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Okorocha denies alleged fight with Igbo ministers

Okorocha denies alleged fight with Igbo ministers

- Governor Rochas Okorocha has denied having a row with ministers from southeast

- The governor also lamented that Igbo political leaders live outside of southeast

- He accused old political leaders of usurping the political future of younger ones

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday, July 16, explained that he does not have any personal score to settle with any minister or leader from the southeast, as being insinuated in some quarters.

Okorocha also faulted old political leaders, accusing them of usurping the political future of younger generation.

Vanguard reports that the governor, who made the statement at a dinner event in Imo state, also faulted Igbo leaders for living outside southeast.

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He said: “On the home front, there is no goal keeper. All our leaders live in Abuja, even former governors. All our leaders are in Abuja and there is no one to fall back on at home unlike our contemporaries in the North and West. Muhammadu Buhari is the President but Shehu Shagari is in Sokoto. Ibrahim Babangida is in Minna, Abdulsalami Abubakar is also in Minna. Obasanjo is in Ota, Ogun state. Bola Tinubu is in Lagos. They are goal keepers and elder statesmen to their younger ones and giving support to their future generation.

“But for us, our case is different. Our old politicians keep rocking back and front, usurping the political future of our younger generation. So, I am of the firm belief that we should have a new and virile Igbo nation so that the younger ones can begin to take their rightful positions. That’s what we mean by emerging leaders and not that you are not leaders in your own rights.

“The Igbos must change their style in politics. This is a period for us to have a rethink. I have seen the problem. It is possible that Igbos can get there and because we are not together, it seems to be an uphill task. And there is no better time for Ndigbo to work with singleness of heart than now. We must destroy the fabrics of the Amalekites in Igboland."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that for playing a role in the emergence of Rochas Okorocha as governor of Imo state in 2011 on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the lawmaker representing Anambra Central senatorial district in the Senate, Chief Victor Umeh, has asked God for forgiveness.

Umeh, who asked for forgiveness on Sunday, July 15, described Okorocha as an evil who had become an island unto himself, adding that the governor had become “a pain in the neck of his people".

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