Hope Uzodinma, Imo State governor, has knocked Nigerians addressing him as ‘Supreme Court Governor’, describing it as height of ignorant.
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The governor stated this on Friday, during an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Hard Copy.
Uzodinma argued that he is not the first to be favoured by a judgment of the apex court, adding that he emerged as governor of the state through legitimate means.
“It is the height of ignorance because they don’t know what they are saying. There is a reason for the Supreme Court. In the doctrine and principle of democracy, the law expected that there would be grievances and malpractices in the electoral process”, Uzodinma said.
“When this happens, the only legitimate right you have is to seek redress at the court. And of course, the court determines. Remember that this is not the first time, so many elections had held where the candidates went to court and they got justice. So, why will mine be different?
“Human beings voted and the votes were not counted. I went to the Supreme Court and INEC was unable to explain why they did not enter the result. It was a simple judgment. The Supreme Court said INEC was wrong”.
On governance, he stated that his administration has been making efforts to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
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He, however, regretted that following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s IGR nosedived.
According to the governor, a large percentage of companies doing business in Imo have not filed in their tax returns to the state government.
“By January, we were trying to build up our Internally Generated Revenue which was on the increase. By February it was on the increase but the thing nosedived in March.
“As I speak to you, 95 per cent of the companies operating in Imo State have not filed their annual returns,” he said.