The frosty relationship between Imo State Governor Chief Rochas Okorocha and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, , Chris Anyanwu, who represents Imo East Senatorial Zone took another turn as the governor caused serious disruption to one of the senator’s business interests.
Gov. Okorocha went for Sen. Anyanwu’s jugular using one of the Imo State Government’s agencies. He directed the management of Owerri Capital Development Authority, OCDA, to issue Owerri based private radio station, HOT 99.5 FM seven days to quit its present premises.
The Imo State Government agency read the riot act in a letter it addressed to the management of the radio station, dated September 17, 2013, and signed by one Chief Amadi.
Part of the letter read:
“You are hereby required to remove/pull down the illegal/ defective structure located at the address indicated above within seven days from the date of issuance of this Violation Form; to reinstate the piece of land to the state in which it was prior to the commencement of illegal/defective structure……”
The radio station, which is currently located along Musa Yar’Adua Drive, New Owerri, is owned by Spectrum Broadcasting Limited, and is believed to be promoted by Senator Chris Anyanwu.
Ardent listeners of the radio station and careful political watchers in the state have described the current travail of the broadcast outfit as “sheer vendetta and a ploy to force the station to either close down or relocate to another state”.
Others recalled that when the going was goood between them, this particular radio station played a major role during the 2011 electioneering campaign that eventually saw Governor Rochas Okorocha securing victory against Chief Ikedi Ohakim.