Okorocha Blames Abuja Politicians For Charly Boy’s Action At Dad’s Burial


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has blamed Abuja-based Imo politicians for the embarrassment he received in the hands of Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy) at the funeral mass of his late father and eminent jurist, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oguta on Friday.

Charly Boy had upstaged the Imo State governor and prevented him from speaking at the funeral mass as protocols demanded.

But in a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Okorocha accused Abuja-based Imo politicians of instigating the insult and embarrassment meted out to him at the church.

According to Okorocha, it was “highly regrettable that the son of the late Justice, Mr Charles Emeka Oputa, aka, Charly Boy threw caution to the wind and turned the church service into a political theater that saw him acting or playing out the script he drafted in Abuja with some Imo politicians” who he said had remained cowed by his overwhelming popularity.

The statement disclosed that the Imo State governor had worked together with Charly Boy both when the late Justice was sick, until the time he died and the preparation for the burial which also encouraged Okorocha to make substantial financial input and also organised a special day of tribute for the late Justice at the expense of state government with Charly Boy also present with other members of the family.

“This is why the sudden change of character of Charly Boy at the church service, in which case, he insisted that the governor would not talk as protocol demanded, could not be understood, except that he was acting out the script handed over to him by some of the gubernatorial aspirants from the state who might have been rattled by the thunderous ovation that greeted the governor by the crowd when he was first introduced.

“At a function like that, protocol had demanded that the host governor must talk before any other speaker. But Senator Pius Anyim representing President was first called to talk. Ideally, as a representative of the president, there was no way Senator Anyim would not have talked at the event. But protocol would have seen the governor talking first to welcome the invitees to the service as the host governor.

“Perhaps afraid of the popularity of Governor Okorocha among the Imo populace that has always made them to hail him wherever and whenever he talks, the few politicians from the state in Abuja who are desperate to capture power in the state in 2015, saw a willing tool in Charly Boy for them to ensure that the governor would not talk at the event.

“We condemn that ugly incident. And also wish to advise politicians from the state to stop heating the polity over power since God is the giver of power. In 2015, God will decide who will govern Imo State and when God decides that, there is nothing anybody can do about it,” the statement said.


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