Oko­rocha to Ihe­dioha: You are not yet a can­di­date

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma Ow­erri

Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha of Imo State has de­scribed the state­ment by the Deputy Speaker House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Emeka Ihe­dioha, that he would de­feat him in 2015 as the same claims made by other gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants in the state in the past.

Oko­rocha in a state­ment is­sued in Ow­erri yes­ter­day by his se­nior spe­cial as­sis­tant on me­dia, Sam On­wue­moedo, re­minded Ihe­dioha that he is still an as­pi­rant and not yet a can­di­date of his party say­ing he lacked the ba­sis to make such a state­ment.

He said: “Ihe­dioha should have first claimed that he would de­feat the other gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants in his party, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Ifeanyi Ara­raume, Bethel Amadi, Se­na­tor Chris Anyanwu, Chief Humphery Anu­mudu, and oth­ers, in the PDP pri­mary, be­fore talk­ing about who he would de­feat in the 2015 gu­ber elec­tion in the state.”

He re­minded him that democ­racy is not a box­ing or wrestling con­test, but a civil ex­er­cise that war­rants go­ing to the poll to vote in a free and fair elec­tion while ad­vis­ing the PDP and its chief­tains to learn how to delete cer­tain un­demo­cratic vo­cab­u­lar­ies in their psy­che, know­ing full well that the na­tion’s democ­racy is grow­ing.

He said that all the as­pi­rants in­clud­ing Ihe­dioha were also to­gether in 2011in­clud­ing him­self when he came and sub­dued all of them to emerge tri­umphant.

He said: “They could not scratch me in 2011 when they had the “yam and the knife” con­cern­ing Imo gov­er­nor­ship, is it in 2015 when I must have taken de­liv­ery of all the “po­lit­i­cal knives and yam” in Imo pol­i­tics?”

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