Imo people and keen political watchers are gradually settling down and coming to terms with the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s judicial pronouncement ousting Chief Emeka Ihedioha from power on January 14, and subsequent reaffirmation of the judgment in which it declared Senator Hope Uzodinma duly elected.
Although it is obvious that these two men have a lot of bad blood between them anyone else can’t help but agree that they have one thing in common.
They both have tried to outdo each other in the aspect of demolitions.
Barely 24 hours after assumption of office, the Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha commenced the demolition of monuments built by the former Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The Akachi tower was one of the many tourist attractions.
It was built on a reclaimed dumpsite that was abandoned by previous administration
The demolition exercise was supervised by soldiers who barred journalists from covering the exercise.
The Akachi monument was one of the structures commissioned by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when he arrived Imo state. The monument, a massive tower with the symbol of a hand on the Zenith, representing the hand of God, sits on an expansive plot of land, reserved for religious purposes.
Fast forward to one year later, Hope Uzodinma has embarked on a demolition spree and this time it’s against the projects of his two predecessors.
Yesterday, he ordered the demolition of the General Aguiyi Ironsi tunnel at the House of Assembly junction along the Owerri / Port Harcourt in the state metropolis.
Imo State Commissioner for Works, Ralph Nwosu yesterday visited the Gen. Aguyi Ironsi tunnel along Portharcourt road where the tunnel is currently undergoing demolition.
While inspecting the tunnel, the commissioner noted that the technical drawings and design of the tunnel are nowhere to be found. He stated that it was the considered opinion of the consultants and engineers of the ministry that the tunnel should be demolished in the interest of the public.
It might just be part of the political fight of Hope Uzodinmma against Rochas Okorocha in order to discredit him otherwise what Hope Uzodinmma should have done is to reinforce the tunnel but because of the political hatred for Rochas Okorocha he demolished the tunnel. But what the government has simply done is to waste the public fund.
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