Politics

By LIVINUS AMADI
The different shades of reaction so far recorded in analysing the significance of the bull-sculptured at the Fire Service roundabout Owerri, Imo State have reached a crescendo that it has become necessary that explanations to the significance of the Bull must be provided.
It is in a bid to offer the explanations that we went town.
Some of the youths spoken to disclosed that the bull is indeed strategic and really depicts the fighting spirit and resilience of the Ibo man and especially that of the Imolites who were declared the centre of the Igboland by the late Eze Igbo gburugburu Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu.
They concluded that there is no better  way to capture that angle of the Imolite than the symbol of a bull. They cited ABC transport that has the animal cheetah as its logo to capture the pace of the popular transport company.

Says 'Kidnapped Perm Sec Still Alive’


Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has declared total war against kidnappers and criminals who still operate in the state.
This is even as he assured that the kidnapped permanent secretary in the office of the deputy governor who has been in custody of his abductors for over two months would regain freedom unhurt as security agents are closing in on the kidnappers.
The governor said "The kidnapping of the permanent secretary to the deputy governor has been so worrisome to this government and we are doing all we can to make sure that he is rescued as soon as possible.

Duruiheoma is working against party-Akaolisa

Akaolisa is a rebel-Amajirionwu

By Emma Iheaka

Indications of implosion in the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter emerged weekend following trading of blames amongst the top functionaries of the party.

The state legal adviser, Barrister C. O. C. Akaolisa asserted in an interview that the party chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma is working against the party.

In fact, he said, the party boss is being used by rival APGA to destroy the PDP.

But the state publicity secretary, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu was quick to dismiss Barr. Akaolisa as a rebel whose loyalty never runs full circle.

Barr. Akaolisa accused Chief Duruiheoma of engaging in anti-party activities thereby breaching the party's constitution.

According to him, the constitution of the party stipulates that the State Executive Council (SEC) of the party holds meetings quarterly, a provision, he said, Chief Duruiheoma has not adhered to.

He disclosed that the SEC meeting has only held once in two years, adding that such an offence attracts sanction or outright removal of the chairman through a vote of no confidence.

Akaolisa said he had advised the party chairman to call SEC meetings, pointing out that Chief Duruiheoma seems comfortable with running the party with the State Working Committee (SWC).

He stated that the SWC derives its powers from the SEC, adding that while SWC runs the day-to-day activities of the party, the SEC makes the policies.

The legal practitioner maintained that the state government and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have infiltrated the PDP.

He alleged that some PDP officials now attend nocturnal meetings of the APGA.

He called for a holistic reorganization of the party to save it from sinking. He equally alleged that the ACN (Action Congress of Nigeria) is also trying to run down the PDP.

According to him, some PDP officials who are loyalists of the ACN leader in the state, Chief Achike Udenwa have been meeting in his house.

Akaolisa said that Chief Duruiheoma was prosecuting Ideato South agenda, maintaining that the party boss queried him (Akaolisa) on why he should allow the joining of Chief Ikedi Ohakim in the suit challenging the supplementary poll.

He insisted that the PDP would not be able to wrest power from the APGA unless something urgently is done to remedy the situation.

When contacted on telephone on Saturday, the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Cjeif Blyden Amajirionwu described Barr. Akaolisa as a rebel.

He added that the lawyer never finishes anything he began. He wondered why it is only the legal adviser that is complaining about Chief Duruiheoma's handling of the party.

Chief Amajirionwu disclosed that the chairmen of the PDP in the local government areas had since passed a vote of no confidence on Akaolisa for some of his actions that were not palatable to the party.

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As Imolites, Princess Neboh flay govt. Insensitivity

Very many citizens and residents of Imo State have expressed shock over the news of the death of the 6 year old boy with eye cancer, Chibuike Okafor, decrying what they tagged leadership insensitivity to the plight of the poor.
Little Chibuike who has been infested with the eye cancer died about 2.30pm yesterday at his home town Ofeahia Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area and his body has been buried in his father's compound.

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim scattered the entire structure of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state by working with mediocrities and political mercenaries and this led to the failure of the party to win the 2011 elections in the state.

These views were expressed last Tuesday by the pioneer Local government chairman of PDP in Owerri Municipal, Chief Cyprian N. Njoku while briefing newsmen in Owerri the state capital. “Ohakim chose to work with political mercenaries and mediocres and never worked with any grassroot politician, consequently the party lost in the 2011 election”, he explained.