Mbaka cleanses new gov’s office as Uzodinma appoints SSG, others: Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, was the one who dedicated the office of the new Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
Security men and civil servants at the state’s Government House in Owerri, the state capital, told our correspondent on Friday that the priest, who predicted the coming on board of the new governor in his December 31, 2019 prophecies, was at the Government House for over three hours on Wednesday, the day the new governor was sworn in.
It was gathered that Mbaka, who came in company with another priest, his aides and church members, prayed for the Government House staff members and security men after dedicating the new governor’s office.
One of the sources said, “Fr. Mbaka was here (Government House) on Wednesday. He was the one who dedicated the governor’s office. He was here for over three hours. He came with another priest, Fr. Otimbodombo and his church workers.
“He was in one of the cars (executive bus) for a long time before he came down and dedicated the governor’s office. We later besieged him and he blessed us and blessed our sacramentals and chaplets.
“Fr Mbaka personally prayed for me and I was happy. He blessed my chaplet which I will be using for prayers. They left after staying for about three hours.”
Our correspondent learnt that the priest, who did not go to Heroes Square Arena, where the new governor was sworn in, left for Enugu after the dedication.
Uzodimma makes first appointments
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodinma, on Thursday night made his first appointments.
The governor appointed the director general of his campaign organisation, Cosmos Iwu, as the secretary to the state government.
Iwu was the SSG between 2007 and 2010 when Ikedi Ohakim was the governor of the state.
He resigned in 2010 to vie for the Imo North Senate seat, which he lost to Senator Matthew Nwagwu.
He is the immediate younger brother of a former national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu.
The governor appointed his long-time friend and ally, Nnamdi Anyaehie, as Chief of Staff.
Anyaehie was a chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
He appointed C.O.C. Akaolisa as the commissioner for justice and the attorney general of the state.
Akaolisa was the governor’s running mate before he was later substituted with the current deputy governor of the state, Prof Placid Njoku.
Uzodinma also approved the appointment of Oguike Nwachukwu as his Chief Press Secretary.
A former commissioner for information in the state, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, who is the governor’s ally, confirmed the appointments.
Nwosu restates support for Uzodimma
In a related development, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the last governorship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, on Friday denied that he approached the Supreme Court to declare him governor in place of Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Nwosu, a son in-law to former governor Rochas Okorocha, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja.
He said reports in some sections of the media that he had approached the apex court to take advantage of a previous ruling in his favour were not correct.
Nwosu said he didn’t make attempt to claim the victory at the apex court.
He described the report as, “mischievous, false and a handiwork of desperate elements who are discomfited over the new found sense of reconciliation and peace within the party.”
He added, “It is obvious that some elements are still living in the past, but I and indeed all my followers and supporters are looking into the future with assurances of a brighter hope for Imo State.
“If for nothing else, the emergence of Senator Hope Uzodimma has reenergised the Party and brought all members of the APC in Imo State on the same page.”
The spokesman for Fr. Mbaka, Chief Maximum Ugwuoke, confirmed that the priest went to Imo State on Wednesday.
According to him, Fr. Mbaka had earlier, during his prayer for Uzodimma, said he would not seat on the seats other governors had sat on.
He said that during the prayer, which video is in circulation, Fr. Mbaka had promised to be at the Government House when Uzodimma would be sworn in.