Imo Elders Berate Okorocha Over Alleged Electoral Misconduct

Imo State elder statesmen from Orlu and Owerri zones yesterday denounced the alleged impunity unleashed by their kinsman and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, even as they disowned his victory.

The elders made the disclosure at a consultation meeting between Orlu and Owerri elders ahead the governorship election in the state.

Chairman of the council, Prof. Francis Dike, apologized for the alleged conduct of Governor Okorocha last Saturday, wherein the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Innocent Ibeawuchi was allegedly manhandled for being firm and upholding integrity.

Prof Dike said “We apologize to Imo people and Nigerians for what happened last Saturday. As illustrious and dignified as we are, we were last Saturday shocked to see Orlu being projected on national television as an enclave of impunity and lawlessness. And that is not who we are.

“What happened at the Imo West senatorial district collation centre will never be allowed to happen again. We however commend the Returning Officer, Professor Innocent Ibeawuchi, for being firm and walking the path of honour and integrity. Imo is proud of such a son.”

Further, he called on Imo people and residents to troop out en-masse on March 9th, 2019 to cast their votes and also ensure it counts, in spite of what may have transpired in the last election.

A former Governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa in his remarks commended the decision of Orlu Elders, saying it is “a critical and bold step in the right direction”.

Further, Udenwa said “We are stakeholders and leaders in this state and we are not happy with the way this state has become a theatre for bad news. We have discussed and have decided to come together to help arrest the situation and recover our state.”

Other people present at the parley include: Air Comm. Luke Ochulor (retd); Dr. Douglas Acholonu; Gen. Collins Ihekaire; Prof. Anthony Awuzie; Hon. Gerald Irona; Chief I. D. Nwoga; Chief Chris Ejike Uche; Prof. Viola Onwuliri; Dr. Kema Chikwe; Col. Lambert Iheanacho; Prof. Linus Okere; Prof. Jude Njoku amongst others.


Similarly, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for Orlu Senatorial zone (Imo West), Sen. Osita Izunaso, has enjoined all relevant agencies in Nigeria to punish Governor Rochas Okorocha for allegedly spear heading the irregularities that led to democratic rape in his favour as the Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the same election.

Other people present at the parley include: Air Comm. Luke Ochulor (retd); Dr. Douglas Acholonu; Gen. Collins Ihekaire; Prof. Anthony Awuzie; Hon. Gerald Irona; Chief I. D. Nwoga; Chief Chris Ejike Uche; Prof. Viola Onwuliri; Dr. Kema Chikwe; Col. Lambert Iheanacho; Prof. Linus Okere; Prof. Jude Njoku amongst others.
Similarly, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for Orlu Senatorial zone (Imo West), Sen. Osita Izunaso, has enjoined all relevant agencies in Nigeria to punish Governor Rochas Okorocha for allegedly spear heading the irregularities that led to democratic rape in his favour as the Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the same election.

Izunaso, who was the immediate past National Organizing Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) disclosed this in Owerri on Wednesday in an exclusive interaction with journalist.

According to him, “Governor Okorocha hijacked electoral materials for the Senatorial election, used his position as an incumbent Governor to force the electoral officers and the security agencies to compromise at his whims and caprices.

“It is no longer news how he abducted the Electoral Officer, Professor Innocent Ibeawuchi, and under gun point and duress asked him to announce the result in his favour. What Governor Okorocha did last Saturday in the 12 local government areas that constituted Orlu Senatorial zone was an absurd and a disgrace to the nation’s democratic process” he said.

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