Emerging As Imo APC Gov Candidate Fueled Rumour Of My Alleged Arrest - Uzodinma
The Imo State All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has denied reports of his arrest.
Some sections of the media had reported that the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property arrested the lawmaker on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
The reports indicated that the chairman of the Panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, said Uzodinma was arrested for failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel.
However, Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Nigeria Customs Service, told newsmen in Abuja that the reports may not be unconnected with his emergence as a governorship candidate.
He vowed to remain focused on the governorship race in spite of attempts to distract him.
He said he would not be distracted by people who were yet to come to terms with his emergence as the governorship candidate in state.
Uzodinma said: “I was never arrested. I also read it in papers like every other Nigerian.”
“All I know is that some aggrieved persons are behind this, otherwise where was this panel since 2004.
“I was in the 7th Senate from 2011 to 2015, why did this issue not come out? I have been here in the 8th Senate from 2015 to date why didn’t the issue come up?
“To the best of my knowledge, the company worked, and though I am not in the management anymore, I am still one of the minority shareholders of that company.
“If there is any question that must be answered by the company, the majority shareholder should first answer their own query.
“If anything, I am a serving senator and a ranking one at that and the Chairman of the Southern Senators’ Forum.”
He further denied inducing the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, in order to be made the party’s flag bearer in Imo.
He called on the aggrieved persons and other stakeholders to work together to grow the country’s democracy.
He added that “some of us believe that this country must grow and we must be given the opportunity to contribute our own quota to national development.”
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