Senator Hope Uzodinma representing Imo West Senatorial District, has alleged that there were plans to assassinate him following his insistence in contesting the governorship primary elections.
He said the fresh plot was as a result of failed attempt to kidnap him by kidnappers who disguised as security agents on Saturday, warning that the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha should be held liable if anything happens to him.
In a statement he signed and made available to DAILY POST on Sunday, he added that Okorocha was working towards the withdrawal of his security details in order to make him vulnerable to attacks.
The statement reads, “I have it on good authority that Governor Rochas Okorocha having failed in his plan to kidnap me is now in a fresh plot to assassinate me but to burn down my houses.
“I have been told reliably from his camp that he has embarked in getting security agencies to withdraw security from me,making me vulnerable.
“The people he sent to kidnap me gave him a reason that they were not able to succeed because I have a very tight security.
“He is now making all efforts both at the national level and state to remove all the security details attached to me so that he can make real his plans.”
Uzodinma, who claimed to have obtained evidence of assassination plot within the government circle, urged the Inspector General of Police not to belabour himself looking for, “who killed him” but should hold Rochas Okorocha responsible.
“I am using this medium to inform the Inspector General of Police, the federal government and all security agencies. Should anything happen to me during this primaries, they should hold Gov. Okorocha responsible.
“I have it on good authority and I can show you evidence that what I am saying is very serious.
“The question is, why will a sitting governor want to eliminate his citizen, whom he ought to protect.
“He has imports over 2000 violent and armed thugs into Imo State but that will not deter us.
“We will follow this primaries squarely. Our people must participate, we must vote, we must nominate the person we want to rule this state.
“I have reported all these happenings to the national leadership of the party for record purposes,” he said.
The lawmaker insisted on following the party guidelines in the ongoing governorship primaries, saying he will not be intimidated.
“Only this morning, he decided to deploy people that are favourable to him, the people to midwife the primaries without waiting for the national leadership of the party to send those who are going to conduct the primaries.
“He has already started the exercise. Our hope is that when the representatives from the national body come, that they will do the right thing, what is consistent with the guideline, approved by the party,” Uzodinma said.