ABUJA,DAILY FILE – Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, says his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has resorted to noise making to see if that could help him out of the whole mess “but all to no avail”
Sam Onwuemeodo, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Okorocha, in a statement, said APC National Chairman was in Owerri last Friday, for the flag-off Campaign of Chief Hope Uzodinma, his preferred governorship candidate of the party”and he insulted and told petty lies against Governor Rochas Okorocha”
The statement said “We won’t allow Oshiomhole to eat his cake and still have it. And we start this way:
Adams Oshiomhole was governor in Edo State for eight years. Rochas Okorocha has been governor in Imo for less than eight years. And we challenge Oshiomhole to publish his achievements in Edo State for the eight years he was governor and let Rochas publish his own achievements in Imo in less than eight years. And let Nigerians judge between the two who failed as governor”
” If Oshiomhole fails to accept this challenge, we won’t have any other option than to conclude that he is just a noise maker.
Mr. Oshiomhole has been talking and working to fulfill his own part of whatever deal he has with Chief Hope Uzodinma. He is acting his own part and in doing that, has thrown caution to the wind”
Okorocha continued “A National Chairman of a Party who came for the Campaign of a governorship Candidate of his Party would have used the opportunity offered by that event to market the Candidate. But in this case, Oshiomhole talked about Governor Okorocha and carefully skipped talking about the Candidate because he knows where the problem lies with the Candidate”
“All the media reports on what Oshiomhole said at the rally were all about Okorocha. He consciously avoided telling Imo people why they should opt for Chief Uzodinma at the poll in 2019 or why he chose him as the guber Candidate of the Party in the State”
“On the issue of salary he talked about, the information has long been in the public domain that Governor Okorocha paid the December 2018 salary in November 2018. And has also given each of the workers N10,000 as Christmas bonus. Just last week, the governor handed over an Ultra-modern Office Complex built and furnished by the State Government to the State Chapter of NLC”
All these gestures show the harmonious relationship between the governor and the workers in the State”
Oshiomhole had owed Edo Workers seven months’ salary arrears while leaving as governor and he could not also pay the N18,000 minimum wage and he is therefore not qualified to talk about payment of salary. The truth is that the APC National Chairman has resorted to noise making to see if that could help him out of the whole mess but all to no avail”
“At the Uzodinma flag-off Campaign, Oshiomhole spoke with anger. And that anger stemmed from the fact that the venue of the event was empty. And he decided to vent his frustration on Okorocha. Blackmailing Rochas in Abuja by few Imo born Political hawks has nothing to do with the tick Political followership Rochas enjoys in Imo”
And it was the empty venue that prompted the false Claim that the governor refused to give them the Dan Anyiam Stadium for the event, as face-saving mechanism. Where would they have got the people to fill the Stadium? They had played safe by deciding to use Uzodinma’s Campaign office at Okigwe road. Yet, the compound was empty”
The governor added ” At a rally at the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, Mr. Oshiomhole after seeing the mammoth crowd at the rally said, they had known who owned the land. He was referring to Governor Okorocha who organized the rally. And nothing has changed between that July and today. Rochas holds the ace of Imo grassroot politics. And there is nothing anybody can do about that” the statement said.
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