…. Anwukah’s Family Jumps Protocols At Burial
…Hands Microphone For Rochas’s Remarks B4 Gov.
… Insists He Donates 1000 Thousand Dollars For Ceremony
Feud or political differences of Governor Hope Uzodinma and the former Governor of Imo state, senator Rochas Okorocha appears to be increasing by leaps and bounds as it has degenerated into the stage where in-laws of senator Okorocha now support their father-in-law, Rochas Okorocha.
Okorocha and Uzodinma stained relationship started far back in 2018 when Governor Uzodinma outsmarted Okorocha to pick the governorship ticket of the APC, a seat which he Okorocha had set aside for one of his sons-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
Okorocha who fought like never before allegedly moved Uche Nwosu to the Action Alliance where he finally contested the guber polls but in the end did not make it as Uzodinma was after the whole legal battles which started from the election petition tribunal to the supreme court emerge victorious.
Before the supreme court’s final judgment which removed Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha as the then Governor, Okorocha, Ararume amongst other Big Heads in the APC had started supporting Uzodinma and all of them were in Imo to identify with Uzodinma on the day of swearing in.
The problem between the Trio of Uzodinma, Okorocha and Araraume as gathered by Lead Newspapers was as a result of the noninclusion of Okorocha and Araraume’s loyalists in the cabinet of Governor Uzodinma.
However, on Friday, 9 October, there appeared to be a war of mouths between the Imo state Governor Hope Uzodinma, represented by professor Placid Njoku, the Deputy Governor of Imo state in Oguta during the burial of late justice Christiana Anwukah, the wife of Professor Anthony Anwuka, the former minister of Education and secretary to the state government during the first term of Rochas Okorocha.
Scene that nearly caused commotion in the church happened when the first Son of Anwuka, Dr Uzoma Anwukah who is marrying Okorocha’s second daughter was called to make a brief remarks by way of appreciating sympathisers who came from far and near to grace the burial,jumped the protocols by handing over the microphone to his father-in-law to make remarks without foremost, allowing the sitting Governor of the state, ably represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor of the state, professor Placid Njoku.
This attitude of the said Uzoma which did not go down well with the people present warranted the Bishops particularly Bishop Obinna whose every effort to call the young man to order and follow the protocols proved abortive as the said Uzoma insisted that Okorocha should talk first having donated one Thousand Dollars for the burial.
It was at this juncture that Archbishop Obinna made efforts to calm him down and make him see reason considering that they were in the middle of a Catholic Holy mass, the Archbishop then asked the deputy governor to return to his seat, noting that he is the one officiating the mass and therefore has the right to call out any speaker.
Dr. Uzoma Anwukah flared up, not minding the instructions of the Archbishop, rudely commanded the deputy governor again to come and address the congregation, he made the summons repeatedly in flagrant disregard of the Archbishop nor the deputy governor.
This rude action of his continued for a while, until he was forcefully dragged out from the altar by his family members especially his wife, Mrs. Uju Rochas Anwukah, whom the ragging husband almost hit to the floor.
The Archbishop later called upon the deputy governor to come and address the congregation.
The Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku in his speech asserted that what had just happened cannot be allowed to desecrate the memory of late Justice Christina Anwuka nor should it diminish the solemnity of the event, noting that the Church is the house of God and all worshipers must diminish themselves inside the Church and pay reverence to God almighty who own our lives and everything about us.
Prof. Njoku enjoined the congregation to shun sentiments, political ideologies and differences and diminish self once in presence of God as there should be orderliness in the house of God.
A shocking part of what happened inside the Church is what observers has been clamoring to understand; how could Rochas Okorocha allow his Son-in-law to utterly disrespect and abuse a Catholic Archbishop not only inside the Church but in the presence of the Holy Eucharist at the alter.