Many members of “I believe Movement” pushing for the enthronement Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as next governor of Imo State narrowly escaped death on Monday in Mbaitoli when they clashed with supporters of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere.
Both Nwosu and Madumere are scheming to succeed Okorocha. Though Nwosu has been “anointed by his father in-law to succeed him. Okorocha had last week publicly announced that he would support his son-in-law, who is currently his chief of staff, should he declare interest in the governorship seat.
The clash reportedly happened during a political meeting at the council hall of the Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Nworubi, where the supporters of Okorocha’s son-in-law had gone to endorse him for the 2019 governorship election. It is understood that the deputy governor hails from the local government.
Sources at the meeting told the Punch that the political group, “I Believe Movement,” and the supporters of the deputy governor attacked themselves with dangerous weapons immediately the mission of the visitors was announced.
It is gathered that many people sustained varying degrees of injury during the free-for-all. Some members of the I Believe Movement, were said to have ran home half naked when the indigenes overpowered them.
Many lives would have been lost but for the prompt intervention of the police.
An indigene of the LGA who was at the meeting, said the pro-Nwosu supporters had sent them a short message service inviting the members of the community to the meeting without stating its agenda.
The indigenes, according to the source, became enraged when the visitors announced that the essence of the political gathering was to endorse Okorocha’s son-in-law for governor, the newspaper reported.
“The members of I Believe Movement took us for granted. They came to our Local Government Area to endorse the governor’s son-in-law against our son, Madumere who is the deputy governor of the state.
“They want to use us to score a cheap political point against the deputy governor who is our son. The annoying aspect is that they didn’t inform us why they invited us.
“Immediately we realised what their plan was, we told them categorically that we are supporting our son,who is the incumbent deputy governor for the governorship election.
“They started shouting ‘I Believe Movement in support of Uche Nwosu’ and we started shouting Madumere. They picked offence and started fighting us,” the source explained.
The indigenes had to call for reinforcement which led to a bloody clash, the source added.
“Our people regrouped and came to the hall to save us .they started using stones, bottles and other weapons on us.”
Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said he had yet to be briefed when he was contacted but the Coordinator of I Believe Movement, Lawrence Achinihu, confirmed the bloody clash. According to him, it happened when some indigenes of the town tried to disrupt the political gathering.
“They came to disrupt the meeting by shouting ‘Madumere, Madumere’ as they knew that we were in the area to seek support for Nwosu. And this led to a disagreement and hot argument.”
Imo people are very hostile to Governor Okorocha’s plot to hand over power to his daughter’s husband.