Imo APC crisis: Stakeholders want state of emergency

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Imo state on Thursday, dragged the state governor, Rochas Okorocha before the national leadership of the party, warning that the state may descend into ‘state of emergency’ if he (Okorocha) attempt further violence on them.

The warning was conveyed in a petition signed by a faction opposed to Okorocha, alleging ‘imposition’ on the party.

The group also demanded that the national body of APC should take a bold step by expelling Okorocha from the party over his anti-party activities.

Among leaders of APC who signed the petition on behalf of Imo Stakeholders are: Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Osita Izunaso, Sen. Ben Uwajimogu, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Hon. Mike Ohia and Hon. Austin Chukwukere.

The spokesman of the group, T.O.E Ekechi, who addressed newsmen on their behalf insisted that the national leadership of the party should consider Okorocha as an impediment for the party to be re-positioned in order to win the Southeast in 2019.

They accused Okorocha of attempt to vest violence on the state, asking the national chairman, John Oyegun to alert President Muhammadu Buhari of the impending danger which he (Okorocha) posture poses on the state.

“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,” the letter reads in part.

“There’s no other state that the president visited 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 our Constitution is to be declared”.

The APC chairman in Oguta Local Government, who is the leader of all the APC local government chairmen in the state, Hon. Cassidy Ohamara equally aligned his group with the contents of the letter.

The local party helmsmen noted their appreciation to the National Working Committee 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, inspite of the unruly and unlawful conduct/misconduct of our state governor, who happens to be one of our party members”.

“You may thus be alarmed that with the near bankruptcy of our state, reeling in this wanton mis-governance, 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.”

The letter was copied to the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, 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.

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