….Describe him as selfish politician
…Accuse him of declaring for guber against time table
…Security bridges in the state
Owerri Zone political Leaders forum, (OZOPOLF,) Orlu Political Consultative Assembly,( OPOCA) and Okigwe Political Assembly (OPA) have pounced on the immediate former Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha and the leadership of the PDP in Imo for championing the recent Egbu Declaration.
In a World Press Conference held over the weekend in Owerri, the leaders of the said groups described Ihedioha as a selfish politician revealed that why the state was battling with security challenges, the former Governor was only interested in declaring for the 2024 Governorship race in Imo through the Egbu declaration.
Against the back drop of recent political summit tagged Egbu declaration cum agitation by some in Owerri zone calling for power shift come 2023 may have drawn the attention of Political groups and others from the three senatorial zones in Imo warning the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha to stop over heating the polity realizing its attendant security breaches
The groups comprising of Owerri Zone Political Leaders Forum(OZOPOLF),led by Prince Charles Amadi, Orlu Political Consultative Assembly(OPOCA), led by Bar Rex Anunobi and Okigwe Political Assembly(OPA) led by Rt. Hon. Mathew Omegara with the leadership of Imo Traditional Institution and Town Unions had during a press conference tagged ‘ Enough is Enough’ at Concord hotel Owerri on Friday,November 19,2021 warned Rt.hon Emeka Ihedioha to desist from various effort to over heat the polity and possibly instigate political tension capable of causing security breaches in IMO state.
In addition, they expressed surprise that Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha who at no time condemned the recent ‘upsurge in insecurity which our governor, Dist. Senator Hope Uzodinma in conjunction with other well- meaning stakeholders have fought valiantly to bring to a control’ nor with any known record of support to the indigenes during Civid-19 pandemic could turn round to issue a counter statement/warning to the same people of the state against governor Uzodinma’s call on indigenes of Imo state and Nigerians intending to return or visit home during the yuletide to do so without fear as security is under control.
They moved on in support of governor’s call on the people to feel free to return home for the season, and never to fall to the trap of Ihedioha and his party targeted at instilling fear on the minds of people as none is being ‘slaughtered like Chicken’ in Imo state.
According to the groups, Emeka Ihedioha and his cohorts should be held responsible for breaches in security and the occasioned bloodletting in the state.
They condemned the Egbu declaration for deviating and turning itself into Emeka Ihedioha’s campaign cum declaration for 2023/2024 IMO governorship which happens to be against the rules, and called on Independent National Electoral Commission and relevant security agencies to interrogate him and possibly subject him to ‘face the law for staging a political and governorship campaign/declaration rally in total violation of the Electoral Act’
On the call for equity, the group quipped that equity as campaign tool must be centered on the people rather on an individual especially Ihedioha without known track as respecter of same in his political sojourn. Further,they advised that ‘equity and zoning of governorship of Imo state shall going forward begin with the incumbent and Orlu zone’ while advising individuals and the political parties against fielding candidates from outside Orlu zone until 2028
They commended governor Uzodinma for the various developmental efforts in the state especially roads and modernization of Owerri Capital city and called on the indigenes to be patient as contractors were being mobilized to return to critical and strategic sites in Owerri capital and the rest of the state.
Also, lending their voice the trio of His Royal Highness (HRH) Eze David Osuala, HRH Oliver Ohanwe and HRH,Eze Thomas Obiefule blamed the opposition politicians as mastermind of tension and recent security breaches in the state calling for understanding and support to the incumbent to enable him realize various developmental projects embarked on.
The press conference had in attendance leaders from across the state.