Bisi Olaniyi, Southsouth Bureau Chief
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, was in Benin, the Edo State capital Saturday to mobilise Igbo in support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Uzodimma, who was honoured by the Igbo Youth Union (IYU) and the youth wing of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in Edo declared that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s tax policies were anti-Igbo, while admonishing Ndigbo in the state to massively vote for Ize-Iyamu.
He said: “Obaseki and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been blackmailing the APC, alleging that we want to rig the September 19 election in Edo State.
That is exactly what Obaseki and his tax collectors are planning to do.
“Let me tell our Igbo people, go out there and vote for APC. We will protect the votes. We will stop Obaseki from rigging.
“We have many of our brothers and sisters who own businesses in Edo State, but those businesses are suffering today, due to the inhuman policies of the PDP’s administration in Edo.
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“As Igbo, we must be vigilant, so that people will not decieve you. PDP leaders are begging for your votes, because they need them now, but that is mere deciet. Obaseki does not like Igbo. PDP leaders are only coming, because of the votes and after that Obaseki will abandon you.”
A former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is also an ex-governor of Edo state, while speaking, described Uzodimma as a genuine party man, whose eight-month reign as Imo governor occasioned geniune progress in the state.
The Chairman of the IYU, Obinna Anwatu, earlier in his remarks, stated that the presence of Uzodimma in Benin had heightened their determination to deliver APC next Saturday.
Anwatu added that the award given to Imo governor was in recognition of his developmental strides in the 27 local government areas of Imo state.