The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the outgoing government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo of milking the finances of the state dry through the just-concluded meeting of the National Council of Traditional Rulers in Owerri, the state capital.
In a statement signed by the state Secretary of the PDP, Ray Emeana, the party described the meeting as ill-conceived, as the summit had nothing to do with post-elections peace process in the country.
Recall that at the meeting with traditional rulers, Governor Rochas Okorocha claimed that Igbos were the most misunderstood ethnic group in the country, while, the Sultan of Sokoto Abubakar Sa’ad III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, stressed the need for peace and unity across the diverse political and social settings.
But reacting to the outcome of the summit, the PDP wondered why prominent traditional rulers in the South East were not part of the summit and what informed the choice of Owerri as the venue of the meeting.
The party said, “The peace conference/summit was a meeting of a faction of APC in the state being passed on as a South East event for the sole purpose of further looting Imo dry in the mid of non-payment of salaries, several years of pension areas in Imo State.
“The PDP in Imo State is not deceived as the true aim and intention of the so-called summit as checks have revealed that the National Council of Traditional Rulers has nothing to do with the so-called summit.
“This gathering is nothing but a decoy by the out-going Gov. Rochas Okorocha to further loot the resources of the state and use the summit to launder his battered image hoping that the presidency and the northern cabal will weigh-in and arm-twist the INEC to release a result procured under duress as the Senator-elect of Imo North.
“Unfortunately, this scam, like many others in the last one week, will fall flat. Imo people and indeed Nigerians have rejected Gov. Okorocha and what he stands for. The only path of honour left for him is to face the reality of being held accountable for the monumental fraud committed by him and his cohorts, post-May 29, 2019.
“If anything, Rochas Okorocha should render an apology to Imo people for the violence, mayhem, intimidation and brutality which he visited on Ndi Imo during the last elections.”