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Governor Hope Uzodinma’s New Cabinet In Imo: The Gainers, The Losers

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G Uzodimma’s recent unveiling of a new cabinet has sparked a flurry of reactions, with both praise and criticism echoing across the state.

Following the dismissal of over 500 appointees three months prior, the Governor, last week forwarded a list of 12 Commissioner nominees to the Imo State House of Assembly for approval.

The nominees, subsequently screened by the House, include a mix of familiar faces and newcomers.

Among the retained Commissioners are Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, Ralph Nwosu, and Mrs. Nkechi Ugwu, signaling the Governor’s confidence in their ability to further his administration’s agenda.

Enyinnaya Onuegbu, a former Commissioner for Lands and later Power, was also reinstated, assuming the role of Head of the Political Bureau and Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters.

Analysts interpret these appointments as a testament to the Governor’s commitment to continuity and trust in certain individuals to uphold his administration’s core principles.

However, the appointment of Commissioners has not been without controversy, particularly regarding zonal representation.

With eight out of the twelve nominees hailing from Orlu zone and two each coming from Owerri and Okigwe zones, concerns have been raised about equitable distribution and adherence to the principles of fairness and equity.

Critics argue that the recent disproportionate appointment of Commissioners by the Governor undermines the spirit of inclusivity essential for fostering unity and effective governance in the state.

Prominent political commentator in the State, Chief Donald Anyasodor condemned the apparent disregard for fair representation, emphasizing the importance of upholding democratic ideals as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

On the other side of the spectrum, certain individuals and zones find themselves on the losing end of the cabinet reshuffle.

Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, particularly some members of the State Working Committee, who decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and were predominantly appointed as Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants during the Governor’s first tenure, were excluded.

This may keep them politically stranded.

The absence of Cyprian Akaolisa, a former Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, and a notable ally of the Governor, in the new cabinet, raises eyebrows and fuels speculation about underlying dynamics within the administration.

Owerri Federal Constituency emerged as another notable loser, as it failed to secure any Commissioner nominee in the latest appointments.

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Imo LG Polls: Our eyes are on you, NYA tells Imo govt, ISIEC

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The National Youth Alliance NYA Imo state chapter has warned the Imo state government and the Imo state electoral commission ISIEC that Imo youths are watching them as the local government election is underway .

The Youth body rising from her executive meeting held over the weekend in Owerri, made it clear that Imo youths won’t tolerate the repeat of the shameless rigging of the House of Assembly and Gubernatorial elections of 2023, maintaining that ,such era is gone.

Speaking further, the state chairman of NYA in Imo state, Comrade Chinonso Uba Nonsonkwa, commended the apex Court for the landmark judgement delivered last week where the state governors were permanently banned from tampering with local government funds. He described the judgement as a victory for not just democracy but the ordinary man on the street of Nigeria.

The organization expressed happiness at the declaration of Imo youths for the positions of chairman and councillor in their various local government areas and wards, stating that this is a good omen for the youths while urging them to keep pushing till the last whistle.

At this juncture, the organization warned the Imo state electoral commission ISIEC not to allow itself to be used by the government of the day to twart the wishes of Ndi Imo, noting that such a move would be vehemently resisted by Imo youths .

The state chairman of NYA Imo state, went further to urge all Imo youths to sieze this opportunity to lunch themselves into politics and learn the ropes as to pave way for more participation of Imo youths come 2027 general elections.

He reiterated the support of Imo youths for all youths contesting for the Imo Local government election irrespective of political party and urge the older aspirants to give the youths a chance to Excel politically.

The organization also urged the governor not to interfere in the primary election of political parties so as not to truncate the credible process of producing the right candidates.

Finally, the organization said, it will monitor the primary and general election when the time comes to ensure that due processes are duly followed.

Meanwhile,those who wish to join the National Youth Alliance NYA Imo state Should send their name, LGA and Ward to 08133050089.

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PDP rubbishes Shaibu’s defection to APC, Ganduje boasts of victory in Edo

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The membership of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress swelled on Saturday as the reinstated Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, alongside prominent members with their supporters dumped the Peoples Democratic Party.

The decamping, which took place in Benin at the inauguration of the National Campaign Council by the APC National chairman, Abdulahi Ganduje, put an end to several months of speculation over Shaibu’s continuous stay in the PDP.

The deputy governor fell out with Governor Godwin Obaseki over his ambition to succeed his principal and was impeached after he lost to Asue Ighodalo in the PDP primary.

He was, however, reinstated by the court on Wednesday by the Abuja High Court and this has further caused division between Obaseki and him.

Speaking at the event, Shaibu said he was back to add value to the APC.

He said, “On behalf of the Legacy Group, I announce our movement to the APC. We have come to add value to the party.

“It is time to take back our state. We will not talk too much because action will speak for us. We are not afraid; we are ready to move forward.

“We, the home boys, are ready to take our state back through the APC governorship candidate, Monday Okpebholo and his running mate, Dennis Idahosa. We are not trouble makers but if it comes, we will use it to rub our body and move on.”

Ganduje, while inaugurating the National Campaign Council of the party for the September 21 governorship election headed by Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, received the defectors.

The APC national chairman said since Shaibu was a serving deputy governor, the party had 50 per cent of the people of Edo State.

He disclosed that the party would soon organise a grand rally in Benin to be attended by President Bola Tinubu, saying that the APC governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and his running mate, Dennis Idahosa “are not coming with MOUs but concrete plans to develop Edo State and to connect the state to the centre”.

Also speaking, Oshiomhole, a Senator representing Edo North, lamented that development legacy recorded by his administration in all sectors of the state had not been sustained by the Obaseki’s government.

He said Okpebholo’s major strength is empathy because he contributed millions to boost security in Esan land years back.

Speaking on the recent attack on Shaibu and Okpebholo convoy, which claimed the life of a police inspector, Oshiomhole called on the state Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adeboye to defend the integrity of his uniform by producing the killers of the police officer.

Wishing Shaibu well in the official endeavours, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Tony Aziegbemi, said those who were calling to join the party after Shaibu’s exit were more than those leaving.

He said, “I wish them good luck in their official endeavours. The PDP cannot be depleted because of this.

“Every vote counts but those who are now coming to us because of his exit are more than those who are leaving the party, so we are good. People have been calling me since he left to say they want to join our party.

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Biden Tests Positive To COVID-19 – Cancels Campaign Event

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United States President Joe Biden has cancelled a campaign speech he was scheduled to have in Las Vegas after testing positive for COVID-19

Ekwutosblog reports that the White House confirmed President Biden is experiencing mild symptoms and is isolating at the White House.
He will continue to carry out his duties as president while following isolation protocols.
This is his second bout with COVID-19, having first tested positive in July 2022.
“President Biden is vaccinated, boosted, and he is experiencing mild symptoms following a positive COVID-19 test,” a post by the White House on X reads.
“He will be returning to Delaware where he will self-isolate and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.
“The President presented this afternoon with upper respiratory symptoms, to include rhinorhea (runny nose) and non-productive cough, with general mailaise.
“He felt okay for his first event of the day, but given that he was not feeling better, point of care testing for COVID-19 was conducted, and the results were positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“Given this, the President will be self-isolating in accordance with CDC guidance for symptomatic individuals. PCR confirmation testing will be pending.
“His symptoms remain mild, his respiratory rate is normal at 16, his temperature is normal at 97.8 and his pulse oximetry is normal at 97%. The President has received his first dose of Paxlovid. He will be self-isolating at his home in Rehoboth.”

 

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