COMMUNIQUE OF THE OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL (OYC) AT THE END OF HER EXPANDED NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN OWERRI THIS 4TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2023 FOR CRITICAL EVALUATION OF NOVEMBER 11TH GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN IMO STATE.
THE COUNCIL AGREED THAT ALL PERCEIVED CONSPIRACY BY INEC REC MRS. SYLVIA AGU WITH HOPE UZODINMA TO RIG THE GUBER ELECTION WILL HIT BRICK ROCK.
AS OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL DEMANDS IMMEDIATE EXECUTIVE DISBANDMENT OF EBUBE AGU BY PRESIDENT AHMED BOLA TINUBU.
URGED NDI IMO TO REJECT GOV. HOPE UZODINMA RE-ELECTION; CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REDEPLOYMENT OF ALL SECURITY CHIEFS IN IMO & INEC REC MRS. SYLVIA AGU.
The Communique reads:
1. In view of the current conspiracy and political permutations of Gov. Hope Uzodinma with one Mrs. Sylvia Agu Imo State Resident Election Commissioner (REC), the apex Igbo youth organization world wide, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) hereby issues stringent warning to Gov. Hope Uzodinma of All Progressive Congress (APC ) as well as his stooge, Mrs. Sylvia Agu, the Resident Election Commissioner(REC) to jettison any plan or attempt to rig Imo guber election. The Ohanaeze youth reaffirms that all plans made by Mrs. Sylvia Agu and Gov. Hope Uzodinma to rig the said election has been uncovered by intelligence desk of Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC)
2. To restore peace in Imo State, we call on Mr. President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Inspector General of Police and Chief of army staff for immediate redeployment of the INEC resident Commissioner, Mrs. Sylvia Agu, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Barde, Civil Defense Commander and all the heads of security operatives in Imo State as they have compromised on the tenets of democracy and rule of law in the upcoming Imo governorship election.
3. Our thorough investigation revealed that Imo State has been in politico-economic servitude, perpetual fiefdom and sufferings since forty six (46) months now of Gov. Hope Uzodinma political administration in Imo State with its attendant lawlessness, executive impunity, political killings, destructions of lives and property, hellish conditions of excess governmentalisation of both public and private lives as well as ruthless socio-political balkanisation geared towards the destruction of families against Imo people.
4. It not unconnected with the truth that Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s tyrannical, ruthless, nepotic and bloodthirsty administration has subjected Imo citizen and others to untold terror, torture, dehumanisation, intimidations, threats of unnatural deaths, abuse of human rights with Nigeria police force and clandestine personal foreign security agents such for example like Ebube Agu unknown to the Nigerian people and/or government.
5. An SOS call is hereby made to Mr. President, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, to immediately ban the operation of the said Ebube Agu being a deadlier militia group of Gov. Hope Uzodinma as the past experiences of the activities of Ebube Agu and its current operational activities in Imo State indicate strong ties with Gov. Hope Uzodinma using Ebube Agu as a killer squad against his political opponents in the upcoming guber election on the 11th day of November, 2023.
6.It’s no longer a story akin to that of fairytales and/or of a rocket science that Gov. Hope Uzodinma, out of undue political desperations and latent wickedness as well as ruthlessness, has ushered untold hardship, penury and killing of vibrant young Nigerian youths and others with his said Ebube Agu militia group. We call on the Imolites and Ndigbo to reject Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s re-election bid while it is our warning to Ndi Imo and/or Ndi Igbo that the second tenure of Gov. Hope Uzodinma, if allowed, would make Imo State to be like Somalia where human lives mean to nothing.
7. We acknowledged that Gov. Hope Uzodinma and the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, have tangled in inseparable corruption deals and this accounts for the lone reason why Gov. Hope Uzodinma made a heavy bribe and defied the transfer of Mohammed Barde with Commissioner of Police, Stephen Olarewaju, even since May, 2023 against the release for changes and/or reshuffling of Commissioners of Police made by the Police Service Commission across some States.
8.It’s shocking that under his careless administration, first in the history of Imo State, Eight (8) traditional rulers have lost their lives in the hands of the complained agents of deaths of both non-State actors, foreign security agents of the repressive and despotic Gov. Hope Uzodinma. It’s on record that around July, 2022, Imo State caught fire and was plunged into a historic bloodbath by the bloodthirsty government of Gov. Hope Uzodinma and fourteen (14) innocent Imo youths were gruesomely but extra-judicially murdered in Otulu, Oru West LGA after returning from a traditional wedding. They were killed in horrific, gory and barbaric manner by the Ebube Agu militia Group employed and being under the bankrolling of Gov. Hope Uzodinma which death sellers of security terrorism is unknown to the Nigerian government. The details of this fact are published in both local tabloids and national dailies.
9.We wept at the horror report of the International Society For Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) by a renowned, respected criminologist, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi which revealed that “in 29 Months (from Jan., 2021- May, 2023), under Gov. Hope Uzodinma in Imo State, Nigeria: security forces (the Tiger Base) and the allied militias killed 900 unarmed citizens, wounded 700, arbitrarily arrested and detained 3500, extorted 1,400, disappeared 300, burned down 1,200 civilian houses, displaced their 30,000 owners and forced 500,000 citizens in active age-brackets to flee to escape being shot and killed or abducted and disappeared in security custody as armed non-State actors, counterfeit agitators, death squads, street violent criminal entities, etc, killed 700 (400 in Captivity and 300 in open shootings) and abducted 900.
10. We condemn in its entirety the executive rascality and impunity of the tyrant governor, Hope Uzodinma, on the attempted murder of Comrade Joe Ajaero, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President by Gov. Hope Uzodinma and his killers aids squad and urged every Labour Union members to mobilise voters against Gov. Hope Uzodinma on 11th day of November governorship election.
11. We urged Imolites and all the respecters of humans lives to come out em mass and collect every dollar and Naira the Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s bloodthirsty, ruthless and tyrannical government will share on the election day but ensure and avoid generational curses, we charge the Imolites to dedicate such money from Gov. Hope Uzodinma to God before using it as such money has been cast with spell. Such money is from Imo allocation but dedicated to devil Altar. We implore Ndi Imo to collect the money and vote against Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s evil, wicked, insecurity and blood sucking government.
12. Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), on behalf of Igbo youths world wide, observed one minute silence in the honour of the Igbo youths whose lives were cut off in their prime, our Imo/Igbo future leaders who died at their pools of blood under Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s tyrannical, ruthless, blood sucking government. May their souls rest in perfect peace, amen!
Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka
National President General Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC)
Comrade Ifeanyi Cedric Nweke
Secretary General Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC)
4th November, 2023.
BREAKING NEWS: PDP’s Diri Wins Bayelsa Gov Election
The incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, has been declared the winner of the State governorship election held last Saturday.
The Returning Officer, Prof Faruq Kuta, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Of Technology, Minna, announced Diri winner of the poll at the collation centre of the election on Monday.
Diri polled 175,196 to defeat his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, who garnered 110,108 votes while the Labour Party polled 905 votes.
Plateau: Protesters Storm S’ Court Over Sack Of Four PDP Members From NASS
Over 1000 protesters, on Monday, besieged the Supreme Court to register their displeasure over the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which sacked four members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State, from the National Assembly, based on a pre-election dispute.
The placard and banner-wielding groups, under the aegis of Coalition for Justice in Africa, CJA, submitted a protest letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
According to the protesters, the appellate court, by its judgement, thwarted the wish of electorates in Plateau state, when it declared candidates that lost the National Assembly elections that held on February 25, as winners of the legislative seats.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the protest letter was submitted to the CJN, the National President of the CJA, Dr. Daniel Okwa, maintained that the judgement of the appellate court was capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.
He said the group was at the apex court to seek the intervention of the CJN, alleging that the verdicts that removed all the PDP federal lawmakers were influenced by some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The protest letter, which was obtained by Vanguard, read in part: “The Coalition for Truth and Justice believes that the judgment of the Appeal Court in Abuja is a case of injustice, else, how could one explain a situation where lawmakers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would boast and predict the outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment even before the pronouncement.
“This is unacceptable and indicates that the justice regime in Nigeria has been thrown to the dogs. What happened in Plateau State is an aberration of immeasurable proportion. There is a distinction between a pre-election matter and a post-election matter.
“The Supreme Court has established this fact on several occasions. It is now a wonder why the Appeal Court would act otherwise and in a despicable manner that tends to truncate our nascent democracy.
“The Coalition for Truth and Justice entirely condemns the actions of the justices of the Appeal Court that sat in Abuja. They displayed insensitivity to the electoral choices of the people. This is a worrisome trend that the Chief Justice of Nigeria must address.
“This is on the heels that the Judiciary, the world over, is regarded as the last hope of the commoner. This presupposes that it is the only place the commoner can get justice. The function of the Judiciary is not to twist the truth or fabricate facts but to interpret the law. The consequence of the interpretation of the law is justice.
“However, what played out in Plateau state negates the Judiciary’s position as the common’s last hope. The Judiciary is for sale to the highest bidder in Nigeria, if such positions could be taken without recourse to the implication of such on the psychological state of the people.
“The Coalition for Truth and Justice is using this protest to drive the point that justice in Nigeria should not be reserved for a section of the country or any political party. What happened in Plateau should not be allowed to stand or repeat itself. The implication of such is that the reputation of the judicial arm of government would be eroded.”
It will be recalled that the appellate court had on November 7, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, okayed the nullification of the election of a Senator and three members of the House of Representatives in the state that emerged on the platform of the PDP.
The panel based its decision on failure of the PDP to fully comply with a court that was made in 2022, which it said directed the party to conduct congress in the 17 Local Government Areas in the state.
It, therefore, held that though the lawmakers won their respective seats during the National Assembly election that held on February 25, all the scores that were credited them, amounted to wasted votes.
It ordered that candidates that got the second majority lawful votes at the election, should be sworn in as winners of the legislative seats.
Canada’s Abuja, Lagos Visa Centres Open – High Commission
The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has said its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open for the processing of immigration, refugee and citizenship applications.
The Canadian High Commission had on Tuesday announced the suspension of operations in its Abuja office following a fire incident at its generator house, which claimed two lives on Monday.
Nigerians had expressed fear that the operations suspension would hamper visa application processes.
But in a statement posted on its X handle on Thursday, the Canadian High Commission clarified that its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open and operational.
In the statement by its public affairs staff, Demilade Kosemani, the commission said, “As we continue to mourn the passing of our dear colleague from the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, please note the following information below:
“Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada clients: processing of applications continues. Regardless of the suspension of operations at the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, the Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos remain open.”
Meanwhile, a travel agency, , TMT Travels and Tours Limited, has sympathised with the Canadian High Commission over the Monday tragic fire incident.
In a statement on Thursday the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Collins Onukwubiri, said, “We at TMT Travels and Tours Limited shares in the grief and sense of loss of the Canadian embassy in Abuja. The partial burning of the Canadian embassy in Abuja and the death of two workers there was most unfortunate.
“Canada, as a major player in the Nigeria’s travel and tours business, is an integral player in Nigeria’s economy. We know how devastating this unfortunate incident is to them but we want to say that we stand with them in this time and always. We specially condole with the families of the two persons who died in the process.”