- Southeast governors have come to the rescue of Rochas Okorocha
- Okorocha was released from police custody on Sunday, February 21
- The former Imo governor was arrested on the order of his successor, Hope Uzodinma
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With the swift intervention of the Southeast governors’ forum chaired by Governor David Umahi, Rochas Okorocha was not allowed to spend a night in police custody after his arrest on Sunday, February 21.
The former Imo governor was released on the night of Sunday, according to reports from Umahi's spokesperson, Francis Nwaze.
Part of a statement from Nwaze read:
“South-east leaders are capable of settling their disputes internally instead of washing their linen in public.
“We sue for calm among the supporters of both leaders to ensure a timely and amicable resolution of the disagreement."
Meanwhile, the arrest of Okorocha by police personnel after he forcefully opened the Royal Spring Palm Hotel sealed on the orders of Governor Uzodinma caused a serious stir on social media among Nigerians.
Most citizens who reacted to the development believe that things are just working against Okorocha after he allegedly ganged up to oust his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, from office.
Moreover, some believe that his arrest by the order of Governor Uzodinma was a prove that power is transient.
Persons who share the same opinion said some years ago, Okorocha called the shots but now he is being questioned by a mere special assistant to the incumbent governor.
Those who felt no pity for the former governor said he was a good politician and a presidential material until power came his way and changed him.
In another report, Okorocha accused Uzodimma of sending more than 1000 thugs to attack him.
The former governor made the allegation on Sunday, February 21, via his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo.
Okorocha and some of his political associates had stormed Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, and unsealed it.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.