The Imo State house of assembly which is formerly dominated by the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) is now in near total control of the ruling APC following the defection of 26 out of the 27 members to APC.
Making the disclosure on Saturday, the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Dr Chiji Collins, said, out of the 27 lawmakers, only the immediate past deputy speaker, Hon Okey Onyekanma, is in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaker Chiji made the disclosure while addressing APC supporters during a rally in support of Governor Hope Uzodinma in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Hundreds of supporters had trooped out to register their presence and support for the emergence of Uzodinma at the supreme court on January 14, 2020.
According to him, Imo lawmakers were ready to partner with Senator Uzodinma to succeed as governor, even as he insisted that the defection was devoid of any inducement.
The speaker said, “As at last night, we have 26 lawmakers who have declared for APC, and by next week, I assure you that soon the 27 will all be for APC. All of us are ready to support the governor because he is ready to turn this state around.”
The supreme court had on January 14, 2020 declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State, an action that ousted Chief Emeka Ihedioha from office.
Supporters of the immediate past governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, had on Thursday shut down Owerri to demand for his restoration as governor of Imo State.
According to him, within six months under Uzodinma as governor, “Imo state will be transformed because he has direct connection with President Muhamadu Buhari. And we are going to partner fully with the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma.”
Earlier, the state chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Lady Nneoma Uba, said the state would be prosperous under Uzodinma’s watch, adding that Imo people would not be hungry.
While Chief Rex Anunobi said Orlu people assured Uzodinma of solidarity, because they were sure of his ability, character, and connection to improve Imo State.
Supreme Court Has Concluded Imo State Matter – Deputy Governor
The deputy governor of Imo State, Professor Placid Njoku, has said the verdict of the supreme court has addressed all issues concerning Imo governorship election, saying the matter was totally concluded.
Professor Njoku made the disclosure while addressing a mammoth crowd that trooped out in support of Governor Hope Uzodinma on Saturday, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
According to him, the apex court has addressed every issue concerning Imo governorship election, and that every other thing done amounts to nought.
He was speaking in reaction to the attempt by the immediate past governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, to get the apex court review the verdict that produced Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo state.
Prof Njoku said, “On January 14, the apex court ruled that the truly elected governor is Senator Hope Uzodinma. That day, the God of Imo State spoke and it has finished. If there were any issues, the supreme court jurists have ruled over it and it is settled, that matter is settled. They can come and contest in 2023 to lose again.”
Further he said, “The issue has been settled by Imo people and by God.
Senator Hope Uzodinma is the governor. He will restore pride to us as a people and a state.”
According to the deputy governor, within two weeks, the governor has restored public water supply to the state and electricity to the state civil service secretariat, adding that he would do more in the days to come.