Former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha has advised his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, to leave him alone and face governance.
This is following the latest comment from Ihediaoha during the 2019 Ahiajioku Lecture on Saturday. According to the incumbent governor, the former governor’s eight years tenure was ‘years of the locust’ because he shunned the Ahiajioku Lecture, which he described as Igbo intellectual harvest for the period he governed the state.
He also said Okorocha, who now represents Imo West in the National Assembly, is a man “who rode on the popularity of an essentially Igbo party to beguile Imo people but who turned out to despise everything the Igbo hold dear. He also said Okoroch limped into Douglas House Owerri on a lie of the garb, and never held the lecture; instead, the name of Ahiajoku Centre was changed and anything that could amount to an intellectual journey of discovery for the Igbo was shunned”.
Reacting to the statement, Okorcha advised Ihedioha to face governance and stop abusing him.
While stating that the whole thing was becoming nauseating, Okorcha said the reason Ihedioha was always complaining about his administration was that he is governing Imo State with a stolen mandate.
“Since then, he has never slept with his two eyes closed. He has remained haunted by that electoral mishap.
“What happened in Owerri on Saturday was not Ahiajoku Lecture, but a get-together by the PDP bigwigs, and they were assembled by Governor Ihedioha to abuse the former governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the APC and the Party’s leadership at all levels.,” part of the statement reads.
The governor further stated that those in attendance at the event, including Fani Kayode, Chief Chidoka, Chief Peter Obi, Prof. M. Echeruo, Governor Udom Emmanuel, et al., are all PDP chieftains.
“So, it was the first get-together of the Party after the elections, in the South-East. And they did nothing else than to abuse Okorocha, APC and other leaders”.
Okorocha pointed out that Ihedioha’s significant achievement in the past seven months was the constant attack on him because he is intimidated by Okorocha’s existing achievements.
“He can’t cope and has no other option than to resort to abuses.”