The Rochas Okorocha Campaign team was swift in disputing speculations that there were discussions to step down for Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume at a price tag of N5Billion. In a Phone conversation with IMO STATE BLOG, Campaign Chief of Staff, Prince Eze Madumere intimated that, although there have been propositions from ACN, Okwelle Rochas Okorocha had no intentions to step down.
Prince Eze Madumere who was released yesterday after spending 21 days in custody at the Nigerian Prison, Owerri also disclosed that his arrest was one of the many schemes orchestrated by Gov.Ikedi Ohakim to distabilize the Rochas Okorocha Campaign.
” When the former President Obasanjo visited Imo State, some people threw satches of water at him, the Imo State Government came looking for Owelle, in his absence, I was arrested. I spent 21 days. Now I am in Abuja for check up. “
Earlier this month, Prince Eze Madumere and 18 others were arraigned a five-count charge of attempted murder, conspiracy, and illegal assembly. According to the charge No.OW/129/C/2011, the suspects were accused of attempting unlawfully to kill the state governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 32 (1) of the criminal code cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 as applicable to Imo State.
They were accused of mobilising and illegally assembling thugs on Thursday, March 31, with the aim of disrupting the final campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state causing a breakdown of law and order, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, as applicable to the state.
Unshaken by the experience at the Prison while in detention, Prince Eze Madumere firmly stated that, if subjeted to pass through the ordeal again as a result of his commitment to Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in the liberation struggle for Imo State, he will glady do it over again.
In other news, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has commended the Imo State Judiciary on the bail granted to his supporters. He praised Justice Ahanonu Ben Njemanze, the Hon. Chief Judge of Imo State for exhibiting high sense of responsibility and courage in freeing the detainees.