COVID-19: Imo Govt To Shut Down All Markets, Borders

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

The Imo state government says it will close down all markets and borders into the state as precautionary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday at the Government House in Owerri, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba said the closure will be effective by Friday, March 27.

Emelumba reiterated that all educational institutions in the state be shut down till further notice, stressing that more test and isolation centres will be established by the state government to ensure that people are tested.

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He explained that the government will provide hand sanitizers and test kits at all entry and exit into the state.

Although the state has not yet recorded any case of COVID-19, the Commissioner stated that Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration will enforce compliance to all measures being put in place by the government to ensure that the deadly virus doesn’t find its way.

COVID-19: Imo Govt Asks Civil Servants To Work From Home, Procures Sanitisers

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma briefs journalists on the government’s preparedness for the COVID-19.

 

Imo State government has asked civil servants of 45 years and above to work from their homes as part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Speaking on Tuesday in Owerri the state capital, Governor Hope Uzodinma directed that all night clubs, pubs and restaurants be closed down till further notice.

“As a continuation of our programmes to ensure that things are not getting out of hands, we have also decided to close all night clubs and restaurants.

“By tomorrow, civil servants above 45 years will be encouraged not to come to work because they are the most vulnerable group.

“Only people on essential services that are within this age brackets will be encouraged to come to work and we will also support them with programmes that will ensure that this disease or virus does not affect them,” he stated.

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According to Governor Uzodinma, the government has just procured over 1000 cartons of hand sanitizers to be distributed at Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government as well as local government offices.

The governor explained that the move is necessary to ensure that there is no outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the state.

Imo Election: PDP Accuses Supreme Court Of Endorsing Electoral Fraud

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the verdict of the Supreme Court on the review of its judgment on the Imo state governorship election.

It faulted the judgement of the apex court in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The court had dismissed the application filed by the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, seeking a review of its judgement which removed him from office after about 10 months.

Ihedioha faulted the declaration of Hope Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

But the application was dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

 

Electoral Fraud

In its reaction, the PDP described the judgement as “a disconcerting endorsement of electoral fraud,” saying it has placed a huge burden on the court and the justices.

It, however, noted that Justice Nweze’s judgment presented a glimpse of hope for the nation’s judiciary.

The statement said, “Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred.

“Justice Nweze’s pronouncement, which went straight into the substance of our application represents a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo state governorship election judgment.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the Supreme Court had the wholesome opportunity to redeem itself and correct its errors but chose to hide behind technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud.”

According to the opposition party, Nigerians expected the Supreme Court correct the errors purportedly made earlier and handed over victory to the supposed rightful winner.

It alleged that the court failed to summon the courage to affirm its infallibility but upheld and legalise the writing of election results by individual contestants against the will of the people as expressed at the poll.

The PDP called on all election stakeholders to rally to create remedies for what it described as a pathetic situation before the nation’s entire electoral process became vanquished.

“This judgment will continue to haunt the Supreme Court. It has created a burden of precedence and fallibility on the court.

“More distressing is the fact that the judgment has heavily detracted from the confidence Nigerians and the international community reposed on the Supreme Court and our entire jurisprudence,” the statement added.

Let’s Develop Imo Together, Uzodinma Tells Opposition After Supreme Court Verdict

Imo APC Faction Expels Hope Uzodinma
A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has called on members of the opposition party in the state to join the movement to make the state better.

He made the call on Tuesday in an interview with reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria.

The governor’s remark was in reaction to the verdict of the Supreme Court on the application to review its judgement on the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

In the suit, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha asked the court to re-examine its judgement which removed him from office after about 10 months.

Ihedioha faulted the declaration of Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

The application was, however, dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

 

Political Evangelism

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He said Uzodinma misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office, saying there was no evidence that the governor satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

The judge informed his colleagues on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the election would continue to haunt Nigeria’s electoral jurisprudence.

Moments after the judgement, Uzodinma said the verdict reflected the true feelings of the people of Imo state who voted him into office.

He also commended the judiciary for standing by the truth and promised that his administration would continue to deliver good governance and prosperity to the people of the state.

Governor Uzodinma called on his political opponents to close ranks and join him in developing the state in the interest of the people.

He added that as the only state in the South East with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power, he would embark on political evangelism to ensure the party wins more states in the region.

Oshiomhole Lauds Supreme Court Verdict Dismissing Ihedioha’s Application

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has commended the judgement of the Supreme Court on the Imo State governorship election.

Mr Oshiomhole said the judgement of the apex court has affirmed that the choice of the people of Imo State has been respected.

He spoke to reporters on Tuesday moments after the Supreme Court dismissed the application of Mr Emeka Ihedioha asking the court to review its judgement which sacked him as the governor of Imo State.

Ihedioha had faulted the declaration of Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

The application was, however, dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He said Uzodinma misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office, saying there was no evidence that the governor satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

The judge informed his colleagues on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the election would continue to haunt Nigeria’s electoral jurisprudence.

Also reacting, Governor Uzodinma said the verdict reflected the true feelings of the people of Imo state who voted him into office.

He also commended the judiciary for standing by the truth and promised that his administration would continue to deliver good governance and prosperity to the people of the state.

Governor Uzodinma called on his political opponents to close ranks and join him in developing the state in the interest of the people.

He added that as the only state in the South East with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power, he would embark on political evangelism to ensure the party wins more states in the region.

Ihedioha Loses Bid To Reclaim Imo Governorship Seat

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Mr Emeka Ihedioha, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Imo State governorship election.

In the suit, Mr Ihedioha asked the apex court to review its judgement which sacked him as the governor of Imo State.

The suit was dismissed on Tuesday in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He added that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office after about 10 months.

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According to the judge, there is no evidence that Governor Uzodinma satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

He, therefore, told other judges on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the March 9, 2019 poll would continue to haunt the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

INEC had declared Mr Ihedioha as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State on the ground that he won the majority of lawful votes cast at the governorship poll.

Meanwhile the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, during appeals filed by Senator Uzodinma, gave a concurrent decision, upheld Ihedioha’s election and dismissed Uzodinma’s petition on grounds that he did not prove his allegations against the election of Ihedioha.

But the apex court held otherwise and sacked Mr Ihedioha on the 14th of January.

The apex court in its judgment disagreed with the decisions of the appeal court on the grounds that they erred in law when they excluded votes from 388 polling units from the total scores at the poll.

Imo Election: Supreme Court Set To Hear Ihedioha’s Application

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The Supreme Court is set to hear an application filed by Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asking it to review its judgement on the Imo governorship that declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 9, 2020 election.

This comes a day after the top court adjourned the matter due to an application filed by Kanu Agabi, who is Ihedioha’s lead counsel.

Agabi, SAN, told the court that he had just been served with some processes by Governor Hope Uzodinma and needs time to respond.

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Mr Ihedioha and the PDP had approached the Supreme Court after it on January 14 nullified his victory and declared Mr Uzodinma as the winner of the election.

Mr Ihedioha had been declared the winner of the election the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and had served as governor for months before the court ousted him.

Imo Election: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing Of Ihedioha’s Case

A file photo of former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

 

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha to March 2, 2020.

Mr Ihedioha approached the apex court with an application to reverse itself on the judgement sacking him from office as governor.

The Supreme Court had fixed today to hear the appeal filed by Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one month after it sacked him on January 14 and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.

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At the hearing today, lawyer to Mr Ihedioha, Mr Kanu Agabi, filed an application stating that he needs a little time to file some processes before the Court.

Lawyers to Governor Hope Uzodinma and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not oppose the application.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, after listening to all the parties, adjourned the hearing to March 2, 2020.

PHOTOS: APC Supporters Ask Supreme Court To Maintain Judgement On Imo Election

 

A group aligned with the All Progressive Congress (APC) is asking the Supreme Court not to rescind its judgement on the Imo governorship election which sacked the former governor of the State, Emeka Ihedioha.

The apex court will on Tuesday, hear an appeal filed by Mr Ihedioha seeking a review on the judgement issued in January 2020.

RELATED: Imo Election: APC Protesters Say Supreme Court Decision Is Final

The group which first occupied the Federal Secretariat in Abuja marched to the Ministry of Justice, displaying placards with solidarity messages for the Federal Government and the Supreme Court.

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Imo Election: APC Protesters Say Supreme Court Decision Is Final

Pro APC Supporters in Abuja, calling on the Supreme Court not to revert its judgement on Imo election.
Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Some protesters aligned with the All Progressive Congress (APC) have said that the decision of the Supreme Court which sacked former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, is final.

The apex court will on Tuesday, hear an appeal filed by Mr Ihedioha seeking a review on the judgement issued in January 2020.

The pro-APC group in a protest march in Abuja on Monday called on the apex Court not to rescind its judgement.

The group which first occupied the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, marched to the Ministry of Justice, displaying placards with solidarity messages for the Federal Government and the Supreme Court.

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Its co-convener, Nwosu Butches stressed that politicians cannot blackmail the apex court justices to revert its judgement.

“When you call on the Supreme Court to revert its decisions, you are setting the motion for anarchy; the Supreme Court is the apex court, its decision is final.

“What we want the politicians to do is to understand that the Supreme Court represents the soul of democracy. The judgement of Imo state was sound and straight forward.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the apex court to rescind its judgement, a demand the protesters describe as an attempt to blackmail the judiciary.

“Seven justices of the Supreme Court sat and took a decision, no single dissenting judgement. If you tell the Supreme Court through blackmail to revert its judgement, it means you are setting another Supreme Court above the present Supreme Court.”

He asked “can you appeal the judgement of the Supreme Court? The answer is No.”

Imo Election: Supreme Court To Hear Ihedioha’s Appeal On Tuesday

A file photo of former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

 

 

A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, will begin his quest to convince the Supreme Court to reverse itself on the judgement sacking him from office on Tuesday.

This comes as the apex court fixed the date to hear the appeal filed by Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asking it to review its judgement on the governorship election held on March 9, 2019, in Imo State.

“The Supreme Court has fixed the 18th of this month (February) for hearing of Chief Emeka Ihedioha’s appeal seeking a review of the apex court’s January 14 judgment,” a source confirmed to Channels Television on Saturday.

The Supreme Court fixed the date one month after it sacked Ihedioha on January 14 and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.

The decision was reached on the grounds that the results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final result of the poll in 2019.

Ihedioha had later filed the appeal on the heel of protests by supporters of the PDP, demanding the review and reversal of the judgement by the apex court.

 

Nationwide Protest

In their quest to reclaim the governorship seat, leaders of the main opposition party organised a protest across the country.

The demonstration in Abuja was led by the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and other chieftains of the party.

The protest, however, recorded a sad incident elsewhere in the nation’s capital as two trucks conveying party supporters collided at a junction, although it could not be ascertained if there were casualties.

Leaders of the PDP also called on the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union to prevail on the Supreme Court to reverse its judgement on the Imo State governorship election.

PHOTOS: Petrol Tanker Fire Kills One, Injures Two In Imo

A scene of the tanker fire incident in Imo State on February 13, 2020.

 

 

A tanker fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol has gutted fire in Imo State.

The incident occurred on Thursday along Owerri-Aba Expressway, a few kilometres from the Imo Airport.

One person was killed and two others critically injured as a result of the inferno.

An eyewitness told Channels Television at the scene of the incident that the accident occurred after the petrol tanker rammed into the road demarcation.

He said this triggered the fire and, in the process, the driver of the tanker died as he struggled to escape.

Shortly after the inferno, men of the Imo State Fire Service arrived at the scene to put out the fire.

Addressing reporters at the scene, the Director of Fire Service in Imo State, Japhate Okoereafor, said they got to know about the incident following a distress call.

He added that he immediately ordered and dispatched firefighters to the scene and requested a backup from the Airport Fire Service.

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