Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has described politicians from the state as betrayers, who can destroy their own for peanuts.
He said this during a press conference inside the Government House, Owerri, the state capital, adding that politicians in the state are LOCAL CHAMPIONS.
The governor who has continued to have a running battle with stakeholders of the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC), said he respects Hausa and Yoruba politicians, who according to him, respect their leaders.
Okorocha’s problems with notable strong APC members in the state, including his deputy governor, Eze Madumere, came following the governor’s insistence to have his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor.
He was recently suspended by the leadership of the state APC over anti-party activities.
But speaking at the conference, Okorocha said, “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.
“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 Organizing Secretary, today he has betrayed me.
“I made Osita Izunaso APC ’s first National Organizing 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 .”
On his ambition to become Orlu zone senator in the coming election, he said, “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 then called on Imo people to vote for his Nwosu, who is the governorship candidate of a different political party, Action Alliance, expressing optimism that his son-in-law would continue from where he would stop and develop the state further.