….Slams Izunaso over botched congresses in Imo
The controversy sorounding the postponement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses in Imo State, took a different turn with Governor. Rochas Okorocha directing the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Chris Ezike to charge members of the Congress Committee arrested in connection with the missing materials to court without delay preferably on Monday, May 7.
Okorocha, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said, following the disappearance of sensitive materials for the Saturday, May 5, ward congresses, in the State, he had to take action as the chief security officer of the State.
The governor also charged the Police in the state to set machinery in motion for the arrest and prosecution of the man who he accused of being the mastermind behind the disappearance of the materials, Mr. Ini Okori.
According to the governor, Okori escaped from the residence of the National Organizing Secretary of APC, Senator Osita Izunaso.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor equally expressed regret over, the “dishonourable role of Senator Izunaso who was not able to divorce his local and personal Political interests or pursuits from his official responsibilities as the National Organizing Secretary of a National Party like APC”.
The statement read in part: “The governor noted that if not that he played his role as a governor and as a father, to manage the situation, the unfortunate role of these people would have thrown the State into a very big crisis which nobody would have been in a position to imagine its outcome.
“He remarked that, for the Organizing Secretary of the Party Chief Izunaso to be arguing with Mr. Ini, originally sent for the conduct of the Congresses, over who among themselves, was in custody of the Congress sensitive materials in question was quite despicable. And it showed they never wanted the Congress to be successful abinitio.
“It is also important to point out here that those who never believed that APC had prospect at the initial stage and who called Governor Rochas Okorocha all sorts of names including Alhaji in Government House and Okoro-Hausa must not be allowed to disturb the peace of APC in the State”.
According to Onwuemeodo, the governor reiterated his appeal to members of the party in the State to remain calm and ensure peace and assured that the anomalies would be corrected and the Ward Congress in the State, will hold accordingly.
The decision of the governor to support his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu to succeed him, continues to cause ripples in the Imo APC, with many tracing the failed APC ward congresses in the state to the battle of wits between Okorocha and other party bigwigs.