The South-East Governors Forum has waded into the impasse between Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and the penultimate governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha. Chairman of the forum, Governor Dave Umahi disclosed that Okorocha and Uzodinma reached a truce in their battle following the governors’ intervention.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported a clash between Okorocha and operatives of Governor Hope Uzodinma and Okorocha after the former governor unsealed a property confiscated by the Imo State administration.
The clash saw supporters of both sides clash on Sunday, February, 21 leading to the arrest of the former governor who was taunted as a lawmaker turned a lawbreaker by operatives of the Imo State Government.
Okorocha and his wife were detained by the police for several hours while a number of Okorocha’s enforcers were reportedly locked up overnight.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had quoted state authorities as promising to charge Okorocha to court on Monday morning. However, as at press time, the threat had not been actualized and it could not be confirmed if the intervention of the Southeast governors had a role to play with it.
Chairman of the forum, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nwaze on Monday said that the forum was already handling the issue.
Umahi said that contacts have already been made to resolve the impasse and assured that both parties, that is Okorocha and Uzodinma have reached a truce.
“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,’’ the statement read.
The forum’s chairman urged Imo and south-east citizens to conduct their business peacefully and according to the law.
“They should also shun provocative statements as we work towards restoring normalcy to the situation.’’