A chieftain and former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, SAN, has raised alarm over alleged threat to his life by governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
In a statement issued in Owerri, Chief Ahamba who is also the lead counsel to the PDP governorship candidate in Imo, Chief Emeka Ihedioha at the election petition tribunal alleged that the governor and his cohorts have been worried about him and his key witnesses over the pending election petition.
His words, “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 happen to be the lead counsel for Chief Emeka Ihedioha and the PDP in the election petition.
“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 continue 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.
He stated that he had treated those warnings with levity but noted that he was wrong to have ignored the threats because “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,” he said.
Ahamba who declared he was not in fear over the threat however called on the security agencies to protect him and his witnesses at the tribunal proceedings.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary, to the governor, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo dismissed the allegation as mere figment of Ahamba’s imagination saying the governor has no intention to kill Ahamba or anyone else.
Onwuemeodo who urged the public to ignore the claims by the legal luminary, accused Chief Ahamba of deliberately attempting to heat up the polity and insisted that he is no threat to Okorocha’s victory because he has hardly won any tribunal matter in the past.

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