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2019: You won’t govern Imo again, Okorocha tells Ohakim

By Athan Agbakwuru, Owerri on 31/07/2018

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•Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha
•Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha

Apparently miffed over a recent threat by Chief Ikedi Ohakim that he would probe Governor Rochas Okorocha, if re-elected governor next year, the later has averred that the former would never return to the Government House as governor.

The media had, weekend, quoted the former governor of the state, Chief Ohakim as threatening to probe Governor Okorocha among other remarks, if he becomes governor again in 2019.

It was gathered that the former governor had given that threat while declaring his interest to run for the governorship of the state again in 2019 on the ticket of APGA, last weekend in Owerri, the state capital.

Okorocha who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement he made available to newsmen in Owerri yesterday declared, “Chief Ohakim had eaten his cake and won’t have it again.”

The governor who also observed that Ohakim cannot even win his Osu-Owerre Ward 2, in an election at the moment because of his lacklustre performance in office as governor between 2007 and 2011 insisted that the former governor who declared his intention to contest again in 2019 wasted the first four years he was in the saddle.

He said, “Chief Ohakim had eaten his cake and won’t have it again. He cannot even win his Osu-Owerri Ward 2, in any election at the moment. He didn’t do well at all as governor. He wasted the four years.

“And that is the reason he has become an unattractive candidate to all the Parties in the State. He is anxious to fill some gaps but he does not know how to go about it.

“He would have challenged Rochas Okorocha to publish his achievements and let him publish his own if any, on the same day so that Nigerians of goodwill can see for themselves and give their verdicts, for him to be taken seriously.

“And that is the reason he has become an unattractive candidate to all the Parties in the State. He is anxious to fill some gaps but he does not know how to go about it.

“He was governor from 2007 to 2011, and was defeated by Governor Okorocha even as incumbent. And since that 2011, he has been contesting for the governorship without success.

“It would amount to unduly dignifying the former governor if the present administration continues to respond to his ceaseless uncomplimentary remarks against Governor Okorocha.

“To us, we won’t dignify the governor with a response, but to only remind him what he failed or refused to do while making the declaration. It was an aberration for the former governor of the State for four years to declare to run for the position again without mentioning at least, one or two achievements of the government he led for the four years.

He accused Chief Ohakim of squandering over N211billion with nothing to show for it and posited that the former governor would have begun the probe with himself if he wants to be taken seriously.

•Culled from Nigerian Pilot report



Source News Express

Posted 31/07/2018 12:24:16 PM





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