A cross section of Imo people Monday, urged Governor Rochas Okorocha to start preparing his handover notes, ahead of May 29, 2019, even as they were insistent that “his son in-law, Uche Nwosu cannot succeed him as governor”.
Speaking exclusively to Vanguard in Owerri, a legal practitioner, Mr. Stanley Ozuzu, recalled that Okorocha, who came on board through an overwhelming support of the citizens, has sadly drifted. “Governor Okorocha’s free education policy made him very popular, but today, what the citizenry have been witnessing is excruciating pain, poverty, gross insensitivity and inexplicable high handedness, never before experienced in the history of Imo State. I urge him to start preparing his handover notes”, Ozuzu said.
Enumerating some of the ills of the administration, Ozuzu said it included, but not limited to, reduction of workers emoluments, shortchanging of pensioners, demolition or outright seizure of private properties and the destruction of Ekeukwu Owerri, and New Market, despite valid court orders”. Answering a question Mr. Ozuzu opined that “from the way the Governor and his aides behave, it looks clear that they are not worried about people’s anguish, calling everyone’s bluff and making the state look like a conquered territory and personal enterprise.” He further opined that the celebration of the New Year in Imo State, hinged on their happiness that their eventual liberation from bondage, was only a few weeks away. Speaking also to Vanguard, an Owerri based Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ahamba, was particularly irked by what he called “the Governor’s disrespect for the rule of law and how he positioned himself last year, as the state’s political manager and decreed that his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, must succeed him”. After mentioning some of the Court Orders that Governor Okorocha allegedly respected in the breach, Chief Ahamba also recalled with grief, how the Governor rejected his party men’s wise counsel and stuck to his preferred successor. “This singular act led to the Imerienwe Declaration and the eventual emergence of Coalition Forces within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State”, Ahamba said. Continuing, the learned SAN described Okorocha’s planned imposition of his son in-law as “a tall order” and urged Imo people to “rise to the occasion, use their permanent voters card very well and elect a credible person with pedigree, as governor”.
By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI