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Arrest Senator Rochas Okorocha now or release Joshua Dariye and ex-governor Jolly Nyame -Northern group demands

Some concerned northerners on Friday in Kaduna asked the regime of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to arrest a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, or release ex-governors Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame in Correctional Centres over corruption charges. The group under the aegis of Concerned Northern Forum, a coalition of other organizations, also asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to commence the prosecution of the former governor over alleged corruption. One of the leaders of the forum, and National President, Northern Nigeria Youth Forum, Alhaji Abdulsalam Kazeem, at a press conference held at the Arewa House, Kaduna, noted that they are bothered on what’s happening in Imo State because northerners are also residing in the state. The text of the press conference which was titled ‘Embezzlement of public funds: Arrest Senator Rochas Okorocha now or release Joshua Dariye and ex-governor Jolly Nyame.’ Attendees are Alhaji Kabiru Soba, President Arewa Yout

Okorocha denies any alliance with Ihedioha, against Uzodinma

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, says he has not made any form of alliance with his predecessor, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, against the current Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Okorocha while reacting to allegations made by the Director, New Media, who pointed fingers to an alliance with Ihedioha.

In a statement by Sam Onwuemedo, media adviser to the former Governor, reads thus  “To say the least, Okorocha is not in alliance with Ihedioha for crafting to remove Governor Uzodinma or for any other reason. Those behind the story should stop making mockery of the APC or the State”

Part of the statement reads “Senator Rochas Okorocha cannot destroy what he had labored to build at the risk of his political Career. He planted the seed of APC in Imo, nurtured it to maturity and it has continued to bear fruits. Those who have benefited from this vision only need to appreciate and acknowledge who God used to make it possible. Since 2013, the story of APC in Imo has remained Okorocha’s Creation. And he cannot destroy what he had worked hard and taken the Political risk of his life to erect, for any reason. Those enjoying the fruits of APC in Imo or even in the South-East should always appreciate the vision and ingenuity of Okorocha that made the whole thing possible. Trying to change the narrative for any reason, won’t be the best.

He debunked claims that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is court over the 2019 governorship in Imo

“Interestingly too, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is not in any Court, at the moment, over the 2019 governorship in Imo. To the best of our knowledge, only two Cases are in Court to that effect. One, instituted by the governorship Candidate of Reformed And Advancement Party (RAP), Barr. Kingdom Okere at the Federal High Court, Abuja and the one taken to the Supreme Court by Chief Philip Umeadi (SAN) on behalf of Chief Ihedioha.

In the two Cases, Uche Nwosu is neither the plaintiff nor a Party in any of them. It is now left for those behind the story of alliance to tell us the particular Court the Nwosu Case is, which they had talked about.
“We also urge those behind this fictitious alliance story to search their conscience and see whether there are things they ought to have done, which they have failed or refused to do, and for which they are being troubled by their conscience, since conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal.

“We also add that, Okorocha, Uche Nwosu and Ifeanyi Araraume and their large Supporters in the State have been supporting Governor Uzodinma. They all attended his inauguration and supplied the crowd at the venue of the event. Made AA and APGA members in the House of Assembly to move to APC to enable the Party have the majority. Even AA members in the House of Representatives also moved to APC. And none of them or any of their Supporters has joined issues with the governor or the government in the State, so, what is the problem?

“The APC government in the State has also allowed the Panels set up by the PDP government against Okorocha to continue and Okorocha has not spoken against that. But he has only gone to Court to Complain that the EFCC and the numerous panels, are all probing him on the same issue” the statement concluded.