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Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts

Hope Uzodinma and his deputy will be sworn in Today
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Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts
Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts

The incoming Governor of , Senator has, through the Director of his Campaign Organization, Chief Cosmas Iwu, ordered the immediate freezing of all Imo State Government accounts.

Recall that the Supreme court on Tuesday declared the APC candidate as the duly elected governor of Imo state and displacing PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha

The letter dated January 14, 2020, signed by Cosmas Iwu, addressed to the Regional Directors/Managers of all finance institutions operating in the state, was captioned “order of post no debit on the account of Imo State Government, effective immediately, January 14, 2020”.

The letter reads: “Following the Supreme Court judgment of January 14, 2020, I am directed by His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to take this as your authority/instruction to place a post no debit, PND, on all accounts of Imo State Government, maintained in your various institutions.

“You are by this letter, directed to comply and await further instructions from the Office of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State.”

Meanwhile, Imo Concerned Citizens, ICC, says it has critically studied the Supreme Court judgement and resolved to support the incoming administration of Senator Hope Uzodinma. Part of the group’s statement, signed by Amadichi Divine Chike, the Convener, read: “We therefore plead with the incoming administration of Sen. Hope Uzodinma to maintain the due process standard put in place by the outgoing administration of Rt. Hon. .

Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts
Emeka Ihedioha

“The ICC wishes to thank the Rebuild Imo Administration of Governor Ihedioha, on his outstanding performance showcased within the eight months in office. Indeed Gov. Ihedioha has set the pace of due process in the governance of Imo State. We therefore encourage the incoming Sen. Uzodinma to please maintain the standards put in place by his predecessor.

“We also want to encourage the incoming administration to please maintain and implement the numerous fantastic due process ideas to deliver good governance to the Ndi-Imo, such as the Treasury Single Account, TSA, for all the revenues and the financial activities of the State, the payment of pensioners as at when due, the reversal to 100 percent payment of the state civil savants’ salaries, and to finish up the ongoing road construction works in and around the State etc.

“Ndimo deserves nothing but the best as we look forward to a greater Imo under the watch of Sen. Hope Uzodinma as the Executive Governor of Imo State. Imolites are optimistic as we transit into a fresh administration in the State.”

Uzodinma To Be Sworn In Today

The newly installed Governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma and his Deputy, Professor Placid Njoku will be sworn in Wednesday at 1pm.

Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, will conduct the inauguration at the Government House where security remains tight

Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts
Hope Uzodinma

Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress () will then give an inaugural speech.

Thereafter, he will address a press conference.

Uzodinma is expected to announce his first set of appointment within 24 hours.

Positions like Chief of Staff, Secretary to the State Government and Chief Press Secretary would be filled.

Okorocha Rejoices Over Supreme Court’s Verdict

In what seems to be a twist of narrative, former Imo Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday night celebrated the victory of APC’s Hope Uzodinma at the Supreme court.

Uzodinma Takes First Step As Imo Governor, Freezes Govt. Accounts
Senator Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha had during the elections opposed to Uzodinma’s candidacy by backing his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance party as Imo state governor.

A video emerged on social media showing the former Imo state governor celebrating with some party members after the supreme court’s verdict was read out.

See video below:

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