From Everest Ezihe, Owerri
A socio-political group, Save Imo, has insisted that the constitutional tenure of the 27 Interim Management Committee (IMC) for the 27 Local Government Area of Imo State appointed over a year ago by Governor Hope Uzodimma to oversee the activities of the council areas have expired and should be sack with immediate effect as any further official activities by any of them means usurpation of power and a constitutional rape.
According to the Founder of the group and whistleblower, Chief Ebube Ekenulo, in a statement made available to the Authority Newspaper in Owerri said that “by law, the tenure of appointed Interim Committee Chairmen have expired as they have been in office for over one year now”.
Ekenulo further said that “All, every and any actions these expired Interim management committee chairmen takes or took a minute after the expiration of their appointments/tenures are illegal, null and void including collecting salaries and allowances.
Illegality does not beget legality!” he advised.
He passionately appealed to the speaker of IMHA, House leadership and Honorable members to perform their oversight functions and duties with unprecedented courage as elected representatives of the people.
The Social Crusader reiterated the need for Imo House of Assembly members to perform their legislative duties to the glory of God and their constituents noting that he never advised them to fight the Governor but they shouldn’t be Executive rubber stamp at the detriment of the people they represent.
The group leader also accused the IMC, Chairmen of fomenting crisis in the Town Unions in the State.
Ekenulo pointed out that “the Interim Management Committee chairmen have no business whatsoever and legal toga interfering with Town Unions leadership and who becomes President General.
“To impose Town Union leadership or President General or dissolve an elected Town Union leadership or President General by any IMC chairmen is excessively an abuse of power, impunity of the highest order and illegality which must be resisted by the people of such community or communities” he advised.
He further advised the state government on the need to deploy civil disobedience as doctrine of necessity to checkmate and counter the alleged power drunk IMC chairmen whose tenure he insisted have expired.
The social crusader accused some of the IMC Chairmen of going about collecting bribe to fix and impose unpopular President Generals on communities arguing that the action have done more harm to the government of the day than good, thus debasing the rising popularity of His Excellency !
He appealed to community leaders in Imo state not to allow any IMC chairman t to foist a President General on their throats saying that they should resist it as gallants of the people.
According to him “Community based associations/Unions should be left alone to drive social developments in community where they are domiciled without undue interference from government quarters.
“His Excellency is hereby advised to be extremely careful with these IMC chairmen, do not allow them to sabotage your government with lip services and unbridled sycophancy and do not allow them to jeopardise the foundation base of your 2nd term except you do not want do a 2nd term” he stated.