Senator Hope Uzodinma has been sworn in as the Governor of Imo State.
He was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, on Wednesday evening.
Uzodinma took the oath of office and allegiance before the Chief Judge at 7:28 pm before a mammoth crowd at the Heroes Square Arena, in Owerri, the state capital.
He also signed the required documents empowering him as the seventh Governor of Imo State.
His deputy, Placid Njoku, also took the oath of office and allegiance at 7:18 pm before the Chief Judge and thereafter signed the necessary documents empowering as the second citizen of the state.
The All Progressives Congress’ National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole; a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, were in attendance.
In the buildup to the election, Oshiomhole and Uzodinma were not in the same camp with Okorocha.
Okorocha had backed Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, to replace him but Oshiomhole threw his weight behind Uzodinma.
In his last address as governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Uzodinma’s predecessor, had asked people of the state to cooperate with the new governor whom he said he expected to continue with his policies.
“It is my wish that he (Uzodinma) will continue on the path we had set for the rebuilding of our state as well as consolidate on the progress and milestones we achieved,” Ihedioha had said.