… says it’ll take 20 years to repair Okorocha’s bad governance
By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Imo State have asked Governor Rochas Okorocha and his All Progressives Congress (APC) to start getting ready to vacate the Imo State seat of power, Douglas House, because his party and government have failed both God and man.
Speaking after he was inaugurated as the chairman of the party’s steering committee in the state, Comrade Uchenna Ogubuike said APC had no respect for God’s servants, for which he said was a reason, the party had “been indulging in blasphemous and proposterous brigandage of fighting servants of God.
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“Perhaps, exulting in the euphoria of conquering and reducing Imo State to personal estate where the only official policy is familiocracy and incestuous democracy, Governor Okorocha seems to think the next territory up for conquering and subjugation is the kingdom of God”.
Ogubuike stated that “this horrendous tragic hubris is the driving force behind SDP because, according to him, the fight against was the APC‘s greatest undoing in the state. He noted that Okorocha’s government rode to power on the crest of mass appeal and would be tragically thrown out by SDP through the same mass rejection because of what he described as unimaginable, unconscionable and unprecedented mis-governance.
The SDP chairman added “we want to let Ndi Imo know that the rot visited on the state by this visionless government would take not less than 20 years to be addressed. And this is if we are concerned enough to elect a credible party without blemish like SDP to drive the process of this rediscovery and re-engineering”.
He lamented that in almost eight years of being in power, the Okorocha administration had received about N1.3 trillion from sources like federation account, 13percent derivation, ecological fund, Paris Club refund, Bailoutfund amongst others, “yet this administration is leaving the state worse than it met it with a crippling debt burden of $62.8 million as of 2017”.
Ogubuike further quoted National Bureau of Statistics, Debt Management Office and office of the Accountant General of the Federation as saying that N869million is being deducted at source on monthly basis to service the debt owed by the state under Okorocha. “By these figures, Imo State is one of the ten most indebted states in Nigeria. But the real bad news is that while the states like Lagos and Edo which are heavily idebted too invested their borrowings judiciously, ours were mindlessly squandered. So, as we talk, repaying them is going to be herculean. This why we asserted that Governor Okorocha has taken this state back 20 years”, he said.
The chairman said his party had heard the murmuring and seen the untold hardship and suffering in the land and has come to salvage the people, saying that the party was fully prepared for the onerous task of cleaning the rot of the past eight years. He said the SDP would commence the journey of reclaiming the state by mainstreaming youths into politics and elective positions.