- Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has accused the APC governorship candidate in the 2019 elections of being a fraudster
- Okorocha said Senator Hope Uzodinma was burdened by at least two criminal cases, besides standing on a wealth of unknown means
- The senator shot back, accusing the Imo governor of parading fake academic credentials
Governor Rochas Okorocha has accused the Imo All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2019 elections, Senator Hope Uzodinma, of being a fraudster.
In a statement circulated to journalists on Thursday, November 8, by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor alleged that Senator Uzodinma was burdened by at least two criminal cases, besides standing on a wealth of unknown means, including issuance of dud cheques.
The senator however, shot back at the governor, accusing him of parading fake academic credentials.
Part of Okorocha's statement read: “Chief Uzodinma should face his two most recent criminal charges over the issuance of dud cheque and non-declaration of assets. We won’t talk about other similar cases.”
He went on to say the senator is not a member of APC in Imo state, stressing that his membership of the party was announced in Abuja.
“He has never attended any APC meeting either in his ward or in his local government, Oru-East, or at the state level.
“That is why no APC member in the state was excited when the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, announced him as his preferred governorship candidate of the party in the state,” Okorocha said.
In reaction, the director of media and special duties of Senator Hope Uzodimma campaign organisation, Declan Emelumba, said Okorocha referred to a non existent cheque.
He said: “Imo state government is referring to a non-existent dud cheque issue and phony assets declaration matter. Imo state government has only confirmed an open secret which is that they are behind the two baseless issues.
“We know that it was Imo state government that sponsored the jankara Abuja magistrate judgement over a matter between two corporate citizens which a magistrate court has no jurisdiction just to smear the senator’s intimidating image.
“They are also behind the baseless assets declaration issue to achieve the same gaal. But on each they failed woefully.
“This only goes to confirm that Okorocha and his cohorts believe that Imo state and APC are their personal estates. They are still dreaming and I think they should continue to wallow in their dreams.”
The Uzodimma’s campaign organisation also challenged Okorocha, “to tell us the year Okorocha got the so called L L B and LL M from the University of Jos so that we can expose their falsehood.
“We don’t know what they are implying by talking about certificates but if its to imply that Okorocha is better educated than anybody then they must be told the bitter truth which is that he is not in a position to talk about certificate."
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Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation, Igbo Kwenu, has commended the APC for stopping plans made by Okorocha, to allow his son-in-law succeed him.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos, convener of the group, Chigbo Okolie said the failed attempt by the governor to foist his son-in-law and other family members on the people was regrettable.
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