The senator representing Imo west in the National Assembly, Hope Uzodinmma has dismissed the alleged charges against him for non-declaration of assets as a desperate attempt by his political opponents to frame him up on a non-existent crime aimed at denting his image before the people of Imo state who have resolved to vote for him as the next governor.
Some newspapers published yesterday that the federal government has filed criminal charges against him for non-declaration of assets.
The charges were allegedly filed at the registry of the court (not code of conduct Bureau) by the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property (SPIP).
According to the publications, the case against Uzodinmma marked PHC/ABJ/CR/107/2018, alleged that on or about 5th day of March 2018, being a public officer with the National Assembly, he committed an offence by refusing to declare his assets without reasonable excuse before the special presidential investigations panel for the recovery of public property contrary to and punishable under S.3(3) (1)(a) of the Recovery of public property (Special provision) Act of 2004.
It also accused the Senator of refusing or neglecting to declare his assets before the panel under the said Act.
But in a prompt reaction to the charges and allegations, Uzodinmma in a statement in Abuja yesterday said he was certain that the so-called crimes were cooked up by his political opponents just to smear his image, wondering how he can be guilty of failure to declare his assets when as a serving senator he declared his assets in 2011 before serving in the 7th Senate and in 2015, before he was sworn in as a member of the 8th Senate.
The politician said it was laughable to accuse him of failing to declare his assets in March, 2018, whereas by law he is only expected to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau before he was sworn in as a senator in the 7th and 8th Senate in 2011 and 2015, respectfully.
He also noted that before becoming a senator, he had been in private life and wondered what happened in March, 2018, that required him to do another declaration of assets, noting that no one has informed him of any charges against him up to the present moment.
The statement accused a certain governorship candidate in Imo state of being behind the plot to frame him up using public recovery panel.
“The whole idea is to frame me up by whatever means because this candidate wants a weak governorship candidate for APC, that is Governor Okorocha’s son in-law, who he knows he can defeat as the APC governorship candidate for Imo state.
Uzodinmma said his assets declaration forms for the 7th and 8th Senate as declared in forum CCBI of the Code of Conduct Bureau were available to the public as clear evidence that he declared his assets as required by law.
He said he was aware that his opponents were quite jittery over his wide acceptance by Imo people hence the desperation to make him look bad before the people by whatever means possible. But he assured that all such plots will fail because his hands are clean and he has not offended the law in anyway.
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