For days now, there have been reports in both some National and Owerri-based newspapers quoting the senator representing Imo West in the Senate, Chief Hope Uzodinma to have claimed that His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration has planned to launch a smear campaign against him due to his purported governorship ambition in 2015.
The Senator made the claim through the publicity secretary of his campaign organization, Hon. Declan Emelumba, claiming that Governor Okorocha and his kitchen cabinet had drawn up the agenda for the smear campaign.
Such allegation from a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation calls for concern. Hence, our reaction.
First and foremost, the allegation is fictitious. It can never be true because Governor Rochas Okorocha had ever before now grown beyond such petty practices some politicians indulge in.
Governor Okorocha in all the periods he has been in politics has no record of smearing anybody’s image in the media even in 1999 when he was a victim of a serious gang-up by the powers that be in PDP in Imo to deny him the governorship ticket of the party.
If governor Okorocha did not carry out any smear campaign against anybody when he was running for governorship on the ticket of APGA in 2011 and Chief Uzodinma from the same zone was running for the senate on the ticket of PDP, is it now that he is governor that he will do that.
Again, if Governor Okorocha did not carry out any smear campaign in 2011 against anyone when he ran for the governorship and with the PDP governor then as incumbent, with all the 3 senators in the state being PDP then and he won landslide, is it now that he is the governor and a performing one for that matter, and the Imo PDP staggering, thinking about which leg to put forward first, that he would carry out a smear campaign against anybody including Senator Uzodinma.
The allegation is strange and suspicious, and we hope it is not part of the uncovered design to cause mayhem in the state over which Imo people have been vigilant. The governor has been too busy fixing the state and does not have the time to begin to plan smear against anybody.
It is on record too that it is a group of politicians in Abuja from the state who have been launching fruitless media attacks against the working governor in their stiff desire to come back to power in the state Senator Uzodinma knows like most people, that Governor Okorocha is not such a man.