‘Igbos Cannot Produce President By Just Complaining’ – The Week In Quotes

 

The past week was a very tensed one with so much to be discussed from politics to security matters. 

Below are some quotes that give us a feel of what transpired within the course of the week under review.

  1. A lot needs to be done quite frankly because if what we read in the papers or what we listen to on the radio is true, there are still some challenges in most of these areas we assumed the security situation has been stabilised.

Former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, shares his view on Operation Amotekun recently launched by the South-West governors, stating that the move is not a viable one.

2. Given his antecedents, I have no doubt that Senator Hope Uzodinma has the competence, capacity, character, and wisdom to steer Imo State to the next level of development. This is no time for politics but for policies, programme, and actions that will usher in a new lease of life for the people.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, reacts to the Supreme Court judgment that declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

3. In its wisdom, the Apex Court finally declared my brother, Senator Hope Uzodinma the validly elected Governor of Imo State In the 2019 Governorship election. I wish to state categorically that I accept the judgment of the Supreme Court in good faith and hereby congratulate Senator Uzodinma on his emergence as Governor.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume says he has accepted the outcome of the appeal at the Supreme Court in good faith.

4. The mandate you freely gave me ‘has now been truncated’.

Mr Emeka Ihedioha says that the mandate given to him by the Imo people has been truncated following the verdict of the Supreme Court that ousted him and brought in Senator Hope Uzodinma.

5. The Constitution does not prohibit us from doing what we are doing.

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum says that the nation’s Constitution does not prohibit the governors from running with the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

6. In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federal Government is clearly diversionary and hypocritical.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana says that the Attorney General’s statement concerning Operation Amotekun is diversionary and hypocritical.

7. Stepping up cooperation with the US in the area of counter-terrorism is something that should be pursued vigorously given the threats of terrorism in the Sahel.

The increase in activities and threats by terrorist groups in the Sahel region can be largely curbed by stepping up relations between Nigeria and the United States of America, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

8. We owe this victory to a functional judiciary.

Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says he owes his gubernatorial victory at the Supreme Court to a functional judiciary.

9. Nigeria has made significant progress over the last twenty years since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, speaks on Nigeria’s democratic journey so far.

10. There is a good opportunity for Igbos to produce the president of Nigeria in the near future or later. The political arrangement in the country is such that you need correlation with some parts of the North and South. The Igbo can make a move of getting partners from other parts of the country, in particular, the North.  It is not just to complain; meaningful efforts should be made to reach out to get partners so that eventually they will realise their aspirations; and I think they can.

Former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakasai, believes the Igbo ethnic group has a chance to produce a Nigerian President if it gets the blessing of other parts of the country, especially the North.

11. He died and left office without having mansions.

Bauchi state remembers Late Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister.

12. It’s very difficult to be ambitious when you are living in that kind of place because you are only seeing one thing and my goal is to expose them to more than what they have.

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas speaks after stealing the headlines with her wild celebrations following the announcement of Miss Jamaica as the world’s most beautiful woman at the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant.

13. Please save me, I don’t want to die.

A young Nigerian lady who was trafficked to Lebanon regains her freedom and is handed over to the Nigerian Ambassador in Beirut.

14. Amotekun is a pleasant new year gift.

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka declares his support for the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as ‘Amotekun’.

15. It is unlawful for Buhari’s daughter to use the presidential jet for private affairs.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, says the private use of the Presidential Jet by members of President Buhari’s immediate family, is not in accordance with the law.

16. I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

President Muhammadu Buhari declares that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023.

17. Heaven and Nigerians will never honour those involved in election rigging

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike speaks on attempts to rig elections in the oil-rich state.

18. I’ve Been vindicated because Nigeria is still ‘Jaga Jaga’.

Nigerian musician, Eedris Abdulkareem, says he feels vindicated 18 years after he released his hit song, ‘Nigeria Jaga Jaga’.

Imo: Our People Have Suffered, Ararume Pledges To Support Uzodinma


 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State has directed its members to support the new All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the best interest of the state.

At the meeting in Owerri which had in attendance the APGA Chairman, Henry Okafor, its governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and other top officials, the party said following the recent development in the state, it is collapsing its structure into the APC in the state to form a coalition.

Araraume noted that the people of the state have suffered hence the need for the people to help the current administration in its quest for good governance.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

“Our people have suffered over time. We need to make the government succeed because we need good governance in Imo. We need to make our contributions.

“The whole idea to aspire to be governor is to offer selfless service to our people. Somebody has emerged through the verdict of the Supreme Court, which is the highest court of the land. Therefore, we need to sensitise our people from the grassroots to the state level to support him,” he said.

 

 

Araraume’s remarks come five days after the apex court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state.

The seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

Immediately after the verdict, Araraume congratulated Uzodinma and promised to support his government.

Imo Election: Nigeria Will Emerge Stronger – Ihedioha


 

The ousted governor of Imo State, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, says the judgement of the Supreme Court remains a shock to him.

Although he noted that his faith in democracy remains resolute, Ihedioha stressed that the decision of the apex court on the governorship election in Imo left many questions unanswered.

He made the remarks when he received a national delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus, on Saturday in Abuja.

“I believe that event will define our democracy; I am certain that the judicial and electoral systems are well aware that they are on trial and what is fundamental about this is that the fact of the matter, as it relates to the Imo State governorship election, is at the foundation of our democratic processes,” he said.

READ ALSO: Ifeanyi Ubah Appeals Judgement Sacking Him From Senate

A seven-man panel of justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed, had sacked Ihedioha and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Party (APC).

In its reaction, the PDP rejected the judgement and wondered how Senator Uzodinma who came fourth could be declared as the winner of the election.

The ousted governor, on his part, believes the development would only strengthen democracy in the country.

He said, “For me, I am calm; we are calm and that is why you see that in Imo, there is calmness. The calmness is coming out of shock; it’s coming out of disbelief.”

“That event will not question our commitment to democracy, it will rather strengthen our resolve to march forward and to make Nigeria a greater nation and I am certain that from the events of that day, Nigeria would emerge stronger and greater country,” he added.

After Judgement On Imo Election, PDP Asks CJN To Step Down

Justice Tanko Muhammad

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Justice Tanko Muhammad to step down as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

This comes two days after the CJN chaired a seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court which presided over the appeal from the Imo State governorship election.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, asked the CJN to step down while reacting to the judgment of the apex court during a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that the opposition party made the demand in order to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country.

READ ALSOSupreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

Secondus said, “In other to avoid an imminent breakdown of law and order, the PDP demands that Justice Tanko Muhammad immediately steps down as CJN and chairman of the National Judicial Council as Nigerians have lost confidence in him and a Supreme Court under his leadership.”

 

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court nullified the election of the PDP candidate, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, as the governor of Imo State.

It, thereafter, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and give same to Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Party (APC).

The judgement has sparked mixed reactions from the ruling and opposition parties, as the APC celebrated the victory while the PDP rejected the decision of the apex court.

In his reaction, the PDP national chairman alleged that the judgement was a product of manipulation, and clear coup d’etat against the will of the people of Imo State.

He demanded that the decision of the Supreme Court on the election be reviewed and reversed in the interest of justice.

Secundus also asked the CJN and members of the panel to recuse themselves from the pending petitions on Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa, Kano, and Plateau States.

“Justice Tanko must not head the panel to determine the remaining election petitions before the Supreme Court,” he said.

The PDP national chairman added, “We demand that Justice Tanko Mohammed, the CJN and his colleagues on the Imo governorship panel recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP in the Supreme Court.”

Imo Election: PDP Is A Very Unserious Opposition – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, briefing reporters in Ugheli, Delta State on January 16, 2020.

 

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a very unserious opposition.

He made the remark during an interview with reporters on Wednesday while attending an event in Ughelli, Delta State.

“We have an opposition that is a very unserious opposition; an opposition that is not ready to take but they are ready to give,” said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He further described the PDP as “an opposition that takes the benefit from the system; from a particular institution and they don’t want to take the downs from that same institution.”

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

Keyamo faulted the reaction of the opposition party to the judgement of the Supreme Court which removed Mr Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.

A seven-man panel of justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed, had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and give same to Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Party (APC).

Hope Uzodinma                                                                                                                    Emeka Ihedioha

 

 

Reacting in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP rejected the judgement and wondered how Uzodinma who came fourth could be declared as the winner of the election.

“In fact, the PDP and indeed, most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.

“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate and which they rejected at the election,” the opposition party said.

On his part, Keyamo believes members of the opposition party are not objective with their reaction because the court’s ruling did not favour them.

He highlighted the events in two states where members of the APC were barred from participating in the 2019 general elections.

The minister questioned, “The same court that gave them victories and excluded us entirely in Rivers State, excluded us entirely in Zamfara State; is that the same kangaroo court?

“How can democrats come out and make such very inciting statement? I think it is an irresponsible statement.

“It doesn’t even deserve a response and they need to apologise to Nigerians and to the Supreme Court; it’s extremely provocative,” he added.

Supreme Court Judgement: The Destiny Of Imo State Has Been Taken Away, Says PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the judgement of the Supreme Court on the Imo state governorship election stressing that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose.

The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it is still surprised at the judgment, describing it as yet another very sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order.

The PDP questioned the judgement, wondering how a candidate, who came fourth in the election, suddenly got the nod from the apex court.

“The Party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma/APC, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeats Gov Emeka Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.

“In fact, the PDP and indeed, most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.

“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate and which they rejected at the election.”

READ ALSO: Imo Election: We’re Ecstatic Over Supreme Court’s Declaration, Says APC

It added that the stability already achieved by the Ihedioha-led government will now be jeopardized.

“The people of Imo state are now confronted with the challenge of having a government that they cannot identify with and which cannot connect with them, having not emanated from them.

“Moreover, all the gains, including the development and stability already achieved by the people-based government, under Governor Emeka Ihedioha/PDP administration in the state are now heavily jeopardized.”

The party asked its stakeholders in the state to remain united and calm, and await further instruction from the national leadership on the development.

Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

 

The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state.

The seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

The appellant, Senator Uzodinma contended that he scored the highest number of votes in the election, but the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the State.

READ ALSO: Imo Election: Uche Nwosu Withdraws Appeal Against Governor Ihedioha

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the judgment on Tuesday, declared that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and should be added to his votes.

The apex court considered the submissions of a Principal witness who was on a subpoena to present results and held that the lower court was wrong in its ruling.

Justice Kekere-Ekun, while reading the lead judgment, declared Senator Uzodinma as the validly elected Governor and the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha be withdrawn immediately.

Meanwhile, candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu, withdrew a second appeal filed against the election of Emeka Ihedioha.

According to his counsel, Mr. Solomon Umoh (SAN), the withdrawal on Tuesday is based on the judgment of the apex court delivered on the 20th of December 2019.

Supreme Court Stands Down Judgment On Imo Governorship Election

 

The Supreme Court has stood down judgment in the suit challenging the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State.

The apex court took the decision on Tuesday while hearing the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the March 9 election, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume.

Senator Ararume filed the appeal to challenge Governor Ihedioha’s election after he lost at the Imo State Governorship Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, chaired a seven-man panel of justices that presided over the hearing of the appeal.

Meanwhile, Mr Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) who had also filed an appeal against the governor’s election has withdrawn the suit before the court.

Mr Nwosu, represented by his lawyer, Mr Solomon Umoh, explained that he took the decision based on the judgment of the apex court delivered on December 20, 2019.

The Supreme Court had said that Nwosu was not a candidate in the March 9 poll.

Ihedioha Swears In Nine Judges In Imo

 

Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has sworn in nine judges recommended for appointment by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The judicial officers were sworn in at an event held on Friday at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Owerri, the state capital.

They comprise seven judges of the State High Court while the two others are for the Customary Court of Appeal.

In his remarks at the event, Governor Ihedioha noted that the three arms of government must collaborate for good governance to thrive.

He gave an assurance that his administration would uphold the independence of the judiciary and abide by the rule of law.

“To ensure good governance, the three arms of government must coexist as separate organs of government independently, but collaboratively”, the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu.

He said his administration has maintained a symbiotic relationship with other arms of government.

 

The governor also informed the gathering that plans were in top gear to enhance the status of the judicial system in the state.

Governor Ihedioha added, “We have reconstituted the Judicial Service Commission; renovation of Judges’ Quarters has begun.

“We have also ensured payment of salaries of judges as at when due and provided official guards for them. This administration achieved these feats within a short period of time, despite our financial constraints.”

The governor recalled that his administration took certain steps to boost the state judiciary, saying these led to the appointment of magistrates, inspectors of court, bailiffs and other judicial staff.

He explained that such measures were taken to ensure an effective justice delivery system in the state.

Governor Ihedioha advised the new judges to discharge their duties fairly and ensure they do justice to all manner of people without fear or favour.

Earlier, the Chief Justice of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, said the present administration has revitalised the judiciary in the state.

He thanked the governor for rejuvenating the judiciary and assured him that the arm of government would continue to serve justice to all.

Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated judges, Justice Ihuoma Chukwunyere assured the governor that they would uphold the law at all times.

I’m Highly Misunderstood In This Country – Okorocha

 

Senator Rochas Okorocha has described himself as the ‘highly misunderstood’ person in Nigeria, owing to the feedback he gets from people who define him from different angles.

Okorocha who is representing Imo West Senatorial district said this on Channels Television programme Newsnight.

The former governor of Imo stressed that since he ruled the state for eight years, no past or present governor is yet to do up to one-tenth of the projects he embarked on.

“I wish you can meet the governor of Imo state (Emeka Ihedioha) and ask that Rochas said what he has done is not up to one-tenth of what I have done, or other governors put together have done.”

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Senator Okorocha boasted that “the first international cargo airport in Imo state, I built it and it was adjudged the best in the country by FAAN.

“I built 30 hospitals, some of them completed, while most are not completed, but they have all the roofs, tiled, except equipping; I built one of the best state high court, the best prison, the best police headquarters

“I know my nature, I am highly misunderstood in this country, and some people define me from different angles. If I do one-tenth of what the governor is doing there, the whole world will hear about it.”

On the rift he had with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, Senator Okorocha said he is yet to know the cause of the rift, stressing that he looks forward to hearing from the APC Chairman.

“If I was told in my dream that I’ll be treated this way, I’d have said it’s not possible. One day, the opportunity may occur that I might hear from Adams what really went wrong because till today I am very much confused as to what went wrong.

“I have tried to make an excuse for him that probably somebody must have gossiped or do something that he believed. Or alternatively, it must be a search for political power or relevance or it would have been who he is.

“But whatever happened in APC was still like a dream to me, because APC had no reason to lose Imo state.”

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Okorocha, insisted that he will not leave the APC and if he will, it is not in his immediate plans because the party is more like a family to him.

I’m Not Fighting To Be Imo Governor By All Means – Uche Nwosu

Mr Uche Nwosu.

 

 

The preferred Imo State governorship candidate of Senator Rochas Okorocha in the 2019 general elections, Mr Uche Nwosu, says becoming the number one citizen of the state is not a ‘do or die’ affair for him.

Although Nwosu who contested the March 9 poll on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) wished to be a governor, he stressed that he never opted to achieve his aim at all costs.

“Once the Supreme Court has said ‘this is how it is’, you have to accept it. For me, politics is not do or die affair; politics is give and take,” he said while addressing reporters at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

“The Supreme Court; they have given their decision. Whether good or bad, I accept it and what matters is Imo State. I am not fighting to be governor of Imo State by all means,” the governorship candidate added.

Senator Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo State, had backed Nwosu who is his son-in-law to succeed him in the last elections.

But Nwosu could not get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a situation which caused disagreement within the party while he defected to the AA to pursue his governorship ambition.

Against the backdrop of heated political activities in Imo, Mr Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the people’s choice as he was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After a series of legal battles, Nwosu promised to support any candidate who emerges victorious at the Election Petition Tribunal case pending at the Supreme Court.

He also noted that the apex court as the APC governorship candidate in the election and called on party faithful to work together for the progress of the state.

The politician said, “The Supreme Court has said it all. The Supreme Court judgement said that I am the candidate of APC. What it means is that another person was foisted on APC. I am the candidate of APC.

“I have forgiven everybody no matter who the person is. From the national chairman, those who came and destroy the APC in the state, I have forgiven them. What we need is to move ahead, we are brothers and sisters and there must be peace.”

Senator Ben Uwajumogu Dies At 51

The Senator representing Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Uwajumogu. Credit: Office of the Senate President

 

The Senator representing Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Uwajumogu is dead.

Uwajumogu died on Wednesday morning in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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The news of the lawmaker’s death was confirmed to Channels Television by an Aide to the Senate Minority leader.

Prior to his death at 51, the senator was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).