Why PDP’s senatorial campaign complex was sealed, by Imo govt
Imo State government has explained that it sealed the campaign complex of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate of Imo East Senatorial zone, Uche Onyeagocha, last week, because he did not obtain necessary permission for the renovation work.
A statement issued, yesterday, by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, insisted that the former Secretary to the State Government during the administration of Emeka Ihedioha also blocked water ways with sand, warning that he should not see himself as above the law, indulging in lawlessness, unwarranted and subversive acts.
Some officials of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), had, last week, stormed the area located at Ihugba Street in Owerri, and sealed the place.
Construction work in the area was ordered to stop.
The statement reads: “Those who support illegality are guilty of promoting lawlessness.
“For the purposes of clarification, Onyeaguocha embarked on expansion of an old building, which required him obtaining a written permission from OCDA.
“Typical of him, he not only refused to apply for the permission but went ahead in his illegal expansion project, blocking drainages and inflicting untold hardship on residents of the street. The OCDA had to do the needful by sealing the compound.
“Onyeaguocha’s action is a clear manifestation of his disrespect for constituted authority. Those supporting his reckless and illegal affront on government should take note that they are guilty of promoting lawlessness.
“Since Onyeaguocha is not above the law, all relevant processes pertaining erecting a new building or reconstruction of old ones must be followed strictly; failure to do so would attract sanctions.”
Meanwhile, Onyeagocha, in a statement issued by his media aide, MacDonald, as well as a group, Owerri League of Patriots (OLP), condemned the action, accusing the state government of witch-hunt and deliberate attempt to accuse Onyeagocha of encouraging insecurity in the state.
The state government also regarded the statement by pro-Onyeagocha as “unknown, unregistered and illegal.”