Athan Achonu, a candidate for governor from the Labour Party (LP) in Imo State, has declared that he will not be convinced to give up his bid for governor by Hope Uzodinma, the current governor of the state.
The LP flag bearer’s comment comes amid rumours that he is merely acting as a stand-in and would soon be replaced.
Achonu, however, has declared that he will continue to the very end.
This was mentioned by Achonu on Friday’s episode of Politics Today on Channels Television.
He maintained that he would refuse to step down as the party’s nominee even if Uzodinma offered him $100 million.
According to him, “The people of Imo State already know the truth. They are following me. How can I be a placeholder for Hope Uzodimma? Give me $1 million? That’s not possible.
“I have been around in this country. I am very well known. I can say that for myself. So, I have a reputation in this country. I am a man of integrity. Hope Uzodimma can’t buy me even with $100 million. It is not possible. Nobody can buy me. Money can’t buy me.”
The former lawmaker continued by saying it was not something he intended to do to run for governor of Imo.
He claimed that his followers pressed him to stay in politics, and that his desire to improve Imo State led him to accede to their requests.
“So, they said if I abandon them, they would not have any place to go. That’s why I really went into that race. I didn’t want to run for governor,” Senator Achonu added.
The LP candidate, who lamented the bottlenecks of doing business in the South-East, said the quest to rewrite history pushed him into the governorship contest.
“Igbos have been chased out of Igbo land. It is like an occupied territory. So, every half a kilometre, you see a Police checkpoint, you see a Customs checkpoint. So, people cannot trade freely,” he added.
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