Beware of Governor Uzodimma, lawmaker advises Tinubu

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Ikeagwuonu, representing Ideato Federal Constituency of Imo State, has cautioned President Bola Tinubu to be worry of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma.

Uzodimma, who is the chairman of Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), recently led his colleagues to a meeting with APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, over the choice principal officers of the 10th National Assembly.

This was immediately after the elections of National Assembly’s principal officers as announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio and House Speaker, Honourable Tajudeen Abbas. 

Subsequently after the meeting, Adamu, the APC chairman disassociated the party from the election exercise in the two chambers of the National Assembly, saying that the party was not aware of the exercise. He claimed that he only heard of such events as rumours.

But, Ugochinyere described the development as the voice of ‘Jacob but the hands of Esua’, heaping the blame of such pronouncements by APC party chairman on Uzodimma, saying, “I think the ruling party made a wrong decision in choosing Uzodimma as chairman of Progressives governor Forum.”

Meawhile, Uzodimma’s posture after the meeting with APC national chairman appeared to contradict Ugochinyere’s allegations against him.

Recall that Uzodimma as the chairman of APC Governors Forum emerged from the meeting to address the press, saying that they were not against the principal officers election in National Assembly.

He explained that APC is a family and if there are any disagreement, the party has internal mechanisms of resolving such issues. 

But, Ugochinyere dismissed such posture, emphasising that it’s the carry-over of the bitterness and hatred which both Uzodimma and Adamu nursed against Tinubu even from the party’s presidential primary election that was still being played out. 

In a release signed by him, Hon. Ugochinyere accused Uzodimma of working with Abdullahi Adamu to undermine the efforts of President Bola Tinubu government.

Ugochinyere stated that the whole thing was a misplaced anger saying, “Uzodinma is still licking the wounds of his failed agenda before APC primaries, to stop the emergence of Tinubu to favour his longtime ally, Ahmed Lawan who Uzodinma was alleged to have dreamt of running with as President and Vice.”

According to Ugochinyere, all lawmakers have confidence in the 10th National Assembly leadership and were in support of the principal officers as chosen by Akpabio and Abbas.

He also accused Uzodimma of having worked to support a Senate presidential candidate different from the choice of the All Progressives Congress, saying that he only changed his mind when he discovered that his choice was not going to go through. 

The lawmaker, who described Uzodimma’s antics as futile, boasted that the members were comfortable with the principlal officers of the 10th NASS and that nobody except the members themselves as spelt out under order 7 rule 4 of the standing orders of the House can  change it.

He called on President Tinubu to be wary of Uzodimma, asking instead, the Department of State Services, to clip his wings and be very careful in dealing with him before he derails the system. 

Citing the security crisis in Imo state, Ugochinyere noted that Imo state, under Uzodimma, human lives have been reduced to nothing.