Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, on Tuesday gave an insight on the rift between him and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Uzodimma said traditionally, he deserves respect from the former governor on the basis that he (Uzodimma) is older than Okorocha.
Okorocha represents Orlu zone in the Senate. He had accused Uzodimma of witch hunting his family since the latter came on board as governor of the State.
But Uzodimma at the 6th Imo State Stakeholders meeting held in Government House Owerri, said he would not join issues with Okorocha, whom he described as not willing to abdicate the office of Governor after years of leaving office.
He said “I have said it times without number I have no personal grouse with anybody. All of you who know me well in Imo state, I tried one time or the other to contest election. In some cases, I won. In some cases, I did not win. And when I didn’t win, I left back for my businesses. When I won, I served the people with all my heart.
“I have many former Governors in Imo State- I have Governor Achike Udenwa. I have Governor Ikedi Ohakim. Emeka Ihedioha; former Governor, Okorocha; But none of them want to take the whole State as a private property.
“The difference between the other former Governors and Okorocha is that he is out of office but he still wants to be in office.Okorocha is a younger brother to me. I’m older than him, if not for anything, traditionally I deserve to be respected by him. I don’t want to join issues with him. Let him just know that he is not the Governor and for the short period I will be here God-willing, he should allow me to be Governor.