A former Secretary to the Government of Imo state and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. George Ezenna Eche has accused the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha of sending fake soldiers and thugs after his family.
Eche, a former governorship aspirant of the APC who spoke on Monday in his country home in Ngor-Okpala council when he received APC local government chairmen who paid him a courtesy call, blamed the defeat of the APC in March 2019 gubernatorial election in the state on the greed of the former governor for trying to install his in-law, Uche Nwosu as his successor. He harped on the need for reconciliation of aggrieved members to save the party from extinction.
He said, “the once-ruling party in the state is more like a walking dead because of the greed of one man who against all reasons, had insisted on his son-in-law as the only person who is qualified in the entire state to succeed him and we all know the outcome because the people of Imo voted against the party because of Okorocha not because they hated the APC as a party. It was the ex- Governor Okorocha who created a dubious alliance called AA/ APC but today where are they? Even the Rochas Okorocha has abandoned the party.
“However, I am calling for a total reconciliation of all members regardless of whether they were members of the perfect alliance of the AA/APC or members of the coalition so that the party can provide a virile opposition to the People’s Democratic Party in the state; otherwise, the APC will be completely dead in the state. For us to move forward we have to forget what the immediate past governor did to some us during the elections.
“Okorocha had sent fake soldiers to barricade the entrance to my community with his thugs from Ohaji patrolling around my house everyday as a way of intimidating me and members of my family.”
In his remarks,the leader of the delegation and the chairman of the LG chairmen, Casmir Ohamara said his group will dump the party if the nominee of Okorocha is appointed Minister.
“Governor Okorocha is solely responsible for the calamity that has befallen the party in the state. He created a faction in the party which is why the party is in disarray. It is only Sir George Eche who has been trying to reconcile members of the party after the election but the governor who claims to be the leader of the party has never called leaders of the party together to fashion a way forward. Rather we have had that he is lobbying for his son-in-law to be made a minister. We have already resolved to dump the party should the nominee of Okorocha be appointed a minister from Imo State” he said.