- Some monarchs in Imo state have asked Emeka Ihedioha to withdraw suit against Governor Hope Uzodinma
- The Supreme Court had on Tuesday, January 14, sacked Ihedioha and installed Uzodinma as the governor of the state
- Ihedioha, however, approached the apex court to reverse its judgement in the case
The hue and cry generated by the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Imo state and eventual declaration of Hope Uzodinma of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the authentic winner of March 9, 2019, governorship election in the state are yet to subside.
Sun reports that the crisis took another twist on Friday, February 7, when the ex-governor described as faceless some traditional rulers in the state who asked him to withdraw his case against Uzodinma.
Legit.ng gathered that the traditional rulers from Owerri North local government area of the state called on Ihedioha to withdraw his suit against Governor Uzodinma from the Supreme Court in the interest of the people of the state.
The spokesperson of the royal fathers, Eze Akujuobi Osuagwu, the traditional ruler of Awaka autonomous community while addressing newsmen in his palace noted that the controversy generated by Ihedioha’s case at the supreme court is currently dragging the state backward.
According to the royal fathers, no investor would like to establish their business in the upheaval of the political crisis in the state.
The royal fathers, therefore, advised Ihedioha to withdraw his case against the governor to enable Uzodinma to concentrate on the work he has already started.
Osuagwu further urged Ihedioha to embrace Governor Uzodinma’s administration and give him the utmost support to succeed.
“When two elephants fight, the grass suffers, Ihedioha should know this by now, the Supreme Court has hardly reversed its judgement, the earlier he embraces the new government, the better for the state.
“The best thing that would happen to the people and the state now is for him to withdraw his case at the Supreme Court, we cannot continue to go back and forth, when Ihedioha came in we know how long it took him to settle down, now a new governor is there and trying to settle down but he is being distracted by the supreme court judgement.
“We are appealing to Ihedioha if he loves the people of the state, he should wait for another election year, the hand of God is probably on Uzodinma’s emergence as governor, he has promised to continue where his predecessor stopped and we believe him following some of his achievements he has consolidated on,” Osuagwu said.
Reacting to the statement, a media aide to Ihedioha, Chibuike Onyeukwu, however, doubted the possibility of the statement credited to the traditional rulers.
According to a statement he made available to Saturday Sun, he said, “There is no clip, written press statement or communique duly signed by the traditional ruler and his unnamed colleagues on the subject matter.
“So I presume it is not true and could not have come from traditional rulers in the state who have rejected the imposition of Senator Uzodinma on the people of Imo state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Uzodinma said his administration would deal with individuals and groups of persons sponsoring inciting protests in the state.
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