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Kogi Guber: Aspirants Reject Report On Screening Exercise

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Aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the forthcoming Kogi State governorship primaries have rejected the party’s screening exercise.

The aspirants announced their unanimous rejection of the exercise for the primaries scheduled to hold on Thursday, 12.

In a joint statement, the aspirants also hinted they would be seeking the intervention of the court as the only way to get justice. This comes barely three days to the primary.

A screening committee headed by Senator Hope Uzodinma had in its report cleared incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello, and three others, out of 16 aspirants that filed nomination for the ticket of the party.

But the protesting aspirants alleged that the three cleared are lackeys of Governor Bello, who had no intension to campaign or run for any election.

Advancing reasons why the court action had become inevitable, the aggrieved aspirants said that the purported result of primaries was never communicated to them before it was published and that the spurious claims levels against some them in the report has generated lot of apprehension in the state and may have irreparably damaged their chances before the people of state.

 

Vowing to stop the impunity in court for its manifest falsehood, the aggrieved aspirants said that the party jettisoned processes enshrined in its constitution and has left them no chance than to approach the court.

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The statement read in part:

” The delegates and citizens in Kogi have read, become apprehensive and confused about the candidacy of their preferred aspirants and or, the possibility of the conduct of the primary elections on August 29th as announced.

“Inquiries at the APC National Secretariat convey a continuing insistence that the Party has not received the Report of the Screening Committee or made a decision about the screening exercise.

“Aspirants have now been irreparably damaged, their electoral fortunes and chances pre-empted, and their rights and privileges as citizens and party members completely undermined.

“The entire conduct of the screening exercise, the manner, irregularities and apparent inconsistencies and falsehood associated with the exercise is egregious and to railroad aspirants.

“The purported report that has been published specifically makes allegations against aspirants that are unsubstantiated, misleading and entirely inaccurate.

“The Party has a process for screening, parameters for screening, and appellate process in the Party’s Constitution.

“There is absolutely no evidence that the Party followed any known or acceptable process in the screening or appellate process whether in accordance with the Constitution or Rules, or ethos of the Party or any such association.

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“There are credible allegations that the only cleared aspirants in addition to Governor Yahaya Bello (incumbent) are lackeys/cronies of the governor whose Nominations were purchased by the governor, and and who have no evidence of campaigns or intention to contest the forthcoming elections.

“It is sinister that all these is occurring barely 3 days to the date of the elections.

“Under the circumstances, aspirants who sacrificed and committed significant resources including N22.5 Million in purchasing Nomination Forms, and campaigns across the state are constrained to consider their remedies under any prevailing laws and to the fullest extent of such laws.

“Such remedies include pre-emptive action in the coming hours that could prevent the APC from conducting the primaries slated for August 29th.

“While aspirants recognize the magnitude of, and unintended consequences of outcomes associated with pursuing the enforcement of their rights, the brazenness and impunity characterizing the conduct and handling of the Kogi screening exercise make it inevitable that aspirants proceed in a manner that reserves their rights under law”.

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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Eze Felicitates APC, Uzodinma, as Apex Court Throws Ihedioha, PDP out of Douglass House

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…Commends Buhari over Judicial Independence,

,,,,,Describes Amaechi as a Unifier, Catalyst for National Development

As legal experts, commentators, political watchers, opinion leaders and even laymen continue to make their minds bare on the Supreme Court Judgement of Tuesday, 14 January 2020, which sacked the PDP-led government in Imo State and declared candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Hope Uzodinma, as winner and duly elected governor of the state, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress and former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has felicitated the new state governor, HE., Senator Hope Uzodinma, the APC family and the entire good people of Imo state over the ruling.

Describing the verdict as one of the best things that has happened to the South East States, the party chief said Imo is set to hive a sigh of relief from the highhandedness and maladministration of the sacked government which had for the few days it held sway, kept the state in the dark and deprived the people meaningful and purposeful governance.

In a statement made available to media houses, Chief Eze said Senator Uzodinma is efficiently equipped with the requisite leadership tools to drive genuine development in Imo state and turn her into a beacon of all possibilities and all that is good for all mankind.

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While commending the leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress in Imo state for their peaceful disposition in the face of provocations, especially the illegal overthrow of duly elected local government council chairmen in the state by the ex-PDP government, Chief Eze said God has once again shown that He rules in the affairs of men through the Supreme Court Judgement which added credence and affirmed the claims of  Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress.

Eze tasked the people of the S’East state to give maximum support to Sen. Uzondinma as he assumes office as the executive governor of Imo state, opining that the APC is ready to turn the state into a development haven.

He counselled those misinterpreting the judgement and misinforming and inciting the public to do themselves some good, by reaching out to copies of the verdict and furnish themselves with the necessary information for proper understanding of the courts reasoning for arriving at the decision, averring that such attitude is unwholesome and contrary to every recognised standards of civilised behaviours, international ethics and decorum.

Eze opines that with IMO and Bayelsa States in APC kitty the dream of taking the South South and South East regions back to the centre is becoming very feasible come 2023. I therefore plead with His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma to discard the idea of any form of probe of the past administrations while pursuing his goal and vision of reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery but most importantly unite all the Imolites and carry along all sections of the State. Any form of probe will be a distraction to this government as we have to bring smiles to the faces of Imolites as soon as possible.

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Chief Eze, a media stalwart, commended the Nigerian government under the headship of President Mohammadu Buhari, for giving the judiciary a free hand to operate. He said the judiciary has faired better under the APC government and will only improve in the business of justice delivery for public good.

While hailing the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for making the country proud in his uncommon drive for national development, Eze tasked S’South and S’East leaders to unite and project a common front for national integration. He described Rt. Hon. Amaechi as the pride and light of the Southern region who must be supported to do more for the common good of the two regions. He commended the efforts of the Transportation Minister towards the victory of the APC in Bayelsa and again, in Imo state.

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Imo State Governor, Uzodimma Orders Probe Of Okorocha, Ihedioha, Ohakim

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The newly sworn in governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma has ordered the probe of the tenures of former governors Rochas Okorocha, Emeka Ihedioha, and Ikedi Ohakim.

Governor Uzodimma issued the as order as his first in office on Wednesday, January 15.

The governor, issued the order when he spoke for the first time after his inauguration. He asked the state’s accountant-general to send to him the full financial standing of the state as at May 29, 2010.

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To all the permanent secretaries in the state, Uzodimma issued a four-day order for them to present the status of contracts that had been awarded within the same period and further instructed that all payments to contractors should be stopped. While promising to make the state work again, he said his government is anchored on three ideas – rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery.

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Praising the Nigerian judiciary, he thanked God and said he had forgiven all those who played roles in stealing the mandate he suffered to get.

 

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