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2011: Ohakim, lawmakers meet on Udenwa/Araraume alliance

By Emmanuel Aziken

Abuja—Prominent politicians from Imo State, including Governor Ikedim Ohakim and National Assembly members from the State were yesterday locked in a meeting, designed to chart a new political direction for the Governor and his supporters.

Vanguard learnt yesterday, that the meeting was upon the full reconciliation of former Governor Achike Udenwa and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the 2007 election.

Udenwa who is presently the Minister of Commerce and Industry had as the PDP Governor of Imo State in 2007 joined former President Olusegun Obasanjo in opposing Araraume’s gubernatorial quest, leading to the victory of Ohakim of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).

However, with Udenwa and Araraume now fully reconciled and with the Supreme Court’s decision to consider pending issues in the 2007 Imo State gubernatorial election, supporters of the Governor were yesterday said to be meeting on how to navigate the issues ahead of them.

The meeting which was holding at the Transcorp Hilton hotel as at press time had at least one Senator from the state, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Mr. Emeka Ihedioha and some other House members from the state in attendance.

The meeting follows the launching in Owerri last week of the Governor’s political platform, the New Face of Imo Organisation headed by a former political soul mate of Governor Udenwa, Prince Elvis Agukwe.

The Abuja meeting Vanguard learnt was meant to appraise leading politicians from the state on the political options before the Governor in the face of the Supreme Court ruling on the petition by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate, Chief Martin Agbaso.

The petition it was learnt has the prospect of a fresh gubernatorial election that could see the Governor confront the joint and formidable opposition presented by Udenwa and Araraume.


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