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Uzodimma in cold war with Deputy, Njoku

may replace him with Harritex

By Stanley Okehie

All seems not to be well between the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma and his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku.

The event of Thursday, April 22, when Prof. Njoku represented the governor at the commissioning of a 2km road constructed in New Owerri with dual carriage way and street lights by a business magnate Alex Mbata, confirmed the internal crisis going on between the governor and his deputy.

The squabble took a different dimension Thursday when Prof Njoku was invited to the microphone to perform the commissioning ceremony on behalf of the governor.

Njoku took the audience by surprise and announced that the governor had only asked him to represent him at the function and not to commission the road and subsequently name it.

Immediately after, he dropped the microphone and zoomed off in his convoy.

Our source who witnessed the drama said the audience went wild in confusion with mouth agape as some appointees of the governor were seen speaking in hushed tones and gesturing to the deputy governor to go ahead and commission the road, then name it.  

Our source also informed that there were plans to impeach the deputy governor for non-performance among other claims should he fail to resign honourably, adding that the impeachment plot may be one of the reasons behind the deputy governor’s anger.

It said already, Chief Henry Njoku (Harritex) had been reportedly penned down as a possible replacement, hinting that the planned impeachment has the support and endorsement of some top government appointees and  Owerri zone where the deputy governor hails from.

On what may have caused the face-off between the governor and his deputy, our source hinted that the office of the deputy governor is under-funded, which may have led to the under-performance he was accused of.

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