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Why I resigned as Uzodimma’s aide, by Nwadike

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
28 June 2022   |   2:40 am
Dr. Batos Nwadike, the Political Adviser to the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has tendered his resignation to the governor.

Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma. Photo//facebook/officialasiwajubat

Demands reimbursement of N77.2 million
•Uzodimma accepts the resignation, silent on reimbursement

Dr. Batos Nwadike, the Political Adviser to the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has tendered his resignation to the governor.

In the resignation letter, titled, ‘Letter of resignation from the government of Imo State,” which was made available to journalists yesterday, Nwadike demanded that N77.2 million out-of-pocket expenses he incurred in the last two and half years he worked with the ‘Shared Prosperity’ initiative of the Uzodimma administration be reimbursed to him.

He pointed out anomalies he witnessed during the period he served, including recognition of persons, who did not assist in ushering in the administration, far above him that started from scratch.

The letter reads in part: “This is not to say that I am not disappointed in your failure to run an inclusive government outside your chosen inner circle. Your undemocratic and opaque leadership style has caused me no small unrest. I have been appalled not merely for my political interest but on account of common decency. I was repeatedly left in the dark and denied access to power in a government and vision I played an unwavering and consistent role in birthing, from 2001 to 2020. During this period, I never changed, disbelieved, hesitated or cross-carpeted.

“As your political adviser, I was not afforded the respect of my office or reimbursed my legitimate expenses, such as imprest of my office from inauguration till date.”

MEANWHILE, Uzodimma has acknowledged receipt of Nwadike’s resignation letter.

The governor said he accepts the resignation in good faith, but did not comment on Nwadike’s N77.2 million reimbursement request.

According to a statement issued, yesterday, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser, Oguike Nwachukwu, Uzodimma thanked Nwadike for his services to the administration in two and half years, wishing him well in his future endeavours.

The statement reads: “Uzodimma has received the resignation letter of Chief Nwadike as his Special Adviser on Political Affairs.

“In accepting Nwadike’s resignation, Uzodimma thanked him for his services and wished him well in his future endeavours,” the statement said.

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