By Barr Austin Uzowuru
The recent indictment of former governors of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, by the probe panel set up by Gov Hope Uzodinma, to investigate Local Government funds, is a clear sign that Uzodinma is gunning to put his predecessors behind bars over corruption and embezzlement charges.
Along with the latest indictment of about N121billion, Uzodinma had already accused Ihedioha of the misappropriation of about N17billion.
Okorocha has been under serious investigation by the Uzodinma administration, who have already dragged him to the EFCC, forcing Okorocha to approach an Abuja High Court in a bid to stop his investigation, by the probe panels in the State.
Ihedioha have stated that he has nothing to hide, but with the way Uzodinma is going, it seems the administration is bent on indicting Ihedioha for corruption and if possible, gun for jail time for the former Deputy Speaker of the Federation.
Indicting Ihedioha on corruption charges, had political benefits to Uzodinma, as it eliminates a major rival for the 2024 General Election; if he lasts up to 2024.
Their salvation from a possible kangaroo investigation and indictment, now lies with the recent moves to remove Uzodinma from office.
The RAP Governorship candidate, Mr Kingdom Okere have been in court to demand an interpretation of the Supreme Court verdict against Uche Nwosu.
Nwosu was disqualified by the Supreme Court, for having dual candidacy. Nwosu contested and won the APC ticket in Imo State and was also the AA Governorship candidate.
AA have claimed that the party only adopted Nwosu, and never conducted a primary for him.
Another lawyer had also approached the court, demanding an execution of the judgement against Uche Nwosu.
Uche Nwosu had however denied joining the case, warning media houses not to drag his name into the matter, while PDP has been joined in the matter.
A court judgement that doesn’t favour Gov Hope Uzodinma, may return Ihedioha to Douglas House or, if the AA argument is paid heed to, may favour Uche Nwosu, who as the candidate of APC, as ruled by the Supreme Court, owns the votes Gov Hope Uzodinma is sitting on right now.