The immediate past governor of Imo state, RT. Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has condemned the Tuesday's judgement of the supreme court, verdict, came to us as a rude shock and surprise, considering the facts on the ground, the legal precedence and clear verdict of Imo People on March 9 2019, that returned him as Governor with the highest valid votes of 273,404.
In a statement obtained by Vanguard, Ihedioha stated that the Supreme Court verdict came as a rude shock and surprise considering the facts on the ground, and legal precedence.
"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". Ihedioha said.
According to Ihedioha, " 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".
Ihedioha stated that he has set in place machinery to enable a smooth hand over of government to the incoming APC administration led by Hope Uzodinma.
" Consequently, we have put machinery in motion to hand-over the reins of office to the APC Candidate as the next governor of Imo State. This will be coordinated by the Secretary to the State Government. I, therefore, direct all members of Imo State Expanded Executive Council, and all political appointees to write their handing-over notes and to return all government properties in their custody, forthwith. I shall not be a party to pilfering of Government property or funds".
"May we use this opportunity to express our gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve, within the short period he granted us. We sincerely appreciate you for all your solidarity and goodwill. We would forever cherish and treasure your love, your trust and your partnership. We made our mark. Rebuilding our dear state is neither easy nor personal, but a task undertaken for our today and tomorrow".
Ihedioha calls for calm among his supporters, and urge the new administration to continue in his rebuilding process.
"All these were made possible by your prayers, support and sacrifices. I, therefore, appeal to all Imolites, especially our teeming supporters to remain calm and to shun any action that is capable of resulting in a breach of the peace. We can always have different parties, but we would have only one Imo State. In the same vein, I urge you to extend to my successor, the same support you gave to me. It is my wish that he will continue on the path we had set for the rebuilding of our state as well as consolidate on the progress and milestones we achieved." Ihedioha said.
"It is incontrovertible that we ran a good race, fought tough battles, (including, principalities and powers)and governed the state well, with the fear of God, accountability, transparency and entrenched due process. We, however, take solace in the book of Ecclesiastics 3:1, "To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven". Ihedioha stated.