Court summons Okorocha over alleged breach of peace
guardian.ng Sep 11, 2019 4:43 AM
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. Photo/OwelleRochas/
State Magistrate Court sitting in Owerri has ordered former Governor
Rochas Okorocha to appear before it on October 8, 2019, for alleged
breach of public peace.
The summons dated September 5, which had
the state’s attorney-general as the complainant, also ordered that
Okorocha, who is now representing Imo West in the Senate, should be
served “by pasting same at his Spibat residence and publishing same in
any daily newspaper within the state.”
The order reads, “It is
hereby ordered that the defendant appears in court on October 8, 2019 to
show cause why he should not be ordered to enter into a recognisance
for keeping the peace and to be of good behaviour towards the
“Complaint has made that you (Okorocha) have
consistently been in the deplorable habit of fomenting trouble and
inciting your supporters to disobey the government of the day; that you
have been in the habit of making seditious and inciting statements
against the government.”
Meanwhile, Okorocha, through his Special
Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, denied fomenting any trouble,
describing the order as embarrassing and a bad example.
another development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo West has
rejected the ruling of the election petition tribunal on the March 9,
2019 senatorial election in the area, describing it as unacceptable,
miscarriage of justice and a rape on democracy.
sitting in Abuja had on Monday sustained the declaration of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Okorocha, as the winner of the
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri yesterday, Imo West PDP
chairman, Chief Alloy Igwe, said that the election was marred by
violence and irregularities, and as such should not have stood.
said the party would stand behind its candidate, Jones Onyereri, to
seek a better judgement at the Court of Appeal that would represent the
true mandate of the people.
“We feel very bad over the judgement.
We look at it as one that has deprived people of their right of
participation in politics. It is a rape of people’s representation,” he
In the same vein, some political leaders in the area,
including Chief Chris Anyiam and Nze Eze Ugochukwu, have described the
tribunal’s verdict as an aberration to the ethos of democracy.