South-east governors intervene in Okorocha, Uzodimma face-off

Rochas Okorocha

The South-East Governors’ Forum has waded into the face-off between former Imo State governor Senator Rochas Okorocha and his successor Hope Uzodimma.

A squabble ensued between both sides’ supporters on Sunday when Okorocha allegedly broke into the Royal Spring Palm Estate in Owerri which was sealed by Imo State Government on February 19.

The estate which is linked to Okorocha’s wife is being investigated.

The clash on Sunday culminated in the arrest of Okorocha, though he was later released at night.

Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi in a statement signed by his media aide Francis Nwaze on Monday said the forum was already handling the issue.

Mr Umahi said that contacts have already been made to resolve the impasse and assured that both parties have agreed to 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,” the statement added.