Governor Okorocha of Imo State has launched a retaliatory attach on Governor Willie Obiona of Anambra State, describing him as unfit to govern a state.
Rochas Okorocha boasted of his superiority in industry, governance, and oratory over his Anambra State counterpart and challenged journalists in the South-East to make a comparison of governance and infrastructural development in Imo and Anambra states to confirm his assertion.
The squabble was against Obiano’s comment suggesting that the Imo state governor lack credentials in leadership worthy enough to inspire people to follow him. And the comment followed Okorocha’s claimed that three governors from the south-east are in were in talks with him towards defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
While describing Governor Obiano as an a clueless person who would do better as a militant than as a governor, Okorocha pointed to his strides in business, economy and politics which put him head and shoulder above Obiano.
Through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri, yesterday, the Imo state governor said:
“That kind of motor park language was unexpected from a governor of a state who answers His Excellency, even when the Anambra governor did not explain what he meant by that. In what way was Governor Okorocha not an example of what a leader should be?
“Governor Okorocha’s claim was a healthy one, expected to provoke sound debates, which is the beauty of democracy. Governors with ideas and the right exposure gave their polite reactions, but the one without ideas (Obiano) took to insults. Only men with nothing to offer in terms of ideas take delight in insulting others. Men of ideas do not insult others.”
The statements further pointed that Owelle Okorocha as a governor has came up with ideas and popular policies like free education at all levels which has been working well in Imo, Community Government Councils (CGC), urban renewal programme, Ikuola Nkwu, Imo Air, massive road networks, building of universities, infrastructural revolution, and so many others.
“Let Governor Obiano mention at least one programme his government in Anambra State is known for, almost four years as governor.
“We may at this point, challenge journalists from the South-East to embark on project tours of Imo and Anambra and make their findings known to the public. Obiano, no doubt, has taken Anambra State several kilometres backward, while in Imo, Okorocha has raised the bar of leadership or governance.
He concluded the statement by quoting that “to compare governor Okorocha with Obiano is like comparing Messi of Barcelona FC with the left wing player of Mberi Secondary in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.”
Despite previous denial of his intentions to run for president of Nigeria, Rochas Okorocha has in many ways boasted of his achievements as governor including his recent purchase of the Imo Airline to boost the economy of his state. But his style of leadership, like many other political leaders have come under heavy criticism.