The Governor-elect of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has ordered all banks which have the state accounts to freeze the accounts till further directive.
Uzodinma gave the order in a letter sent to the heads of the banks in Imo state.
The letter was signed by Cosmos Iwu, director-general of Hope Uzodinma campaign organisation.
According to the letter, Uzodinma has ordered the financial institutions to “post no debit” on all the accounts of the state domiciled in their banks effective immediately from 14 January 2020.
The letter, titled, “Order of post no debit on all accounts of Imo state government effective immediately 14 January 2020”, stated that the order was a sequel to the apex court judgment which declared Uzodinma the new governor of the state.
The letter read: “Following the Supreme Court judgment of 14 January 2020, I am directed by his excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to take this as your authority/instruction to place a post no debit order on all accounts of the Imo state government maintained in your various institutions.
“You are by this letter directed to comply and await further instructions from the office of his excellency, the executive governor of Imo state. Thanks for your cooperation.”
A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, had unanimously nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected Governor of Imo.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who read the lead judgment, said that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma was unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and be added to his total votes.
She noted that the submissions of a Principal witness who was on a subpoena to present results held that the lower court was wrong in its ruling.
The judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and directed that a fresh certificate of return be issued to Uzodinma.
She also directed that Uzodinma must be immediately sworn in as governor of the southeast State.