Imo Guber 2019: Izombe youths endorse Madumere

 Izombe youths led by the GLO of the ward, Deacon Don Igbo and the Youth President of Izombe Central, Ichie Chukwuemeka Nwaopara and Ven. Dr. Sunday Iherue, the chaplain of Chapel Praise paid Prince Eze Madumere a visit at his country home, Lake Malinda, Achi, Ezi-Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State shortly after church service. It was a great encouragement having them around.

 

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PRINCE EZE MADUMERE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ALEX EKWUEME

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I STAND HERE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT LEADER WHO LED A SELFLESS LIFE WORTHY OF EMULATION, LATE DR. ALEX EKWUEME, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA.

HE WAS FIRST A NIGERIAN AS HE CONSIDERED NIGERIA FIRST IN ALL HIS CELEBRATED DECISIONS, ACTIONS AND INACTIONS. HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ALEX EKWUEME, EVEN IN DEATH, REPRESENTS THE TRUE CHARACTER OF A PATRIOT, A PROGRESSIVE AND A MAN WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH AND GAINED SO LITTLE FOR THE UNITY OF NIGERIA.

IN OUR DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE, HE MAINTAINED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF DECORUM EVEN IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE AND BETRAYAL. HE STOMACHED ALL THESE THAT NIGERIA MAY WORK AND DISCOVER ITS GREATNESS.

IN THE EYES OF THE SUPERFICIAL LESS DEEP THINKERS, EKWUEME APPEARED WEAK BUT IN THE EYES OF TRUE PATRIOTS AND MEN WITH BEAUTIFUL MINDS, EKWUEME DID NOT JUST WIN, HE CONQUERED IN ALL LIFE ENDEAVOURS THAT NIGERIA MAY BE UNITED IN BROTHERHOOD NOT AS MERE GEOGRAPHICAL EXPRESSION BUT AS A NATION RESPECTABLE IN THE COMITY OF NATIONS.

OUR GREAT LEADER, YOU MAY HAVE TRANSITED BUT YOUR MEMORY SHALL BE ENGRAVED IN THE SANDS OF TIME AND SHALL REMAIN GREEN IN THE HEART OF OUR NATION.

FARE THEE WELL A GREAT MAN OF VALOUR WHO CAME, SAW, CONQUERED AND EXITED IN GLORY.

 

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ISAMATA endorses P.E.M for 2019 GUBER

Members of Imo State Amalgamated Markets and Traders Association (ISAMATA) led by their State President, Chief Joe Odikanwa paid me a solidarity visit to the Deputy Governor at his country home Lake Malinda Achi-Mbieri Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State. It was a warmth having them the newly elected Executive members and sharing a thought with them. They gave him words of encouragement especially with the effort of Rescue Mission administration in transforming our dear State, Imo.

Their message has remained the same. “Prince Eze Madumere Please be our next governor!”

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MADUMERE FECILITATES WITH KINGSLEY DURU OVER LOSS OF HIS MOTHER

On a sad note, one of my aides, my Director of Protocol, Kingsley Duru lost his lovely mother recently. Unfortunately and due to unforeseen circumstances, I could not attend her funeral. On return I rode straight to Uwuowa, their country home to share in the pain with them. Join me in prayers that God grants them fortitude to bear the loss.

What is death by the way? Are you afraid of it? I believe that death as a leveler should as a matter of fact remind us that everything in this world is vanity. It should serve as a reminder that whatever we are is only by His grace and that we shall someday answer the same call, leaving everything we may have boasted of and return to our Creator. Our legacies and impacts would be the only thing left in our memories. What would you be remembered for? Is it for oppressing, causing and inflicting pains on your fellow humans because of the opportunity you have. I believe nothing is permanent. Look at those who have gone the way of all mortals, some of them are cursed even in death. They are remembered for all the wrong reasons. How would you want to be remembered after you are gone? It is up to us especially those of us who claim to be leaders? What is valid is that it shall surely come when it shall come. May God guide us to do His will in Jesus name I pray… Amen!

 

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EVEN WHEN MEN BETRAY YOU, GOD IS THERE TO SAVE YOU -MADUMERE

It is another beautiful morning, which is another priceless gift from God Almighty. You may ask why and my answer is simple, “you have no control over your life however wealthy and health conscious you may be”.

This morning, I wish to leave with you a charge. In the spirit of Lent season, our Chaplain, Ven. Sunday Iherue took us on a theme: TAKE YOUR DESTINY IN YOUR HANDS. As fate would have it, I read the second lesson from the book of Matthew, chapter 26 verses 31 to the end. It was account of the agony of our Lord Jesus Christ leading to his crucifixion. You all remember how His disciples failed him in prayers and three times he came to wake them up to pray that they may not fall into temptation. We also remembered how our Lord Jesus Christ foretold that Peter was going to deny him three times before the cock crows after Peter had promised never to leave Jesus Christ even if all men should foresake Him and how the ultimate betrayal also came from Judas. In all these trials, Jesus Christ realising the weakness and inconsistencies of man took His destiny into His own hands that He may save us from eternal condemnation. Remember the four Ps of Joseph… The pit Portiphah’s House, Prisons before the vision was realised.

Today, you may have faced these trials and betrayals in critical moments to the extent that you even wish to take your life. I say hell no! Yours truly has gone through all these. Despite my humility and gift of perseverance, I have seen agony, betrayals and man’s wickedness. I have been insulted to an unimaginable height, molested and worse still by those I called my friends and those I nurtured. Guess what, if our Lord Jesus Christ could go through all that He went through, how much more me, a mere mortal. I even learnt that voodoo priests are on the prowl. Umunne m, I say the gate of hell shall not prevail to them that believe.

I have taken my Destiny into my own hands and I shall walk in power with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Together we shall get there. I don’t know your challenges, just work hard, seek God’s wisdom and take your Destiny in your own hands for no one and no one is destined a failure. Weeping may endure for a night but behold joy cometh in the morning.

Your Destiny is in your hands!

 

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*SHOULD OKOROCHA HAVE A RETHINK?*

Nze Duru Kizito wrote: 

There is no better interpretation to what transpired, two days ago, at Nworubi in Mbaitoli than outright rejection of Uche Nwosu by Prince Eze Madumere. The fight that ensued between supporters of Uche Nwosu and Prince Eze Madumere, who are the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State and the deputy Governor of the State respectively is a patent pointer that all is not well with the Rescue Mission family in the State.

The rejection of Uche Nwosu by the LGA of the Deputy Governor is a huge blow to the gubernatorial aspiration of the former commissioner for Lands. Madumere and indeed the people of Mbaitoli feel that they have been short changed by the governor. As one of LGAs from Owerri Zone, Mbaitoli people see it as a slap on their sensibilities for the governor to anoint and endorse any person from Orlu Zone, not to mention his Son in-law. The people of Mbaitoli may have hoped that owing to the wonderful and envious working relationship their son Prince Eze Madumere enjoys with Rochas Okorocha, the governor wouldn’t have thought twice before endorsing his deputy and long term friend, for 2019 guber election.

Mbaitoli is one of the largest LGAs in the country and the largest in the state, with over 200 polling booths. No sane and smart politician toils with an LGA with such massive numerical strength. No doubt, Madumere played a huge role in making sure that the APC in the state got as much as 21,504 votes from the LGA, which was only bettered by the results APC got in Orlu and Ideato South LGAs. Yet the governor still thinks that the humble and gentle Madumere doesn’t have any political political value. It is yet to be seen the next action the governor will take after the ugly event at Mbaitoli. But whatever happens, Okorocha should bear in mind that a house that is divided against itself cannot stand.

Interesting times lie ahead.

*IMO 2019 PROVOCATION: NO DOUBT EZE MADUMERE HAS ENDURED*

By Esogibe Ikenna

In the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, “We’ve found through our experience that timid supplications for justice will not solve the problem,”

After series of his impeachment rumours in November last year and the latest one this year, the Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has maintained a cool-head, he has always endured after his juniors in Government House had boasted openly that the number two office in Imo State has become empty having taking over all that should have been allocated to the office to themselves, perhaps, due to their affinity with the number one citizen of the state. Indeed, this is an illustration of how tense the situation remains in Imo State where episodes of violence can erupt at any time if endurance and perseverance are not applied.

In order to comprehend why and how such episodes of violence are brewing now that the 2019 election is at the corner, we need to better understand the dynamics underlying conflict in the state where special interest has dorminated popular interest. Unfortunately, Imo remains an under-researched state. Even though there has been a succession of political conflict in the past years, little has been done to understand the causes and dynamics of this violence.

Furthermore, previous attempts to maintain peace in the state have failed because those involved did not handle it well, but Eze Madumere has left various provocative utterances against him in the hands of God if not, the state would have been thrown into an abyss of violence, where opposition will laugh and smile at the rescue mission. One of the reasons why peacebuilding strategies have failed in the past is the lack of understanding of the conflict. Prince Madumere understands his predicament.

It is quite surprising and rare to see a Deputy Governor in Nigeria remaining very calm when his supporsed juniors in the office are trampling upon him and his master keeps mute, even when after serving the Boss for over twenty years. This is because the person understands the dynamics of peace keeping. Eze Madumere has witnessed various insults coming from individuals who should respect, recognize his position in the society and acknowledge him, yet he has allowed a sleeping dog to lie, maybe, he doesn’t want the state to become hot for his boss to manage.

Let it be known that on many occasions, Governor Okorocha had used uncomplimentary words on Madumere, example is his recent newpaper report wherein the Governor said that “My Deputy lacks political value” yet he has always endured, but all these would have amounted to serious political rangling between the Governor and his Deputy if the later does not understand the former.

Yes, even though the master can say anything against his servant and endurance is maintained, it is an act of insubordination, defiance, contemptuous and contumacious for anyone to boast of taking over every constitutionally recognized duties of Deputy Governor to himself while riding on the euphoria of afirnity with the Governor, because one day, monkey will go market but it will not return.

Very annoying that Eze Madumere’s humility, peacekeeping and endurance over provocating issues has  been shabbily taken as weakness, slow and ineffective, I am not surprise that most times, the only language individuals understand and respect is violence, but in this case, who taught Madumere how to be violence to confront and wrestle all the challenges bedevilling him? His rise to top was not man-made, and the same God who lifted him higher will never let him down, instead, He will cause people to die for his sake.

To sum up, it will be proper to assert that Eze Madumere has proven himself worthy of handling serious administrative cases, and as such can be seen by the way he handles provocative issues which ordinarily, would have generated big problem if understanding and endurance were not applied. This is the best quality of a good leader.
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*Esogibe Ikenna is an Opinion Moulder and a Social Crusader*

2019: Why Uche Nwosu Not Fit For Imo Guber – Uba

By Austin Echefu

A popular On-Air Personality in Owerri, Imo State and award winning broadcaster, Mr. Theodore Chinonso Uba, on Saturday in Owerri said that Governor Okorocha’s son-in-law and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Uche Nwosu, is not fit to be the Governor of Imo State in 2019, notwithstanding that he is been annointed by his father-in-law to succeed him, stressing that marrying Okorocha’s first daughter was what opened the door to affluence to him and not by dint of hard work.

It could be recalled that one FCC Jones Onwuasoanya had said that Chief Nwosu applied for the 10,000 graduate jobs of former Governor Ikedi Ohakim and did not pass the interview. He had also questioned Uche Nwosu’s source of wealth, saying that since 2011 when Okorocha became Governor and Nwosu married his first daughter, he has since been swimming in wealth, to the extent of running for governorship.

 

But in a statement obtained by 247ureports, the On-Air Personality said that he is “neither a fan of the Deputy Governor Prince Eze MMadumere nor The Chief of Staff Uche Nwosu. I am a journalist of Imo state extraction and a political analyst, a social crusader, and by His Grace an Award winning Radio Presenter East of the Niger!

“Therefore opinion expressed herein are totally mine!”

He said that “The seeming intrigues surrounding who succeeds the incumbent governor within the Imo APC family is becoming glaringly obvious and the way and manner those involved are going about it (has) left much to be desired”.

Mr. Uba noted that “Uche Nwosu no doubt has every right to contest for the position of the No 1 citizen of Imo state just like any other Imo son or daughter.

“Uche Nwosu rose to prominence after marrying the first daughter of the state governor which many saw as his open door to political and economic power. Before now, he [had] no place in the history of Imo state.

“He started off as a Commissioner for Lands and (he) brought about changes and revolution that is unprecedented in the history of the state where most lands were acquired and converted for purposes yet unknown…(talk for another day)

“As a young man who by stroke of luck got where he is today, no doubt its a great source of hope and inspiration to Imo Youths.In as much as Youths are been encouraged to actively participate in politics decorum shall not be thrown off the fence for ambitious ventures”.

He also noted that the ambition of Chief Nwosu to become Governor in 2019 had created division in the APC, stressing that he enjoys low support among the members of the APC in Imo.

“The chief of Staff whose ambition to be governor has only been accepted by a section of APC family not all. As a grounded Imo based journalist whose penchant for true reportage, I have interviewed virtually all known and unknown members of Imo APC and the result is abysmally low for the support Uche Nwosu is likely to garner in APC primaries.

“Reasons being that the Nkwerre born politician is not at home with most power brokers in APC who saw his ambition as a 3rd Term Agenda of his father-in-law, the governor of Imo state”,he said.

He also said that the Okorocha’s son-inlaw has been arrogant and flaunts his position as the son-in-law to the governor to the chagrin of the members of the party and Imo people.

“Again his pompous nature and the manner with which he flaunts his position as the governors son-in-law does not encourage any followership.

“Futhermore, the way he treats the Deputy Governor is another axe that will break his ambition of becoming governor. Sources close to both men say its actually the chief of Staff that is the Deputy Governor because most important decisions rest on his table.

“The Deputy Governor himself has known Rochas Okorocha almost all his life before Uche Nwosu came. Nevertheless, that won’t be the criteria to choose our Governor come 2019.

“One who aspires to lead must be led. A successful leader must be a good follower.

“Is the chief of Staff a good follower?”, he added.

 

 

Okorocha’s son-in-law, deputy gov’s supporters clash in Imo

Chidiebube Okeoma and Clement Nnachi

Many people were injured on Monday when the supporters of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, and that of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, clashed during a political meeting.

The clash happened at the council hall of the Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Nworubi, where the supporters of Okorocha’s son-in-law had gone to endorse him for the 2019 governorship election.

The deputy governor hails from the local government.

Both Madumere and Nwosu are jostling to succeed Okorocha.

However, Okorocha had last week publicly announced that he would support his son-in-law who is currently his chief of staff should he declare interest in the governorship seat.

Sources at the meeting told one of our correspondents that a political group, known as “I Believe Movement,” which is pro-Nwosu and the supporters of the deputy governor attacked each one with dangerous weapons immediately the mission of the visitors was announced.

According to an indigene of the LGA who was at the meeting, the pro-Nwosu supporters had sent them a short message service inviting the members of the community to the meeting without stating its agenda.

The indigenes, according to the source, became enraged when the visitors announced that the essence of the political gathering was to endorse Okorocha’s son-in-law for governor.

“The members of I Believe Movement took us for granted. They came to our Local Government Area to endorse the governor’s son-in-law against our son, Madumere who is the deputy governor of the state.

“They want to use us to score a cheap political point against the deputy governor who is our son. The annoying aspect is that they didn’t inform us why they invited us.

“Immediately we realised what their plan was, we told them categorically that we are supporting our son,who is the incumbent deputy governor for the governorship election.

“They started shouting ‘I Believe Movement in support of Uche Nwosu’ and we started shouting Madumere. They picked offence and started fighting us,” the source explained.

According to the source, the indigenes had to call for reinforcement which led to a bloody clash.

“Our people regrouped and came to the hall to save us .they started using stones, bottles and other weapons on us.”

One of our correspondents learnt that many people sustained varying degrees of injury during the free-for-all.

Some members of the I Believe Movement, our correspondent gathered, ran home half naked when the indigenes overpowered them.

Many lives would have been lost but for the prompt intervention of security men who were hurriedly drafted to the area by the police.

But when contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said he had yet to be briefed.

The Public Relations Officer to Nwosu, Vivian Onwuka, when contacted referred one of our correspondents to the coordinator of the I Believe Movement.

When contacted, the Coordinator of I Believe Movement, Lawrence Achinihu, confirmed the clash, saying it happened when some indigenes of the town tried to disrupt the political gathering.

He said, “They came to disrupt the meeting by shouting ‘Madumere, Madumere’ as they knew that we were in the area to seek support for Nwosu. And this led to a disagreement and hot argument.”

But the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Uche Onwuchekwa, could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report .

Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a 38-year-old Elias Nwankwegu on Saturday during a ward meeting organised by the Peoples Democratic Party at the Nwofe Primary School, Agbaja in Izzi Local Government Area of the state.

The Command Public Relations Officer, Lovet Odah, made the confirmation at the command Headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Monday while briefing newsmen.

The PPRO said that investigations into the killing had commenced, disclosing that one suspect, Emmanuel Nwofe, had been arrested in connection with the incident.

It was gathered that Nwankwegu popularly known as “Okarika” was shot dead by suspected thugs during the political gathering.

Investigations revealed that the deceased was an uncle to the immediate Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr. Augustine Nwankwuegu, who also served as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

IMO 2019: WHO WAS UCHE NWOSU?

By -Greg Nwadike

“I hadn’t been born when the notorious criminal, Aninih, operated. But spending a part of my life in Benin I know every bit of his story. A robber like no other, Aninih also was philanthropic. After every successful robbery, he would proceed to the nearest market and start showering a part of the money on people. And remember people praised him and hailed his exploits, and his near invincibility was discussed with legendary awe until he met the fate meant for every outlaw.

“Derico Nwamama of Onitsha also shared similar characteristics. He, they also said, was a giver to the poor.

“In my state, Imo, we see government appointees, whose salaries are not higher than those of university teachers spending nearly five hundred million naira every month, and we praise them. We see a jobless guy who never tried his hands in anything, never created any value, never proved competent in anything beyond being an in-law to the governor, openly squandering common wealth in an ill-informed, fruitless and squarely impossible governorship ambition, yet we keep quiet.

“The latest now is the launch (or launching as they now call it) of one criminal empire known as Elfreeda Foundation. Let it be known on this day that those celebrating the launch of that Foundation could have also celebrated Aninih and Derico.

“In saner climes, accomplished entrepreneurs float charity organisations to help the poor. But here, officials of government impoverish the masses through looting and finally spend a fraction of it to beguile the people, the unthinking plebeians, with Satanic charity outfits. But darkness can only endure for a while…the dawn is already nearby”, Collins Opurozor wrote recently.

It is a shame that Ndimo are recently making Uche Nwosu’s to – run or not-to-run governorship ambition an issue of relevance in Imo state. Who was he before he married Okorocha’s daughter and had access to our collective wealth? If Nwosu who applied for Gov Ikedi Ohakim’s 10,000 job had started that work would he have saved enough today to run for Governor let alone launching a business expire which wastes our resources running adverts on CNN?

Up Nwosu as a know today is the defacto governor of Imo State. His father in-law has practically handed over the Government to him sidelining his sidon-de-look Deputy Governor, CHIEF Eze Mmadumere. The Government under him has destroyed our yesterday, cut off our today and is plotting to finally nail our tomorrow and those we call our leaders are clapping like morons and idiots.

It is even a huge shame that those who will start throwing tantrums on this post are going to be my fellow youths; those whose future has been bought over with stipends less than N50,000 a month. Those who have no hope of saving a dime monthly from these crumbs. They are the ones that are currently being groomed as thugs and cultists. They are the ones that would soon be sending me as usual threat messages.

A slave who does not know that he is a slave will not only die a slave but will also die in chains. Just before they promise you heaven on earth so that you can attack me, please first ask yourself where is HENRY CHIBUEZE the one we called Vampire? Remember he was equally used and destroyed.

The era of questions asking is here. He that must be Imo governor in 2019 must be he with unquestionable background. We must know his past businesses and how he made his wealth. We cannot make further mistakes in Imo again in the name of Chukwu Abiama we declared.

-Greg Nwadike-

Okorocha’s deputy, Madumere breaks silence on plot to impeach him

by Wale Odunsi

The Imo state Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere ,has spoken on the alleged discreet plan to remove him from office through impeachment.

Madumere, in a chat with journalists yesterday at the VIP Lounge of Port Harcourt International Airport, described the move as a mere fallacy.

 

“My brothers, I was not in the state when the said impeachment plot was raised. I described such as mere rumour if not fallacious”, he said.

“Many of you may not know may position in this government. I am an integral part of rescue mission government.

“I have paid my dues and have kept faith with the policies of the government I am part of. I do not believe it.

“I have not been served. However, when I get to the state, I should be able to know the real state of things but there is no cause for alarm.”

Meanwhile, the Imo Equity has insisted that Nneoma Nkechi, wife of Governor Rochas Okorocha, is colluding with her husband’s Chief of Staff, Hon. Uche Nwosu and others against Madumere.

The group in a statement on Sunday by its coordinator, Paschal Udochi, noted that recent developments have vindicated them.

They said the recent pairing of the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, with Nwosu (Okorocha’s son-in-law) had confirmed their claim.

“We are aware of the pairing of Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim of Imo State House of Assembly with Governor Okorocha’s son-in-law, Hon. Uche Nwosu”, the statement read in part.

“This development has in no little way validated our revelation of Governor Okorocha’s wife, son-in-law, a dethroned majority leader of the state legislature, among others’ grand plot to oust Imo Deputy Governor.”

Last week, many persons were injured when the supporters of Madumere and Nwosu fought at a political meeting.

The incident occurred at the council hall of the Mbaitoli Local Government Area, at Nworubi, Madumere’s hometown.

 

Imo 2019: Eze Madumere or Uche Nwosu?

19th February 2018

By Ebere Wabara

 
AT the twilight of his disastrous tenure in Abia State as governor, Theodore Ahamefule Orji unsurprisingly tried to domesticate governance by nursing a senatorial ambition, arranging for his wife to become a member of the House of Representatives and his son, Chinedu, the alternate governor, to emerge the speaker of the House of Assembly—at that point there was no question of his anticipatory membership because it was guaranteed.

I had thought that such a tragic thought would never recur in any part of this country. It never occurred to me that there was going to be a more tragic development in the same axis. There is this inexplicable feeling I have that these two sister-states (Imo and Abia) are the most cursed in Nigeria.

Since the glorious exit of De Sam Onunaka Mbakwe, Imo State has never had any leader of comparable status. Instead, what we have had in the state have been declining leadership and worsening governance, aggravated by Imolites’ benumbing indifference. I wonder if De Sam would have ever contemplated some of the shenanigans being enthroned in the state by the current governor Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Rochas moves from one comical act to another. He creates all manner of ministries and gets his wife and other members of the immediate and extended families to supervise or run some of those ludicrous establishments.

Even before the dust kicked up settles down, he comes up with the megalomaniac initiative of erecting statues of foreigners—some questionable characters—in Owerri! While all these deviances are going on, the despondency and docility that have engulfed the state had long gripped the House of Assembly and pummeled it to a rubber-stamp legislature, just, of course, as you have in other states.

Now, what of the vocal public: Labour, rights activists and organizations, market unions, religious bodies, traditional rulers, professionals from the state, and, most importantly, the APC? Can’t the APC call one of its own to order? Could it be that an individual is stronger than the party? Everyone either seems to have been compromised or is afraid of the murderous nature of Nigerian politics! There is so much timidity! If the late Nelson Mandela remained in his comfort zone, the history of South Africa would probably never have been rewritten.

When it all began, I thought that it was a hoax or a fluky stuff to test public opinion. It has gone beyond conjectural asininities. Last week, Rochas endorsed his “diligent and humble” son-in-law and current Chief of Staff to the Government House, Chief Uche Nwosu, as his successor. It is confirmatory of the fact that we have lost our moral compass. The political complexion that pervades our society today is such that a public office holder can scandalously foist one of his mistresses on the electorate as his successor.

Is there no morality in politics? What is the propriety of a man contemplating his son-in-law to succeed him as governor when there are millions of equally qualified and more qualified Imolites to occupy that office? If, God forbid, Nwosu succeeds, it means the Okorocha and Nwosu families would have ruled the state for 16 years! This is despite the irrefutable fact that Okorocha’s nightmarish years in the Government House is still a subject of neurological enquiry!

If Nwosu emerges governor under any disguise, it simply means a perpetuation of the same nuclear dynasty more or less because spousal and marital/family relationships in this matter transcend mere betrothal affinities. The whole issue becomes a sour grape when it is realized that Okorochas’ governance of Imo State keeps raising dust everyday and leaves more questions unanswered.

Nothing is happening in Imo State except all sorts of trivia that do not address the acute infrastructural challenge, youth unemployment, growing insecurity, Okorochas’ needless altercations with neighbouring governors over mundane matters. Why would Rochas ever think of endorsing his son-in-law to succeed him? When did the governance of Imo State become a family enterprise or aristocracy that passes from one generation to another? Even if Nwosu was the most qualified, is there no ethical compunction towards dissuasion?

Anytime I hear or read about the inanities going on in Imo State, I wonder what the elite are doing either to halt the degeneracy or forestall this kind of son-in-law business. What are Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and other present and past federal lawmakers doing to checkmate Rochas? Where are Imo top professionals that I know like Emeka Oparah, Martins Uba-Nwamadi, Dr. James Okoroma and Louis Okoroma, among copious others? What are they doing? They should not fold their hands and wait for divine intervention. Is there no way they could collaborate and comprehensively sensitize other Imolites to the currency of tragedies and the looming replication through the instrumentality of this son-in-law misadventure?
Well-meaning Imolites and other concerned Nigerians must resolve and abort this latest fad of Rochas. And the best way to do it is to ensure during polling that the Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere, an incorruptible man with superlative integrity, transnational competency, global exposure, robust antecedents, profuse administrative-cum-managerial pedigree and obviously the most qualified of all those in the governorship narrative, or any other credible candidate gets elected—certainly not a surrogate or lackey of any shade. If Rochas is not performing to expectation, it follows that his godson will be worse than him. Nepotism is anachronistic to best practices and good governance.

Recently, I was scandalized when a top Imo citizen—an industrialist of repute—declared in a full-page solidarity advertorial that Rochas was doing very well and that his critics were nonentities who did not understand the governor’s peculiar style. I said to myself that the problem of this country is caused principally by the elite and marginally by the downtrodden that are easily swayed with N500-sandwiched bromated bread during voting! Overall, abject poverty is antithetical to our electoral profile. Unfortunately, our politicians understand this and capitalize on it to commit electoral fraud, where bovine brazenness fails!
Who will redeem Imo State and save it from the asphyxiating clutches of Rochas? This is the time to come in before it becomes irredeemably late. No other person will do it except Imolites and possibly supported by non-native like-minds. Rochas has had enough. Next year should be payback time. Nobody should allow it to slip away at all costs. The serial circus show in Owerri should have been completed with the endorsement of Mrs. Okorocha as her husband’s successor and Nwosu the deputy governor with Mrs. Nwosu as the Chief of Staff!

It must be underscored that the question is not whether Nwosu is eminently qualified or not, but the etiquette of it all. By the principles of our democratic practice of zoning and natural justice, I strongly believe—irrespective of whatever countervailing rationalization—that it is improper for Nwosu to take over from Rochas. He could come up in 2027 or thereabouts after Prince Madumere would have inevitably completed his second term.

Rochas says he does not believe in zoning of governorship, but subscribes to a governor who will deliver results, his constituency notwithstanding. This dismissive stance cannot change the reality of zoning and its variations in our political life navigated by expediency and other necessities of our peculiar existential humanism.

LISTEN! Prince Eze Madumere Has Something To Tell You Today.

1.  Be silent In the heat of
anger – (Prov 14:17)

2.  Be silent When you don’t
have all the facts – (Prov
18:13)

3.  Be silent When you
haven’t verified the story –
(Deut 17:6)

4.  Be silent If your words
will offend a weaker
person – (1 Cor 8:11)

5.  Be silent When it is time
to listen – (Prov 13:1)

6.  Be silent When you are
tempted to make light of
holy things – (Eccl 5:2)

7.  Be silent When you are
tempted to joke about
sin – (Prov 14:9)

8.  Be silent If you would be
ashamed of your words
later – (Prov 8:8)

9.  Be silent If your words
would convey the wrong
impression – (Prov 17:27)

10. Be silent If the issue is
none of your business –
(Prov 14:10)

11. Be silent When you are
tempted to tell an
outright lie – (Prov 4:24)

12. Be silent If your words
will damage someone
else’s reputation – (Pro
16:27)

13. Be silent If your words
will damage a friendship
– (Prov 16:28)

14. Be silent When you are
feeling critical – (James
3:9)

15. Be silent If you can’t say
it without screaming it –
(Prov 25:28)

16. Be silent If your words
will be a poor reflection
of the Lord or your
friends and family – (1 Pt
2:21-23)

17. Be silent If you may
have to eat your words
later – (Prov 18:21)

18. Be silent If you have
already said it more
than one time  – (Prov
19:13)

19. Be silent When you are
tempted to flatter a
wicked person – (Prov
24:24)

20. Be silent When you are
supposed to be working
instead  – (Prov 14:23)

“WHOEVER GUARDS HIS MOUTH AND TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL FROM TROUBLES” – (Prov 21:23).

Have a blessed day

Confusion hits Okorocha’s political family over choice of successor

 

Desmond Ugwumba 


Perplexed confusion is bleeding in Governor Rochas Okorocha’s latest political family known as “Agburu anyi” political group over the selection of who succeeds the flamboyant politician in 2019.

This is even as the governor tacitly endorsed penultimate day, his Chief of Staff and son in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu as possible replacement to him in 2019.

A close source revealed that the governor is under intense pressure by family members on his insistence to pick Uche Nwosu to succeed him. The confusion according to the source, became problematic when feedbacks that filled the information chain of Agburu anyi political group indicated that the choice of Uche Nwosu to run for governor is dead on arrival.

It was revealed that Okorocha could not hide his ill feelings when he received unadulterated information from his trusted kitchen cabinet members on the fact that Uche Nwosu could not fly the flag as many people, including members of his political family are likely to sabotage him if he goes ahead to hand Uche Nwosu the APC’s governorship ticket.

The source said family members are sharply divided on the issue as Mrs. Ogechi Ololo, the younger sister to Governor Rochas Okorocha is equally rooting for her husband, Engr Ololo citing the claims of Owerri zone to producing the next governor for equity and fairness.

Similarly, our source informs that Mrs. Geraldine who is an elder sister to the governor is alleged to have pitched tent with the secretary to the state government, Mr. Eche, saying that the retired civil servant is trusted and would continue with the policies of her younger brother.

According to the source, the wife of the governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha and her brother in-law, Jude Okorocha are not in conformity with the choice of Uche Nwosu who they fear would jeopardize chances of the family producing the next governor.

It was gathered that both fear that the young Uche Nwosu who took advantage of their daughter to creeping into the Okorocha’s family is an opportunist who could turn to political tiger in the future if entrusted with power. This is even as they believe that all sampled opinions around them did not favour his emergence.

While Rochas is disposed to the choice of Uche Nwosu and Chike Okafor as possible partners, other members of his family have become tower of Babel over who succeeds their brother.

On that note, it was said that the governor who became confused on the negative information over the choice of Uche Nwosu has allegedly hinted to dropping the idea even as he regrettably informed the public few days back that Uche Nwosu had all it takes to succeed him.

Okorocha had spoken on Monday when some party chieftains paid him visit, informing that Uche Nwosu is hardworking, and never gets tired.

“He is a very humble young man. Not proud. Not arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. In spite of the position he occupies you can’t see him quarrelling with anybody or maltreating anybody. He does not segregate against anybody whether from Orlu or from Owerri or Okigwe zone. He relates with people enviously. I have checked him in and out, I have not found him wanting…He has the qualities of a good leader. If he says he will run for governor, I will support him”

Earlier last week, supporters of the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere staged a peaceful walk in Owerri galvanizing supports for the loyal Deputy who they considered a better replacement for Okorocha. However, our source maintains that the Deputy Governor had no support from any of Okorocha’s family except one or two persons who mentioned his name and that of Jude Ejiogu “out of pity” as possible good materials if given opportunities.

Observers fear that confusions in the Okorocha’s camp is replica of such witnessed in Imo state in 2007 when the then governor Achike Udenwa could not settle for a replacement which paved way for the emergence of Ikedi Ohakim as Imo Governor. They say signs are growing that Okorocha may not be able to produce replacement.

“The governor himself is even more confused than everybody as the divisions in his house grows daily. He loves his wife and children and does not want domestic scandals around his immediate home known to the public. You must have heard him asking the other day at the Government House Chapel why Imolites have surprisingly hated him.

“The governor is embittered. He is worried that the state is gradually slipping out of his grips. He fears the consequences of not being able to put a replacement and the possibility of likes of Dr. Ikedi Ohakim or Senator Ifeanyi Ararume succeed him. He does not sleep at all”, says our source who spoke on anonymity.

IMO IS AN EMERGING HOME OF TOURISM

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Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has described Imo State as the emerging home of tourism in Nigeria.”

Prince Madumere made this revelation yesterday while speaking to newsmen in Calabar during 2016 “#MyCalabar Carnival.

Prince Madumere who hailed Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State for hosting the world in a well packaged carnival that is of international standard said he was in Calabar on behalf of Governor Okorocha in solidarity to the Government and people of Cross River as they celebrate their cultural festivities and carnival.

He also said that he was in Calabar with some of the government functionaries of Imo State to learn from the State the secret of their success story.

His words in parts; ” I am in Calabar to represent my leader, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in solidarity to the Government and good people of Cross River State. Cross River is our sister State. We have always maintained friendly relationship and have also cooperated both socially and economically.  We have consistently hosted three editions of Imo Carnival, which is growing rapidly. The last edition was competitive and exciting to our people and the visitors of the State. My Governor has shown the will to develop an integrated tourism package for Imo State that will not only engender development but will create a sought-after destination for tourists. It is on this background that we have come to learn because Imo State is ripe for a bumper harvest in the area of tourism. We have great potentials with our positive culture, great entertainment industry, unique cuisine people seek to taste and great hospitality outfits mostly owned by private investors.”

Speaking further, he commended the the intellectual input in Calabar Carnival and stated that Imo State will be a huge success with her flourishing educational system especially the researchers in the institutions of higher learning.

He therefore Commended Governor Okorocha for his vision and effort in infrastructural development, security of life and property, evolving a new capital city through “urban renewal” project with other consistent strategies for economic development while calling for the support of the good people of Imo State.

Uche Onwuchekwa 
Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media.

Madumere: The well-being of Imolites is my priority!

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Madumere…soon, our efforts will start manifesting

In an interview with Amby Uneze, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Eze Madumere dismissed nursing any ambition in 2019. On the contrary, he said his major interest was to assist his boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha to deliver on his promises.

Excerpts:

How do you see the victory of your party in the recent rerun in the state, which gave rise to a senator from South-east?

It is refreshing news having an All Progressives Congress Senator, who will not only represent the Imo State but the entire Eastern Region. I believe he would do well given his legislative background as the immediate past Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly. I wish Senator-elect Benjamin Uwajumogu all the best as we are hopeful he would deliver the goods when he gets into the mainstream national politics.

You’ve been in charge of the affairs of the state for the past one month that your boss has been away, do you think his absence was felt by Imo people?

My leader and boss, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, for the record was not away for one month but for only three weeks. Of course there are things my Governor does that the good people of Imo State will always feel his absence whenever he was not around. Again, he has groomed personnel, who are capable of standing up to any challenges whenever duties call.

Let me clarify that it is never an aberration for any leader to take a break to focus on other areas that will add value to the state. These include summits, roundtable discussions or even conventions and high powered investment tours, which could be investment or peace initiative. Again, he is also entitled to go on vacation just like every other worker is entitled to periodic leave, either for check-ups or some rest from work.

It is generally believed that your experience so far in government has put you in good stead to steer the ship of the state from 2019, when Owerri zone would be presenting its first eleven for the governorship. How prepared are you?

You know we are just about one year and three months in office in this dispensation. I have heard people talk about 2019 on the pages of newspaper. For me, I am more interested in joining hands with my leader, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in his effort to reposition Imo State for the future. The truth is that I am part of the government in power. The good people of Imo State have given us the opportunity to serve them. You also know that I am on the same ticket with our governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

Rising from this premise, we are more interested in repositioning Imo State as non-oil producing State. From the prevailing realities, the problem of monoculture has eaten deep into the economic fabric of our States and the nation at large. By the special grace of God, we have attracted a company that would soon begin to produce electric meters and other electrical and electronics in the state. In the next few months, Mbaise will become a destination for those who deal on electrical and electronics. Of course, many others are coming.

It may also interest you to know that we are very much focused on renewing the Owerri Urban to meet up with the modern cities of the world and to prepare it to be most conducive for investment and businesses to thrive. We cannot continue to procrastinate. Remember, this is not the first time such had been tried but just because those who championed this all-important project lacked political will to carry it to safe delivery. We are aware of the effort at dualising some major roads but ended up not achieving that.

We strongly believe that the end will justify the means. There is need to plough into the status of the state as a tourist destination owing to the large private sector-driven investments in the hospitality sector. There is need to add value to this development by ensuring that Owerri Capital city becomes the envy of all.

Beyond this, we are not against those priding around and using 2019 as pendant but we are, for now, focusing on how to kick-start the 27 state-of-the-art hospitals in the 27 local governments of Imo State. By the special grace of God, some of them would have got off the ground in the month of December 2016.

We are faced with challenges of bringing about succor to our people with the present recession being experienced. We are saddled with the responsibility of mobilizing our people towards productive sector and not dwelling on cash and share. We have come up with a sound policy towards re-engineering the system. We are re-focusing effort towards agriculture and other small scale enterprises.

I am from Owerri zone and Owerri zone has the inalienable right to seek the understanding of other zones to allow it go solo in producing a governor for the state but that is not at issue right now. Making the economy work and making Imo State work on sustainable basis is the key here for now.

Having come from a zone believed to have suffered marginalisation in the power equation, do you hope such wrong could be put right by 2019?

These questions are carefully laid land mines by you guys my brothers. Never mind. Owerri Zone has rather benefitted immensely from the system in the area of infrastructure, road networks, real estate and as the preferred destination for major hospitality merchants and of course, houses monumental projects of Rescue Mission Government and the past administration. Like I said earlier, we beg to face governance for now and leave politics alone.

As the number two citizen of the state, how prepared is your government in finishing the road construction and other projects begging for attention before 2019?

My leader, our Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has at different fora promised that our government will complete all the projects it embarked on before the end of this dispensation. Remember that Rescue Mission government led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha has completed most abandoned projects begun by previous administrations. People should rest assured that whatever project we began will be given due attention until completion.

Remember that our Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha knows that if you want to beguile the time, you have to be like the time. Some of our people who complain are those I feel are not in the know of the vision behind the ongoing Owerri Capital renewal. I share in their feelings and fear but there is no other better time than now.

Change is the hardest thing people embrace but it is inevitable. In the next five years, when the expected growth in population and economic activities will manifest, I am sure we shall all begin to appreciate the vision. If we do not make a change, the world will leave us behind. Just the way we are petting our civil servants to seize the opportunity given to them to build on other areas and to develop other streams of income through agriculture.

We have given them two days farm holidays and I feel those who understand the ample opportunities, may even build their “business empire” therefrom. We need to make input at this time. It is on occasion like this that J.F. Kennedy made a popular statement that has remained valid even in today’s world, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Again, Imo State populated with highly educated people and I expect at this time that they should be throwing back at us the needed progressive challenges because the policy in itself is worthy of appreciation by all. And to the best of my knowledge, there are no hidden charges.

What do you say to your people in view of the current state of the economy?

My message is message of hope and encouragement. It is a message of bonding together to defeat the common enemies of man which are want, poverty, security of life and property and building a free state with the hope of a better future for our children and generations to come. My advice to them is that hard times never lasts but people with vision, hard work, patience and determination will out-live times as this. I know it is just for a while. Let us wear our thinking cap and put our ingenuity to work, I believe, we shall surely sing another song.

Do you think that the way out of the present economic quagmire is a return to agriculture and is that the reason for your government’s policy on back to agriculture initiative?

For me, the present economic downturn, like I said earlier, presents to us another opportunity to redesign and re-engineer our economy – an economy that is environmental sensitive; that will tap into the resources that give us a comparative advantage. Again, there is need for more effort in research as idea rules the world. At present, what is paramount is to channel energy in agriculture and agribusiness. This is so because, if you have food security, there is no recession in the future that you cannot conquer. Whereby, you depend on foreign goods to feed your population, you are doomed.

In Imo State, we are looking at time management. We are focusing on ensuring that our people get involved in agriculture and agribusiness. This is a well thought out policy, which puts so much into consideration before settling for it. In Nigeria, Fridays are usually engaging with all manner of social activities thereby keeping civil servants off work with excuses coming from such established traditional pattern of behaviour.

It could be marriages; it could be funerals and other social activities. We are saying, get involved; use Thursday and part of Friday to do some productive work to add to the food security. It may interest you to know that whatever you make from this exercise is your extra income and yet your income is intact for you. Let me also add that idea rules the world. Think it out, hit it and you are there. People like Mark Zukerberg, Emeagwala among others made it by their idea.

How do you spend your free time as a deputy governor?

I spend it with people. It is the time I use to speak to my children or see those who wish to see me for one thing or the other. I can also take that time to browse through the webs, social media and other relevant sites to get myself acquainted with some developing stories on local and foreign issues. It is true that I usually go to bed by morning because I always take time out to attend to some issues of urgent attention that affect people.
It could be mere advice or sense of direction. Such relaxed atmosphere allows me to weigh in on some feedbacks on policy issues and as they affect the people by themselves. This is the reason my phone line since the emergence of GSM has remained the same and unchanged. I may not pick strange numbers but text messages allow me the time to go through the messages by this time and place invitations to some of them.

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You know we are just about one year and three months in office in this dispensation. I have heard people talk about 2019 on the pages of newspaper. For me, I am more interested in joining hands with my leader, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in his effort to reposition Imo State for the future. The truth is that I am part of the government in power. The good people of Imo State have given us the opportunity to serve them

IMO Guber 2019: It’s Madumere we want says imolites

 

At the moment, the people of Mbaitoli State constituency are peacefully and most friendly matching in cemented support and solidarity rally to one of their illustrious sons, the deputy governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere Mfr. Calling on him to run for the office of the Chief Executive officer of the State; having meritoriously and selflessly served his boss, the governor and most importantly gathered the much needed experience and capability in piloting the affairs of the State.
Meanwhile, the seeming successful rally that commenced from the beautifully and tastefully built Imo International Conference Center, IICC, Owerri, to the Government House, had an unimaginable mammoth crowds from the aforementioned local government area.
Details of the solidarity rally, shortly.