June 10, 2024

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Ndi Imo await Uzodimma’s radio blitz today as gov vows to defend Imo Charter of Equity

Gov. Hope Uzodimma (l) with president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu when the Imo Elders Council met to reaffirm their commitment to the Imo Charter of Equity at the Government House Owerri … Monday.

By Chukwuemeka OKORO
IMO State’s Gov. Hope Uzodimma is today taking his re-election campaign several notches higher than anything you have seen in gubernatorial electioneering in Nigeria.
The governor is engaging Ndi Imo in a two-hour long live broadcast on radio, across a whopping 19 stations, not just in Imo but across the entire Southeast, simultaneously.
Imo State ministry of information and strategy, which is powering the project, has been saying that the governor would first speak for 30 minutes then the phone lines would be thrown open for direct engagement with Sen. Uzodimma for the next 90 minutes.
The ministry says it begins at noon today Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
Meanwhile, the governor’s chief press secretary and media adviser Oguwike Nwachukwu quotes Gov. Uzodimma to have called on members of the Imo State Council of Elders to join hands and ensure that the implementation of the Imo Charter of Equity is realised.
He assures that as governor, he would deploy the machinery of government to defend the document and its implementation, according to Mr. Nwachukwu.
Elders’ sacrifices
The governor had been speaking on Monday when members of the elders’ council, led by their Chairman, HRH Eze (Dr.) Cletus Ilomuanya, paid a courtesy visit to him at the New Exco Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
Gov. Uzodimma thanked the elders for the visit and reminded them that the Imo State Elders Council has come to stay “as it is backed by Act of the Parliament.”
He notes that the Council has become the conscience of the State in all ramifications, with it’s members expected to advise and intervene on issues of peaceful existence, cohesion and cultural matters when they are needed.
Uzodimma thanked them for the various sacrifices they have made, coming for their meetings from all over the world form time to time and said the government and people of Imo State appreciate their uncommon commitment to the interest of the state.
Equity for peace
“People should not think that the Charter of Equity is a mere document because there will be internal mechanisms that will be played up by the Governor of the State,” the CPS/MA further quotes the governor as saying.
On the coming November 11 governorship election, he told the elders that no meaningful government would succumb to the activities of non-state actors, and assured Imo people that on election day their security would be guaranteed as “they will come out, vote, go without any fear of molestation.”
In his address, ouncil chairman Eze Ilomuanya reiterated that the Imo Charter of Equity will, among other gains, bring peace, unity and stability in Imo State “just as it is a panacea to wasteful expenditures within political context and avoidable bickering among the three sister geo-political zones in the state.”
Deputy governor Prof. Placid Njoku, secretary to the state government (SSG) Chief Cosmos Iwu, chief of staff to the governor Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, among other top government officials, attended the event.