Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), through its acting chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, has slammed Governor Rochas Okorocha over a recent verbal attack on Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
The party described the Imo state governor's utterance as noisy rantings and insult of the highest order.
According to Daily Post, in a statement, Eze noted that Okorocha’s antecedents hardly placed him in a position to judge others in delivering democracy dividends to the people.
He said: “Imo State, the reference point of non-payment of salaries to workers, alleged fraudulent projects, and calculated deceit of the masses under Okorocha cannot be in a position to discuss a man who is widely acknowledged as a development icon and bastion of the peoples ‘confidence.”
Eze observed that Onu’s two years as governor of old Abia witnessed more dividends than the almost six years of Okorocha’s governorship of Imo State.
He further accused Okorocha of fuelling crisis in Ebonyi APC in his bid to force himself on Ndigbo as its leader.
“How can a man, who cannot control his backyard, wants to control others?” he queried.
Eze further alleged that Okorocha sent his deputy speaker, Ogonna Ozurigbo, to Ebonyi to recruit members to his new party, as was evident in their meeting which held under a mango tree, when APC Ebonyi had a massive two-storey building as their office.
“We are proud of his efforts and history will always judge between him and Okorocha, who indeed is truly representative of the people,” he added.
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, was determined to take over Anambra State in the coming governorship election in the state.
The governor disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Owerri through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo.
Okorocha said that the Southeast region could not afford to be in the opposition.
According to him, “I want to let you know that by 2017, APC will take over Anambra State in a free and fair election, and Anambra State will become the second APC State in the South-East.”
“With the entry of prominent Igbo sons into APC, like Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator Ken Nnamani and others, APC will not leave any stone unturned in the South-East.”
The governor also used the opportunity to make clear his position on the urban renewal project of his administration.
“In terms of urban renewal, Imo State is one of the fastest developing states in the country, as work is ongoing every day and night. This is not happening anywhere in the country.
“We are proud to say we have tried to manage our resources with vision and we are giving our people the much needed dividends of democracy. Our urban renewal project is coming up very fast that people are wondering where the money is coming from, but be it known that Imo State is not borrowing any money anywhere.
“It is just prudent and judicious use of state resources and they are returning their forms so quickly. We are realizing the cases of people who died recently as we intend to pay them their bulk pensions till December”, he added.