Tuesday, 22 July 2014

U-Report: Speaker’s Aide Seek Media And General Public Support To Fight Blackmail

Speaker Benjamin Uwajimogu

Report By IMHA Media Unit
The Senior Special Assistant (media) to the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Mr, Chukwuemeka Ahaneku, has taken a swipe on one Mr. Kenneth Uwadi, who he said has specialized in the use of the social media platforms to peddle lies and unfounded allegations mostly against political office holders in the state.
Mr. Ahaneku, who was reacting to various articles written by Mr. Uwadi against some top government functionaries in the state, described Mr. Uwadi as a ‘clinging cymbal’ whose riotous and blackmailing noise would not deter the leadership of the Imo State House of Assembly from further blazing the trail, as it recently bagged the second most productive House in the country.
He however, asserted that Mr. Uwadi’s sinister motive was to launch a pernicious propaganda against the Speaker, amid his rising political profile and reputations because some opposition leaders in the State gave him some money and promised him their party primaries ticket to contest in the 2015 elections, adding that engaging him (Mr. Uwadi) on such blackmailing spree were akin to trading common sense with ignorance.
According to him, ‘’who doesn’t know Kenneth Uwadi as a sheer alarmist who specializes in blackmailing political office holders to make ends meet? He should know that we are not losing sleep over any of those frivolous junks he has been posting on the internet. I want to assure him that the House ably led by Rt. Hon. Banjamin Uwajumogu is ever poised to surpass its recent record of achievements as the second best in the country for the betterment of Imo people’’.
Speaking further he queried; ‘’how is the Speaker involved in all the accusations he is levying on him? What is the Speaker’s business in the management of local government funds or in a secret cult war that saw many Imolites dead and few arrested for culpable homicide in the state? People should not because of partisan and personal interest offer themselves as demonic tools for peddling of falsehood and misrepresentation of people. When people say people should have education and good upbringing, it is for this kind of reason, so they can write with facts and also know how to portray themselves in the public.
‘’it is surprising that Mr. Uwadi who claims to be an accountant could not take into cognizance various deductions (e.g. primary school teacher’s salary and other deductions) that are deducted during the joint allocation committee meetings  and the various rural projects financed by the local governments in the state before coming out with  his federation allocation committee figures which clearly shows that he (Mr.Uwadi) is completely detached from the realities on ground or ignorant of government processes and procedures. I am not the one to make this clarification because it is purely executive but out of their ignorance they push you to the extent that you say things that you don’t want to  ’’ .
The Speaker’s media aide further recalled the negative antecedents of Mr. Uwadi and Samuelson Iwoha and continued, ‘’ It was this same Kenneth Uwadi in partnership with Samuelson Iwoha, who recently concocted mind blowing allegations of fraud against the Speaker, with the negative intents of smearing his reputations and to blackmail him. And when the chips were down as calls from concerned people of the state started coming for them to come forward and substantiate their allegations, Uwadi cowardly chickened out and said he didn’t have facts rather he copied from his friend Mr.Iwuoha thinking he had facts, thereby leaving Samuelson Iwuoha in the cold,’’ Mr. Ahaneku explained.
The Special assistant to the Speaker, however, wondered why Mr. Uwadi who could not substantiate any of his initial allegations against the Speaker, will always find a way of ridiculing and tarnishing his image by involving or mentioning   the Speaker’s name in any of his blackmailing articles or comments. when his partner in the blackmailing and Image tarnishing business (Samuelson Iwuoha) had recently in a recorded  conversation that was broadcasted by major radio stations in Imo state , owned up to have fabricated the said allegations against the Speaker with the intention of extracting  money  and a Toyota camry car from him.
Mr. Ahaneku, further used the forum to seek the media and the general public intervention on the matter, as he called politicians to shun all forms of blackmail against their perceived political opponents and refrain from luring youths into blackmail and other sundry lifestyles which could jeopardize their brighter future

Open Letter: Petition Against Unlawful Collection Of Permanent Voters' Cards In Osun State

Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM)
1a Fadeyi Street,
Ikeja, Lagos.
Email: cppmandate@gmail.com
Telephone: 07033853232, 08078012999

The Chairman,
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
INEC Headquarters,

Dear Sir,
Petition Against The Illegal And Unconstitutional Collection Of Permanent Voters Card (Pvc) And Copying Of Voters Identification Number (Vin) From The Owners By Omoilu Foundation In Osun State, Yesterday 21/07/2014

With due regards sir, I have the authority and mandate of the governing board of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) to intimate you with this civil society organization which is at the forefront of promoting constitutional governance and the deepening of democratic tenets in all aspects of our national life.

We wish to use this medium to draw your attention to news circulating in the media since yesterday 21/07/2014 about an organization called Omoilu foundation which has been distributing kerosene to residents of Ede in Osun state and which was reported to be taking possession of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) of voters and as well copying down the Voters Identification Number (VIN) in exchange for a 5 litres of kerosene.

In confirming this story, the founder of Omoilu Foundation, one Mr. Kashamu Buruji was reported in the news story as saying that" We ask them to come with their voters cards to know that they are registered". He also added that " ......and we ask them to bring their cards to know that they truly registered and got their cards".

On our part at CPPM, we regard this act by Omoilu foundation as not only unconstitutional but a flagrant violation of the Electoral Act by inducing voters to part with their PVC and VIN for 5 litres of kerosene. This act by Omoilu foundation is not only illegal but an insult to the collective psyche of the Nigerian people because it has the tendency to portray our national image in bad light before the rest of the world.

Therefore, the question, that we are seeking answers to now are that, is it legal or appropriate under the Electoral law for any organization to take possession of the electorates permanent voters card voters as well as voters identification number? Of what use is Omoilu foundation going to deploy these PVC and VIN its possession? By taking possession of the these PVC's and VIN's, is Omoilu Foundation not endangering national security if it has the data of citizens unconstitutionally in its possession?

We are hereby demanding that you use your good office to immediately investigate this matter and ensure justice and national pride to the Nigerian people through diligent prosecution


Nelson Ekujumi,
Executive Chairman

The National Security Adviser,
Office of the National Security Adviser,

The Inspector General of Police,
Nigeria Police Force,
Force Headquarters,
Louis Edet House,