- Says Araraume, Ohakim, Uzodinma and Ihedioha have no program for Imo people •INEC alone can’t ensure free and fair election•
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that his administration does not owe any bank either in the country or outside the country and that he stands to be challenged by any bank or individual on this claim.
The governor also challenged the governorship candidates in the State like Hope Uzodinma, Emeka Ihedioha, Ikedi Ohakim and Ifeanyi Araraume who have been accusing his administration of owing banks billions of naira to make their facts public or close their mouths forever.
Owelle Okorocha spoke while interacting with journalists in the State, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Government House Owerri, stating that Araraume, Ohakim, Uzodinma and Ihedioha have no programme for the State and that is why instead of telling Imo people about their programme for them if elected governor, they are going about talking about Rochas Okorocha and the billions they claimed he is owing the banks.
“I know why they are making this debt allegation. It is because of the amazing achievements of this administration. They could not believe that a State Government could built six universities, three polytechnics, two colleges of education, run free and qualitative education and has more than one thousand verifiable projects to its credit without borrowing from banks. That is what prompted their story of my owing billions. But my government is not owing any bank.”
The governor stated, “I am not Contesting for the governorship of the State again. But they have no programme for the State. They are the ones spreading the false story of my administration owing banks.
“I do not owe any tank. Let such bank come up now and not when I leave office they would come up with a story. And those making such unfounded claims should also come up with their facts”.
He added, “This 2019 election, the centre of action is Imo State arising from political abracadabra and what they call Coalition of APC Candidates and PDP Candidates.
These are all PDP members, whether candidate of APGA, Accord or APC, and they do nothing but write results. And the ways they got their tickets were all fraudulent.
“We’re tired of Abuja giving us ticket in Imo State. The only governor that Imo people have had that was not brought by Abuja is Owelle Rochas Okorocha. I’m an indigenous candidate from the people, by the people and for the people of Imo State.
“So, the only indigenous candidate we have now is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who is from the youth, from the men, from the women of Imo State. And you can see how his popularity is soaring in the State and beyond. So, we must stop this imposition”.
“The battle isn’t about Uche Nwosu becoming the governor, the battle is about bringing Rochas down because of what is going to happen politically in future. And my brothers and sisters are being used because we don’t raise our own up, rather we raise others up and bring our own down”.
On INEC, the governor remarked: “I have absolute confidence in INEC. It’s not INEC alone that Conducts election, Army, Police and others. But INEC alone cannot guarantee free and fair election. It takes everybody. All hands must be on deck.
But what these people want to do is to come with fake Army; fake Police collect result sheets and run. But we are waiting for them, I’m waiting. I can’t say more than this”.