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IMO STATE GUBER ELECTIONS (INEC Vs SUPREME COURT RESULTS)
INEC RESULT BY RETURNING OFFICER, PROF FRANCIS ATUNTA (March 9th 2019)
1. Emeka Ihedioha PDP – 273,404
2. Uche Nwosu AA – 190,364
3. Ifeanyi Ararume APGA – 114,676
4. Hope Uzodimma APC – 96,458
5. Ikedi Ohakim YPP – 527
(Total votes scored – 675,429)
Total registered 27 LGAs – 2,221,008
Total accredited voters – 823,743
Total of cancelled votes – 25,130
Total votes cast – 739,485
Total valid votes – 714,355
Total number of polling units – 3,523

SUPREME COURT RESULT BY JUDGEMENT (January 14TH 2020)
1. Hope Uzodimma APC – 96,458 + 213,295=309,753
2. Emeka Ihedioha PDP – 273,404
3. Uche Nwosu AA – 190,364
4. Ifeanyi Ararume APGA – 114,676
5. Ikedi Ohakim YPP – 527
           (Total votes scored now – 675,429 + 213,295 = 888,724)

INEC TOTAL SCORE IS – 675,429 (from 3,135 polling units) average of 215 votes/PU
SUPREME COURT TOTAL SCORE IS – 213,295 (from 388 Polling Units) average of 550 votes/PU

INEC TOTAL ACCREDITED VOTERS DURING ELECTION WAS – 823,743
SUPREME COURT TOTAL VALID VOTES NOW 888,724
INEC CANCELLED VOTES – 25,130
TOTAL VOTES CAST AFTER SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT – 913,854

As we speak, Imo State House of Assembly has:

– PDP 13
– AA 8
– APGA 6
– APC 0

Yet, the compromised Supreme Court of Tankolised Mohammed declared APC that came 4th winner…

From Lawrence Ngozi Okoli:

We may not and never be able to question or appeal the Supreme Court Ruling. But let those who have conscience ponder over the following.

2019 Imo state gubernatorial election results (including cancelled votes) as declared by INEC.

1) Emeka Ihedioha (PDP) 273,404
2) Uche Nwosu (AA) 190,364
3) Ifeanyi Ararume (APGA) 114,676
4) Hope Uzodinma (APC) 96,458
5) Other candidates 39,453

Total Accredited voters 823,743
Total votes Cast 739,485
Cancelled votes 25,130
Valid votes 714,355

Accredited voters minus Valid votes = 109,388.
This is NOT enough to push Uzodinma to first position if added to his declared votes of 97k.

The Question is, where did the Supreme Court find the 213,297 extra votes for Uzodinma? Is it from the number of Registered voters from the 388 polling units cancelled? Did all the registered voters turn out, and did all of them vote for Hope Uzodinma?

Did Hope Uzodinma win all the cancelled votes to the exclusion of other candidates?

Again, shouldn’t the Supreme Court have taken judicial notice of its decision in Uche Nwosu’s petition after declaring that Uche was also APC candidate? So on which party’s platform did Uzodimma contest?

Oh well ….

Our gods will soon start speaking for the oppressed.

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GUMA: Land Flowing With Milk & Honey

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Guma Local Government Area was created out of the old Makurdi Local Government Area in 1987 by the then regime of Col. Fidelis A. Makka. The Local Government is name after ‘River Guma’ in Benue State.

HEADQUARTERS:
Guma Local Government Area has it’s headquarters in Gbajimba
(The name Gbajimba derived from Hausa word ‘Banjiba’ which means: ‘I don’t understand’. As years go by, the name began to lose it original pronounciation. Hence the name ‘Gbajimba’).

DISTANCE FROM MAKURDI:
37km (An hour journey)

BOUNDARIES:
Guma has Logo Local Government Area to the east, Makurdi and Tarka Local Government Areas to the south and Doma Local Government Area of Nassarawa State to the West
MAJOR TOWNS:
The major town in Guma Local Government Area areGbajimb

a,

Daudu,

Torkula,

Kase-yough,

Abinsi:
Mbabegha Village:
Agasha

LANDMASS:
240,000 square KM

POPULATION:
By 2006 Census, the local government had a total population of 191,599 people.

PEOPLE:
Though Guma local government is predominantly occupied by the Tiv people, other tribes too live in Guma, they are Jukun, Hausa, and Kabuwa.

COUNCIL WARDS OR DISTRICTS AND POLLING UNITS:
Kaambe
Abinsi
Uvir
Saghev
Nzorov
Nyiev
Mbabai
Mbayer or Yandev
Mbawa, and
Mbadwen
Guma local government has One Hundred and Sixty polling units.

A Tiv Dancer

POLITICALLY:
Guma shares a Federal House of Representative seat with Makurdi local government and has one seat House of Assembly seat. Guma people have a culture just like their Tiv brothers and sisters.

MAJOR DANCE:
Tsuwe-Tsele,
Ajo, Ihanga and
So many folk singers.

Market in Guma


MARKETS:
Gbajimba market,
Daudu market,
Agasha market,
Abinsi market


INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Natural Resources:
Agricultural Produce:
Life Stock Farming:


TRADING:
Trading is another feature in Guma local government as can be seen in and around the markets located in the area strategically.

CRAFTSMANSHIP:
Crafts and blacksmith are known handiwork in the area. The people of Guma local government are known for the production of:

Bows
Arrows
Cutlasses
Axes and
Knives
For domestic and commercial purposes.

TRANSPORTATION:
Guma is served with roads linking most parts with the state capital, Makurdi and Nassarawa state.

Guma also makes use of water transport as river Gbajimba is linked with river Benue.

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BENUE ELECTS NEW OCH’IDOMA -How Pastor Emerged Elected.

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A new paramount traditional ruler has been elected following the recent “hunting expedition” embarked on by the Ochi’Idoma IV, Dr Elias Ikoyi Obekpa in October this year. (The Idoma people of Benue believe that a king/Chief is not declared dead but rather declared gone hunting when they pass).

In line with directive by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, an election was conducted and a new Ochi’Idoma emerged through an election procedure on December 30, 2021. Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo emerged with 19 votes out of a total 28 votes cast in a keen contest at Otukpo. Among the contestants were federal permanent secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, who scored eight votes, and Andrew Idakwu, who left with only one vote. Presenting the new Ochi’Idoma to Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi, supervising Commissioner of Information, Ekpe Ogbu, who is head of the selection team, said the exercise was conducted peacefully with the outcome of Pastor Odogbo as Och’Idoma elect.Ogbu explained that out of a total 32 expected members of the selection committee, 28 were present, two have impending court cases and one indisposed health wise.He added that five people had indicated interest to contest for the seat, noting that one voluntarily stepped down. The commissioner further stated that one among the remaining four contestants was not nominated and left the venue, leaving three finalists.

Speaking, the Ochi’Idoma elect said he saw the involvement of God in the entire exercise even as he thanked the governor for his leadership. The new royal father likened Ortom to the biblical Samuel who became the advocate of Israel who united the people together just as he assured that he would not disappoint the confidence reposed in him by the Idoma people.

Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom, hailed the Idoma nation for the selection of their new monarch, adding that he had always stood for equity, transparency and justice.He said that appointment belongs to God who chooses one and anoints such person to do His will.

“We will find a convenient day to do the coronation. I want the contribution of the traditional rulers to my administration,” Ortom said.The new Ochi’Idoma was born on March 27, 1969 to the family of Elaigwu Ekoja as the fifth child in Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu Local Government Area of the state.He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1994) with degree in Accounting and currently studying for his doctorate degree.

10 THINGS ABOUT THE NEW OCH’IDOMA ELECT YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
He was born on 27th March,1969 as the 5th born to the family of Mr. ELAIGWU EKOJA in Obagaji the headquarters of AGATU local government of Idoma in Benue State 1- Comrade Pst Elaigwu, Odogbo Obagaji John is a graduate of prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1994) with B.Sc honours in Accounting 2- Master in Business Administration (2012) from Benue State University. 3- Post Graduate Diploma in Education (2015) from National Teacher Institute. 4- M.Sc Accounting and Finance, Nasarawa State University, Keffi. 5- Phd (in view) in Accounting from Nasarawa State University, Keffi He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCITN) 7- Fellow Certified National Accountants of Nigeria, (FCNA) 8- Associate member of Nigeria Institute of Management. 9- A Group Pastor (Penticost Group)Deeper Life Bible Church.Comrade Pst Elaigwu has been running his professional career with Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS where he worked for 23 years and rose to the position of Assistant Director. Comrade Pst Elaigwu held so many positions in the organization. Within the period of his stay.Comrade Elaigwu served as Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria for two tenure from 2004 to 2012. ELAIGWU also served as National Exofficio of the same Association from 2012 to July, 2018.

Pst Elaigwu is an erudite trainer (resource person in FIRS) and a thorough professional with vast experience in taxation and Accounting through International training and development among which are:1- Enhancing Critical Skills in the Fighting Against Corruption, Accra, Ghana, 2005;2- Enhancing Secretarial Functions for optimum Performance, Benin Republic, 2006;3- Modernization of Tax Administration- South Africa, 2008;4- International Seminar on Taxation- Japan, 2011;5- Developing Strategic Skills for Organizational Improvement, London, 2012;6- Strategic Leadership Planning and Conflict Management South Africa, 2013;7- Corporate Governance and Strategic Management Workshop, Dubai- 2015.8- Globalization and Worker Relationship, New York, USA, 2018.Comrade Pst Elaigwu left Federal Inland Revenue Service in 2016 to set up his consultancy firm and other related Companies such as:1- Esan Gods Integrity Consults. (EGIC.) Tax Consultancy and Management firm.2- Elmaro Elaigwu & Co. (EE&C.) Audit Management consultancy firm.3- EMEU God’s Professional Academy Limited. (EGPAL.) Professional Training Consultancy Firm.Comrade Pst Elaigwu is that man who is guided by this noble philosophy of: The longest distance to success is short cut and must not be considered or deared. Comrade Pst Elaigwu is married to Mrs Martha Omabo Elaigwu and blessed with wonderful five children.

Oche Onu writes with reports.

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE IDOMA PEOPLE OF BENUE

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The Idoma are people that primarily inhabit the lower western areas of Benue State, Nigeria, and kindred groups can be found in Cross Rivers State, Enugu State, Kogi State and Nasarawa State in Nigeria. The Idoma language is classified in the Akweya subgroup of the Idomoid languages of the Volta–Niger family, which include Igede, Alago, Agatu, Etulo, Ete and Yala languages of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and Northern Cross River states. The Akweya subgroup is closely related to the Yatye-Akpa sub-group. The bulk of the territory is inland, south of river Benue, some seventy-two kilometres east of its confluence with River Niger.

The Idomas are known to be ‘warriors’ and ‘hunters’ of class, but hospitable and peace-loving. The greater part of Idoma land remained largely unknown to the West until the 1920s, leaving much of the colourful traditional culture of the Idoma intact. The population of the Idoma is estimated to be about 3.5 million. The Idoma people have a traditional ruler called the Och’Idoma who is the head of the Idoma Area Traditional Council. This was introduced by the British. Each community has its own traditional chief . The Palace of the Och’Idoma is located at Otukpo, Benue State.

The Ochidoma Palace in Otukpo and the symbol of the warrior spirit of the IDOMA people.

The history of the Idoma people precedes the history of Benue State (created 1976) and the history of the Republic of Nigeria (created 1960). Oral tradition and dance is the primary method through which history has been passed in Idomaland and is considered a central cultural institution.

IDOMA traditional dancers

From a young age, Idoma children usually learn from their elder’s stories of old and are brought up around extended families, which make multiple historical resources available. When prompted Idomas generally will proudly tell you where they are from, and it’s not uncommon for Idoma to be able to recite at least four generations of their progenitors. Historically, being unable to answer the emblematic question “Who is your father?” disqualified one from important roles and titles in Idomaland. Quite naturally, a number of villages trace origins to single ancestors and further, several Idoma groups trace their heritage to one common ancestor, considered the “father” of the different groups.

The tradition ruler of the IDOMA people, The Ochidoma Agabaidu, Hrh Elias Ikoyi Obekpa

IDUH, THE FATHER OF IDOMA

According to traditional history, Iduh, the father of the Idoma had several children who each established different areas. Hence the expression: “Iduh the father of Idoma.” “Iduh who begot all the Idoma” He also begot the following children: Ananawoogeno who begot the children of Igwumale; Olinaogwu who begot the people of Ugboju; Idum who begot the people of Adoka; Agabi who begot the people of Otukpo; Eje who begot the people of Oglewu; Ebeibi who begot the people of Umogidi in Adoka, Edeh who begot the people of Edumoga and Ode who begot the people of Yala ” While there may be some truth to the above, the Idoma cannot be said to have a unitary origin. Many Idoma groups and village subsets have their own histories complete with stories about how their people arrived at their current location. The Otukpa people descended from three ancestors: Owuno, Ameh-Ochagbaha and Oodo. The first two were brothers who migrated from Idah in Igalaland while Oodo migrated from Igbo land. As one can imagine, the ever-changing movement of people through time makes it difficult to study Idoma history. There are some Idomas who are originally Igbos and heavily intermarried with the Northern fringes of Igboland.

Scholarly history

Scholars have combined oral history with genealogical data and analysis of kinship totems to trace the roots of the Idoma people as a whole. One notable Idoma scholar E.O. Erim cites genealogical data, collected from most modern groups in Idoma suggesting that they derive from several ethnic groups, each with a different historical origin. Furthermore, the available genealogies indicate the existence of diverse ethnic groups who descended from ancestors other than Idu. In several of these cases, the claim of common descent is backed by both extensive genealogical connections and possession of common kinship totems. Erim contends that while Idu was certainly a migration leader—he was not the “father” of the Idoma in the sense implied in the above traditions. These two considerations make it difficult to simply accept the view that every group in Idomaland is descended from Idu.

Many Idoma kindred claims an ancestral homeland called Apa, north-east of present-day Idomaland due to pressures of Northern invaders as recently as 300 years ago. The historical Apa was part of the ancient Kwararafa Kingdom (Okolofa Kingdom), a confederacy of several peoples. Informants in other ethnic groups have corroborated the existence of this kingdom, chiefly the Jukun who also believe they once ruled a confederacy called Kwararafa. In the Hausa book Kano Chronicle it is mentioned that Zaria, under Queen Amina conquered all towns as far as Kwarafara in the 15th century. At present, there is a Local Government Area in Benue State called Apa and is said to be the home of those who made the first migration from the historical kingdom. For many Idoma nationalists today, the name Apa elicits sentiments of past glory, and some in the political sphere have gone as far as suggesting it should become the name of a new Idoma state.Other scholars point to historical and linguistic evidence that suggests that Idoma have ties with the Igala people to the west, concluding that the two nations came from a common ancestor. Angulu(1981) note that Igala and Igbo have important historical, ancestral and cultural relationships. Eri is said to be the original legendary cultural head of the Umu-eri, a subgroup of the Igbo people. Eri migrated from the Igala area and established a community in the middle of Anambra river valley (at Eri-aka) in Aguleri where he married two wives. The first wife, Nneamakụ, bore him five children. The first was Agulu, the founder of Aguleri (The ancestral head of Eri Kingdom clans) (the Ezeora dynasty that has produced 34 kings till date in Enugwu Aguleri), the second was Menri, the founder of Umunri / Kingdom of Nri, followed by Onugu, the founder of Igbariam and Ogbodulu, the founder of Amanuke. The fifth one was a daughter called Iguedo, who is said to have borne the founders of Nteje, and Awkuzu, Ogbunike, Umuleri, Nando and Ogboli in Onitsha. As one of the children of Eri, Menri migrated from Aguleri, which was and still is, the ancestral temple of the entire Umu-Eri (Umu-Eri and Umu-Nri). His second wife Oboli begot Ọnọja, the only son who founded the Igala Kingdom in Kogi State. Among this group, there are those who believe both ethnic groups fled the same kingdom at some point in history. Many traditional Idoma spiritual chants and “secret” tongues spoken during traditional ceremonies are actually Igala dialects and there are some Idoma themselves who assert their Igala ancestry. There are yet other Idoma groups notably in the southern regions, which claim their ancestors arrived at their present location from the Northern fringes of Igboland as a result of land disputes. Scholars believe these people had most likely fled Apa too, settled and resettled.As suggested, a number of factors make it difficult to study Idoma historical origins of the Idoma people as a whole. In any event, it could be said that despite their heterogeneous origins, trading, marriage, language and other interactions among the Idoma have cultivated traditions and shaped a rich cultural identity distinctly their own.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idoma_people

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