*BY: RALPH EJIMKONYE*
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was absent at the flag off of a rally of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State.
Okorocha’s backed state executives were sacked on Wednesday paving the way for the appointment of a caretaker committee led by Marcellinus Nlemigbo by the National Working Committee
The rally went on as scheduled with the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole lashing out at the State Governor and expressing hope that Senator Uzodinma would restore the State when elected as governor.
Before the rally, Governor Okorocha had denied claims by Senator Uzodinma that the Dan Anyiam stadium, venue of the rally could not be used for the event because the Governor refused to make the place available.
However, Oshiomole accused Okorocha of frustrating the APC governorship candidate.
He said “When you elect Senator Hope, appointment into government will be based on merit, not family connection.
“I’m assuring you that we have a governorship candidate, whose purpose is to develop and bring prosperity to the Igbo young man, the Owerri young woman, the carpenter, the mechanic and, above all, my own comrades, the civil servants of Imo State who don’t know any longer what a payday looks like.
“When we talk of happiness, we will not domesticate it in the hands of a sister. The happiness of the great people of Imo State will be the primary purpose of government under Sen. Hope Uzodinma,” he said.
“Never again will any of your governors look at your (traditional) leaders and abuse them because democracy is about people.
“Never again shall we govern on the basis of family connections. Whether you know somebody or you don’t, whether you marry from me or I don’t marry from you, that shall not be the basis for winning the next election,” he said.