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‘Demolition Of Statues, Not My Order’ Ihedioha

Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has denied ordering the ongoing demolition of one of the Akachi towers, one of the monuments erected by his predecessor.

The demolition is coming barely 24 hours after Ihedioha assumed office.

Scores of Imo indigenes have condemned the action, stating the monument was constructed with public funds and should not be pulled down to spite the former administration.

Ihedioha was sworn-in as the sixth Executive governor of the state on Wednesday.

The Akachi tower, one of the many tourist attractions built by the former governor is being demolished as at the time of filling this report.

It was built on a reclaimed dumpsite that was abandoned by previous administrations.

The demolition exercise was supervised by soldiers who barred journalists from covering the exercise.

The Akachi monument was one of the structures commissioned by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo barely one week ago.

The monument, a massive tower with the symbol of a hand on the Zenith, representing the hand of God, sits on an expansive plot of land, reserved for religious purposes.

There are fears Ihedioha will also demolish other monuments in Owerri, the state capital, especially the famous statues.
But the governor denied ordering the demolition.

His Special Adviser, Steve Osuji, said the governor is not aware of the demolition of any structure and never gave such directive.

According to him the new governor is in the Government House trying to settle down in his office.

Okorocha won’t get certificate of return, the matter is still in court – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pointed that certificate of return for Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state will not be issued until teh court case regarding is resolved.

This statement was made in a press conference in Abuja where Festus Okoye, Commissioner of INEC on Information and voter education, said the commission will issue a certificate of return to Okorocha if directed by the court to do so.

Recall that Francis Ibeawuchi, returning officer for Imo west senatorial election, had announced Okorocha as winner of the poll, TheCable reports.

But INEC declined to give Okorocha a certificate of return because Ibeawuchi said he declared him winner under duress.

This prompted Okorocha to sue the commission. In a suit filed at a federal high court in Abuja, the governor asked the court to rule that INEC has no power to withhold his certificate of return and to grant an order mandating the commission to issue it to him.

When asked to comment on the matter, Okoye said the commission’s stance that it will not reward bad conduct remains the same.

He said: “The position of the commission has not changed. The position of the commission is that we will not issue certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha in relation to the senatorial election.

“Since the matter is already in court, the best thing to do is not to prejudge the matter that is in court, but to allow the judicial processes to run through.

“If at the end of the day, the court gives an order that we should give him his certificate of return, of course, the commission will obey such a court order.

“If on the other hand, the court takes a different position and makes other consequential orders in relation to the conduct of the elections in Imo West, we will also comply with whatever order the court gives.

“As of today, the matter is pending in court, the best thing to do is to wait for the outcome of the judicial process.”

Hope Uzodinma worked for the PDP in Imo State – Rochas

Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor, on Thursday said that Senator Hope Uzodinma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was only a mole for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Elections

Rochas stated that his earlier warning that the Uzodimma who came in a distant fourth in the election was a member of the PDP, who was planted as a mole to destroy the chances of the APC in the governorship election, The Nation reports.

According to Okorocha, Uzodinmaconfirmed his claim by being among the first set of people to rush to the home of the PDP candidate shortly after he was declared winner, confirmed the pact he has with the PDP.

Recall that the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole gave the party’s ticket to Uzodinma, a new entrant to the party, instead of the governor’s preferred candidate, Uche Nwosu, who won the governorship primary.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, read thus, “we have been vindicated over our repeated claim that Chief Hope Uzodinma has remained a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) both in spirit and in body and that, it was not only wrong but totally unacceptable for the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to have handed over the governorship ticket of the party in the State to him, no matter the deal.

“We had maintained that Chief Uzodinma was just a mole in the APC. Today, the governorship election in the State and its outcome has obviously vindicated us. Aside the fact that Chief Uzodinma worked for the PDP in the Presidential/National Assembly elections and also in the governorship/House of Assembly elections, he was one of the first set of people to celebrate with the PDP Candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha the moment he was announced the winner of the election. The video of Chief Uzodinma’s celebration with Ihedioha has gone virile on the social media”.

The statement continued that, “Chief Uzodinma succeeded through Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that the list he sent from Abuja which he gave to INEC, only his supporters were made agents of the Party and the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State (REC) Prof. Francis Ezeonu insisted on the list, just to ensure the success of their conspiracy.

Read Also: Okorocha missing as senators-elect receive certificates of return

“Unfortunately, none of the Uzodinma/Oshiomhole’s approved agents was seen either at the ward level, or Local Government level or at the State level. They didn’t care about the election and its outcome. At the end of the day, the APC Candidate came fourth. And he has been celebrating with the PDP Candidate.

“Their target as it has shown now is to totally destroy APC in the Southeast and in Imo in particular, thereby authenticating the claim in some quarters that it is all about 2023. One therefore wonders how Oshiomhole feels today, seeing the only APC State in the South-East that was there before he came as Chairman, been taken over by the PDP.

“We had equally sustained the contention that Imo people would not vote for Uzodinma because they know him very well, but Oshiomhole refused to listen. He came fourth and never showed that he took part in the election. Posterity and history will Judge Oshiomhole and Uzodinma over the fate of APC in the South-East especially in Imo State”.

Youth celebrate the fall of Rochas in Imo state -(Video)

As soon as the People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate,
Emeka Ihedioha, was declared winner of the just concluded governorship election in the state, Owerri, the Imo State capital has been thrown into a frenzy.

Mr Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, polled 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.

Recall that Mr Nwosu is the son-in-law of the governor, Rochas Okorocha, who strongly backed his candidacy, a move now threatening to end the governor’s political career.

The results were announced midnight Monday by the state’s returning officer and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Francis Atunta.

Videos trending on social media show youth celebrating the victory of the PDP candidate, and some could be seen pulling down Mr Nwosu’s campaign posters and banners.

In one of the videos, a youth climbed the almost 20 feet campaign banner of the AA candidate and tore and set the banner ablaze to the delight of the celebrating crowd.

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“You won’t get a Certificate of Return” – INEC to Rochas

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed the name of Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, from the list of senators-elect.

Recall that Gov. Okorocha had been announced as winner of the Imo west senatorial district in the February 23 election.

However, Dr. Innocent Ibeabuchi, returning officer for the election, subsequently confess he had made the declaration under duress.

Responding to the issue of widespread violence in the presidential and national assembly elections on Thursday, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the commission will not issue certificates of return to any candidate declared winner of an election under duress, TheCable reports.

“I am confident that working together with the security agencies, we will consolidate on the largely peaceful conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections while also taking decisive steps to deal with the minority of violators intent on disrupting the conduct of peaceful elections,” he had said during a meeting in Abuja.

“However, the commission will not tolerate the act of holding our officials hostage and forcing them to declare winners under duress. Where such occurs, the commission will not reward bad behaviour by issuing them certificates of return.”

The commission will present duly elected senators with certificates of return on Thursday.

The removal of Okorocha on the list of elected senators comes as a huge setback for the governor whose son-in-law trailed Emela Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the end of collation in all the 27 local government areas of the state.

Uche Nwosu, Okorcha’s candidate contested the governorship election under the platform of Action Alliance after losing the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Source: TheCable

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