The leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State has in Owerri, accused Governor Rochas Okorocha and his All Progressives Congress, APC, to have, through their actions, inactions, programmes and inhuman policies, made a caricature of democracy.
The State Publicity Secretary of APGA, George Nkworji, who made the accusation in a release made available to newsmen also described the recent Democracy Day celebration as “a mockery and rape of democracy”.
He said, “Imo State has experienced more physical, psychological, economic and developmental trauma, since Rochas Okorocha assumed office than ever.
He further said, “Under the APC and Okorocha, the state has witnessed irreparable demolitions across communities and towns without verifiable reasons, non-payment of pensions and gratuities, traumatized the citizenry and dwarfed their hope of survival through consistent, indiscriminate seizure of traders’ goods, multiple extortion and denying the citizenry the right to live”.
APGA also accused the APC government of “creating extreme poverty in the land”, and lamented that “Imo today, is wearing the face of a war-torn territory”.
The governor, Rochas Okorocha, in a reaction, through his Press Scribe, Samuel Onwuemeodo expressed regret that “APC leaders over-rated the John Oyegun’s leadership capacity at the beginning”.
He said, “With the manner John Oyegun has piloted the affairs of the APC, it is obvious that the party leaders must have over-rated his capacity in allowing him to succeed Chief Bisi Akande as the national chairman of the party”.
The governor also said that Oyegun has taken the party backward by several kilometres, to the extent that today, there is no state that the party does not have crisis or faction.
His words, “Again, the way Oyegun has pursued the issue of elongation also showed how selfish and greedy he is. He is not interested in the well-being or future of the party, but only interested in staying put as the national chairman of the party, and that is why he is after anybody who opposed the tenure elongation.
“In the case of Imo, he disobeyed two court orders with regard to the congresses in Imo and the inauguration of strange elements as state officials of the party, just to get at Governor Okorocha because of the issue of elongation. We have no option now than to ask our lawyers to press for his imprisonment and that of Osita Izunaso and all those who were involved in the lawlessness”.