THE Imo State Government on Tuesday restated its resolve to recovering the assets of the state allegedly diverted by a former governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who responded to Okorocha’s allegation that the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma, wanted to rule by intimidation, said the former governor, who currently represents Imo West in the Senate, must know the “difference between intimidation and justice.”
Emelumba said the government must implement to the later reports of various judicial panels which recommended that assets of the state be recovered from Okorocha.
He said that no form of alarm from Okorocha would make the state government stop the recovery process.
Emelumba also debunked the speculation that the governor was summoned to Aso Rock on Tuesday because of the arrest of Okorocha on Sunday.
Responding, Sam Onwuemeodo, who is Okorocha’s Spokesman, denied the speculation that his principal was using contacts in Ask Rock to stop the governor from probing him.
Okorocha’s arrest: Nothing personal between me, ex-gov, says Uzodimma
On the disagreement between him and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, the governor said it was nothing personal.
Uzodimma said he did not know anything about Okorocha’s claim that there was a plan to assassinate him.
He said, “Who will assassinate him? I don’t know about any attempt to assassinate Okorocha. Rather, what I know is that I have no personal issues with him.”
Okorocha’s loyalists fail to meet bail conditions
In a related development, 13 out of Okorocha’s 14 loyalists, who were granted bail by a Magistrate Court in Owerri on Monday, failed to meet their bail conditions.
The Magistrate, B.U Adikaibe, had granted the defendants bail in the sum of N70m with a condition that the traditional rulers of the defendants must be their sureties.
Our correspondent’s investigation revealed that apart from Okorocha’s Aide-de-Camp, Eberendu Chimechefulem, the other 13 defendants could not meet their bail conditions on Monday.
They were, however, moved to the Owerri Correctional Centre, where they slept.
Investigation revealed that none of the traditional rulers agreed to stand as surety for them except for Okorocha’s ADC.
Group moves to recall Okorocha
Meanwhile, a socio-political group in Imo West Senatorial District, the Orlu Political Consultative Assembly, has perfected plans to recall the lawmaker representing the district at the Senate, Rochas Okorocha.
The group insisted that Okorocha would be recalled should he fail to apologise to Governor Uzodimma within the next 48 hours.
The National President of OPOCA, Rex Anunobi, on Tuesday told Uzodimma not to be distracted by the antics of the former governor to recover all that was allegedly looted by him (Okorocha), his family and cronies.
Youth groups threaten one million-man march against Okorocha
Also, 10 Igbo youth groups on Tuesday threatened to occupy the National Assembly complex, Abuja, with no less than one million people if the former governor (Okorocha) failed to stop “promoting violence in Imo State.”
The groups in a press conference in Owerri, said Sunday’s clash where Okorocha and the supporters of the Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, clashed at Royale Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, was disgusting.
Goodluck Ibem, of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, who spoke to journalists on behalf of nine other groups, said, “We want to say that if Senator Rochas Okorocha does not desist from his role of promoting violence in Imo State, we will mobilise one million Igbo youth to occupy the National Assembly Unit until he is expelled from the Senate.
When contacted, the Okorocha’s Spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the former governor was a “man of peace.”