The South-East Governors Forum has intervened in the clash between the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma and the state’s former governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Supporters of the two leaders clashed on February 21 when Okorocha allegedly unsealed the Royal Spring Palm Hotel that was initially locked by the Imo State Government on February 19.
However, the Imo Police Command later waded into the situation, leading to the arrest of Okorocha, who is a serving senator representing Imo West Senatorial district.
Speaking on the development, chairman of the forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, said the forum has intervened in the matter.
A statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nwaze disclosed that both parties have reached a compromise following the forum’s intervention.
Part of the statement read, “South-East leaders are capable of settling their disputes internally instead of washing their linen in public.
“We sue for calm among the supporters of both leaders to ensure a timely and amicable resolution of the disagreement.”
Consequently, Umahi sued for peace as he urged residents to avoid statements that could provoke another clash in the state.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command has confirmed the release of Okorocha following his arrest on Sunday.
According to the spokesperson for the state police command, Orlando Ikeokwu, the former governor was “invited for questioning” over the unsealing the Spring Palm Hotel linked to his wife, Nkechi.
Providing updates on the development, the PPRO said, “He was released later at night. If anybody is found culpable, definitely, he will be charged to court. If investigation proves that he (Okorocha) has committed an offence, he will be charged to court.”
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