FLASHBACK: How Mbaka Boldly Predicted Ihedioha’s Removal As Imo Governor
The New Year prophecy of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka seems to have come to fruition after the Supreme Court on Tuesday sacked Governor Emeka Ihedioha from office and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the validly elected governor of Imo state.
THE WHISTLER had reported how Mbaka of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, had in his 2020 New Year message prophesied that Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will “take over” power from the incumbent Governor Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the year 2020.
Iheadioha’s tenure ordinarily would have elapsed in 2023.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State chapter, had slammed Mbaka over the prophesy, saying it was opposed to “politically motivated prophesies”
Mbaka had prophesied: “I don’t know the manner the revelation will manifest but no prophecy has ever been declared on this prayer ground without coming to pass,” the cleric had said, adding, “In spite of all that would happen this 2020, there is hope. In Imo State, there is hope. Hope, hope, hope. Hope in Imo State. Imo people have suffered but God is raising a new hope that would be an agent of salvation for them.”
He added that, “He is coming with a new flag to restore the dignity of that noble land. New leadership will break barriers and there would be joy in the land of Imo. Lift your candles as I bless Hope Uzodinma and I empower him spiritually to take over. How, I do not know.”
Ihedioha had been declared winner of the governorship election after polling 273,404 votes ahead of his closest rival Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) who got 190,364 votes in the poll.
Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) came third with 114, 676 votes ahead of Uzondima who came fourth position by polling 96,458 votes.
Former governor Rocha’s Okorocha’s predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim, came a distant fifth in the election with 6,846 votes.
Meanwhile, Uzodinma had challenged Ihedioha’s victory at the tribunal but his petitions were dismissed both at the tribunal and the court of appeal. He consequently headed to the supreme court.
Mbaka’s prophecy had been discounted by Ihedioha’s commissioner for information, Felix Ebiliekwe.
“The governor is not disturbed. The government and people of Imo State are not disturbed. Imo has been liberated and the governor is busy at a very fast pace rebuilding the state,” Ebiliekwe told Punch.
“Senator Hope Uzodinma’s petition at the court of the first instance, Elections Petitions Tribunal was dismissed. His appeal at the Court of Appeal was thrown out for want of merit. The supreme court will equally do the same because there will not be any fresh evidence to be filed.
“I will suggest to Revd. Fr Mbaka to face his spiritual calling and leave politics alone. Imo is in save hands. The things the governor has been able to do in seven months have shown and is very clear to the blind that Imo is being rebuilt. The governor is not disturbed by the priest’s prophecy,” he said.