The Lead Counsel For The Governorship Candidate Of The Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Emeka Ihedioha And In The State Election Petition Tribunal, Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, Has Raised The Alarm That Governor Rochas Okorocha Is Threatening His Life.
Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
The Lead Counsel for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha and in the state Election Petition tribunal, Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, SAN, has raised the alarm that Governor Rochas Okorocha is threatening his life.
Ahamba, in a statement issued at the weekend, said it has become imperative for him to alert the world about plans by the governor to eliminate him following his persistent challenge of the governor’s victory at the tribunal.
Part of the statement reads thus, “For about two weeks now, leaks from the Government House have carried the information that Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his cohorts have been concerned about me and my key witnesses, particularly Mr. Emmanuel Iwuamadi of Ngugo, Ikeduru, over the pending governorship election petition between him and Chief Emeka Ihedioha.
The very reliable information came from three different unrelated sources connected to Government House. “I was informed by these sources that Owelle Rachas Okorocha who, is generally rumoured to have a hit squad, had instructed them to stop me and my Special Assistant who is a key witness, if I continued to remain stubborn to his warnings to me to withdraw the election petition.
Since I had received threats in the course of engaging in this profession before now, which threat I have always ignored, I assumed the same attitude although the Governor had issued warnings to me directly and through my wife after the burial of Honourable Justice Mary Peter Odili’s mother at Obizi on 13th June, 2015.
I had treated those warnings as a social joke. It now appears that I got it all wrong; it appears that Owelle means business. “I decided to issue this statement for information of the Nigeria Public at home and abroad and security agencies of this nation following the information received after Owelle’s last meeting with Imo State Traditional Rulers, during which he insolently stood Traditional Rulers from Mbaise area of Imo State up and sent a threat through them to me to the effect that if my client and I persisted in prosecuting this petition he would extract his ‘pound of flesh’ from us.
With the reportage of this meeting by a national daily of high repute, the This Day Newspaper of 3rd July, 2015, it would amount to irresponsibility over my personal security, those of my clients and witnesses, and the future of my family and numerous dependants if I continued to treat the threat as a social joke. This is not a case of thirty ducats as in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’, but about human lives.