The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State has criticized the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for absenting himself once again from Southern Governors’ meeting.
The party said, in a statement signed by Collins Opurozor, Director General, New Media, that the governor’s absence from the meeting betrays his guilt and acute inferiority complex.
It condemned the governor’s predilection to absent himself from important fora where very critical issues affecting the region and the country are deliberated upon.
The party noted that Senator Uzodimma was absent at the first meeting of the Southern Governors in Asaba, Delta State where far-reaching decisions such as ban on open grazing and rejigging of the country’s security architecture were taken.
While noting that Gov. Uzodimma equally distanced himself from South East Governors’ meeting held last month in Enugu State, the PDP regretted that the Imo helmsman was no where to be found at July 5 meeting of Southern Governors hosted by
Gov. Jide Sanwo-Olu, a member of his party.
The PDP said it is difficult to understand why Gov. Uzodimma maintains a suspicious distance from gatherings of duly-elected governors where regional and national issues are discussed.
Opurozor said; “When the Southern Governors’ Forum, at the peak of national security crisis, met in Asaba, Delta State two months ago, Senator Uzodinma was conspicuously absent. Even when far-reaching decisions – ban on open grazing, rejigging of the country’s security architecture, etcetera – were taken, Senator Uzodinma has till date kept mum.
“Senator Uzodinma, again, chose to distance himself at the meeting of Southeast Governors’ Forum held last month in Enugu, Enugu State.
“Just yesterday, Monday, 5th July, 2021, Southern Governors’ Forum again, had an all-important meeting in Lagos State, hosted by Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu, a member of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yet Uzodimma was nowhere to be found.
“It is further perplexing that while Senator Uzodimma has maintained a suspicious distance from gatherings of duly elected governors to brainstorm on burning regional and national issues with a view to finding lasting solutions to the challenges, he has instead saddled himself with parties with expensive wines and champagnes.
“Our party considers this decision by Senator Uzodimma never to participate in the affairs of Southern Nigeria, as demonstrated by his refusal to present himself alongside duly elected governors, is a pointer to the depth he has sank deeper in guilt and inferiority complex occasioned by insoluble legitimacy crisis.”