The Supreme court on Tuesday, January 14, cancelled the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared Hope Uzodinma the lawful winner of the March 19 governorship poll in Imo state.
The Herald, however, gathered some important facts you probably don’t know about Uzodinma.
Below are the facts about him:
Uzodinma became prominent in Imo politics in the early 2000s as a PDP member. In 2003, he ran for governor of the state on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) but he did not win.
He returned to the PDP and in 2006, Uzodinma sought the ticket of the party to contest the governorship election again but lost at the primary poll to Ararume.
Uzodinma who was later appointed a PDP board of trustees (BoT) member, was first elected into the senate in 2011. He was reelected in 2015.
Before the 2000s, Uzodinma was the youth leader of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in Imo in the second republic. He was also a prominent member of the now defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP).
He also has been involved in the oil and gas sector through SMIEC Chemical Engineering & Construction Company Limited, his company, which he used to execute many projects for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He obtained his secondary school certificate from Mgbidi Secondary School, Orlu west in 1982.
Uzodinma has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a diploma in transport studies. He is also a recipient of a honorary doctorate degree from the Imo state university.