Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Wednesday night sworn in as the governor of Imo State.
Uzodinma, who was declared the rightful winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, took the oath of office at exactly 7.26 pm at the Heroes Square, on Wednesday in the state capital.
He arrived at the venue of the event with his wife and children at 7.15 pm in the company of the deputy governor, Prof. Placidius Njoku.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, administered the oath of office on Uzodinma and his deputy, Placid Njoku, at 7.19 pm.
Uzodinma took over from Emeka Ihedioha, who was sacked after seven months in office.
In his inaugural address, Uzodinma made known his intention to look into the accounts and contracts awarded from May 29, 2010 till date.
The period covered the tenures of Ikedi Ohakim, Senator Rochas Okorocha and the short-lived tenure of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
In view of this, Governor Uzodinma directed the Accountant General of Imo State to forward to his office all financial transactions between May 29, 2010 till date within four working days.
The governor also directed all permanent secretaries to forward to his office all contracts awarded and their statuses from the same period of May 29, 2010 till date.
He also directed immediate suspension of all payments and treasury transactions till further notice.
Uzodinma said he felt highly fulfilled that at last justice had been served, describing his Supreme Court victory as divine.
He commended the judiciary for standing up for truth in spite of the technicalities employed by the lower courts to deny him victory earlier.
Saying he had forgiven those who conspired to deny him his victory, Uzodinma promised to create an environment of prosperity in the state even as he enjoined his opponents to join his team to rebuild the state from ruins.