An apex political body of the Imo West Senatorial District, Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA) has chided former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Imo East senatorial zone, Chief Uche Onyeagocha for applauding banditry and hooliganism in Orlu and Imo state in general.

In his swift reaction, Onyeagocha, who attacked the State Government over the recent killing in Awomama, denied having a hand in insecurity in the State.

The group however noted that Onyeagocha by his action was instigating and promoting banditry, hooliganism and other criminal activities in the state.

Addressing newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, the National President of the Consultative Assembly, Rex Anunobi in a statement entitled: “Insecurity in Orlu zone, Imo State exposing Uche Onyeagocha and His accomplices” the association regretted that while Governor Uzodimma is doing his best to end insecurity in the state, the PDP senatorial flagbearer and his alleged accomplices had developed a penchant for attacking the government.

“Rather than commend Governor Uzodimma’s synergy with the security agencies that is restoring normalcy and peace in Orlu zone, Onyeagocha apparently for his desperation for power has unstatesmanly resorted to instigating another wave of insecurity in the zone and Imo State with his unguarded statements and unwarranted attacks on Governor Uzodimma, the government of Imo State and security agencies.”

The group called on Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Barrister COC Akaolisa to recommence a pending trial of Onyeagocha for alleged criminal conduct against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state in 2019.

It enjoined the nation’s electoral body to disqualify ex SSG for allegedly invading the governorship collation centre of the electoral umpire in 2019, during which he reportedly disrupted the exercise, torn and chewed result sheets in full glare of the public.

Reacting, Onyeagocha dismissed the group’s threat saying that he is willing to subject himself to any legal action.

“I am willing to make myself available for any charge against me. Imo government should commence the court proceedings as quickly as possible,” he said.

He said that he has given the Government 14 days to start the process of prosecuting him or forever remain silence.

According to him: “INEC cannot disqualify me because I have not committed any electoral offence, anybody who wants to go to court should go rather than stay in a hotel in Owerri dish out orders.”