—JUST IN: Uzodinma withdraws from Imo guber race
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state Senator Hope Uzodinma has pulled out of the race on the eve of the gubernatorial elections.
Indications to this were gleaned from a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole on Friday and personally signed by the candidate.
Uzodinma who is representing Imo west in the senate explained that his decision was based on the non-fulfilment of the support he was promised by the party chairman and some unnamed Presidency officials after he won the gubernatorial primaries.
The Senator said in the letter that he was specifically assured that the Police Commissioner and the Commander of the Army Brigade would be removed in the run up to the election in order to pave way for an easy ride to the Government House.
Uzodinma added in the letter that APC national assembly candidates lost on February 23 because the party failed to fulfill its side of the bargain.
He said: “During the last presidential and national assembly elections, I waited for this assistance to no end, except for some money I was given from the Presidential Campaign Council, I was left in the waters as regards security, INEC and other operational assistance I was originally given assurances on, Consequently, our candidates were overran by those of the AA and PDP.”
The APC gubernatorial candidate however expressed hope that he would be considered for ministerial appointment in order to defray his electoral expenses which according to him run into billions of naira.
“I sincerely look forward to your assistance to ensure that I am shortlisted as a minister to enable me recoup the enormous resources i have expended on this, now, dead project and to have an opportunity to put my associates in line for federal government patronage,”Uzodinma said
Efforts to get reactions from the APC national secretariat are still ongoing