Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has apologized to the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, who was recently beaten in the state.
Ajaero was beaten after he stormed the state to support the struggles of workers in the state.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Thursday, Uzodimma said he was not aware of Ajaero ‘s presence in imo.
He said, “I was unaware of the presence of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in my state. My initial response was to condemn the action. I have never been at odds with the labor union.
“The incident has nothing to do with my government. Whether Joe Ajaero is the president of NLC or not, I would not wish this to happen to any individual. I must apologize because it occurred in my state.
“As a Christian who believes in God, I cannot support violence and would never advocate for it. Whatever transpired, leading to the assault on Joe Ajaero in my state, of which I was unaware, is regrettable, and both my government and I express remorse.
“Moving forward, I also hope he approaches matters in a more civilized manner. That was the essence of my point. For a native of my state to take to the streets without engaging me, without presenting the allegations to me.”