Prince Eze Madumere, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, has dissociated himself from supposed settlement move between him and Governor Rochas Okorocha, allegedly being organized by family members of the governor, describing it as a figment of the imagination of the peddlers.
The relationship between Governor Okorocha and his deputy, who has been his long time friend and political ally got bitter when the governor endorsed his son- in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu
OKOROCHA WITH MADUMERE
In a press statement signed by his media aide, Uche Onwuchekwa, Madumere expressed surprise over the report and said he only got to know about the purported reconciliation through barrage of calls and text messages by concerned Imo citizens. He said there was nothing on the table to call for such reconciliation.
“I only got to know about the said reconciliation between me and the state governor through the barrage of calls and text messages by concerned Imo citizens, who wanted to verify if it was, indeed, true. For me, there is nothing on the table to warrant such reconciliation.”
Madumere further said he only disagreed with his boss and friend of many years, Governor Okorocha, on principle, with the resolve to pursue his political goal, which is to contest the governorship, through which he hopes to provide real and positive leadership to the good people of Imo in 2019.
He, therefore, charged his numerous supporters and Imolites not to take such rumours serious, according to him “This is a form of distraction, and I will not fall for such cheap blackmail,” the statement said.
Meanwhile a social cultural organization Olu Owerri has insisted that Madumere should not go for any reconciliation with Okorocha. According to the group, the rift between the two is divine and timely.
Addressing reporters in Owerri, the President General of the group, Chief Martin Opara made it clear that Prince Madumere’s Character and disposition were that of consistency and decisiveness, wondering what could attract him to return to Egypt after being deprived of most of his rights and entitlements as the Deputy Governor in the last five years by a man he gave his best. In his words: ” we are aware that Prince Madumere was denied most his benefits and sidelined from a Government he suffered to bring on board just because he expressed different views from the anti-people policies of his boss. He was blackmailed by touts in the government because he stood against the illegal and forceful demolition of Ekeukwu Market; because he spoke against cuts in civil servants salaries and the demolition of New Market, mechanic Village, native markets and banning of keke operation in Imo at the time people were preparing for Christmas celebrations and raising funds for payment of children’s school fees.”
Chief Opara assured that Owerri people are convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that Prince Madumere has perpetually cut the umbilical cord that was binding him with Rochas having moved on in the struggle of joining hands with other like minds to stop the rape of Imo State by one man.
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