The first son of late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Charly boy, yesterday disgraced Governor Rochas Okorocha at a requiem mass organised for his father at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Oguta, Imo State. Charly Boy brazenly denied politicians including Governor Okorocha from giving their speeches. According to reports, Charly Boy, got up immediately Governor Okorocha was called to make his speech and aggressively snatched the microphone from the Governor. He almost fought the Governor for attempting to make his speech at the occasion. This happened shortly after the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, barely finished reciting the President’s condolence message.
Close sources indicated that Charly Boy acted that way when Rochas’ government allegedly said they gave his family N20m for his father’s burial, which is far from the truth. The intervention of the presiding Priest and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, could not calm Charly Boy’s anger as he insisted that no politician would take advantage of his father’s burial to score “cheap political” goals.
Charly Boy had also, during a day of tribute organised by Imo State government recently, walked out on the Imo state Governor when he climbed the podium to make his speech. Consequently the visibly angry Okorocha, stormed out of the Church in the company of his Commissioners and security aides and was besieged at the gate by angry supporters, who berated Charly Boy for humiliating the Governor. The Imo State government has however released a statement concerning the matter. Read below:
It is highly regrettable that the son of the late Justice, Mr Charles Emeka Oputa, aka, Charley 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 have remained cowed by the overwhelming popularity of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The Imo State governor had worked together with Mr. Charly Boy both when the late Justice was sick, until the time he died and the preparation for the burial which also encouraged the state governor to make substantial financial input and also organised a special day of tribute for the late Justice at the expense of state government with Charley Boy also present with other members of the family.
This is why the sudden change of character by Charlyboy at the church service, in which case he insisted that the Governor would not talk as protocol demanded could not be understood. Except he was acting out a 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 demands that the state Governor should talk before any other speaker to welcome the invitees but Senator Anyim representing the President was first called to speak. Perhaps because of the Governor’s Okorocha’s popularity, the few politicians from the state in Abuja who are desperate to capture power in the state saw a willing tool in Charlyboy for them to ensure the Governor will not speak.
We condemn that ugly incident and also wish to advise politicians from the state to stop heating up the polity over power since God is the giver of power. In 2015, God will decide who will be governor of Imo State and when God decides that, there is nothing anybody can do about it.
And for Charlyboy, we ask God to bless him.
Signed Sam Onwuemedo
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media