Imo women under the aegis of the Association of Orlu Women Zone for Good Governance are demanding an apology from Governor Hope Uzodimma to the Senator Rochas Okorocha for the unwarranted attack on him by officials of the state government with thugs.
The women also advised the government of Governor Uzodimma to face governance and provide the dividends of democracy for Imo people and leave Okorocha alone.
The women, who addressed a press conference on Thursday demanded an unreserved apology from the Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA) for embarrassing Okorocha with the recall threat.
President General of the association, Mrs Bailia Chibuike said, “The most disturbing aspects of these unfortunate incidents was among others; the unprovoked attacks or assaults on our illustrious son and one of the great leaders from Orlu zone, former governor of the state and Distinguished Senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
“On Sunday, February 21, 2021, some officials of the State Government with thugs armed to the teeth, including those in police uniform attacked Senator Okorocha and his aides and destroyed his cars.
“As if that was not enough, a discredited group that goes with the name, Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA) was said to have been given N1billion by the state government to work for the recall of the Distinguished Senator.
“Before all these, we have also seen, heard and read about government officials and agents invading and looting private warehouse of Senator Okorocha, and the demolition of some of his key projects as governor,” Chibuike stated.
Chibuike, who called on the clerics and traditional rulers in the state to settle the rift between the two sons of Orlu, also advised the state government to take back the N1billion said to have been given to OPOCA for the so-called recall of Okorocha and use the money for other meaningful things in the state.
“We want to warn those behind OPOCA that enough is enough. Enough of their nuisance. And we want them to openly apologize to Okorocha or face the wrath of Orlu zone women.
“We want to ask the government to stop further disturbance of Okorocha and his family henceforth. Since the State can no longer afford all these disturbances.
“We urge the Distinguished Senator, Owelle Okorocha not to relent in his service to God and humanity. He achieved a lot for the State as governor and today, he is doing a lot for Orlu zone as their Senator”.
In a swift reaction to the women’s claims, publicity secretary of OPOCA and Special Assistant to the governor on print media, Modestus Nwamkpa urged the Imo people to disregard the women who he described as faceless.