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You’re inconsequential, Imo govt fires back at Ugochinyere, says he caused his ordeal


The Imo State government has denied any immediate or remote involvement in the alleged burning of houses and vehicles belonging to an “opposition spokesman”, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.

The government said Ugochinyere “is so inconsequential personality with microscopic importance in the political firmament of the state to warrant any attention”, much less of torching his house.

In a statement yesterday in Owerri, the state capital, by the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, Information and Strategy Commissioner Declan Emelumba said Ugochinyere does not pose any threat to the government, nor does he have any capacity to do so, to warrant any form of attention.

“At any rate, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Executive Governor of Imo State, has been in politics for more than 40 years and has never been linked to any kind of violence,” Emelumba said.

The commissioner stressed that in his alleged quest for attention, Ugochinyere dragged the state government into his “habitual, messy, tissue of lies”.

He said: “A man who is at loggerheads with his party’s national chairman; a man who is working with anti-democratic forces to cancel the upcoming elections and a man at loggerheads with some of his kinsmen, should know when nemesis is after him and stop crying wolf. His ordeal is certainly not from the Imo State government.”

Emelumba regretted that Ugochinyere had become notorious for levelling spurious allegations against Governor Uzodimma to attract undue national attention.

The commissioner expressed satisfaction that none of the allegations by the “opposition spokesman” against Uzodimma had ever been proven to be true.

“From the so-called Omuma voters’ register magic to all his insults on the governor and the current one, all of them are mere falsehood aimed at attracting undue attention to himself,” he said.

Emelumba alleged that Ugochinyere lives a life of falsehood and violence, saying this is the reason he is “always afraid of his shadows”.

The commissioner said it was curious that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has found its voice to condemn the latest act of violence in the state because its member was involved.

He added that from the burning of the governor’s country home to the recent attack on former Governor Ikedi Ohakim, the PDP never deemed it fit to condemn the security breaches in the state.

Emelumba stressed that while he had refused to believe that Ugochinyere, who he described as an attention seeker, could stage-manage the burning of his own property to attract attention to himself and call the government a bad name, it still remained a possibility.

He urged security agencies to investigate the action with a view to establishing the culprits.


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