By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI— Following the confusion currently raging over the leadership structure in the 27 local government areas, Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has invited the elected local government chairmen for a discussion slated for Friday.
Governor Okorocha, who extended the invitation to the elected council chairmen while addressing newsmen, equally insisted that the rule of law must be upheld and respected, even as he expressed shock over the reaction of the Attorney General of the Federation.
“As father of the state, I will always uphold the rule of law, as well as protect the interest of everyone in the state”, Okorocha said.
Continuing, the governor said he was really concerned about what he termed “the unnecessary controversy surrounding the judgment of the Court of Appeal”, stressing that government had already gone on appeal to the highest court of the land.
“A motion for stay of execution has also been filed. When I took office, I swore to uphold the rule of law and I am aware that once an application for stay of execution is pending in a court, the status quo remains”, Okorocha reasoned.
“The comment credited to the Attorney General of the Federation, which generated the controversy, may have emanated from sheer misinformation about the true situation on ground. I am dismayed at the resort to self help by the council chairmen with the active connivance of the police acting as the sheriff without proper court order”, Okorocha said.
The governor appealed to Imolites to remain calm, as well as urged parties to the suit to avoid breach of law, order and peace that has continued to reign in the state.