OPAC Bans Uzodinma From Seeking Re-Election Over Insecurity And Loss Of Oil Well

The apex political group in Orlu Zone, Orlu Political Action Committee (OPAC), views with great displeasure and pain the news of the eventual loss of 17 oil wells to Rivers State, which ought to belong to Imo State. This is consequent upon yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Court.

For us, this loss is occasioned primarily by the inability of the regime of Chief Hope Uzodinma to prioritize the legal battle and deploy other relevant political tools in asserting ownership over the land and its accompanying resources. As Orlu people, it is deeply unacceptable and unpardonable that our ancestral land has been taken away from us right under the watch of a man who lays dubious claim to the sonship of Orlu. It is disheartening to note that while the litigation lasted, Chief Uzodinma lost focus and instead busied himself with frivolities and shameful political razzmatazz.

In a press release which a copy obtained by Gisthub24.com and signed by the publicity secretary Barr. NNAMDI Maduka on 7th May, 2022, OPAC regrets that this unfortunate development has become a negative corollary to Uzodinma’s failure to address the festering insecurity in Imo State. In the last few days, countless lives, including those of law enforcement personnel, have been lost. What is really worrisome is that the so-called helmsman of Imo has remained clueless over these killings. The inept regime has continually blamed everyone else and everything else for killings but has neither budged about addressing the issue in a sustainable manner nor taken responsibility for its indefensible inability to protect the lives and property of our people.

Much of our territory in Orlu Zone, has today become uninhabitable. There are now more internally displaced persons in Orlu Zone than the entire Borno State. No investor thinks Orlu anymore. Businesses have shuttered. Basic amenities are sorely lacking. Personal safety in Orlu today has become a mirage, and violent deaths have become as constant as the sun.

OPAC therefore finds it embarrassing, outrageous and condemnable that even in the face of these tragedies, Chief Uzodinma has begun plotting and putting up structures to pursue a second term ambition. This is an open and unabashed assault on the memories of our departed brothers and sisters who died untimely as a result of the irresponsibility of the people in power. We cannot allow these ravages, miseries and agonies in our to continue apace.

OPAC therefore places a perpetual ban on Chief Hope Uzodinma from seeking re-election as governor, contesting any other election in future or holding any other public office upon the expiration of his current office. Any political party that is dealing with Chief Uzodinma should be aware that the collective wrath of Orlu people awaits such party.

Also, OPAC mandates all indigenes of Orlu Zone who are serving the regime of Chief Uzodinma to immediately resign their positions and seek atonement and forgiveness from the people. Whoever that comes from Orlu and serves a regime that brings tears to our people is a traitor who must be exposed and committed to the hall of shame.

Finally, OPAC hereby withdraws and strips away off all awards, honours and recognitions bestowed upon Chief Uzodinma and all members of his chaotic regime from Orlu Zone by all Orlu groups, bodies and associations.

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