– As Varsity Don Describes Purported Endorsement as Irrelevant, Petty, Childish, Huge Joke
By Ikechukwu Iwuanjunwa, NAN
The whereabout of over 50 million allegedly given to some select APC elders to endorse Hope Uzodinma for another second term is causing commotion, as those from Okigwe zone have accused Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Chief Maxwell Duru and their Orlu zone counterparts of hijacking the money.
One of the aggrieved APC elders said that after their agreement to endorse Hope Uzodinma for a second term, a whopping sum of 50 million was released to them through the Chief of Staff office, expressing anger that shortly after the decision was carried out, they are yet to see the whereabout of the money.
They threatened to exposed what transpired that led to the purported endorsement of Uzodinma if the money was not made available, and gave Cletus Ilomuanya, Maxwell Duru and Governor Uzidinma’s elder brother 24 hours to provide the money or risk public embarrassment.
Meanwhile, a respected Scholar, elder statesman and nationalist, Prof Titus Uzondu Nwala has said that those that purportedly endorsed Hope Uzodinma for a second term are known APC card carrying elders, who took the action to guarantee their stomach infrastructure.
Prof Nwala described the action as not only a charade, petty, childish, irrelevant and a huge joke, but an exercise in futility.
He said that a boardroom meeting that had known APC card carrying members like, Chief Cletus Ilomuanya, Maxwell Duru, Louis Alozie, Chief Jude Obidegwu, Sir Mike Obioha, Chief Alex Mbakwe, Engr Sonnie Hart-Ibeh, Chief Eze Akano, Prof Osy Nwebo, Chief Henry Njoku, and Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, in attendance, who are known politicians has more to be desired.
According to the Varsity Don who is also an Imo indigene, the purported endorsement of Senator Uzodinma was only carried out by his party members and should not be seen as a decision taken by the entire Imo elders.
Nwala, a known advocate of good governance said that if reasonable elders were involved in considering the unity of the state, they would have looked into the Imo charter of Equity and endorsed an Owerri candidate for Governor.
Prof Nwala further revealed that information available to him showed that those championing the endorsement charade were induced with financial gratification, adding that instead of them to canvass for a credible person to rescue the state from insecurity, and economic woes, the APC elders were busy paving way for Uzodinma.
He regretted that those behind the purported endorsement of Uzodinma for second term from Orlu and part of Okigwe zones have never accessed their homes in the last one year due to incessant killings and kidnapping occasioned by insecurity.
He therefore wondered what benefits those endorsing a man that is incapable of protecting the lives and property of Imo people would derive, and challenged them to go to their respective villages and stay for an hour now that insecurity is over to prove him wrong.