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May 27, 2018

UPP chieftain decries policy summersault in Imo” – Calls for e-voting in 2019

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After reflecting on the way and manner Governor Rochas Okorocha is running Imo State, especially the recent appointment of a whopping 29 commissioners, a chieftain of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chris Ejike Uche has described the governor’s action as “flight of reason and policy summersault.”

In a Press Release issued in Owerri, Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) recalled that earlier in the administration of Governor Okorocha, he reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 13.

“The argument then was that there was need to embark on maximum fund reservation. That sounded reasonable then even though recession had not set in.

“In 2017 with recession, Okorocha increased the ministries to 29 including the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment; whatever that means, this is a policy summersault,” Chief Uche said.

He said that Governor Okorocha has remained the only Governor in Nigeria that has turned the highest number of commissioners within a space of six years without paying the statutory severance allowance on their disengagement.

“As things are now, Imo is on a crossroad, Imolites are held hostage and helpless by a government that is not only lethargic but confused, the outspoken politician said.

Chief Ejike, who is the Deputy National Chairman (South) UPP, listed what he called the myriads of injustices being meted by Okorocha on Imolites, including; refusal to pay pensioners their pension even after collecting the bailout fund from Federal Government, payment of half salaries to the workforce, destruction of homes and properties of Imolites on the excuse of urban renewal without compensations, destruction of traditional institutions, destruction of the civil service, and many other impeachable offences.

He said Imo State needs a man of integrity, sound education, good background and stable mental state to rebuild the state, come 2019.

On the recent concluded Anambra election, Dimkpasa said the election was won by the compromise of the electoral laws, the security apparatus and the bazaar factor.

“By Bazzar factor I mean buying of votes by the advantaged parties. It was shameful and mock of democracy. It was only UPP and some other parties that did not engage in buying of votes.”

“My National Chairman Chief Dr. Chekwas Okórie articulated the position of UPP by calling for immediate use of e-voting in 2019. This could be the only solution to purchase of votes. Whatever INEC would do to usher this component of our election should be done before the general election of 2019.

“The country cannot go on this way. Where this is left unaddressed, scammers, 4l9ners would take over the various states as they are the only ones that have that kind of money to spend in buying votes.”

 


 

 

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