The Imo state All Progressive Congress, APC, Restoration Coalition, has given Governor Rochas Okorocha, a 21 day ultimatum, to discontinue his support for his son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu, to be the next governor of the state. The group spoke through their leader, Mr Theodore Ekechi, after their meeting in Ehime Mbano local government area of Imo state.
They also threatened to begin a recall process of the Imo lawmakers, who endorsed Nwosu.
This was as Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, said none of them would defeat Nwosu, in 2019. According to Ekechi, former Commissioner for Information under Okorocha, said: “We call on Governor Rochas Okorocha, to withdraw, stop as well as redress all manners of blackmail, muzzling, intimidation, harassments and threats to life currently being used on our members and other dissenting persons and groups in various forms and capacities.
“Also to rescind his desperate sponsorship of his son-in-law as Governorship aspirant a project which in our modest estimation has gulped Billions of Naira. “If the governor and his agents fail to heed to our ultimatum, we shall take him to accountability challenge and that includes but not limited to “To henceforth inscribe the governor’s name, image and entire identity in our well meaning fight to stop Nwosu’s 2019 governorship ambition.
“To take all legal means to demand account for the finances of the state namely: “Monthly allocations in seven years, LGA allocations in seven years, The ISOPADEC 13% derivation funds in seven years, 2015 bailout funds and Paris refunds (twice). “We shall start a recall process of some Imo State House of Assembly members including the Speaker who without consultations with their constituency went against the wishes of their constituents to join the shameless leprous endorsements saga.
“Finally, we are calling on state security agents notably the police, DSS as well as human rights groups, to be alert as the harassment of our members means that our blood is on Governor Okorocha’s hand!” Reacting, Onwuemeodo said: “There is nothing like Coalition in Imo APC. There is only one APC in the State with Governor Rochas Okorocha as the leader. “This so-called Coalition people in APC were not there when Governor Okorocha became part of the Merger that gave birth to APC and delivered the State to the Party. These are food is ready politicians.
“None of them won his booth in the last elections. They are, at best, attention-seeking little-minded Politicians, paid to disturb the peace of APC in the State. “And for their information, Uche Nwosu will win the ticket of the Party and win the election proper in 2019. “If the coalition has the capacity, let them file behind a Candidate and let’s see how far they can go. Why are they bothered about Uche Nwosu’s aspiration? “Their problem is that, of all the aspirants in APC and other Parties in the State none can defeat Uche Nwosu. That is their headache.”