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Imo Speaker in “Hot Soup” Faces Fresh Impeachment .Female lawmaker from Okigwe zone may take over . Chika Madumere of Nkwerre to become deputy speaker .As Members Raise 9 Point Offences Against Ihim

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Imo Speaker in “Hot Soup” Faces Fresh Impeachment .Female lawmaker from Okigwe zone may take over . Chika Madumere of Nkwerre to become deputy speaker .As Members Raise 9 Point Offences Against Ihim

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Despite the allegation that money exchanged hands that reportedly foiled first move to remove the Speaker, Rt Hon Acho Ihim, a fresh move is said to have been initiated against the Okigwe State Constituency legislator.
Signs of move to remove Ihim were high two weeks ago before it was quenched courtesy of an alleged mouth watering offer extended to the lawmakers to relax the push.
Trumpeta can reveal that a fresh hatchet plot has been concluded to get at Ihim following the raising up of about nine offence he was alleged to have committed.
According to a document Trumpeta obtained, 20 lawmakers including honourables Kennedy Ibeh, Uju Onwudiwe, Ken Agbim and Chika Madumere appended their signatures and accused Ihim of various misdemeanor that undermine the integrity of the 8th Assembly of IMHA.
The statement the following also signed; Chukwuemeka Lolyd, Bruno Ukoha, Chinedu Offor, Obinna Egu, Ngozi Obiefule, Uche Agabige, Uche Ejiogu, Arthur Egwim, Victor Onyewuchi, Marcel Odunze, Ifeanyi Nnaturuonye, Emmanuel Orie, Donatus Onuigwe, Nkenna Nzeruo, Uche Oguwuike and Chiji Collins, states that
“At the early days of this House, he caused an Executive order to be brought into this House demanding that the Members support approval of the sum of #100,000,0X30,000 (One Hundred Billion Naira as Authority to incur Expenditure (AIE) in favor of the Executive Governor, He resisted ALL ENTREATIES of the Members to demand for a breakdown of the projects for which such fund was needed to enable oversight on them His promise to return to the House with this request has remained a hoax
“The Federal Government graciously approved and released Bailout Fund* to All States of the Federation including Imo State, Mr Speaker, conspiring with some other Principal Officers of the House, truncated ALL MOTIONS intended to investigate the application of the Fund. This paragraph shall apply in questioning the Second Tranche of the Bailout and also the paris Club Refunds.
“Under his unconscionable Leadership, he emasculated the totality of the powers of oversight of the House to the extent that Capital projects rise every other day in the state without the necessary appropriation by the House and by implication denied the House access to facts to enable oversight. Even in this unfortunate state, the Speaker will ALWAYS resist any attempt to bring a motion on the floor to call the Executives to Order.
“It is shameful that under the leadership of the Speaker Hon. Acho Ihim, the Legislative arm of Imo State Government lost its identity by becoming servitude and completely subdued into being ONLY an appendage of the Executive arm of Imo State Government.
“Mr Speaker led the poorest House, both in intelligence, training and finances. He colluded with powers to circumvent the training of the members of the 8th Assembly which is a complete show of callousness against the parliament and State.
“Mr. Speaker chaperoned the passage of Budgets without the Appropriation Bill laid being opened by any single Member for one day. He passed budgets with the sacred gavel with less than a third of Members of the House present in one of his come plenaries
“He supervised the sabotage of his own Members by colluding with a few Members of the House to concoct Resolutions of the House without the knowledge of the majority,
“He midwifed the destruction of the institutions of the state by promoting the usurpation of the Powers and functions of ALL Ministries. Agencies and Departments and also the Local Governments permitting and acquiescing to the office of the Chief of Staff. ALL Functions and Responsibilities of the MDAs and the Local Governments.
“Mr, Speaker was an expert of divide and Rule. He presided over a
House without knowing a single Rule that guides proceedings of the same House, and when they are brought to his attention, he ignores same with impunity. What a Speaker”
At the end, the letter the members forwarded to the clerk of the House Chris Duru averred that by the Resolution, Ihim has been impeached and removed from office as Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly.
Earlier, Ihim had been suspended and member for Onuimo Offor elected acting Speaker.
Trumpeta was further informed that after several debates on who to step in, the lot fell on Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu of Ihitte/Uboma against other lawmakers from Okigwe zone.
It was gathered that Okorocha also stepped into the matter to ask Ihim to quit to allow the House deliberations end well.
While the woman lawmaker may step in as substantive speaker in place of Offor who had been named before, Nkwerre lawmaker, Chika Madumere steps in to replace Ugonna Ozuruigbo of Nwangele who resigned as Deputy Speaker.

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HRH Eze Peter Opara inaugurates cabinet

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…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

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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

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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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