Emeji K. Noble
Senator Hope Uzodinma was on Wednesday sworn-in as the governor of Imo state. His inauguration followed his victory at the Supreme Court yesterday following the sack of the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the apex court. Grassroots Publishers online reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ihedioha as the elected governor in the March 9 governorship election held in the state.
However, Uzodinma, along with the candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Ifeanyi Araraume and his counterpart in the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu had challenged the results of the election at the apex court. Grassroots Publishers online reports that Uzodinma was sworn-in at exactly 7:23pm by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Paschal Nnadi. This was after the oath of office was administered on his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku.
He promised to abide by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to govern the state in the best interest of the people. Earlier, Uzodinma had arrived the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport where he was received by a large crowd of APC supporters and members.
In his inaugural speech, he said the victory was a reminder that God is forever faithful and does not abandon those who trust in him.
He thanked the Supreme Court for restoring the people’s confidence in the judiciary and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as well as the party’s central working committee for their efforts in ensuring that justice prevailed.
“It is a historic judgement which has assured Nigerians and Imo in general that the judiciary remains the hope of the common man. This victory is for all Imo people, it is victory against impunity, victory for justice,” he said.
Uzodinma said he had forgiven all his political enemies and would carry everyone along during his administration.
He said his government would focus on 3 Rs, reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery to ensure good governance.
“I will respect the principle of separation of powers and allow the other arms of government to operate independently for a better Imo. God bless Imo state,” he said.