The South-East Governors Forum has said it is capable of settling the dispute between Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State, and Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of the state.
David Umahi, Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, made this known in a statement on Monday.
According to the statement signed by Francis Nwaze, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Umahi, the forum appealed for calm among supporters of both leaders.
“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.
“They should also shun provocative statements as we work towards restoring normalcy to the situation,” the statement read.
The Imo State Government had on Friday sealed the Royal Palm Spring Estate, Akachi, in Owerri, the Imo State capital, purportedly owned by Nkechi, wife of the former governor, after the state Judicial Commission of Enquiry directed that all illegal lands and structures acquired by the previous administrations between 2006 and 2019 should be taken over by the government.
However, on Sunday, the former governor shortly he was arrested accused Governor Uzodinma, of empowering his aides to hire “more than 1000 thugs” to attack him.
But according to Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information, the sealing of the state was in line with the report of a White Paper, which indicated that the Royal Spring Palm Estate in the state was built with taxpayers’ money and that the former Governor will be charged to court today.