The Director-General of the Imo State Orientation Agency, Dr. Ethelbert Okere, has advised Imolites not to allow themselves to be misled by unscrupulous elements on the issue of operational vehicles recently allocated to government appointees by the governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma. In a statement signed personally by him, Okere described as “misleading” the statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State in which it claimed that the operational vehicles recently given to the appointees of the Uzodimma administration are “gifts”.
The orientation boss noticed that it is even more “curious and baffling” that the party further employed the phrase “parting gift”, pointing out that such use of words, apart from being inappropriate, is capable of instigating the people into “precipitate” actions. The statement reads in full as follows:
“The attention of the Imo State Orientation Agency has been drawn to a misleading statement by the Imo state wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the recent allocation of operational vehicles to commissioners and aides of His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo state.
In the statement, the party described the vehicles as “gifts” and even more curious as “parting gift”. The Agency is dismayed at the choice of words and expressions because they are capable of leading unsuspecting members of the Imo public into precipitate actions.
The Agency is not unmindful of the fact that some citizens have expressed their views on the governor’s gestures and which is expected in a democracy but frowns at any tendency to mislead a highly sophisticated people like Imolites through inappropriate use of language apparently in a hasty bid to score political points.
There was nowhere in the governor’s speech at the occasion that he alluded to the vehicles as “gifts”. The vehicles are the property of the state and are to be used by the functionaries, who are indigenes of the state, to carry out duties on behalf of the state and its people.
The Agency once again wishes to use this opportunity to urge Imolites to always insist that commentaries on public affairs in the state should remain at the standard for which they are known”.