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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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OROKAM: Land of Culture & Intelligentsia

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Orokam district is located about 140 kilometers south of River Benue in the present Benue State, North Central, Nigeria, West Africa. It is sandwiched by Igbo land to the south and Igala land to the west. Other district like Otukpa and Owukpa share her boundaries to the north and to the east respectively. Both Otukpa and Owukpa speak same Idoma dialect but with little distinct and intonations.

Enumabia Stream in Orokam

Orokam is one of the 22 districts of Idomaland. It is currently under Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The district is made up five clans according to their different ancestors, namely Ai-Inamu; Ai-Oko; Ai-Ona; Ai-Agbo Oriko (popolarly called Ai-Igwu); and .

The Ai-Inamu (Inamu’s children) are progenies or descendants of Inamu the ancestor of the clan. The Ai-Oko are descendants of Oko who is their ancestor as Ona, Agbo-Oriko and Akor are the ancestors of the Ai-Ona, Ai-Agboriko and Ai-Akor respectively.

Each clan has its own settlements but with development and prevalent inter-marriages among the different clans, they now live among themselves. An Ai-Inamu man can live in the Ai-Onah settlement without fears or worries.

Orokam people are very religious. Traditionally, they are pagans but with the advent of civilization and spread of Christianity, the light of the gospel has lit the nooks and crannies of the land so much so that one could sparsely find a shrine in the land. Christianity notwithstanding, the people still hold on to the portions of the tradition that align with biblical teachings and morality.

OCCUPATION

The people’s major occupation are farming and trading. A handful of them are civil servants. Its rich and numerous palm trees make palm wine tapping and palm oil production lucrative businesses in the land. Weaving of rafia baskets and shredding of brooms from palm branches are not left out.

The people are hospitably disposed and honest to a very large extend. They are not naturally extravagant in their lifestyles.

A palm wine tapper

TOURISM

An ancient stream named Enumabia seems to be one of the surviving body of waters in the land. The stream is believed to possess some mystics  as villagers believe it purges itself of defilements and impurities. Tourists have visited Enumabia and still do.

The stream is the villages’ major source of natural water.

There is one Okpogbodo that has dried up many decades ago.

ENTERTAINMENT

Orokam is rich in entertainment. Traditionally, they have such forms of music like Okàngá, Ogrinya, Omábé, Odé among others. Some of these were actually imports from the neighboring Igbo land of Enugu and Ikwo. Okàngá which is the traditional Idoma music could be heard in the village at nights usually at child birth celebrations or chieftaincy coronations. The music is a combination of bass drums, locally made snare drums and flutes.

The people are also very rich in traditional literature of folklore, riddles and proverbs that are handed from generation to generation.

The land has produced very prominent personalities in the country and across the world.

If you are planning a visit to Orokam, there are hotels that you can lodge and there are people who can guide you and make you your stay in the village worth the trip.

Oche Onu writes

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Benue Embraces Displaced Victims of Cross River Communal Clashes

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Hundreds of people from Wanihen community of Iyala Local Government Area of Cross River State have found refuge in Benue after a communal clash broke out between Wanihen and Wanikade communities. The displaced, mostly women and children from Ukele speaking area have found solace in Oju Local Government of Benue State.
In their usual hospitable disposition, the Benue people have opened their homes, churches and market square to accommodate the Crossrivarian.
In the same spirit, the Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom, at the news of the influx of the victims, commissioned the Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency Mr. Boniface Ortese to assess the situation and act accordingly.


Addressing the displaced persons compassionately at the various centres after the assessment, Mr Ortese promised to take back the feedback to the Governor for immediate approval for intervention and commended the communities for amplifying hospitality of the Benue people. The Executive Chairman of Oju Local Government Hon. Austin Okeche who also visited the victims said the Local Government has so far provided food to the displaced persons and would also provide shelter to them pending the return of normalcy to their areas. Some of displaced Benjamin Lukpala and Maria Ebiaga expressed deep appreciation to people and Government of Benue State for responding quicker than their own state to their plight.

Compiled by IDH Media
Credit: Ater Mark
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