“Governor Rochas Is A Stranger In Imo State” – UPP Governorship Aspirant
An Imo State governorship aspirant, Dr. Osmond Imo Ukanacho, on Thursday ruled out the possibility of re-electing Rochas Okorocha as the Governor of Imo State in 2015.
Speaking to journalists shortly after attending the Igbo International Colloquium in Enugu, Ukanacho of the United Progressives Party, UPP, said Okorocha, was ignorant of the needs and feelings of the Imo people having lived outside the state for so long.
He noted that the Governor returned to Imo from where he was doing business for several years and was elected in 2011 “merely because Imo people were fed up with Ikedi Ohakim and needed a change at all costs”.
He said “Rochas has done according to his capacity, but we understand what the people want, we understand how Imo people feel, I live there, I grew up there, had my education there, I have my core businesses in Imo State.
“Rochas just came, he is a businessman living outside the state, so with my orientation, I will give our people the best”.
“We need a government that in Imo State that will be responsible to the people, a government that will understand the need of the people, that will understand that government is meant for people that cannot put food on their table”.
On the likely challenge the All Progressives Congress, APC, could place on his way, the guber aspirant noted that “APC is dead on arrival, it is not an Igbo party, so, as you can see, we are going to take over from Rochas with a party that has Igbo identity”.
Ukanacho further stated that he would make health and education his priority, stressing “it is only a healthy and sound person that could do other things needed to make life better”.
Speaking on the Igbo colloquium which ends Friday, he expressed the hope that all the issues raised would help Ndigbo galvanize ideas to move the region forward.