ALLEGED DEATH THREATS: Imo state government replies Ahamba

imsgThe Imo State Government has read reports in both national and Owerri based newspapers credited to Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) the lead Counsel to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in his case at the State Election Petition Tribunal claiming that Governor Rochas Okorocha is threatening his life.

In the press statement signed by Chief Ahamba himself, he also said that during the last meeting the Governor had with traditional rulers in the state, he had stood up traditional rulers from Mbaise area and sent a threat to him through them, among other disturbing claims by Chief Ahamba.

We make hay to deny the allegation. Governor Okorocha has never threatened the life of Chief Ahamba either directly or indirectly, and does not have any reason to do so. And Chief Ahamba knows that. He has only chosen to be a tool of cheap blackmail in the hands of some desperate politicians who wrongly believe that they have monopoly of political power and political offices in the state.

For Chief Ahamba to come up with his dangerous claim twenty four hours to the commencement of hearings at the Election Petition Tribunal in the state calls for concern and deep reasoning.

Chief Ahamba is a well known lawyer in the state and even beyond. He is also highly respected both in the legal profession and outside the profession. But he does not in any way constitute any threat to the popular mandate given by Imo people to Governor Okorocha to govern them for the next four years.

Chief Ahamba might have also won many cases in court but such cases do not includemike ahamba election petition matters. He has no record of any legal success in election petition cases, and the current one he is handling for the PDP and its governorship candidate in the 2015 election wouldn’t be an exception.

Instead of raising undue alarm over fictitious threat to his life, he should be worried about how to convince the tribunal that a candidate who won only five local Governments out of twenty-seven in the state had taken a wise action by challenging the victory of a man who won in twenty-two local Governments, with convincing spread of votes in all of them, while seventy percent of the votes got by his client came from only three local Government areas in Mbaise.

Chief Ahamba should be courageous enough to advice his client to withdraw his petition if he has seen that he has no valid claim to make with regard to his loss of the governorship election instead of raising suspicious alarm over his life just to heat up the polity.

Again, Chief Ahamba should also protect the name or reputation he has earned over the years and should not allow certain politicians to envelop such credentials that make him tick and perhaps, put on him the toga of an attack dog. He does not deserve such.

His client in the tribunal matter has the means to hire even all the best Senior Advocates in the country, and that is why threatening his life would be of no importance to any of the interested parties in the matter.

For the sake of emphasis, Governor Okorocha has no problem with Chief Ahamba. As the lead Counsel to the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Chief Ahamba is only doing his professional duty which does not pose any problem to anybody with regard to the matter at the tribunal. He is neither the chairman nor a member of the tribunal, one could say he has a role to play. All these make the claim of his life being threatened by governor Okorocha to be neither here nor there. It is not true and cannot be true.

Sam Onwuemeodo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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