The political schism between Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and Senator Rochas Okorocha is yet to abate. Some elders from Owerri Zone led by Chief Marcus Onwanibe have to appeal to the governor to obey the court process in tackling issues concerning Senator Okorocha. According to them:
“Our attention has been drawn to a press statement purported to have emanated from a meeting of a group that tagged itself, Owerri zone leaders of thought few days ago.
“After we had extensively and objectively x-rayed the stand of those who met in the name of ‘Owerri zone leaders of thought and the current situation in the state’, we resolved as follows:
“That, His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodimma and his government should pursue peace and ensure peace and avoid any action that is capable of disturbing or distorting the peace of the state.
“That the governor should shun any advice to resort to self-help or unconventional methods in resolving the issues with the former governor of the state, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
“That, we are aware that matters concerning Senator Okorocha and the reports of the panels vis-à-vis the whitepaper are all pending in various courts of our land. It is therefore very important and advisable to allow the courts to decide on the issues before them. That is the most civilized thing to do. Any other approach is self-help and should not be encouraged.
“That those who think they have any evidence against Okorocha should either apply to the courts to be joined or appear as witnesses to the matters in question instead of advocating and calling for actions that could throw the state into an unimaginable crisis.”