By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State says he regretted supporting Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to become the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that he did not properly understand that the man’s name connotes robbery and thief.
The governor spoke at the newly built Orlu Township Stadium Monday when he flagged off his campaign for the Orlu zone Senate Seat election, stating that he had supported the National Chairman not knowing the full meaning of his name as “Oshi and Ole”.
His words, “Those who are afraid of me politically have ganged up to fight me, including the person I supported to become the national chairman of APC. That is why they brought Hope Uzodinma. He is not running for any election but was only recruited to fight me in my Orlu zone”.
“I am also running for the Senate election because when I go to the Senate I will attract a lot of things for Orlu people. You have seen what I have done as a governor. When I go to the Senate there will be a massive difference. Nzeribe, Izunaso and Hope Uzodinma had wasted the position for years as there is no one project they can boast of in Orlu zone. They were only interested in their pockets.”
“Please ask Osita Izunaso what he has been able to attract to Orlu zone for the four years he spent at the House of Representatives and four years he spent as a Senator, not even a bungalow was attracted to Orlu zone, so he should go and sit down. Who has Izunaso trained to become a person in Orlu zone? When Rochas who has trained over 5,000 people in Orlu zone speaks, he should keep quiet. Jones Onyeriri wasted 8 years in the House of Representatives without attracting anything to Orlu. Orlu people have seen the light and will never be deceived again”.
The governor remarked “I am very grateful to all of you, I have never seen in my life a senatorial rally taking the shape of a national rally. The crowd here is intimidating and has humbled me. What I understand is that you are saying to me Rochas carry go, you are saying to me, go to Abuja”.
He appealed to them to vote for President Buhari and himself during the February 16 presidential and national assembly election, because he never hates Ndigbo.
“President Buhari when he started this journey to the presidency, chose Umezuoke as his running mate and later chose Okadigbo before choosing Osibanjo lately. If Buhari did not like Ndigbo he wouldn’t have chosen Ndi-Igbo as his running mates. After voting Buhari, you vote for Rochas Okorocha for Senate”.
He reminded the crowd the injustice done to some members of the APC, “You are all aware of the injustice done to some of our members especially our governorship candidate Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who won the APC primaries but his mandate and those of others were stolen from them. Today, they have joined Action Alliance but all APC in Spirit. We are going to support them in our perfect Alliance arrangement. We will vote for such people. Ugwumba Uche Nwosu remains our only governorship Candidate, Hope Uzodinma failed as a Senator and so, has no business in Douglas House.”