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Insecurity: Imo gradually becoming Boko Haram state —Sen Anyanwu

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The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the November 11 governorship elections in Imo State, Senator Samuel Anyanwu on Wednesday lamented that the state is gradually turning to a Boko Haram state.

Senator Anyanwu, who is also the National Secretary of the PDP, debunked the insinuation that he is a placeholder for the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma in the forthcoming elections.

Fielding  questions when he met with journalists of Imo State extraction in Abuja, the PDP governorship candidate said that he dwarfed Uzodimma through his achievements when two of them were in the Senate.

Recall that Senator Anyanwu popularly known as Sam Daddy, Governor Uzodimma, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November 11 gubernatorial elections as well as the Labour Party candidate in the election, Senator Athan Acholonu all represented Imo in the eight Senate

The PDP governorship hopeful noted with dismay that the level of insecurity in Imo State has driven away investors and thrown some young people into the labour market.

He told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to use the Imo governorship elections to redeem its image that was allegedly battered in the 2023 general elections.

Senator Anyanwu, who claimed that the Imo people voted for the PDP, in the 2019 governorship election which was upturned by the Supreme Court in favour of Uzodimma, vowed to resist such an unfortunate scenario repeating itself if he is declared the winner.

He said all the opposition political parties in the state participating in the forthcoming elections have resolved to resist any form of rigging by anybody no matter the person’s political party.

The PDP governorship candidate, who said he single-handedly sponsored the South East Development Commission Bill, which was unfortunately not assented to by former President Muhammadu Buhari and the Customs Act amendment bill said he made his mark as a successful senator.

He said, “My interest is having served as a two-time LGA Chairman, two-time House of Assembly member, and a senator, I understand the pains of Imolites and   every nook and cranny of Imo State.

“I aim  to bring back Imo State to its past glory. I know the  perception Imo state has  and Imo is gradually becoming a Boko Haram State. I believe that  men of good will should rise to say enough is enough.”

On the allegation that he is a placeholder, Senator Anyanwu said, “People said I wanted to go and be  a placeholder for someone, I can’t be a placeholder for a colleague of mine, somebody I dwarfed in the senate.

“Among all the candidates, I understand Imo better because all those who have ruled Imo from 1999 did not live in Imo.”

On any attempt to rig the election, he said, ” I will not rig this election, I want Imo people to vote their conscience, let every vote count because  I am going to resist any attempt to rig the November election in Imo.

“I am ready for a free and fair election. If I contest and lose, I will take it and go home but I will  resist every attempt to use thugs to cart away results.

“I urge INEC to use this opportunity to redeem itself and to security agencies to help Imo recover  from this ugly situation we are in now.”

On how he intends to stop court from  upturning his victory like what happened to the former governor Emeka Ihedioha, he said, “That is what we are doing now at the tribunal. Imo is a PDP state.

“With what is going on now, Imo people want PDP back, the APC government we have now is an aberration. Imo people never  voted for APC. It was the Supreme Court that voted for APC.

“This is the first time APC is going to contest for governorship election in Imo. I know that when I win ,the supreme court will not take it from me.”

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