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Hope Uzodinma’s Win Is A Victory For Democracy – Ahmed Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has congratulated Senator Hope Uzodinma on his Supreme Court victory which declared him the winner of the March 19, 2019, Imo State governorship election.

He also hailed the All Progressives Party (APC) in the state for getting things done via the constitutionally stipulated judicial process.

According to him, the unanimous decision of the 7-member panel of the highest court in Nigeria has proven that the APC won the elections without any doubt.

His words, “This is a victory for democracy, the rule of law, the All Progressives Congress and the good people of Imo State.

“The new Governor-elect should be magnanimous in victory and see his mandate as a call to serve his people conscientiously and to the best of his ability.”

He then wished future Governor, Hope a successful tenure in office.

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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.

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