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Imo Guber: PDP Candidate Anyanwu Rejects Tribunal Verdict

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 November 11 gubernatorial election in Imo State, Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, has vowed to appeal against the verdict of the election petition tribunal that affirmed the victory of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

A press statement signed by his media aide, Ikenna Onuoha, said: “The ruling of the tribunal was another clear case of misplaced judgement, which violates the substance of the petitions challenging monumental election irregularities, falsification of results and disqualification.

“Today, there is a charged atmosphere in Imo State. The faces of Imo people are looking moody and unhappy. This shows that their efforts to enthrone good governance by voting for me as their preferred candidate have been hijacked. We can’t accept this judgement. We shall utilise all constitutional means to regain our mandate. In a few days, my legal team will be done with the review of the verdict. Thereafter, we shall do the needful.”

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The statement further informed that the PDP candidate maintained that he has substantial merit that gave him more legal strength to pursue the case to its final stage and enjoined his supporters to remain calm and resolute as they are going to reclaim their stolen mandate.

In another report, Governor Uzodinma has directed that civil servants in the state who do not show up for work on Mondays should not be paid their salaries.

The commissioner for information and strategy in Imo, Declan Emelumba conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates.

Part of the statement read: “The Government of Imo State has observed with dismay that some civil servants, for inexplicable reasons, absent themselves from duties, especially on Mondays.

“This is totally unacceptable, moreover since such civil servants neither obtain permission nor have authorisation of their superiors to abstain from duty, thereby making their conduct illegal and unprofessional.

“Consequently, the government will henceforth view such a rascal conduct as a direct challenge to its authority, which will attract sanctions.

“Going forward, His Excellency the governor of Imo State Sen Hope Uzodinma, has directed that any civil servant who absents himself/herself from duty on Mondays or any other day for that matter will lose his/her salary in addition to other punishments that may be recommended against him/her.

“Consequently, permanent secretaries and heads of parastatals and heads of agencies of government are hereby directed to immediately commence daily roll calls of workers to ensure that those who disobey this order suffer the consequences.”

Mondays are observed as sit-at-home days in the southeast. Authorities have made efforts to stop the act but to no avail.

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