Imo leaders ask Okorocha to resign or be impeached

Imo leaders ask Okorocha to resign or be impeached

- A group of Imo state leaders have called for the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, to resign or be impeached

- The group accused Okorocha of being incompetent and having no care for the lives of Imo citizens

- The group also blamed Okorocha for the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and several others during the Owerri market demolition

The Concerned Imo State Leaders (CISL) group on Tuesday, August 29, demanded the immediate resignation of Governor Rochas Okorocha for being allegedly incompetent.

The group said Okorocha has “clearly established leadership incompetence and serial blunder on the most elementary duties of governance”.

The Nation reports that the group has asked the House of Assembly to invoke the impeachment clause and unseat the governor immediately.

The group accused the Okorocha administration of conducting a reckless market demolition that led to the deaths of several people, including a 10-year-old boy, Somtochukwu Igboanusi.

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He said: “As leaders in Imo state from various zones and across different political party lines, we are pained that at this time government should focus all resources and …alleviate economy hardship and youth unemployment, the government in Imo state is sending struggling families to severe poverty and misery through irresponsible governance.

“By refusing counsel, rejecting court injunctions and going ahead to carry out the demolition of a market that has been in existence before Independence in 1960, the Imo state government has provoked the people and threatened the peace of the state.

“As Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the state, the governor ought to have realised that such wanton and reckless disregard for the sensibilities and interest of the people in a democracy poses a grave challenge to national security at a time the Federal Government is concerned about insecurity across the country.

“As leaders of Imo state, we would ordinarily support any well-conceived urban renewal project in the state as we know the economic growth spill-offs of properly executed infrastructural development in the state. But what we are witnessing in Imo state is a self-interested and uncoordinated urban renewal project that consists largely of demolition of private properties and transfer of recovered plots of land to cronies for private development.

“The fact is that the present demolition was carried out in reckless violation of a clear court order of Justice S. I. Okpara, restraining the Imo state government from demolition of the market until determination of the suit filed by the stall owners.

“In as much as it is the priority of government to determine the direction of urban renewal, we believe that a responsive and responsible government would undertake a process that minimizes hardship and disruption to economic and social life of the citizens.

“We are very angry at this uncivilised, reckless, thoughtless and disrespectful model of governance and warned that henceforth, we will be out to fight the governor to stop him from further destroying life and livelihood in Imo state.”

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Meanwhile, Okorocha has denied reports that a stray bullet hit a boy during the demolition of a market in Owerri, the state capital on Saturday, August 26.

In a press statement released late on Saturday by Governor Rochas Okorocha's chief press secretary Sam Onwuemeodo, the state government denied any death.

The statement described reports of death as 'wicked rumours' meant to pull the government down.

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