Former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha (left) and his sucessor, Gov. Hope Uzodimma on war paths
Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday, described a former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha as “an Internally Displaced Politician (IDP).”
The name IDP is commonly used in the north-east where the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorists has rendered thousands of people homeless leading to them being resettled in shanties and tents in different areas of Nigeria.
Recall that Okorocha had on Thursday accused Uzodinma of working against the interest of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Okorocha said that APC was no longer breathing in the state since Uzodinma became the governor of the state, a statement that may have angered the incumbent governor and his camp.
Reacting, Uzodinma, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, said Okorocha was working to destroy the APC before he joins another party. Uzodinma’s aide said Okorocha was angry that under his watch, APC had gained more grounds in the South-East, including the entry of the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, into the party.
The governor’s aide said, “Okorocha is a sinking man. He is an Internally Displaced Politician. He is angry that under Governor Hope Uzodinma, APC is gaining more grounds in the South East, including the entry of Governor Dave Umahi into the party. “I am aware that Okorocha wants to leave APC and his plan is to destroy APC before he joins another party, but we will not let him have his way. Okorocha ruled Imo State for eight years with small boys and did what he liked with the state.
“Throughout Okorocha’s reign as governor, he never called any stakeholders meeting for APC but Governor Hope Uzodinma in less than one year has been strengthening APC in the state and in the entire region.” Nwamkpa said Okorocha can leave the party quietly and not make bogus claims.
Meanwhile as the two APC incumbent and his predecessor engage in battle of supremacy, the state is languishing under Uzodimma whom most people from the state claim would end up worse than Okorocha. Those who travelled to the state for the Christmas and New Year festivities will attest to the fact that the state is heading for the abyss under the leadership of Uzodimma in terms of infrastructural development such as roads, electricity, water etc. The lawlessness in the state may also not have any comparison anywhere in the world.