- Senator Rochas Okorocha has warned his successor, Hope Uzodinma, to face governance
- Okorocha alleged that the governor is blackmailing him because of his perceived interest in the 2023 presidency
- The former governor, however, advised Uzodinma to stop seeking relevance
The battle of supremacy between Governor Hope Uzodinma and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha is yet to abate as the latter accused the former of blackmailing him.
Daily Sun reports that Okorocha alleged the recent utterance by the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo claiming that he is not fit to be Nigeria’s president was engineered by Governor Uzodinma to discredit his person.
Legit.ng gathered that the senator, however, affirmed that the blackmail against his personality would not stop him from vying for president if he eventually decides.
The former governor alleged that Uzodinma actually sponsored the campaign against him to puncture the pronouncement made by an Igbo group known as the Movement for the Actualisation of the Nigeria President of Igbo Extraction (MANPIE) who called on him to run for president in 2023.
Okorocha, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, has also advised the governor to concentrate on the governance of the state instead of attacking him.
“Governor Hope Uzodimma’s government was behind the blackmail in line with the script handed over to him by those who enlisted him against Okorocha, with regard to the 2023 Presidency.
“Hence, Governor Uzodimma has not committedly begun to govern Imo state. He is only after Rochas Okorocha. He was behind the story of Okorocha being unfit to be Nigeria’s president.
“Governor Uzodimma had done that to puncture the pronouncement by eminent Igbo sons and daughters from the five southeast states, operating under the aegis MANPIE who stormed his Owerri residence on Monday, November 16, 2020, to urge him to run for the 2023 presidency and to inform him that they had adopted him as the consensus candidate for the position."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing ruled out the nomination of Okorocha as a presidential candidate from the southeast region in 2023.
It was reported that the national publicity secretary of the Igbo youth group, Chief Osmond Nkeoma said Okorocha is unfit to contest for the office.
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