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Imo PDP accuses Uzodinma, says he sponsored attack on its Reps candidate, Ugochinyere (Photos)

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…as Ugochinyere sends emergency alert

 

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has accused the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration was behind attack on its House of Representatives candidate, Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere on Saturday.

The PDP therefore is alerting the security Agencies, Nigerians, the International Community to what it described as sponsored killings and arson which happened at the Akokwa residence of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the Party’s candidate for Ideato North/South Federal Constituency in the 2023 election.

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This is just as Ikenga Ugochinyere issue an emergency alert that his house is under heavy attack.

Chief Ugochinyere’s home was attacked in the afternoon on Saturday where there was shooting for nearly 30 minutes with an undisclosed number of persons reportedly killed including an uncle of the politician, buildings and a number of vehicles razed in the process.

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The PDP in Imo State however, described the unfortunate incident as “a well-coordinated armed attack at the Akokwa residence of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the candidate of our Party for Ideato North/South Federal Constituency.”

Collins Opurozor, the Imo State Publicity Secretary of the PDP said in a statement
that there was an earlier attack on the convoy of the candidate “by clearly-identified agents of the Imo State Government”.

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While the attack lasted, the PDP feared for the worse.

Opurozor said: “Our efforts to get back to our candidate, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who was present at his residence when this attack began and who had personally alerted us to the attack, has proven abortive.

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“However, a torrent of messages, a while ago, from Ikenga’s close aides bore some deeply pathetic lines like: “Everywhere is on fire! They are killing us! We are going going!”

Imo PDP therefore called on security agencies to immediately intervene and quell the attack on its candidate and it’s Party members at his residence in Akokwa.

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The Imo State PDP Spokesperson said: “Nigerians and international community are to recall that on December 23, 2022, there was an attack on the convoy of our candidate by clearly-identified agents of the Imo State Government.

“It is shocking that despite our demand for the arrest and prosecute of those involved in that onslaught, nothing has by been done by the security till this moment.

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“Today represents a dark day for us in Imo PDP and Imo State at large.”

Read his emergency alert below

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My country home in Umukegwu Akokwa Area of Imo State is under heavy gun attack- CUPP Spokesperson cries out

The National Spokesperson of the Conference of United Political Parties, CUPP and a House of Representatives Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State in the forthcoming general Elections, Comrade Ikenga

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Imo Ugochinyere, on Saturday, raised the alarm that his house in
Umukegwu Akokwa Area of Imo State “is under heavy attack by gunmen.”

This was contained in a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) message entittled: “EMERGENCY ALERT!” he sent to media houses seeking for immediate help from the security forces and members of the public

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The SOS message read: “This is to notify the public that this may be my last acts as a human as my house in Umukegwu Akokwa is under heavy attack currently.

“As I pen this, all the cars in my house have been set ablaze and there is heavy shooting for the past 25mins. Painfully, as I speak to you, I saw them killed my father’s younger brother, Uncle Dan.

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“I pray and call for urgent help from anybody who can help. The attackers are shooting at every one in the house and this is an urgent cry for help”.

Security Forces have yet to respond to message of enquiries sent to them on the development.

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Speaker Tunis Pledges Support For ECOFEPA

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By Gloria Ikibah

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Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis, has pledged his unflinching support for the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association Network ECOFEPA in its attempts to increase participation for self-development in politics and entrepreneurship.

Speaker Tunis who stated this at the formal opening of ECOFEPA Women and Youth Leadership symposium, on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Guinea Bissau, with the theme: Unleashing the potentials of Women and Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship; asserted that the meeting epitomizes the action stage for women’s involvement in decision-making bodies.

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He also commended ECOFEPA for always beaming their search light on issues that affect women and youth in the ECOWAS Sub-region and for firmly reinforcing the need to mentor the next generation of decision makers to bridge existing gaps and bestow sound political and decision-making legacies to them, reaffirming that until they as Members of Parliament replicate ourselves in the younger generation in multiple dimensions to deliver a democratic system that is anchored on good governance and societal growth and development, they cannot credit themselves for success.

Dr. Tunis acknowledged that the event amplifies ECOFEPA’s deliberate resolve to consistently pursue the dreams of its founding Members and recommend for members of Parliament to track generational transfer of knowledge, skills and all it takes to tackle the challenges of the future ahead.

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In her address, the 2nd Vice President of ECOFEPA, Madam Gabriella Fernandes, commended the ECOWAS Commission for its outstanding support in enhancing the activities of the association to achieve its goals for women’s integration and empowerment in politics.

She said that the resources mobilized by the ECOWAS Commission will allow the association to host its upcoming symposium in Togo March 2023.

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Hon. Fernandes reiterated that the symposium will spark the beginning of efforts to launch their projects and synchronize activities in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship, which have the propensity to boomerang and catapult women’s advancement into decision-making in the ECOWAS region.

Earlier, the Youth Representative for the West Africa Youth Assembly, Mamadu Djalo, said everyone is aware of the social pressure and barriers that women and youth face daily, in trying to climb up to the political power, and employed men in Africa who control the political powers, to ensure that such power is balanced.

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According to Djalo, Women and youth are very isolated for too long, and that there is need for the men to work together with both youth and Women to fill the sense of belonging, as the deliberation cannot be realistic without the participation of the youth and women.

She therefore called for the creation of a youth parliament in order to give them a voice.

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Again, one injured as container crushes bus in Oshodi

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By Francesca Iwambe

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A 20-ft container crushed a commercial bus in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a commercial bus driver.

It was gathered that this is the latest container-related accident experienced in the state in the space of three days.

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Eye witnessed confirmed that Wednesday’s accident at Oshodi was caused by a brake failure.

While the passengers in the bus were said to have escaped without an injury, the same could not be said of the bus driver whose degree of injury could not be ascertained as of press time.

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Eight people were crushed to death by a 20-ft container that fell off a truck in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos on Sunday.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Ojuelegba tragedy, a 40-ft container fell off another truck in the Dopemu area of the state on Monday, causing traffic on the road.

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Breaking: Chairman, MiddleBelt Forum Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead

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Chairman MiddleBelt Forum, Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead.

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A source close to his family revealed to Naijablitznews.com that the Commodore suddenly fainted in his house and passed on.

Details shortly…

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