Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has taken a swipe at some Imo politicians, describing them as local champions, who could betray their leaders because of peanuts.
The governor said this on Tuesday at a press conference inside the Government House, Owerri.
Those he attacked included his estranged deputy, Eze Madumere, Senator Osita Izunaso, the APC governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma among others.
He said, “Look at Madumere. Today, he would have been a senator, but he betrayed me. The Hope Uzodinma he is supporting today, where is he from? Is he not from the same Orlu zone where Uche Nwosu comes from?
“Have you been to Madumere’s house? Is it not bigger than this Government House? Look at Emma Ibediro that I fought hard so that he can become the APC’s National Organising Secretary, today he has betrayed me.
“I made Osita Izunaso APC’s first National Organising Secretary. From being a Permanent Secretary, I made George Eche Accountant-General and later Secretary to the State Government. It is in their blood to betray people.
“Imo politicians are local champions; you can quote me. They can collect peanuts in order to destroy their own. But I respect the Hausa and Yoruba politicians, they respect their leaders.
Mr. Okorocha boasted that, unkile others before him, “I am going to the Senate for two things: first reason is to represent Imo State and Igboland.
“The second reason is to make sure that what is due to us get to us.I want to be politically relevant after I leave office as governor.”
He used the opportunity to ask the Imo people to vote for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who is the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the state, saying he is confident that Nwosu would continue from where would will stop and develop the state further.