… Makes Him Equal TO Udenwa, Ohakim, Others
… All Suffers Non Payment Of Entitlements
In alliance with the saying that anything or policy that has advantages must also have disadvantages.
While the former Governors of the state, their deputies, speakers and deputy speakers appear to be at the receiving end of the law which Imo House of Assembly passed last Thursday that repealed their pensions, gratuities and other entitlements, the immediate former governor of Imo State Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha may have his pains or agony reduced having being placed on the same cadre with his colleagues.
The Imo State House of Assembly had last Thursday passed executive Bill presented to the House by the majority leader and member representing Ikeduru State Constituency, Uche Ogbuagu, seeking repeal of the pensions entitlement of former governors, deputies, speakers and deputy speakers.
However, the governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodinma had last Friday, Signed the said bill into law, which hitherto implies that the former Governors of the state amongst others have ceased to get the said entitlements.
The repeal or abrogation of this law to a reasonable extent, has reduced the pains and agony which the immediate former governor of the state Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha goes through having lost his mandate at the Supreme Court in January 2020.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria had on January 14th 2020 nullified the march 9th 2019 governorship election in Imo which the INEC declared Ihedioha winner on the grounds that the declaration was illegal adding that the rightful winner of the said election was Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC.
Although there are arguments in various quarters that Ihedioha by the virtue of the judgment of the Supreme court should not be seen, addressed or received any entitlement as the former governor but while such arguments are still subsisting, the fact remains, that Uzodinma’s action through the state house of Assembly has reduced the agony of Ihedioha because it would worsen his pains to watch and see his former governors colleagues like Uzdenwa, Ohakim, Okorocha amongst others receiving their pensions and other entitlements while he does not.
The member representing Obowo State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Kennedy Ibeh in a recent Radio program declared that Ihedioha in the eyes of the law was never a governor, according to the lawmaker, the Supreme Court in its judgment described Okorocha as the 5th democratic governor of Imo and Uzodinma, the six hence Ihedioha according to him is nowhere in the said judgment.
With the repealed pension law in the state, Ihedioha can only suffer the trauma emanating from his sudden removal from the office as the Governor and probably by ‘abrupt stoppage of his plans for Imo people but those entitlements which ordinary should accrue to other former governors without his participating will become a fate which all must suffer.