…Says attack is to disenfranchise the electorate
By Valentine Amanze
The Imo State governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, has reassured the people of Orlu zone that their safety, protection and development would always be of utmost priority to him.
He also said that Orlu people were peace loving, stressing that the recent cases of killings and destruction of property in the zone that had portrayed the area as the epicentre of insecurity in Imo State were politically contrived to disenfranchise the electorate.
The governor spoke at the Nkwerre Country Club during an event organised by leaders from Orlu zone on the platform of Orlu Zone Development Forum to find a lasting solution to the spate of insecurity in the area, at the weekend.
The governor however lamented that what had befallen the people was simply an orchestrated attack to cause confusion in the area and render the zone politically irrelevant.
He also reassured the Orlu people that with him on the political saddle in Imo State those behind the attacks and agenda to decimate lives and destroy property in Orlu would not succeed.
On a speedy development of Oelu zone, the governor appealed to the leaders to set up a technical committee of eminent sons and daughters who would interface with the state government with a view to looking into the problems affecting the peace and development of the zone.
The governor, who was invited as the Special Guest, advised the Forum to set-up a think-tank that would develop a blue-print on the needed sustained peace and development in Orlu.
His words: “There is peace in Orlu; rather Orlu is under attack by perceived enemies of the zone, who lost out in the last election and have refused to accept defeat.
“I cannot be intimidated because I have come to serve and would like to be remembered for good governance and lasting legacies that will mark me out from other politicians who are self-centered and self-seeking.”
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has disclosed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to lift the ban on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), which the Commission placed on the state last week, citing insecurity and loss of life of its personnel.
Governor Uzodimma disclosed this on Sunday, saying his intervention became necessary to allow Imo citizens register and obtain their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) before the next general election.