ABAKALIKI – Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that they have uncovered plots against the incumbent Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma in the governorship elections slated to hold on Saturday.
The group condemned what was described as grand conspiracy orchestrated by the Northern APC cabals to politically hang Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.
They noted that “It has come to our attention that powerful forces within the All Progressives Congress (APC) are seeking retribution and revenge against Governor Uzodinma, using alleged past political errors as a pretext to undermine his candidacy in the forthcoming Imo State Gubernatorial elections”.
A press statement issued by Mazi Okechuwu Isiguzoro, Secretary General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo they pointed out that, “Governor Uzodinma’s supposed sins, as outlined by these vindictive APC cabals, include his role in working against President Tinubu during the Presidential Primaries, alongside the Former APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu.
“It is worth noting that both Adamu and the APC National Secretary were relieved of their offices due to their infamous actions against Tinubu during the APC primaries. Now, these same forces are demanding that Governor Uzodinma be sacrificed, unfairly targeting him as a scapegoat for their political vendettas”.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo explained that suspicions were further reinforced by a timely press interview credited to the Former APC National Vice Chairman (North West), Salihu Lukman, just days before the Imo State elections.
“In this interview, Lukman allegedly pointed out that Uzodinma was rewarded as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum after allegedly funding the attempts to adopt Former Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the APC consensus Presidential candidate”.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo unequivocally maintains its zero neutrality stance in the Imo State Gubernatorial elections. We have no preferred candidate, and we believe in fostering a fair and transparent electoral process that upholds the principles of democracy. However, we cannot stand idly by while powerful forces within the APC engage in a witch hunt against Governor Uzodinma, seeking to deny him federal backing and manipulate the outcome of the elections”.
“We call upon President Tinubu to exercise his leadership and moral authority by forgiving Governor Uzodinma for his past actions during the Presidential Primaries. It is essential that the President recognizes the importance of unity within the APC and refrains from allowing personal vendettas to undermine the democratic process in Imo State”.