He was the governor of Imo State until the Supreme Court sacked him unexpectedly sacked him and handed the reins of power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who came fourth in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
There was an uproar following the apex court’s decision, with the justices been thoroughly trolled by even lawyers. Many waited patiently to see if he would contest in the next election.
Shockingly, it will not be. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday announced he would not be contesting.
In a letter to the National Chairman of his party, he gives his reason: The letter reads fully:
NOTIFICATION OF MY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE IMO STATE PDP GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARIES.
“As I turned 58 years last Friday, March 24, I had cause to reflect on so many things, including the state of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
“Having been a member since formation in 1998, I align myself with the request made by our state chapter to the National Working Committee (NWC) for a consensus choice of candidate regarding the 2023 Governorship primaries. In the interest of harmony and unity of the Party, I have elected to make the personal sacrifice of withdrawing from further participation in the processes leading to the emergence of the gubernatorial candidate.
“This decision was not taken lightly. My commitment to the service of our people has never been in doubt. And I am sure many of those who have, on their own, already started mobilizing for me in Imo State will be disappointed. I sincerely seek their understanding and that of associates, admirers and particularly the electorates who have over the years aligned themselves and identified with my political aspirations.
“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have served my various constituencies both as a legislator and Governor. I am also proud of the positive impact I made, particularly in the seven months I served as the Governor of Imo State.
“Thank you and God bless!
“Emeka Ihedioha, CON.”