Governor Rochas Okorocha has responded to allegation that he diverted Imo workers’ salary for months by describing his accuser, the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, as a noise maker.
Mr. Okorocha said this in a press statement issued in Owerri on Sunday by his chief press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, saying that Oshiomhole as a former governor of Edo State-owned civil servants seven months salary arrears by the time he left office.
Therefore, the APC national chairman lacked the moral right to contribute on issues concerning payment of civil servants salaries, the governor said.
He claimed that the former Edo State governor is angry because his preferred APC governorship candidate in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, does not have what it takes to win the state for the ruling party.
According to the governor, Mr. Oshiomhole won’t be allowed “to have his cake and still eat it,” adding that instead of Oshiomhole to market the ruling party during a rally in Owerri, he was busy abusing him.
The statement partly read, “The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, was in Owerri on Friday, December 21, 2018, for the flag-off Campaign of Chief Hope Uzodinma, his preferred governorship Candidate of the party, and he insulted and told petty lies against Governor Rochas Okorocha.”
“We won’t allow Oshiomhole to have his cake and still eat it.”
“Adams Oshiomhole was governor in Edo State for eight years. Rochas Okorocha has been governor in Imo for less than eight years. And we challenge Oshiomhole to publish his achievements in Edo State for the eight years he was governor and let Rochas publish his own achievements in Imo in less than eight years. And let Nigerians judge between the two who failed as a governor. If Oshiomhole failed to accept this challenge, we won’t have any other option than to conclude that he is just a noise maker.”
“Oshiomhole has been talking and working to fulfill his own part of whatever deal he has with Chief Hope Uzodinma. He is acting his own part and in doing that, has thrown caution to the wind.”