Imo Governorship Election: Politicians Strike Deal Ahead Polls as Alliances, Alignments and Horse Trading Intensify

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The March 2, 2019 gubernatorial election in Imo state is wrapped in high wire intrigues as secret inter-party alliances and alignments take the centre stage. For example, highly placed sources are linking the candidate of Accord party and former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim to an unwritten commitment to the Peoples Democratic, PDP, candidate and the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha. In the same manner, the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha is also allegedly weighing the option keeping the Ihedioha window…

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Defection: Why Okorocha’s Courage Failed Him; May Face APC’s Hammer

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The Source has learnt that fear of slipping into oblivion politically rather than the desire to stay and ensure president Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Imo state nay the entire South east in the February 16,2018 presidential election played huge part in Governor Rocha’s Okorocha’s decision to stay back in the All Progressives Congress, APC while his preferred successor and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu moved to the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP to actualise his  governorship ambition following APC and INEC’s refusal to recognise him as the party’s governorship candidate…

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Okorocha Pledges Allegiance To APC

By Akinwale Kasali Imo State Governor, Rochas Owelle Okorocha has said that he is still an active member of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and he remains unshakable in his quest to lead the party to victory come 2019. Okorocha made this known at the Government House, Owerri, during a media parley. He also stressed that the candidate of the party in the state for the 2019 gubernatorial poll, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, remained the best candidate for the election in the state. The outspoken governor said that national chairman…

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Okorocha Gives Up on APC; Sets to Announce New Party for Son-In-law

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Having reached a dead end in their chase for the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial ticket ,the stage now appears set for the outgoing  governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and his son -in-law, Uche Nwosu to activate a plan B in their determination to have the latter succeed the former as the next governor of the state. What observers describe as “a final nail” having been driven into Nwosu’s  governorship ambition by an Owerri High court presided over by Justice K.A Ojiako which on Wednesday, November…

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Imo: The Emperor Loses His Empire

By Comfort Obi One of the most celebrated Emperors in Nigeria is fast losing his empire. He is working very hard to cling to it. But the empire is slipping. The once beloved Emperor is on a long lonely road. For him, sunset beckons. And dreams seem to be dying fast. And hard. The Emperor’s admirers are bewildered. They want to be woken up from what they think is a nightmare. But not a few people are laughing at him. And the chorus is: Serves him right. If anybody ever…

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2019: Imo APC, APGA in Trouble as Chieftains Work For Ihedioha

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu A benevolent spirit may have cracked Emeka Ihedioha’s palm kernel for him as far as next year’s Imo state governorship election is concerned. It has emerged that the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the election is the major beneficiary of the rumpus in the All Progressives Congress, APC and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Imo state chapters of both parties are mired in debilitating internal crisis arising from disputed governorship primaries. Credible sources close to…

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It’s Criminal to Allocate Votes – Madumere

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has taken exception to the result of the purported governorship primary election rerun, where the unknown persons parading themselves as committee apportioned votes to him, describing same as monumental fraud. In a statement on his behalf by his Special Assistant, Uche Onwuchekwa, Madumere  described the alleged action of Governor Rochas Okorocha – led election committee as not only mischievous but morally unacceptable. He reminded the purported committee of the resolution of Imo All Progressives Congress Stakeholders (Coalition) not to go into any repeat…

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APC Shocks Okorocha; Gives Imo Guber Ticket to Hope Uzodinma

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Against pundits’ postulations, Senator Hope Uzodinma who only recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives, APC has won the party’s gubernatorial ticket for Imo, effectively scuttling  the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s plan to impose his son -in law, Uche Nwosu as the next governor of the state. In the PDP itself, its 2015 flag bearer and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha picked his party’s ticket. In a keenly contested guber primaries, Uzodinma who represents Imo West senatorial…

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Madumere Defeats Okorocha, As Court Nullifies His Impeachment

By Akinwale Kasali The moment was magical. The wild jubilation that erupted from the premises of the Owerri High Court was unimaginable. Immediately Justice Benjamin Iheaka declared the impeachment of the Eze Madumere as illegal, invalid and of no legal effect, suppoeters of the impeached Deputy Governor, could hold the esctasy and joy that overshadowed the moment. In reading the judgment which lasted for three hours, the justice flayed the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi and the Attorney General of the state, Militus Nlemadim for not adhering to…

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Okorcha Wields The Big Stick, Fires 13 Commissioners, SSAs

By Akinwale Kasali Prior to the forthcoming general polls, Governor of Imo State, Rochas Owelle Okorcha, has fired 13 commissioners and his Seniro Special Advisers, SSAs. The sacking tsunami saw the secretary to the state government, George Eche, his chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, deputy chief of staff, Kingsley Uju, and his principal secretary, Paschal Obi. Others affected by the development are Emma Ojinero, Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Commerce, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, Information commissioner, Ngozi Njoku, Commissioner for Gender and Social Development. Joy Mbawuike, Commissioner for Market Development, Obinna…

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