No end in sight

Concerned citizens from Imo State have appealed for caution and early resolution of the political impasse between the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) local government chairmen.

No end appears yet in sight as the ding dong affair continues over who heads the 27 local government areas in the state.

And since Thursday July 5, this year, when the Appeal Court reinstated the PDP Chairmen and their councilors, who were sacked at the onset by Gov. Okorocha, a stalemate had persisted in the councils causing palpable tension.

Speaking on the impasse, one of the PDP chairmen of Owerri Municipal, Sir Emma Odor told Christian Voice that “nothing is happening” in the local government.

“It is left for the Imo people to judge” he said.

At  Ikeduru, a PDP supervisory councilor representing Ngugo-Ikembara ward, Sir Cliff Oforajoku, said that they stand on the rule of law in the pursuit of the case adding that they were reinstated by the court.

However, the case, took a new turn when the government dissolved the councils on grounds that their tenure of approved two years had expired.

This forced the chairmen back to court to determine whether the two-year term which came into effect when they were already in office affected them.

A visit to council headquarters in the State by Christian Voice revealed that most local government staff are not very comfortable with the present scenario and prayed for early resolution of the conflict.

Majority of them who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, only the Almighty God knows the beginning and the end of the present impasse.

Speaking on the present impasse, a senior citizen and public opinion analyst said, only a court of competent jurisdiction can deads on this matter.  Anthers simply said, let justice be done, praying that God would give the parties concerned wisdom to resolve the matter in earnest.

Meanwhile, a special committees has been constituted by the Imo House of Assembly, with Hon. Stan Dava as Chairman to resolve the lingering impasse. But  PDP through its legal Adviser, Barr. Chief C.O.C. Akaolisa is said to have rejected the peace move, saying, the matter is still pending in the Federal High Court Abuja, with suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/483/2012.

To date, it has been accusations and counter accusations, injunction sand counter injunctions, allegations of destabilization of the state and alleged threats to lives.

Added to the impasse is the alleged refusal by the authorities of the Imo State House of Assembly to swear in Hon Eugene Dibiagwu, member-elect for Oguta, in the just-concluded bye-election.

The new development opened more fronts in the war in which APGA, PDP, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Imo State are combatants.