Senator Hope Uzodinma

Senator Hope Uzodinma (APC-Imo West) has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of been behind reports that he was arrested over $12 million failed contract.

In a statement on Monday by his media aide, Declan Emelumba, the lawmaker accused the governor of sponsoring a campaign of calumny against him as a result of his gubernatorial ambition.

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Emelumba said the story was planted out of their dare-devil desperation to damage the image of the distinguished Senator before the Imo electorate.

The statement wrote: “If there was any arrest is it not the press department of the panel that will issue such a statement to the entire media and not just to punchng.com?

“Their latest plot is this Calabar dredging contract.

“However, they should know that the company handling the Calabar dredging contract is Calabar Channels Management Company in which the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has 60% equity shares.

“So if there is anybody to be arrested for anything then it is the Managing Director of NPA and not a minority partner, Niger Global, in which Sen. Uzodimma is a shareholder.”