One of the Leaders of the APC in Imo and Owerri zone in particular, Chief Bona Nwoke Dike has berated the president General of Olu Owerri, Martin Opara over his recent utterance regarding the planned reception of Governor Hope Uzodinma by Owerri Zone people.
Opara had in a recent interview to Journalists, cautioned Owerri people over the planned reception for Governor Uzodinma.
In a press release signed by Nwoke Dike and made available to Lead, he described the threats by Opara as empty adding that he lacks the power to dictate for Adults the political parties to belong amongst othersAn All Progressives Congress, APC, Ieader, Hon Bona Nwoke Dike, has lambasted the President General of Olu Owerri, a Socio-Cultural Orgnanization in Owerri Zone, Chief Maftin Opara because of his comment on the planned reception of Governor Hope Uzodinma by the APC in Owerri Zone.
Chief Opara, had in an interuiew, described the planned reception as a slap on the faces of the people of Owerri zone, “a dance on the grave of their ancestors”, and therefore warned them against it or be ostracized. Reacting to the statement, yesterday, in Owerri, the Ngor Okpala-born, United States of America – trained technocrat, and administrator, berated Chief Opara, reminding him that the nation’s constitution allows freedom of association, warning that his comment was capable of causing a breach of the peace/ as well, an infringement on the fundamental right of the people.
According to Hon Nwoke Dike: “His invoking the spirit of the ancestors and threatening to ostracize bona-fide sons and daughters of the soil, to say the least is unfortunate and unexpected of a man who had held the high office of Director General, Imo State Orientation Agency”.
He was emphatic that the members of APC in Owerri zone have the right to organize a reception for the governor and that no amount of blackmail or threat will stop them, stressing that there cannot be two governors in a state at the same time.
Chief Nwoke Dike, went further to advice Chief Opara and others to desist from calling Governor Hope Uzodinma a Supreme Court governor, because he is not the first governor to be declared so in Nigeria and will not be the last. He gave other examples of past supreme court declared governors like Peter Obi, Adams Oshomole, Rotomi Amaechi and others. Nwoke Dike .1 had wished that Chief Opara will retract his comment and offer an apology to the people of Owerri zone.
Hon. Bona Nwoke Dike, went on to commend the governor on his 3R mantra of rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the state, and urged Imo people to give the governor their unalloyed support to actualize his vision for the state.
Giving an insight on the planned reception, Hon. Nwoke Dike, said the it will attract top notchers of the party from within and beyond the state and urged APC members of Owerri zone extraction not to be scared of Chief Martin Opara’s empty threats. He concluded that Chief Martin Opara is been used by enemies of Governor Hope and APC present government in the state.