A grand plot to remove Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, is in the works and it is being co-ordinated by an ex-governor. The plot was weaved around the crisis between the state government and the chairmen of the local governments, who were sacked by Okorocha, but were returned to office by the Court of Appeal last month.
Determined to sack the governor using the window opened by the crisis, and the controversies surrounding the tenure of the chairmen, the ex-governor sneaked into the state last Thursday and met with members of his party and some council chairmen in his private residence under tight security mounted by over 500 armed policemen.
He informed the meeting that he had been allegedly mandated by the Presidency to co-ordinate the project. Sources, who attended the meeting revealed that the ex-governor told the chairmen to get ready to make the state ungovernable by August 8, (yesterday) with an assurance that the Presidency would wade into the resulting chaos by either declaring a state of emergency or have some members of the state House of Assembly moved to Abuja to commence the impeachment process. He may have told the chairmen to resist leaving office at the expiration of their terms because they would be protected by the police.
“Can you see how the police under the instruction of the Inspector-General [IG] came into the LGA issue and assisted you to forcefully take over the council offices”, he said.
The plot would also lead to the removal of the Speaker, Ben Uwajumogu and key House officials deemed to be supporting the governor. Daily Sun investigations showed that the fallout of the meeting was responsible for the hardening of position by all the council chairmen who Governor Okorocha invited for a peace meeting in Government House, Owerri recently to discuss the way forward.
The former governor promised the local government chairmen that they would receive a fresh full term if they assist him actualize the plan. His pledge followed questions by the council helmsmen on why their tenure was reduced to two years instead of three which effectively ended their term on August 8, 2012. Giving further details of the plot, the ex-governor named the arrow-heads of the plan to include a principal officer of the National Assembly, a serving Senator, a former governorship aspirant and a traditional ruler (names withheld by us).”
The plot was designed to cause mayhem in the local government areas, to trump-up charges against some House members so as to impeach them, and to write petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Imo State officials. “The ex-governor also boasted to have influenced the setting up of another tribunal on the 2011 governorship poll brought against the election of Governor Okorocha by Chief Ifeanyi Ararume despite the conclusion of the case at the Supreme Court”
The former governor boasted that already, he had influenced the Presidency to send a team from EFCC to Owerri to actualize the agenda. The state’s chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Prince Marshal Okoroafor Anyanwu, reacted swiftly, saying that the party was disappointed at the antics of the ex-governor whose actions fall below the standard expected of his political status.
“We have it on record of him boasting that he invested N25 billion on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign and that he had the backing of the Presidency to remove Governor Okorocha.”
Prince Anyanwu appealed to the President to discourage rumour-mongers, who are feeding the Presidency with false information about Imo.
“It is shocking that these men who have clearly been rejected by their people are lowering the dignity of the office of Mr President by forcefully dropping his name in the blind lust for power and desperation to remove the elected governor of Imo State, because he has refused to share the people’s money.”
Prince Anyanwu urged all men of goodwill and federal authorities to stop the ex-governor from his grand plot to throw Imo into anarchy and take the state several years backward.
“The people of Imo have spoken. They have elected Okorocha as their governor. All the courts including the Supreme Court have validated the election of Okorocha as governor of Imo State.”
The APGA chairman warned that the party will not fold its arms and watch a group of discredited Abuja politicians destroy Imo State and slow down developmental people-oriented programmes of Governor Okorocha.
“If they do not desist, we would be forced to publish the criminal records of these Abuja-based politicians for the world to determine the caliber and background of those who now seek to overthrow the elected people’s Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha,” he warned.
As published in The SUN