The Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State said on Friday that bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and other non-state actors currently control more over half of Imo territory and inflict suffering and death upon the Imo people.
In a statement released by Collins Opurozor, the PDP’s press secretary in the state, the party said that Uzodimma’s poor leadership was to blame for the state’s continued instability.
According to the opposition party, farmers have abandoned their farmlands, which has led to an unprecedented spike in crime as well as poverty and malnutrition. Imo was the most tranquil state in Nigeria three years ago. Right now, our state is a killing field.
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The PDP criticized Gov. Uzodinma’s performance record, saying it is terrible that while terrorists are killing Imo citizens every day, Senator Uzodinma only considers how to politicize the situation.
PDP said, “Imo has become a killing field within 3yrs under Uzodinma’s failed APC regime. We seized the platform to alert the Nigerian and International community of Uzodinma’s plans to unleash Ebubeagu Militia, deploy maximum violence to rig 2023 elections In Imo State”.
The PDP continued by claiming that over the past 36 months, Senator Uzodinma’s administration collected N180.6 billion from the FAAC, money that was intended for the State’s local governments. Nothing seen on the ground today indicates that even a Kobo has reached the LGAs.
According to PDP,” Senator Hope Uzodinma must, without any further delay, tell Imo people where he kept the N180.6 billion belonging to the Local Governments.
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“Uzodinma unrepentantly seeks to frame and destroy his perceived political foes with it. This Governor is a big threat to society and he is evidently unfit to continue in office!
“As the 2023 elections draw closer, the failed regime of Senator Uzodinma is already perfecting a wicked plot to deploy violence in order to manipulate electoral outcomes and extend its illegitimate hold onto power. Our Party has intercepted credible intelligence about the planned role which the Uzodinma-backed Ebubeagu Militia would play in this process of derailing democracy in the State.
“On Election Day, what may be witnessed is a scenario where accreditations would be allowed to take place with BVAS, and from that point, Ebubeagu Militia would take over the process to complete the actual voting and transmission. The massively-rigged February 2022 State Constituency By-election in Ngor Okpala provided the ground for the APC regime in Imo to test this crime against democracy.
“Imo PDP, therefore, demands the immediate disbandment of Ebubeagu Militia. The Inspector General of Police must rise to the occasion. Since Ebubeagu began its operations in Imo State, insecurity, killings, abductions and arson have only risen astronomically. There is no justification for the Militia to continue to exist!
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“Imo people should realize that if this bestial regime in the State is allowed to set everywhere on fire and make all the parts of Imo uninhabitable, we all would become refugees in foreign lands.
” Therefore, everyone in the State must now come out, join hands and participate in the electoral process, with the clear and patriotic objective of permanently sending this unelected regime packing. This is what we owe ourselves for the sake of our collective survival. This is what we owe our generations yet unborn. The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny”
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