A group, Orlu Political Action Committee, has asked the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, not to seek re-election.
The group in a statement issued in Owerri by its publicity secretary, Nnamdi Maduka, said that the loss of 17 oil wells to Rivers State was an indication that the governor had not done well.
The statement read, “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.
“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.”
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