Former Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has described the plot by a socio-political group to unseat him in the Senate as “absurd”.
Okorocha stated this while reacting to an alleged plan by a group called the Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA), to recall him from the Red Chambers.
Okorocha, in a statement relayed via his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma was only on a mission to humiliate him by funding the said group to the tune of over N1 billion all in a bid to tarnish his image.
Exerpts of the Statement read:
For those who do not know the group, the characters in OPOCA were the same people who carried the mock coffin of Chief Arthur Nzeribe when he was in the Senate only to please Chief Achike Udenwa, who was the then Governor of the state.
In 2015, the same group wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police against Chief Hope Uzodinma over an alleged assault. They did that to please Rochas Okorocha who was the Governor. This is their stock-in-trade.
We have it on good authority that the government has already earmarked N1 billion for the recall process. We advise that the government should rather use the money to pay accumulated workers salaries and pension.
It is our candid position that the government should not drag traditional rulers into messy political outings.
The elements in OPOCA do not care about the verdicts of posterity or history. They will soon turn against Hope Uzodinma tomorrow when the chips are down.
The dog-fight between the former governor and his successor, Hope Uzodinma has continued to provide juicy news for the media as both APC stalwarts have constantly been at loggerheads since Okoracha’s bid to see his son-in-law and one-time commissioner, succeeds him as governor, was thrashed by the emergence of former governor Emeka Ihedioha who was also later dethroned by a Supreme Court judgment that pronounced Senator Hope Uzodinma as Governor of the state.