PHOTOS: Ayade, Uzodinma Travel With Buhari For AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari with Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on February 7, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday departed Abuja to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma, are among those accompanying the President on the visit.

The event is scheduled to hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.

Also visiting the north African country are chairmen of the Committees on Foreign Affairs in the Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa and Yusuf Baba, respectively.

Ministers accompanying the President include Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Hadi Sirika (Aviation), Niyi Adebayo (Industry, Trade and Investment), Retired Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Defence), and Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture).

Other government officials on the entourage are the National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major-General Babagana Monguno; the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; and the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD (Nigeria), Gloria Akobundu.

See the photos below:

Imo Govt Approves N30,000 For Least Paid Workers

A file photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Imo State government has approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for the least paid workers in the State Public Service.

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma, Oguwike Nwachuku, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He explained that civil servants captured were those on the Grade level 1 Step 1.

“Consequential adjustments on other levels will be implemented as soon as the ongoing government-labour negotiations are concluded,” Nwachuku said.

He added, “It would be recalled that at a recent meeting Governor Uzodinma had with labour leaders in the state, he promised that he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage if all the negotiations with them are concluded.”

Ihedioha Ought Not To Have Been Declared Governor – Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, says Mr. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not have been declared governor of Imo State.

Oshiomhole stated this on Friday when Governor Hope Uzodinma visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.

The APC Chairman believes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erred in declaring Ihedioha governor since he did not meet the constitutional requirements of having polled two-third of the votes cast in the state.

READ ALSO: Secondus, Abaribe Lead Protest To US, UK Embassies Over Supreme Court Judgement

“Ask INEC to give you the result of Imo, even excluding that of Governor Hope Uzodinma. You will find that Emeka ought not to have been declared. For me, it is shocking that nobody is interrogating INEC.

“And that is how they get away with this blue murder. This is to say nothing of the fact that INEC has not explained why did you not collate votes that were certified by the presiding officers, signed by the appointing officers appointed by INEC in each of the 388 polling units,” he stated.

His comments come shortly after the PDP protested the Supreme Court verdict that sacked Ihedioha as Imo State Governor.

PHOTOS: Uzodinma, Lalong Present As Osinbajo Chairs NEC Meeting

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Osun’s Gboyega Oyetola and Ondo Governor, Rotimi Oyetola at the National Economic Summit at the Presidential Villa on January 23, 2020.

 

 

The first National Economic Council (NEC) meeting of the year has taken place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the meeting took place on Thursday with governors of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, Plateau State, Simon Lalong and Benue State, Samuel Ortom in attendance.

Other governors in attendance were Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, were absent but were represented by their deputies.

See photos below:

Uche Nwosu Asks Supporters To Work With Uzodinma For Greater Imo

Mr Uche Nwosu.

 

The Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in last year’s election, Uche Nwosu has directed his supporters and party members to work together with Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Nwosu gave this directive on Tuesday during a meeting with members of his party in Owerri, the state capital.

The AA candidate who is also the son-in-law of ex-governor Rochas Okorocha said he and his supporters across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state have accepted the Supreme Court ruling that led to the emergence of Uzodinma as the new governor.

Speaking concerning his membership in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nwosu explained that he is back as a member.

He noted that there is no more division within the party. He said further that he believes with the right support, Uzodinma will deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

READ ALSO: Imo: Our People Have Suffered, Ararume Pledges To Support Uzodinma

His remarks come two days after Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) declared his support for the new administration.

Araraume noted that the people of the state have suffered hence the need for the people to help the current administration in its quest for good governance

PDP Stages ‘Mother Of All Protests’ Against Supreme Court Judgement

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has embarked on what it termed “mother of all protests” against last week’s Supreme Court judgement on Imo Governorship appeal.

The apex court on Tuesday last week nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and unanimously declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Governor Ganduje

A huge crowd of protesters, led by the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, armed with placards, waving party flags, took off from the PDP headquarters annex in Abuja, to the Supreme Court to express their dissatisfaction with the judgement.

See photos below:

 

 

 

Imo: Our People Have Suffered, Ararume Pledges To Support Uzodinma


 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State has directed its members to support the new All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the best interest of the state.

At the meeting in Owerri which had in attendance the APGA Chairman, Henry Okafor, its governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and other top officials, the party said following the recent development in the state, it is collapsing its structure into the APC in the state to form a coalition.

Araraume noted that the people of the state have suffered hence the need for the people to help the current administration in its quest for good governance.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

“Our people have suffered over time. We need to make the government succeed because we need good governance in Imo. We need to make our contributions.

“The whole idea to aspire to be governor is to offer selfless service to our people. Somebody has emerged through the verdict of the Supreme Court, which is the highest court of the land. Therefore, we need to sensitise our people from the grassroots to the state level to support him,” he said.

 

 

Araraume’s remarks come five days after the apex court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state.

The seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

Immediately after the verdict, Araraume congratulated Uzodinma and promised to support his government.

Imo: I Never Said I’ll Probe My Predecessors, Says Gov Uzodinma


 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has debunked rumours making rounds in the state that he planned to probe his predecessors.

Governor Uzodinma disclosed this after inspecting some structures at the government house in Owerri.

The Governor said even though the business of governance includes probing and accountability, his directive to the Accountant-General of the state and the officials of the civil service to furnish him with the financial statement of the state may have been misconstrued.

“When I asked for a status report from all the ministries, many people misunderstood it or assumed that the purpose of calling for that information is because I want to probe; I never said that I was going to probe anybody.

“The business of governance involves probing if need be; so I needed that information because there is no official handover from anybody, and for me to start the work, I need to know what is on the ground.”

READ ALSO: Imo Election: Nigeria Will Emerge Stronger – Ihedioha

 

 

He said since there’s been no proper handover from the immediate past government, if during an investigation and for proper accountability there’s need to call on anyone for Questioning as it deems fit, the Government will not hesitate to do so, but he hasn’t made any pronouncement of probing anyone. He urges the media to get accurate facts and statements before publishing.

“We will start and in the course of doing our business, if there are things that require investigation, we will subject them to an investigation. My business here is to govern the people, and in the process, if there is any need for any particular issue to be investigated or probed I will do that, but let nobody begin to speak for me because I have not said that yet.”

On the state of infrastructure in the government house, he said the government will begin renovation as soon as possible to enable the business of governance kick start in earnest.

Hope Uzodinma Sworn In As Imo State Governor

 

 

Senator Hope Uzodinma has been 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.

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.

Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, who had predicted that Senator Uzodinma will emerge as governor of the state, was among those who were present at the event.

The priest had drawn a large crowd upon his arrival as many swarmed his car praising him for his prediction.

READ ALSO: We Owe This Victory To Functional Judiciary – Uzodinma

Several APC chieftains, including APC National Vice Chairman, Emma Eneukwu, APC National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, the Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly Chiji, as well as Ahmed Gulak and Andy Uba, were also in attendance.

Earlier, Senator Hope Uzodinma had said that he owes his gubernatorial victory at the Supreme Court to a functional judiciary.

Speaking after he received the Certificate of Return from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as the governor-elect of Imo State, Sen Uzodinma stated that the Supreme Court’s judgment is justice for the Imo People.

“We owe this victory to the almighty God, we owe it to the functional judiciary, the Supreme Court used the eagle eyes of the law and gave us justice, and there is so much excitement down there in Imo state,” Uzodinma said.

Senator Uzodinma told newsmen that the verdict was the wish of the Imo people who came out and voted for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and himself.

Mr. Uzodinma also noted that there is happiness in Imo State, adding that this is a sign that the peoples’expectations and the mandate which they have given him, was protected.

The governor-elect promised to deliver for the Imo people, stating that he owes them that much.

We Owe This Victory To Functional Judiciary – Uzodinma

 

Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that he owes his gubernatorial victory at the Supreme Court to a functional judiciary.

Speaking after he received the Certificate of Return from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as the governor-elect of Imo State, Sen Uzodinma stated that the Supreme Court’s judgment is justice for the Imo People.

“We owe this victory to the almighty God, we owe it to the functional judiciary, the Supreme Court used the eagle eyes of the law and gave us justice, and there is so much excitement down there in Imo state,” Uzodinma said.

READ ALSO: Hope Uzodinma Receives Certificate Of Return As Imo Governor-Elect

Senator Uzodinma told newsmen that the verdict was the wish of the Imo people who came out and voted for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and himself.

Mr. Uzodinma also noted that there is happiness in Imo State, adding that this is a sign that the peoples’expectations and the mandate which they have given him, was protected.

The governor-elect promised to deliver for the Imo people, stating that he owes them that much.

“I think I owe them a great deal of work to ensure that their democratic dividends and the things that they believed I will do as a governor will be done and brought to a conclusive end.”

Hope Uzodinma Receives Certificate Of Return As Imo Governor-Elect

 

Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has received the Certificate of Return from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as the governor-elect of Imo State.

He was awarded the certificate on Wednesday in Abuja, barely 24 hours after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the state.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

Hope Uzodinma Receives Certificate Of Return from INEC As Imo Governor-Elect on January 15, 2020. PHOTOS: ChannelsTV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Consequently, a seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously declared the Senator the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

The appellant, Senator Uzodinma contended that he scored the highest number of votes in the election, but that INEC had returned Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the State.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the judgment declared that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and should be added to his votes.

The apex court also considered the submissions of a principal witness who was on a subpoena to present results and held that the lower court was wrong in its ruling.

READ ALSO: Imo Election: Uche Nwosu Withdraws Appeal Against Governor Ihedioha

While reading the lead judgment, Justice Kekere-Ekun declared Senator Uzodinma as the validly elected Governor and the Certificate of Return issued to Ihedioha be withdrawn immediately.

Meanwhile, candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu, withdrew a second appeal filed against the election of Emeka Ihedioha.

According to his counsel, Mr Solomon Umoh (SAN), the withdrawal on Tuesday is based on the judgment of the apex court which had been delivered on the 20th of December 2019.

Imo: APGA’s Ararume Pledges To Work With Uzodinma After Supreme Court Verdict

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume says he has accepted the outcome of the appeal at the Supreme Court in good faith.

The apex court on Tuesday nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

Senator Araraume in a statement on Wednesday said that he is ready to work harmoniously with Senator Uzodinma in the interest of the people of the state.

“The Supreme Court has finally delivered its verdict on the protracted legal battles on the 2019 Imo State Governorship election.

“In its wisdom, the Apex Court finally declared my brother, Senator Hope Uzodinma the validly elected Governor of Imo State In the 2019 Governorship election.

“I wish to state categorically that I accept the judgement of the Supreme Court in good faith and hereby congratulate Senator Uzodinma on his emergence as Governor.

“As a firm believer in the rule of law, I make haste to state my readiness to work harmoniously with the new Governor in the overall interest of the Imo people,” he said.

He urged his supporters to do everything possible to assist the new government in providing the dividends of democracy.

“I sincerely appeal to all my supporters In Imo state to support the new Governor as we collectively strive to ensure that our people enjoy the full dividends of democracy.

“The peace and development of Imo State are our paramount pursuits and aspirations. These will never be compromised or sacrificed on the altar of selfish consideration.”