Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Despite Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Certificate of Return being held by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he has been tipped alongside former governor of Abia State and senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to give the people of the South East good representation in the Senate.
Imo state governor and Kalu, according to Okorocha’s Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Ugochi Okoro, who stated this when she briefed newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, at the weekend, noted that both politicians are known for eloquence and the political will needed to bring positive changes and development to the region.
Okoro alleged that the reason why Okorocha has not been given his certificate by INEC is because of gang-up by some politicians who know what he can do with positions given to him.
“They are waiting to share all the positions in the senate before they can give him his certificate; they know his worth.
“It is only him and Orji Uzor Kalu that can give Igbo people that voice that has long eluded us and that is why they are withholding his certificate.
“What is happening is pure gang-up, but, if this continues, I see more neglect of the South East and for the national chairman, he is just being used as tactics for destruction.”
She, however, frowned at the uncomplimentary remarks thrown at governor Okorocha by some people in the state, describing such comments as “ingratitude despite the achievements of the governor in the state.”
Okoro has also dismissed the alleged N17 billion withdrawn from the state treasury.
She maintained that no such thing happened, and rather urged the people of the state to be grateful for the prudent expenditure of governor Okorocha’s administration.
The longest serving commissioner in governor Okorocha’s cabinet, however, seized the opportunity to highlight some of her achievements in the past eight years which includes raising of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue and the promotion of culture in the state; among others.