Following the nullification of his impeachment in 2013, former Imo State deputy governor, Jude Agbaso, has appreciated Governor Hope Uzodinma for playing an effective role which led to an amicable resolution of his case and the subsequent quashing of his removal by the court.
His reaction came after the Imo State High Court presided over by Justice S. I. Opara, nullified his impeachment of 2013 on Monday, adding that the parties settled out of court.
Agbaso was impeached by the State House of Assembly in 2013 due to a report which indicted him of gross financial misconduct.
The Nation reports that “on February 1, 2021” the “parties in the matter finally reached terms of settlement, which document was filed on February 2, 2021 before the Imo State High Court.”
Reacting to the development, Agbaso said that if not for the intervention of people like the Governor and some lawyers, his situation could have been worse.
“It has been a torturous eight years but I thank the good people of Imo state who Committed the disrupt mandate to me in 2011. I thank the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma for its bold stand which hastened the resolution.
“I also thank my lawyers for their tenacity since 2013, taking the case up to the Supreme Court and back to the High Court without charging professional fees.
“I thank my family for their all-time support, especially during the darkest moments when like the proverbial dog, I was given a bad name in order to hang me. I dedicate my belated vindication to the memory of my dear wife, late lady Ihuoma Agbaso, who supported me all the way and looked forward to this day, but sadly did not live to see it,” he said, as quoted by The Nation.