The Imo State government wishes to take exception to the ugly scenario that played out at the funeral church service for the late Justice Chikwudifu Oputa, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oguta.
It is highly regrettable that the son of the late Justice, Mr Charles Emeka Oputa, aka, Charly Boy threw caution to the wind and turned the church service into a political theater that saw him acting or playing out the script he drafted in Abuja with some Imo politicians who have remained cowed by the overwhelming popularity of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The Imo State governor had worked together with Mr Charly Boy both when the late Justice was sick, until the time he died and the preparation for the burial which also encouraged the state governor to make substantial financial input and also organized a special day of tribute for the late Justice at the expense of state government with Charly Boy also present with other members of the family.
This is why the sudden change of character of Charly Boy at the church service, in which case, he insisted that the governor would not talk as protocol demanded could not be understood, except that he was acting out the script handed over to him by some of the gubernatorial aspirants from the state who might have been rattled by the thunderous ovation that greeted the governor by the crowd when he was first introduced.
At a function like, that protocol had demanded that the host governor must talk before any other speaker. But Senator Pius Anyim representing President was first called to talk. Ideally, as a repsentative of the president, there was no way Senator Anyim would not have talked at the event. But protocol would have seen the governor talking first to welcome the invitees to the service as the host governor.
Perhaps afraid of the popularity of governor Okorocha among the Imo populace that has always made them to hail him where ever and whenever he talks, the few politicians from the state in Abuja who are desperate to capture power in the state in 2015, saw a willing tool in charly Boy for them to ensure that the governor would not talk at the event.
We condemn that ugly incident. And also wish to advise politicians from the state to stop heating the polity over power since God is the giver of power. In 2015, God will decide who will governor Imo State and when God decides that, there is nothing anybody can do about it.
And for Charly Boy, we ask God to bless him.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
For those who do not understand what this Press statement is all about, this is what happened according our friends at Leadership who witnessed the ugly incident,
“the burial of the late Supreme court justice, Chukwudifu Oputa, was turned dramatic yesterday as the son of the late judge, Charles Oputa popularly known as Charleyboy humiliated the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha during the memorial service at the Sacred heart catholic church, Oguta.
In fact Charleyboy almost fought the governor for attempting to make his speech at the occasion.
The self-acclaimed “area fada” seemed ready to explode all through the event and Okorocha was unfortunate to be the first person to draw the musician’s ire as Charleyboy jumped up from his seat to snatch the microphone from the governor when he attempted to make his speech. Even pleas by Rev-Fr Mathew Kukah, who officiated at the service, to Charley boy to allow the governor make his speech fell on on deaf ears.”