Posted by News Express | 18 June 2014 | 3,639 times
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has joined issues with the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its insinuation that his government has a case to answer over the increasing insecurity in the state. The war of words was sparked by the bombs discovered at the Living Faith Christian Church aka, Winners Chapel, Owerri, last Sunday, June 15.
Reacting to the incident, Imo PDP attributed it to “the influx of Boko Haram militants and sympathizers in the State and the unexplainable use of the premises of the State Government owned Imo Newspapers Egbu road as a quasi military training ground for them” by Governor Okorocha.
Imo PDP also said: “We are also worried that from the security breaches in Imo State since the advent of the Okorocha Administration, it is clear that somebody very high in the State must have been given assurances to the purveyors of the fundamentalist carnage in parts of the country that Imo State affords them a refuge location.”
Taking exception to PDP’s comments, Okorocha said this morning via a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo: “We take the liberty to say that the PDP in Imo State, in its desperation to come back to power in the state at all cost has not only thrown caution to the wind but has gone senile. And it is very unfortunate.
“The party with its claims, has justified the fears of the State Government that some desperate politicians for 2015 in the State, most of them in the PDP, might hide under the phenomenon, called Boko Haram to cause havoc in the State. And we humbly wish to call on the police to leverage on the Imo PDP claims to look beyond the Boko Haram angle in investigating the bombs found in the Winners’ Chapel Owerri last Sunday.
“To tell you how God works, the same day the PDP in Imo State was labouring in vain to accuse Governor Okorocha of being the cause of the Winners Chapel Bomb incident in Owerri, more than 560 suspected Boko Haram elements were arrested in Aba, in Abia State governed by the PDP.
“Several Government locations or establishments had, before now, been bombed in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory where the PDP superintends and do we now say, President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible? The answer is no. To say the least, frustration is not a good English word and Imo PDP has the word as a qualifying adjective.
“The party in the state had tried all it could to reduce the esteem of Rochas Okorocha and his government in the State, Imo people refused and have continued to refuse to oblige them. They said Rochas roads are inferior, Imo people asked them, for 12 years which one did you give us. No answer. They said Rochas free education is half-packed, the people asked them, for 12 years which one did you people give us. No answer. So on, and so forth. Now they are also experimenting with the Boko Haram episode to incite the church in the state against Governor Okorocha and his government. Unfortunately, Imo people know better.
“Why didn’t the Imo PDP accuse Governor Okorocha over the bombing of Chief Ikedi Ohakim’s house? The Imo PDP knew those who bombed Ohakim’s house. It was a clear case of snake swallowing snake.”
•Photo shows Governor Okorocha.
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