Professor Bernard Ifeanyi Odoh, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Ebonyi State has said Governor David Umahi and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are hunting him because of his ideals about governance.
Odoh who alleged that Governor David Umahi and the state APC are currently hunting to assassinate him said they are afraid to lose the election to him on the ground that the people are tired of APC in the State.
According to him, Umahi’s wrong policies have brought untold hardship to the Ebonyi people in the last eight years.
Speaking on Arise news morning show today, Odoh said “They are hunting me because of my views and opinion about governance in Ebonyi State, in the last eight years, our poverty rose from 56 to 82 percent.
“While I was in government I constantly argued that there were policies that would escalate the poverty in the State and at some point, I felt my opinions were not yielding and I resigned from the government”. he said.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State has fingered Odoh as the mastermind of the murder of his monarch, Eze Igboke Ewa who was murdered at home by unidentified gunmen, and consequently led the police to declare him wanted, suspected as fingered.
Alleged Murder: The APGA Gubernatorial candidate has earlier issued a press statement disassociating
himself from the allegation, while maintaining that there was no way he could have masterminded the killing of his traditional ruler.
He recalled how the late Eze had sympathized with him when his convoy was attacked by unidentified gunmen at ntezi, Ishielu LGA, and two officers, one police inspector, and a civil defense officer lost their lives.
“After the election on Saturday, on Monday night I was watching the election results on channels tv, and some people ran into my compound and said that our traditional ruler has been murdered.
“I was shocked because none of us expected it, I called the CP and said we have an incident in my community, our Eze has just been murdered, he said he will send a team immediately,
“By 3 pm that same day, I got a letter inviting me from the police, the next 20 minutes I got a call that the CP wanted to see me, I called my lawyers and they raised concerns because in the past,
“Politicians who have a different opinion with government has been charged with murder Linus Okorie, the senatorial candidate for labor party was detained for 2 months over Chunk of chargers like this“. Odoh explained.
Attacks on Odoh: According to Prof, he is the most attacked gubernatorial candidate in the Ebonyi Governorship race, as the past six months have been characterized by various assassination attempts on him.
“In the last six months, between October and March, my team and myself have been attacked a total of eight times in Ebonyi during our campaigns.
“Most of these attacks were orchestrated by government officials, in one of those attacks, two of my security officials were killed, one inspector of police and a civil defense officer”. he said.
However, the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) maintained that he would revitalize the economy, harness the land for agriculture, and deliver quality education as well as create an atmosphere of ease for businesses to thrive and consequently provide job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people if elected Governor.