By Chukwudi Ikpe
A non-governmental organization, Nigeria Patriots Pioneers Liberation Movement has called on the Imo State House of Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, take constitutional legislative measures to impeach the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha if he fails to conduct elections in the local government councils in the state on or before the month of May 2018.
The National Coordinator of the group, Hon. Prince C. O. Omenka, while briefing journalists in Owerri recalled that on assumption of office in 2011, the governor arbitrarily dissolved all the 27 local government councils which were democratically elected by the people and replaced them with political stooges called caretaker committees.
He accused the governor of running the councils as private and personal empire without regard to democratic norms.
The elder statesman and former frontline political activist in the first and second republics noted that the dissolution of the democratically elected local government councils by the governor is a deliberate design to dethrone democratic governance with anarchy and dictatorship.
He said that Imolites have been marginalized for too long in many ways which include unemployment, hardship, suffering, diseases, hunger and starvation leading to incessant and untimely deaths, nonpayment of workers’ salaries and allowances, nonpayment of pensions as at when due, marginalization of the judiciary and non-payment of rights and privileges to the physically challenged, condemning all these in its totality.
The elder statesman who is 90 years old threatened that organized civil societies in Imo State will resort to constitutional recall proceedings to unseat all the members of the House of Assembly if they fail to impeach the governor for alleged gross misconduct.
The organization also called on the Head of State, President Mohammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to take urgent steps to review and annul the section of the constitution which empowers the governors to dissolve and run the local government councils as their personal empire and to grant the 774 local government councils full autonomy.
By Chukwudi Ikpe