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Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has assured the electorate in the State that the November 11, 2023 governorship election will be free, fair, credible and transparent.
However, he urged the voters to defend their votes after casting their ballots in order to guard against manipulation.
Governor Uzodinma spoke at the formal inauguration of the Imo Progressives Movement (IPM), an organ initiated by the Member of House of Representatives representing Ohaji/ Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal constituency of the State, Hon. Eugene Dibiagwu, to support the reelection of the governor and chart a new political paradigm for the State.
The governor reassured the electorate, particularly the Imo youths, that the environment would be made conducive for them to cast their ballots.
The governor told the Imo youths that he would also create a conducive environment that will guarantee wealth creation, poverty alleviation, provision of scholarship and standard education in the State.
According to him, civil servants will receive their salaries, infrastructure will be provided and Imo people will make money, prosperity and development will be achieved.
Responding to his endorsement for a second tenure in office by the IPM members, the governor thanked the group for its wonderful support, noting that “the march for a new Imo and the roadmap is largely dependent on the members of the IPM.”
He reiterated that he will continue to serve by way of providing tangible and intangible dividends of democracy and expressed gratitude to members of IPM for their show of support, assuring that he will not take such support for granted.
The governor also bemoaned the the state of insecurity ind the state, accusing the opposition of sponsoring killings, thereby stopping people from going to farm, going to market, attending to their trade and work places, asking the sponsors of insecurity to remember that God is at work.
He also beckoned on the youths who were still living in the bush to come out “because the work they are doing from there is that of the devil.”
He assured of his readiness to reintegrate them, counsel and rehabilitate them and make them become human beings again.
Governor Uzodimma enjoined Imo citizens to go out on the day of election and cast their votes, monitor the process, stay within their booths and ensure their votes are counted and moved to the situation room without fear or favour.
He assured that, “there must be free, fair, credible and transparent election in Imo State” and that his administration “will guarantee the safety and security of all that will participate in that election.
Governor Uzodimma expressed absolute trust on INEC, noting that the body had recorded successes in the past in Anambra, Edo and Osun States, and noted that the INEC will do the same in the November election of Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa States
He reiterated his belief in the unity and oneness of Nigeria and emphasised that he stands in the unity of Nigeria.
Earlier, in his address, the Convener of Imo Progressives Movement, Hon Eugene Dibiagwu, said that the essence of the formation of the organisation was to support the governor’s reelection through quality political education, to identify successes in governance and how to inspire people to vote in the right direction.
He said the idea was to stop persistent campaigns of calumny targeted at destroying the legacies of the governor and to ensure that the retrogressive kind of politics was forever destroyed in Imo State, noting that “Imo politics must be issue-based, refined, result-oriented and morally astute.”
The federal lawmaker informed the mammoth crowd that the “political platform cuts across diverse political interest with a defined mandate to support and facilitate the reelection of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“Imo Progressive Movement are working with the other similar organisations as fishers of voters and supporters and promoters for the reelection of Governor Hope Uzodimma in the November 11 2023 governorship election in Imo State.”
According to him, the IPM remains the eternal compass as they work together for the governor of Imo State.