SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 16 – Senator Hope Uzodinma has launched a probe of past administrations, barely hours after being sworn in as the governor of Imo State.
The governor-elect and his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku, were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Pascal Nnadi on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, declared Senator Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress(APC) as governor of Imo State, effectively replacing governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The seven-member panel of justices held that Emeka Ihedioha was not duly elected Governor.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun said the votes due to Uzodinma and APC from 318 polling units were wrongly excluded and should be added.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Imo State Government House, hours after Senator Uzodinma received his certificate of return from INEC in Abuja and one day after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared him the elected governor of the state.
The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of the State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and governorship candidate of APGA in the 2019 governorship election, Ifeanyi Ararume were among those in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony.
Today’s Echo gathers that Uzodinma has initiated the process of the probe of contracts awarded from 2010 till date in the state.
He also sought the comprehensive financial status of the state within the same period.
Former governors Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha were in charge of the state during the period.
The governor gave the order in his inaugural speech, after he was sworn in.
He said his administration was anchored on rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery.
According to him, he will revive the state and make it work again.
He said the judiciary demonstrated courage by declaring him the duly elected governor of the state.
He said his victory at the Supreme Court would not have been possible without the support of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress.
The governor said, “My government shall be anchored on reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery. Every Imo person shall have a say in my government.
“My doors are wide open. I forgive those who conspired to rob me of my hard-earned mandate. Let us work hard to make Imo the pride of Nigeria.
“I hereby direct the accountant general of the state to within four days forward to me the comprehensive financial status of the state from May 2010 till date.
“I also direct the permanent secretaries of all the ministries to within the same period toward the status of the contracts awarded within the time frame. Payment of all ongoing contracts is hereby stopped.”
He said the apex court corrected the ‘wrongs’ of the lower court and Court of Appeal and used its eagle eye of the law to give him justice.
Meanwhile, Uzodinma gave an order to all financial institutions where the state funds were domiciled not to honour any draft until further notice.