- Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised that he would give a level playing ground for all members of the APC in Imo state
- Uzodinma made the pledge on Thursday, May 20, in Owerri, the capital of the state
- The governor, however, noted that his predecessor, Okorocha had not registered as a member of the party
The governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has said that his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, refused to be registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Uzodinma said this while speaking when he received the APC registration and revalidation appeal committee in Owerri, the Imo capital, on Thursday, May 20.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the Imo state government, the governor maintained that he has promoted an all-inclusive process in the state, irrespective of affiliations.
The governor said he would not allow the process to be hijacked by selfish individuals.
“I’m not unaware that some people wanted to hijack the process. What I assure everybody is that nobody will be excluded. I recall getting a phone call from the governor of Niger state, telling me that the former governor, Okorocha, complained.
“We had issues before I became the governor. As a result, people had their sympathies here and there. But after I became governor, I don’t have a choice but to unite the membership of the party."
He noted that the committee he set up to supervise the registration said they were approaching two million, adding that he could not make the statement if the idea is to exclude people.
“I think that some of our leaders in this party need help. Some people don’t know how to manage life after power. That is what we call post-power syndrome.”
He said he would continue to promote a level-playing ground for all members of the party who are interested in the growth of the state.
Governor Uzodimma reiterated that his interest was for the growth of the party, hence he wouldn't work to exclude anybody from registering, and if possible he would have registered people outside the state to get the desired number he was looking for.
“What is the point of going to Calabar to lobby people to join our party, if I am in my state excluding people from registering into the party.
“APC then was not managed by the people, it was difficult mentioning the party in any church, but now APC is like a national anthem everywhere in Imo state.
“Why will I struggle for structure, before I became the candidate, we were excluded from the congresses, if not for the direct primaries we wouldn't have had any chance, not even my ward chairman.
“Everything was controlled by former Governor Okorocha the way he wanted, but by the grace of God, APC came with that popular policy of direct primaries where the people were allowed to vote.
“The same way I benefited from the direct primaries, people should prepare, do their homework, they may benefit from the direct primary.
“Go home, feel free to call me anytime, if there is anything we are not doing well, if my attention is called to it, it would be corrected, I will do my best to ensure that things are done the right way.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Uzodimma signed two executive bills on security and land matters into law, as passed by the Imo state House of Assembly.
It was reported that the first was a bill for a law to establish the Imo security organisation to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and related matters therein.
The governor said the bill was sent to the house of assembly to address the challenges of militancy, attacks on police formations, and politically influenced violence.