Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has rejected the offer of a senatorial seat made to him by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Okorocha had on Monday said he will run for Orlu senatorial seat and stated that he would tell his deputy to drop his governorship ambition and contest for Owerri zone senate seat, while Uche Nwosu, his Chief of Staff and son in law will run for Governorship.
“If Uche Nwosu will be home for governor, I will tell the deputy governor to go to the Senate,” Mr. Okorocha had said.
But Mr. Madumere, who is from Owerri zone, which has not produced a governor since the return to democracy in 1999, rejected the offer in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa.
According to the statement, Mr. Madumere restated his resolve to contest for the office of the governor in 2019.
He said it is not just about his ambition but about the entire Owerri zone which, he said, has been side-lined and marginalised.
“God’s given vision to better the lot of Imo people is in no man’s hands.”
He described the Senate position offered to him by Mr. Okorocha as an act of betrayal, adding that “If Jesus Christ could be ill-treated by those he called his friends and was later betrayed by Judas, how much more a mere mortal like me.”
He lamented that he has been “molested, betrayed and insulted” by those he nurtured to “become relevant in life.”