SENATOR resenting Imo
West Senatorial District and
chairman, Senate Committee
on Aviation, Senator Hope
Uzodinma has attributed his
recent victory at the Court
of Appeal to God Almighty
and the massive support he
received from the people of the
Zone. Speaking to journalists,
Uzodinma said the judgment
was a further vindication of
his victory at the March polls,
stressing that it is the people
of Imo West that should feel vindicated in the sense that both
the tribunal and the Court of
Appeal have endorsed what they
“Mine is to even congratulate
the people and to thank them
once more for finding me worthy
of representing them”, he said.
According to him, “even the
most naïve observer would have
known that the court was going to
uphold the ruling of the tribunal.
The main claim in my opponent’s
petition was that there was no
election, but at a point during the
trial at the tribunal, he admitted
that there was election.” On the Appeal Court’s voiding
of election victory of some PDP
senators across the country,
Uzodinma said that was the
beauty of democracy and
enthused that those that lost at
the courts would later emerge
victorious at the re-run. “Election
disputes can go either way but
I believe the important thing is
for us to evolve a stronger and
transparent dispute resolution
mechanism for the interest of our
democracy. Of course, the PDP
Senators will win their seats back
because they are popular with
their people”. On present relationship
between APC and PDP Senators,
he described it as cordial but
regretted the initial fracas that
greeted the inauguration of the
present senate leadership.
“When you remember that the
takeoff of the 8th Senate was
not very smooth, you would
appreciate the fact that it has
managed itself quite well. The
entire world thought that the
Senate was going to implode over
the confirmation of ministerial
nominees but that exercise was
started and concluded almost
effortlessly. If anything, the gap that existed between the
PDP and APC senators at
the beginning is narrowing.
This is only natural because
each and every one of us
realizes the need to eschew
partisan bitterness and face
the challenges confronting our
dear country’, he stated