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The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has insisted that he is not contesting the 2023 presidential poll as being speculated in some quarters.
Speaking in a statement through his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba the Governor reiterated that he has neither contemplated contesting for the presidency nor informed any one of such intention.
He spoke against the backdrop of rumours making the rounds that the governor had joined the presidential race.
‘There is no truth whatsoever in those speculations which are the handiwork of a desperate and idiotic opposition hell bent on distracting the governor from delivering on his mandate to Imo people. The governor has neither contemplated contesting for the presidency nor informed anyone of such intention.
‘Apart from being preoccupied with the delivering of democracy dividends to the people and making their lives meaningful, Uzodimma is committed to serving out his tenure satisfactory. Imo people and all political associates of the governor nationwide should disregard the malicious rumours as a vain attempt to smear the name of Uzodimma,’ Emelumba said.
Meanwhile, former Governor of Imo State and the current Senator representing Orlu West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC), to look into what Gov. Hope Uzodinma has been doing in Imo State bring him to order.
Speaking on Tuesday, Okorocha alleged that Uzodinma’s government had begun the demolition of about sixteen pedestrian bridges he constructed as governor, across the State Capital, Owerri, and its environs.
The ex-governor, who stated this in a release signed by his Special Adviser (media) Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri, said ‘as we write, more of such bridges must have also been brought down by Governor Uzodinma’s caterpillars.’
He pointed out that the government in lmo seems to derive its strength and joy from the suffering and tears of Imo people following its anti-people’s policies and actions, including the demolition of the pedestrian flyovers meant for them.