The Imo State government has said that the elite who criticize the governor of Imo state Chief Rochas Okorocha have not committed any crime and that Imo people are very active as they do not give those who govern them breathing space, to bring out the best in them.
Okorocha made this in a statement on Wednesday while lampooning former governor of the state, Chief Ikedi Godson Ohakim.
Okorocha said ‘Since the former governor of the state, Chief Ikedi Godson Ohakim announced his intention to contest the governorship election again in the state, he has developed the sickening impression that the only way he can achieve that tall dream is by attacking Governor Rochas Okorocha in the media repeatedly and he has been doing it to the best of his ability.
‘But we decided not to be responding to all his attacks and we have been living upto that decision. We also have our reasons for taking such stand.
‘Of all those who have governed the state since its creation in 1976, both military and civilian, his administration appears to be the most hated, and the most devalued. He does not also have any audience. Nobody listens to him again. And people do not read what he says. It is as bad as that.
‘He does not even talk like someone who has governed the state before. He does not also watch the conduct of Chief Achike Udenwa, also a former governor. A former governor should know when to talk and when to keep mute. Criticizing everything done by the occupant of the seat you had occupied before, smacks of frustration and envy.
‘When the government began the remodeling of the children park’s bridge to connect it with Heroes’ Square to avoid the traffic jam along that Concord Hotel road whenever there is a big function at the place, Chief Ohakim picked an unfounded information from the social media and said the bridge collapsed, which was not true.
‘When the heavy rain of Friday, June 8, 2018 came with a devastating whirlwind that destroyed both private and public properties in Owerri including the roof of a building in one of the government’s built city schools, Chief Ohakim made it an issue, when there were more serious reports from other states, the rain also caused havoc.
‘Other people can descend so low to be talking about such minor issues but, not a former governor of the state, who should know better. Chief Ohakim had governed the state, and let him take up Governor Okorocha on issues of governance or achievements. Okorocha said he has more than one thousand verifiable projects located in various parts of the state, let him take up such issues and not talking about roof destroyed by wind.
‘The elite who criticize Rochas in the state have not committed any crime. Imo people are very active. They do not give those who govern them breathing space, to bring out the best in them. They did it to Ndubuisi Kanu, and Sam Mbakwe and Imo people’s opinions on them today and when they held sway are not the same.
‘It is only in the case of Chief Ohakim that almost eight years after leaving as governor, Imo people have refused or failed to say anything good about him inspite of all the efforts he has made to change the tide. Not even the strange newspaper called IMO REFORMER associated with his name, that writes about Okorocha from page one to the last page, has helped in any way.
‘For now, the noise in the state is all about who succeeds Rochas. The elite want to install someone. They are entitled to such ambition. Rochas is also keen in who succeeds him to continue keeping the flag of rapid development flying. At the end of the day, Imo people will take the final decision through the ballot box. It is not a propaganda thing.’