The purported plot by the Presidency to sack governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha from office through the instrumentality of the Supreme Court, has received widespread criticism from within the state and beyond.
Decrying the alleged gang up against the governor, the Imo State Coordinator of All Progressives Congress (APC), Marshal Okoroafor Anyanwu, warned that the people will resist any attempt from any quarter to derail the state.
He stressed that such a plan to return the state to the days of maladministration, corruption and recklessness, after it was beginning to recover, would not only fail but would also demean those behind the plot.
“We have had enough of looting and irresponsible government. The Presidency should leave Imo State alone. We are better the way we are and they should leave us alone,” Anyanwu warned.
He went on: “How do they think they can manipulate the court to return Ikedi Ohakim as the governor, after he has exhausted his case from the tribunal to the Appeal Court? I don’t know how one can plan to truncate a government that has been running in the last two years.
“If the Presidency succeeds in removing Okorocha and bringing Ohakim, how will they explain to the youth currently enjoying free education and other dividends of democracy? How will they expect them to fold their arms and watch as outsiders destroy their state? Enough is enough; we have had enough of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) madness. We are ready for them.
Speaking in the same vein, a youth body, the Imo Progressive Youth Forum, IPYF, has cautioned against any plot that would throw the state into anarchy.
It further warned against manipulating the court process in the governorship suit, adding that the nation’s constitution was above every person, no matter how highly placed.
The group’s president, Mr. Onyegbule Kelechi Goodluck said, “Truth must be told, the Okorocha administration is a departure from the era of waste and non-performance. Youths have been partnered and empowered and any plan to truncate this through dubious means will be resisted.
“We do not want any policy reversal that will end the development going on in the state. The free education, Youth Must Work programme, building of rural roads and improved health care delivery among others are some of the reasons the youth will support Governor Okorocha”.