Former Imo governor Rochas Okorocha has emerged from Sunday’s arrest with political braggadocio.
Police arrested and questioned Okorocha on Sunday after he unsealed an estate linked the his wife, Nkechi. The property had been seized by current Imo governor Hope Uzodimma.
Okorocha was later released on medical grounds but 14 of his aides were arraigned in court on Monday and granted a total of N70 million bail.
The former governor is blowing hot after the episode. He told supporters in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Monday that the Nigerian presidency compelled Uzodimma to release him.
Okorocha accused the governor of chasing shadows and predicted that things might end badly for the current administration.
“The way Governor Hope Uzodimma is going, he may not end well as governor,” Okorocha said.
“Insecurity is ravaging Orlu. Over 10 houses were burnt in Oguta yesterday (Sunday).
“He knows what he is doing; he wants everybody to fear him. Instead of him to face governance and pay salaries and security in the state, he is busy chasing shadows of violence.”
Former commissioner for youth and sports, Kenneth Emelu, an Okorocha loyalist, also said “no power will stop” Okorocha from succeeding Muhammadu Buhari as the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Emelu, who spoke when a crowd of supporters visited the former governor at his Spibat mansion in Owerri, said “no power in Africa, even in the world” would stop a man whose time has come.