The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Imo State chapter has raised concerns over the alleged misappropriation of over 206 billion Naira from the local government fund by Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Shared Prosperity administration. The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Collins Opurozor, addressed these concerns during a World Press Conference titled “On Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Latest Campaign of Lies and Deceit” held at the party’s Secretariat.
Opurozor called on Governor Uzodimma to promptly account for the whereabouts of the 206 billion Naira belonging to the Local Governments, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability in governance.
Expressing dismay, Opurozor accused the APC-led administration of destroying the local government system, which serves as a vital mechanism for democratic expansion and the spread of democratic values. He highlighted the tragic consequences of this destruction, especially in a state like Imo, where a significant portion of the population resides in rural areas.
Opurozor further criticized the State government for engaging in a campaign of misinformation, lies, and deceit in recent weeks, possibly as part of their strategy to win the upcoming INEC governorship election on November 11, 2023.
The PDP spokesperson also condemned the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Emelumba, for allegedly spreading falsehoods. He refuted claims that the PDP had planned to organize a protest in Abuja over the state’s festering insecurity and accused the commissioner of blaming the opposition for the government’s failure to ensure the security of lives and property.
Opurozor disputed Governor Uzodimma’s narrative that he inherited a cemetery-like state, highlighting the previous administration’s accomplishments and the subsequent deterioration under Uzodimma’s leadership. He lamented the rise in violence, occupation by non-state actors, and the adverse impact on the economy and livelihoods of the people.
Drawing attention to the escalating debt profile, Opurozor criticized the administration for making incessant borrowings a state policy without effectively utilizing the funds to stimulate sustainable growth. He pointed out the neglected agro-industrial sector and the dormant state-owned enterprises that could have revitalized the local economy and provided employment opportunities for Imo youths.
Opurozor appealed to Imolites to reject misinformation propagated by the APC government and urged them to actively participate in the electoral process. He emphasized the importance of preventing Governor Uzodimma from securing a second term, proposing Senator Samuel Anyanwu as a candidate who can reclaim the state’s safety and welfare.
In response, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Emelumba, emphasized the government’s commitment to responsible resource management. He called for unity and collaboration among the citizenry to propel the state towards greater heights.