… Uzodinma Moves To Accommodate 2010
… Plans To Settle Out Of Court
Suspended 2018 Councillors and Chairmen elected under the regime of former Governor Rochas Okorocha appears to have resorted to fate as plans are on the way to accommodate the 2010 sacked Chairmen and councilors elected under Ohakim but were sacked by Okorocha’s led administration by the Imo State Government.
An investigation by Lead Newspapers revealed that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in the bid to conduct a council election devoid of court actions has spoken with some the Leaders of the 2010 ALGON sacked by Okorocha, s led administration to work out the best of modalities to bring an end to the pending suit between the said 2010 ALGON and the State Government which presently is before the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
2010 chairmen and Councillors elected under Ohakim’s regime were tactically sacked by Owerri High Court on the grounds that the election that brought them in was marred with irregularities when Justice Njemanze was the Chief Judge of Imo State.
Dissatisfied with the development, one Barr Enyinna Onuegbu and 27 others moved to the court of Appeal in search of justice and from there to the Supreme Court where the case is pending before the expiration of eight years tenure of Okorocha.
In the same manner, Okorocha at the tail end of his administration conducted a Local Government election which Ihedioha led administration through the 9th Imo Assembly suspended on grounds that the said election was done on a Community basis amongst other grounds which according to the said House was not in tandem with ISIEC provisions for the Local Government elections in Imo.
In a bid to get justice, the same sacked 2018 ALGON proceeded to Court where they got a favorable judgment from the Appeal Court in Owerri which ruled amongst others that Imo State Government should reinstate the said persons.
While the litigants were waiting for the said reinstatement as directed by the Court, Imo State Government got a stay of execution order which rendered the said judgment unenforceable.
However, while the said matters are pending in various courts, Governor Uzodinma as authoritatively gathered by the Lead has concluded plans to settle and accommodate the 2010 ALGON elected under Ohakim.
Although some of the said persons already are in Uzodinma’s cabinet but he the Governor wants to extend his hands of fellowship to others and this as Leant by Lead would entail the concerned persons bringing out the matter from the Supreme Court for an amicable solution and negotiation.
Some of the members of said ALGON who are already in Uzodinma’s Government include the then ALGON chairman, Ruby Emele who is presently the SA on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as the then ALGON Secretary, Barr Enyinna Onuegbu who is now the Commissioner for Lands.
The 2010 ALGON members had a few weeks ago declared their unalloyed support for the Uzodinma’s administration.
Again, some people had last Friday stormed the Imo State Secretariat on solidarity to one of theirs, SA to Uzodinma on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The visit which was led by the 2010 ALGON Reps, was another avenue where the said persons reinstated their resolve to work with Uzodinma.
In the said meeting, Emele ready assured them of the readiness of the Government to accommodate them while urging them to exercise a little patience.