Uneasy calm in Okorocha’s camp over Uzodinma appointments - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Uneasy calm in Okorocha’s camp over Uzodinma appointments

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s camp in Imo State appears uncomfortable with the first setl appointments of the new governor of the State, Senator Hope Uzodinma which did not favour his (Okorocha’s) boys.
Okorocha had immediately after the Supreme Court judgment which declared Uzodinma winner, assured his foot-soldiers that his contribution towards the emergence of the new governor. He was however taken aback at the very first appointments of the governor which included the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Attorney General and Chief Press Secretary.
This has resulted in an unusual calmness in his camp and apparently causing the former governor to resort to political gimmicks where he massages the governor’s ego, and pleading for acceptance in the full glare of the public.
As if that was not enough, his ALGON chairmen who were suspended by the immediate-past government and whose hope was rekindled by the emergence of the new governor, recently received the biggest shock of their lives when the governor announced that local government councils in the 27 LGA be manned by the Directors of Administration and General Services DAGS pending the conduct of local government councils elections.
In spite of the fact that Governor Uzodinma has assured that the two factions in the party have now come together, Imo people seem uncomfortable with any perceived domineering influence of the former governor which may have informed the decision to keep him at bay.
Some pundits have alleged that there are reports of warnings to the new governor from Imo people to avoid Senator Rochas Okorocha and his surrogates if the government must succeed.
Such reports notwithstanding, it is believed that the former governor is seriously lobbying to incorporate his boys in the next line of appointments in the state.

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