Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday said that the State APC governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma is desperate to become governor to avoid facing criminal prosecution.
Mr. Okorocha said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, claiming that the senator, representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, is plotting to enjoy immunity as a governor to avoid trials for alleged criminal offences.
Uzodinma was reportedly arrested on Sunday by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property for alleged failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel.
Okorocha said, “Chief Uzodinma is desperate to govern Imo State through the assistance of men like Adams Oshiomhole to evade the criminal trials he is already facing,” Okorocha was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Sam Onwuemeodo on Tuesday.
“His idea is that once he becomes governor, he would be leveraging the immunity provision to evade these trials.
“This is the man Oshiomhole wants to govern Imo people. If Oshiomhole had asked questions, and if he was keen on APC’s victory in Imo, he would not have gone into any deal with Chief Uzodinma.
“He should be advised to withdraw from the race and also quit politics to enable him to face these trials, and he can come back to politics if at the end of the trials he is not found guilty.”