Ihedioha restates plan to conduct council election within six months
Swears in ISIEC commissioners, three special advisers, others
Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has reiterated that there is no going back on the conduct of the council election within six months in the state.
The governor stated this during the swearing-in of the new chairman and commissioners of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC), as well as special advisers and permanent secretaries at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers Government House, Owerri, the state capital, yesterday.
The ISIEC commissioners include Mrs. Ngozi Duru (Okigwe), Ambrose Ugboaja (Owerri), Prof. Sam Onyekuru (Owerri), Dr. Chinedu Iwu (Okigwe), Dr. N. N. Nwanesi – Commissioner (Orlu) and Nwando Anyasinti (Orlu).
The governor, who charged the election umpire, led by Julius Onyenaucheya, to among other things, begin work in earnest to ensure that the six months’ stipulated time-frame is actualised, also urged them to corroborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on issues of registered voters and best election practices.
He said that they must provide level-playing ground for all aspirants and political parties for the poll, stressing that he would not take excuses for failure in their assigned responsibilities to the state.
However, three Special Advisers were sworn in yesterday by the governor. They include Jones Onyeriri (Political), Dr. Jeff Ojinika (Inter-Party Affairs) and Prof. Jude Uwazurike (Diaspora.)
Also, two Senior Special Assistants were sworn in. They are Kelechi Nzewuihe (Revenue Generation) and Ikechukwu Ukeze (Special Citizens).
Meanwhile, the governor has admonished the board members of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), led by Magnus Obido, who were also inaugurated at the event, to help the state drive infrastructural development in the state, particularly in their respective areas.