- A governorship aspirant in Imo state has alleged a kidnap attempt on him
- The aspirant, who is the senator representing Imo West, Hope Uzodinma, accuses Governor Rochas Okorocha of being behind it
- He says he refuses to be intimidated by the development as he is ready to make sure the interest of the people of Imo is protected
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and lawmaker representing Imo West in the Senate, Hope Uzodinma, has said there is an attempt to kidnap him.
The Cable reports that Uzodinma made the claim less than 24 hours to the APC governorship primary in Imo state.
NAIJ.com gathers that the senator said his convoy was blocked on his way to a meeting on Saturday, September 29, by some strange persons in police uniform.
He said: “I am not sure if they are real policemen or not, blocking my convoy, telling me that the governor and the commissioner of police wanted me in Owerri. I asked if they knew who they were talking to and they said yes. I asked if they were arresting or inviting me, they said it was an invitation.
“I told them if it was an invitation, they should drop the letter and go but they refused. They blocked me on all sides. It wasn’t funny. A night before that day, in one of the meetings, the governor boasted that I will not be available during the primaries and cognisance of that statement, I asked if they had come to make real the threat by the governor.
“When they were not behaving themselves, the community people, by the market square where we were apprehended came out in their number to confront them, that was how they left. Besides the siege on my convoy and my attempted kidnap, hoodlums also attacked the venues of the meetings I was meant to attend.
“I was supposed to attend three principal stakeholders meeting, one on Orlu central district, another in Okigwe central district and the last one in Owerri central district. The venue for the Orlu district was attacked by an arrangement according to findings by the deputy chief of staff to the governor on domestic affairs. Thugs were mobilised to the venue, injured many people, burnt some canopies and left.
“The public should know that the government in Imo state is sponsoring violence all because he wants to build an empire for himself to the detriment of the Imo people.
“There is no rift between us. It is his insatiable appetite that is driving him to that level. He wants to serve eight years as a governor and go to the senate. There is nothing wrong with that if the people vote for him. But then he wants to still install his son in-law.
“The son in-law of course has the right to contest for governorship but the level of violence been perpetuated and the quantum of mischief and oppression they are visiting on the people give any reasonable mind in the state, cause for concern.
“I refuse to be intimidated by the development. I am ready to make sure the interest of our people is protected and that anybody that is coming to lead the people must know that he is coming to serve. These are sacrifices one must make as a leader to better the lot of our people.
“One thing that gives me confidence that Imo state will be salvaged from oppression is that Imo people are resilient and committed to electing a governor that will be sensitive to their needs. Someone that will promote democracy and allow the rule of law.”
Reacting to the allegation, the chief press secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Samuel Onwuemeodo, said: “Have you ever heard anybody accusing the governor of such act. But Hope Uzodinma is synonymous with such crimes. He has been in hiding because a court in Abuja ordered that he must be produced to face trial over the issuance of dud cheque to a business partner. He is just covering up.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Imo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) petitioned the party's National Working Committee (NWC), urging it to take appropriate disciplinary measures against Governor Rochas Okorocha, over alleged anti-party activities.
This was contained in a release signed by the state’s APC publicity secretary, Nwabueze Oguchienti.
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