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March 23, 2017

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.”

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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.

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“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?”




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