By Stanley Okehie
Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA), an apex political body in Orlu Senatorial District has given the former Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West in the Senate, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, 48 hours to apologize to Governor Hope Uzodimma and the people of the State or face recall from the senate.
OPOCA said the ultimatum became necessary due to what it tagged “brigandage, thuggery, hooliganism and lawlessness exhibited by the former governor on Sunday February 21, when he broke into Royal Spring Palm Hotel along Akachi road, a property sealed by the state government.
In a press conference at NUJ New Secretariat, Tuesday, National President of OPOCA, Chief Barr. Rex Anunobi, who read a text signed by him and 11 others, advised Okorocha to approach the court if he disagrees with the action of the state government.
The release read in parts:
“…OPOCA rises to condemn in strong terms the brigandage, thuggery, hooliganism and lawlessness criminally unleashed against the state by Okorocha and his domestic hoodlums on Sunday February 21.”
“OPOCA after an extra-ordinary emergency meeting is therefore using this medium to give the former Governor and Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Owelle Rochas Ethelbert Anayo Okorocha 48 hours from today to apologise to Governor Hope Uzodimma, the Shared Prosperity Governor and Imo people for the shame his recent but uncivilized action has brought to the State. If after 48 hours Okorocha fails to apologise to our Governor and Imo people, OPOCA will be left with no option but to initiate a Recall Process that will aim at exiting Rochas Ethelbert Anayo Okorocha from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The group however called on Governor Hope Uzodimma “not to be distracted by the antics of the former governor”, urging him “to fully activate all instruments of the law and state powers to recover all that was looted by Okorocha, his family members and cronies.”
OPOCA also enjoined Imolites to continue supporting Governor Uzodimma who “is speedily transforming Imo via massive road projects, people oriented programmes and policies.”