That Senator Hope Uzodinma, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State was arrested on Sunday November 11, 2018 at the airport in Abuja over 12 million dollars contract fraud by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, (SPIPRPP) is an established fact.
Insiders squealed to us that immediately the lawmaker was taken into detention he went on bended knees and started begging. He later developed high blood pressure in detention.
Chairman of the SPIPRPP, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla revealed that the senator was temporarily released on bail around 12 midnight on Sunday because of his health condition. He added that the lawmaker must return back for questioning on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Be that as it may, Uzodimma’s Director of Media and Special Duties, Declan Emelumba in a statement said that; “There is absolutely no iota of truth in the story trending online that the APC Governorship Candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodimma was arrested by the special Presidential investigation panel for recovery of Public Property, the Hope Uzodimma Campaign Organisation has declared.”
“The story was planted by Governor Rochas Okorocha and his co-horts out of their dare-devil desperation to damage the image of the distinguished Senator before the Imo electorate who are poised to vote for him in 2019.”
“The arrest news is fake, baseless, unfounded and absolutely false, without any iota of truth, Okorocha has refused to come to grips with the reality that his son-in-law will not succeed him as governor and is going all out to damage APC and its governorship candidate in next year’s election just to see if he can substantiate his false claim that there can be no APC in Imo state without him.”
“We wondered when it became the duty of the Chairman of the panel Chief Obono-Obala to send messages to correspondents directly “if there was any arrest is it not the press department of the panel that will issue such a statement to the entire media ?”
“It is very obvious that Okorocha and his people are behind this evil story. They have planned so much against the APC Governorship Candidate, from the phony dud-cheque issue to a non existent non assets declaration charge.”
“Their latest plot is this Calabar dredging contract. However they should know that the company handling the Calabar dredging contract is Calabar Channels Management Company in which Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has 60% equity shares.”
“So if there is anybody to be arrested for anything then it is the Managing Director of NPA and not a minority partner, Niger Global, in which Sen. Uzodimma is a shareholder.”
“There is clear evidence that this is a failed plot by the Governor and his men. The fact that simultaneously as they planted the story, their own so called state publicity secretary of APC Imo State, Onwuasonya FCC Jones, issued a press release celebrating the false arrest and even said in the statement that it was from their investigation that they found out about the “arrest” of the senator, shows clearly that they are behind the whole plot.”