Sir Collins Ughalaa KSC, the former Chief Press Secretary, to former governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, have taken a swipe at the Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, over its attempt to attack Senator Hope Uzodinma on his absence from the state recently.
Ughalaa accused former governor, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, of spending more time out of the state, when he was govenror for eight months, than the entire time Uzodinma had spent outside the state in two years.
He pointed out the periods the former governor took overseas trips at the expense of the state, listing them with dates, and pointed out that while Ihedioha always travelled outside the country, Uzodinma’s travels were local, since he only went to Abuja, which was about 50 minutes flight away from Imo State.
His reaction, published on his Facebook page, reads as follows:
If After One Year And Six Months Uzodimma Was Away For 25 Days, How Many Months Did Ihedioha Waste In His 7 Months In Office?
The opposition, especially, supporters of the PDP have, in the last couple of days, been in the habit of calling out Governor Hope Uzodimma for the few days he has spent in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on working visit, which is just 50 minutes away from Imo by flight.
Their complaints are obviously aimed at smearing the Governor’s hard earned reputation. If not, why did they not make count of how many days and millions of Naira lavished by Emeka Ihedioha in overseas trips from Imo between the time of his election, swearing-in and his ouster as a Governor on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
TAKE A LOOK AT IHEDIOHA’S ABROAD TRAVEL HISTORY WITHIN 8 MONTHS (April 2019 to December 2019)
April 14th, 2019 – London
May 2019 – Germany
June 20, 2019 – Russia.
June 26, 2019 – France.
Nov 7th, 2019– Turkey
September 2019 – USA
Dec. 12th, 2019 – USA.
In less than one year, Ihedioha spent half of the time as Imo Governor gallivanting outside Nigeria.
Unlike him, Uzodimma did not go far and has remained within touching distance.
Abuja is the Federal Capita Territory, the seat of power. And if you want to get more for your people back home as Governor, you need to be where the discussions are made. You need to meet those that matter. You need to get things work.
So what is the fuss about?
What we see is bitter opposition. No more, no less.