Imo APC insists no automatic tickets following defections
Former Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, has vowed to recover every penny and property illegally acquired by Governor Rochas Okorocha and members of his family if elected governor of the state next year.
This is also as Ohakim announced that if sworn in as governor on May 29, 2019, the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, built by Okorocha with state funds will be converted same day, to become the Orlu Campus of the state university. Ohakim regretted that Okorocha has reduced Imo to a fiefdom and if nothing is done will turn the state into a monarchy by “making his house boy who married his daughter his successor”.
Ohakim made the assertions while formally declaring his intention to run for the governorship of the state in 2019. Ohakim, who is running under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), urged Imo people to rise to the occasion and confront the sad derealities of the state by giving him the opportunity to reclaim the state from total collapse.
He said: “The state under Governor Rochas Okorocha has been reduced to an enclave of abomination where the civil service has been destroyed, pensioners are not paid and revered traditional rulers are made to do a march pass to salute the governor or his wife at functions.”
Speaking further he said: “I handed over N26.6billion to Rochas Okorocha in 2011 and I am the only person who knows how to retrieve from Okorocha all the illegal acquisitions because I know the papers I signed and the ones I did not sign and everybody whose land was forcefully acquired by this government, regardless of what has been built on it, it will be recovered and given back to the owner.”
And in a related development, the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that in spite of the gale of defections of its party members to other parties, they will not be blackmailed into offering automatic tickets to members. The state APC spokesman, Jones Onwuasoanya, in a chat with Sunday Telegraph, said that while they are trying to close the gap between the party leadership and some aggrieved members, the party in Imo will not be hoodwinked into lowering its standard or forced to placate anyone with an automatic ticket.