The attempted forceful takeover of local government administration in Imo state by a loyalist of former governor Rochas Okoroacha has continued to elicit reactions from stakeholders. The national president of the Association of South Esat Town Unions, ASETU, Chief Emeka Diwe, has condemned the action and called on the law enforcement agents to leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators’ to justice. Speaking on Tuesday in Owerri,Diwe, who also is the President –General of Orlu Zurume, said it was unacceptable for political leaders to unleash thugs on state institutions. He added that the takeover of the local government administration across the state by persons reportedly acting on the instruction of Okorocha was a reasonable act. He further warned that Imo people would no longer tolerate the disturbance of public peace under any guise by any Politian in the state
How can a former governor instruct his followers to go and forcefully take over the local government without recourse of the law? How could he be deceiving the public over a particularistic pronouncement nade far back as 2015 over an issue in Ekiti state? How does that concern Imo state? Which examples is he leaving for the young ones through this brazen violence, falsehood malicious propaganda? Obviously, this has further revealed his destructive intentions for Imo state.
AS town unions, this gives us reason tom worry. The bulk of the people who this ousted destroyers of the state recruits for this dastardly acts are the poor and the venerable people at the grassroots who for eight years was sunk deeper and deeper poverty through the nefarious policies of the same past government Diwe lamented
Continuing, the renowned Town Unionist said that,’’ it is now very clear the democratic disposition of Governor Emeka Ihedioha is being put to overdrive trial by these unscrupulous politicians in Imo state. Our governor should know that he has the executive prerogative to invoke his powers to use the law enforcement agencies to maintain order and peace. If anything goes amiss, he owes Imo people whose popular mandate he holds explanation, Diwe stated.
He also called on parents to advise their children and wards against yielding themselves for use by politicians who mean only evil for them and the state and assured Imo people that the dividends of democracy which they have begun to enjoy under Gov Emeka Ihedioha through prompt payment of salaries and pensions, and massive infrastructural facelift, will be sustained incrementally