APC Stake­hold­ers Ex­press Worry Over Se­cu­rity in Imo

Oko­rocha, Ararume, Uzodimma, Izu­naso slug it out

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA - In Abuja

Onye­buchi Ezigbo

Stake­hold­ers of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) have raised the alarm over what they de­scribed as de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Imo State.

The party mem­bers asked Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and the lead­er­ship of the party to ur­gently de­clare a state of emer­gency in the state, even as they ac­cused Gov­er­nor Rochas Oko­rocha of mak­ing hate speeches fu­elling the In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) ag­i­ta­tions in South-east.

In a protest let­ter to the Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun, yes­ter­day in Abuja, the stake­hold­ers also asked the party to im­me­di­ately get rid of the state gov­er­nor, Oko­rocha, if the APC must be repo­si­tioned to take over the east­ern re­gion in 2019.

Those who signed the let­ter on be­half of Imo State APC stake­hold­ers in­cluded Sen­a­tors Ben Uwa­ji­mogu, Hope Uzodimma, Ifeanyi Ara­raume, Osita Izu­naso, Hon. Chuk­wue­meka Nwa­ji­uba, Hon. Mike Ohia and Hon. Austin Chuk­wukere.

The group said: “As our party chair­man, kindly bring to the no­tice of our dear pres­i­dent that should the gov­er­nor in his mega­lo­ma­nia... pro­cure fur­ther vi­o­lence in his child like tantrums, a state of emer­gency in Imo State would be a nat­u­ral con­se­quence. No other state did the pres­i­dent visit five times to ap­peal to its peo­ple and yet we wob­bled. Our party must rid it­self of this in­cor­ri­gi­ble worm, he is in­deed a canker­worm.

“This at­tempt to drag the state into fur­ther vi­o­lence in the face of a non ex­is­tent state assem­bly only points to the com­plete break­down of an al­ready non-ex­is­tent gover­nance for which the state of emer­gency en­vis­aged in the Sec­tion 305 of the Con­sti­tu­tion is to be de­clared.”

The party lead­ers com­mended the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the party “for stand­ing firm to the rules and guide­lines of our party and up­hold­ing our duly con­ducted and video recorded con­gresses across our state, in spite of the un­ruly and un­law­ful con­duct/mis­con­duct of our state gov­er­nor, who hap­pens to be one of our party mem­bers.”

The let­ter was copied Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, Chair­man and Deputy Chair­man (South) of the party, Na­tional Assem­bly, all state gov­er­nors, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, DG, Depart­ment of State Ser­vices as well as mem­bers of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the party for nec­es­sary ac­tion

It also read: “You may thus be alarmed that with the near bank­ruptcy of our state, reel­ing in this wan­ton mis­gov­er­nance, is yet the sub­ject of the threat con­tained in the gov­er­nor’s let­ter to you stat­ing that he is aware of the burn­ing of the sec­re­tariat of our party. Whilst threat­en­ing fur­ther may­hem. he also has for­warded to you his videos of those he caught with re­sult sheets (which the party did not re­port miss­ing). The gov­er­nor, hav­ing ar­rested those peo­ple (who are con­trac­tors of Gov­ern­ment House, Ow­erri), and hav­ing called the po­lice and the me­dia him­self, pro­ceeded to con­duct the in­ves­ti­ga­tion him­self.”

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