By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
New Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma has ordered the probe of the tenures of his predecessors, Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha.
Governor Uzodinma gave the order shortly after he was sworn into office.
He also ordered that within the next four days, the Accountant General of the state should send him the comprehensive financial status of the state from May 29, 2010, till date.
He ordered that payments for all ongoing contracts within the state, be suspended.
Meanwhile, former Governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, described the judgement of the Supreme Court to nullify his election as governor of the state as a rude shock.
In a statement released to the media, Ihedioha said although the mandate given to him has been truncated, he deeply appreciates the level of cooperation he received from the good people of the state in his seven months reign as governor.
He said he does not agree with the judgement but would have to respect the rule of law and accept it.
According to him, “we shall always cherish the tremendous goodwill and support you gave us as we grappled with setting up a new administration to rebuild a state that was devastated by bad governance.
“In the last seven months we sought to elevate merit, unity of purpose, honesty, transparency and an inclusive approach to governance, as the hallmarks of our administration. We sought to restore once again, the pride and dignity of imo people. we worked very hard to re-engineer the imo renaissance. but god knows why he has allowed this current state of affairs.
“No doubt, yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict, came to us as a rude shock and surprise considering the facts on ground, legal precedence and clear verdict of imo people on march 9 2019, that returned me as governor with the highest valid votes of 273,404.
“I do not agree with the judgement of the supreme court. i think it is unfair, unjust and does not reflect the voting that took place during the elections. it also didn’t take care of the sensibilities of the people of imo state. but as true democrats, engr gerald irona and i have no option but to respect the outcome of that judgement.