Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, on Friday, January 31; warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party against inciting citizens of the state via protests against the government.
Uzodinma warned that such an act is capable of “fanning irredentist sentiments against the legitimate government of Imo State.”
This was contained in a statement issued through the office of his Director, Media and Strategy; of his campaign organisation, Mbadiwe Emelumba.
Uzodinma further stated that the PDP is on a mission to deceive the public that their candidate; Emeka Ihedioha won the governorship election of March 2019.
He further accused the PDP of malicious deceit of the public.
“Because they know that they stole Governor Hope Uzodinma’s mandate, which has now been recovered; yet they keep deceiving and inciting the public over the Supreme Court judgement which recovered the APC mandate,” the governor said.
Uzodinma also alleged that PDP has been taking advantage of the ignorant people; who were reportedly imported from neighbouring states of Abia and Anambra.
“They organized another wishy-washy protest within the outskirts of Owerri on Thursday; but I can tell you that most of the few hundreds of protesters that walked the outskirts of Owerri metropolis in that protest are not from Imo State. I can authoritatively tell you that they were hired from neighbouring states of Abia and Anambra.
“The truth is that Imo people are very happy with the governance of Senator Hope Uzodinma. When the governor visited the Relief Market in Owerri on Monday; the rousing ovation that greeted his arrival by the traders clearly underscored this fact.
“The PDP should stop hiring foreigners to incite the public and fan irredentist sentiments; to create a false impression about the situation in Imo State,” Governor Uzodinma warned.
However, the PDP reacting to the claims of the governor; denied ever sponsoring or getting in involved in the last protest held in the state on Thursday.
The state secretary of the PDP, Ray Emeana explained that the citizens of the state on their own volition protested; what they described as injustice done by the Supreme Court by sacking Ihedioha.
Emeana said; “If he had won, Imo people would not be trooping out. However, PDP did not carry out any protest recently; what happened in Owerri on Thursday was a protest by the citizens of Imo State and not PDP rally.”
Meanwhile, the PDP scribe has insisted that Governor Uzodinma never won any election and so has nothing to reclaim as he had earlier stated.