The man many Nigerians know as Senator Hope Uzodinma, the APC governorship candidate for Imo state is renowned amongst his colleagues as a serial fraudster. His fraudulent nature goes back a long way, from his forged University certificate, infidelity, money laundry, fraudulent contracts, and other financial crimes
Following his unconstitutional emergence as the flag bearer of the ruling party through the assistance of the unrepentant party chairman Com. Adams Oshiomole and other top caucus members of the APC, the senator has paid millions of naira to cover up his many atrocities from the media. It is however imperative to recite the proverbial saying that nothing is hidden under the sun.
We believe Nigerians and most especially, the people of Imo state deserve to know the truth about Senator Hope Uzodinma. In such belief, we have listed, in a timeline, a number of the criminal actions of the senator over the years
In 2001, after inquiries made by the Justice Oputa Commission, it was discovered that, Hope Uzodinma was involved with other politicians in an attempt to bribe then former Head Of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar through the National Maritime Authority.
In 2005, the EFCC arraigned Hope Uzodinma after he was awarded fraudulent contracts worth N250M by Dere Awosika, a contract that was never executed.
In 2009, the EFCC again arrested hope Uzodinma for a financial crime he committed 4 years earlier by obtaining money under false pretence from SpringBank Plc. using one of his fake companies, Transurb Technical Consult Ltd
In 2013, the claim by Senator hope Uzodinma to have graduated from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and possesses a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the institution was debunked as untrue by the management of FUTO as no such certificate was at any time awarded to hope Uzodinma, and that the certificate he is parading is a forgery. Hope Uzodinma is a secondary school dropout who worked in a bakery in Lagos and was a driver to Maurice Ibekwe. He also worked as a driver in Mbaise for the Evuleocha family.
In 2015, senator hope Uzodinma was arrested by the Nigerian Police for thumb-printing ballot papers at a private residence during the gubernatorial re-run elections in Imo State
In 2016, Activist and businessman, Nze Ebubeagu Ekenulo raised the alarm and exposed Senator Hope Uzodinma for having an affair with his wife and infecting her with HIV. Hope Uzodinma is a serial womanizer who since he lost his wife over 20 years ago in 1996 has refused to remarry.
In 2018, Hope Uzodinma, with the help of the APC National Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomole and Chairman of the Imo state APC primaries, Ahmed Gulak, declared himself as the APC flag bearer despite not winning the Party primaries in the state, much to the chagrin of the people of Imo state. It has now been revealed that Uzodinma had a secret deal with Adams Oshiomole and his cohorts that if made the gubernatorial flag bearer and eventually wins the election, he would grant a monthly release of about N500 million every month throughout his tenure from the Imo state treasury to Oshiomole and his cohorts
In 2018, the Senator was arrested by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) for failure to execute a contract of $12 million (N4.8B) for the dredging of the Calabar channel by the Nigerian Ports Authority. According to the chairman of the SPIPRPP, Okoi Obono-Obla, the senator had been evading arrest for over a year, until he was finally apprehended by the panel.