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Anambra community moves against new monarch recognised by Gov Obiano

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Indigenes of Ochuche Umuodu community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State have vowed to take laws into their hands to ensure that their new monarch, Igwe Osita Ijoma does not reign over them.

The indigenes who were protested to the Anambra State government house on Thursday to register their displeasure over the ascension of the traditional throne of the community by Ijoma, said he was not the rightful candidate for the throne.

The protesters numbering over 100 who stormed the Anambra State government house with placards called on the governor to avert crisis in the community by withdrawing the certificate of recognition earlier issued to Ijoma as the community had unanimously settled for Prince Stephen Akpati, a medical doctor, who they said hailed from a royal family.

Spokesperson of the protesters, Chief Frederick Aniche who addressed journalists during the protest, said, “Osita Ijoma is a stranger in our community. He is not from a royal family, and has no right to claim the throne of the monarch.

“We are calling on Governor Obiano to immediately rescind the decision of making him our traditional ruler, by withdrawing his certificate of recognition and issuing it to Akpati who is the duly selected candidate for the throne.

“Failure to do that, we will take laws into our hands and stop Ijoma from acting, or we will stop him from doing so, and restrict him from reigning over us, and he will be the monarch of his family and not for us,” Aniche said.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Gerald Akaeze, Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Local Government affairs thanked the people for not involving in violence.

He told the protesters that the governor was presently out of the country and that he is a peace loving person and would not hesitate to address the matter to ensure peace in the community upon return.

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Lampard reveals how he stopped Hudson-Odoi from leaving

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that one of his priorities after replacing Maurizio Sarri, was to make Callum Hudson-Odoi aware of his first-team plans.

The 18-year-old wanted to leave in the January transfer window and Bayern Munich had multiple offers rejected for the winger.

Hudson-Odoi’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

“I spoke to Callum in pre-season in Dublin.

“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here, club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get one foot in the first team, for me it just feel it was what everybody wanted.

“It was away from me slightly in terms of the club will deal with the contract in itself but I made it clear I want him at the club because I believe in his talent.

“I also know that a five-year contract is signed the hard work really starts for him.

“He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more and it’s pure hard work that will get him there.

“A lot of the talk [about Hudson-Odoi leaving] was before me, a lot of that talk was from last season and I only saw it from the outside.

“The only conversations I had were were not persuasion, they were just how I see it at the club.

“Hopefully he can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities, which are not just handed on a plate, they are handed because they deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season when you talk about Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori].

“There’s a nice thing for him to see and hopefully he’ll be hungry for and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work,” Lampard told the media ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool.

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Ogun Speaker, Oluomo wins at tribunal

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The election petition tribunal, headed by Justice Adenike Coker, today upheld the election of the Speaker of Ogun State House Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the lawmaker representing Ifo Constituency 1.

Sitting in Abeokuta, the three-member tribunal held that the evidence submitted by the petitioner, Mr Wemimo Owolabi, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) was insufficient to nullify the election of Oluomo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting, the Speaker appreciated the Judiciary for being the hope of the common man.

He assured that the tribunal judgement would further spur him into more performance at the helms of the state legislature.

Prince Oluomo emphasised, “that the people of Ifo-1 Constituency deserved good representation at the state Assembly, promising not to betray the trust and love reposed in him.”

He, however, called on all aggrieved parties to put their grievances behind them and pitch their tents with him in a bid to ensure good representation and governance.

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Wike, PDP govs hold closed-door meeting in Rivers

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Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) on Friday night met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The meeting had in attendance: Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde,Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Sokoto State Governor, Amimu Tambuwal and Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Mattawale.

The Governors arrived the Rivers State Government House at about 6pm and proceeded to the official residence of Governor Wike where they held a closed- door meeting with the Rivers State Governor.

The agenda is still unknown as at press time.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, who confirmed, also did not provide details.

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