PROFILE: Hope Uzodinma, the fourth-place finisher who turned governor

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Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Tuesday, January 14, emerged because the governor of Imo State. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, led a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court docket that sacked Emeka Ihedioha and declared Uzodinma as governor.

Uzodinma, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had completed in fourth place within the March 9 governorship election in Imo State.

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Within the outcomes declared by INEC, Ihedioha got here first, adopted by Uche Nwosu of the Motion Alliance (AA) and Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Other than turning into governor after solely ending fourth, beneath are another fascinating issues about how the previous senator rode to the exalted place he now occupies.

Defection from PDP

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In April 2018, Uzodinma, a two-time senator who represented Imo West on the platform of the PDP dumped the opposition occasion for the APC. His defection got here months after rumours of his intention to defect to the ruling occasion.

Hijack of APC construction

After formally becoming a member of the APC in April 2018, by Might, Uzodinma had apparently taken management of the occasion construction within the state.

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Simply lower than two months of his defection, he rattled the then governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, when members of the occasion loyal to him emerged as winners of the ward and native authorities congresses within the state.

The event noticed Okorocha run to President Muhammadu Buhari in his house city in Katsina, Daura, praying him to return to his help.

Uzodinma didn’t cease there; he continued to struggle even when Okorocha appeared to have taken again management of the state occasion construction following the end result of the occasion’s nationwide congress that favoured his males.

Nevertheless, when it was time for the true decider, Uzodinma clearly dribbled previous Okorocha.

It isn’t clear if Okorocha has forgiven Ahmed Gulak, the chairman of the APC committee for the gubernatorial primaries in Imo who declared Uzodinma because the winner of the train from Abuja.

Gulak was alleged to have been bribed by Uzodinma and his camp for that declaration.

Ultimate seize of Imo APC construction

Okorocha had ensured that there was a recent main within the state wherein his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu was declared because the governorship candidate of the APC.

Nevertheless, by the point the authorized tussle on the matter was over, Okorocha was left gasping for breath as Uzodinma was declared because the candidate of the APC.

Whereas Nwosu left the occasion for Uzodinma to proceed his governorship ambition with Motion Alliance (AA), his father-in-law, Okorocha, who remained within the occasion and emerged as Imo West senator, was later suspended for anti-party actions.

Coming fourth in Imo ballot

Uzodinma and the APC supposedly carried out woefully when the Imo State governorship election end result was introduced, scoring the fourth place after APGA, AA and the PDP.

Mbaka’s Prophecy

Many individuals by no means imagined Ihedioha and the PDP would lose the state governorship seat. This was particularly because the governor had already secured election victory each on the tribunal and the Attraction Court docket.

If any occasion was thought to have any actual likelihood of upturning the victory of Ihedioha, it was actually not the APC.

If nobody believed this might occur,  actually not Rev Father Ehime Manama of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, who raises a lot mud in his December 31 prophecy.

Mbaka, with an air of certainty, declared that APC Uzodinma would take over Imo State by 2020.

The opposite facet of hope

The brand new Imo State governor has typically been linked with one corruption allegation or the opposite.

In 2001, he was alleged to have tried to switch cash from the Nationwide Maritime Authority to former army ruler, Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Additionally in 2005, Dere Awosika, an in depth affiliate of the then First Woman, Stella Obasanjo, was accused of awarding fraudulent contracts to herself and Uzodinma.

 

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Awosika and Uzodinma’s firms have been accused to have every obtained mobilization charges of N250 million. It was later reported that Uzodinma’s a part of the mobilization charge was forfeited when the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) pressured him.

Uzodinma was once more accused of corruption on February 10, 2009, with the EFCC arresting and detaining him.

The senator in 2018 was accused of issuing a dud cheque. One Chima Akuzie, and his firm, Chitek Ventures Restricted accused the previous senator of issuing them a dud cheque of N200 million.

A Grade 1 Space Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, on September 18, 2018, ordered the arrest of Uzodinma over his refusal to honour the summons to reply to the grievance. It stays to be seen how Uzodinma would repair his repute baggage. Nicely, it has been with him and but his star has solely brightened!

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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