Okorocha, Obiano in verbal war
Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his Anambra State counterpart, Chief Willie Obiano, have returned to the trenches over the former’s allegation that three governors from the South East zone are set to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In their renewed war of words on the matter on Tuesday, the governors threw decency and dignity to the wind as they called each other names, using even unprintable words.
Governor Okorocha, who fired back at Obiano over his earlier banter that the Imo State chief executive officer represented the “opposite of a true leader”, described the Anambra governor as a “clueless leader”.
Okorocha added that “Obiano is more a militant than as a state chief executive.” Obiano, however maintained that Okorocha is “what a true leader ought not to be.”
He said that Okorocha lacked the leadership qualities to lead any person into the APC, adding that the APC, as a party, had failed at the federal level to “inspire other governors to crossover” to it.
Irked by Obiano’s statement, Okorocha, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, stated that he regretted the media attack on his person by the “clueless governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, over a harmless statement he made at the APC stakeholders’ meeting in Owerri that three governors in the South East would soon join the APC.”
He recalled that the governors of Enugu and Ebonyi States harmlessly reacted to the comment but expressed shock that Obiano went the extreme to attack him in the media.
Onwuemeodo, said: “That statement didn’t call for insult or any foul language. And two responsible governors in the zone, the Enugu and Ebonyi States’ governors were quoted to have reacted to Governor Okorocha’s claim and as decent men, made their points without any attack.”
According to Onwuemeodo, “Governor Obiano of Anambra State spoke to justify or authenticate the general impression, that he is an aggressive governor, who should have done better as a militant than as a governor.”
Comparing their achievements, Okorocha said: “Leadership is all about ideas and service. Luckily enough, Obiano has been governor for almost four years while Okorocha has also been governor for five years now. Let Obiano publish his achievements in Anambra State even with high Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR), and let Governor Okorocha also publish his achievements in Imo. Then, we take off from there”.
Angered by Okorocha’s detailed response, Governor Obiano fired back.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Strategic Communication and Legislative Matters, Governor, Obiano, on Wednesday, described the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as a shameless son who is spitting on his father’s grave.
Governor Obiano who is the 2016 winner of Best Governor in Nigeria award, described Okorocha as “a Motor park governor,” adding that the Imo governor had moral problem in fighting the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA) that made him governor after several failed attempts in the past to be one.
His statement read; “The attention of the Media Directorate of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has been drawn to the gratuitous diatribe by a fellow South Eastern Governor, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State against his person and the government of Anambra State.
“It is not in our tradition to respond to such issues but since silence in the face of such grave claims often amounts to guilt, we are therefore duty bound to make our position known to properly guide the public.
“If a governor that has constructed countless number of roads and bridges, embarked on several rural electrification programmes, constructed uncountable number of schools, and health facilities as well as rid the entire Anambra State of crime and criminalities, is being termed clueless by Okorocha then there must be another meaning for cluelessness.
“Okorocha is widely known for his questionable past which has continued to trail him despite his hogwash attempts to cover it up with a facade of his bogus but empty philanthropic activities. Many people have over time seen through his tricks.
“Indeed Okorocha is an example of what a leader should not be. He talks of ideas when he cannot pay workers salaries and now tries to intimidate Imo retirees to forfeit 60 percent of their arrears of their sweat.
“Are those the kind of ideas we need at this critical time? Those are destructive ideas, and a destructive idea cannot bring about constructive ends.
“This is a Governor who has failed woefully to pay workers salaries. He is also heavily indebted to even pensioners who have spent their youth and strength to labour for the state, in their old age.
“As Nigerians ruminate on this matter, the question should be asked: What was Okorocha before he became governor? What was his visible source of income?”