- Ihedioha has been accused of being desperate to return to government by all means
- Declan Emelumba, Imo state's information commissioner, alleged Ihedioha was desperate to return to avoid being probed
- A suit is currently at the Federal High Court in Abuja by a group asking the court to restrain Uzodimma from acting as governor
The Imo state government has accused the former sacked governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of being desperate to return.
According to The Nation, the state's commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, claimed Ihedioha was desperate to return to the office to avoid being probed for his administration’s alleged misdeeds.
A whistleblower had alleged in a petition to the state's House of Assembly that over N78.4 billion spent in seven months by the Ihedioha administration could not be accounted for.
Also, the state's auditor-general for local government and chieftaincy affairs had issued an interim audit report detailing how N19.63b fraudulently disappeared from the local government accounts between May and December 31, 2019, under Ihedioha.
However, none of the allegations against Ihedioha has been proven and he is not on trial for corruption yet.
The former governor has also consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Emelumba also hinted that Ihedioha was behind a suit seek further judicial interpretation of Supreme Court verdict which was in favour of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that fresh legal moves to sack Senator Uzodinma as governor of Imo state had commenced before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.
The fresh suit was filed by the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its 2019 governorship candidate in the state, Okere Kingdom.
Kingdom and his party are asking the court for a judicial interpretation on whether the APC actually sponsored Uzodinma as its candidate for the said election.
The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Governor Uzodinma and to issue a fresh one to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ihedioha as the validly elected governor of the state.
The suit is predicted against the backdrop of the judgment of the Supreme Court in appeal no: SC/1384/2019 which upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court and affirmed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the authentic and duly elected/nominated 2019 Imo state governorship candidate of the APC.
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