‘Uzodinma Has Stirred The Hornets’ Nest’: IPOB Reacts To Killing Of Commander

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 28, 2017, supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) march through the Osusu district in Aba.  STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP

 

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the killing of one of its leaders, saying Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, “will pay dearly”.

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it had led a combined team of security forces to raid “the operational Headquarters of the IPOB/ESN terrorists in Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State.”

During the raid, Ikonso – who the Army said was the mastermind of the April 5 attacks on the Imo State Police Command and the Owerri Correctional Center, in addition to multiple attacks in the South East and South South regions – was neutralised along with six of his top Commanders.

IPOB, in a statement signed by spokesman Emma Powerful on Saturday, said “the killing of the heroic innocent Biafrans protecting our communities and towns from Fulani terrorists herdsmen masquerading as cattle herders in cold blood is very painful.”

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The statement added that “the Supreme Court Administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma and all those who had a hand in this wickedness will pay dearly.

“Hope Uzodinma and his cowardly Nigerian security agencies that cannot confront Fulani terrorists but only flex their muscles when they see Biafra agitators. For murdering Ikonso, the ESN unit COMMANDER in in cold blood, Uzodima has stirred the hornet nest! He should get ready for a sting.

“Uzodima decided to kill Ikonso because he refused his offer to head Ebubeagu ghost security outfit formed by South East governors. Uzodima has tried but without success to lure ESN operatives into EBUBEAGU. He had made irresistible offers to them which were turned down, hence his resorting to elimination of these patriotic heroes who vowed never to betray Biafra.

“Hope Uzodinma sent a lot of emissaries to beg Ikonso and other ESN officers to join EBUBEAGU security outfit. So, because of their refusal to betray Biafra agitation and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the hopeless governor mobilized joint security forces to attack them today.

“Contrary to claims by the cowardly security forces who flee from terrorists but kill innocent citizens, they were not able to peneterate into the camp of Eastern Security Network ESN. They only ambushed Ikonso but we promise them hell for this cowardly act!

“Hope Uzodima has murdered sleep, so he should be ready to stay awake! FULANI terrorists pretending as cattle sellers in Enugu destroyed Police van and attacked Government officials on lawful duty with AK-47 but no Army, police or DSS attacked them till now. But ESN operatives defending our communities against the terrorists are being hunted like games everyday. The world has kept quiet over this atrocity until we begin our own madness.

“Hope Uzodinma as you the body of Ikonso was paraded by Fulani Jihadists in police and Nigerian army, so shall it be your portion one day.”

Gunmen Attack Governor Uzodinma’s House In Imo

 

Gunmen have attacked the country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state

They were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday, before torching it.

The Commissioner of Information in the state, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

 

He however explained that the attack was repelled by a combined team of security operatives attached to the house.

“Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma,” he said via a statement.

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A photo combination of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and his country home in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

 

“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma,  Oru East  LGA and attempted to burn down the house.

 

“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.

“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded.  Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”

The commissioner noted that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice

Although it could not be ascertained if there was any loss of life, reports say two security operatives were killed during the attack.

 

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but sources alleged that the attackers are suspected members of the Eastern Security Network of IPOB.

According to eyewitnesses, one security detail in the compound was shot in the process.

The attack comes barely 24 hours after Governor Uzodinma accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the present administration.

Briefing reporters shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the governor condemned the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the northern part of the country, challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors.

He also condemned the call for secession, stressing that criminals particularly in Imo were a combination of individuals within and outside the state.

Imo State has been experiencing series of attacks lately.

50 Suspects Arrested Over Imo Attacks, Says Uzodinma

 

Following the attacks on the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service and the Nigeria Police in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma said about 50 suspects have been arrested.

Gunmen had invaded the two public facilities on April 5, razing down the institutions and freeing over 1,800 inmates.

During the attack, one person suspected to be a fleeing inmate was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag.

But speaking during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa on Friday, the Imo State Governor said the arrested suspects are helping security agencies with useful statements.

READ ALSO: At Least One Dead As Gunmen Attack Imo Prison, Police Headquarters

“As at the last count, we arrested almost 40 to 50 people, who also made useful statements and confessed to the crime,” he said.

“I continue to tell you that this issue of banditry is something that we must all rise up as people to condemn and then support security agencies to be able to provide an enabling environment for people to go about their businesses, without fear of any molestation.”

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, visits President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on April 23, 2021.

 

He also blamed the criminal activities happening across the country on opposition elements, insisting that they were funding criminals to discredit President Buhari’s administration.

While condemning the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the northern part of the country, Governor Uzodinma challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors.

The Imo governor also condemned the call for secession, stressing that criminals particularly in Imo were a combination of individuals within and outside the state.

He added, “What people are doing is to sponsor crisis to the extent that those funding banditry are politicians and I challenge and call on the security agencies to make their names available to the press because what they want to do is to distract a government that is focused.”

Politicians Funding Banditry To Run Down Buhari’s Govt, Says Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the present administration.

He made the allegation on Friday while briefing reporters shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The governor who condemned the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the northern part of the country, challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors.

He also condemned the call for secession, stressing that criminals particularly in Imo were a combination of individuals within and outside the state.

“What people are doing is to sponsor crisis to the extent that those funding banditry are politicians and I challenge and call on the security agencies to make their names available to the press because what they want to do is to distract a government that is focused,” the governor said.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, visits President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on April 23, 2021.

 

He told reporters that it was necessary for Nigerians to offer more support for the Federal Government to weed out sponsors of crisis and enemies of progress in the country.

Governor Uzodinma stated that since the inception of the present administration about six years ago, it has been fulfilling its promises of providing infrastructure, jobs, and social interventions, among others to the people.

He, however, said it was not out of place to criticise a government for not doing well, noting that he would be one of the first set of people to call it out.

“This country is blessed by God. From 2015 to date, I thought what the problem would be people saying there is no job creation, that people are not feeding, that salaries are not being paid, that infrastructure is going down, that social interventions are not approved by the government, but these things are available.

“A pass mark for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. A situation where you will leave the ethical way of playing politics to sponsor banditry to bring down a government, we should rise up and condemn it – all of us,” the governor said.

Imo Attack Meant To Destabilise Buhari’s Govt – Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has blamed the recent attack on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians, saying their aim was to destabilise his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, three days after gunmen stormed the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in Imo State, freeing an unspecified number of prison inmates.

When asked if the tragic incident was a direct attack on his government, the government replied in the affirmative.

He explained that security agencies have gathered intelligence on the sponsors of the thugs and their planning leading to the attack on government establishments on Monday.

“It is not only on my government, it is both on my government and the Federal Government. We have credible evidence leading to those who paid the hoodlums, where they met, and how they met. Security agencies are already working with this information,” he said.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

“Some people are trying to sponsor a synchronise national crisis to bring the government of Muhammadu Buhari to disrepute, otherwise tell me why these things are happening at this time, particularly in Imo, APC state.

“People are sponsoring these people. Some of them already caught have made confessional statements. I am going to forward my report to the central government.”

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The gunmen who stormed the security agencies on April 5 set the facilities ablaze.

During the attack, one person suspected to be a fleeing inmate was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag.

His lifeless body was visibly seen on the ground in front of the correctional centre.

The gunmen also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters situated in Owerri and burnt almost all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.

They were said to have operated from 1:00 am till 3:00 am during which they sang solidarity songs at the Government House Roundabout for about 30 minutes before attacking the facilities.

 

Grab The Opportunity To Be At Centre Of Nigeria’s Politics, Ahmad Lawan Tells Igbos

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has wooed people from the south-eastern part of the country to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the appeal on Sunday during an interdenominational service to mark the first year anniversary of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, asking Igbos to grab the opportunity to be at the center of Nigeria’s politics.

“I will take this opportunity to appeal to our people in the southeast, grab the opportunity to be at the center of Nigerian politics,” the Senate President said.

“The APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is so liberal and forthcoming to support every part of Nigeria to make sure that Nigeria is evenly developed.

“What we are witnessing here in Imo will be replicated in Ebonyi. We hope, by the grace of God, Anambra is coming on board. We are expecting Abia to be on board and Gburugburu to bring Enugu on board.”

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Senate President, speaks on March 14, 2021 during an interdenominational service to mark the first year anniversary of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

According to Senate Lawan, Nigeria should be a united country where progressives would provide leadership for the nation’s greatness.

While noting that the country faces myriads of challenges, notably security issues, the Senate President said there is no country that develops without confronting some problems.

What matters, he explained, is the willingness of the Federal Government to tackle the issues on the ground for the betterment of the citizens.

Lawan also called on all Nigerians irrespective of political, ethnic, or religious differences to support the government in overcoming the nation’s challenges.

Speaking further, the Senate President recalled that when Governor Hope Uzodinma, was a Senator representing Imo North in the National Assembly, he was not found wanting in any assigned task.

“We served in so many parliamentary organizations within and outside the country and I have never found him wanting.

“So when he was given the judgement to be the governor of Imo State, I just thought Imo will be taken to the next level by the grace of God.

“Today we are celebrating one year of his governorship in Imo, the National Assembly is here, the presences of the Vice President who ably represents Mr President and all the governors here is a very clear testimony of his relationship with the centre of Nigeria,” Senator Lawan added.

Osinbajo, Others In Owerri For Governor Uzodinma’s First Year Anniversary

People gather in Owerri on March 14 to celebrate the first anniversary of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi among others on Sunday converged in Owerri to celebrate the first year anniversary of Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma.

Other governors at the Dan Anyiam Stadium -the venue of the event – include those of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and other personalities.

Yobe State Governor and chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, was also in attendance.

Uzodinma was sworn in as Imo State Governor on January 15, 2020, by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi after the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Uzodinma Asks NDDC To Shun Politics For Niger Delta Development

A file photo of NDDC office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has asked the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to work for the development of Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

The governor made the call on Monday while receiving the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Efiong Akwa, and his team of directors at the Imo State Government House in Owerri.

“The time for politics is over. This is a time for governance,” he said, lamenting that over the years, politics had impeded the speed of work by the NDDC.

Governor Uzodinma advised people of the Niger Delta region not to allow politics and sentiments slow down the work of the commission.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for the appointment of Akwa as NDDC Interim Administrator pending the composition of a new board for the Commission.

The Imo governor noted that the NDDC, as an interventionist agency, was meant to fast-track development of the oil-producing region of the country.

“NDDC is not an ethnic or tribal organization,” he said while warning those trying to portray it as such to stop forthwith.

“Since it is the wisdom of Mr. President to put in place an Interim Administration, we are bound to respect the position of the President and support the Interim Administrator.”

Uzodinma said that Imo State was in dire need of NDDC’s intervention in roads and in the educational sector, especially the tertiary institutions.

He asked the NDDC to furnish the hostel it built for the state university so that students could use the facility in comfort and safety, noting that it was particularly important now in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On his part, the NDDC boss said the Interim Management was meeting with important stakeholders of the Niger Delta region as directed by President Buhari.

“Partnership is a key aspect in United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It advocates for a shared vision, shared responsibility, shared commitment, as well as shared budgeting process and implementation of development initiatives

“That was the spirit in fashioning a Master Plan for the Niger Delta, the vision of our shared allegiance to this great region. After so many years of neglect, it is important that, together, we do far more for our people. It is important that we do more for a region which has provided the bulk of Nigeria’s wealth, and accounted for our rise in the comity of nations,” he said.

Okorocha Arrested For Unsealing Seized Property In Imo

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha during an altercation with the police in Imo on February 21, 2021.

 

 

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the operatives of the State Police Command.

Okorocha was arrested on Sunday after unsealing Royal Spring Palm Estate reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi.

He was said to have gone to the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps and ordered the unsealing of the estate.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest to Channels Television.

Ikeokwu said the Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, invited Okorocha for questioning following his alleged involvement and forceful entry into a property that was confiscated by the Imo state government a few days ago.

The police spokesman said the command received a distress call that there was commotion and violence at the Royal spring palm hotel located at Akachi road in Owerri.

Meanwhile, Okorocha has accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of ordering his arrest.

Speaking to Channels Television via a telephone interview on Sunday, the federal lawmaker said operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Government House watched as thugs destroyed his vehicles.

“I asked them, what is my offence? They said conspiracy and public disorder. So they said it was the governor that directed them, that made a report to arrest me,” Okorocha said.

“The police whisked me into the pickup and brought me to the police station, I am here now. As I am here, they have not said anything to me,” he said.

Okorocha, who is also ex-Imo governor said he is still shocked over the scenario that played out, noting that many people were injured.

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He alleged that a top aide to Governor Uzodinma controlled the thugs and was giving them instructions on what to do.

Although the ex-governor did not reveal the identity of the aide, he claimed the governor’s Special Assistant pulled out his shirt, armed with a machete to cut him.

“I am still at a very deep shock and confused as to what is happening here. Particularly of note, what shocked me was the SA to the Governor pulled out his shirt, carried the machete himself and was coming to machete me while I was moved out.

“He was calling the boys ‘come, come.’ He was in charge and the police were following him. When they arrested me so to say, the SA to the Governor entered the pickup and came to the police station with their own video.

“They were making jest of me that there is only one governor in the state, there is only one immunity that they are going to deal with me. I can’t believe it.”

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2023 Elections: No Doubt Nigerians Will Vote APC Again – Uzodinma

File photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma is confident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to be at the helm of affairs in the country, saying that Nigerians would vote for the ruling party again in the 2023 general elections.

He disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Giving the activities and achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria, there is no doubt that Nigerians would vote APC again,” he said.

“I don’t agree that after 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari would no longer be the President of Nigeria that the APC would be weak, no. “

The governor also expressed hope that the party would emerge stronger after President Buhari’s tenure elapses in two years’ time.

He explained that the President being a committed APC member would deploy his resources to the party and his successor to ensure that the dividends of democracy are delivered to Nigerians.

According to the Imo governor, many party faithful and non-APC members have begun trooping in their thousands to join their political fold.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma speaks during an interview on Politics Today from Owerri on February 3, 2021.

 

When asked for the political fortunes of the southeast in producing Nigeria’s presidency in 2023, Uzodinma said it is achievable, adding it is the dream of every politician to attain the highest office of the land.

Recalling that the late Head of State, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe called for a political alliance which he said led to the birth of the APC in 2014, the governor called for easterners to work hard to produce an Igbo President.

“Looking and discovering that the only way the southeast would be developed is if they become part and parcel of the national politics. He created the idea of the NPN/NPP alliance, and our great Zik signed on that alliance.

“Through that alliance, Ekwueme not only became the Vice President, that alliance earned Edwin Ume-Ezeoke the Speaker of the House of Representatives and created Mike Okoye the pioneer Minister of the FCT,” he added.

While noting that politics is about the people, Governor Uzodinma explained that the eastern region has realized that it cannot attract the necessary dividend of democracy if the Igbo people continue to alienate themselves from the national stage.

He noted that although the APC is being controlled by the Federal Governor, the people need to identify with the party by joining the moving train.

“It is for this reason that the southeast, we now decided to be part of the mainstream politics of Nigeria. We are committed, we have joined the APC the ruling party.

“It is not about being President or not being President. Politics is about ideology, politics is about logic. If you want to be part and parcel of every meeting that we decide how a President would emerge in Nigeria,” he said.

Imo Govt Approves Forensic Audit Of State Varsity Over Corrupt Practices

File photo of the Imo State University, Owerri

 

The Imo State Government has approved a forensic audit of the state-owned university over corrupt practices.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku.

According to the statement, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s approval of the audit followed the report of the Visitation Panel that recently investigated the university’s activities between 2012-2019.

The state government also said gave its nod for the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Victoria Obasi to end on December 30.

“Imo State government has approved a forensic audit of the state’s university amid monumental corrupt practices contained in the report of the Visitation Panel that recently investigated the university’s activities between 2012-2019,” the statement partly read.

“The government has also okayed December 30, 2020, for the Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi, to stop functioning in that capacity.”

“The Executive Council of Imo State government gave the approvals on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, insisting that forensic audit of the University’s finances has been necessary if the effort of Governor Hope Uzodimma  as the Visitor of Imo State University to reposition the institution must not be a waste.”

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Government of Imo State

Press release

Government okays forensic audit of Imo State University

…says VC’s tenure ends December 30, 2020

Imo State government has approved a forensic audit of the state’s university amid monumental corrupt practices contained in the report of the Visitation Panel that recently investigated the university’s activities between 2012-2019.

The government has also okayed December 30, 2020, for the Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi, to stop functioning in that capacity.

The Executive Council of Imo State government gave the approvals on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, insisting that forensic audit of the University’s finances has been necessary if the effort of Governor Hope Uzodimma as the Visitor of Imo State University to reposition the institution must not be a waste.

While considering the Whitepaper report of the Visitation Panel on IMSU that was headed by Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Exco also approved December 30, 2020, as the date for the end of the tenure of Prof. Obasi as the Vice-Chancellor of the Imo State University,

The Executive Council meeting which was presided over by Governor Uzodimma equally approved that henceforth, all admissions into Imo State University, should be strictly on merit and that a Committee to handle all admissions will be set up under the leadership of the Registrar of the University. The idea, the Council noted, is to checkmate the level of admission racketeering in the University as reported by the panel.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly meeting,  the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba informed that Council also directed that a government committee be set up to look into the allocation of hectares of land belonging to the University to developers and determine how far such developers have used the allocation to improve the lot of the institution and make appropriate recommendations to the government.

He equally explained that Council directed the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner of Justice to identify and handover to the police for proper investigations and possibly, prosecution, all those who are running the Institute for Continuing Education Programme (ICEP) as a parallel programme of Imo State University without the approval of the Senate.

Emelumba, who was joined at the briefing by the Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi, Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha and the Chief Press Secretary and Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, further explained that the Council directed that a Committee be set up to look into the Prof. Jude Njoku Visitation Panel Report on Eastern Palm University and make appropriate recommendations to the Government based on the report within one week.

The idea, he said, is for Government to address the controversies surrounding the University, mostly as they concern the ownership.

On the forthcoming yuletide, Emelumba noted that the Council agreed to work out a comprehensive action plan on security and traffic control that will ensure that Imo people are secured throughout the season and even beyond, and have the opportunity to enjoy free follow of traffic in the major cities of the State.

Amid the resurgence of Covid-19 pandemic, the Council reiterated the earlier directives of government to Imo citizens to adhere strictly to all Covid-19 protocols as a way of staying save.

Oguwike Nwachuku

CPS/Media Adviser to Governor

December 17, 2020.

 

 

APC Wins Imo North Senatorial Election

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the just concluded Imo North senatorial district bye-election but unable to return any APC candidate.

The returning officer, Hakeem Adigun who announced the result said the APC scored a total of 36, 811 votes to beat his rival from the Peoples Democratic Party, Emmanuel Okewulonu who scored 31, 903 votes.

According to the electoral body, the decision not to declare any candidate as the winner is due to several court orders authenticating the true candidate of the party in the bye-election.

It could be recalled that 24 hours to the election, a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri gave a judgment disqualifying Ifeanyi Ararume as APC’s candidate.

On the same day, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja also disqualified Frank Ibezim from contesting the election.

Ibezim was disqualified on the grounds that he made false statements/declarations in the affidavit and documents submitted to the APC.

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Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has reacted to the outcome of the election where INEC declared APC the winner of the election without returning any candidate.

Speaking to journalists at the Government House in Owerri, Uzodinma thanked the people of the senatorial district for voting overwhelmingly for the APC, noting that the victory has shown once again that Imo is an APC state.

Governor Uzodinma, however, said he will not join any issues with INEC, adding that with the recent Court of Appeal judgment and the statement from the APC National Executive Committee, Frank Ibezim is the authentic candidate.