Concerned Imo Professional (CIP) has urged Governor Hope Uzodinma to advise his agents to desist from blackmailing his predecessor, Emeka Ihedioha with what it described as unverified and mischievous media reports.
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, yesterday, leader of the group, Prof. Obioma Iheduru said the report falsely linked to Ihedioha which decredited the presidential ambition of Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party was a calculated attempt by alleged Uzodimma media propagandists to smear Ihedioha’s character and a “desperate ploy of using Mr. Obi to cover their shame and failures.”
Iheduru added that the report was also meant to distract attention of the public from the failures of Uzodinma’s government, while urging Imo citizens “to resist any effort to drag Mr. Peter Obi into the issues of misgovernance of Imo State which has resulted in wanton killings, kidnapping, mindless looting of the state treasury, lack of payment of salaries and pensions, collapse of local of government system and infrastructure in the state.”
Iheduru said: “We wish to state that Governor Uzodinma has failed woefully in the governance of Imo State. Hence his resort to commission his hatchet media propagandists, led by his Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, to attack His Excellency Ihedioha in a bid to smear his character and distract attention of the public from the failures of his government.
“The agents of the Imo State government who are unrelentlessly using Mr.Obi to misrepresent and blackmail Ihedioha for the purposes of 2023 are doing so with satanic intention and diabolic inclinations. This too shall fail.
“Any effort to drag Mr. Obi into the issue is completely out of the question.The point we are making is that, the issue is about the governance and the future of our beloved Imo State, and therefore nobody should mistake it or allow the attention of Imolites and Nigerians to be diverted. We call on Imolites to resist any effort to drag Mr. Peter Obi into the issues of misgovernance Imo State which has resulted in wanton killings, kidnapping, mindless looting of the state treasury, lack of payment of salaries and pensions, collapse of local of government system and infrastructure in the state. These are the issues.
“Suffice to emphasis that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was popularly and overwhelmingly elected by the good people of Imo State across political divide. Under his administration, the people of Imo State enjoyed good governance across all the sectors of the state. And that bond is still very intact and strong irrespective of the unjust Supreme Court judgement that cut short the Rebuild Imo administration.
“It is mischievous and wicked to accuse Ihedioha an acclaimed Democrat and nationalist of insulting the Igbo. These is no doubt one of the many blackmails orchestrated by Senator Hope Uzodinma and his collaborators to portray His Excellency Ihedioha in a negative manner and pitch him against his people.
“Hon. Ihedioha is an ardent and loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party who believes in the Constitutional rights of the people to act according to their will.
“Lastly, we shall not hesitate to commence legal action against Declan Emelumba should he and his cohorts continue to thread in this negative part,” he added.