Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has congratulated Senator Hope Uzodinma after the Supreme Court declared him the Governor-elect of Imo State.
In a recent statement, Gov. Dapo praised the highest court in the land for its credible pronouncements concerning the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last Gubernatorial elections in Imo State.
According to him, it is the manifestation of the will of God.
He then urged the opposition party to unite with the new Governor and pray for his success.
His words, “Given his antecedents, I have no doubt that Senator Hope Uzodinma has the competence, capacity, character and wisdom to steer Imo State to the next level of development”
“This is no time for politics but for policies, programme and actions that will usher in a new lease of life for the people.”
Congratz to him.
Hope Uzodinma is the Governor of Imo state. He was declared governor of the state by a Supreme Court of Nigeria judgement in January 2020. Hope is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for the Orlu (Imo West) constituency of Imo State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 federal elections. He ran on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. His election was challenged on the grounds that he was not the valid PDP candidate, but on 5 May 2011 the supreme court declared that his election was valid. Recently, the most distinguish Senator, Hope Uzodinma defeated the incumbent Governor’s choice to win the APC Gubernatorial Primary and received Heroic welcome in Owerri Imo State.
A report in 2001 said that Chief Uzodinma had a business empire spread across the country. He had the ceremonial title of Onwa-Netiri Oha of Omuma in Oru local government of Imo State. Uzodinma was a PDP chief in Imo State and friend of the Governor Achike Udenwa until late 2002. At that time he decided to run for Governor himself in the April 2003 elections, and decamped to the Alliance for Democracy (AD), becoming their candidate for the Imo State gubernatorial election. He was unsuccessful, and in February 2004 was readmitted to the PDP. Uzodinma was a competitor in the PDP primaries for Imo State Governor in December 2006, coming a close second to Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. Uzodinma was appointed a member of the PDP Board of Trustees. He was among those who endorsed the bid by Ikedi Ohakim to run again for Imo Governor in 2011 after Ohakim had returned to the PDP.
In testimony to the Justice Chukwudifu Oputa Commission of inquiry in July 2001 it was alleged that Uzodinma had been involved in attempts to transfer money from the National Maritime Authority to the former military ruler Abdulsalami Abubakar. In 2005 it was alleged that Dere Awosika, a close associate of the first lady Stella Obasanjo, had been involved in award of fraudulent contracts to herself and to Hope Uzodinma, a friend of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Awosika and Uzodinma’s companies were said to each have received mobilization fees of two hundred and fifty million naira. Uzodinma was said to have refunded part of the mobilization fee due to mounting pressure from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.