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Leave Imo people out of your fight against me, Okorocha tells Uzodimma



By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri

Former governor of Imo State and member representing Imo West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has advised Governor Hope Uzodimma to stop destroying the assets of the people of the state in his bid to get at him.

Okorocha, who gave the advice in an interview with journalists in Owerri the state capital, said Uzodimma’s government had not been able to differentiate between his personal properties and those belonging to the people of the state.

He regretted that most of the people-oriented signature projects constructed by his administration had been lying waste and abandoned by his successor.

His words, “It’s been one drama or the other since I left office as the governor of Imo State. It started with Emeka Ihedioha and now, Hope Uzodimma.

“I decided not to show my my face and give leaders opportunity to correct the wrong things that have been going on.

“But, the government of the day is not able to differentiate between Rochas as a person and what Rochas did for Imo State as governor.

“Whatever assets I left here doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the people of Imo State.

“For instance, the 1000-bed Somto Hospital is being demolished by the government, in place of market shops. That hospital was commissioned by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“I don’t know why the police headquarters is still being neglected and abandoned. It is a similar situation with the 3400 capacity prison headquarters.

“The cargo airport is also abandoned without use. The Aguisi Ironsi tunnel which created ways to manage traffic in the capital city is being brought down. They couldn’t even break down the tunnel.

“The two biggest flyovers which can contain 1000 fully loaded trucks is being abandoned without use.

“I’m equally saddened that the RAMP rural roads projects have been stopped. Are you also fighting Rochas by stopping such projects.

“These have called for concern. A fight against Rochas must be disconnected from a fight against Imo people

“My heart is bleeding over the destruction of Imo property especially Somto Hospital. That project is over N1.6 billion. It would have been better if they had turned it into a shopping mall instead of demolishing the edifice.

“I’m calling on Governor Hope Uzodinma to concentrate on the fight against me and leave Imo people alone. Let’s separate politics from governance. Hope is mixing politics and governance

“They based their destruction on China projects but it’s taken them months to destroy Akachi and the Ironsi Tunnel.

“Fighting me through EFCC, DSS, and ICPC is enough. Stop destroying Imo properties.”

One of the governor’s aide’s, Modestus Nwamkpa claimed that the demolished and abandoned projects were either of substandard quality or of no use for the state.

According to Nwamkpa, who is the senior special assistant to the governor on print media, Governor Hope Uzodimma has no interest in fighting the former governor or anyone else, but only interested in righting the wrongs of the past.

He said, “I want to tell you that most of those projects that you mentioned like the flyovers and tunnels were declared defective by the Nigeria Society of Engineers. This even happened when Ihedioha was here as governor. But, because of the cries and complaints of the people of the state, the current government decided to demolish the tunnel. That thing he called tunnel turned out to be a stream of water.

“The flyovers were not started by Okorocha. It was Ikedi Ohakim who conceptualized and began work there. But, Rochas came and abandoned the standard specifications. This led to the NSE declaring the flyovers defective and not good for human use.

“Those projects were abandoned by Okorocha himself. For instance, after demolishing the Eke Ukwu market, Rochas built what turned out to be public toilet and claimed that it was a hospital. We all know what a hospital is. There was never any time a hospital was there. However, Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised to build a standard market there as requested by the Owerri people within 18 months.

“On the police and prisons headquarters, it is the two federal agencies that will determine when to move into those places and not Hope Uzodinma. I understand that the two agencies did not find the buildings fit enough to house them.”

The Nation

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“You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant” — Rapper, Olamide



Popular Nigerian rapper, Olamide Adedeji has taken to his verified Twitter account to charge his 4.1 million followers to change.

Olamide stagnant

According to the Carpe Diem crooner, nobody was born to remain stagnant, other wise we would have been born with roots for feet.

He urged his followers to observe their environment to see that everything is constantly evolving and changing, hence they should also take actions to enforce change.

He tweeted,

Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing…changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. Carpe diem !

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Arsenal news live: Gunners set to make £12m bid for Eriksen, Aouar bid instruction, Szoboszlai concern



Arsenal news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Emirates stadium.

Arsenal concerns over Dominik Szoboszlai

Arsenal are keen to sign Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai but are not fully convinced of two areas in the playmaker’s game.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to north London after a series of eye-catching displays for the Austrian side, scoring eight times and contributed nine assists in all competitions already this season.

However, while the Gunners are fans of the Hungary international, The Athletic claims the Premier League side have concerns about his ‘ball retention’ and ‘defensive capabilities’.

The report adds that Arsenal will likely face competition from AC Milan were they to pursue Dominik Szoboszlai with the Italians viewing him as a potential replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu, who is out of contract next summer.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Leipzig are also said to be ‘quietly confident’ of landing the playmaker after signing the likes of Naby Keita and Dayot Upamecano from sister club Salzburg in recent years.

Arsenal ready to make £12m Bid For Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen

Arsenal are reportedly preparing to submit an offer for Inter Milan playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his attacking option after struggling to in term of creativity that let his team sitting 14th position in the Premier League table.

However, according to Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset, claim the Gunners are courting the struggling Danish national team player and are ready to make an offer of £12 million for Inter Milan.

The reports explains in details that Inter could reinvest the funds raised through the sale of the former Spur player into Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik, who they have been linked with signing ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

Campbell calls for Houssem Aouar bid in January

Ex-Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has called on the club to make another bid to secure the signature of Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar in January.

The Gunners are failed to convince Lyon to part ways with the highly-rated 22-year-old in the summer with the Ligue 1 side refusing to budge on their £54m asking price.

However, with Mikel Arteta’s side looking desperately short in the creative department, Campbell believes Aouar could be the perfect player to breathe new life into the midfield.

‘Look, it is a requirement for Arsenal to bring great players to the football club,’ Kevin told Football Insider.

‘We need players who are committed, who have talent and can express their talent. Aouar is a player that Arsenal have been coveting but they could not get the job done in the summer.

‘Lyon do not have any European ambitions this season so who knows whether the deal can be done in January. If it can be done and Arsenal can get him – go and get him. There should be no messing around.

‘But the Lyon president is a bit of a character so I am not sure if he would sanction the deal in January. I do though believe that he is still on Arsenal’s radar.’

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Van Vicker slams Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway for saying parliament is no place for actors



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Van Vicker has hit out at politician, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway for saying that parliament is for serious people and not for actors.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs in an attempt to discredit actor, John Dumelo, in his quest to become the Member of Parliament, suggested that politics is serious business and not a joke.

John Dumelo, representing the NDC, is in the race for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency’s parliamentary seat along with the NPP’s Lydia Alhassan- who is the incumbent MP for the constituency.

The honourable minister, Shirley Ayorkor, in endorsing Lydia called on the Ayawaso West community to entrust power back in the latter’s hand.

She questioned opponent, John Dumelo’s competence saying that Parliament is no place for actors but is for serious people.

Meanwhile, Van Vicker certainly does not subscribe to the assertion that politics is no place for people in the creative arts industry.

In a long post on Instagram, Dumelo’s colleague actor said that he understood that the political game involved saying the most thoughtless things just to score points but for the Minister to disrespect the Creative Arts Industry was ungracious.

In the award-winning actor’s candid opinion, that rhetoric must stop. He also called on his colleagues in the industry to condemn Shirley’s statement and to demand an apology.

Van Vicker Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway
Van Vicker Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway

Van added that politics involved making decisions to affect lives and the Creative Arts Industry plays a major role in keeping people entertained and soothed.

He affirmed that actors, actresses and musicians to mention a few were serious people and that Shirley’s statement was unfortunate.

Nonetheless, John Dumelo and Lydia Alhassan at a debate were involved in an altercation after the latter called the aspiring MP dumb.

Dumelo almost stormed out but sat through the rest of the debate following advice from members of his team.

We wait to see who gains the urge to represent the people of Ayawaso West Wuogon in a few days to come.

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