The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that both Governor Hope Uzodinma and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, lack the financial capacity to sponsor the group.
The group in a statement on Sunday signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, asked the duo to leave them out of their political war.
IPOB also debunked reports that Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo West) gave the pro-Biafra group a donation of N500m.
While describing their wealth as ill-gotten and bloodstained, IPOB insisted that they would pay for their sins.
The statement read, “They better fight their battle and leave IPOB out of their mess. None of them is good enough to receive our attention.
“They imprisoned and tortured our youths, mothers, fathers and other agitators to please their slave masters. Other politicians that may have sabotaged IPOB and ESN may be forgiven, but OkoroAwusa, Hope Uzodinma, and the wannabe Hitler of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, will never be forgiven. They must pay for their sins sooner or later!”
Naija News reports that Uzodinma and Okorocha have been at loggerheads over the running of Imo State despite both being from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uzodinma had recently stated that he will not allow the APC registration and revalidation process to be hijacked by selfish individuals.
He alleged that Okorocha attempted to hijack the party registration and revalidation process in the state.
The governor claimed that Okorocha refused to be registered as an APC member in the state, adding that he has promoted an all-inclusive process in the state, irrespective of affiliations.
Uzodimma added that attempts to get Okorocha to participate in the registration process failed.
Reacting, Senator Okorocha said that without him and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, the APC would have existed in Imo state.
The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District noted that he and Araraume were the ones making APC thick in the state.
He said: “The media had reported what the Imo State Governor, His Excellency, Chief Hope Uzodinma told the APC’s appeal Committee, on the Party’s Registration and Revalidation exercise. That, Senator Okorocha refused to be registered as an APC member in Imo during the exercise.
“This Claim could only be laughable to most Nigerians who still remember how APC came to Imo and indeed, to the South-East. Okorocha needed to revalidate his membership of APC and not to register as an APC member. Governor Uzodinma has always delighted in propaganda that does not fly again.
“The registration and revalidation exercise didn’t take place anywhere in Imo. It was done at the Nick Banquet Hall in Government House, Owerri. The governor’s appointees were generating fictitious names at the Local Government level and take them to the Government House, to be enrolled.
“We Challenge the governor to tell the public how the exercise was carried out in Imo. Whether it was by Polling unit by Polling unit, like Okorocha did when APC anchored. Or, Ward by Ward or by Local Government by Local Government. And let’s take off from there.
“If Okorocha had refused to be registered like our governor had claimed, what happened to Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and his Destiny Political family, who produced Six House of Assembly members, that joined others to give Governor Uzodinma the Majority in the House?”