Whitepaper enforcement on Okorocha: Uzodimma intimidated by Samdaddy’s bolstered ranks, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has accused the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma of being intimidated by the fact that more influential people in the state are joining forces with the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu(Samdaddy) ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state.

Imo PDP, which was reacting to the statement released on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information in Imo State, Declan Emelumba, which claimed that Senator Anyanwu had agreed to halt the enforcement of the White Paper against former Governor Rochas Okorocha once he takes over as governor of the state.

The government’s claims came just two days after Okorocha graced a birthday ceremony at Amaimo in honour of Samdaddy as he turned 58, and the former Governor seized the opportunity to give his take on the rising insecurity since the inception of Uzodimma’s faltering administration. Emelumba also said that in return, Okorocha would bankroll the election of Samdaddy. 

However, in a statement issued on Friday by the Director-General, Imo PDP New Media, Lancelot Obiaku, the party described the government’s accusation as not only baseless, diversionary and childish, but one that also exposes the extent to which the Uzodimma government has become desperate and is now grasping at straws. 

The statement read: “We perceive Emelumba’s unfounded accusations as a distraction tactic, designed to deflect attention away from the fundamental problem; the rampant insecurity plaguing the State, which Uzodimma and his team are incapable of addressing.

“Funnily enough, this present administration does not think it is an indictment on itself the fact that the last 3 years and six months have not been enough to implement the so-called white paper against Okorocha. A serious and sensible government would have concluded that and made it impossible under the law for any other administration to reverse if it was so sure of the job it did.

“Reading the grumblings of Uzodimma’s regime, one would think that Okorocha made a strange comment whereas he actually dished out known facts. He made comments every statesman would in the face of the precarious security situation in the State; or are Uzodimma’s lackeys not aware that the ruling class, including the Governor himself, are falling victim to the insecurity created by the present administration. 

“A few months ago, the convoy of former Governor Ikedi Ohakin was attacked and three lost their lives. In recent months also, the convoy of Hon. Chike Okafor has been attacked. Incidentally, on his return to Imo over the weekend, Okorocha was also attacked, leading to the loss of one security detail.

“Hoodlums, bandits and the Imo government formed Ebubeagu have taken over several LGAs including Orlu, Orsu and Okigwe in Imo State, resulting in frequent incidents of kidnapping, wanton killings and arson. Rather than humbly asking for forgiveness for failing to protect the lives and properties of Imo people, the current regime is preoccupied with frivolous gossip.

“Uzodimma has failed in every aspect of governance and now feels threatened by Samdaddy’s strengthened forces. This includes former Governor Okorocha, who oversaw a peaceful Imo during his administration, joining hands with the PDP’s candidate who is committed to ensuring safety in the state. As more influential people in Imo join the Samdaddy campaign in the coming weeks, Uzodimma should prepare to leave and give room for a PDP-led government to rescue the state from its current state of ruin”.

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