I’ll not Join Issues with Ihedioha -OkorochaFeatured, Latest News, News Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that he would not join issue with the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who was recently quoted as saying that his party, PDP will send the Governor packing in 2015.
Rather, Okorocha in his reaction on Tuesday in Owerri, said his scorecard will speak for him when the time comes, stressing that he does not believe in newspaper race. ￼
Recall that Ihedioha, was recently quoted in some media reports not (African Examiner) that the PDP in the state would dislodge Governor Okorocha in 2015 because the administration has deepened the level of poverty of Imo people.
But the Governor replied that: “As usual, the state government would continue to resist the temptation to join issues with anybody in the state, but would continue to keep the record straight for the sake of history and posterity.”
He continues: “The truth of the matter remains that by 2015, the Imo electorate would determine what happens with the governorship of the state and not the PDP or Hon Ihedioha.
“The PDP will present a candidate, and would go on campaign to tell Imo people what it did for the state for the 12 years it held sway at the Douglas House, Owerri, and Rochas Okorocha would also present his score card for Imo people to take decision.
“So, It won’t be a newspaper race.
“Imo people sacked the PDP government in 2011 for doing the state the more you look, the less you see for 12 years, and it will also be left for Imo people to decide in 2015 whether to reward the PDP for failure by voting the party in again, or to reward Rochas for achieving a lot for the state within a short period.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the 2015 election is going to be issue based, and we will insist on that. We will continue to resist the attempts to drag us into joining issues with anybody, aimed at making us not to talk about the achievements of Rochas Okorocha.
“As luck would have it, Hon Ihedioha has remained a strong preacher that “one good turn deserves another.”
“Again, families in Imo State would not have fared better when they were paying disturbing amounts as school fees during the PDP’s governments in the past, and now that education has remained free from primary to the university, and when the roads were too bad and now the roads are in good shapes.
“The truth of the matter is that Okorocha’s government has become a nightmare to the PDP in the state and unfortunately for the party, one does not eat his cake and expects to have it again.”
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