For two consecutive times now, governorship elections in Imo State, have been caught in the web of stalemate and consequently declared inconclusive by the nation’s electoral umpire.
Imolites like other compatriots across the nation trooped out in their numbers on April 11 in high spirit and curious expectations for the emergence of the next state governor come May 29. Expectedly the over 1.7million registered voters in Imo had come out to vote the candidate of their choice and as such were divided along party lines.
In February 2012, Courts in Edo State, were shut down, following the strike action embarked upon by judiciary workers in the state over alleged non-implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wages.
The workers, after one week vowed not to return to work until the state government implemented the salary structure, insisting that the basic salaries of officers on Grade level 07 – 17 should be at par with those of their counterparts in other agencies in the public sector.
According to Eldon Tanner,” service to humanity is the rent we pay for the privilege on earth. James admonishes in James 1:26-27 thus:” If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep one unstained from the world”. Both Tanner and James positions emphasise a great lesson: To use our God given wealth in our service to humanity.
To those who are not at home with the electoral Act, the declaration that the governorship election was inconclusive was a crime against the person doing the declaration but those that are conversant with the law are aware of the fact that the law is always supreme and they respect the position of the law on all matters.
With the level of participation of women in the Jonathan administration, not a few Nigerian expected that the recently concluded general elections would have had women emerging victorious in various elective positions. But despite the expectations, the results have proven that there is still a long way for Nigerian women to go in the nation’s politics.
Monday April 6, will forever remain indelible in the memory and history of the Nwachuku family of Umunneorie Village of Udo Autonomous Community in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Imo State. It was a day, the patriarch of the family, Nze Israel Ekeleme Nwachukwu, was laid to rest amid pomp.and pageantry for a well lived.
The Federal Government, FG, recently underscores its resolves in the fight against human trafficking with the signing of Trafficking in persons; Prohibition Law. President Goodluck Jonathan assented to the new trafficking in persons (prohibition) enforcement and administration Act and administration Act 2015 on March 26, 2015.
On Wednesday April 1, the people of Obiangwu, Umuohiagu and Logara autonomous communities and their neighbours in Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State woke up to the stark reality that the peace, security and tranquility of their land had been battered, violated and smeared with the gruesome murder of one of their illustrious sons, Mr. Andrew Ugwuezumba. Ugwuezumba until his unfortunate assassination was the Labour Party, LP, House of Assembly candidate in Ngor Okpala state constituency and a promising contender for the legislative seat in the area.
Former governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani who handed over the reins of power to the incumbent governor, Barr. Sullivan Chime, had been self-effacing except when he came out to the public to canvass for votes to return to the Upper Legislative Chamber, the Senate, which he left four years ago after being the governor of Enugu State for eight years, from 1999 to 2007.
For close observers of the activities of Ebonyi state House of Assembly, the fourth legislative assembly has been embroiled with litany of suspensions and impeachments. Since 2011 that the House was inaugurated, it has witnessed series of impeachments and suspensions such that it became a routine in the hallowed chamber with nobody an exception. If it is not an impeachment today, it is suspension the next day, which has made the honorable assembly a place of getting at political enemies.