Outgoing governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha may now have more to worry about as an Imo Diaspora Group launches a campaign to help all those the governor took their land to recover them.
The group announced this on its website, http://rochastookmyland.com/ launched on Wednesday, saying its mission is to help Imolites get back their lands, which were wrongly taken from them by Okorocha.
The mission statement read, “Did Gov Rochas forcefully take your land?
“Did Gov Rochas illegally revoke your land?
“Did Gov Rochas steal your land?
“Did Gov Rochas sell your land?
“Dear Imoliles, rest assured help is on the way.”
The group said it is gathering details of people who lost their land(s), assuring that “every single land will be recovered.”
It wrote, “We have all observed the actions of Gov. Rochas Okorocha in the last eight years as he drove the affairs of our beloved state into the ground. Thus, we have no choice but to get involved in the rebuilding of the great state of Imo.
“To this end, this website is established to properly document, identify and help anyone whose land/s were forcefully taken or illegally revoked by the Okorocha Administration; and begin the REAL process of reclaiming their Lands.
Mr. Okorocha, who had a controversial tenure as governor, has been widely accused by Imo people of prosecuting an “insatiable” land acquisition for himself, family and cronies – misusing the instrument of power.
He is currently engrossed in the fight to get a certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo-West from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Okorocha says he won the election, having been delcared winner by the returning officer.
However, the returning officer, Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi, had said on Live-Television that he declared Okorocha winner of the senatorial poll “under duress.”
Based on this, INEC withheld Okorocha’s certificate of return.
“Even if Okorocha eventually goes to the senate, that won’t stop us from getting justice for those he oppressed,” a member of the Diaspora group told CHECKPOINTCHARLEY in a chat.
“Me and you know that a senator enjoys no immunity from criminal prosecution, so nothing can save Okorocha if in the process criminal activities are uncovered.
“The sins of Mr. Okorocha against those who made his governorship possible in the first place, are simply too many to be forgiven.
“Justice has to be served,” he said.
Okorocha’s tenure as governor ends on May, 29.