Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma has asked the people of the state not to give power again to those he described as drivers with learner’s permit, accusing the Rochas Okorocha led government in the state of amassing about N300 billion debt for the state between 2015 and 2019.
The APC flagbearer said he was determined to stop the state becoming a family and restoring governance back to the people of the state, assuring that all salaries and allowances owed workers and elected officials withheld by Governor Okorocha will be paid immediately he assumed office as the next governor of the state.
Uzodinma who spoke when he received a delegation of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) who came to endorse him as their candidate foe the governorship seat promised to bring what he called a new order to the governance of the state and set up a new team that will bring development to Imo state.
He also promised to address the alleged illegality perpetrated against them by ensuring the payment of their salaries from 2011 till date.
He said: “When I was told that the entire ALGON will pay a visit, i did not know how serious the issues were. Not only that you were removed illegally, since then you have not been paid your salaries. We have seen several injustices perpetrated against our people but we have to take a decision and confront this injustice.
“One with God is majority. Politics is a career and nobody will be happy to cut that career short. It is God that gives power and he gives who he wants. For 305 councillors, chairmen, for any leader to be insensitive to their feelings that leader is not a human being, that is wickedness.
“I want to partner with you, come and have Hope because you have suffered enough. Go back to your various wards, I don’t think those who elected you are happy with your condition.
“We want to build a new order; we want to set up a new team that will bring development to Imo state. What we did was to remove this party from one family and gave back to Imo people. We want to give this state to a good driver, not a driver with learners permit but driver’s license. If you don’t get salary today you will get it after three weeks from today.
“Dont be afraid of anybody, APC which i am the candidate is the ruling party. Nobody will intimidate you. There must be law and order in the state. Whether they are called Imo security Network or Okorocha, dont be intimidated”.
He stated further that “Imo state has a debt profile of over N300bilion since 2015 till date. We will get the money where they kept it to provide good health care, good education, our government by the grace of God will be driven by people oriented projects.
“Power was given to a complacent human being and he mis-used it. I have come to create wealth. We will recover Imo, we will rehabilitate Imo. So help me let us work to the glory of God. When we win the narratives will change and when it changes we will all smile.
“APC in Imo today is stronger and robust. We are better today and that is why people are coming every day to identify with us. Let us embark in this journey it shall end in praise. When we come we will make sure that everybody will pay all outstanding salaries and everybody will be happy”.
While urging the ALGON to also ensure victory for President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Uzodinma noted that “President Buhari’s opponents have said he is a man of integrity and have decided to vote him again. We are going to protect our people’s interest”.
Speaking earlier, Leader of the ALGON delegation, Mrs. Rubby Elele described the governor Rochas Okorocha led administration as unfair to the people of the State and vowed that the Local Government Executives and workers who were sacked illegally in 2011 by Governor Okorocha will punish him and his son in-law Uche Nwosu with their PVCs.
Mrs Elele said the former chairmen and councillors were deprived of their salaries up till date, causing undue hardship to their families, adding that God used Senator Uzodinma to liberate the people of the state therefore said they will use their structures in 305 wards in Imo State to ensure victory for the APC candidate.
She said “We are here to thank God for using you to liberate Imo people. People now walk with smiling faces. We want to join you to finish this liberation effort which will culmicate to your victory. As a result the ALGON in Imo State which i am the chairman have endorsed you as our candidate.”