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Supreme Court Judgement: Imo Citizens In Diaspora Petition Trump, Seek Visa Ban On Supreme Court Judges |The Republican News

US President, Donald Trump

The tussle for the Imo State Government House has taken a new turn, with Ndi Imo abroad under the aegis of Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy petitioning United States President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over last week’s controversial judgement by the Nigerian Supreme Court removing Governor Emeka Ihedioha and replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.

The coalition in the petition which has gone viral faulted the verdict as illogical and requested a visa ban on those who delivered it. The petitioners a statement issued over the weekend announced that they have set the goal to get 1,000 signatures by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

The petition reads:

“Dear President Trump,

“Nigeria’s Disgraceful Partisan Supreme Court Must Reverse Her Recent Perverted Ruling or Be Placed on Visa Ban or no Fly List, Including Members of their Immediate Families

“The Nigeria’s Supreme Court recently in what has been described a “judicial coup”, overturned the landslide Imo State Governorship electoral mandate, given to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and handed victory to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma, who came a distant fourth position in the election. Imo State is a totally Christian State!

“On March 9, 2019, during Nigeria’s gubernatorial elections held in Imo State Nigeria, the incumbent APC Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma lost in this highly Christians concentrated enclave to a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, former Speaker of the National House of Representatives Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, a Knight of the order of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion, and three others. According to official figures of the electoral umpire – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the results were as follows;

1.     Accredited voters is                      = 823,743.

2.     The total valid votes cast is          = 714,355

3.     Rejected votes                              =  25,130

4.     Total votes cast (Line 2 Plus 3) is  = 739,485

The top four candidates received the following number of votes:

5.     Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha (People’s Democratic Party-PDP)   = 273,404 votes

6.     Mr Uche Nwosu (Action Alliance – AA)                                = 190,364 votes

7.     Ifeanyi Ararume (All Progressives Grand Alliance – APGA) = 114,676 votes

8.     Hope Uzodinma (All Progressives Congress – APC “Moslem Party”) = 96,458 votes

“On the basis of the above the INEC declared Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha the winner. However, thereafter all the losers went to court, with Hon Ihedioha sustaining his win at the tribunal, and again at the appeal court. Then at the Supreme Court something strange and yet inexplicable happened, the Supreme Court accepted previously tendered and INEC rejected 213,699 votes  from Mr Hope Uzodinma, the fourth placed candidate which was adjudged to be fake and unreliable by the trial Tribunal and concurred by the Court of Appeal.

“They added these fake votes to the official INEC declared votes for him of 96,458 to give Mr Uzodinma the winning votes of 310,153.

“But in a haste to gain foothold in this Christian enclave of Imo State, through their proxy Mr Uzodinma (a notorious character who had been indicted by a Presidential Task Force on fraud for diverting over $11m meant for dredging a government sea port channel and currently has a bench warrant for his arrest issued by an Abuja Magistrate Court for issuance of N200 million naira dud cheque amongst other criminal infractions) they forgot simple Arithmetic.


“When that whole fake results were added without adjustment to other figures, it brought the total votes cast to 928,054 , which is not only higher than INEC declared total valid votes cast of 714,355 but total number of accredited voters of 823,743 for the election. Yet, the Supreme Court in a bizarre judgment awarded more votes to the fourth placed candidate, that inflated total votes cast above the number of voters, and made him winner. When confronted in private, two of the justices said, “we were under instructions”.

“Nigeria legal system allows for Supreme Court to reverse itself in certain circumstances including where the judgement was obtained by fraudulent representations as in the case herein.

“It is based on these that we are calling on the partisan-agenda driven Nigeria’s Supreme court to review and reverse their decision, within ten days, or be sanctioned alongside their immediate families with visa ban and/or put on international No-fly list.

“The compromised Justices who delivered this atrocious ruling and who we demand sanctioned, if they fail to reverse their fraudulent judgement are

“Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad,

“Justice Kudrat Kekere-Ekun,

“Justice Sylvester Ngwuta,

“Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,

“Justice Aminu Sanusi, Amina Augie, and

“Justice Uwani Abba-Aji.

“We need your intervention Mr. President!

“Thank you!”

The petition was signed by the following:

Eddie Oparaoji; Matthew Mbanaja; Chijike Ndukwu; Chiwuikem Ihediwa; Adaugo Vivian Agwuocha; Hyacinth Nwachukwu; Jerry Uchechukwu; Joy Mmegwa; Anyanwu Benedict; Benson Ifeanyi; Kelechi Eberechi; AIhetuge Paschal; Ntim Jonathan; Nneoma Jonathan; Festus Nnodim; Patricia Ndubuisi; Uchenna Nomso; Chidiebere Madumere; Noble Ndubuisi; Flavius Ndubuisi; Goodness Nwafor; Eusebius Emereole; Calista Nnadi; Victor Chikere; Petrus Onyeokoro; Ugochukwu Nwanna; Michael Ishiguzo; Stan Ogadinma; Amam Nwaopara; Ejike Ozoemena; Zeph Achilonu; Isidore Nwoko; Basil Ugwo; Chima Ozioma; Marcel Njoku; Lucky Toochukwu; Ken Obijuru; Emeka Ebiringa; Paul Nwankwo; Michael Izundu; Joshua Ohanu; Christopher Ihekaire; Stella Amanze; Judith Ahamefule; Silas Etoh; Flavor Onyakachi; Luke Chilaka; Chinonso Udeze; Canice Onu; Charles Umudim; Obasi Agwulonu; Nathan Nkemakolam; Vitus Gozie; Bartholomew Akachi; Thomas Abara;  Nwada Akanegbu; Kelechi Wilson; Chizoma Samuel; Enyinna Azuogu; Nnenna Onuoha; Austin Ibeawuchi; Obi Chetachi; Fidelis Okoronkwo; Alphonsus Madubuchi; Daniel Uka; Lawrence Unachukwu; Helen Nwachukwu; Philomena Ogbuja; Deborah Opara; Declan Agwulonu; Polycarp Ejekam; Suzanna Ikeh; Ekene Dimkpa; Stephen Ejiogu; Magellan Ebomuche; David Aso; Damian Ukaga; Kyrian Asoluka; Peter Ezeude; Joseph Okwu; Tunde Ibekwe; Nwalozie Obinna; Ahunna Chidebere; Chinedu Chiedozie; Esther Nweze; Bentley Ogbonna; Thed Clement; Chizoba Nwuzor; Nosike Ebirim; Uchenne Chimezie; Gabriel. C. Madu; Kings Nnaji; Chinemerem Daniel Owuliri; Anthony Egbuhuzor; Robert Unegbu; Eddie Eze Ojukwu; Olelewe Nwamaka; Godwin Osuagwu; James Osuagwu; Charles Ihejirika; Donatus O. Ekeanyanwu; Kate Nwaete-Nwanedo; Patrick Iroegbu; Charlie Ogbuehi; Ibeh Tobechukwu Cynthia; Ndukwu Prisca; Chuks Ikedigwe; Chimaeze Amadi; Prince Ferdinand Alilonu; Moses Ohaegbuchi; Anne Nkwocha; Colman Ejerenwa; Njoku Obioma; Esther Anosike; Olivia Anyanwu; Bismarck Njoku; Austin Ifeanyi; Anad Daberechi Ezebunwa; Chisom Ezebunwa; Zara Blessing; Eburuche John; Ogechi Ugwo; and Julius Udekwe. (Expressnews)

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Sen. Okorocha Congratulates Gov. Ihedioha Over His Victory At Election Petition Tribunal |RN

Governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha, Sen. Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, a current senator representing Orlu North senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha congratulates the governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha over his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The congratulatory message was delivered and signed by his special adviser on media, Sam Onwuemedo

Below is the press statement.

PRESS RELEASE

SENATOR OKOROCHA CONGRATULATES GOV IHEDIOHA

SAYS TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT IS VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha on his recent victory at the Election Petition Tribunal against his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha who currently represents Imo West senatorial zone at the red chamber, said that the judiciary had lived upto its responsibility of administering justice. He noted that the judiciary couldn’t have passed better judgment on the petition of his son inlaw.

Okorocha urged Uche Nwosu, who was the candidate of the Action Alliance, in the last election, to halt further moves that will pose distractions to the Rebuild Imo government.

The former governor revealed that he asked Uche Nwosu to accept the result of the last election and drop the idea of any litigation.

In his words, ” The court has given the expected judgment. As a seasoned politician and one with the knowledge of law, I counselled Uche Nwosu not to waste his time and resources pursuing a case that will certainly meet brick walls.”

He continued, “Those who advised Uche Nwosu to challenge the victory of Gov Ihedioha against my wish have furthered ridiculed the young man. What an elder see siting, a child can’t, standing. If even my son in-law appeals the judgement, he does not stand a chance.”

“This judgment has strengthened the nation’s democracy and restored hope on the judiciary. It is victory for Imo State, ” Okorocha concluded.

Signed:

Sam Onwuemedo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

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I Am Leaving N42.5bn In Imo Treasury – Rochas Okorocha |The Republican News

Outgoing governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Outgoing Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Monday disclosed he has kept N42.5 billion in the coffers of the state for his successor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha. Okorocha stated he decided to keep such amount for the in-coming governor so that there won’t be excuses in carrying out activities of the government.

The governor, who made the disclosure while swearing-in eleven Permanent Secretaries as well as the new Accountant-Genera, Deacon Donald Igbo and the new Head of Service Mrs. Ngozi Ama Eluma, explained that N8.1billion of the money was meant for the payment of salaries and capital Projects while N5.2billion was for Pension Arrears.

He also stated N7.6billion was meant for the renovation of schools, while N21.6billion was mapped out for rural roads, totalling N42.5billion.
The governor noted further that following petitions from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftains, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), blocked the money for the payment of arrears of Pension and others at the point of starting the payments.

Addressing the new Permanent Secretaries, the governor advised them to do their best to reposition the Civil Service system, protect the integrity of the State and shun corruption, adding that workers in the State Civil Service should put in their best in the service of their fatherland.

According to him: “Remember God in discharging your duties. Discharge your duties without fear or favour and also defend your State when the need arises.

“I gave this state my best. I will do all I can to support the incoming government. Imo State Government has kept aside a total of N4.5b for the incoming government, and for that reason, I will set up a sub-committee to make sure that the projects they are attached to, come to fruition even when I am out of office or when I will not be available because government is a continuum”.

He continued: “The breakdown of these funds are as follows: N8.1b that came into Imo State offers from both State and LG, from FAAC, that money has not been expended as not even one naira has been taken away from it and the money is in Zenith Bank and has not been touched. The second money is N5.2bn in Access Bank, the remnant of the Paris Club fund, not one naira has been removed from it.

“The third fund is N7.6b, money that came from UBEC. Imo State has paid a total of N3.8b counterpart fund and UBEC has brought in their N3.8b. That gave us N7.6 billion.

“That money is intact and not one naira has been removed from it. The fourth fund is the RAMP fund of $60m representing N21.6b and is also in Imo State Government’s account.

“It is with First Bank. The money is also here in Imo State and no one naira has been touched.”

He added: “If you total N8.1b plus N5.2b, N7.6b, and N21.6b, you have a total of N42.6b which I will be handing over to Emeka Ihedioha led government as from the 29th of May, 2019.

“How is this money meant to be expended? I want to put it succinctly clear. The N8.1b naira from FAAC usually will cover the cost of salaries and capital projects.

“This government is expected to spend this N8.1b naira for the payment of salaries for May and also for the payment of other Contractual obligations as may be deemed fit.”

The new Permanent Secretaries were: Mr. Donald .N. Igbo, Mrs. Edith Chioma Ekenze, Mr. Elias Amuche Anyanwu, Mr. Justus Oguoma, Rev. Reginald Oguike, and Mr. Benjamin Nnamadu.
Others were Mrs. Patricia Atuechi Elebiri, Engr. George Ejiogu, Mrs. Patricia Uche Ezeonyeachi, Mrs. Ngozi Bernadine and Mrs. Meg. Obi.

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Alleged N17b Withdrawal: You Don’t Have Capacity To Lead Imo, Okorocha Tells Ihedioha

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

 

Governor Rochas Okorocha has replied to the recent allegation by the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, that N17 billion had already been withdrawn from the state treasury by the governor. He described the allegation as unfounded, maintaining that Ihediaoha lacks the capacity to govern the state.

Ihedioha has earlier warned financial institutions in the state against further transactions with the state government while also vowing to recover all properties acquired illegally by Governor Okorocha.

But Okorocha while admitting Ihedioha’s “political smartness” said “he does not have the mental or intellectual capacity to govern a highly-endowed state like Imo. The guy is just smart politically. And political smartness is different from having the capacity for leadership or governance.”

Governor Okorocha who was reacting through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, noted that Ihedioha was only showing signs of early failure by his utterances.

While explaining that the state does not have such amount of money accruing to it through its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and Federal allocation, he challenged Ihedioha to mention how the withdrawal was made whether it was withdrawn by cash or through transfer.

Governor Okorocha further stated “he should also know that with what Governor Okorocha has achieved, Imo people won’t entertain any excuse from him. If he likes let him talk about Rochas Okorocha from now till when he will leave as governor. The die is cast. Action speaks louder than words. Blackmail or propaganda which the PDP invested heavily in during the 12 years they governed the state has become old-fashioned in the state at the moment.”   (The Sun)

 

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