ByÂ Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The 63 members of Imo State Expanded Executive Council rose from an emergency meeting in Owerri, yesterday, denouncing their membership of the Ifeanyi Araraume/Chief Achike Udenwa political alliance.
They affirmed their unflinching support for Governor Ikedi Ohakim and his administration. The signatories to the document, which is largely seen as â€œa documented oathâ€, included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ada Okwuonu, the Secretary to State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, all the Commissioners and other political appointees.
Stating that Ohakim offered them the opportunity to serve the state in various capacities, the deponents said, â€œweÂ are not members of Destiny Organisation/ Redemption 98 Organisationâ€.
Ohakimâ€™s appointees said that they â€œshall continue to defend all government programmes and policies that will ultimately lead to the transformation of this state into a model modern stateâ€.
They further declared, â€œwe are aware that some people are using our names to deceive people in our various wards and local governments as conveners of meetings of Destiny and Redemption Organisationsâ€, adding that they owe Ohakim and the state 100 percent loyalty.
According to those who spoke to Vanguard on the current development, they were of the view that it may not be unconnected to the recent contrived alliance of the campaign outfits of Senator Ifeanyi Araraumeâ€™s Destiny Organisation and Chief Achike Udenwaâ€™s Redemption 98, which has continued to cause ripples in the state.