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Why I’m stingy as Imo Governor-Uzodinma



Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma has given reason behind his not lavishing money on people as he used to since assumption of office as the Governor of Imo State.

Uzodinma in an interactive session with selected media Houses over the weekend enjoined Imo people particularly his friends to bear with his restraint on spendthrift which he attributed to his new position as the governor.

Uzodinma revealed that given the consideration that he would at last give account of all the resources or money he spent while in the office as the governor, he is left with no option than to spend consciously so as to give accurate account of every expense made as Governor.

He however pointed out that as a former Senator and a business man, he had the opportunity of spending out money to people as he wished and would not be accountable to any person but such would not happen as a Governor hence he would give account of every kobo he spent after his tenure.

I have come to govern Imo with every transparency, therefore cautious of expenses, he said.

Reacting to the questions on the ongoing recovery of converted properties of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, the two time senator again revealed that as a governor he has no personal problems with Okorocha pointing out that the present administration which he oversees the affairs as a Governor is only implementing the recommendation of the panel of Inquiry on converted state properties.

Uzodinma who used the forum to receive the new executives of the correspondent chapel led by the chairman, Chris Isiguzo assured them of the continued support of the government.

Those who know Governor Uzodinma for ages appear to be taken aback on his character since his assumption of office as the governor particularly in the area of giving out money.

Uzodinma has been known and described by fans as a philanthropist as well as a man of kindness who giving out money particularly to the needy was part of his hubbies, but these attributes appear to have disappeared since his assumption of office.

Majority of those who supported him during the 2019 Governorship campaigns were people that had been with him for years even before he won the Senatorial election to represent the people of Imo Wes,t and they supported his governorship ambition on same premise that philantropism which he has been known for would be made more manifest as a Governor but became surprised when the reverse became the case.

The appointees are not exempted from this complaint as well as Journalists in the state.

While some of the Appointees who were before not, his political loyalists who he had also provided and cared for financially were thinking that with their appointments, their names would turn into riches are also disappointed as they receive what is strictly due to them as appointees and not the other way round.

Journalists and media practitioners who had known the Governor for his philantropism who on that premise supported his Governorship ambition are also complaining that the Uzodinma they used to know is no longer the one presently at the Government House.

However, with the speech of the Governor, it has become crystal clear to all and sundry that the said Uzodinma they knew while in the senate is same as Governor but has only stopped philantropism to give Imo the best.

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Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity



Imo LG elections may not be coming up anytime soon as Imo State Independent Electoral Commission has suspended indefinitely, the ongoing Local Government tours.

Although, the commission at the time of filing this report had not given reasons behind sudden stoppage of the ongoing tours of the Local Government but a source close to the commission hinted Lead that the tour was stopped over rising insecurity occasioned by spate of attacks in the state.

The commission which had covered seventeen out of the twenty seven local Governments in the state had the plans of meeting with the stakeholders in the various Local Governments on the best date for the Local Government polls before the outbreak of the series of attacks in Imo.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon assumption of office appointed the chairman and members of the ISIEC, charged them to see to the conduct of a free and fair election in the Local Governments.

The commission in compliance with the directives of the Governor has carried out some modalities  which include returning the political wards into the 305 in accordance with the Imo State law amongst others.

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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC



We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC

The All Progressives Congress – APC has condemned the attack by some hoodlums in the state of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.

The party went further to condemn the attacks on police properties, personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states.

While responding in a statement signed by the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning, John James Akpanudoedehe, said it will not fold their hands and allow Imo State to be turned into a field for blood shed.

The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma


“The party equally condemns the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.

“We stand with the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims in this difficult time as we mourn the deaths of innocent and dedicated security personnel simply carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.

“In Imo State, the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the good people of Imo state.

“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.

“The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.

“Our security services must fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.”

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Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma



The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that the newly formed Ebube Agu security outfit for the South-East region is not an alternative to the police, army and other federal government established security outfits.

The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that Ebube Agu is but “a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.”

He identified youth unemployment and ethnic mistrust as the main root of criminality in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

The statement identified idleness as the reason fueling criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.

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The statement identified the governor as saying “his Government is working assiduously to resuscitate the state moribund industries in Imo by entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a seasoned private consulting firm, for the purpose of providing jobs for the Imo teeming youths to keep them away from crime.

“On the birth of security outfit for the South-East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.

“They are to play complimentary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.

“Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South-East recently do not in anyway suggest that Ndigbo are tired of been in Nigeria. Rather, all we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigeria family.”

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