There are fresh troubles for embattled Senator Hope Odidika Uzodimma, whose declaration as governor of Imo State by the Supreme Court has continued to generate outrage across Nigeria and overseas.
According to the insider, the recent visit by the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Senator Hope Uzodinma was at the instance of the president. He had sent for them to explain the anger that have trailed the Supreme Court judgement.
According to the source, President Buhari expressed dismay at the way the judgement has brought the Supreme Court and the country to ridicule.
He revealed that the President’s insistence that the right thing be done, was instrumental to the acceptance of the Supreme Court to honour the request by Nigerians for a review of the judgement.
The source hinted that President Buhari has ordered that the right thing be done and the rightful winner of the election be declared, no matter the beneficiary.
He said President Buhari is quite unhappy that Nigeria is being scandalized by the hugely flawed Supreme Court judgement. The President severely scolded Governor Hope during the closed session after the initial open press session where the Governor was urged to ensure democracy dividends were given to Imo people.
Meanwhile, from another source, who is a member of Senator Uzodimma’s inner circle, said before invitation to see the president, the new Imo Governor had been making frantic efforts to find willing top notchers of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to create passage for him to meet with the president.
The source said Senator Uzodimma approached the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but was rebuffed, saying he did not want to get involved with the Supreme Court saga.
Senator Uzodimma, according to the source, even sought to see the President with Owelle Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, but they were denied access, citing security reasons.
The source, a legal practitioner, further said that Senator Uzodimma, after parting with huge amount of money, in hard currency, found support from Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied the him to President Buhari on Friday, January 31, 2020.
According to the source, on coming out of the close door meeting with the president, it was very clear it was not a successful meeting. Thus much was confirmed, when Senator Uzodimma, speaking in Igbo language, intoned that, “Mr. President is still angry.”
According to this source, who occupies one of the topmost offices in Imo State chapter of the APC, Senator Uzodimma is very desparate to retain his declaration as governor by the Supreme Court.
He gave instance with Senator Uzodimma’s promise to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that he will wholly fund the 2023 APC presidential election if he is retained as Imo governor, while making offers of contracts and monetary gains to the APC National Chairman.
According to this source, Senator Uzodimma was heard pleading with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to assist him get APC Governor’s Forum to rally support for him. As if the afore-mentioned desparate efforts by Senator Uzodimma were not enough, he promised Oshiomhole to organize a massive rally in the next days in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, to prove to President Buhari that he has the support of the people of Imo State.
On the whole, it appears that amidst all the strategies and efforts being made by the parties involved in the appeal before the Supreme Court, it is the expected review of the judgement and the circumstances surrounding it, that will determine the actual winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State and put the matter to a final conclusive end.