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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Okorocha has replied to the recent allegation by the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, that N17 billion had already been withdrawn from the state treasury by the governor.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Revenue (IGR) and Federal allocation, he challenged Ihedioha to mention how the withdrawal was made whether it was withdrawn by cash or through transfer.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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INEC Lacks Power To Withhold My Certificate Of Return – Okorocha |RN

        Rochas-Okorocha                                            Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu

 

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday said the Independent National Electoral Commission lacked power to withhold his certificate of return as the senator-elect for the Imo West.

He described the electoral body’s decision to withhold his certificate as part of efforts aimed at making him irrelevant ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Okorocha said this at the Government House, Owerri on while addressing some youths who paid him a solidarity visit.

He said only a court had the power to nullify any election after a winner had been declared.

He denied the allegation that INEC’s returning officer declared him winner of the senatorial election under duress, describing the allegation as an insult.

Okorocha said, “My certificate of return has not been issued and I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous reason, without hearing from me.

“I am not a violent person and those who know me know that. This is why we have peace in Imo State.

“The returning officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the police, the DSS (the Department of State Services) and party agents.

“I am not unmindful of the facts that those who are fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me removed as a senator. I urge INEC to do the right thing immediately by releasing my certificate.”

The governor said he was not fighting anybody and those who were fighting him would fail.

He added, “My INEC certificate cannot be touched or seized. Doing so is belittling democracy in Nigeria.

“It is only the tribunal that has the right to say otherwise once a result is declared.

“INEC cannot seize my certificate because of a mere petition written by somebody in a case I was not given the opportunity to present my own side of the story.”

Okorocha also described the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state as “a sham and a mockery of democracy.”

He said he had lost confidence in the nation’s democracy.

He accused INEC of complicity in the conduct of the polls.

He insisted that the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, won the governorship election and had the required spread of 25 per cent in 21 out of the 27 local governments in the state.

The governor said, “It is obvious that INEC in Imo State is not guaranteeing us free, fair and credible elections.

“Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance actually won the election, but INEC criminally disbanded electoral officers of the commission and introduced people from Abia College of Agriculture who arrived the state midnight.

“They brought people they had been training for weeks in Anambra before the elections.”  (Punch)

 

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JUST IN: EFCC Arrests Imo AG, Accuses Okorocha Of Diverting N1bn For Vote Buying

                                           Imo State Govenor, Rochas Okorocha

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Accountant-General of Imo State, Uzoho Casmir, for allegedly helping Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to launder N1.05bn for the governorship and assembly elections on Saturday.

The allegations were contained in an EFCC situation report which was obtained by The PUNCH on Friday.

Okorocha, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, is supporting his son-in-law, Nwosu of the Action Alliance against the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

The act earned Okorocha a suspension from the party last week.

The EFCC report read in part, “The, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office, Thursday, March 8, 2019 arrested the Acting Accountant General of Imo State, Mr. Uzoho Casmir, on suspicion of laundering the sum of N1.050bn through a new generation bank for the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

“Uzoho’s arrest followed intelligence report that the governor intended to use the money for vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in tomorrow’s gubernatorial election. Intelligence further revealed that Mr Casmir withdrew the amount in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the following order; N200m on Tuesday, N500m on Wednesday and N350m on Thursday.

“Meanwhile, the EFCC has blocked the traced accounts, while the arrested Accountant General has been providing useful information to the commission. Mr Casmir was before his appointment, a Director of Finance in Okorocha’s government and was in 2016 fingered in N2bn bailout fund scam, which was then given to the state by the Federal Government for the payment of salary arrears of civil servants.”   (Punch)

 

 

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Nigeria Decides: Atiku Beats Buhari In Imo State|The Republican News

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Atiku Abubakar in Owerri 

 

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

 

The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has triumphed over the All Progressives Congress ( APC) candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari in Imo State.

Atiku defeated Buhari by polling a total of 334,923 to win President Buhari who polled 140,463 votes.

The statistics of the results as announced by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, showed that PDP won in in 24 out of the 27 Local Government Areas.

With the result, governor Okorocha won in his LGA, Ideato South, Nkwere and Oru East Council Areas where , the Action Alliance (AA) governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu and the All Progressives Congress ( APC) governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma hail from.

Oguta LGA

PDP -2996

APC-2296

Isu LGA

APC- 6487

PDP-8673

Oru East LGA

APC- 10383

PDP- 6407

Nwangele LGA

APC- 4233

PDP- 7803

Nkwere LGA

APC- 6161
PDP- 5819

Oru East LGA

APC-10383

PDP- 6407

Oru West LGA

APC- 4831

PDP- 9293

Ideato South LGA (Okorocha’s LGA)

APC- 20663

PDP- 8844

Njaba LGA

APC- 6610

PDP- 8721

Owerri North LGA

APC- 1739

PDP- 17136

Ezinnihitte LGA

APC- 3185
PDP- 21606

Onuimo LGA

APC- 2431

PDP- 5716

Ohaji-Egbema LGA

APC- 7449
PDP- 9397

Owerri Municipal LGA

APC- 1397

PDP- 12528

Ahiazu Mbaise LGA

APC- 2727
PDP- 18866

OWERRI WEST LGA

APC – 3173
PDP – 16002

NGOR OKPALA

APC – 4,058
PDP – 13,412

ORLU LGA

APC – 5875
PDP – 11,292

ABOH MBAISE LGA

APC – 5789
PDP – 33476

EHIME MBANO LGA

APC – 7784
PDP – 14669

IHITTE/UBOMA LGA

APC – 3,805
PDP – 9,671

IDEATO NORTH LGA

APC – 3,765
PDP – 13249

OKIGWE LGA

APC – 3,851
PDP – 11,567

IKEDURU LGA

APC – 4,708
PDP – 20,302

OBOWO LGA

APC – 4,573
PDP – 11,660

MBAITOLI LGA

APC – 5,382
PDP – 18,344

ORSU LGA

APC – 1,143
PDP – 8,913

(The Sun)

 

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APC Removes Okorocha As Party’s Imo Campaign Coordinator |The Republican News

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                                                          Rochas Okorocha

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja

 

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has removed the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the state coordinator of the party’s campaign council.

The decision followed the recommendation of the disciplinary committee set up by the Imo APC over allegations of anti-party activities levelled against the governor and others.

The committee chaired by Mathew Omegara had earlier summoned the governor and six others to appear before it.

The National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had said the National Working Committee of the party would meet to consider the Imo APC recommendation that Okorocha should be suspended.

“What has happened in Imo shows that the APC means business. Once they have complied with all the rules, no problem. When they bring the recommendation to the NWC, we will look at it,” he had said.

But a member of the Imo State chapter of the APC told our correspondent on Sunday that Okorocha had already been removed by the NWC as the campaign coordinator of the party.

Okorocha had vowed to work for his son-in-law, who is the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, against the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

The member said, “The party has already removed Okorocha as the coordinator and directed Uzodinma to take over the campaign council. During the visit of the wife of the President to the state for campaign, the governor invited his son-in-law to the stage and raised his hands up. This jolted many of us who saw it as an affront to the President’s wife and the party.”

He however said the case of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had not been considered by the party.

When contacted for verification on Sunday, Issa-Onilu said the removal of Okorocha was instant since his suspension came from his ward.

He said the implication of Okorocha’s suspension was that he could no longer function as the state coordinator.

Issa-Onilu said, “The APC had directed governors to take over the campaign of the party in the state. Where it has no governor, it directed governorship candidate to take over. Since Okorocha has displayed anti-party traits, you can’t expect him to be part of our strategic meetings again.”

Recall that The PUNCH had reported exclusively that the party would query Okorocha over his alleged anti-party activities.

The NPS had said the party should be commended for promoting internal democracy.

“The party should be appreciated that it is possible to query a governor and recommend him for suspension,” he added.  (Punch)

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Hoodlums Set Imo Magistrates’ Court On Fire |The Republican News

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Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

 

Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums numbering over 15 have attacked the Imo State Magistrates’ Court in Orlu, by setting it ablaze.

Our correspondent gathered that the fire destroyed all the documents in the court’s documents section before it was quenched.

The magistrates’ court shares the same premises with the state high court in Orlu.

A staff member of the court, who refused to disclose his identity, told journalists that the hoodlums fled after setting a section of the court ablaze.

He said the security men attached to the court premises were attracted by the outbreak and on coming close, saw the youths running away.

He added that nobody was in court when the hoodlums struck.

The court worker said he was not aware of any incident in the court that could have instigated the attack.

“This court treats cases like every other court in the Orlu high court. There is no development in the past suggesting the attack. The police investigation will reveal the reason for the arson,” the official said.

Journalists were not allowed to take photographs of the attacked court.

The police spokesman in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone conversation, said it was a case of suspected arson.

Enwerem, who said the Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, had mandated the Area Commander in charge of Orlu zone to commence the full investigation into the matter, said only the section housing the court’s documents were affected. (Punch)

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Imo APC Chair’s Murder: Okorocha Offers N20m For Whistleblowers

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Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has promised N20 million to anyone with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the culprits who murdered the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman of Idea to North  Local Government, Chief Sunny Ejiagwu.

The governor, in a press statement, he issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, emphatically said that the murder of the APC chieftain was purely a case of assassination following the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Considering the fact that nothing was taken away from the man or removed from his car, it should not have been therefore a Case of armed robbery, and looking too at the fact that there was no sign of resistance or struggling between the killers and the victim and the method of shooting, the issue of kidnapping should also be ruled out,” Governor Okorocha said.

According to Governor Okorocha, “The man’s head and body were shattered with bullets following several gunshots just to make sure that he had no chance of being revived, and that could only be done by wicked assassins.”

Governor Okorocha, who spoke when political and community leaders of Ideato-North came to officially inform him about the gruesome murder of Ejeagwu, at the Government House, Owerri, assured that those behind the act would be brought to book.

He continued, “Last night we received a very disturbing news about the untimely death of one of our Party leaders in Ideato-North by name Sunny Ejeagwu (Ohaneze) who was murdered at about 8.00pm last night.

“We have come to a very painful moment of this our political life, to say that those who are behind the killing must be brought to book”.

“This is painful and Ohaneze(Ejiagwu) has no reason to die now. He has just been elected the Chairman of APC, Idearo-North and he is one that is loved by all, but for someone to have gone to take his life, we condemn it in its entirety and we have requested the Security agencies to fish out the killers.

“We as a government must ensure that these culprits, these wicked souls must be brought to book. We must never allow innocent souls to be destroyed or even people being killed just for nothing.”

He further added, “I’m here placing a price tag that whoever can give any useful information as to the killers of Chief Ejeagwu, this government will release the sum of N20million immediately just to make sure we arrest whoever killed this innocent soul.

“The Security agencies have been directed and mandated within the shortest possible time to produce the killers of this man.

“We are asking all Imolites to go about their businesses without fear, as security arrangements are in top gear to ensure the security of lives and properties in the state”.

The governor also added, “As politics comes up, this is a similar incident that happened many years ago wherein the same Akokwa, a notable politician was killed and it looks like it has become the character of Ideato-North to kill around that area whenever politics comes on.

“I’m yet to classify this killing as politically motivated killing. But even if that is the case, the perpetrators must be brought to book, and we shall use this to show an example that we mean business to fish out the men of the underworld,

“Therefore, I and the State government have sent our collective sympathy and heartfelt sympathy to the wife and children and the family of Chief Ejeagwu for this underserved, unmerited and wicked death that he had to go through in the hands of his murderers.

“But everyone must know that life is sacred and no one has the right to take another’s life, and whoever does that, whether now or later, must pay the prize.

“So, I sympathise with the family and government will be with this family in this their period of trials and pains. Once more, let me assure all Imolites, all members of APC that we must bring to book, the killers of Ohaneze, and not too far from now”, Governor Okorocha stated.  (The Sun)

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