Former Governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim has told the leaders and people of Owerri senatorial zone to support him to complete his second term if they ever want to produce governor for the state in the nearest future.
Ohakim said unless he was allowed to complete his second as the state governor, Owerri zone would continue to find it difficult to get support for the governorship position in the state.
Speaking during the flag off campaign for Accord Party’s senatorial candiate for Owerri Zone, Chief Charles Ugomuo at Nguru Mbaise, the former governor, who is the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party maintained that trying to present and support any candidate from Owerri zone would amount to trying to win the position through a short cut which he insisted would be very impossible.
His words: “There’s no short cut to Owerri Zone becoming governor other than supporting me to complete my tenure. This game is like draft whereby before you become a king, you must concede some things to your opponent. So, the easiest way for Owerri zone to govern Imo state is to support me to finish my tenure”.
The former governor informed the audience that ahead of 2019 elections, Igbo leaders have decided to go to the polls with their first eleven in all positions.
The reason, he said is because the outgoing government has left the state poorer and in deeper mess than he left it in 2011.
In another development, the former governor has expressed concerns that funeral services are now the most thriving enterprise in the state.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in Owerri, “Imo state now has, as at December 2018, 180 morgues, from the 18 we had when I left office in 2011. It is now clear that funeral services are now the most thriving enterprise in the state”, Ohakim said.
After showing the audience “the sordid pictorial decay in all the general hospitals and water projects” he left behind, Ohakim said: “I have the moral burden, political, economic, social and spiritual responsibilities to the people of Imo people and humanity at large, to challenge and address the wasteful, treacherous, deceitful, capricious, autocratic, totalitarian and perceivably draconian malady that has entangled Imo state, between 2011 and 2019.”
While debunking the allegation that he embezzled N8 billion, through Nworie River dredging contract, Chief Ohakim also said that the dredging with three bridges was a Niger Delta development commission, NDDC, federal government project.
“Two bridges in the contract, at Egbeada and Nekede roads, had been completed before I left office. However, for reasons best known to Rochas Okorocha, he neglected or was unable to follow up on this environmentally impactful contract”, Ohakim said.
The Accord governorship candidate accused Okorocha of “ignorantly or deliberately destroying the flow of Rivers Nworie and Otamiri, with poorly constructed culverts, instead of bridges in utter contravention of engineering design”.
Ohakim was also irked that “the traditional institution has been debased, frustrated and caged by Okorocha”, even as he viewed same as “a desecration of our cultural norms by the present administration”.