Former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Friday says he is not on exile.
In a statement where he gave reasons for cancelling his return to Owerri, Imo State capital, he said the State government made spurious allegations against him and his return to the State.
“While I have in recent weeks elected to stay away from family and friends in Imo, I am not aware that I have been exiled out of the State.
He said it is unfortunate that the state government made several spurious allegations on his visit.
” Unfortunately, the statement by Imo State government, made several allegations, including that I plan to lead violent protests as well as import thugs to pepertrate violence. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not, and have never been a violent person. My reputation is that of peace and fair play. I have never propagated or tolerated violence. And I never will.
He said he has been informed that the government of Imo State ” is acting in concert with some rogue elements within security apparatus, is planning the arrest and detention of many of our supporters and to visit mayhem on the expected large crowd which they anticipate will come out to welcome me back home.
” By judging me by their own character, their scheme is to stigmatize and garb us in the toga of violence. These are the tendencies of unpopular and illegitimate regimes
He said the foregoing reasons made him to decide to postpone his trip to Owerri “so as to frustrate their evil plans and machinations”
He said “his visit is not worth the life of any Imo citizen. However the massive deployment of security personnel by the government as well as thugs cannot deter us and majority of our people from pursuing our collective vision for a better Imo State