Imo North Election: Appeal Court Disqualifies Ararume, Orders Replacement With Ibezim

Photo combination of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume and Frank Ibezim


An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri has disqualified Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from participating in the December 5 Imo North senatorial election.

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately replace Ararume’s name with Mr Frank Ibezim as the authentic candidate of APC in the election.

Delivering the Judgment on Friday, the five-man panel headed by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam noted that the November 6 judgment of Federal High Court in Owerri which earlier declared Ararume as the authentic Candidate has no jurisdiction under law to entertain the matter.

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It ruled that Ararume should be disqualified, directing the electoral umpire to replace Ararume’s name with Frank Ibezim.

With this development, Ibezim will be contesting with 13 others on Saturday to represent Imo north in the National Assembly.

Okorocha Urges Aspiring Political Office Holders To Initiate Life Changing Projects

Free EducationThe Imo State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has urged all aspiring political office holders in the state to endeavour to identify with the grassroots and initiate projects and/or programmes that will touch the lives of people in the grassroots.

The Governor made this call while commissioning the last of the series of the Nneoma Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Centre at Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.

The Governor said every political or elective office has an expiring date and as such, the positive impact made in many people’s lives through positive programmes and policies will be the legacy holders of such offices will be remembered for.

Governor Okorocha further noted that the establishment of the skills acquisition and empowerment centre by the Office of the First Lady is in line with his campaign promise of creating employment, industries and factories in the state.

Chairman of the occasion, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, commended the APC-led administration in the state for the project, adding that it will go a long way to tackle the issue of unemployment in the state.

He urged the people of the state to support the APC-led administration, at federal and state level, to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The Nneoma Skills Acquisition and Economic Empowerment Centre is meant to give 3 to 6 months free training on vocational skills such as fashion designing, cosmetology, photography, catering, hair dressing and computer training with a certificate affiliated to the Imo State Polytechnic.

Okigwe Leaders Call For Peace, Unity In Imo

Ifeanyi ArarumePolitical and traditional leaders of Okigwe extraction in Imo State have come together to reconcile their differences.

Aimed at forging a common course in the interest of the people of the zone, the Okigwe stakeholders’ meeting was held at Isiebu in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

The convener, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, said that the aim of the meeting was to call for peace and unity among Okigwe people despite their past differences.

Senator Ararume added that the purpose of the meeting was to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in order to benefit holistically from the dividends of the change mantra of the APC.

Amongst other things, the meeting also discussed the forthcoming senatorial rerun election in the zone as they all promised to work in tandem to support the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming election.

Present at the meeting were all present and past legislators from the zone, traditional rulers and political appointees past and present.

Ararume Assures Supporters Of Picking Imo PDP Governorship Ticket

ararumeThe PDP governorship aspirant in the last Imo governorship primaries, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, has assured his supporters that he is still very much in the Imo governorship race.

Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at his campaign office along Onitsha Road in Owerri, the Imo State capital, upon his arrival from Abuja, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume said that he remains the authentic winner of the Imo PDP governorship primaries held on December 8, 2014.

He said that he had met with the leadership of the party and they have assured him that justice would be done in due time.

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, having assured all their aspirants of justice, equity and fairness, he said that he was hopeful of picking the governorship ticket on the platform of the party.

After traversing the length and breadth of Owerri in a motorcade, Senator Ararume said that the Peoples Democratic Party remains the only party that can muscle out power from the ruling APC in the state.

He gave the assurance that the people of the state and supporters of the PDP would come out enmasse to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming 2015 general elections. He added that with him as their flag bearer, the PDP in the state would be better positioned to deliver Imo State for the party in 2015.

Senator Ifeanyi Ararume had earlier rejected the outcome of the Imo governorship primaries which declared Deputy Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, as the winner of the primaries.

Imo Gov. Primaries: Ararume, Ihedioha Group Trade Words Over Result

IhediohaThe Director-General of the Emeka Ihedioha Campaign Organization, Mr Chris Okewulonu, has described the actions of governorship aspirant, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, as baseless and mischievous.

This is an indication that the last might not have been heard of the controversies trailing the PDP governorship primaries held in Imo State on December 8.

At a news conference in Owerri the Imo State capital, Okewulonu called on the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and all stakeholders to call Senator Ifeanyi Ararume to order for peddling falsehood about the result of the PDP governorship primary elections.

He claimed that observers have described the election as one of the freest and fairest primary elections conducted in Nigeria’s democracy.

He added that as a matter of fact there were no contentious issues surrounding the figures but because Senator Ararume was finding it difficult to accept defeat, he has resulted in mischief aimed at discrediting the mandate of Emeka Ihedioha.

Youths Protest Irregularities In Imo PDP Governorship Primaries

PDPFollowing the alleged manipulation of the result from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries held in Imo state last week, angry youths numbering over 1000 stormed the PDP state headquarters on Okigwe Road in Owerri, the Imo state capital, calling on the leadership of the party to allow justice and equity prevail and declare Senator Ifeanyi Ararume the winner of the primaries having scored the highest votes at the polls.

They called on the leadership of the party and the National Working Committee to look into the issue as a matter of urgency and rectify the discrepancies in the figures and immediately declare Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as the valid winner of the election with 336 votes.

Addressing the protesters, the State Secretary of the Party, Mr George Egwu, called for restraint, saying that the national leadership of the party is not unaware of the issues surrounding the governorship primaries in the state as they are working tirelessly to resolve the issue amicably.

In a related development, some group of protesters from Orlu Senatorial District of Imo state stormed the Government House in Owerri protesting the result of the senatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the area saying it was marred with irregularities.

They accused one of the aspirants in the area of imposing candidates and forcefully hijacking ballot boxes with thugs to manipulate the process of the election.

They called on the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, to cancel the election and do a fresh primary election in the area.


Senator Ararume Rejects Imo PDP Governorship Primaries Result

ararumeControversies have continued to trail the emergence of the Deputy Speaker of Federal House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, as the winner of the PDP Governorship primaries in Imo State.

Addressing newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, who was said to have come second with 336 votes, said that there are errors in the computation of the results.

He claimed that he was short changed while Honourable Emeka Ihedioha was awarded figures he never earned.

In a statement by the DG of his campaign organization, Independence Ogunnewe, he said that following the statistical analysis of the results, Emeka Ihedioha actually scored 325 votes but the figure was inflated with 21 votes, while his (Ararume) 336 votes is actually the right figure.

He called on the leadership of the party in the state and the Chairman of the Imo PDP Governorship Primaries Electoral Committee to, as a matter of urgency, address the matter and declare him winner.

Supreme Court Affirms Okorocha’s Election As Governor

The Supreme Court has again affirmed the election of Rochas Okorocha as the governor of Imo state.

Justice Clara Ogunbiyi while delivering judgment in the appeal filed by Governor Okorocha challenging the decision of the Appeal Court, Owerri, which joined his predecessor, Mr. Ikedi Ohakim in the appeal instituted by a candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, berated the former governor for embarking on an endless litigation.

The court held that the application for joinder granted by the Court of Appeal is an attempt by Mr Ohakim to re-litigate a matter that had long been settled by a properly constituted election tribunal.

The court further held that the lower court over-reached itself by assuming jurisdiction thereby giving Mr Ohakim a second opportunity to challenge the election of Mr Okorocha through the back door.

Governor Okorocha commended the Judiciary for staying on the path of justice and truth, saying that with the judgement, the judiciary has once again proved to be the last hope for the common man.

“The ruling should serve as a pointer to the opposition that my election as the Governor of Imo State is divine. It will also go a long way to show to the world that the masses and good people of Imo State are solidly behind my rescue mission for the state,” Governor Okorocha told Channels Television’s Imo State correspondent in Owerri, the Imo State capital, shortly after the ruling.