PDP, Ihedioha sponsors CUPP against Uzodinma

PDP, Ihedioha sponsors CUPP against Uzodinma – Imo govt

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerric

The Imo state government on Friday accused the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party and a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, of sponsoring the spokesman for the Conference of United Political Parties, Ugochinyere Imo, against the governor of the Imo. state, Hope Uzodimma.

At a press conference at the Owerri government building, state information and strategy commissioner Declan Emelumba said Ugochinyere’s claim that Uzodimma hacked into the Independent National Electoral Commission’s server to manipulate voter registration data was mischievous.

He therefore called on the security chiefs to immediately arrest the CUPP spokesman for “false accusation against the state governor”.

The commissioner said government investigations revealed that PDP was behind the insecurity in Orlu to discredit the state government.

He said the opposition party was not comfortable with the successful reception of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd), in the state and the commissioning of projects carried out by the state governor.

Emelumba said: “The Imo state government is alleged to have completely ignored a recent public statement attributed to one Ikenga Ugochinyere alleging that voter registration in Omuma, the home of His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the state governor Imo, was blown up with fictitious names.

“This is partly because it comes from a man whose life was defined by recklessness, irresponsibility and incendiary outbursts. However, this will be wrong, for that will amount to condoning the criminality of his action.

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“Therefore, we deem it necessary to call on the relevant security services to immediately arrest the said Ugochinyere, in order to find out from him how he obtained the electoral register which he has paraded before the public, even when the Independent National Electoral Commission is still always at the stage of Automated Biometric System Verification (ABIS), which must be completed before an official electoral register can be released to the public.

“In fact, INEC has made an official statement about this and has even gone on to list the names of the states that have introduced fictitious voter registration. Imo State is not on that list. It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere hacked into INEC Saver and falsified documents there, or falsified the document he was brandishing. Anyway is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning.

“Next, it should be clear that Ugochinyere’s claim that there was fraudulent registration with Omuma, the branch of the state’s governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, could only have stemmed from a jaundiced and mischievous mentality.

“The security services have an urgent task to find out how Ugochinyere, a PDP candidate in the 2023 elections, obtained the documents intended to warm up the polity and stir up the public.

He said there had been no investigation by the PDP and that the aim was to embarrass the governor. He went on to say that “the PDP in the state has been devastated by the president’s successful commissioning of the governor’s signature projects.

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“It is interesting that Ugochinyere, who is a PDP candidate for the Ideato Federal constituency of Imo State, is hiding under CUPP to carry out the “satanic” agenda of its paymasters.

“As to the claim that Omuma Ward had less than 6,000 registered voters in 2014, I am on good authority from INEC verified data that the Ward had nearly 10,000 voters during that period and registered more than 23,000 in 2019, because many natives from the Ward came home to register to vote to support their son running in the gubernatorial election.

“The establishment of a Polytechnic in Omuma, with more than 20,000 students and staff, would surrender more eligible voters from different parts of Nigeria who lived in Omuma. This will of course shoot up the number of registered voters for 2023.

More telling is Ugochinyere’s lukewarm reference to a pending “secret lawsuit” in a Federal High Court Owerri against the use of BVAS. The way he put it, after his porous accusations against the governor, was to insinuate that it was submitted by a government agent. Fortunately, the attorney whose stamp was used and forged signature to file the lawsuit dismissed the same, revealing that it was a Blessing Iwuagunwa ESQ, who borrowed his NBA stamp this year, who must have filed the lawsuit. We tracked down the said Iwuagunwa as a very close associate of Emeka Ihedioha, for whom Ugochinyere works. This also makes very clear where this whole concoction comes from and why.

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“Ugochinyere’s allusion that the INEC office in Omuma had been burned and that residents had fled the community due to insecurity clearly confirmed the government’s position that PDP was behind the insecurity in Imo state for political gain.

“From the foregoing, it should be clear to everyone that Ugochinyere’s antics were diversionary tactics designed to perfect PDP’s fraudulent activities and divert attention from their malicious plots against the 2023 elections.”

In response, PDP state spokesman Collins Opuruozor said it was ridiculous that the state government was calling for Imo’s arrest.

Opuruozor, said neither PDP nor Ihedioha sponsored the CUPP spokesperson.

He said: “The call to arrest the CUPP spokesperson is laughable. The INEC document is public and for the commissioner to request the arrest of Ugochinyere to explain how he got to the documents showing that he is not on aware of the governor’s work.

“The governor accuses the opposition of being behind the insecurity in Imo state without arresting any member of the opposition. We have the director of DSS in the state of Imo, the commissioner of police, the commander of the command of the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze and none of them have accused opposition members of being behind the insecurity in the state of Imo. But let me say that any attempt to crush the opposition will be counterproductive.”

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