From Sondhi Aigbe, Imo State
A pressure group in Orlu Zone of Imo State known as G-35 has urged state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to relieve his Chief of Staff (CoS), Sir Jude Ejiogu of his appointment.
The group led by Chief Uche Nwosu, a lawyer alleged that Sir Ejiogu has proved by his recent meetings and/or telephone conversations with opposition figures to be a saboteur to the administration.
Briefing newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday, Chief Nwosu claimed that Sir Ejiogu who also doubles as Commissioner for Special Duties has held meetings or telephone conversations with such opposition figures as Senator Ifeanyi Araraume who incidentally is his in-law, Senator Arthur Nzeribe, Chief Martin Agbaso and Chief Jerry Chukwueke.
The group which said it has the call-logs of Sir Ejiogu’s telephone conversations with these politicians maintained that the CoS’ activities of late were geared towards assisting the opposition gained an upper-hand.
Chief Nwosu warned Sir Ejiogu to desist from attending any such meeting in Orlu Zone again, saying that it would ensure he was arrested and put in the gulag if he dares the group.
The group regretted that Gov. Okorocha may not know the full import of the office of a CoS, reason, the group said he has continued to appoint people who are not his closest confidants.
Chief Nwosu cited former governors Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim as people who understood the importance of the office and appointed their kinsmen who could not have betrayed them under any circumstance.
‘Do you know whether the governor really understand who a CoS is? A governor cannot make much impact if discussions between him and his CoS are disseminated to outsiders. Ejiogu sits in his office writing petitions. Now, he has started holding meetings and telephone conversations with opposition. Ejiogu should know we are watching him and if he doubts us, we will expose him.’ Chief assured.
All efforts made to get Sir Ejiogu to respond to the allegation proved abortive. A text message was fired to his mobile line which he did not respond to. When contacted on phone, he could not pick or return the call but sent a text message, saying he was busy and directing the reporter to call again.
Repeated calls put to his phone thereafter were not picked and he did not return the calls.
Same thing was applicable to his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ikenna Onuoha who failed to respond to calls put to his phone. Onuoha also did not reply text sent to him on Wednesday night.