The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially requested Governor Hope Uzodimma not to put himself forward for reelection. During a press conference, Collins Opurozor, the party’s spokesperson in the State, criticized the Governor’s recent interview on Channels TV, stating that the State was like a cemetery when he assumed power in 2020.
Opurozor argued that considering the Governor’s performance since taking office, it would be unjust to “reinstate an administration that has inflicted so much poverty and suffering on the people.” He emphasized that before Uzodimma’s tenure, the State was secure and progressing well in various aspects of social and economic development.
He said, “Something unusual has started to happen in Imo State since last week. The outgoing government of Senator Hope Uzodinma has finally embarked on a campaign of misinformation, lies, and deceit as its only strategy to attempt the uphill and impossible task of its reelection in November. Indeed, those who are poor in governance are always rich in propaganda.
“A few days ago, the Commissioner for Information went to town with a falsehood that our party had concluded plans to organize a protest in Abuja over the festering insecurity in the State.
“As if that was not enough, the same Commissioner visited a local radio station in Owerri to blame the opposition for the indefensible failure of the Uzodinma-led government to fulfill the primary purpose of political governance, which is the security of lives and property.
“At last, the Governor, Senator Uzodinma, was on national television last night to advance such false narratives. It, therefore, becomes necessary that we respond to the issues.
“Senator Uzodinma said he met Imo in a cemetery when he became Governor in 2020. But the truth is that Imo state was a paradise before his coming. Charmed by the glory he saw, Senator Uzodinma, while taking his oath of office, vowed to continue with all the lofty initiatives of the past PDP administration. Unfortunately, he has now plunged Imo into a cemetery. A state that knew no violence is now a city of blood and a valley of death.
“More than half of Imo territory is presently under the occupation of bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and other non-state actors who levy death upon Imo people day after day. Farmers have abandoned their farmlands, and the logical outcome has been an unprecedented rise in poverty and starvation, including crime.
“It is shameful that while Imo people are slaughtered daily by terrorists, the only thing Senator Uzodinma thinks of is how to politicize and profit from the unfortunate situation. It is irresponsible that a government would seek to frame its perceived foes with insecurity, which it has an obligation to solve.
“Equity demands that Senator Uzodinma should not present himself as a candidate in the forthcoming governorship election since he hails from Orlu Zone that has held power for twenty years in the last twenty-four years. Those backing his inordinate ambition do not mean well for the State, and they must stop forthwith.
“We, therefore, call on Imolites to continue to discard every misinformation being peddled by the outgoing government. Imo, people must never reinforce failure. Everyone in the State should now come out, join hands with PDP and participate in the electoral process, with a clear and patriotic objective of permanently sending this failed regime packing in November so as to reclaim our State and make it safe again with Senator Samuel Anyanwu.
“This is what we owe ourselves for the sake of our collective survival. This is what we owe our generations yet unborn. The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.”
In response, the state government dismissed the concerns raised by the PDP, stating that the party had not yet overcome the significant losses it experienced in the previous elections to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
Collins Ughalaa, the Special Adviser on Public Communications to the Governor, highlighted that the people of the State were well aware of the positive performance indicators of the current Governor. He confidently asserted that Governor Uzodimma would secure reelection in the upcoming November 11 elections.