Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has demanded an unreserved apology from his Anambra State counterpart, Chief Willie Obiano for initiating what he described as an unprovoked media attack on his person.
This is even as the Imo governor has accused Obiano of beating a tactical retreat apparently to dodge publishing his achievements as the governor in the last four years.
In the past one week, the two South East governors have hurled verbal missiles at each other in the media.
In a statement issued yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Governor Okorocha said the Anambra governor was widely quoted in major national media as being too occupied with issues of governance, provision of qualitative service and abundant democracy dividends and has no time to be distracted.
The statement read: “The latest media reports including that of national dailies of Friday, February 3, 2017 had quoted the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano as saying he was “so busy with issues of governance, providing qualitative service and abundant democracy dividends and has no spare time for unnecessary politically motivated distractions.
The Anambra governor added through his SSA on Media, Strategic Communication and Legislative Matters, Prince Oliver Okpala that “the governor’s top priority now is making life more meaningful to Anambra people not minding the current recession.”
The statement further read: “Governor Obiano came up with this volte-face after he had launched unprovoked media attacks against Governor Rochas Okorocha. And allowing Obiano to tactically withdraw from an unwarranted media war he declared, without apologising to Okorocha and without publishing his achievements as the governor of Anambra State for almost four years to show good leadership is totally unacceptable to us. We make bold to ask for an unreserved apology from him because with the way he reacted to such an innocent comment, one could see that he was harbouring malice against Okorocha.
“We appreciate the concern of some Igbo leaders and groups who had called for truce between the governors. Such Igbo leaders should also reason with us that it calls for concern when someone unreasonably declares war against you.
“Governor Obiano must have also forgotten that he was the one who initiated the so-called “politically motivated distractions.” That also goes a long way to confirm our allusion that Governor Obiano was not the one saying all that was credited to him, but it was ‘alcohol’ that was talking.
“It is also difficult to explain why a governor that has governed a state with high IGR for almost four years and with lean workforce is finding it difficult to publish his achievements at least to show that he is a good leader of his people and on the basis of that, he would be asking for second term.
“The common logic is that if Obiano fails to publish his achievements, it means he has nothing to display and the interpretation of that development is that he has lost the moral justification to ask for second tenure. And Anambra people should take cognisance of that.
For Okorocha, he is in a hurry to use the challenge thrown up by the Anambra governor to show-case to Nigerians and the world at large, about two thousand verifiable projects executed by his administration in various parts of the state including the new city of Owerri. We know that all that Governor Obiano has done in Anambra for almost four years now cannot be equated with two flyovers built by Governor Okorocha.
Okorocha would also want, while publishing his achievements, to also publish his profile to show the world that either Governor Obiano didn’t know him or he was not truthfully briefed about him or he was austere with facts.