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The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has reacted to an interview granted to Saturday Sun Newspaper of April 8, 2017 by the Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,Hon Emeka Ihedioha, in which he disparaged the person and office of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

In press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the Governor said that Ihedioha is a name dropper, a brief-case politician, who can't win even Councillorship election in his ward.

Read the press statement below:



The Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has read the lengthy interview granted to SATURDAY SUN of April 8, 2017 by the Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, and in which he also told his usual stories and insulted the governor.

In less than four weeks, Chief Ihedioha had granted three interviews all on Governor Okorocha and in each of the interviews, he skipped talking about the twelve years his party, PDP, governed the state and the twelve years he spent in the House of Representatives because he knew they were all abysmal.

In the latest interview, Chief Ihedioha talked about Governor Okorocha’s style of governance in the state and how he was robbed in the 2015 guber election and so on. In all the interviews, he was very painstaking not to accuse Governor Okorocha of non-performance.

Again, we have also decided not to be reacting to Chief Ihedioha’s constant media attacks on Governor Okorocha because we have discovered that they do all these to give outsiders the erroneous impression that they are still relevant in Imo politics, when in actual fact, they have all gone into political oblivion.

The fact is that Chief Ihedioha sustained his growth in politics from 2003 to 2015 through name-dropping and that ugly development ended in 2015, and today, he does not have any other name to drop. And if he runs for councillorship in his ward today, he will fail woefully.

In 2003, he dropped the name of Atiku Abubakar to grab the ticket of the party and then went to the House of Representatives. He also continued to drop the name of Goodluck Jonathan until that gimmick was forced to stop in 2015.

When he took the ticket of the PDP for the 2015 guber election, everybody knew that the party had denied itself the needed impact it would have made in that election, and not to talk about winning the election proper. At the end of the election, he could only have the three Local Governments of Mbaise where he comes from, out of the 27 LGAs in the state.

He is a brief-case politician and Imo people always have reservations for such politicians. He is disconnected from the people unlike Okorocha who is glued to the people. They are two different scenarios. Let him state what he did for his Mbutu ward, his Federal Constituency and Imo people in general for the twelve years he was in the House of Representatives and ended up as the Deputy Speaker of that House.

Let him also state what the PDP governments achieved for the twelve years they governed the state. They don’t talk about those things because they know that those years were wasted. They should find a way of connecting themselves to the people because media interviews do not vote in elections.

Rochas Okorocha has shocked all and sundry with the amazing achievements of his administration. He can confidently boast of more than one thousand verifiable projects. And we have always sounded boisterous that what the Okorocha administration has achieved in less than 6years, have exceeded by far, all that the past administrations in the state had achieved put together.

We have always asked anybody who feels otherwise to challenge us on this claim. And nobody has ever done that because they know that the projects are there to be seen. And their media engagements were aimed at watering down the enormous achievements of Rochas Okorocha in Imo.

And for 2019, Rochas and APC will brandish enormous achievements of the Rescue Mission Government in the state to the electorate, and the PDP will be left stranded because the ugly shadow of their twelve years’ governorship in the state would continue to chase them.

Sam Onwuemeodo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor"

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