Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has disputed claims that he prevented President Bola Tinubu from helping secure Nnamdi Kanu’s release. Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Uzodinma accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of exploiting the tale as a form of blackmail ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

According to a statement released by Governor Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Public Communications, Collins Ughalaa, the PDP has resorted to blackmail out of fear of losing the 2019 governorship election.

He stated that the story of him barring Tinubu from assisting Kanu’s release is absolutely incorrect.

An excerpt from the statement reads, “We know that the disgruntled opposition party can do anything, including supporting or sponsoring terror in the state, but we thought the party still had some shame.” However, the party’s current willingness to do everything to blackmail Governor Hope Uzodinma indicates that it has no moral compass and is capable of doing any atrocity.

The PDP and their agents have been spreading a bogus tale that Governor Uzodinma is preventing the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The story is captioned, “Uzodinma blocking the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – Tinubu.”

Everything in the tale is made up. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not make the comment they erroneously attributed to him, and neither the governor nor he reached out to the president to ask that Kanu not be released. There’s none justification for taking such a step.

During a Monday meeting with Igbo businesses in Abuja, it was reported that Tinubu accused Uzodinma of preventing him from assisting Kanu’s release.

The presidency, however, has repeatedly stated that Tinubu has never made such a statement.

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