- Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has suspended his visit to Imo state
- The former governor of the state was scheduled to visit the state today, Thursday, March 12
- Ex-governor Ihedioha says the decision to suspend the visit was due to spurious allegations against him by the Imo state government
Ex-governor of Imo, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has suspended his visit to the state, following allegations made by the Imo state government.
Ihedioha was scheduled to visit the state today, Thursday, March 12 and the announcement of the proposed visit had caused a frenzy in the state.
Despite his ouster by the Supreme Court, Ihedioha, a former deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has a large following in the state.
His supporters have been upbeat about the proposed visit and plans were in place to give the former governor a heroic welcome.
The Imo state government, however, released a statement on Tuesday, March 11, alleging that the visit was geared towards causing crisis.
Ihedioha described the allegations of the government as 'spurious', adding that, “nothing could be further from the truth.’’
His words: “I haven't visited the state since the Supreme Court judgement of 14th January 2020 and was planning to come in to participate in the ongoing congresses being conducted by my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“While I have in recent weeks elected to stay away from family and friends in Imo, I am not aware that I have been exiled out of the state.
“Unfortunately, the statement by the Imo state government, made several spurious allegations, including that I plan to lead violent protests as well as import thugs to perpetrate violence. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“I am not, and have never been, a violent person. My reputation is that of peace and fair play. I have never propagated or tolerated violence. And I never will.’’
He stated that contrary to the allegations of the Imo government, agents of the state had planned to arrest his supporters.
He said the plan was to incite violence and stigmatize him as a violent person.
“It is therefore for the foregoing reasons that I have decided to postpone my trip to Owerri so as to frustrate their evil plans and machinations. My visit is not worth the life of any Imo citizen.
“The constitutional rights, including the right to free speech and to freedom of movement, are inalienable. And nobody can take that away from me. I will certainly, by the grace of God, be visiting the state very soon,’’ he concluded.
Meanwhile, kinsmen of Ihedioha on Wednesday, March 11 hailed the former governor of Imo for restoring confidence in governance during his short spell as the state's chief executive.
The people made their stance known through Olu Owerri, a socio-cultural group in Owerri Senatorial District.
Addressing a press conference in Owerri, the Imo state capital, President General of Olu Owerri, Chief Martin Opara said they have taken Ihedioha's removal from office as the governor as an act of God.
According to Opara, they were no longer mourning Ihedioha’s exit, stressing that whatever God did not sanction never came to fruition.
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