George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
Former governor of Imo state, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has described his successor Rochas Okorocha as a misnomer whose own party has accused of forgery and dishing out falsehood.
He said he cannot run his mouth like a broken gong, the way Okorocha does, because the governor is far below his level. Earlier in the week, Governor Okorocha had said that the government of Ohakim was the most hated and devalued of all the administrations since the creation of the state in 1976.
However, Ohakim who spoke through his Media Aide, Mr. Collins Ughalla yesterday said, “I cannot descend to the level of dishing falsehood, ‘familocracy’, land grabbing, conversion of public assets to private use, corruption, inordinate acquisition of wealth. That Okorocha is a misnomer is not strange to anyone in Imo State and this is why he is hated even in the political party he spent billions of Naira belonging to Imo people to build. Today, he is an outcast in his own party.
“No one should tell Governor Okorocha that he is anathema when members of his party see him as the devil and dine with him with extraordinarily long spoon. And despite his ranting, Imo people know he has become afraid of me just before the race gets started. I can only assure him that his nightmare would end when I win the 2019 governorship election and is sworn in the second time for one term only.”
Ohakim pointed out that Governor Okorocha thinks that he could continue to deceive Imo people by reeling out his so called achievements but that the people are already in a hurry to see him leave.
According to him, Okorocha’s achievements are well documented, and they include: “iberiberism, the highest infant mortality rate in the entire Southeast, dead healthcare system, lack of portable water and rural development, contract failure, wastages and financial recklessness, land grabbing, converting public assets to private use, skyrocketing unemployment, bastardized economy, dead bureaucracy, N200bn judgement debt, over N700bn debt, non adherence to the rule of law and due process, amongst others. Above all, the Okorocha family which had barely enough to eat has suddenly become stupendously rich after Rochas Okorocha became Governor. To Okorocha therefore, this too is an achievement worthy of celebration”.