The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma as a failure following the coordinated attacks on security agents in Imo State.
Recall that gunmen on Monday morning attacked the correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri, Imo State, setting them on fire and releasing over 1800 inmates.
The attackers, who operated between 1am and 3am also attacked a military base at Ukwuorji on the Owerri-Onitsha expressway, burnt a soldier in a car and razed four military operational vehicles.
Speaking at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital on Thursday, the PDP chairman in the state, Charles Ugwu, asked Uzodinma to take responsibility and stop looking for who to blame.
He said, “We have therefore concluded that lives and property are not safe and secure in the state under the watch of the current regime.”
“In his speeches and interviews since after the incident, he has blamed the opposition and God-knows who else. He struggles rather subtly to exonerate himself and his regime of any complicity in the sad incident. What has happened is a catastrophic failure of governance.
“It is nauseating that he (Uzodinma) tells lies with much ease. We thought the incident was too grievous to be subjected to the rubrics of politics and politicisation as the governor has been doing.
“It is unfortunate that rather than think out plausible explanations to Imo people, Nigerians and the world, the governor and Chief Security Officer of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, chose to speak tongue-in-cheek.”
In a swift reaction, Uzodinma’s Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, said that PDP was still angry that it was booted out of power by the Supreme Court.
The governor’s aide said Uzodinma would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.