Substantive Rector of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Dr. Kingsley Okechukwu Ikebudu, has dragged Governor Emeka Ihedioha to court following his removal from office by the Governor shortly after his appointment.
Dr. Ikebudu was appointed rector of Imo State Polytechnic on the 29th of April 2019 by former Governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha, following his recommendation by the Governing Council of the institution.
He was removed from office by Governor Ihedioha shortly after the governor’s assumption of office and replaced with an acting rector, Dr. Patrick Njoku, who is said to be a relative of the governor.
Following his alleged unlawful removal from as substantive rector and in his bid to seek justice from court of competent jurisdiction, Dr. Ikebudu then dragged the governor to court to seek a redress.
Dr. Ikebudu made this revelation while interacting with journalists over the weekend.
According to him, “there was a Pre-Action Notice of Claim dated June 28, 2019 and signed by Dr. E. S. C. Obiorah of Equity Law Office, on behalf of the Substantive Rector of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo – Engr. Dr. Kingsley Okechukwu Ikebudu in respect of unlawful attempts to declare his position as Substantive Rector of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo vacant and/or to terminate his appointment without any fault on his part.”
“This was earlier served on Governor Ihedioha for immediate reinstatement as the final notice prior to the rector’s commencement of legal actions for damages, injunction and declaratory and/or mandatory orders against the Governor without any further notice on him, but up till now nothing has been done by governor Emeka Ihedioha led administration, hence his legal action,” the Imo Polytechnic Rector added.
He further said that the court was the last hope of the common man, adding that this was why he took governor Ihedioha to court to seek for justice.
It could be recalled that appointment of the Rector and Principal Officers of the Polytechnic are tenured subject to the Imo State Polytechnic Law No. 15 of 2012. The advert made on Daily Sun Newspaper Monday 25/3/2019 stated internal and external; hence, due process was followed in appointment of Dr. Ikebudu as Rector of the Polytechnic.