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Okorocha blames lawmakers for absence of FG projects in S’East

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By Damian Duruiheoma Owerri

Governor Rochas Oko­rocha on Tuesday blamed Igbo House of Repre­sentatives members of federal government in geopolitical zones, accusing them of going after lu­crative contracts and forgetting major problems facing their zone.

“Blame your senators of federal presence in . Most times, the president doesn’t even know what is put in the budget. It’s the members of House of Represen­tatives that attract and ensure that such are in­cluded in the budget”, declared during a media parley at the Government House, Ow­erri. “I’m doing the work of a governor and, at the same time, doing the work of senators. I can’t kill myself”, he adds.

“You can imagine that the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi bypassed Imo from the rail project when we have sena­tors there. It can’t happen if I’m there as a senator”, he adds.

The governor, who expressed disgust at the kind of politics played by the Igbo, said that Igbo are not smart politicians, a reason he said they were al­ways used by outsiders to pull their people down. “The Igbo are not smart politically. They don’t know how to build their own. But they take joy in seeing their own fail. For any downfall of any great Igbo man, thousands are happy. They like to be controlled from outside”, he said.

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On his conspicuous during a meeting of South East leaders with President Mu­hammadu Buhar at Aso Rock Villa last week, without send­ing a representative, said he deliberately abstained from the meeting because he felt there was no need for such meeting.

“If there is anything the Igbo need to tell President Buhari about the developmental chal­lenges of the South East, I have consistently told him long time ago”, he said. The embattled governor, who equally described the kind of political battle he had faced in the run up to the party primaries as very strange, insisted that he still remained in APC as the party’s senatorial candidate for Orlu Senatorial zone. He, further, disclosed that his loyalists, who were aggrieved over the outcome of the APC primaries, would join his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to another party where they would form an alliance with the APC to vote for President Buhari in 2019.

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A defiant Okorocha, however, maintained that Uche Nwosu remained his governorship can­didate irrespective of his next political party because, to him, his son-in-law remained the best amongst the governorship can­didates in Imo state.

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