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Uzodinma will be sacked as Imo governor, cleric predicts

Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State, has been told that he will soon lose his seat as the state helmsman.

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The prediction made yesterday, comes from Primate Elijah Ayodele, leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church.

“There will be a review of the Supreme Court judgment that put Hope Uzodimna as Imo governor,” the Eagle Online quoted the cleric who advised him to pray against it, as saying.

“He must not relent so that he will not see challenges. I don’t know how it will happen, but that is what I saw.

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“I saw the judgment being challenged, reviewed and reversed. Hope Uzodinma should be careful because something funny may happen. He should get prepared for review of the Supreme Court judgment’,” he added.

Although he came forth during the state governorship election, the Supreme Court, in January, declared him winner of the race against Emeka Ihedioha, who was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the victor.

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A Catholic cleric, Ejike Mbaka, had earlier this year predicted that the incumbent governor will reclaim his mandate.

The apex court said the votes he got in 388 polling unit were unlawfully excluded by the electoral body. It also dismissed an appeal by Mr Ihedioha seeking review of the verdict.

In June, the battle took another turn when the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its 2019 governorship candidate in Imo state, Okere Kingdom, approached the Abuja division of the Federal High Court for a judicial interpretation on whether the All Progressives Congress (APC) actually sponsored Uzodinma as its candidate for the said election.

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The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Governor Uzodinma and to issue a fresh one to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha as the validly elected governor of the state.

The suit is predicted against the backdrop of the judgment of the Supreme Court in appeal no: SC/1384/2019 which upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court and affirmed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the authentic and duly elected/nominated 2019 Imo State governorship candidate of the APC.

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