Political opponents of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State have become desperadoes, cloning an edition of THISDAY of 27 August to further discredit him.
The Clone Headline
The headline of the cloned edition was verbose: Shocking: Uzodimma Declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies ….Promises to pay bride price for herders who choose to marry Imo ladies… Imposes N1m fine to any father who refuses to give consent.
The real headline of THISDAY the same day was: Buhari Elated as NNPC Breaks Jinx, Declares N287bn Profit First In 44 Years.
Uzodinma’s handlers said the masterminds of the fake publication did not just plan to tarnish the image of the Governor, but also to destroy the credibility of THISDAY.
“The ill conceived publication shows how desperate individuals and groups can get in trying to destroy the society, thinking that Governor Uzodimma is the issue”, said Oguwike Nwachuku, the chief press secretary and media adviser.
The Real Headline
“It is pertinent to note that THISDAY management confirmed that the publication was cloned and we are confident that they will not allow their hard earned brand and efforts of many years to be bastardised by criminal minded fellows.
“Governor Uzodimma is conscious of the efforts being made by some individuals and groups to tarnish his image and discredit his government but will not be deterred in his determination to provide good governance to the good people of Imo State.
“He is mindful of the enormity of work to do in Imo State after many years of neglect of critical infrastructure due to poor governance and will stop at nothing to change the narrative for good in the interest of the people.
“The public is therefore advised to disregard the cloned publication as coming from depraved minds and enemies of the people and the society”, Nwachukwu said.