By Sabby Onyenwe, Owerri
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has got a big backer and defender in the South East of all regions. The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, had defended former president, Muhammadu Buhari, for four years. Now, he has resumed for Tinubu.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has attacked those who have thrown verbal attacks at President Bola Tinubu over his intentions to relocate to Lagos from Abuja some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Uzodimma said the criticisms levelled against the President were either borne out of political mischief or ignorance since that action did not amount to moving the nation ‘s capital back to Lagos.
Uzodimma stated this when he spoke as a guest of Channels Television’s “Sunday Politics”, and urged Nigerians to focus on the economic benefit of the exercise as it would save cost and engender efficient productivity.
The governor dismissed the claims of some Northerners that President Tinubu was planning to move the capital of Nigeria back to Lagos, saying such insinuations were totally unfounded, “the President lacked the powers to unilaterally effect such a fundamental change “
” It has been made clear that those departments need to be close to the banks CBN is supervising which are in Lagos. We also know that Lagos is the hub of the aviation industry. So, I don’t see anything wrong with what the President has done”, he said.
Uzodimma noted that as a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, he was aware of the huge resources expended in shuttling between Abuja and Lagos for the routine supervision talkless of some staff who do that on a daily basis.
The governor however commended some Northern personalities and groups, including the Northern Senators Forum and the Emir of Kano, for supporting the planned relocation of those departments.
He described the exercise as purely administrative, this us as he accused the opposition of blowing it out of proportion to score cheap political points.
He described President Tinubu as a first class patriot and nationalist who will never promote any policy to endanger the unity of Nigeria and urged Nigerians to support the programmes and policies of the President.
Talking about his plan for Imo State during his second tenure, Uzodinma reiterated that his achievements in the second tenure will dwarf those of the first tenure.
He declared that in spite of the politically motivated insecurity that tended to distract him during his first term, he was able to achieve more than 75 per cent of his electoral promises.
He emphasised that his massive infrastructural development and human capital development were the cardinal issues that won him reelection, which he will continue to pursue with vigour in his second tenure.
While pledging to ensure the reduction of poverty in the State and the strengthening of the economy, Uzodimma said the youths will be more gainfully employed through the Imo Skill-Up project, among other laudable policies embedded in his prosperity agenda.
On the question of who succeeds him after his tenure given that so many politicians are already jostling for the office of the Governor of Imo State, Governor Uzodimma said: ” I do not know who will succeed me. Only God knows”.