- by E. Nriezedi
- 7:07 PM September 10, 2021
The Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it was not happy with the way the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, was dragging the state in the mud.
The PDP’s publicity secretary in the state, Ogubundu Nwadike, in a statement on Sunday, stated that the recent media outings of the governor were below standard.
The statement read, “The Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State expresses displeasure with the way and manner, Governor Hope Uzodinma has been portraying the name and image of the state in bad light, and dragging it in the mud with inelegant utterances on organs of national and state mass media. This Party frowns at the ugly practice which has characterised the regime since its controversial assumption of office on January 15, 2020.
“The recent statements made by Governor Uzodinma on national television, in which he emphatically said that there was no anti-open grazing law in Imo State and that the sit-at-home order was not complied with in the state, were unfortunate because they were the direct opposite of the verifiable reality.
“There is a 2006 law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in Imo State, and also on all the Mondays of the month of August 2021, Imo people have been sitting at home in frightened compliance with the order to sit at home issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“This Party underscores that some people who heeded Governor Uzodinma’s encouragement of Imo people to disregard the sit-at-home order and go about their lawful and legitimate businesses met with untimely deaths as their lives were cut short by unknown gunmen, as they went about their businesses.
“That was most unfortunate, more so when the governor has continually failed to show any regard or respect to the lives that were lost, by neither visiting the families of the deceased nor addressing Imo people on the tragic incidents.
“Our Party, however, notes with satisfaction that not only has the Imo State House of Assembly confirmed that the anti-open grazing law exists and is functional in the state, but also that Governor Uzodinma himself has, through his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Emelumba, made a recant of the false statement by the governor, albeit with the claim that he was misquoted by the press.
“This Party sincerely takes a strong aversion to that conduct of the governor in public in which he arrogantly displayed such unpardonable ignorance as to state that Imo State did not have a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle, whereas such a law exists and is equally functional. It is an act that is very capable of worsening the already tarnished image of Imo State and Imo people under the watch of the governor.
“Imo PDP, therefore, wants Governor Uzodinma to, as a matter of urgency, apologise to Imo people for making such false statements with emphasis, when he should have kept silent and saved himself, Imo State and Imo people the attendant embarrassment, shame and disgrace.
“Our Party warns that such acts and conduct should as much as possible not be repeated, as our state has a history of being educationally and academically blessed with intellectuals, technocrats and professionals, and should not be caught with a governor that makes questionable false statements that are easily punctured and deflated with superior arguments, facts and figures. Governor Hope Uzodinma should henceforth guard against such embarrassing outings and utterances as has characterised his regime this past 20 months.”
But the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on print media, Modestus Nwamkpa, described the PDP as a party with International Displayed Politicians.
He said that Uzodinma would not be distracted by the “rantings of the frustrated” PDP members as the governor is determined to developing the state.