Kinsmen raise panel for Okorocha’s recall from Senate
• 100 CSOs back Ihedioha on recovery of looted state’s property
After wriggling out of the ‘declaration under duress’ allegation against him after the last general election, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo West) may not be free after all. His kinsmen have set up a panel to begin his recall from the Red Chamber.
The immediate past Imo State governor, who is barely three months in the National Assembly, has been rejected by his kinsmen who declared him unfit to represent them.
In a statement issued in Owerri, yesterday, the Orluzurumee Youth Assembly contended that the ex-governor was “morally unfit” to represent them, having been indicted by the state government for alleged misrule and misappropriation of public funds when in office.
The socio-cultural youth group from Okorocha’s constituency set up a seven-man committee headed by Collins Opuruozu to interface with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the purpose collating data, petitions and signatures of eligible electorate in the zone, towards the recall.
“After a painstaking appraisal of the representation Chief Rochas Okorocha has so far offered our people in the Senate, we have concluded that he is very far from representing the interest of Orlu Zone. He is, to say the very least, in the Senate for himself alone.
“He has no constituency office and has held no constituency briefing. He seeks inputs from nobody and has never for once made any case in the Senate for the amelioration of the plight of the people he pretends to represent. We deplore the travesty which his representation means. We have therefore rejected him.”
Till press time, all efforts made to get Okorocha through his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, to react yielded no result.
Meanwhile, a coalition of over 100 civil society groups has got the back of Governor Emeka Ihedioha to ensure recovery of all Imo government’s property looted by past administrations.
Rising from a critical stakeholders meeting in Owerri yesterday, the Coalition of Imo Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations urged the state government to recover the loots and plough them back to useful ventures to benefit the citizenry.
Addressing journalists, the spokespersons, Dr. Jane Chukwukere (Society for the Widows and Orphans) and Ugochuckwu Onwuasonya of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative, commended the governor for paying retirees, fixing council election, introducing the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and other achievements in his first 100 days.
The added: “We hereby give our support to the present administration, to ask questions and recover the collective wealth of Imo looted by past administrations and government officials. We also demand that properties belonging to Imo citizens that were re-allocated or taken unlawfully by past administrations be recovered and given back to the rightful owners.”
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