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The Government of Imo State has reacted to the alleged phone call made by a former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, in which he allegedly claimed that the government of the state would not succeed as long as he was in the state.
The Eastern Updates recalls that in the video that went viral on social media, a recorded phone conversation alleged the former governor to have made the statement and sought the exit of the current government in the state.
‘They can continue to be in Government House…they will not succeed in doing anything so long that I’m there,’ the voice stated.
However, Ihedioha had denied ever making the statement, asking security agencies to investigate the perpetrators.
‘They have forged documents, concocted voice messages, perjured, and maximised the social media in throwing mud to see if anyone sticks. They use issues that are very dear to our people in this nefarious project,’ the former governor said in a statement on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in another twist to the development, the Imo State Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, while speaking on Arise TV on Monday, insisted the former governor made the call and threatened to release more evidence.
Emelumba said, “Emeka Ihedioha’s claim that his voice was cloned is untrue. I want to challenge him to come out and be a gentleman, and admit he made the call. I can tell you he made the call on Friday, October 14, 2022 between 9:30pm and 10:05pm, and the person he made the call with is somebody who deals in interior decoration from Ezinihitte Mbaise. If he doesn’t come out as a gentleman, admit and apologise for exacerbating the insecurity situation in Imo State, we will be forced to publish the facts and details.”
Ihedioha, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, was governor of Imo State until January 2020 when Supreme Court sacked him and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the 2019 governorship election.