Members of the Orlu caucus in the Imo State House of Assembly have disowned the Spokesperson of the Conference of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, over his allegation of inflation of voters register especially in Omuma, the home of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The caucus is the largest comprising members from the 12 Local Government Areas of Orlu zone, irrespective of political party affiliations.
The CUPP spokesperson is from Ideato North, one of the local government areas in Orlu zone and also the House of Representatives candidate for the Ideato North and South for the 2023 general election.
Speaking at a press briefing in Owerri on Saturday, the Chairman of the caucus and Deputy Speaker of Imo House of Assembly, Chyna Iwuanyanwu, said the caucus was dismayed by what it described as “the baseless, spurious and irresponsible allegation by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ideato North/Ideato South federal constituency, one Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere against His Excellency.”
The caucus also expressed concern that only Imo was singled out in their investigation whereas the report mentioned 22 states.
“The kernel of allegation which is in the public domain is that the voters’ list at Omuma has been inflated to give undue advantage to APC in next year’s general elections. Ugochinyere claimed that himself and an unnamed organization carried out an investigation of voters’ list fraud in all APC states, but curiously it was only that of imo he made public.
“While some responsible organizations have risen to condemn this act of utmost recklessness by a person with a long history of gross irresponsibility, we wish to register clearly our disdain and regret that this vermin of political agafe hails from Orlu zone.
“However, our investigation reveals that the said Ugochinyere was procured to execute this hatchet job. Apparently, the controversial ticket given to him by PDP has been used to enslave him to the point of betraying his own brother and his own people,” the caucus said.