Fourty Million Ballots Movement, an Obidient support group, yesterday, threw its weight behind Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, for a second term in office, describing his administration as operational and people-oriented.

Speaking at a town hall meeting with other Obidient support groups and coordinators drawn from the 27 councils in the state, founder of the group, Kennedy Iyere, described Uzodimma as a progressive who is committed to development of the state.

According to him, it was important to hold the meeting to sensitise the electorate. He said over 85 per cent of Obidients in the state would not hesitate to follow his lead.

The event, tagged ‘Imo Obidients Townhall Meeting,’ was held in Owerri, with over 1,000 Obidients, including coordinators and allies in attendance.

Iyere said Uzodimma’s passion for human capital development led to the creation of SkillUpImo Project, which, if properly implemented, would solve unemployment, grow youth enterprise, de-radicalise youths and address insecurity.

He said: “The governor has proven himself to be a 21st century governor, who understands the power of technology and the role it plays in the digital economy. He knows the value of human capital and its role in promoting entrepreneurship, as well as the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which is the surest way to ensure accelerated growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

“For a governor, who has uncommon goodwill and leadership charisma, I would not hesitate to give him my support. This was the reason I had to assemble Obidients in the state and enlighten them on the need to give their votes to him for his re-election.”

Iyere said Uzodimma ranks the best among past governors in the state since 1999, adding that the assessment was based on performance.

He stressed that the Uzodimma administration has achieved and delivered more dividends of democracy to people of state than his predecessors.

“Since 1999 till date, Uzodimma has done far better than any other Imo State governor. None has matched his record in terms of infrastructural and human capital development. Part of his significant accomplishments include: Orlu, Okigwe and Mbaise roads. Others are the SkillUpImo Project, the increased Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) and GDP, among others.”

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