Stakeholders from Imo West senatorial district, operating under the name Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA), on Thursday gave the 2023 Imo East senatorial candidate, Uche Onyeagucha, a 48-hour deadline to apologize to the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma.
OPOCA National Chairman Rex Anunobi issued the ultimatum alongside leaders of the group in Owerri while reacting to Onyeagucha’s statement on insecurity in Imo and the attack on Uzodimma.
OPOCA said they would do everything possible to curb Onyeagucha’s “penchant for violence” to ensure security in the state.
According to OPOCA, they said, “OPOCA is not oblivious of Onyeagucha’s desperate quest for power and his unbridled penchant for violence.
“Recall that Onyeagucha, who is desperate to represent Owerri Senatorial District in 2023, brazenly invaded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) center for the 2019 governorship race and disrupted the electoral process.
“OPOCA therefore calls at this juncture for the immediate disqualification of Onyeagucha by INEC.
“Consequently and in view of the above, OPOCA hereby demands that Uche Onyeagucha apologizes to the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, and Ndi Imo within 48 hours or be declared Personae Non-Granta as an enemy of the state.”
“If he fails to apologize within the stipulated period, OPOCA will call for the arrest of Onyeagucha wherever he is found by the sons and daughters of Orlu in Imo for making himself an enemy of the state and Orlu zone in particular.
“OPOCA is also using this medium to call on the Honorable Attorney General of Imo State and the Commissioner for Justice to resume Onyeagucha’s pending trial for his alleged criminal conduct against INEC and the state in 2019.
The determined effort to cleanse our beloved state of criminality must be complete and comprehensive. If we fail to heed this clear call, OPOCA will have no option than to call on the Attorney General and the Imo State Commissioner for Justice to reopen the case and prosecute Onyeagucha without further delay,” he said.