By Evelyn Usman
Senatorial aspirant for Imo West senatorial district, Hope Uzodinma, has said that no amount of blackmail and falsehood would deter him from contesting for the seat in the 2011 general elections.
Speaking through his campaign organisation, The Hope Uzodimma Campaign Organisation, Uzodinma described the campaign of calumny against him as the handiwork of some failed politicians in the area who were jittery of his endorsement as the consensus political leader of Orlu zone.
Consequently, the organization has maintained that no amount of blackmail and deliberate falsehood would deter him from pursuing his senatorial ambition to its logical conclusion.
Reacting to the purported petition by a group, Orlu Progressive Indigenes, to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, Dr Nwodo Okwesilizie, alleging that Uzodimma lacked the credentials and integrity to contest Imo West senatorial district seat in 2011, Director of Publicity and Strategy of the Campaign Organisation, Mr. Charles Amanze, alleged that the petition was being orchestrated by some serving senators.
Amanze pointed out that the mammoth crowd that witnessed the formal endorsement of the aspirant at Orlu Township Stadium, Imo State, recently was a clear indication that Uzodimma was the anointed candidate.
“It is, therefore, not surprising that opponents and detractors would explore all avenues to blackmail and tarnish his reputation. But we want to make it abundantly clear that such antics will not deter Uzodimma from pursuing to the logical conclusion the desire of his people to represent them in the upper chambers of the National Assembly in 2011,” the group stated,
Continuing, the group stated, “It is laughable for this phantom group to allege that Uzodimma is being wanted by security agencies when he has remained visible and maintained his official and residential addresses in Abuja, Lagos and Imo State. If we may ask, when has the so_called Orlu Progressive Indigenes assumed the role of security agencies to declare someone wanted on the pages of newspapers?”.
The Campaign Organisation therefore called on all Uzodimma’s admirers and well_wishers to remain calm, assuring that it would explore all legal options to tackle detractors.