In reaction to comments credited to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha where he will retire Senator Ifeanyi Araraume from politics in 2019, the media office of the Senator has said only God and the people of Imo State will determine Araraume’s political future.
In a statement by Ik ogbonna, principal Adviser on Media to Senator Araraume, he said his principal’s ambition, business life and future rests in the hands of God, saying as a Christian and knight of the Catholic Church, the senator is mindful of the role of God Almighty.
Part of the statement reads “Let me further that Senator Araraume started politics long before Chief Ethelbert Anayo Okorocha. As at 1988/89 when Okorocha was still struggling to make ends meet, Senator Araraume was the state treasurer of Liberal Convention Party in the old Imo state comprising Imo, Abia and parts of Ebonyi state.
“From 1990-1993 he was a member of NRC National Finance Committee and State chairman of APP in 1998. This shows a well grounded politician and party man. In 1999 he alongside Chief Enwerem, Okorocha were given senatorial tickets by the PDP, they all won except Chief Okorocha. He went on to get a second term and has been actively in involved in state and national politics.
“He is currently a Federal Commissioner representing the South East in the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC. Senator Araraume has won all elections he has participated in but was denied the fruits of his victory in some. As they say, God’s time is the best and like President Buhari who won on his 4th attempt, 2019 will be his 4th attempt and he will emerge victorious by the grace of God, the votes and goodwill of Imo people”
He said “while Araraume is busy ensuring APC is on sound footing, assisting the party and its structures at all levels, the State Governor is allegedly hobnobbing with the SDP and dishing out portfolio to himself as Senator for Orlu, his in-law as governor, himself again as president in 2023, his Deputy as Senator for Owerri etc. These recklessness has been condemned widely by Bishops, ex governors and virtually everyone with good conscience.
“Gov Okorocha was “declared” winner of his last two elections after failing severally and only after supplementary or rerun elections were conducted. The election that gave him victory in 2015 was with the active support of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume” Ogbonna stated.
He said Araraume’s political career will end at God’s appointed time.