Decorum was thrown to the wind on Saturday during a burial mass for the mother of Alex Mbata at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma, Imo State as officials of the Imo State government, and some All Progressive Congress (APC) members verbally attacked Archbishop Anthony J.V Obinna for criticizing the “evil” plan by governor Rochas Okorocha to hand over power to Uche Nwosu (his son-in-law) in 2019.
A catholic priest, who was at the mass and who pleaded anonymity, told CHECKPOINTCHARLEY that trouble started when Archbishop Obinna categorically told Mr. Nwosu to his face that he was not qualified to be governor. The man of God said that what Imo needed was a seasoned administrator.
The cleric reminded the crowd, which included Okorocha’s wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, Senator Sam Daddy and other top APC members in the state, how Imo people have lost their dignity and are suffering under Okorocha’s “dictatorship”. He therefore called on Imolites to resist the attempt by the governor to install Nwosu as his successor, asking them to go and get their PVC.
His critic did not go down well with the government officials and APC members, who disrupted the mass as they started causing trouble, pointing fingers and throwing insults at the Archbishop.
“In the confusion that ensued, Archbishop Obinna remained calm where he was seated in the altar despite their insults, but their attacks infuriated those present, who wanted to physically attack the government officials but were stopped by Obinna,” the source said.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY understands that the GMC ENTRACO, Jeff Nwoha spearheaded the verbal attack on the archbishop.
Another source said that Nwoha was acting on the orders of Okorocha’s Chief of Staff. There is no way to independently verify this allegation. But at least, Nwosu, as well as the governor’s wife condoned the misbehaviour of the members of their entourage to the burial. Neither of them was seen calming their people down.
Attempts to reach Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeudo fr comments were futile as at the time of filing this report.
See below video of the altercation for yourself…