Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has expressed shock that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Muhammad Tanko and the hierarchy of the Supreme Court have not reacted to the contemptuous prophecy by Enugu State based Catholic Priest, Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The group claimed his utterance undermined the credibility of the apex court in the subsisting litigation between the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma and Governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
HURIWA has also accused the Catholic cleric of behaving like a political agent provocateur working for the APC and some forces bent on creating confusion and chaos in Imo State.
HURIWA in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, said Fr. Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu State had pointedly asked Governor Emeka Ihedioha to get ready to lose his seat this year which in the thinking of millions of people referred directly to a matter that is subsisting before the Supreme Court.
HURIWA said Fr. Mbaka’s statement had led a section of Imo people to believe that sources within the Supreme Court may have leaked out contents of the court judgment between Uzodinma and Ihedioha.
“This is not the first time that the nation’s highest court has faced criticism from the public over alleged leakage.
This time around, may we join millions of worried Nigerians to task the Chief justice of Nigeria to openly tell what is going on and why the conspiratorial silence from the Supreme Court since the Enugu State based Catholic Priest who is a well known associate and sympathiser of the APC at the national level made a contemptuous prediction purportedly and pointedly claiming that he has the esoteric knowledge of the outcome of a pending political litigation between the APC and the PDP in Imo state with specific reference to the legal challenge mounted by Senator Hope Uzodinma challenging the victory of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.”
Amotekun: “Go Ahead, Arrest Us And Ignite Fire” — FFK Dares Miyetti Allah
A former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to Miyetti Allah’s call for the arrest of any Yoruba leader backing the formation of the newly created South-West regional security outfit, Amotekun.
In a post shared on his official Facebook page, FFK stated that arresting Yoruba leaders would ignite a fire.
He added that Yoruba leaders are ready to sacrifice the freedom of their loved ones and children.
Read his post below:
“Arrest Yoruba leaders who support Amotekun”- Miyetti Allah.
“Go ahead, arrest us and ignite a fire.
“Do your very worst and make heroes and martyrs out of us. Do even more than arrest.
We are ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of our loved ones and children and for the future generations of our people.
We will never bow to you and we will not be intimidated by your bullying ways and childish barrack-room threats. When you take one of us down millions will rise up in his or her defence and in his or her place.
We have lost all sense of fear. We have no fear of arrest, no fear of death, no fear of torture, no fear of failure and no fear of tyranny because the Lord is with us!
Amotekun is here to stay and damned be he who says this is not so.
Permit me to add this:
In as much as the control of one’s own destiny is the pre-condition for progress, a conflict with the Islamic North is inevitable if the South truly desires to successfully reform itself.
The struggle for Biafran secession in 1967, the Kaduna Nzeogwu coup d’état” of January 15th 1966 and the Gideon Orkar coup d’etat of April 22 1990, which all aimed at breaking the Islamic North’s political stranglehold and the centrifugal ethnic nationalism of today, have all been abundantly vindicated.
There is no realistic prospect of working, in equal partnership, with the Islamic North towards any shared enlightened vision of the future.
It is time for us to go our separate ways.
Protesters Storm N’Assembly Over Supreme Court’s Verdict Imo
A group, Concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths, on Friday, January 17, staged a protest in front of the National Assembly against the recent judgment by the Supreme Court which removed Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the authentic winner of Imo governorship election.
According to Vanguard, the protesters who all appeared in black attire, comprised of young men and women in their early 20s.
They also carried different placards with inscriptions like; “Presidency and Judiciary murders Democracy,” “Supreme Court is a fraud,” “The judiciary under the APC government is a failure.”
In his remarks, leader of the group, Hassan Garba who condemned the judgment in totality said that it was robbery against the PDP and the people of Imo state, His words:
“We don’t accept that judgement by the Supreme Court which removed our candidate, Mr Emeka Ihedioha and put senator Hope Uzodinma of APC. Something must be done to save our democracy.”
However, the protest which was peaceful at the beginning turned violent as some persons amongst them started fighting over some issues not known as at the time of this report.
Earlier this week, the PDP had through its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, described the ruling as another sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order. The PDP lamented that the people’s collective destiny had been taken from the governor they chose and handed over to someone and a political party that the residents do not want.
JUST IN: Uzodinma Sacks Chairmen Of Boards, Parastatals Appointed By Ihedioha
The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has ordered the immediate dissolution of boards of all government parastatals and agencies in the state.
He gave the order barely 48 hours after his inauguration.
The sacked chairmen and members of boards were appointed by Emeka Ihedioha, who was himself sacked from the seat of the governor by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Uzodinma’s newly-appointed Chief Press Secretary, Chief Press Secretary Oguwuike Nwachukwu, confirmed the development.
The sacked persons were directed to hand over government properties in their possession to the most senior civil servants in the various affected MDAs on or before the close of work on Friday.
Recall that ORIENTAL TIMES earlier reported that the governor suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, citing fraudulent activities of some government functionaries.
“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.
“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor,” a statement signed by T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor, read.