We are solidly behind Ibezim
SIR: We the Okigwe Progressives Youth Movement (OPYM) is calling on Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of APC and the PDP candidate in the recently concluded Imo North Senatorial by-election, Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu to sheath their swords and work with Sir Frank Ibezim to move the zone forward.
We also expressed our unalloyed support for Sir Frank Ibezim and call on all political gladiators in the state to allow the will of Okigwe people prevail.
As, the umbrella body of all youth organizations in Imo North Senatorial district, we are solidly behind Frank Ibezim whom we massively voted for on December 5, 2020 to represent us at the Senate. No amount of intimidation and arm-twisting will make us back down on our support for Sir Frank Ibezim.
We are optimistic that the Supreme Court will right the wrong meted to us by the Appeal Court which erroneously upheld Ibezim’s disqualification by the High court.
We equally condemn the attitude of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, who has openly vowed to work with the PDP candidate in order to make sure that Ibezim does not go to the Senate. We wonder why the former Senator would want the party to lose a seat they clearly won at the polls simply because he was not declared the candidate.
We voted Ibezim at the polls because we wanted to do away with old politicians. We gave him 36,811 votes from five local governments as against 31,903 manufactured by PDP from just one local government.
We defeated PDP in five, out of the six local government that makes up Imo North Senatorial district. We defeated them in Okigwe, Onuimo, Isiala Mbano, Ehime Mbano, and Ihitte Uboma. PDP came second having won only in Obowo LGA. This was a demonstration of our support to the aspiration of Sir Frank Ibezim.
Further, there is no discrepancy in Ibezim’s certificate as being erroneously bandied about by our opponents. His name appears the same in all his certificates. it is on his voter’s card that he used “Frank” instead of “Francis” and we wonder how that amounts to forgery and perjury.
The lower courts have unwittingly played into the hands of enemies of Okigwe zone by aiding in tarnishing the image of a man loved, supported and voted by all. The lower courts also erred by not inviting any of the institutions that issued the certificates to either confirm or deny them before hurriedly delivering judgment.
We urge the Supreme Court to do the right thing and correct the damage already done to the reputation of an honest man whose only crime was daring to contest an election against political heavyweights in Imo. Imo North Senatorial seat is nobody’s birthright.
We are prepared take to the street in the coming week to press home our demand.
Kingsley Okolo, National Coordinator, Okigwe Progressives
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