Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, has accused Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and other leaders of the party of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and detain him.
The embattled governor made these accusations in his fundamental right suits he filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to him, the anti-graft and other security agencies had been instructed to arrest and detain him after the handover on May 29.
Okorocha who is the Chairman of the ruling APC Governors Forum was suspended by the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee for anti-party activities.
He had also repeatedly accused the leadership of his party of being behind his predicament.
Okorocha recently alleged that leaders of his party were behind the reason why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refused to give him his Certificate of Return as a senator-elect in Imo State.
The governor further cried out that the evil he feared in the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had befallen him 10 times in the party he help founded and brought into power.
He alleged that the leaders in his party were now terrorizing his political ambition, his business associates, his wife and children.
In the suits, he listed; Uloma Rochas, Uju Rochas, Uchechi Rochas, Ahamefula Rochas, Amen Rochas, Amamchi Rochas, Uzoma Anwukah and Uche Nwosu as his associates and family members being terrorized by the APC for crimes he is innocent of.
Okorocha said that he had received at least 25 invitations from the EFCC and other agencies “in purported investigation of projects executed by the state government in a bid to find some materials to justify their conclusion that he is guilty of corrupt practices.”
Consequently, he begged the court to restrain the EFCC, Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police, the Code of Conduct Bureau, and other anti-corruption agencies from arresting him or his family members.
Okorocha says that Oshiomhole is instigating these agencies against him because he believe he (Okorocha) was behind the APC Chairman alleged arrest in 2018.
The governor’s suit reads below in part;
“The applicant had supported a candidate for the position of National Chairman of the APC other than the current incumbent, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and by reason of various events that occurred at the time, including the detention of Mr Adams Oshiomhole by the EFCC on allegations of corruption, it was assumed that the applicant was a party to that incident.
“Some of the supporters of Adams Oshiomhole at the time are currently very influential in the Federal Government of Nigeria which is controlled by the APC.
“These individuals, including the said current national chairman have decided to carry out a vendetta and revenge against the applicant, including instigating the respondents against the applicant upon their spurious conclusion without evidence that the applicant is guilty of corrupt practices as the governor of Imo State.
“The respondents, proceeding from this position that the applicant is guilty unless proved innocent, between 2017 and now, have extended not less than 25 invitations to the applicant in purported investigation of projects executed by the state government in a bid to find some materials to justify their conclusion that he is guilty of corrupt practices.
“This witch-hunt is clearly politically motivated, baseless, and has been designed only to discredit and humiliate the applicant in a bid to decimate him politically.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.