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Uzodinma, Okorocha Supporters Clash Over Recall Plans

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Bada Yusuf Amoo

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Supporters of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, have clashed over the alleged plan to recall Okorocha as the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

A group of supporters to the incumbent governor Orlu Political Consecutive Assembly (OPOCA) vowed to continue with plans to recall Okorocha from the Senate, but the Association of Orlu Women for Good Governance urged Uzodinma not to spend the state resources to recall Okorocha.

The group told Uzodinma and Okorocha, describing them as their sons, to stop “disgracing the people of Orlu zone.”

The President-General of the association, Mrs. Bailia Chibuike, told Uzodinma to face governance and stop fighting Okorocha.

She said, “The government of Chief Hope Uzodinma should face governance and provide the dividends of democracy for Imo people and leave Okorocha alone.

“The state government should take back the N1bn reported to have been given to OPOCA (Orlu Political Consecutive Assembly) for the so-called recall of Okorocha and use the money for other meaningful things in the state.”

But OPOCA insisted that its plan to recall Okorocha, positing that the senator “has crossed the red line and has touched the tail of a sleeping tiger.”

READ ALSO: Those Behind My Recall Are Political Undertakers – Okorocha

The spokesperson of the group, Modestus Nwamkpa, who also doubled as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Print Media, posited that the senator has not represented the district well at the Senate.

He said that it was wrong for the governor to have launched a “campaign of calumny” against Uzodinma, who is also from Orlu zone, where Okorocha was representing the Senate.

Nwamkpa said, “Now, the question is: why does OPOCA want to recall Okorocha? It is said that ‘he who obstructs the peace of the beehive should endure the pains of the bees’ stings.’

“Okorocha has actually crossed the red line. He has touched the tail of a sleeping tiger and the resultant effect is what he is currently facing – recall.”

Nwamkpa said OPOCA had been at the forefront of defending the interest of Orlu zone, adding that “any Orlu man holding the position of Imo governorship must be protected at all costs. Orlu’s interest must come first.”

On February 21, Okorocha alleged that Uzodinma attacked him with thugs.

The senator and three of his associates were also arrested by the state police command, after government and security officials stormed the Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri where Okorocha unsealed the estate.

The Estate was linked to the wife of the senator, Nkechi.

The state government said its action was in line with a report of a judicial panel set up by a former governor, Emeka Ihedioha, before leaving office.

Meanwhile, youths operating under the umbrella of Imo West Youths for Good Governance have called on Governor Uzodinma to sack his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwaneri, and his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Eric Uwakwe, for allegedly leading thugs to attack Okorocha on February 21.

At a press conference in Owerri on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the group, Prince Wisdom Nwauwa, asked the governor to handover the two aides to the police for prosecution.

Nwauwa described the attack on the serving senator as “another sad commentary on our democracy.”

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