BY PRINCELY ONYENWE, IMO
The Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, the most Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma has ELOUGIZED Imo Deputy Governor Professor Placid NJOKU ON HIS WIFE’S BIRTHDAY over the weekend.
The governor while addressing pressmen at the occasion hinted how he came about adopting his Deputy, Prof Placid Njoku as running mate in the 2019 governorship election for Imo State.
Speaking as the Special guest of honour during the 60th birthday ceremony of the wife of the Deputy Governor, Dr Bola Njoku, Senator Uzodinma held the audience of Imo political and business creme de la creme spellbound as he narrated the reason and inspiration that made him pick Prof Placid Njoku as his running mate.
The Governor narrated how , during one of his daily morning mass routine, the spirit of God ministerd directly to him, instructing him to pick Prof Placid Njoku, and been a man who would never argue with the instructions of God, he waited till after the holy mass and instructed Prof Placid Njoku to meet him at home.
The Governor told the press that Prof Placid Njoku was already doing consultancy work for the Senate while Uzodinma located him.
According to the governor “placid did not even immediately grasp the weight of the upportunity, rather talking about plans to travel to the Philippines for academic purposes, a response that made Governor Hope Uzodinma to say ‘ I am taking you to more than the Philippines, God has instructed us to save Imo State, you have to come with me’!
Senator Hope Uzodinma would go on to admonish everyone to, as a matter of extreme priority, to always fear God and listen to the voice and instructions of God, saying that it is only a fool that says there is no God. His Excellency the Governor also went on to admonish everyone to key into his selfless approach because the task of recovering Imo State from huge and crippling debt callously put on her neck by the previous Government demands clear and urgent sacrifices where people in Government are more interested in working to save and develop the state than on acquiring personal wealth.
The State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma reaffirmed his administration’s commitment in returning the state on the path of development
He revealed that the state’s current debt profile stands at one hundred and ninety nine billion naira which was borrowed by the Rochas Okorocha’s led administration and urged Imo people to appreciate the good plans of government for the state.
The Governor who advised those fanning the ember of insecurity in the state to turn over a new leaf as posterity would not forgive them if the state collapses in their time.
Senator Uzodinma commended the Deputy Governor and his wife for the love and support that have existed in their marriage and wished the celebrant good health and many more years of celebrations.
The Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku described his wife as a humble and prayerful wife and mother as well as a good manager of men and resources.
Prof. Njoku thanked the Governor for identifying with the family on the joyous occasion and assured him of his sustained support in taking the state to a higher level.
Highpoints of the event were the cutting of the birthday cake and the official commissioning of the Deputy Governor’s lodge by the Governor.
9News Nigeria was live at the event.
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