The Restoration Coalition of the Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to Governor Rochas Okorocha and his agents against what it termed as “mindless intimidation, harassment of Restoration members”.
In a communique signed by four leaders of the group following its Okigwe Zonal (Imo North)meeting yesterday, the group lamented since its Imerienwe declaration that challenged and rejected Okorocha’s imposition of his son in-law, Uche Nwosu as governorship candidate of the party its members have been intimidated by the state government “We are deeply concerned on the continued intimidation and harassment of our leaders and members, using all sorts of unconstitutional and illegal means.
“Moreover, business premises, landed properties and even our family members, as we make this release, are suspected to be in one form of unwarranted espionage, illegal bugging, reckless intimidation, and mindless harassment or the other. “It must be noted that our only crime is our collective expression of our constitutional rights in standing against Okorocha’s pervasive imposition of Nwosu as his successor in 2019 against our party guidelines and norms”, they maintained.
The Restoration Coalition, therefore, gave the Governor 21-day ultimatum to withdraw, stop as well as redress all manners of blackmail, muzzling, intimidation, harassments and threats to life currently being used against their members The group equally urged the government to stop victimising dissenting persons and groups in various forms and capacities, to rescind his desperate sponsorship of his son-in-law as Governorship aspirant, a project which in their modest estimation, has gulped billions of naira. The group threatened force Okorocha to go to the accountability challenge if he fails to honour the ultimatum.
The members said they would take all legal means to demand account for the finances of the state namely: monthly allocations in seven years, LGA allocations in seven years, ISOPADEC 13 $1bn ECA: PDP charges NASS to sanction FG percent derivation funds in seven years, 2015 bailout funds and Paris refunds on two occasions.
The four leaders that signed the communiqué are Hon. Dr.T.O.E.Ekechi, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Barr. Kingsley Ononuju, former Adviser on Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon. (Pharmacist) Donatus Ozoemena, former Deputy Speaker of the Imo Assembly, and Hon. (Chief)Alan B Onyemaechi, former Adviser on Inter Party Affairs.