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Those I uplifted politically are pulling me down, says Okorocha

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As the political bash is telling on Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, in the aftermath of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward and local government congresses, the governor has alleged that those he uplifted politically are the ones pulling him down. 

In a statement in Owerri, yesterday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha vowed that his detractors couldn’t achieve their aim. 

According to the statement: “The so-called Imo Stakeholders can only ‘cage’ Governor Rochas Okorocha, like they have claimed in the media in the offices of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary, Chief Osita Izunaso, who are on vendetta mission against the governor over his innocent and patriotic stand on the issue of tenure elongation.

“And in any case, only ingrates can claim caging the man God used to uplift them politically. All those in the insolvent group called coalition are all beneficiaries of Okorocha’s political successes in Imo.”

He opined that his detractors are afraid of going to the field to test their popularity on the open, stressing: “If they have the capacity, why are they dodging going to the field for the congresses, but preferred making away with the sensitive materials for the congresses and going into hotels to write results?

“Mind you, Okorocha has never played politics with the elite in the state. And that is part of their anger. The governor’s greatest political base and asset is the grassroots, that is still intact for him.  

“These stakeholders are deceiving themselves. They know they cannot fly.”

The governor said he is the biggest asset of the APC in the Southeast needed to sustain the party in the area.

“Rochas is the biggest asset of APC in the Southeast and in Imo in particular. Even today, the only person the party needs to sustain Imo as APC state and make inroads into other states in the zone is Okorocha. Take it or leave it, when the chips are down, the truth will become clearer.”

He insisted that those who failed in 2007, 2011 and 2015 cannot claim to defeat him who was elected in 2011 and 2015, stressing: “A group led by a man who contested governorship election in 2007, 2011 and 2015 and failed cannot cage a man who won the governorship election in 2011 without the elite and got re-elected in 2015, also without the elite.


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