By Chijindu Emeruwa, Abia.
Mr. Collins Opuruzor, the Director of New Media of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, has regretted Governor Hope Uzodinma’s frequent visits to President Muhammadu Buhari, without positive outcomes to halt myriads of challenges bedeviling the state.
The PDP spokesman also recorded that the Imo governor had embarked on several visits to Buhari in less than three years, and claimed that Uzodinma only benefits in Aso rock to pose for photographs with the Nigerian leader.
Mr. Opuruzor who spoke through a statement obtained on Thursday, estimated that the time Uzodinma was brought to Imo state on January 15 2020 and now, the Imo helmsman has left the state 116 times, and returned 116 times, squandering 8.3 million from the public treasury to hire a private jet for a single trip.
He also alleged that for the 232 times Governor Uzodinma had flown private jets to Abuja, Imo state has possibly lost almost N2 billion, stressing that if such a gargantuan sum could be expensed on flying, the entire cost of the leisurely activities and pleasures of the flesh which the accidental ruler chases after in Abuja is better imagined.
According to the party chieftain, “for an entity like Imo where salaries and pensions have remained unpaid, and where Infrastructural decay has become a source of immense sorrow, this penchant for luxury and unguarded lust for the good life in far away Abuja by Uzodinma can never be rationalized.
“What baffles many is that since Uzodinma began his shameless photographic sessions in Aso Rock, there is no single project in Imo which he can claim to have attracted from such vainglorious displays. He skirts around President Buhari possibly for the fun of it and possibly also, to rob it on the faces of his perceived foes that he can have photoshoots with the President whenever he wants”.
Continuing, Opuruzor further regretted, “the pain, however, is that while Uzodinma is lazying around in Abuja, Imo state is burning down to ashes. Just like Emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome burnt, history will record Uzodinma’s fun-seeking indulgences in Abuja even when Imo people live in the throes of siege and mass murderers. Today, terrorists, bandits, and fundamentalists are expanding their territory in Imo, slaughtering countless innocent citizens, abducting many more, and subjecting their captives, including women and children to torture, rape, and the most gruesome forms of violence and death.
“Since the killings in Imo started, Uzodinma has neither proffered any solution to the ugly situation nor even offered any satisfactory explanation about the causes. He has instead blamed everyone else and everything else for it but himself. If he was duly elected, he would have known that the security of lives and property should be his first-line obligation. But, unfortunately, he wasn’t.
“It is time for President Buhari and his handlers in Aso Rock to tell Uzodinma the bitter truth. “Go and solve the problems in your state. Aso Rock is not a photo studio, “the Imo spokesman submitted.