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  • Updated: May 24, 2024

Tribunal upholds Uzodinma’s election as Imo governor

Tribunal upholds Uzodinma’s election as Imo governor

On Friday, the Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal validated the election of Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor.

The tribunal, which issued its decision in Abuja, also dismissed the plea of the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate, Athan Achonu.

In a unanimous ruling handed by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, the tribunal's three-member bench found that Uzodimma's election as Imo State governor met substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal also found that the Labour Party's appeal failed to show the allegations of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Meanwhile, residents of Egwe/Egbuoma INEC ward in Oguta LGA of Imo state have lamented over the government's negligence in the community both in infrastructures and appointments.

An indigene of the community who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity said since the inception of Uzodinma-led administration, the area had yet to receive government presence.

He said the community is made up of Egbuoma, Egwe and Ndionyemobi, and its indigenes, he said, have been supportive of the government without any sign of reciprocation.

"The community is devoid of any infrastructural development. Our people have so far given their support to the Uzodinma-led government from the onset. Unfortunately, no single appointment has been given to any of our sons and daughters.

"All we need is for the government to beam its developmental searchlight in our community and appoint our sons and daughters into positions of authority. This will give us a sense of belonging and reassurance that we are part of the state.

"During the November 11 Imo governorship election, our people came out in their numbers and supported Governor Hope Uzodinma to victory. We appeal to him to reciprocate our support by appointing our sons and daughters into his cabinet and engaging in developmental."

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