Uzodimma is the APC candidate recognised by INEC and backed by theNational Working Committee of the ruling party.
Latest Nigerian News learnt that the candidate was arrested on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.The PUNCH said this was revealed to it by the Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, in a short message service on Sunday.Uzodinma was said to have been arrested for failure to complete a contract awarded to his company.His company was awarded a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel by the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Obono-Obla said Uzodinma had been evading arrest for about a year but was arrested at about 8.20pm at the Abuja airport.
The statement read: “This evening, at about 8.20pm, operatives of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport arrested the APC governorship candidate in Imo State Uzodinma, after disembarking from an Air Peace P47324 flight from Lagos.“The panel is investigating economic sabotage against Senator Uzodinma arising out of the failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel awarded by the NPA.”In a statement made available this morning,dated 12th November, 2018,The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress said it is aware of reports that Senator Hope Uzodimma, one of the governorship aspirants on our Party’s platform has been apprehended by Law Enforcement Agencies at the Lagos Airport.“Our investigations show that the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District was arrested over his failure to execute a 12 Million Dollars contract awarded to him by the Federal Government of Nigeria. This allegation, if proven true, is weighty enough and embarrassing for an individual purporting to be a chieftain of our Party. Our Party does not provide any form of shield to any individual who has questions to answer, especially, on issues of corruption and economic sabotage.“We urge the Senator to cooperate with Law Enforcement agents on their investigation, and also take appropriate steps to clean his image of the various scandals, especially, as they concern his alleged involvement in bribery, issuance of Dud cheques, diversion of funds and sundry embarrassing allegations. As a Party, we are ashamed that an individual with such controversies is associated with us.“We put the general public on notice that Senator Hope Uzodimma does not have the support of our Party at this time and at any other time, especially, when it has to do with issues of corruption. We consider the Senator’s actions a betrayal to our Party and an affront on President Muhammadu Buhari.”