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APGA Crisis: Why We Want Ezeobi Out – SWC






Tunji Adedeji

A fresh leadership crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as some members of the Imo State Working Committee of the party met in Owerri on Tuesday and suspended the state Chairman of the party, Barr. Peter Ezeobi.

Pastor Kenneth Onyenagorom, the APGA Assistant Publicity Secretary in the state, flanked by 7 other members of the Imo State Working Committee and hundreds of party stakeholder’s from 27 council areas, announced the suspension of Ezeobi at a news conference in Owerri, Imo State capital.

Onyenagorom who also announced the appointment of Dr Augustine Nwosu, a medical Practitioner as the state chairman said members of the SWC had lost confidence in the party’s chairman.

“We, therefore, want to state loud and clear that we do not have confidence in the party’s chairman”

Reading the press statement of the SWC meeting, the APGA Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the State, said that the party had lost confidence in Ezeobi continued leadership of the APGA.

He said, “SWC passed a vote of no confidence on the State Chairman, Barr. Ezeobi for gross misconduct, incompetence, lack of accountability, lack of consultations and turning the party to a personal affair.”

He apologized to Ndi-Imo for the disappointment and regrettable charade Ezeobi and his cohorts have perpetrated to throw up Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the fake governorship candidate and therefore appeal to the entire people to disassociate themselves from Ezeobi and Araraume fraud.

He accused the suspended chairman of running party activities alone without the consent and approval of the party.

According to him, “Recall that you started your regime with the suspension of several Local, Government Chairmen of the party for flimsy excuses just to weaken the party. Such Local Government Chairmen include Mrs. Franca Okolie of Ideato South, Comrd. Thames Nnanna of Mbaitoli LGA, Chief Elly Eke of Ngor Okpala, Barr. Rogers Owulesd of Ahiazu Mbaise and Dr. Ben Ude, Owerri West.”

“Your refusal to allow the state financial secretary of the party, Hon. Jude Ekejiuba to record the financial transactions of the party translates to you being the receiver, dispenser and the record keeper for all financial transactions of the party.” “You have refused to account for the hundreds of millions of naira raised by the party through mandatory payment for party cards.”

“You unilaterally ordered that thirty five percent of all monies raised at any level of the party be paid to you without records. Recall that twenty six governorship aspirants paid at least one million naira each for the purchase of party cards.”

“Fifteen senatorial aspirants paid about one million naira each. Fifty eight House of Representative aspirants paid three hundred thousand per local government under their constituency, whereas over two hundred and fifty House of Assembly aspirants paid two hundred and fifty thousand naira each.”

“We are also mindful of the over fifty million naira raised by aspirants for ward tours. Over eighty million naira was raised by aspirants at the Rock View Hotel and another ten million naira at The Malt Aladimma. Additionally, between four thousand two hundred naira was paid by over a hundred thousand would be delegates. This amounts to over four hundred million naira.”

“Your anti party activities came to a climax in defiance of party guidelines to conduct congresses and elect delegates. Instead you chose harmonization of delegate list with the sole purpose of manipulating the process of electing candidates for the party. The reputation and the entire hope of the party have been dragged to the mud and the entire party tickets sold out to ARC members. Even where APGA candidates emerged”

“You have literally supported their being replaced by the ARC aspirants who have paid for the tickets.

“Having destroyed the party we all have laboured to build, the state executive committee after due consideration of your nefarious activities, your anti democratic activities and your disdain for internal democracy, therefore has decided to suspend you indefinitely.”

“This is aimed at saving the party from further despoliation, and erosion of people’s confidence in a party they are emotionally attached to because NKE A BU NKE ANYI!”

“In view of this, you are expected to hand over all properties and financial records in your possession to the State Deputy Chairman of our great party.”

In his acceptance speech, Dr Nwosu promised to do his best to reposition the party, even as expressed regret that APGA as a political party failed Imo people.

He said,” we don’t want to bring someone that’s worst than Gov. Rochas Okorocha to Imo as a governor, so we are here to safe our people and party from destruction. APGA as a party has disappointed our people but we promised not to fall short of your expectations on this mandate. We assure that every finance of our great party well be accounted well accounted for.”

Also speaking, Chief Ike C Ibe, the consensus candidate of all APGA Aspirants, who spoke on behalf of the body of gubernatorial aspirants said they are in full support of the action taken by the SWC.

His words, “I thank members of our great party for taking a stand. We joined the NWC to say no to imposition of candidate .we also wish to apologize to Imolites who are looking up to us to take them out of poverty and bad governance, for bringing them down”




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HRH Eze Peter Opara inaugurates cabinet



HRH Eze Peter Opara  inaugurates cabinet

…As traditional leadership gets boost at Umunumo Ancient Kingdom

By Magnus Ibe

The Traditional leadership of Umunumo Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State received a resounding boost on Sunday August 23, as the cabinet members were formally inaugurated by HRH, Eze Peter Chima Opara (Eze Udo II).

The assemblage of top brass personalities into the cabinet is indicative of robust prospects for the growth and development of the Ancient Autonomous Community.

Inaugurating the members of the Eze-in-Council, the Royal Father charged the inductees to shun personal interest and put the community in the front burner for a rapid transformation and development. He enjoined the cabinet members to be proactive, articulative and dogged about the welfare of the community, employment and empowerment of the youths so that a new chapter is enacted.

According to him, many are called, but few are chosen. He charged them to move the community to the next level by articulating right attitude and formulate policies that will accelerate the development of the community. He cautioned against indolence and insubordination that can retard the unity and development of the community.

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

In his remarks, the President-General of the Town, Chief Godwin Uwah working in synergy with the royal father advised that the various Town Unions leadership should synergize and work in one page with the cabinet members. Chief Godwin Uwah observed that membership of cabinet is subject to review every four years.

Among the cabinet members comprise Chief Godwin Uwah PG, Sir MCN Asawalam (KSM), Chief Chidi Ogueri, Chief Sir Emmanuel Ibe, Chief Aloka Alexander, Nze H.D. Eze, Mr. Emeto K. Michael, Nze Godwin Amaku, Mr. Columba Ohazurike, Chief Mel Daimeon Osuji (Omereoha), Hon Ononamadu Emeka Joseph, Chief Peter Crown Duru, Chief Romanus Ogueri, Comrade Godwin Ihekwoaba, Nze Romanus Chukwu, Nze Vincent Ukah, Chief E. Evaristus Okafor, Chief S. Okele, Nze Clement Iwueze, Hon Felix Iwuji, Chief S. Obikaonu, Hon Kelechi Iwueze, Mr. Joseph Obi Onyema (Deputy PG), ACP H. Agbiogwu, Chief M.C. Okoro, Nze Nneji Boniface, Nze Charles Nwokoro, Nze Edmund Nwokeke, Chief Joseph Anosike, Chief M. Dingwo, Chief Columbia Isikuma, Chief Oliver Agbaso, Ichie Bernard Nwohiri, Nze Titus Iwunze, Chief Romanus Ijejiobi and all village chairmen constitute members of the enlarged cabinet. HRH Eze P. Alozie, Abunumo I graced the event.

In a vote of thanks, Chief Mel-Daimeon Osuji, promised on behalf of the members of the Eze’s cabinet to live above board like Caesar’s wife. He observed that he was humbled to speak on behalf of the top brass personalities who constitute the Eze-in-Council and also made a personal donation of one million naira.

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet  members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet
members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

In his contribution, Hon. Emeka Joseph Ononammadu, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State, who is also a member of the cabinet made a mouthwatering financial support and others including Sir. M.C.N. Asawalam donated handsomely.

Inducting the new cabinet members, Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the Royal Father and the cabinet members.

He eulogized the royal father for putting God first in his nascent leadership. He admonished the PG and the members of the Eze-in-Council to ensure peace and unity in their various domain. He spoke against injustice, insubordination and manipulative divisive tendencies that will sow seed of discord in the community. He prayed God to bless the royal father with the Wisdom of Solomon.

Msgr. Ofoegbu prayed for longitivity, peace and development of Umunumo Ama-Iri community. He cautioned against sectionalism and maltreatment of widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.

Traditional cuisine of palm wine, Ugba with stockfish and other local delicacies were served to all and sundry. Eze & Ugoeze Ekwunno, Eze Umuezeala Oguara graced the event amid pomp and pageantry.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital



Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume Bridge, a death trap – Eze Iwuoha



Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume Bridge, a death trap - Eze Iwuoha

…As truck survives crash into river

By Magnus Ibe

The Traditional Ruler of Odenkwume Autonomous Community, HRH, Eze Iwuoha Austin (Nkwume II) has cried out against the deplorable and deadly condition of the Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume bridge which he described as a death trap and an accident waiting to happen.

According to him, the very narrow and dilapidated bridge pose serious threat to lives of natives and commuters plying the only route leading through his domain to their kits and kins in Obowo Local Government Area.

Nkwume (II), disclosed that several persons have lost their lives through accidents occasioned by the porous and deadly bridge. He narrated a chilling experience of how two occupants of a car drowned in the Aham River when their vehicle which could not climb the high hill, descended and crashed into the river, killing the two occupants before any help could come.

Corroborating their nasty experience, Hon. Julius Ogoke, the Palace Public Relations officer narrated how an Okada rider crashed and died on the very deadly bridge.

A near fatal accident occurred on the same bridge on the afternoon of Thursday August 27th when a truck with Registration No Lagos AGL 504 conveying crates of beer crashed into the same bridge. It was only through divine intervention that children who were swimming at the time cheated death by whiskers and were lucky as the truck hung on the base of the bridge.
Concurring to the views of Hon. Ogoke, Okenze Gerald Kekeocha and Nze Augustus Ibe observed that the leaders of the community are contemplating shutting down the bridge to heavy duty trucks and trailers to avoid the collapse of the bridge.
The duo posited that the community began the construction of the bridge in 1977 through communal efforts. They expressed worry at the present state of the bridge which is a smooth ride from Orieagu and Aguneze axis.

Investigation reveals that the construction of the bridge which was allegedly part of the design awarded under the defunct Ikedi Ohakim administration was abandoned by contractors after was ousted by former Governor Rochas Okorocha.

A road user, Dr. Bonaventuru Chukwu described the bridge as a flash point for criminal activities as hoodlums capitalize on the porous nature of the bridge to snatch cars kidnapp, rob and fleece commuters of cash and valuables.

It was observed that natives of Odenkwume Community embarked on remedial measures of dropping stones on the craters on both sides of the bridge. They also tried to rehabilitate the bridge with make-shift support of bamboo sticks with mixture of cement and chippings.

The leaders of the community made a compassionate appeal to the state government to quickly intervene before the bridge caves in.

Vehicular traffic on the rout increases daily as a result of the immotorable road networks at Ihitte-Uboma, Ehime-Mbano, Mbaise and Obowo as commuters divert through the road which is a smooth ride.

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