This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Owerri by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, after Ihedioha’s consultative visit to Okigwe Council Area of the state ahead of the 2015 governorship polls.
Ihedioha appealed to loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Okigwe Local Government Area of the state to remain steadfast in the party as “the process of reclaiming Imo and sacking Okorocha was fully on course and could not be altered.”
He promised to make Imo the best state in the country, informing party stalwarts that he was the only person that can dethrone Okorocha.
The statement quoted the Deputy Speaker as saying “I will not use my position to enrich myself.
“I am not owing any bank anywhere in the country. I will put in place projects of high standards.“I will restore democratic and relevant institutions in our state. Youths will receive very meaningful attention for sustainable empowerment.
“I will not sell our industries, but will reactivate and build new ones to employ and empower our people.”
Reacting to the statement yesterday, Imo State Commissioner for Information, Chief Theodore Ekechi, described Ihedioha’s claims as products of hallucinations.
He said: “It’s regrettable that a public officer of his status goes about standing truth on its head. Well, if indeed he made these assertions, then he is totally detached from reality and disconnected from the people he seeks to govern.
“The testimonies of the people are totally different from his claims. Right in his village, a few days ago, his kinsmen paid glowing tribute to the Okorocha administration, reeling out countless infrastructural needs met by this administration.
“As for reclaiming Imo and removing Okorocha from office, he lacks the capacity to even make such wild claims as he has not yet secured his party’s governorship ticke. He is merely an aspirant and clearly lacks the credentials to unseat Okorocha.”