Governor Hope Uzodimma has said the state government regretted the attack on Ajaero in Owerri on Wednesday last week.
He, however, expressed concerns over the partisanship of Ajaero in the governorship poll, saying it should be addressed to save the country’s democracy.
In a live interview session on Channels Television last night, the governor said, “I was in Abuja when it happened but I placed a call because I didn’t even know he was in my state. As a Christian, I believe in God and I can’t support violence. Whatever must have happened is regretted by my government, but going forward, he should do things in a more civilised manner.”
He said the NLC president had repeatedly said he was a member of Labour Party, adding that Ajaero was pursuing personal interests.
“Joe Ajaero is chasing his personal interest; he has a candidate in the election. He has said he is a Labour Party member. But from 1999 till now, never has NLC shown such level of hostility to any government like in Imo.
“This idea of being a partisan labour leader is not good, a stitch in time saves nine. We must rise up and save our democracy by addressing this”, he said referring to the interest of NLC in Labour Party.
According to him, the state chapter of NLC had openly said it had a good working relationship with him.
Uzodimma argued that he stopped those collecting double salaries, ghost workers via automation of the nominal roll and payment system adding that he had implemented the N30,000 minimum wage.