GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE
SUBJECT: CAPTAIN IHEANACHO AND GOVERNOR OKOROCHA CANNOT ENGAGE IN WAR
The Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has read with concern the media reports credited to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in the 2015 election in the state and a business man of note, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho in which he launched undue attacks on his person.
Captain Iheanacho had claimed in the reports that his reason for the media attacks on the governor was because of the purported plan of the government to demolish his house along Orlu/Amakohia Road. And he arrived at that conclusion because he saw demolition inscription, which reads, “Remove” on the fence of his house.
In our response, we want to reiterate that the Governor, Owelle Okorocha has vowed to build a state we all can be proud of. He has also pledged to make Owerri, the state capital a model city especially when the state capital is now adjudged one of the fastest growing cities in the country. That has been the reason behind some of the construction works going on along some major roads in Owerri including MCC/Uratta road, MCC/IMSU road, Orlu/Amakohia road, Mbari road and the relocation of some markets.
And in the course of doing all these, certain structures including block outfits have been touched or removed. And their owners have always exhibited high level of understanding because they know that the governor meant well, abinitio. The whole exercise was never targeted at any particular individual.
In other words, if the fence or building of Captain Iheanacho has been affected by the construction or rehabilitation works going on along Orlu/Amakohia road or somewhere else, it would invariably enjoy the same fate others have had. It is not a personal thing as to warrant his launching media attacks on the governor. He should have even been expected to commend the governor for the good job considering the enviable level of his exposure.
Threatening fire and brimstone should not have been the best approach especially when one recalls that he had aspired to govern the state for progress.
It may also be important at this point to appeal to Captain Iheanacho to stop giving the impression that he has some scores to settle with Governor Okorocha when we are not aware of any of such scores. They are all illustrious sons of the state and should be working together for the good of the state and her people.
In the current matter, the time and resources he employed to call Press Conference and unleashed attacks on the governor, he would have used such to find out why the inscription “Remove” was there. Whether it is for the fence or the building and also find out what the government can do in the circumstance.
As a matter of fact, his approach had fallen short of expectation. He is a highly respected son of the state who also meant well for the state and her people. Therefore his approach to issues concerning the governor and the state should be that of patriotism. And not that of attacks, threat for war or that of rage.