Members of Imo APC Restoration Coalition have issued an ultimatum to Governor Rochas Okorocha to desist from continued harassment, blackmail and intimidation of its members.
The group warned that failure to do so, it would be left with no option, but to take to what it tagged as ‘accountability challenge.’
It gave this warning in a statement signed by Dr. Theodore Ekechi, convener, and former commissioner for information and strategy, Kingsley Ononuju, co-convener, Donatus Ozoemena, former deputy speaker of Imo House of Assembly and Alan Onyemechi, after their meeting last Sunday, at Ehime, Mbano council.
“Since making the Imerienwe declaration, in which we unequivocally challenged and rejected Governor Okorocha’s clandestine and fraudulent strategy of imposing his son in-law on the people of Imo State, we are deeply concerned about the continued intimidation and harassment of our leaders and members, using all sorts of unconstitutional and illegal means.
“The phone lines of most of our members, who signed the declaration have been inundated with unprecedented as well as life-threatening messages and calls. Moreover, business premises, landed property and even our family members, as we make this release, are suspected to be in one form of unwarranted espionage, illegal bugging, reckless intimidation and mindless harassment or the other.
“It must be noted that our only crime is our collective expression of our constitutional rights in standing against Okorocha’s pervasive imposition of Nwosu, as his successor in 2019, against our party guidelines and norms.
“Prior to this time, however, you are all witnesses that we have carefully confined our positions to the issues of the candidacy of Nwosu, coming from Orlu zone, considering his relationship with the outgoing governor, which we have argued is akin to third term by proxy,” they said.
However, the group threatened that, “if we are pushed to the wall, we are duty bound to explore all other possible means, within the ambit of the law, to draw attention, seek redress and defence, as guaranteed by the constitution, as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Regrettably, however, this may create the situation where we, as major stakeholders of the APC, will have no choice, but to be seen to be exposing the government of our party.”