Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has described former governor of the state, Chief Achike Udenwa who governed the state from 1999 to 2007 as the worst governor the state has ever had since the creation of the state.
According to him, Udenwa blew away the eight years he held sway as governor.
He argued that while former Governor Ikedi Ohakim was still respected in the state for his Clean and Green Initiatives and Okorocha for his famous Free Education, Urban Renewal and so on, nothing could be said of the administration of Udenwa.
In a statement in Owerri, signed by his press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha regretted that in less than four weeks, Udenwa had launched unprecedented media attacks against Okorocha, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the former governor was adjudged the worst governor Imo State has ever had.
“If he feels that this claim is false let him be patriotic enough to publish his achievements for the 8 years he was governor and let Rochas Okorocha publish his own achievements for also eight years, since it is now 8 years versus 8 years. In fact, he is envious of Okorocha because while he left no footprint behind, Rochas Okorocha is leaving behind enviable footprints as Imo governor for eight years,” he said.
He further stated that Udenwa was the kind of governor who valued gossip to a large extent and that that was why he could not find any of the people who served in his administration for eight years qualified to succeed him, just as he never encouraged any of the fine politicians that worked for him for eight years to grow beyond the state.
“Let Udenwa state what he achieved in eight years as governor and let Rochas do the same so that Nigerians can see who among the two is a disaster. They feel intimidated by Rochas Okorocha’s achievements and people like him want to hide under the glaring blunder INEC committed in the 2019 governorship election in the state to talk down a governor that has raised the bar of governance in the state.
“Chief Udenwa should always consider the implications of his vituperations against Governor Okorocha before coming up with them. That we chose not to respond to his first, second and third media attacks could not have given him the impression that we would continue to fold our hands and watch him do that for the fourth time especially unprovoked,” he added.
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