One of the lawmakers who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity for fear of victimization said "Honestly, I am not part of this plot to gag the press in Imo. I never knew about the Bill or acquiesced to being a co-sponsor. The spirit behind the Bill is obnoxious and should not find any place in a democracy”,
“The chief sponsor may have done it in good faith but I expect that since the Bill is generating a lot of heat, Ozuruigbo will take another look at the document and possibly retrace his locus”. Another lawmaker said.
Denying ever being part to gag the media in Imo by Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo (DS), another lawmaker said: “Can we, in all honesty, engage the media in a battle and come out of it unscathed? My dear, I am not party to this contraption”,