‘I Have Not Met Up With The Demands Of Imo State Judges’ – Okorocha

 

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has apologised to judges and lawyers in the state for not meeting up with their demands and all they have beckoned on him for.

Governor Okorocha tendered his apology on Wednesday during the inauguration of the newly built Justice Oputa High Court Complex in Owerri, the state capital.

He said, “I have not met up with the demands of the judges of Imo State, neither I have I met up with all that they have asked me to do for them.

“But I believe that by the time they come into this office, they might forget and forgive that there is something better for the future than what we are asking for today”.

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Newly Built Oputa Complex

Listing his achievements in the state the governor said he has given the capital a facelift and urged all residents to embrace his achievements.

“I have given Owerri a new life and now Owerri is functioning.

“Our real estate is growing in a geometrical progression.

“I have turned land into capital as wealth set aside for the production of other wealth

“Only in Imo state is judged the fastest growing city outside Lagos and Abuja”

The governor whose tenure will be expiring on May 29, boasted of his administrative achievement in giving free education.

“You will remember me for the free education, for the past 8 years none of our children in primary, secondary or territory institution has paid school fees.

“We have produced more lawyers and judges which shall take after from you when the time comes.

“Our projects are there to speak for us”.

On the state health sector, he said his administration has built enough hospitals in the state adding that what is left for the incoming government is to maintain.

“Today I am proud to say that no governor would ever think about building any hospital again in the next 50 years because the issue of hospital in this land has been sealed signed and delivered”.

While rounding up his speech the governor promised lawyers and judges to clear up all outstanding salaries in the state.

“Before I leave next week I will make sure I clear all your outstanding which the CJ has reminded me about”, he added.

Imo House Of Assembly Suspends All 27 Elected LG Chairmen

 

The Imo State House of Assembly has suspended all the 27 elected local government council chairmen in the state over failure to honour an invitation to answer allegations of gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds leveled against them.

The suspension followed a motion moved by member representing Nkwerre state Constituency Mr. Chika Madumere who noted that the House had on several occasions directed the Council Chairmen to appear before it in company of their Treasurers, Directors of Administration and General Services last month but the Chairmen chose to appear alone necessitating the lawmakers to adjourn their appearance to today May 9th.

He equally added that at the resumption of plenary today, it was discovered that only the Treasurers, Directors of Administration and General Services appeared as none of the 27 local government area Chairman was present. And on several occasions the house had invited the local government chairmen through various media but at their own discretion decided to ignore the invitation of the lawmakers.

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The lawmakers say the idea to summon the 27 local government chairmen came after a petition was sent to the house of Assembly alleging that the chairmen appropriated funds without the approval of the Councillors.

The Speaker of the House Mr. Iheanacho Ihim therefore ruled that the Council Chairmen be suspended indefinitely while directing them to immediately hand over the affairs of the councils to the Vice Chairmen.

Mr. Ihim asked the chairmen to return all government property in their possession while urging clerk of the House to communicate the decision of the lawmakers to the state commissioner of police Mr. Rabiu Ladodo to ensure compliance.

Imo Senatorial Elections: Okorocha Petitions INEC Over Withholding Certificate Of Return

No Certificate Of Return For Okorocha, INEC Insists
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (file)

 

Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over withholding his certificate of return for the Imo West Senatorial District.

Okorocha urged the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu to release the certificate of return without delay.

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Okorocha explained that the position of the returning officer who had alleged announcing results under duress, after announcing him the winner of the Imo West Senatorial district at the February 23, 2019 elections.

The petition by Okorocha raises concerns over an alleged conspiracy with political opponents and the commission. It added that INEC has no jurisdiction to question the authenticity of the election.

 

Certificate Of Return: Okorocha’s Suit Suffers Setback As Judge Hands-Off Case

No Certificate Of Return For Okorocha, INEC Insists
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (file)

 

 

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has washed his hands off the suit filed by the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha urging the Court to grant an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

Justice Taiwo consequently returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati for reassignment to another judge.

The decision of the judge followed allegations of bias made against him by the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party for the February 23 National Assembly elections, Jones Onyeriri and that of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA); Senator Osita Izunaso.

Mr. Onyeriri in his petition addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, dated April 8, 2019, asked the judge to disqualify himself from the suit.

The petition which was signed by him, Onyeriri demanded that the judge should withdraw from the matter because of his utterances in which he “clearly prejudged the substantive issues that will be resolved in this matter and clearly showed he has taken sides with the plaintiff (Okorocha).”

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In an affidavit deposed on their behalf by a lawyer, Chijioke Nzekwe, both men stated that Justice Taiwo on Friday told counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Wendy Kuku that the commission was responsible for the problems in the election.

Mr. Nzekwe further averred that “The Judge went further to say that he has read through the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and found nothing therein that robs him of the jurisdiction to hear his suit.’

They added “’That this pronouncement shocked all the counsel who was present in court and even members of the public and journalists who were in the gallery because 2nd and 3rd defendant (INEC and Onyeriri) have Notices of Preliminary Objection challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear this matter,’” he averred.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, Justice Taiwo announced his decision to rescue himself from adjudicating on the matter based on allegations of bias against him.

He further announced that the case file will be returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati for re-assignment to another judge.

Okorocha won in the February 23 Imo West senatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

He was however not presented with a Certificate of return by the electoral body as his name was not listed by INEC among the senators-elect who were presented with their certificates of return by the electoral body.

Okorocha’s name was omitted following claims that the result that saw him emerge, winner of Imo West senatorial election, were allegedly declared under duress as claimed by the returning officer of the district, Professor Ibeawuchi Innocent.

FUTO Students Call For Investigation Into Deaths Of Three Colleagues

 

Students from the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Imo state, have called on the Nigeria Police Force to intensify efforts and do a proper investigation into the mysterious death of three students in a hostel on April 3rd, 2019.

The students allegedly died from an overdose of ban substances which was recovered in the room where the tragedy happened.

According to the students, a full-scale investigation would unravel what killed the three and left one other student unconscious and hospitalized.

The tragedy was discovered when students forcefully gained entrance into the room after trying to gain access for several hours.

Although the school management are yet to confirm if truly the victims are students of Federal University of Technology Owerri.

The Public Relations Officer of FUTO, Uche Bright-Nwelue, told Channels TV that where the hostel is situated is in a host community and students from the higher institutions in the state, live there.

She confirmed that the university authority is making efforts to confirm if the deceased are students of the school.

“The school heard the story, but we are not giving a confirmation yet because the university is still investigating if they are FUTO Students. The management has gone ahead to get their names, match it to the registration number.

“Where they live is outside the university environment and not the university hostel, it is a lodge around the university environment, in a host community and there are other students from the other higher institutions around and that is why we are being careful.”

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According to the Public relations officer Imo Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, families of victims involved in the incident have been contacted and relevant investigations are ongoing.

He advised parents to keep watch on the activities of their children in schools and assured the public that the truth will be revealed in no distant time.

“We are making efforts in collaboration with the family members to ensure how were going to find out the actual cause of death and we have also contacted the school authorities within that area. There are two schools, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, and FUTO. In the hostel, we have students from both schools reside in that hostel.

“Both schools are checking their records to know if any of the four are their students. We are following up on investigations. We are taking it up from there and by the time investigation reveals otherwise, you will see that we are going to make arrest and then prosecution will follow.”

Police Rescue 15 Travellers Kidnapped Along Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway

 

15 travellers who were kidnapped along the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway have regained their freedom.

The spokesperson of the Imo State Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to him, the kidnappers intercepted the victims who were travelling on a bus from Bayelsa State and took them to a forest.

They were, however, rescued by police operatives in the Ohaji Divisional headquarters, after a fierce gun battle with the gunmen.\

Ikeokwu noted that patrols have now been intensified along the expressway to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

Police Arrest Suspected Mastermind, Killer Of Magistrate Remi Ogu

 

The Imo State police command has arrested one Friday Nnaekezie from Oru west LGA of Imo state suspected to be the mastermind and killer of Late Magistrate Remi Ogu of Magistrate of Oru West Magistrate Court in Imo state.

While addressing newsmen on the development in Owerri the Imo state capital, the state’s Commissioner of Police Dasuki Galadanchi says the suspect paid the sum of 500,000 Naira to 3 hired killers from Lagos who carried out the dastardly act.

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He, however, noted that the suspect has helped the police with some information and the command is on the trail of the remaining three suspects.

Channels Television had earlier in November 2018, reported the Kidnap and murder of Magistrate Remi Ogu as well as a protest by the Imo State chapter of the NBA calling on the police hierarchy in the state to fish out the culprit.

Imo Supplementary Election Results: PDP Wins 4 Out Of 5 LGAs

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won four out of five local government areas where supplementary elections took place for Imo State house of Assembly seats. 

INEC declared APC Chike Okafor winner of Okigwe South Federal Constituency election while in Ikeduru state constituency, Mr. Uche Ogbuagwu of the PDP was declared the winner of the election having polled a total of 18,791 to beat his closest rival the APC candidate who polled a total of 4,042.

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In Orlu state constituency, Paschal Okolie of the PDP was declared the winner of the election having scored 8677 votes to beat his closest rival Mr. Okechukwu Okafor of the AA who scored 7768 votes.

In Ngorokpala state constituency, Okereke Tochi of the PDP was declared the winner of the election having polled 11,500 votes to beat his closest rivals Egwu Obinna of AA who scored 7557.

Meanwhile, on the delayed result of the Okigwe Federal Constituency, INEC declared Chike Okafor of the APC as the winner of the election having scored 23,815 to defeat his closest rival, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba of the Accord party who polled a total of 21,454 votes.

PDP Asks INEC To Declare Imo North Senatorial Result

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to announce the results of the February 23, 2019, Imo North Senatorial election, as well as that of the March 9 rerun polls.

In a statement issued on Friday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu was asked to direct the immediate released of the results in which the PDP says its candidate, Hon. Ndubueze Patrick, is in clear lead.

According to the statement, the continuous delay in announcing the final result, after returns have been established at the Polling Units, wards
and Local Governments levels is already heightening tension in the state.

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It read in part: “This is more so as the results have been moved to INEC headquarters in Abuja following the harassment of INEC officials in Imo state by agents of the losing All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA).

“From the collated results in the February 23 elections, the PDP won in all the Local Governments in Imo North before polls in two local governments; Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano were cancelled and scheduled for rerun.

“Already, from the results declared, the PDP led in Okigwe, Onuimo, Obowo and Ihite/Uboma Local Government Areas with 21, 254, ahead of APC and
AA, which scored 12,756 and 12,236 respectively”.

Consequently, the PDP alleged that “at the March 9 rerun elections, when the AA and the APC realized that the PDP was winning, they resorted to mutilation and alteration of results, particularly with the collaboration of collation officers in Ehime Mbano, before the intervention of the state Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), who called for proper scrutiny of documents following protests by the people.

The party, therefore, urged Professor Yakubu to douse the tension in the state by directing the declaration of the final results and return its candidate, who “has been legitimately elected by the people of Imo North to represent them at the Senate”.

Imo Election: Ihedioha Promises To Run All–Inclusive Govt

Ihedioha

 

The Governor-elect of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has thanked the people of Imo State for voting him as governor.

He has also promised to run an all-inclusive government for the benefit of every member of the state.

He said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after the declaration of the election result by the Returning Officer.

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Ihedioha also called on his fellow contestants to come on board and support his government to ensure greater development for the people of the state.

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Accord Party, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and Tony Nwulu of the UPP, have congratulated the governor-elect.

 

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Imo

 

Following what can now be described as a turbulent collation exercise in Imo State, the results from the governorship election as collated so far are stated below. 


Owerri municipal

ACCORD. 205
AA. 2617
APC.1540
APGA. 1549
PDP. 10118


Mbaitolu LGA.

Accord 398,
AA 5869,
APC 3704
APGA. 5777

PDP. 13,258


Ngor Okpalla LGA

A…267
AA……..4797
APC……2310
APGA…..2308
PDP …….11,502


Owerri North LGA

A… 259
AA.. 2988
APC….2272
APGA….4404
PDP….. 12,797


Orlu LGA

A..262
AA… 9659
APC…3007
PDP…5053
APGA….3421


Ideato south LGA

AA…. 40,438
A…. 130
APC…..4893
APGA….. 4656
PDP…… 3600


Ihitte Uboma

A…151
AA..5444
APC…3160
APGA….5692
PDP… 4235


Ahiazu Mbaise LGA

AA. 3395
APC… 971
APGA….2405
PDP…. 32987


ISIALA MBANO LGA

A.. 1639
AA. 3383
APGA.. 17817
APC….1893
PDP… 3589


Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA

A…138
AA…2646
APC..1462
APGA…1356
PDP….30035


Owerri West LGA

AA. 2538
APGA…..2660
APC…. 2868
PDP……. 12878


Ohaji Egbema LGA

APC 4585
AA… 16739
APGA 4476
PDP…5872


Oru East LGA

A 77
AA 4531
APC 24257
APGA 1524
PDP 4806


Ideato North LGA Guber

Accord Party 280
AA 5,599
APC 3,723
APGA 2,152
PDP 3,064


Nwangele LGA

A.. 176
AA. 9924
APC. 1831
APGA. 2067
PDP. 3482


Oguta LGA

A. 28
AA. 3431
APC. 1644
APGA. 2441
PDP. 5663


Orsu LGA

A. 54
AA. 6203
APC 3780
APGA 3198
PDP. 2596


 

EFCC Arrests Imo Accountant-General

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Accountant-General of Imo State, Mr Uzoho Casmir, over money laundering allegation.

According to a statement from the anti-graft agency on Friday, Mr Casmir was arrested by operatives of the EFCC, on suspicion of purportedly laundering N1.050 billion through a new generation bank allegedly for the Imo State governor.

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The statement revealed that the Accountant-General was arrested on Thursday based on a report that the governor allegedly intended to use the money for vote buying in favour of a particular candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

In its reaction, the state government said the Accountant-General was not arrested but only invited by the commission for questioning.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, the government attributed the development to a petition sponsored by some desperate governorship candidates in Imo.

It said, “The truth is that some desperate and frustrated governorship candidates in the state have sponsored petitions to the commission against the Accountant-General few days to the governorship election making several allegations.

“And following the petitions, the AG was invited by the Commission, which was normal.”

The government also raised an alarm that the state has been engulfed with strange politics.