By Elizabeth Uwandu
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma says he decided to vie for the governorship of the state so as to correct the injustices against the people and instill progressive governance in the running of the state.
He stated this when he received the endorsement of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), in Imo State, for the 2019 governorship election in the state.
The group led by the chairperson, Mrs Rubby Elele, described the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led administration as unfair to the people of the state and vowed that local government Executives and workers who were allegedly sacked illegally in 2011 by Governor Okorocha will punish him and his son in-law Uche Nwosu with their PVCs.
Uzodinma who expressed joy and gratitude over the honour done to him, promised to address the alleged illegality perpetrated against Imo workers and pensioners by ensuring the payment of their salaries from 2011 till date.
He said: “When I was told that the entire ALGON will pay a visit, I didn’t know how serious the issues were. Not only that you were removed illegally, since then you have not been paid your salaries. We have seen several injustices perpetrated against our people but we have to take a decision and confront this injustice.”
“One with God is majority. Politics is a career and nobody will be happy to cut that career short. It is God that gives power and he gives who he wants. For 305 councillors, chairmen, for any leader to be insensitive to their feelings that leader is not a human being, that is wickedness.
“I want to partner with you, come and have Hope because you have suffered enough. Go back to your various wards, i dont think those who elected you are happy with your condition.
“We want to build a new order; we want to set up a new team that will bring development to Imo state. What we did was to remove this party from one family and gave back to Imo people. We want to give this state to a good driver, not a driver with learners permit but driver’s license. If you don’t get salary today you will get it after three weeks from today.
“Dont be afraid of anybody, APC which i am the candidate is the ruling party. No body will intimidate you. There must be law and order in the state. Whether they are called Imo security Network or Okorocha, dont be intimidated”.
He stated further that “Imo state has a debt profile of over N300bilion since 2015 till date. We will get the money where they kept it to provide good health care, good education, our government by the grace of God will be driven by people oriented projects.
“Power was given to a complacent human being and he mis-used it. I have come to create wealth. We will recover Imo, we will rehabilitate Imo. So help me let us work to the glory of God. When we win the narratives will change and when it changes we will all smile.
“APC in Imo today is stronger and robust. We are better today and that is why people are coming everyday to identify with us. Let us embark in this journey it shall end in praise. When we come we will make sure that every body will pay all out standing salaries and every body will be happy”.
Urging the ALGON to also ensure victory for President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Uzodinma noted that ” President Buhari’s opponents have said he is a man of integrity and have decided to vote him again. We are going to protect our people’s interest” he stated.