with the gazetted White Papers, he should have approached the court of law than taking the laws into his hands.

 What is he teaching the common masses to do if they encounter such a situation if he (a lawmaker) could resort to self help? 

 Governor Uzodinma or Imo government has more recoveries and sealings to make, and they will continue to tame Okorocha.  
Maduako, writes from Owerri (08061562735)  

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South-East govs joking with regional security, says ex-Imo senator



A former member of the National Assembly, Athan Achonu, has accused South-East governors of trivialising the region’s security.

Achonu, who represented Imo North at the 8th Senate before he was sacked by a Court of Appeal judgment in Owerri, urged Igbo governors to take over Eastern Security Network from the Indigenous People of Biafra and reform it.

The ex- senator was reacting to the jailbreak in Owerri, as well as the attack on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the killings in Enugu and Ebonyi States.

He said that the youths were angry with the governments because of lack of employment and business opportunities.

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Achonu, who said that he was championing a movement for Igbo billionaires to bring their investments home, said that without security and infrastructure, manufacturing businesses would not thrive in the South-East.

He said, “There is problem in Nigeria. The situation is terrible. Our economy is losing control. Unemployment rate is unbelievable. The worst hit are South-East and South-South. The youths have now been turned into Yahoo boys and drug addicts.”

“Our group will make a presentation to all the South-East governor this April on the need for Igbo billionaires to invest at home. Without local government autonomy, no true democracy will happen in Nigeria.

“South-East governors are joking with Igbo security. They are making the biggest mistake of their lives. They can take ESN and legalise it. There is no security in Nigeria. Kidnapping takes place even in Buhari’s village. Nowhere is safe in Nigeria again.”

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House bill to permit wearing of hijab in military



A bill pending before the House of Representatives is seeking to compel the Armed Forces and para-military organisations to permit female officers to wear Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab.

The bill, known as the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition,  Prevention) Bill, 2020, which has passed second reading at the House, was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.

Article 13 of the bill titled,  ‘Discrimination in employment in security and other sectors,’ prohibits the military from discriminating against anyone wearing a hijab.

Article 13(2) reads, “Any person employed in the security sector, whether within the military or paramilitary or otherwise, shall not be discriminated against on the ground of the exercise of his right to manifestation of his religion in worship, teaching, practice and observance  such as wearing religious emblem, head cover, or hijab in concomitant with the common uniform code or code of conduct in relation to the choice of colour, type, or design of such religious emblem, religious head cover or hijab.”

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Although the bill does not propose any fine or jail time for persons who discriminate against persons wearing hijab, it states that anyone who contravenes the section would have committed an offence.

It further states that the High Court will have original jurisdiction on such matters while the National Human Rights Commission shall have the power either on its own motion or upon a petition presented by an aggrieved person to investigate allegations of any violation of the provisions of the Bill ithin a reasonable time or not more than 30 days.

Hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women, has become a controversial issue in Nigeria. In Kwara State for instance, an attempt by the government to impose hijab on Christian missionary schools is being resisted by the in-grant Christian colleges.

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Imo attackers are members of IPOB’s ESN –IGP



The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says operatives of the Eastern Security Network carried out Monday attacks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Adamu condemned the alleged act by the security arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra. IPOB, however, has since denied been behind the attacks.

The IGP in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force and other Police Tactical Squads in Imo to strengthen security in the state and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the state.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that gunmen attacked the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison.

Scores of vehicles were razed around 1am on Monday when gunmen attacked Owerri and freed at least 1,500 inmates.

The hoodlums also freed the suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.

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Reacting in the statement on Monday, the IGP said, “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN).

“The attempt by the attackers to gain access to the Police armoury at the Headquarters was totally and appropriately resisted by Police operatives on duty who repelled the attackers and prevented them from breaking-in and looting the armoury.

“The armoury is thus intact! Similarly, the police suffered no human casualty, apart from a police Constable who sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder,” the statement partly read.

The statement was titled, ‘Imo Attack – IGP Deploys Security Reinforcement Squads, Sets Up Special Investigation Team (SIT)’.

The IGP also directed the Commissioner of Police in the state and a new Special Investigation Team “to carry out holistic investigations into the incident with a view to fishing-out the perpetrators and bringing them to justice”.

“The IGP, who described the deliberate and criminal attack on security operatives as an attack on the soul of our nation, has enjoined leaders in Imo State, the South-East and other parts of the country to speak out against the unfolding violence and criminality.

“The IGP calls on citizens to avail the Police and other security agencies with useful information that can assist in identifying and arresting the criminals.

“He vowed that the perpetrators will be brought to book, noting that the Force is doing all within its powers to curb the activities of unscrupulous elements hell-bent on threatening the unity, safety, security and socio-economic wellbeing of Nigerians,” the statement added.

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