Former governor of Imo State and member representing Imo West in the Senate, Senator Rochas Okorocha has advised his successor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha to leave him alone and face governance.
Okorocha’s advice followed Ihedioha’s comments during the 2019 Ahiajioku Lecture on Saturday that the former governor’s eight years tenure was ‘years of locust’ because he had shunned the Ahiajioku Lecture, which was the Igbo intellectual harvest for the period he governed the state.
Ihedioha had also described Okorocha as 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, a man who 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”.
But, Okorocha, who reacted to that statement, advised Governor Ihedioha to face governance and stop abusing him, saying that the whole thing was becoming nauseating.
The former governor, whose statement was issued by his media adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the reason Ihedioha was always complaining about his administration was because “Ihedioha 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.
“All those who attended the event including Fani Kayode, Chief Chidoka, Chief Peter Obi, Prof. M. Echeruo, Governor Udom Emmanuel etal, 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”.
According to Okorocha, Ihedioha’s major achievement in the past seven months was the constant abuse of himself (Okorocha) “because he is cowed or intimidated by Okorocha’s existing achievements. He can’t cope and has no other option than to resort to abuses”.
Presidency Replies Ebere Ihedioha For Saying She Is Solidly Behind Her Husband
The special aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie has sent a reply to Ebere Ihedioha, wife of erstwhile Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, after she said she’s strongly behind him following his removal as Imo Governor by the Supreme Court.
Recall that Ihedioha was sacked from office following a judgement of the apex court on Tuesday which reinstated Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the State.
Reacting to Supreme Court’s ruling, the former first lady, Ebere Ihedioha had written on micro-blogging site, Twitter:
“My Love, my Partner and my Friend . Nkem ! # IGotYourBack ”
In an apparent reply to Ebere’s message to her husband, Lauretta Thursday morning tweeted:
“When men play dirty games, its their women who pick up the pieces.
Ebere Ihedioha, wife of Emeka Ihedioha, Former Governor of Imo state, is in that situation now and doing just that.
Ihedioha: PDP To Protest Supreme Court’s Verdict On Imo
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Friday proposed that PDP National Executive Committee members embark on a protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the PDP Imo State governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.
Speaking during its ongoing emergency NEC meeting in Abuja, Secondus said the proposed protest was to impress it on Nigerians that injustice had been done to the party.
He stated that the mandate given to the party by the Imo electorate had been snatched from the party.
According to him, the declaration of the Imo State candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Hope Uzodinma, as the Imo State Governor is a miscarriage of Justice.
He said though the ultimate justice would come from God Almighty, the aggrieved PDP leaders must speak out against injustice as their silence would be taken for consent to the alleged injustice.
Furthermore, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, said he dressed as a warrior in Igbo attire to depict that Nigeria is at ‘war.’
According to him, the alleged injustice in Imo was not only done to the PDP but to all Nigerians.
He stated that the party had not recovered from the alleged injustice.
He said, “Nigeria is getting to an end if we continue this way.”
Also, the 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the PDP and the G34 fought and brought democracy to Nigeria.
He said, “Our party governed very well from 1999 to 2015. As true democrats, we handed over party to the ruling party, hoping that it will deepen democracy, alas we have been disappointed.”
Atiku called for the constitution of a committee to review what happened at the last election and make necessary recommendations.
He said the roles of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies should not be taken for granted.
According to him, taking them for granted would be the end of the struggles of the founding fathers of the party.
“It is our duty to reincarnate the struggles they made that brought the democracy that APC is enjoying,” Atiku submitted.
I Remain Anambra South Senator — Ifeanyi Ubah
Ifeanyi Ubah says he has not been sacked as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.
Ubah, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent in Abuja, on Friday, said the FCT Court only refused to vacate its earlier ruling, which had since been faulted on the grounds of jurisdiction.
He explained that Justice Bello Kawu ruled on an application to vacate an earlier judgement of the court on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and asked the parties to proceed to the Appeal Court.
He said, “The reports of my sacking from the Senate is not correct. I remain the substantive Senator representing Anambra South.”