Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that now is the right time for the young indigenes of Imo State to get prepared to take over the leadership mantle as he has retired the old politicians in the state.
He said he has retired people such as Arthur Nzeribe, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and will by 2019, and also retire the likes of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Co so that the young ones would take over.
He made this statement while he was addressing the people of Ideato North when they came to visit him earlier in the week at the Government House Owerri.
“I have few months to go but still, I have declared road revolution. The usual feeling is for out-going governors to pack money and leave at the end of their tenure, but, I will not pack money but to continue to work till 11.30am of May 29, 2019”.
On Uche Nwosu, he said:
“He has the mandate of the people and broad-based support. So, he will win the governorship election. And I will win the Senate election because the quality of Candidates and their records are key to their electoral success”.
He, however, said that anybody that wishes to challenge Uche Nwosu should come out in public and do so:
“They should come out with the person that will Challenge Uche Nwosu and not noise making or propaganda. If they have someone who is better than Uche Nwosu let them come up with their person. I am waiting for them to come out and Challenge my own Candidate with their own choice. That is the way to go”.
On President Buhari, the governor said:
“I tell you today that Buhari will still win landslide in 2019 and it is a matter of Igbos queuing in. He has worked to earn the renewal of his mandate. And greater number of Nigerians will do that”.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Ideato North, Nze Luke Ekwueme has assured the governor that they would continue to support him in all the elections more than they had done in time past.