Since the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, came into power through the infamous Supreme Court’s judgement that removed Emeka Ihedioha, he has remained a constant name in the media. A couple of days ago, the Governor made headlines when he alleged that the issue of Southern Presidency in 2023, is not on the agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Amid the present developments in the Southeast part of the country such as the constant meeting of the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) which its sole aim is to work in unison in order to achieve their common goal, coupled with the recent efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ensure that the next president of the country comes from the Southeast region, the current APC governor of Imo state, Sir Hope Uzodinma has over the days tried to dissociate himself from the resolutions of the Southern governors and that of Ohanaeze Ndigbo according to reasons best known to him.
Many politicians of Igbo extraction have been agitating for zoning of presidency to the Southeast for the Igbo to produce the Nigerian President for the first time after the return of democracy in 1999. The apex Igbo-social cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has on several occasions called for Igbo Presidency in 2023 and urged Igbo politicians to start negotiating for it.
It is common knowledge that Governors in Nigeria often contest for a second term election. This has no doubt, been the tradition since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999. While the majority of elected Governors have successfully won their second-term bids, there are some who have lost their second-term bids as a result of one reason or the other.
Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Imo State, political parties and political players in the state are already preparing for it. While the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party is trying to return to power, the ruling All Progressives Congress is also planning to maintain its dominance in the State.
With the dust raised by the March 2019 Imo state governorship election having settled, and any hope for a potential return of Emeka Ihedioha as the authentic winner of the election seemingly lost, attentions have gradually begun to shift towards 2024 when the state is expected to have another governorship election.
The Southeast has in recent times, been in a terrible state of mayhem due to the crises caused by the ESN, the militia wing of the outlawed group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, led by their arrested leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The genesis of the crises can be traced to the chaos in Imo state some months ago when the gunmen besieged the state causing mayhem and fuelling crises in some parts of the state.
The Sit At Home Order issued by the IPOB leader holds every Monday in the eastern states. It is a day when no activities and businesses takes place in the whole eastern states. The reason for the sit at home was to support the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu over his arrest and protesting for his freedom.
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I have been following up with the activities of Southern Governors of Nigeria ever since they had their first meeting in Asaba where they decided that the next President of Nigeria should be a Southerner. They also decided to ban open grazing. At their Lagos meeting, they gave themselves September 1 deadline to ban open grazing in the region.
The governor of Imo State his excellency Senator Hope Uzodinma has displayed some gesture towards the establishment of a trusted and effective Security in Imo state. The displayed gesture was revealed in his recent tweet on Facebook regarding to the measure he is about to take to uplift the effectiveness of the security agents in Imo State.
Since the Southern Governors began meeting to jointly discuss issues that are affecting the entire Southern region of Nigeria, the Governors have been able to reach different agreements within themselves. It should be recalled that it was during such a meeting that the Governors agreed to ban open grazing, and also to insist on the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region.
It is no longer news that the Apex Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndịgbo, has has come hard on the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, over his position on the issue of the 2023 Presidency. According to the report by the Daily Post, the General Secretary of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, alleged that the Governor’s position on the issue, and attempts to exclude Imo state from the resolutions of Southern Governors, have reinforced the suspicion about him.
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma is trying his best to make Imo people see that he is working for them but it appears the people are yet to see reasons to believe that he is working for the state. The Omuma born politician who became the Governor of Imo State via the judgment of the Supreme Court met some contracts which the administration of Emeka Ihedioha awarded.
The recent meeting held by Southern Governors in Enugu State has continued to generate reactions from the public. It should be recalled that the Governors met in the capital of the old Eastern region, to deliberate on salient issues affecting the entire Southern region. The meeting was the third of its kind in recent times, with the first and second held in Asaba, and Lagos respectively.
The gov of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma had an interaction and dialogue with the petroleum tanker Drivers Association after which he revealed the way forward regarding to the High price of fuel. It is a clear issue these days in Imo state that the rate of Transportation has being diminished due to the high price of Petrol.
In the past few months, several issues have hovered around the Governors of the Southern states in Nigeria, over decisions they collectively agreed to. One of the most talked about issues is the ban of open grazing in all Southern states of the Federation, a decision they reached in Delta State on the 11th of May, 2021.
The high cost of fuel in Imo State has caused a lot of tension within the state. Residents in the state have been buying fuel at different high prices in various fuel stations. However, many people have asked the state government led by Governor Uzodinma to help them by resolving the issue that caused the increment in fuel prices within the state.
The Defection of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Publicity Secretary Ogubundu Nwadike to the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Imo State may destabilize the Party in the State. It should be recalled that Ogubundu tendered his resignation Letter to PDP Leaders in the State, that he is no more interested in PDP and that is why he defected to APC.
Former Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha has revealed reasons why rich individuals either in the South or North should, as a matter of urgency, reach out to poor Almajiris and help them gain access to formal education.
The First Southeast Governor To Sign Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law After Hope Uzodinma Rejected It
Some South-East Governors have been dragging their feet as it concerns the passage of the anti-open grazing bill into law which was an agreement they reached with Southern Governors in Lagos. While Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State said he has no anti-open grazing bill in his state because farmers and herdsmen live peacefully in Imo State, his Ebonyi State colleague who doubles as the chairman of South-East Governors' Forum appears not to be interested in the bill.